Monday, February 15, 2016

LET'S EAT PT. 7 - SHAKE SHACK

Let's Eat is back with Part 7 in the series and first up in Atlanta is SHAKE SHACK.  Wes and I have been craving In-N-Out lately and since that obviously isn't an option down here in the Southeast we thought we would try out a different praised burger chain.  Being that there is only one Shake Shack in Atlanta, the place was busy.  We stopped in around 3:00 on a Saturday and there was a line to the door.  I can only imagine what it looks like in here at noon.  It's also located at THE SHOPS AT BUCKHEAD, so be prepared to eat a good meal and then window shop at Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Tom Ford and other high end retailers.  Anyhoo....
I'll jump right in with the overall thoughts.  Shake Shack has a damn good burger, there is no arguing that fact.  When we got inside, we were able to look over the simple menu and make our picks.  Wes got a double shack burger with a vanilla malt.  I got a single shack burger with a fifty/fifty (half "shack-made" lemonade, half "organic fresh brewed" iced tea) and we split and order of crinkle cut cheese fries.  

Now, about this damn good burger.  Being that I got the single and Wes got the double we got to really see what you get for your money.  For comparison's sake, at Five Guys - which prides itself equally as much as Shake Shack does about their fresh ingredients and never using day-old product - a single cheeseburger is $4.49 and a double is $6.19.  At Shake Shack, the single is $5.29 and the double is $8.09.   The Shake Shack burgers were considerably smaller than Five Guys or even In-N-Out (not even going to go into In-N-Out's prices because they blow both competitors out of the water with quantity AND quality for the price).  I guess my point is that while these burgers really are extremely tasty, the cost just seems a bit steep for the competition.  
Rant over, now back to what's really important - the food.  The burgers were wonderful, and the ShackSauce needs to be added onto everything I eat moving forward, no exceptions.  Wes especially liked that the patty was smashed on the flat top.  Other notable quotes from dear Wesley, "the cheese was good, the bun was... a bun, the lettuce and tomato were on par, the grease level was moderate which is a good thing.  10 out of 10, would eat again".  I think what was most important to him was the consistency of his malt. "The temperature of the malt made it so that I could drink it with my burger, rather than having to wait for a too-cold shake to melt".  What can I say?  This guy gets deep when thinking about his meals.  The cheese fries were top notch in both of our opinions, which is pretty surprising since neither one of us would choose crinkle cut fries over almost any other type of fry.  The only part of the meal I wasn't impressed with was the fifty/fifty.  They take the time to note that the lemonade is shack-made and the tea is organic and fresh brewed.  To me it tasted like a very watered down Arnold Palmer.  It tasted more like an even ratio of lemonade, tea, and water.  I'd opt for a water next time, save more room for the heavenly burger and fries.  And that ShackSauce...oh that ShackSauce...
A perfect shake consistency, and a plane jane fifty/fifty
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

CITY HIKING ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER

I woke up over the weekend wanting to take advantage of the last bit of warm weather before the next cold front came in.  I have seen plenty of people posting great photos of their day hikes on my social media pages and thought that a hike close to town would be the best way to enjoy the weather.  After doing a bit of googling, I settled on the EAST PALISADES TRAIL just north of the city. The hike is just about 4 miles and has some great views of the Chattahoochee River.
There is a $3 park fee for the day and parking is readily available right at the trail head.  We had a great time enjoying the trail, and the lookout point that stands tall above the Chattahoochee River.  The fact that fun and tranquil hikes are just a fifteen minute drive from our house is another reason why I am loving living in Atlanta.  There are so many hikes that are within and hours drive of the city and Wes and I plan on taking advantage of all of them on weekends when the weather is nice *fingers crossed that the warm weather comes back soon* This particular hike had a fair amount of traffic so if you aren't looking for quite so many trail buddies you might want to look a bit further out, possibly over at the INDIAN SEATS TRAIL just under an hour outside of the city.  If you have any suggestions of trails I should check out be sure to let me know!  I will be sure to take my camera along for the next day trip we plan.










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Monday, February 8, 2016

NEW CITY, NO JOB, WHAT'S NEXT?

This is definitely a bit of a departure from my usual posts on food and travel, but I felt like it was necessary to explain why I haven't been giving you guys much consistent content as of late.  As you may know, Wes and I decided to move to Atlanta and got here on December 1.  I didn't have a job lined up but had been putting out feelers before getting here and continued even harder as soon as I arrived.  I have been looking for full time work since December and still just haven't found a match.  
Don't worry, I'm not trying to beg for your pity - but hey, while we're at it, if you like what I'm doing feel free to hire me! I come with great references - I just wanted to let you know what has been going on in my personal life that would have some effect on my blogging life.  As much as I love to try out new restaurants or plan quick weekend trips to post about, those things cost money.  And if you have ever enjoyed the life of the "fun-employed" you know that budgeting is an absolute must.  
What this really means is that I will be bringing some new posts into the fold soon. I've got a few posts scheduled for you in the coming weeks about fun things to do for free in the city.  I've been enjoying getting acclimated to a new city and taking advantage of the free fun this place has to offer.    Just because I am spending much of my time looking for work and budgeting tightly, that doesn't mean that I need to post less.  So, for now I hope you enjoy a picture into my glamorous pampered home life, and check back Thursday for a post on some free fun here in Atlanta!  

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