Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Step Into My Week: Piedmont Park, Ponce City Market & Asheville

The first few weeks of summer have been absolutely amazing. I’ve truly taken advantage of this time off by spending it with friends and doing activities that I enjoy. I’m excited to see where the rest of the summer goes, but, for now,  I’ll catch y’all up on what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

On the last day of school, my friends, Sylvie and Emma, and I had quite the girls day. We started the day off by listening to some music by our friends before jetting off to our adventures. We decided to get lunch at Bar Taco where we had some great tacos and delicious guacamole. I don’t know what they did to the guac, but it was incredible. 10/10 recommend y’all checkout Bar Taco. We were in the mood for a sweet treat so we decided to drive to Revolution Donuts. The donuts were great. This place has the best vegan and non-vegan donuts in the city. To continue our adventure, we went to Little 5 Points. We explored some of the clothing shops and checked out Criminal Records. Before ending the fun gals adventure, Sylvie and I went to Cinnaholic for cookie dough. They make incredible vegan cookie dough and cinnamon rolls that I completely adore. We might not have eaten the healthiest, but we had tons of fun.

I convinced my sister to go to Piedmont Park for a fun day at the park. We didn’t know the Atlanta Jazz Festival was also happening, so the traffic situation took forever. We ended up parking 7 blocks up from the park because we couldn’t find any closer parking. Anyways, the time we spent at the park was lovely. The Jazz was the perfect backdrop for a chill hangout. We were in the mood for a sweet treat so we stopped by Revolution Donuts for cinnamon rolls. They were great, per usual. To end our day, we went to Oakland Cemetery to see Golden Hour. Golden Hour was a 10-day art installation where 13 artists created art that represented golden hour. We didn’t get to see much of it as it started to pour 20 minutes into our visit, but the part we saw was incredible. I cannot wait to see future installations at Oakland.

My dad, sister, and I decided to check out the Old 4th Ward festival. We saw several cute succulent shops, so we ended up buying a plant. The succulent has the cutest planter with a cow at the base of the planter. My dad and I, on the way, we’re talking about how he wanted a sandwich from the food truck, so we were surprised to see the truck at the festival. We also listened to some great music at the festival. We then decided to pop over to Ponce City Market. I was sad to see that my favorite bao bun place has officially closed, but I decided to try the hot dog place that took its place. The veggie dog was alright, but not worth the long wait.

I visited my friend, Isabelle, who just got her wisdom teeth out. We don’t go to the same school so we don’t see each other as often as we’d like. I brought her vegan cheesecake, flowers, and a magazine full of quizzes. My other friend, Lindy, was also there so we had a great time eating the cheesecake. I turned Isabelle onto Chrisley Knows Best, and, now, we’re both determined to meet them one day.

My friend, Catie, and I spent a day hanging out at some of my favorite spots in Atlanta. We tried to go to Oakland Cemetery but the art exhibition had ended. We still walked around for a bit, but it started to rain. We didn’t let the rain stop us as we headed off to Yeah Burger. Yeah Burger makes the most incredible vegan burger. I don’t get to go there very often so it’s always a treat. We then headed off to Ikea where we spent a few hours goofing off while looking for for some boxes. We ended up not finding the boxes I needed, but we had a great time exploring the fake homes, designing a kitchen, and trying out the couches. It was definitely a successful day.

My sister and I decided to venture out to the mall. I’m not a huge fan of shopping, but I had a great time with my sister. I didn’t find anything I liked but my sister had some success at the mall.

My friend, Brian, and I decided to spend a day hanging out. We went to Ponce City Market for ramen. The ramen was really great. We went to Citizens Supply, an Atlanta emporium of products crafted in Atlanta. I love their T-shirt collection. I have a shirt that says ATL in the MTV logo that is so cute. We also checked out the succulent plants part of Citizens Supply. We were in the mood for a treat so we popped into Cinnaholic for cinnamon rolls. At this point, I’ve gotten so many of my friends hooked on Cinnaholic. We decided to venture over to Zesto’s. Brian wanted their $1 ice cream. We ended up seeing our friend, Avsha, there which was a nice surprise.

My first trip of the summer was to Asheville. We ended up getting in super late as my sister had a dinner with her friends, which meant we went straight to bed.

The adventures continued with vegan pizza at Garlik pizza with my grandma, sister, and cousin. It’s a vegan pizza place a little south of Asheville. We went on a road that had flooding, so we had to turn around and find a new way to get there. It was definitely an adventure trying to get to the pizza place. We decided to swing by Dolly’s. Dolly’s is an ice cream place in Brevard that has wacky flavors based off of local sleep away camps. When I went to camp in Brevard, my friends and I would get so hyped to visit Dolly’s. Unfortunately, they don’t have vegan flavors, but I always love going.

My cousin, Chloe, sister, and aunt ventured out to do some shopping. We ended up stumbling upon a store that sold incense that Lucy and Chloe were mesmerized by. After we had finished shopping, we decided to get dinner at White Duck Taco with Alan and Gabe. After our dinner, we helped break down a wedding. The wedding was in the most beautiful location with a stunning backdrop of the mountains.

We decided to venture out to Hot Springs for a visit to their mineral pools. The drive to the mineral pools was very curvy, but the views of the mountains were totally worth it. The mineral pools themselves were a fun experience, but I’d love to experience true hot springs. I went to a hot spring 4 years ago in Colorado that was so much fun.

I’ve recently found this app called Sound Print that tells you if it’s too loud. I’m so fascinated by the technology. Ethan and I were sitting in the car when he decided to turn the music up way too loud. I decided to test the app to see how loud the car was. It was insane to see that cars could make noises that were way past the mark for hearing loss starting to occur.

On our last night in Asheville, my mom, Lucy, Chloe, Claire, Richard, Addy, Alan, Ethan, Gabe, and I went to a Korean bbq restaurant. Although we all weren’t able to cook the food due to some complications it was still a great experience.

My friends and I decided to have a Bachelor watching party. Maddie, Bari, Shayna, Isabelle, Marin, and I all went to Maddie’s house. Most of us hadn’t seen the Bachelor so it was definitely an interesting experience for all of us.

To put it simply, the past few weeks have been great. I can definitely say this summer will be one for the books. Here’s to more summer memories!


  1. Sounds like you're having an amazing (and busy) summer! It's awesome that you're able to find great vegan food everywhere! I love succulents too! I have four of them. I've never visited a hot spring but it sounds super cool!

    1. I've definitely had an amazing summer! My sister's currently growing a succulent in our backyard. It's been fun to watch it come to life.

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