Pampering at L’Occitane + Brunch at South Main Kitchen

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seemed to go just right? Well, I had such a day which started on a bright Sunday morning with blogger friends at the Avalon, mixed-use development located in Alpharetta, GA. It’s a beautiful destination offering shopping, dining, entertainment, living options and more. We all met up at L’Occitane for a morning of pampering to be followed by a casual brunch....

Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill Opens at Emory Point

On a Saturday evening several years ago, my family and I were driving around Lawrenceville, GA in search of a place to dine and happened upon Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill. The restaurant was new to us all but we were feeling adventurous and decided to try it. It turned out to be pretty amazing as you can read here. We don’t live close to that specific location anymore but...

That Little Something Special about My Fare Lady Macarons

What do you get when you pair the culinary aspirations of a seasoned baker with a Parisian confection and desire “to harmonize people, families and cultures”? You get Charlette Bell, Macaronista and founder of My Fare Lady Macarons. At a recent tasting, I had an opportunity to learn a little about the Pastry Chef and the inspiration which makes her macarons appealing. I have to admit that, when I learned...

Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads Opens in the Poncey Highlands

This post is mostly about a cool new pizza restaurant and a tiny little bit about change. Here we go – – An older, well established neighborhood I once traveled through every school day for four years is experiencing a revitalization of sorts. It’s one of those communities where many well-seasoned homes and businesses are lived in, loved, well cared for or forsaken, then restored – repeat. I remember Plaza...