An Elvis burger and a jalapeño margarita.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  I have to start today’s post by just taking a moment to thank all the men and women who have selflessly served our country.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! Smile

Brandon and I had a fantastic weekend, so of course, I have to share it with all of you.  I’m especially excited to share all of my food pictures with you, because we had some pretty awesome eats this weekend!

Let’s start with Friday.  Brandon and I had plans to do some furniture shopping after he got off work.  I actually headed out early to do some “pre-shopping” before he met me.  I figured I could hit up a bunch of stores quickly and cross off the ones that we wouldn’t be interested in. 

I also made a quick pit stop at Dairy Queen. Angel

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I had seen ads for their Confetti Cake Blizzard, and since I’m a sucker for anything that combines cake + ice cream, I had to try it out. 

I got a mini cup since I knew we’d be eating dinner in a couple of hours, but I should have just ruined my appetite and gone for the large.  It was delicious.  Big chunks of cake and frosting.  Gone way too quickly.

After saying good-bye to way too much money at the furniture store (we bought some of our “big stuff,” including a couch and dining room set), we went to PF Changs for dinner because I had coupons. Thumbs up

I thought my fortune was pretty hilarious:

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Within the year?  Try within the week! Winking smile

On Saturday, we decided to go check out downtown Atlanta.  Since moving to this area, we haven’t actually explored the city of Atlanta (we live about 30 minutes outside the city). 

We used up some of our hotel points (because we have about a million at this point) to stay at a nice place right in the heart of it all.

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The hotel was pretty cool.  The lobby smelled like sugar cookies, so I was immediately sold.

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Our favorite part of the room?

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The crazy showers.  You could actually see into the shower while sitting in the bedroom.  Probably not the place to stay at with your parents. Winking smile

For lunch, we headed to an Atlanta landmark, The Vortex.

This place is crazy.  First of all, you have to be 18 years old to even enter the restaurant.  Smoking is allowed.  And here’s just a section of their two-page list of rules:

“ATLANTA’S FIRST OFFICIAL IDIOT-FREE ZONE

From our very first days in business, we declared our bar to be Atlanta’s first official “Idiot-Free Zone.” That simply means, at The Vortex Bar & Grill, the customer is NOT always right. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, especially if we think you’re acting like a great big jerk. We opened The Vortex because we thought it would be fun to run a bar, and it really has been. We love and appreciate all the wonderful friends we’ve made over the years, and they appreciate the fact that we do not suffer fools. So you see, an Idiot-Free Zone is a wonderful thing for everyone, except of course, the idiots.”

You can read the rest of their rules at the website.  Interesting, no?  As crazy as the place sounds, they’re known for their amazing burgers.  So we figured if the burgers were good, then the rules were worth it!

It took a while to choose a burger, because they all sounded so good.  But I eventually settled on the Tasmanian Devil burger.

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The burger was coated with a pepperberry rub and topped with pepperjack cheese and pineapple salsa.  And yes, I had a side of tater tots.  And yes, they were delicious.

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My burger was incredibly good.  The pepperberry rub and pineapple salsa added tons of flavor.  And believe it or not, it didn’t taste heavy like a lot of burgers do.  I ate the whole thing, and I wasn’t overly stuffed!

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Brandon shocked the heck out of me by ordering the Elvis burger.  It was a burger topped with peanut butter, bacon, and fried bananas.  My love for peanut butter and banana is obviously rubbing off on him.  I’m so proud. Winking smile 

(And in case you’re wondering, I had a taste of his and the flavors all really worked together!  It was weirdly delicious!)

In the end, we both gave The Vortex two thumbs up!  I had read online reviews that said the wait staff was really rude, but we didn’t experience that at all.  Everyone was really friendly, and the food was great.  I’d definitely visit again!

After lunch, we decided to check out a jazz festival happening in Piedmont Park.

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Piedmont Park is huge and gorgeous …

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… but since it was about 100 degrees outside, we only stuck around for about an hour before we were begging for some air conditioning.

So guess where we went for that air conditioning?

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Trader Joe’s!!  We don’t have one near us, so I was super excited to visit the downtown location.  Everyone in the blogisphere talks about Cookie Butter, so I knew I had to try it for myself.

It totally lived up to the hype.  Even Brandon was impressed.

After cooling off, we headed right back out into the heat to visit Centennial Olympic Park.

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My favorite part of the park was the Fountain of Rings.

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According to the website, the Fountain of Rings is the world’s “largest interactive fountain featuring the Olympic Ring symbol.”  Several times a day, music is blasted through speakers and the fountain puts on a “performance” that syncs up to the music.  It’s so cool!

After Centennial Olympic park, Brandon and I got cleaned up and headed to dinner at Agave.

The restaurant’s website describes Agave as an “eclectic southwestern eatery.”  Brandon and I both love southwestern flavors, so we were excited to try it out.

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As soon as we sat down, we were greeted with chips and fresh salsa.

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Agave is known for their award-winning margaritas.  I chose the jalapeño-infused margarita, and it was delicious.  I could feel the slight heat of the jalapeños on the back of my throat, but the flavor didn’t overwhelm the flavor of the margarita.  So yummy.

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For his entree, Brandon chose the “Sunburned New York Strip Steak”  Here’s the online description: A fresh grilled Black Angus NY Strip, herb and chile marinated and grilled over green chile & roasted yellow corn mashed potatoes topped with a smoked chile and honey BBQ sauce.

He was a big fan.

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After much debating, I went with the “Chile Seared Jumbo Diver Sea Scallops.”  The online description: Fresh jumbo diver sea scallops pan seared in our signature herb & chile rub served with fire roasted tomato and serrano stone ground grits and honey cider collard greens.

This dinner was so unbelievably delicious.  The grits were the best I’ve ever had, and they paired perfectly with the scallops.  I could have licked my plate clean (but I didn’t, because I’m a lady. Smile with tongue out).

Following dinner, we visited our hotel’s rooftop bar. 

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We had been given two free drink tickets when we checked in, so we each enjoyed a cocktail while admiring the skyline.

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We also had some live entertainment to add to the ambiance. Winking smile

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And then to finish off the day, I stubbornly insisted kindly requested that we have dessert.

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Perfect ending to a perfect day!

Sunday morning, we woke up bright and early and took advantage of our free breakfast vouchers.

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I ordered the oatmeal-buttermilk hotcakes, and they were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten .

(P.S. While writing this post, I googled to see if there was a difference between ‘pancakes’ and ‘hotcakes.’  Believe it or not, it seems to be quite a hot debate!)

We finished off our Atlanta weekend with church and lunch with friends.  Good stuff.

Question for ya …

What did you do this weekend?

Do you have off work today?

I don’t.  I’m heading into Lifetime this morning to work until 2pm. Smile

Can you remember where you’ve eaten the best burger in your life?  How about the best pancakes?



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54 Responses to An Elvis burger and a jalapeño margarita.

  1. kaceyjt

    What a wonderful weekend! I’ve had an Elvis sundae before (again, weirdly delicious), but never thought of putting those flavors on a burger!
    I got that same fortune a few months ago! Unfortunately, Eric and I will have to wait a bit longer than the two of you to see it come true:)

  2. Gretchen

    What a great weekend! :) That Margarita sounds amazing! I wish we had cool places like that. :) How fun!
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  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    This post is overflowing with so much good food and activities! Georgia looks like an awesome place to spend the weekend with loads of fun stuff to do. And I’ve gotta say– that shower curtain is nuts! I hope they have a disclaimer on that thing ;) haha
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  4. Jan Petters

    Sounds like Brandon is really branching out on his food choices. Kind of hard not to with you around! You really skipped over the last dessert – what was that????

    Can’t wait to come see you both in Atlanta!

    Love,
    Mom

    • notsodomesticated

      It was a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, but I forget what that other sauce was haha. Love you!

  5. Megan@ The Running Doc

    You had some good eats this weekend! I love peanut butter and banana as much as anyone but I don’t know that I would have been daring enough to try it on a burger, props to your husband! And after reading this I have decided that Dairy Queen will be on the menu for me today, I need a Confetti Cake blizzard in my life. :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Let me know if you like the Blizzard! I loved it!

  6. amy @ fearless homemaker

    wow, it looks like you had a great weekend full of some delicious food! my husband + I both have the day off today, so we’re going to spend it relaxing + spending time with his family. and then tonight we’re grilling burgers at home – hopefully they’ll be as good as those burgers y’all ate!
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  7. Yellow Haired Girl

    So many delicious looking pictures in one post! I can’t handle it. Your burger looks like what dreams are made of :) I work today (Canadian!) but that’s okay. I had my turn last Monday!
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  8. Katie @ msfitrunner

    Love everything about this post and all the fun you had- but I especially love that striped shirt you are wearing at the end, super cute!!! What an awesome weekend:) and yay for moving within the week!!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Katie! I got it from the Juniors section of Von Maur haha. They have some really nice stuff there! Normally I think the clothes in the juniors dept look kind of cheap, but not at Von Maur!

  9. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    Our favorite burger bar has a burger called “The Memphis” and it is loaded with bacon, fresh bananas, and HOMEMADE peanut butter. It is one of my favs!!! It’s so freakin’ good!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yumm!! That sounds awesome!

  10. Kailey

    I need to try that Blizzard – Cake Batter is perhaps my favorite flavor in the world :)

    P.S that Cookie Jar Spread is crazy addicting. I think mine was polished off in 4 days.

    • notsodomesticated

      Um I’m a little scared to have that cookie butter sitting around here … it’s going to get eaten way too quickly! ;)

  11. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I’ve tried that Blizzard twice this month…and I add brownie pieces for a little bit of chocolate :) .
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    • notsodomesticated

      Ooh very smart!!

  12. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    I’m so jealous of your weekend!! It sounds and looks like you two had a great time :) . All of your eats look so tasty too! And that fortune haha…priceless. I hope you have a great day pretty lady <3
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  13. B @ Crags and Veggies

    Isn’t Atlanta awesome? I will have to go to Agave to try the Jalapeno Margarita, sounds awesome!My favorite burger joint is called Urban Stacks in Chattanooga (just a short drive north of ATL)My meat eating friends say the meat there is excellent! I prefer the mushroom or veggie burgers which are juicy, rich, and filling in their own!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks for the tip on Urban Stacks! We visit Tennessee often … we’ll have to check that out!

  14. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    Wow wow wow, so many awesome things going on in this post! Thank you for showing all these pics of amazing food! I’ve never been to Atlanta, but all of your posts are making me want to visit more and more!
    That shower looks pretty cool, but I could def see how it might catch people off guard! HA!
    I’m glad you found some furniture!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Come visit!!! :) You’d have a place to stay! ;)

  15. Kat

    what a fun weekend!! And you look gorgeous might I add :)
    And I rarely order burgers at places since I dont trust meat I havent cooked myself (food poisoned too many times!) however the garden burger I get from my fav bbq place is BOMB! I never get ANYTHING else!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh no! I’ve only had food poisoning once, and it wasn’t from meat. What a bummer!

  16. Krystal@Ms.Random

    You left me drooling after reading this post LOL A burger with tater tots, this brings me back to my childhood :)

    I love Five Guys Burgers…so yummy. Whenever I am in the States, I have to go to Red Robbin, there burgers are really good as well.

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday Monday :)
    XX
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’ve never been to Five Guys, but I’ve heard great things!

  17. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    What a fun weekend! All of the food looks so delicious, and I’m dying to try the jalapeno margarita! I love the pic of you and Brandon standing at the rooftop bar – you are so beautiful. :)

    I am completely off work today (obviously no school, but no fitness classes either), and we slept in and then chilled at the pool with my family and ate some bbq.

    I love your fortune from the restaurant – too funny!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, my friend. You’re so sweet! And it sounds like you guys had a super nice day! I’m so glad you got to relax a bit!!

  18. Meg

    Oh my gosh I have so much to say!

    First off, I just need to say you look absolutely gorgeous in all of the pictures! Stunning sweetheart! Absolutely stunning!

    I can’t get over your fortune from the cookie!? Could that be any creepier!? I bet your jaw dropped!

    And one last thing – I would have totally ordered those scallops too ;) I can never turn scallops down!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Meg. You are so sweet. :) And I’m with you on the scallops … if I ever see them on a menu, it’s very hard for me to order anything else! ;)

  19. Nancy

    Ahhh I need to remember get some cookie butter next time I pop into TJs. I’ve had (on numerous occasions) the speculoos-filled chocolate bars, but only because they ever so sneakily place it right next to the credit card reader.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha they sure do know how to tempt us, don’t they?? ;)

  20. Charissa

    There is lots of yummy things in this site…the burger has me drooling and I am not usually a burger girl.

    And that shower…haha, wow…maybe in the master bedroom?
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  21. Amy

    I tried the confetti cake blizzard too! Mine was average lol I love the Black and Yellow Tortilla chips!!! A taste of Pittsburgh love :) We were outside pool side all day long. Even spf 75 did know good for me I still burn figures!

    • notsodomesticated

      Oh no! Sorry to hear you got burned! Brandon got burned today, too. Of course, he didn’t wear sunblock, so what did he expect?! ;)

  22. Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More

    I cannot wait to try Cookie Butter! Our TJ is opening this Fall. Can’t get here soon enough!
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  23. Corrie Anne

    Oh yeah. I loved that blizzard!!!!! really cute pictures at the restaurant!
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  24. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Ahh so much great stuff going on here! The food, activities, and people, all fantastic and I am so so glad you enjoyed the weekend! I am also nodding my head at your choice of blizzard, a good one for sure :) And that burger? Well something to try in my near-future, just one of those things you have to experience yourself! haha
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yes, the Blizzard was AH-MAZING! ;)

  25. Courtney @ LivingABonaFideLife

    We’ve stayed at the Glenn before and really liked it too. Cute boutique hotel! Haven’t been to either restaurant you mentioned, they both sound delish!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hey, I know you!! ;) I went to your “about me” page on your blog and was so surprised to see a face I recognized haha! :) You guys definitely need to check out Agave. They have some of the tastiest food I’ve ever eaten! :)

  26. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    what a FUN weekend you guys had!! i’m glad you were able to find some furniture you like. how exciting!! :) you two are so cute together.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Ashley! I think we’re pretty darn cute together, too, but I’m biased!! ;) Glad you had such a fun weekend in Michigan!

  27. Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat

    Best Pancakes ever- Hoots Cafe in Whitebird Idaho. It’s a little cafe right off the highway and the pancakes are bigger than the plates- sooo good & such good childhood memories too :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yummmmm!

  28. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    Oh my goodness…that blizzard!!! I need a giant one of those in my life.
    I have to admit I haven’t eaten pancakes in over 2 years. Yeah I’m insane (but we already knew that…) but those pancakes 2 years ago were the best ever. I drooled on myself and they were bigger than my head.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha you are so funny! So you ate the best pancakes ever, and then you quit eating pancakes for the next 2 years?? Perhaps in protest because you knew you’d never eat pancakes as good as those again? ;)

  29. Baking Serendipity

    Such a fun weekend! I love the hotel and that bar! My best burgers are usually at home…for whatever reason, I tend to skip burgers at restaurants. Yours looks fantastic though!
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  30. Lauren

    Sigh now I want tator tots, burgers and frozen yogurt! Looks like you had a great weekend. We had a great Memorial Day weekend in NJ and official kickoff to the summer!

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I know. Everytime I look at those pics, I get hungry. ;)

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