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I wanted to treat my eyes to something special.

Between classes, my internship, and my own personal leisure time, I’ve spent countless hours staring at screens this semester. I also hadn’t left the Emory bubble for anything except work since Winter Break. So with a rare free afternoon, I decided to finally put my membership to the High Museum to good use.

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I love all of the natural light that fills the space. I also love that it is an enormous building.

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Four floors with countless wings and alcoves, all filled with incredible art. My journey to the top was filled with beautiful marble pieces.

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Cleopatra, one of my favorites

 

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I love the attention to detail in this one, down to the sockless foot.

I took my time in the American art galleries, listening to music at first but then decided to enjoy the comfortable silence.

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You seem to travel through time as you make your way up to the top, with brighter pops of color and more contemporary shapes and mediums lining the way.

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Another personal favorite, especially the pops of color!

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It me!

I fell in love with several pieces on the top floor, and most of them were in one particular gallery.

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Tiniest doors I’ve seen in a while. They come up to my waist. I wonder if they go to a magical realm or something.

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I would love to have this in print form…

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I didn’t get a good shot of the infamous Anish Kapoor piece, a giant stainless steel concave dish, but I was able to get a close shot…

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The visual effects had my head spinning for a minute. I absolutely love this piece and I promise to get a good picture of the whole thing when I go back!

Some of the pieces made me laugh.

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I love the title of this one. Three Ways to Send a Message: Telephone, Telegram, Tell a Woman

Some made me think.

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But all of them made me smile.

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I just sat there for a while, taking it all in. The longer I stayed and the more I saw, the better I felt. With my batteries recharged, I set out to leave and a mannequin caught my eye. Encouraged by a strong, cold wind, I headed into another section of the museum.

And fell in love.

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Iris Van Herpen has an exhibit with some of the most stunning pieces I’ve ever seen.

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This looks like it might be uncomfortable and definitely not my size, but I would love to wear it.

The line was full of cool textures and intricate details, down to the birds in this dress…

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Surreal

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I walked through all three floors, quietly fangirling, and finally dragged myself back into the cold. “I could definitely live here.” I thought. Chances are the High Museum isn’t renting out residential space anytime soon, but maybe I should inquire about this little cottage on the outskirts?

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All in all, it was a great way to spend Galentine’s Day.

Ash

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The Original Pancake House

Fall Break is coming to a close, but I’m already readjusting to my school schedule. I’m trying to get back to sleeping normal, reasonable hours, and I’m catching up and getting ahead on my schoolwork. I’ve had an amazing break filled with fun, great memories, and most importantly, AMAZING food! And I just have to share a new breakfast place with you: The Original Pancake House.

Some might say I talk about breakfast too much, and that may be true. But trust me, this place is one of the best. I won’t bore you with pictures of decor because I know what you really want to get to, the food!

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I try to start my breakfasts with fresh fruit so I don’t feel as bad for stuffing my face with less-healthy foods later on. This fruit was perfectly fresh and the cream had just the right amount of sweetness to not be overwhelming. I had a hot chocolate with the same cream (not pictured, unfortunately) and it was the most delicious warm beverage I’ve ever had. Sorry Starbucks!

It can be hard to choose your order if you’re going for pancakes, not because the menu is difficult, but because there are 16 different varieties of pancakes (not to mention the waffles and crepes) and you’ll want to try ALL of them. Luckily for me, there was one recipe that I just couldn’t say no to: Bacon Pancakes.

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I’ve seen recipes for Bacon Pancakes everywhere, but I’ve never been able to make them myself. It’s something about the flip, I guess, or the timing…thankfully, I’ll never have to crave Bacon Pancakes for too long because the ones at TOPH are fantastic! Perfectly soft, fluffy pancakes with thick, crisp bacon. Simple and delicious, they are truly a meal on their own, especially if you order six like I did…but it’s so worth it. Let’s have another look, shall we?

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I couldn’t handle any more sides on top of a half dozen pancakes, but my date went for a delicious ham and egg scramble…

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And some delicious potatoes!

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His strawberry and banana pancakes (not on the menu, but they’ll happily let you customize your order) were as delicious as they were pretty, and came with that wonderful cream from earlier as well as a light, sweet strawberry syrup. I’m not much of a syrup fan, as you know, but this one tasted more like warm jelly. The perfect addition to those pancakes!

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We loved the food and the overall experience. The price can add up if you order as much as we did, but it’s certainly not unreasonable. Here’s the website. There are locations all around the country and even South Korea and Japan; try one out and let me know what you think! And if you happen to try the Apple Pancake, let me know how it tastes; it looks incredible!

Leave me a comment if there are any other great places I should try!

-Ash

Egg Harbor Cafe

A widely known fact about me is that I love food. I can be picky about what foods I’ll eat, and I was an extremely picky eater growing up, but for the most part I’m easy to please. And as I’ve gotten older and developed more specific tastes (or pretended to), I’ve come to love breakfast food even more. Brunch is now my second favorite meal behind late night dinners (there’s something gloriously naughty about them), and according to my loved ones, it’s really funny to see how much joy I find in a good stack of pancakes with bacon.

So naturally, when it was my turn to plan a date last Saturday that started around noon-ish, I could only think of one place to go.

Credits to Scribbles and Tostitos for this first picture!

Credits to Scribbles and Tostitos for this first picture!

A wonderful friend of mine first told me about Egg Harbor Cafe in my sophomore year. I knew I had to experience it for myself after hearing her gush about the “melt-in-your-mouth” pancakes for a good 20 minutes or so. A few weeks after her recommendation, I took my mom. Months later, I brought my dad. Now the whole family is in love with the food at EHC, so I thought it was only right to bring my guy there this summer. He probably loves breakfast/brunch foods even more than I do, so I knew he’d appreciate it. And boy, was I right. His face lit up when I surprised him with breakfast this weekend at EHC, and we went straight for our favorites.

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I’m trying to get him to like tea. He won’t admit it, but it’s working 😉

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I wanted something a little spicy, so I got an egg scrambler with chorizo sausage, spinach, and tomatoes. A perfect blend of flavors, just enough spice, and great textures. This might be my new regular order.

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My date went for the Butcher Shop omelette: bacon, ham, and sausage topped with melted Jack cheese. A lot of cheese. Enough cheese to make us look at each other like “Wut?” He swears it was still delicious, though.

I feel bad for those poor English muffins, because they really couldn’t compare to these babies…

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Fun fact: angels sang when these were brought to our table. True story.

And it’s truly not their fault. I had a nibble of the muffins to be fair before I dove in on my stack of pancakes. As always, they were fluffy, airy, and they literally melted in my mouth. I could eat them every day for the rest of my life and be happy. AND they’re whole wheat, so I wouldn’t feel bad about doing it.

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Is it weird that I don’t eat syrup?

We left full and happy, like we always do!

I highly recommend Egg Harbor Cafe if you’re trying to get out of the Emory bubble (or for my out-of-towners, if you’re in the Atlanta area). It’s fairly cheap and delicious, and one of my favorite places in the city.

Where should I eat next? I’m always on the hunt for awesome food!

Xoxo,

Ash

Summer 2015 Bucket List

I’m back!

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Do you like the new layout? I figured the blog could use a bit of a makeover, especially after such a long absence. Sorry about that, but school had to come first. Any underclassmen reading this: PLEASE don’t triple up in sciences. It’s doable, but it drains you by the end of the semester. But it’s over! I’m free, if only for a little while. And I intend to enjoy every minute of it!

In order to get the most out of my summer, I decided to make a list of things I want to do in the Atlanta area. I’ve done some of these before, and they’re so great that I wanted to do them again! So, without further ado, here’s my list:

  1. Visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
  2. Go to the Atlanta Food Truck Park and eat as much food as possible.
  3. Stroll around the Botanical Garden and try not to sneeze a lot (I will not let my allergies hold me back).
  4. See the Atlanta Beltline for the first time. Honestly I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I’m always up for exploring!
  5. Spend an afternoon in Little Five Points again, for too many reasons to list here.
  6. I love food, so markets seem like the perfect way to spend at least half a day. The Curb Market offers so much variety, and I can’t wait to see it for myself! This one might take more than one visit.
  7. The High Museum. I seem to always miss College Night for one reason or another, but I know this is a must. A quiet afternoon in the museum sounds perfect.
  8. Apparently the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is a real thing and not just a beautiful dream of mine! I simply MUST go.
  9. Anyone who knows me knows that I love animals, so I couldn’t let another summer pass without visiting the Zoo.
  10. Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint combines two of my favorite things: food and live music. I look forward to going for the first time this summer!

Are there any that you think I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments below! I know this isn’t like my normal picture-heavy posts but I promise each event I check off of my list will get its own post with lots of dazzling pictures. Also, I’m going to try my best to do one blog post each week with some of my creative writing. It truly depends on my schedule, but I’ll do my best.

See you guys soon!

Xoxo,

Ash

Ali’s Cookies

I know I said my next blog post would be about more stuff I did this summer, but this is important. But before I begin, I think it’s important that you understand how obsessed I am with cookies.

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As a kid, one of the things I looked forward to the most was going to the grocery store to get baking supplies with my mom. Sometimes we got adventurous and baked entire cakes from scratch, but most of the time we kept things simple and picked up break-and-bake Toll House cookie dough. Chocolate chip always won out because I was a very picky eater and a child of habit. I can’t tell you the number of times I sat around in the kitchen after putting the dough in the oven, watching it rise and waiting for the sweet chocolatey smell to fill the room.

I learned early, and quickly, what to look for in the perfect cookie:

  1. An ideal chocolate to dough ratio (more chocolate is better, but there is a limit).
  2. A soft middle with firmer (but not too tough) edges.
  3. The chocolate can’t be too dark, otherwise it’s just bitter and sad.
  4. Bonus points if they are warm or served with milk.

I don’t think these are super high expectations, but I’ve been disappointed too many times. I’ve had “chocolate chip” cookies that had MAYBE one or two pieces of chocolate altogether, I’ve had cookies that can’t stay together and crumble when touched, and I’ve had cookies that could probably double as hockey pucks.

Anyway, I say all of this to say that when someone announced in May that a new cookie shop (restaurant? bakery? Wonderland?) would be opened at Emory Village (basically on my campus), I got very very excited. It was slated for ‘late summer’, so every day when I drove to work at Emory I would pass the shop and see….nothing. No cookies, no people, not even a sign on the front door. August came around and I thought, “Okay, surely they’re going to open soon. Thousands of college kids are finally back, and this would be the PERFECT time to open.” I’m not much of an entrepreneur or businesswoman, but this seemed like sound logic at the time.

August went by….nothing. September went by…..and a sign was finally put up on the front door, but still no cookies! I was starting to lose hope, until FINALLY last night I stumbled upon this article in the Emory Wheel, one of my school’s newspapers. My last class today got out at 2:15 and was a convenient 5 minute walk to Ali’s. I had no choice. I had to go.

I’m not going to bore you with my impressions of the store, decor, people, or any of that other stuff. Long story short, it was cute and pleasant and I will certainly be back for the experience alone. They have tons of flavors, including red velvet, pumpkin spice, and other favorites like double chocolate and oatmeal raisin. I ordered two chocolate chunk cookies and a slice of the cookie cake and raced out, excited to find a table in the sunshine and enjoy my snack.

Unfortunately, the clouds had other ideas and I had to race inside. Still, it didn’t damper my spirits.

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My first cookie!

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Bigger than my palm, which is always a good sign.

First bite….

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You guys……it was life-changing.

I don’t know if it’s because I got chocolate chunk instead of chocolate chip, but the chocolate ratio in this cookie was perfect from the first bite to the last. The chocolate was definitely darker, but not too dark to mask the flavor and I was really able to savor it. The cookie as a whole was soft, but didn’t fall apart. The edges were firm but chewy and just…..mmmmm…..

Sorry, forgot where I was for a second.

I’m almost embarrassed at how fast I ate those cookies, but it was almost worth it. My rating? 10/10. All the stars. Every last one. If you go to Emory or if you’re ever around Emory Village or Ali’s two other locations in East Cobb and Perimeter (here’s the website), I highly recommend it.

And don’t forget to balance out all that sugar with lots of water!

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-Ash

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