ATL Art Party

Friday Favorites: Patios, Rolled Ice Cream, and a Giveaway!

Hello from my new-and-improved website! Isn’t it pretty? ISN’T IT? The logo was introduced a couple of weeks ago, but it took me some time to get everything squared away with the new site. Big thanks to my friend Malika at Roamilicious for giving me pointers along the way.

I’m changing things up with my Friday Favorites. Next week (I hope) I’ll begin sending out a weekly newsletter called the Friday Bite. Sign up and receive five tips for the weekend ahead and access to discounts and deals. SIGN UP right here!

To celebrate the arrival of my new website I have a giveaway! It’s at the bottom of the page…keep scrolling!

Eat This

Last night I sneaked a peek at MIST snack.dessert bar’s shiny new space and I’m so excited to see what’s to come! Everything on the menu is very on trend. Expect to find poke bowls, rolled ice cream, boba tea, and more. This Saturday, April 22, noon to 3 p.m. is their grand opening celebration with live music and complimentary food and drink. Go check them out at 4897 Buford Hwy Chamblee, GA.

rolled ice cream at MIST snack.dessert bar
rolled ice cream at MIST snack.dessert bar

Drink This

Bubbles at The Optimist’s Oyster + Lobster Shindig this Sunday, April 23, 1 – 5 p.m. The Optimist is one of my favorite spots for oysters and their outdoor space is so inviting and just screaming for a party. For $50 you’ll get half-roasted oysters, mini lobster rolls, roasted oysters, raw oysters on the half shell, and baked oyster Rockefeller plus two beverages (wine or beer). I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Tickets can be purchased here.

See This

“Matilda: The Musical” at the Fox Theatre. This is the last weekend it’s in town and while I won’t get to see it, it does sound lovely. I loved the movie as a kid and from what I read in this AJC review the musical adaptation sounds lovely. Plus, Tim Minchin wrote the lyrics and he’s HILARIOUS. Buy your tickets hereOr, if you’re a college kid, go to the box office two hours prior to the performance and grab your ticket for $25 (make sure you have your student ID, though).

Matilda: The Musical at The Fox
Matilda: The Musical

Do This

Use #homeisthekey now through April 30 and Nissan USA will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity. Earlier this week I attended a cooking class at Sur La Table and in between stirring our beurre blanc and searing our scallops we chatted about the importance of Habitat’s mission. Affordable housing is becoming harder and harder to come by, and their work is more critical now than ever. Learn more about Habitat and their campaign to see how you can help. Side note: Sur La Table’s cooking class was SO much fun. Our teacher, Ashley, was informative (I now know the correct way to hold a chef’s knife) and she kept the class moving nicely. Unrelated, I want to buy everything at Sur La Table.

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Scallops with beurre blanc, anyone? I love when delicious food and good causes come together (#foodlanthropy)! 🤗 Last night I attended a cooking class at Sur La Table to learn more about Habitat for Humanity's #homeisthekey campaign. 🔑🔑🔑 If you're not familiar, Habitat works with families in need across the country and around the globe to build or improve housing. It's not a handout- the families take homeowner classes and put in hours of "sweat equity" by helping with other families' homes. Affordable housing is becoming harder to find, and Habitat's work is more critical. 🏡 Want to help? Every time you use the hashtag "homeisthekey" in April Nissan will donate $1 to Habitat! ✨ Have you ever volunteered with Habit for Humanity?

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Get This

Tickets to UNICEF Next Generation’s Art Party on Saturday, April 29, 8:30 p.m. I’m going to this and would love to see you there! In fact, I’m giving away two tickets to help you and a friend get there. The Art Party brings together emerging and established artists to build relationships with philanthropists and art collectors. I happen to love buying art from local artists and can’t wait to mingle with them while sipping on drinks from the open bar. Tickets start at $50 and include an open bar. You can save 10% on tickets using the code LIA10, but if you want to win two tickets…keep reading!

ATL Art Party

Enter to win two tickets to the ATL Art Party on Saturday, April 29 by commenting below with the weekend activity your most looking forward to. It doesn’t have to be one of these, it can even be laundry – just share! Bonus entry if you sign up for the Friday Bite newsletter.

Winner announced Tuesday, April 25. Good luck!


  1. The blog looks amazing, Lia!
    I’m looking forward to some reading in the sun tomorrow and catching up on old iZombie episodes on our rainy Sunday.

  2. Love the new site! Also, now I feel the need to shop at Sur la Table this weekend, maybe after some rolled ice cream 🙂

  3. I’m looking forward to getting outside and doing some hiking and kayaking!

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