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Last week was spring break and I spent the first weekend on a fun getaway to visit my sister Katherine in Atlanta! We had not seen each other in a long time so this visit was way over due. I did not realize how much I had missed her until she picked me up from the MARTA. Once at her adorable apartment we enjoyed some champagne and a yummy charcuterie board! I loved chatting and catching up with Katherine- hearing about her success with work, local Atlanta activities, and new additions in her apartment was so exciting. She had planned an awesome weekend full of brunches, breweries, shopping, and delicious eats! Within the past few years my sisters have settled down in different cool cities so getting the opportunity to go see the new lives they have made for themselves is always inspiring! Family is so important to me, so I try to make a point to go visit them here and there. Nothing recharges me like good quality time with them!
Last week TCU let all students out for Fall Break. Every year I either go home or go to visit my sister Blair up in Chicago, but I decided to be a little more independent this time around and plan a trip with best friends! Haley and Olivia, two of my best friends, are spending their last college semester in DC for internships, so Jess, Sarah, and I decided to take a trip to see them and have some fun!
I have learned over the past few years that I am most definitely a big city kind of girl. After visiting Chicago multiple times I fell in love, but that winter might be a little too harsh for me, but hopefully DC winters are a little less intense!
Upon arriving Friday night I was greeted by lots of big hugs and screeching girls, yeah we do that sometimes! It was clear that we were all beyond excited that we made this trip happen. It was even cooler being in the city and working the Metro and getting to go out late at night. These are a few things I enjoy about being a young adult!
After a long night out on Friday, Jess, Sarah, and I slowly got out of bed and readied ourselves for the day. We would be attending a lovely brunch with bottomless mimosas, then a beer garden to watch the Horned Frogs play football.
Haley and I hung back at brunch to finish up our mimosas, then we were off to find our way to the sports bar where the rest of our gang was! I was lucky to have someone that was familiar with the area by my side or I would have never found this bar!
After struggling with google maps and dealing with unhelpful Valet people we finally stumbled upon the Sauf Haus Bier Hall. Our friends had snagged some awesome seats and were halfway through their first steins. They game was playing and the Horned Frogs were playing the Baylor Bears so we were pretty determined to win!
Haley and I quickly order some steins to catch up with everyone else! The Sauf Haus had great beer and a fun atmosphere. It was a rooftop bier hall enclosed by brick and windowed walls with a clear-shedded roof. It was full of students who were all gathered to support their teams and spend time with friends. Seeing all the action around definitely makes me happy to be in my twenties, thus far it has been the most eventful part of my life!
Here’s David, a new friend we made on the trip who was also a fellow TCU student! He was so full of energy and fun to be around. It’s exciting to see how TCU students branch out after college, and finding these people in far away cities is a special treat because there is an instant connection!
Everyone was having a great time, as you can see my buddies were all very focused on the game… they know more about football than I do! Whenever the crowd reacts to a play and I have no clue what is going on, I just look at my friends and mirror their reactions exactly as to make myself appear more knowledgeable about the status of the game, haha!
When I need to know what’s going on, I just ask Sarah because she knows exactly how the game works!
The entire day we were accompanied by Kayla and Kevin, two fellow TCU students! Kayla is doing the same DC internship as Haley and Olivia. Her boyfriend Kevin came down to visit during the break as well- having more fellow faces just added to the excitement of our weekend activities!
My natural reaction when TCU gets a touchdown is obnoxious hugging, so it’s a good thing that my friends like to do that too! It was great to see our school spirit so alive with just a handful of us in a completely different city!
On a different note, I was pleased with this bier hall for its awesome lighting because it gave me an excuse to play around with my camera… I am lucky I have such cute friends to take pictures of!
For some odd reason, just when the game was getting good, the bar changed the channel… but it was a good thing that we were just finishing up with our steins! After that we headed to a different bar that was playing the TCU game to finish up watching and to get a little food in our bellies.
On our last night in DC Haley and Olivia took us to an awesome restaurant called Lincoln. They had amazing drinks and a wonderful small-plate selection! A nice evening with these girls was the perfect end to a very memorable trip! I hope to be back there soon to visit and explore the city even more!
Lately I have been drawn towards restaurants that serve their food tapas style! By doing this you get to try a little of everything without being stuffed at the end of your meal. Since every portion is small, the chef has to try to pack as much flavor into a few bite sized pieces as possible! This means that every dish is rich in flavor, visually appealing, and prepared to perfection! Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia does just that with a Spanish style.
Once seated, my family and I ordered some drinks and enjoyed some fresh bread and olive oil. I admired the atmosphere and the romantic ambience. They had awesome black and white photographs all over the restaurant that added to the rustic, wooden style of the restaurant.
For our first round we ordered a charcuterie board… my absolute favorite! It was amazing because they had the best choices to meat available. These prime cuts of meat were displayed in the bar area and were even hanging from parts of the railing in their open kitchen.
We ordered so many dishes but one of the best was the crispy calamari. I even had a few pieces that were still in their full-bodied form! They were so fresh I swear they were probably swimming in a tank that morning.
The crispy potatoes were amazing as well, so good that we had two orders of those. We also enjoyed the house cured olives, manchego + jamon croquettes, patatas bravas, melon + pea salad, broccoli + feta, and the dry aged rib eye. We were fully satisfied with everything we had!
My cute parents clearly enjoyed themselves and were very pleased with the wine selection as well. Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant aims to please its customers with amazing service, delicious food, and killer atmosphere! If you are ever in Atlanta you must stop by this restaurant for some wine and tasty treats. It is so refreshing to enjoy a dining experience in a place where the chefs are truly passionate about creating awesome food!
When I visited Atlanta my sister Katherine recommended the Sweet Water Brewing Company! Upon arrival we were given a beer glass and 6 tickets that allowed for refills! I loved the beer and the company of Katherine, her boyfriend Powell, and my Dad. They have a total of about 16 brews, on tap they had 8. My absolute favorite was the Sweet Water Blue Ale, a light wheat beer that has a hint of blueberry. If anyone is ever in Atlanta I totally recommend stopping by this brewery for a couple cold ones!
My favorite way to celebrate any holiday is spending it with the people I love! My sister Katherine recently moved to Atlanta for her new job so my parents and I decided to go see her and spend the 4th of July with her. We also went to visit my Mom’s cousin’s family at their gorgeous lake house.
The lake house we went to was my Mom’s cousin’s, Tom. All of the flowers and vegetation surrounding the house made you feel like you were in a gorgeous forest. It allowed for a lot of privacy which made for a peaceful getaway.
The other really cool part was their lake front location. With a short walk down some steps, there was a two story dock fully equipped with a boat and a nice fridge full of cold brews.
The weather was absolutely wonderful! Sunny and warm during the days and cool, breezy nights. The peaches were amazing too, but I am sure anyone would guess that since we were in Georgia!
To celebrate the 4th, Tom’s wife, Laura, whipped up some amazing food. Their son Alex was in charge of the shrimp boil! I have never experienced a boil before and I was super excited to see the whole process and even more excited to eat the cooked shrimp, potatoes, and sausage.
After the water was boiling, Alex added some seasonings to the water which smelled amazing. The first ingredient to be added was the potatoes since they would take the longest to cook and absorb all the flavors!
A few minutes after the potatoes were added, it was time for the sausage. Then shortly after that the shrimp took a little swim, then it was time to eat!
The food was amazing! Anyone who is big on throwing summer parties should invest in a boiler because you can cook every all your food together and at the exact same time. This makes the clean up super easy and frees up your time to enjoy the party!
I enjoyed spending time with Alex’s wife, Emily, who has just had her first baby, Maisi! She was such a joy and was always smiling. Needless to say she stole the spotlight!
Laura often took Maisi to let Emily have some time to relax. She was also the best cook ever, we literally were spoiled at every meal.
The food was always amazing, the company was great, and the southern hospitality was even better! We really appreciated the whole visit and hope to see them again very soon!