where was i? oh yes, saturday morning. terrible hangover. y’all. coming from a person who has been either pregnant or nursing the past year plus and not been privy to a bad hangy in quite some time….this just knocked. me. out. i woke up with the typical symptoms that i used to know all too well in my 20s…super thirsty, no sudden movements please, scratchy throat, splitting headache. and we had brunch reservations at 10:30. after i peeled off my outfit from the night before and took off the prior day’s face of makeup…ew…we got dressed and all downed some aleve before setting out to brunch. thank you betsey for coming prepared!
by the way, want to know something funny? no matter how overserved i am, i ALWAYS, and i mean always, take out my contacts. how bizarre is that. it’s ingrained in me like breathing or something.
anyway. on to empire state south! if you haven’t been here yet, you simply must go. it is just downright fabulous. it’s a hugh acheson restaurant and sister restaurant to five and ten in athens, which is the original downright fabulous destination.
they have a bocce ball court to busy yourself on while you wait for a table. by the way, this is in the heart of midtown atlanta which is quite a rare place to spot a bocce ball court…
i needed a lot of this.
and why not try this too for good measure.
everything we had was just delicious. although i’m surprised we actually ingested food after being so busy laughing uncontrollably at jen’s tale of when she and steven showed up for a couple’s massage in the buff on a trip to turks and caicos. it turned out it was sort of an “active” massage and not the typical lay-under-a-towel deal. OMG, the visuals were hysterical.
and we even had a little celeb sighting, if you watch top chef? i don’t, but i know plenty of people do. hugh showed up. at his own restaurant, imagine that! merrell has actually interviewed him before (she writes for a magazine in chattanooga) so she went up to say hi. and we are such dorks that we took a picture. can’t you just see him saying “um…really? cause i can totally see you taking that picture over there.”
after we finished up and i had another dose of painkillers, we headed down to scott’s. i was in such a bad way that i really didn’t take any pictures…i just followed jen around like a lap dog, i think literally wanting to see through her eyes (and therefore great taste!).
i did find this but then jen reminded me that i needed to spend my money on things for the house and not fur coats. damn.
do you see those little cutouts for the arms? it was almost like a short cape. so fab! but alas, we parted ways.
after a long nap back at the hotel – quite a luxury for three moms of small children – we got gussied up and went to the livingston for cocktails and apps before dinner.
much to our delight, there was a prom going on at the fox theatre across the street. while we were waiting for margaret and jen to pick us up for dinner, look what we saw…
a full on LCD-lit pumpkin horse-drawn carriage carrying prom-goers. i love atlanta.
then it was off to chow down at wisteria in inman park. it’s a great spot for an intimate dinner – and everything on the menu is good. merrell and i went split-sies and got the salmon and beef tenderloin – our own little surf n’ turf! it was fantastic.
me and margaret at dinner.
betsey, jen and merrell on the other side.
we were all beat, so we just called it an early night and went straight to bed after dinner. typical wedding weekend behavior. blow it out on friday and pay for it saturday…
sunday we hit up cafe jonah in the old buckhead village for brunch. this is the new restaurant from jenny levison of souper jenny fame. i had not been before and i was AMAZED! everything was delectable and so cutely displayed…
…and this was only half of the food. there was also a coffee/tea self-serve bar, a bakery case, and a hot bar with quiche, frittata and oatmeal + toppings! YUM. it was all soooo good. the most intriguing part is that there’s no set price for the brunch. you pay what you think it’s worth (suggested price is $20) and part of whatever you pay goes to charity. i just love that!
we took a group picture and then it was time to bid adieu…
what a fun weekend with some of my favorite peeps. ’til next time, girls!