|Moi, Erin, Jordyn, and Jenny|
|Light sculpture in the lobby of the W|
Even their public facilities are beautiful.
I want to say a huge thank you to Carmel Car Service. I always use them in NYC going to and from the airports. Certainly easier than trying to catch a cab and I've consistently found them to be less expensive than Uber. Just recently I realized they are countrywide - I used them last August down in Orlando.
Up at 5:00am to get to Atlanta, the W's luxury king suites were a comforting welcome.
|Wow, the W wanted me to get "real comfortable!"|
|Atlanta is also the birthplace of Coca Cola.|
|I'm directing Erin & Pam - Mother has passed and left the house to Pam.|
|Those are all little bodies of people (metal) holding onto each other to create the sculpture of one body.|
|View of downtown Atlanta from the park.|
We had a welcome reception and dinner at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
|Look at all of them with their heads buried in their devices. Hell, I'm taking this pic.|
And even at night the gardens were stunning.
|Light shows - these are clear plastic water bottles.|
15 tastings from 7 food stops. Wow! One week later and I'm still full. First stop was Paschal's.
Martin Luther King Jr. and many other Civil Rights Leaders made this their unofficial headquarters as the movement began to organize and grow.
And honestly, this fried chicken is some of the best I've ever tasted. They obviously brine it first but the restaurant said no bribe was big enough to tempt them to share their secret recipe.
Next up was the Smoke Ring and at the helm of the smoker is executive chief - Jordan Wakefield.
My favorite of the tasting, for sure, was the pork belly.
To cleanse our palate and enjoy something some might think is a bit more healthier, we stopped by Arden's Garden. More than a juice bar, it also offers a varieties of cleanses, smoothies, packaged mixed nuts and fruit bars.
Geez, I'm working up an appetite by listing all of these food stops. Another stop was Just Add Honey, a refreshing take on Southern tea, this shop has everything for the tea and honey lovers. And you can order online!
Now off to Sweet Auburn Seafood...
We were served shrimp and grits. I LOVE shrimp but have tolerated grits in the past...the problem wasn't that I didn't like grits, I was obviously eating the wrong grits. Sweet Auburn's were buttery, creamy, yummy pillows of grits enveloping perfectly cooked shrimp with chicken sausage.
|Shrimp, grits, chicken sausage, tomatoes and low country sauce.|
|They've kept the old sign up.|
this huge historical building has 24 separately owned businesses ranging from produce and meat merchants to a bookstore and pharmacy not to mention many eateries, such as Panbury's. Using a combination of British and South African family recipes for double-crust pies, Lauren and Adam
|Lauren and Adam|
|A take on our "pig in a blanket." Chicken sausage roll.|
And the food booth right next to theirs was Le Metro Creperie...
|I apologize, this pic does not do justice to these two gorgeous taste treats.|
The last night of the summit we were treated to an incredible spread of American Southern, Italian, and Mediterranean foods and dishes from the Fifth Group Restaurants including Ecco, La Tavola, Lure, and South City Kitchen.
Held at the beautiful King Plow Arts Center, once a plow factory, it has now transitioned into a commercial, performing, and visual arts center. It's also perfect for many types of functions, including our very own.
A big shout out to Supershuttle for getting us back and forth to the airport as well as Delta for being our host airlines. The two and a half days flew by and I'm so happy to have met so many smart & motivated attendees who shared laughter & knowledge at this first & highly successful Social Influencer's Travel Summit in Atlanta! #SITSumATL
|Here's to new friends....hi Erin!!|
|And meeting up with old ones...sorry, that didn't come out right ,Jordyn.|
We had too much fun as you can tell.