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Travel: The United States of Georgia

So over the weekend I had the opportunity to see just a spec of how truly fantastic and gorgeous my state actually is. A one hour trip to Dahlonega revealed all.  Dinner in downtown Dahlonega at Piazza with a bottle of easy drinking Chianti from Banfi.  Wine prices were stellar, only $26 for the bottle.  What a mark up!  I was so proud, my student/girlfriend correctly guessed the vintage of the wine based on some information I gave her about the color of the rim and its connection to age.


The pizza, a concoction of spinach, roasted garlic, prosciutto, pepperoni, mozarella and ricotta was pretty good too.  For the price it was fantastic but of course it was no Antico.  Breakfast at the B&B proved lovely as well.  I loved her place settings and the mug of Bavarian chocolate.

Cream cheese pancakes are the truth…and we love kielbasa. But in no way do these compare to Elaine’s pancakes with orange steeped blueberry compote from the B&B in Savannah. Those were/are still the best.


Full and ready for take off, we decided to celebrate our small vacay and her finishing her first major medical school exam with a bottle of Special Club Champagne. Special Club is a designated group of small wine growers in Champagne who select their best lots every year for bottling of a vintage release, this is a 2006. Yes, those were coffee cups but with the lemon and vanilla almond macaroons, it was a showstopper.


So we sat by the pond with our army of gnat buddies and sipped and giggled.


30 minutes later we took a hand drawn map headed towards Amicalola Falls but got sidetracked here at another winery. A Tuscan masterpiece deadsmack in the Georgia countryside. Say what?


There were rolling hills covered in vines and a small community of Tuscan style homes nestled in the forests  behind the vineyard.


It’s lovely and for a moment you almost feel as if you’ve traveled abroad…although we almost traveled down the road of no return. A house was for sale and we opted to check it out. The door was unlocked BUT the owner was home. Luckily he wasn’t afraid of the two girls who just walked into his house somewhat unannounced. #hotmess


These two lucky escapees fled to Amicalola Falls state park to go hiking. My girlfriend wanted to see bears. I did not want to see bears. We did not see any bears. Yay for us.


There isn’t much I can say other than go here now…or this weekend or whenever you have 4-7 hours to spare for nature.


It’s breathtaking. It will make you stare. It will challenge you. You will climb 175 stairs to see this 600 ft.  drop of magnificence.  You will be in awe that you are standing in Georgia and you will realize that Georgia is beautiful.


Then you will climb an additional 425 stairs to see this fantastic vista from the top of the waterfall.   “The view is certainly different from the top,” she said.


Whoever was in this car 50+ years ago maybe got too over zealous about being at the top and crash landed to the bottom. Eeriest and creepiest part of the trip seeing this old vintage truck crashed and rusted on the side of the mountain.


But the sun was out and shining brightly.


A beautiful day to wash away all the stresses of the city and enjoy a little cool mountain breeze.


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Strawberry Swing

i remember the day i started actively choosing to taste and smell fruit when i ate it.  i was tasting wine, and smelling so many aromas i could not identify.  and then i decided i had to cultivate my palette and my sensory perception.  as i told my boss, you’ll never smell wine and say, i smell McDonald’s chicken nuggets.  you might however smell grapefruit, cherries, banana, pineapple and strawberries.

so Publix is having a glorious sale on strawberries.  3 pints for $5.  they are likely not organic.

The Cut

i cut them and the fresh, tart aromas started filling up my space.  i stuck my nose into the container and inhaled.  eventually i’m going to easily identify that smell in wine.

then i tasted them.  it was the most fun part because i could remember these flavors in some of my favorite Oregon Pinots.  a few were not quite ripe and left my mouth feeling tart and dry.  a few were ripe and pleasant.  a few were mouth gushingly juicy and amazing and everything you want your strawberry to taste like.  and a few were past their prime but still pleasant, almost like a stewed strawberry.

and then it occurred to me, that that’s what this whole wine thing is about, seeing what earth, grapes, producers, sun exposures, elevations, distances from mountains and seas etc. will make a wine that gives you the sensation of biting into a mouth gushingly juicy strawberry, or iodine and chalk and lemons, or savage.

it was fun.

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Motivation Magic


Last night my friend girl asked me if it’s bad (as opposed to incredible) if the person you’re dating inspires you to do better and produce results in your own life (as opposed to you being motivated to do it yourself).

I don’t know. It’s certainly not a good thing if you can’t inspire yourself but it damn sure is a great thing when your lover inspires you to get your ass in gear. From experience I’ve spent far too much time being motivated to lie in bed all day with my face in another girls’ armpits and sleep away my progression, only to walk away bored with each other and disappointed in myself.

So I won’t lie. I didn’t get up and get my ass in the gym based on my own inspiration. But after seeing her hop up and get to her studies with only a small huff and puff, I have to do it too but not just for her but for me. Sometimes you need a swift kick in the arse.

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Simplified: LovHer Halloween Party

last night Adah Duval or “Prince Akeem,” hosted a party at Takorea…a place that will eventually make a blog appearance cause Rian loves tacos!


so in my attempts to keep my life expectation free, i went out and bought a mask, some tights and a lace body suit and dressed as a turned up version of myself, just to keep things simple.

i think it went over well. Jason liked it.

and the crew was shining.

and Snow White was fabulous!

and so was Buggin Out.


and passing out this morning was glorious. love the LovHer parties.


even though i can’t fathom such a thing, if you’re a hot, young, smart thing…and you haven’t been to LovHer, you should be about that life.

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Showing Love and Support Amongst Men

ya’ll know i’m obsessed with Jay-Z and Beyonce.  welp, here’s another reason why.  though as usual, they refrained from saying anything directly, only indirectly showing support.  i’ll take it.

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