We talk a lot on this blog about vintage stuff, and I'm happy to report that one thing that has NOT become vintage, a thing of the past, is southern hospitality.
My sister Dyan and I spent a day running around Decatur, Georgia, and found out about Sawicki's, an organic butcher and baker. If they are a candlestick maker, I'm sure they'd be awesome at that too, because look at this beef sandwich:
|Hot mustard. Spicy pickles. Happy tummy.|
With that kind of friendliness, it seemed like we just HAD to round back to the New Orleans Snoball Cafe for dessert. They serve traditional New Orleans-style ices and other creative variations on that yummy treat. Dyan and I shared a blackberry lemon ice, which was perfect for the HOT day. (Did I mention it was something like 106 degrees the day we drove through Nashville, Tenn., on our way to Georgia? Yes m'dear, that's a reason to drag out the all caps). I appreciated Jared's friendliness to strangers in his city, his helping out another local business, and then his excellent service and food at his own. That's a class act. New Orleans Snoball Cafe's web site is here.
On another day, my sister and I took the kids to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. We arrived late morning, and found that both the 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. shows to the dolphins were full, leaving only the 3:30 p.m. show. Despite the Georgia Aquarium being big AND awesome, we somehow doubted we'd be able to kill a solid four hours there just to see the dolphin show. It was a disappointment, since one of my little boys had really wanted to see them.
We were waiting to be let into the frog exhibit, which is awesome by the way:
|Tropical frogs so real they don't look, um, real. Really.|
The Georgia Aquarium, while a great place, is also a "total zoo" in the other sense, and the food was expensive and the lines long. Poor planning on our parts, I know. We should have packed our own food, but in the busy-ness of vacation, it just didn't happen. We were headed to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum nearby, and we decided we'd cross our fingers and hope for a vending machine or nearby restaurant.
It turned out the Carter Museum does have a cafe for visitors, but it is only open until 2 p.m. We walked in at exactly 1:55 p.m., with five boys starved out of their minds. Yikes. But a sweet elderly woman in the kitchen said, "You don't worry about it hon, we'll put some more hot dogs in for y'all. C'mon in." I could have kissed her on the cheek on the spot.
The Carter Museum is a great mini-education about our country's 39th president, not only about his political career, but also about his humanitarian work afterwards, which earned him the Nobel Prize in 2002. We not only enjoyed our time there, but earned new respect for a man whose presidency has not always been viewed in the most positive terms. Go if you find yourself in Atlanta.
|My nephew, Dillon, and my son, Noah, checking out the interactive exhibit about President Carter's naval service as a submariner.|