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Pinewood

My Christmas present to my brother and sis-in-law (and myself) was tickets to see Wicked here in Atlanta. Excuse to see my favorite show ever, take two of my favorite people who had never seen it, and see my nephew (if just for a few short hours)! We went to the matinee show last weekend then out to dinner. I had asked a friend to recommend a new place in Decatur – I love new places and Decatur has plenty of them. He highly recommended Pinewood Tippling Room. And it was a great one.

We went all out for a fun day/night on the town – we don’t get a hang out a lot and they don’t get to go out a lot! The drink menu is extensive, with some unique and delicious-sounding cocktails. I had a free grit-tots appetizer (by signing up for their email list) and we also got the brussel sprouts (we were really hungry). For my meal I got the duck breast with braised kale, sweet potatoes, and dried cherries. Yum. It was my first time having duck and it was delicious.

Pinewood is a smaller place, so make a reservation, make a night of it, and enjoy!


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Victory

I’ve almost (finally) been to 10 new restaurants! I knocked off a couple more visiting my close friends before I left town for the holidays. We were heading to Decatur for a concert and obviously had to grab dinner there since there are so many great restaurant options in Decatur.

Victory Sandwich Bar is one everyone loves – though Decatur is its fairly new home. The first order is always a beverage. Victory is known for their adult slushies – the one to get is the Jack and Coke slushie – and it was delicious. The sandwiches are a little smaller so you can order two, and I got the Tea Bird and a veggie one that is not on the current online menu (ha). The Tea Bird is chicken and ghost pepper jack which has a real kick to it – more than just mild kick. The veggie had a portobello, tomato, I think spinach and some kind of spread. They were both delicious, as were the chips. Definitely recommend Victory and a stroll around the square in Decatur.


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Decatur Craft Beer Festival

Check – #22 on my 30 before 30 done! For 6 years straight we went to the Music City Brewers Festival in Nashville and it was a pretty incredible beer festival. It was an annual event for my brother, sister-in-law and I. So I wanted to find a new one for us to go to in Atlanta. We tried the Summer Beer Festival and it was ok. It was pretty small compared to Nashville.

Last weekend I went with friends to the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. It had a reputation for being one of the best festivals in the city – I was skeptical but was very pleasantly surprised.  There were tons of breweries, we got in the gate quickly, and although there were a lot of people there it was not annoyingly crowded. I was a little sad that no Nashville breweries were there, but there was live music which is always a plus for me. I’m definitely going to try to get the fam to this one next year – but make sure you know when tickets go on sale because it sells out fast. Highly recommended!

And I am now off to Greece for 11 days – blog hiatus but plenty of content upon my return! 🙂


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No. 246

Another new restaurant for the ole 30 list! No. 246 in Decatur (and you really can’t go wrong in Decatur). The restaurant is very trendy – open space, open kitchen, great patio (though it was rainy when we were there). The pasta is homemade and they were making it while we were there!

They have a great wine selection, including the most interesting descriptions of wines I have ever seen: approachable; saddle; seductive. I was told by numerous people that the cocktails are amazing – but it was a Monday night, so I opted for the wine.

The menu is small but diverse and delicious. You start with a crispy, warm bread with olive oil. Then I had the Agnolotti pasta – I’m still not sure what kind of pasta it was, but it was tossed with asparagus, ricotta, tomato filetto (sauce – I had to look it up), pine nuts, and lemon. It was delicious.

This would be a great date night, fun birthday or celebration dinner, girls night, anything! I also just read on the website that you can reserve a the chef’s counter: sitting right at the kitchen for a 5-course dinner by the head chef. How fun would that be?!

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