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November 3, 2010

My Atlanta Bucket List

Like I said before, I am going to miss Atlanta, but I'm so thankful for everything I've been lucky enough to experience over the last four years.

I've seen several shows at the glorious Fox Theater, watched the Braves play baseball, listened to Paul McCartney serenade me and 50,000 others for a good cause, soaked up the spring sun at Piedmont Park with a good book and a cold drink, and frequented many an antique shop for treasures.

I lived in two great old homes in amazing neighborhoods, ran the Peachtree Road Race, danced the night away at Cavern til last call, and enjoyed many a meal at many a scrumptious Atlanta eatery.

I climbed Stone Mountain, toured the aquarium, won 3rd place at a karaoke contest in Buckhead, browsed through countless festivals, and finally shopped at the Mart - three times!

While I'm going to miss Atlanta, I know James and I are going to love Athens, our new, cozy home, and make new friends and experience things that I'll cherish just as much as my Atlanta memories. However, as our final countdown begins, there are a few Atlanta staples I haven't experienced yet, and I'm determined to cross every last item off my to-do, to-see, to-drink, to-eat (you get the picture) list before we hand our apartment key over and wave goodbye.

So without further ado, I present my Atlanta Bucket List:
  1. Dine at Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles 
  2. Visit the Dekalb Farmer's Market
  3. Have a beer at The Thinking Man's Tavern
  4. Enjoy a drive-in evening: a drive-in dinner at The Varsity + a movie at the Starlight 6 Drive-In Theater
  5. Buy my Mom and me tickets for the holiday Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
  6. Sip a martini and watch an IMAX movie at Fernbank's Martinis and IMAX
  7. See Lun Lun's new baby panda at the zoo!
  8. See Blondie crush beer cans between her ta-tas at the classy Clermont Lounge (no judging)
  9. Have a cocktail at the Sun Dial and see a 360 degree view of Atlanta
  10. Go take a peek (and possibly ride?!) the Pink Pig at Lenox Mall and pretend like I'm a kid again
  11. One last dance party (or a few, I have a couple of months) at the CAVERN
  12. Have a romantic dinner at JCT Kitchen for Sunday Supper (I've been; this is an item for James to check off..and for me to enjoy a second time)
  13. Search for treasures at Kudzu Antiques
  14. A long shot, but: meet an Atlanta Housewife (preferably Nene...or Kandi...)
  15. Warm up with a hot doughnut and hot chocolate at the old 1930s Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon Avenue during Christmastime
  16. Experience Fat Matt's Rib Shack's famous ribs in Morningside
  17. Dance the night away at Funk Night with DJ Romeo Cologne at Star Bar
  18. Chow down at the Highlander, a restaurant that has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
  19. Watch a night of improv at Dad's Garage
  20. Listen to blues music at Maddy's in Decatur
My list is quite ambitious...but I think it can be done in a little under three months. And to any of my friends who are reading, please, jump on this crazy train and cross off a few of these with me! I plan to document every experience with my trusty Canon, and I'll be sharing every detail on my beloved blog, of course.

To any Atlantans out there, did I leave anything off my random-things-to-do-before-moving list?! Do tell!


  1. Natty, you are moving like an hour and a half away. Thats a commute for some folks... atlanta is not gone forever =)

  2. Gouda and I LOVE the drive-in! Just in case you didn't know, you can bring your own food and alcohol in!

  3. Natalie, I TOTALLY saw Sheree working out at Chastain one night. I also saw Andree 3000, I swear. I'd start strolling there, you never know who you could see!

  4. Take in a Falcons or Hawks night game and celebrate the win at Magic City.

  5. I love lists like this. Enjoy checking those things off. :)

  6. You'll have to mention the pink pig to my mom when you see her. She's totally obsessed with it and wants to ride it every year!! {She remembers riding the original one that was on the roof at the downtown Macy's before they demolished it}.

  7. My mom rode the original, too! My brother and I rode the one that was at Lenox in the early 90s...I'm so glad they've brought the Pink Pig back! It's too cool.

  8. Is it ok if I steal some of your ideas for when I move to ATL? I love this!

  9. So. Fun. I almost feel embarrassed that there are so many things on this list that I haven't done. I need to jump on it!

  10. I saw Nene at the Globe Trotters game back in March. I didn't want to bother her by going to take a picture with her so I just took pictures of her.

  11. Two things: One- I shamelessly love the Housewives {I don't even care what city were talking, I love them all:)} Two- I worked at a Krispy Kreme here in Scottsdale for about two years when I was in High school. Surprisingly, I ate them everyday for those two years, and STILL didn't get sick of them! YIKES!



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