8.29.2016

Restaurant Find: SAVOR bar & kitchen

Living in Atlanta my entire life (well aside from college and NYC), I've seen the changes over the years. And it's always baffling to me when I haven't been to a certain restaurant before.

Recently, my sister and resident photog, moved back to the city, so I decided we needed a Friday date night at SAVOR bar & kitchen! Nestled right off the busy interstate that is I-285, SAVOR is this hidden oasis away from all the chaos.

Outfit Deets: Love Sam Top (Kane Boutique) / Paige Denim Skirt (Kane Boutique)  / Forever 21 Clutch (Old), Similar  / Zara Heels 
As we walked into The Westin, we were greeted by the friendly staff and directed to the restaurant down the stairs. As we made our way to the table, the hostess expressed they were happy to have us and hoped we were ready to eat! I don't know about you, but I'm always ready to eat (you do not want to see me #hangry).

Once we were seated, my sister and I both looked over the cocktail menu. I mean nothing says Friday like cocktails, am I right? I opted for the Moonshine Mule (amazing and highlight recommend trying this classic with a twist), while my sister went with a tasty Peach cocktail.

Moonshine Mule + Peach Cocktail

As we sipped on our delicious cocktails, we attempted to select a couple of starters. SAVOR's dinner menu is packed with so many yummy options, that it was a bit overwhelming trying to narrow down which ones we wanted to try. Around this time, Chef John Bjorge came out to introduce himself and tell us about a few of his favorites. As we listened, he told us he would be sending a few additional items out for us to try! The waitress was not joking when she asked if we needed a bigger table.

Cajun Shrimp Skewers / Wicked Okra, Peach Pepper Sauce
Crawfish Beignets / Tabasco Syrup
Mussels' Skillet / Garlic, White Wine, Sea Salt, Grilled Bread
Baked Portobello Caps / Carrots, Celery, Shallot, Bleu Cheese B├ęchamel

See what I mean?! I can honestly say I enjoyed all of the starters, but if I had to pick one favorite, I would go with the Shrimp Skewers. The sauce on the shrimp is heavenly and not too overpowering.

For the break in between out entrees, my sister and I decided it would be smart to incorporate some greens into our meal. She opted for their Caesar Salad, while I went with the Baby Tuscan Kale Salad. If there is ever a kale salad on the menu, I must try it! I loved their twist on the kale salad, because they kept it somewhat simple. The salad is topped with toasted almonds, parmesan cheese, fried garlic, lemon segments and drizzled with a honey-cider vinaigrette. Hungry yet?

Caesar Salad / Chopped Romaine, Pecorino Cheese, Garlic Croutons, Cherry Tomatoes
Baby Tuscan Kale Salad / Lemon Segments, Toasted Almonds, Parmesan Cheese, Fried Garlic, and Honey-Cider Vinaigrette


I knew after the cocktail, starters and salad, that I would need something fairly light for my entree. I told Chef John that I loved fish! So, he told me he would bring me the Grilled Scottish Salmon for my entree, as well as another fish which I had never had before...Flounder! My sister, Blair, went with the Butternut Squash Ravioli, which tasted like Fall!


Butternut Squash Ravioli / Bartlett Pear and Sage Cream Sauce
Grilled Scottish Salmon / Corn, Lobster, Edamame, Brown Butter
Pecan Crusted Flounder / Honey Butter Sauce

When our server came back by to see how our meals were, he noted that there was still one final course. Since we had just eaten the entire menu, I told him I wanted something small. He mentioned that the serve cute, little "bite!" Just the right amount to finish off a meal!

Almond Joy 

Photography by: Blair Boring
As we wrapped up our evening, we took a walk outside on the gorgeous patio. With twinkling lights and a large fountain in the middle of the pond, I almost forgot I was in the city. And as we walked back through the restaurant we heard the lovely sound of live music. SAVOR has live music every Friday night. Just another reason you and your significant other (or girlfriends) need to plan a night here soon!

XO, 
Kel 

8.25.2016

Barre So Hard


Not sure if you've caught on yet, but I have a slight major obsession with Pink Barre! So much so, that I have started to buy all things barre related.

As I was doing a little online browsing shopping recently, I stumbled across Zazzle's wide array of barre themed products! Seriously, the holy grail of all the things you could ever want (forever, ever). 





The products that I absolutely LOVE are my new 'Barre So Hard' tank and 'Meet Me At The Barre' Personalized water bottle! They have tons of styles and colors from you to choose from, so you can customize it to your liking! I mean, can we even?? Side Note: Definitely order a size up on the tank, especially for you tall girls who like a little more length.

If you're in the market for barre gear or honestly anything you could ever want, head over to Zazzle and get your shop on! I mean online shopping burns calories, right?! I'm telling myself it does. 

XO,
Kel

8.01.2016

Meet Your Bar(re) Tender - Kiley

Time for another edition of Meet Your Bar(re) Tender! One of the many reasons I love Pink Barre, are the ladies who come to the classes and the instructors. Seriously, Tara has done a wonderful job in creating a place where ladies can not only get their fitness on, but create friendships!

This week, I'm featuring one of the fabulous Buckhead instructors, Kiley! She's amazing, and great at what she does (kicks my butt on the reg). From a retired NFL cheerleader to Pink Barre instructor to founder of a women's ministry, this lady stays busy!

Everyone has a story. How did you first hear about Pink Barre? 

K: I was recommended by my physical therapist and a chiropractor after tearing my psoas while dancing to take barre as part of my recovery. Because I was in the NFL, I needed a way to recover faster and prevent future injuries as well. Pink Barre provided the set ups I needed to safely heal while developing muscles I never used before! I feel much stronger and even more flexible a year into Pink Barre. Even after many seasons of weight training and dancing for decades, our work outs always challenge me.

I'm a big believer in leading a balanced lifestyle. I'm curious how you juggle it all -- between work, working out, teaching class, and socializing -- how do you do it all?

K: It's been ingrained in me since I was young to balance a busy schedule with a daily workout. I'd be lying if I said it was easy, but because of my dance background, I learned from a young age discipline and boundaries in a busy but healthy lifestyle is key to preventing burn out. While short term fitness goals are always important, one huge goal I've set for myself is to maintain a healthy lifestyle for years to come in order to enjoy a full life.

What's one thing people who be surprised to know about you?

K: Football and sweatpants are my love language. I'm a slight tomboy despite all the high buns and barre clothes! OR (I couldn't decide) I founded a ministry for current and retired professional cheerleaders called Preserve The Light. We meet for Bible studies across the nation, serve our cities, share our testimonies and travel for mission trips internationally.


Being that you're on the go a lot, what do you always make sure to keep with you?

K: A cooler! I have Celiac's disease and also can't eat dairy or soy. A cooler in my car keeps the exact food I need to get through the day while staying safe within my allergy limitations. You'll always find cashews, carrots and humus in my cooler!

When it comes to your diet, what's your motto? 

K: Just EAT! My mentality is everything is OK in moderation, but if you see something you'd like to change in yourself, it needs to be a lifestyle change, not a diet that you'll have to press reset on in a few months.

We all know that abs are made in the kitchen, but there are always days where you need to #TreatYoSelf. How do you treat yourself? 

K: Frozen yogurt is my jam. Whether it's a pint from Kroger or the Menchies that's in our shopping center (which is sometimes torture)... me + ice cream = happy day.


Where is your favorite healthy spot to dine in the city? 

K: I'm an Arden's Garden addict for something quick, but satisfying (or my cooler in the back of my trunk. Joking, kind of)!

What do you love most about Pink Barre? 

K: The community, easily. We're here to support each other as we become the best version of ourselves. That means we focus on set up for exercises so we prevent injuries, but we have FUN from the minute we walk in the door to the long seconds while we hold exercises in class. I love that we laugh throughout our classes!



I struggled with my weight and self image for years. What word of encouragement would you give the ladies who feel like their weight defines their worth? 

K: Girl, I feel you. But what I tell myself is what I tell everyone who struggles with their appearance: You're made exactly how you were intended to be, on purpose and for a purpose. How boring would it be if you walked into class and we all looked the same? Beauty and worth is more than what we see in the Barre mirrors. You are all together beautiful my love, there is no flaw in you. ;)

And for those readers who haven't tried Pink Barre, why should they (other than the fabulous instructors)? 

K: I was hesitant at first, too! But when you step in our doors, you can always expect a smile, warm atmosphere and no matter how many times you come to class (or don't come), you will absolutely be sore the next day! Our workouts are no joke, but I promise several bad jokes during class and some stellar throwback jams on some Thursdays/Fridays!


Huge thank you to Kiley for being a part of this fun series for Pink Barre! If you're interested in joining me for a class, e-mail me or leave a comment below.