Atlanta without the heat

This past weekend I met my “big” from college — who, of course, is quite tiny — in Atlanta. She’ll be move to the city for her residency in the summer and needed to scout out a place to stay. Despite a slightly smarmy company of relocation headhunters, my friend fell back on her NYC instincts and found a fabulous place in mere hours. Thank you, craigslist.

Cityscape as seen from Piedmont Park

Cityscape as seen from Piedmont Park

Growing up in nearby SC, I visited “Hotlanta,” but never in the summer when rumor had it that the concrete jungle created its own weather. This trip was unseasonably cool (highs in the 60s) and sun-sunny. From Midtown and Downtown to Five Points and Decatur, we toured (and tasted) the city, and despite the epic traffic jams, still found it quite sweet.

Victory drink at Leon's in Decatur. Tequila, jalepeño and a medley of spirits pack a refreshing but hot punch

Tequila, spirits and jalepeño make for a spicy victory drink at Leon’s in Decatur

A food truck festival that would make DC blush, had we not been on an apartment hunting mission, we would have stopped

Food truck festival that would make DC blush; also one source of the aforementioned traffic

My first trip to NYC was to visit my "big" when I was a freshman in college

Still travelin’: My first trip to NYC was to visit my “big” when I was a freshman in college

Not just biscuits (yes, we had them, too) -- a grain bowl brunch at Radial

Not just biscuits (we had them, too): a grain bowl + over-easy egg for brunch at Radial Cafe

Art from one of the many booths at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Art from one of the many booths at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival