I know, I know..I have totally fell off of the blogging map. But hey, it’s my last semester in college. Cut a girl some slack, I’ve been busy!

So this past weekend, I decided it was time to put myself first for a change, time to let loose and make some memories to look back on and tell my kids about one day. So, I drove to Jacksonville, picked up my old roommate Kat, and we took a road trip to HOT-Lanta.

So here’s the thing, Kat and I, we’re the definition of grandmas. When we lived together, we were those two who were in bed with our tea at 9 pm, watching everyone else’s snaps out at the bar. We were those two that when we could actually be dragged out with the rest of our friends, we found a reason to head home five minutes after midnight.

We made a pact in the car to be the opposite of our normal selves for the weekend. We made a pact to go out and be social, to do the crazy things, one time for the one time. No being lazy, no being anti-social, it was time to be 21 & FUN. Here’s how we did it:

Step Number One: Have A Free Beer Flight at Gordon Biersch Brewery

I’m not really a beer person, like at all, so how we ended up starting our trip at a Brewery is beyond me. However, with all of that said, 10/10 would recommend the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. The food and the atmosphere was incredible, the sangria was delicious, and even the beer was pretty good.

Step Number Two: Uber to the Nearest Bars

Being that we stayed in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, we had quite a few options to choose from. We had a great time hanging out at places like The Ivy, Hangovers, and the Dive Bar. The music was good, the drinks were great, and if I do say so myself, the boys were pretty cute too.

Step Number Three: Eat Lots of Good Food

So, it turns out, the weekend we ended up in town was the annual Taste of Atlanta food festival. Oh my god, it was the best $20 I have ever spent. I had the greatest Bread Pudding of my life from the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, snacks from The Melting Pot, lobster roll, and so much more. I was definitely in foodie heaven.

Step Number Four: Crash Another College’s Homecoming

Also a fun fact we learned was we arrived in town was that it was homecoming weekend at Morehouse College. Anyone familiar with Atlanta University Center, knows just what a big deal this weekend is. Kat and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but never say no to a football tailgate.

All in all, it was a weekend for the books. Kat and I successfully consumed way too much alcohol, ate way too much food, but also had way more fun than we’ve had in a long time. Road tripping while singing along to classic Jonas Brothers hits, shivering in our Florida sweaters, and dancing our way across Atlanta was all worth it. Also, bonus points to us, because the only casualty of the weekend was that I lost my left flip flop.

Hotlanta: it was real, it was fun. It was actually pretty real fun.


Written by Jazmyn Patterson

Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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