CO

After many years of being what many consider to be boring with my eats, over the past few months I've tried new foods. Pho is definitely one of my favorite new things that I've tried. After meeting up with some friends for a quick drink but not having dinner at CO, I knew I wanted to try their pho. It wasn't my first introduction to pho as I'd had it before but it was at 3 AM on the weekend after some cocktails and I just feel like I didn't really have the full pho experience. My friend and I decided while stuck in traffic that CO would be the perfect place for dinner.

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We started out with the pulled pork tacos which come with bell pepper, cucumber cilantro aioli, onions, and radish. Out of everything I just named, the only thing that I would've willingly tried was the cucumber cilantro aioli. The tacos were extremely flavorful and as you may know from my last Musings post, I've been obsessed with tacos for a while now. These had a different flavor that I wasn't used to but I loved them. 

Now onto the main course: pho. I ordered their beef pho which was absolutely amazing. As I said, still new to the world of pho and all of the possibilities but I do know that whatever pho I order, I always add a ton of cilantro and lime. It makes it taste 10x better in my opinion. I'm not a fan of sriracha or bean sprouts at all so lime and cilantro is all I need. The pho was not only filling but the broth was so flavorful. Naturally, this pho was thoroughly demolished and I don't regret it one bit.

I was obsessed with the vibe of CO and I'm so glad that I decided to come back and try it because I was definitely not disappointed. Next time I'll be trying their pork and crab spring rolls and the spicy beef pho. CO is located in multiple places around the country so if you're able to stop in and try it, I recommend it for sure. Let me know how you like it.

xo Toni

Victory Sandwich Bar

The Atlanta Guide is making it's long awaited return! This girl loves a good sandwich and since I've found Victory Sandwich Bar on the Belt Line, I haven't been disappointed. I went here for the first time last summer for my friend's birthday and I fell in love with it. It's a cool little spot with ping pong, movies on a projector, and some damn good sandwiches in Atlanta. This place is not only super "Instagram worthy" but the food is amazing and definitely great food after a day of hanging out with friends.

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Their sandwiches are pretty small so I normally get two but the other night when I went, I'd already had some tacos a couple hours before. They're big enough for a full meal if you get multiples or just a snack like I did with one. I always order either a Hambo or a Castro. Pictured is the Castro which is smoked pork, ham, pickles, fontina cheese, and yellow mustard. Literally obsessed with it. Best part is that they're only $4! All their sandwiches come with fresh homemade chips and you can also get a bag of them on the side if you want extra. If you're 21 or older, you can enjoy my favorite drink there which is a Victory Libre or any of their other spiked sodas.

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I've literally been obsessed with this place ever since and anytime I'm in the city and sandwiches are craved, this is the place to hit. I'm definitely looking forward to getting one of their VICnic basket which is enough for 4 people to have a nice picnic in the park. What more could you possibly want than good food, movies, ping pong, and drinks? You can find out more about Victory Sandwich Bar on their website or by stopping in if you're in Atlanta.

xo Toni

Jinya Ramen Bar

I'm late to the (real) ramen party. I've had the cheap pre-packaged ones before but never had actual ramen because every time I saw it, it always had the egg in it and I'm just not a fan of eggs that aren't scrambled or put on top of avocado. But as I said in my last post, I'm trying new things this year. Late last year I finally checked pho off my list so the first on the list in 2018? Real ramen.

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A friend of mine invited me to Jinya Ramen Bar and I reluctantly said yes. I'm a picky eater but after looking at the menu, decided that if all else failed pot stickers are always a safe bet. The actual restaurant itself is a genuine ramen bar, similar to the ones that I've seen many times on the Travel Channel. After much "debate" between the pot stickers and actually getting ramen, I decided to be as plain as I possibly could and ordered their Jinya chicken ramen which consists of chicken broth, chicken chashu, spinach, green onion, and fried onion served with thin noodles. I added a some cilantro and lime to mine after tasting it.

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All in all, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed the ramen because I didn't think I actually would. I don't think I'll ever try any of the ones with the egg in them or the ones with the bean sprouts but I will definitely be going for real ramen over the packaged stuff in any case in the future if it's an option. I'm still practicing on the whole chopsticks thing when it comes to noodles, but maybe next time it'll be a bit easier.

xo Toni

Pressed Juicery

I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to trends or doing what everyone else is doing, I don't really follow it. However, I've been seeing Pressed Juicery juices for ages now on every site from YouTube to Instagram and even on blogs that I follow. I knew the next time I was somewhere I could try it, I had to. Living in Atlanta, you're not going to find a Pressed Juicery anywhere here. The closest location to me is in New York City. On my recent trip to New York, I made time to stop and I am beyond glad that I did. Now pressed juice is something that you can do at home, yes. However, I don't make my own drinks like that unless it's the occasional cocktail. I ordered the vanilla almond juice, a signature juice, that has almonds, vanilla, dates, and sea salt. My first impression was that it tasted like the Bolthouse vanilla chai tea, but better. After drinking it I felt very refreshed and even a slight jolt of energy which doesn't happen to me from coffee or even a Red Bull.

They also had the cutest little store on Mercer Street. It was absolutely adorable and exactly how I pictured one of their locations looking. Simple, little, and highly aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It immediately caught my attention when I was walking past it and I'm so glad I stopped in. My drink was well worth the purchase for sure.

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If you're on the west coast or in NYC, check out Pressed Juicery. You will not regret it by any means because no matter what you get, you'll probably be just as obsessed with it as I was when I tried it.

Mary Mac's Tea Room

If you're from Atlanta or you're a transplant like me, you've probably heard of the famous Mary Mac's Tea Room. True southern cuisine is hard to come by. Sure, there are plenty of places that make "southern" food but Mary Mac's still has that at home taste to it. A little back story on Mary Mac's: it's the last tea room of 16 tea rooms that used to be in Atlanta. After 70 years, they're still here and still serving delicious food.

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When you get to Mary Mac's you'll be seated in one of the many different rooms to enjoy your meal. Today we just so happened to be seated in the Atlanta room. To order, you grab your order sheet and a pencil and write down what you want to eat and drink. I decided to go for the fried chicken tenders with macaroni and cheese and one of their specialty's pot likker. Pot likker is hard to explain but it's essentially a soup made from collard greens but it's not exactly collard greens and it's served with cornbread which they call "cracklin' bread". Probably not the best explanation, but what I can tell you is that it's damn good. If it's your first time visiting Mary Mac's, be sure to ask for your complimentary cup. I did the first time I was there and now I order it by the bowl.

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I'm not going to lie, I'm a simple eater. However at Mary Mac's it doesn't matter what you get whether you get fried green tomatoes and sweet potato  souffl√© like my aunt or country smothered pork chops with collard greens like my mom, I've never tasted anything on the menu that I didn't like and I'm a slightly picky eater. 

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Their food is definitely a part of Atlanta culture with Atlanta even going so far as to name Mary Mac's as their official tea room. I can see why because every time you're there, it feels like a family reunion but that could just be the southern hospitality in me talking. Mary Mac's is a must-see if you're in the city. You won't regret it and the food is classic. What are your favorite Atlanta restaurants?

xo Toni