Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

I Ate My Way Through Atlanta and Blogalicious 5


One of my favorite things about the South is the FOOD. I had to abandon my California, seaweed-salad eating ways and get some fried chicken. The Hyatt Regency in Atlanta has the best food I’ve ever eaten at a hotel. Still,  I made a few stops around the city for some yummy, yummy, buttery, fried and seasoned goodness. 

My first meal in Atlanta was this shrimp burger at the hotel. DELICIOUS! It came with a Mexican-flavored slaw. The buttery, chunky shrimp patty is making me salivate just thinking about it. It was so good, I didn’t put anything on it. I did scrape off most of the sauce. I loved every just juicy bite. 





Yes I ate candied bacon. I have no shame. It was hella good.  It tasted like brown sugar or maple meets bacon. The mix of sweet and salty was delish! It was a topping for a waffle.  The shrimp was also a waffle topping and soooo good. Unfortunately I missed out on the bacon doughnut. Those went quick.



Ish got real at the Dairy Queen. When I ordered hash browns, I thought it would look like those little potato paddies or tots that you get at fast food restaurants. Not at the Dairy Queen in Atlanta. Those hash browns were COUNTRY POTATOES. I loooooove country potatoes. The onions and spice made my pallet happy.





There was no way I was leaving Atlanta without stopping at Gladys Knight and Ron Winan’s Chicken and Waffles.  Fried chicken was a MUST on this trip. Luckily the restaurant was a train stop away. Too bad I found out after paying $10 for a cab, but that’s another story.  Fried chicken and hot sauce are a 
match made in my culinary heaven.


My favorite meal was the shrimp burger. In a close second, surprisingly, was my vegetarian dinner. I’ll get the name of the restaurant to you later, but it’s located in Lithonia, GA across the street from Church’s chicken. The Caribbean-inspired spot will fill you up. I had rice and peace, steamed veggies, plantains and stewed tofu. This made me more full than anything I ate during the trip. I had a food coma. Oh and you have to try their cashew smoothies. 


I used to tease my college friend for being a vegetarian, and she took me to this place.  She was right all of these years! I’m woman enough to admit when I’m wrong, and happily full.




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  1. Wow, you did some good eating! LOL

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  2. Girl that's why I love visiting the South. I can always count on being fed very well. :)

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  3. Wow! I needed to eat with you when I was there. LOL! I missed the maple bacon donut too =(

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    1. My jeans are paying the price. LOL

      Next year we'll go on a food adventure. I got the breakfast from the Dairy Queen right next to the hotel! I'm glad I didn't discover this earlier because I would've been in trouble. I love breakfast potatoes.

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  4. Amazing food! I like when it's looks simple and you don't think about how to eat it without destroying this beauty. But food must to still hunger.. It's my opinion. When I was in Vegas we have dinner in one of this resorts https://casinority.com/most-expensive-casino-buildings-ever/ It was good but your dishes looks better

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