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Weekend Recap

Good morning!

It’s time for your regularly scheduled weekly weekend recap.

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should), you are already well aware that Wheat and I were in Athens this weekend, but before we went, we had an impromptu little oyster roast Friday night.

Carolina Shuckers Queen Anne Oyster Knife

More on that Friday! We were actually supposed to go to Athens a couple of weeks ago, but Wheat worked the ice storm in Georgia and we ended up not going.  The reason we were going to was to see the unveiling of a portrait of Wheat’s grandfather in the UGA Law School, so we really wanted to make the trip up to see it in person.

 Wheat’s grandfather is on the left (also Bruce Wheat Kirbo – my Wheat is the third) and his brother Charles Kirbo is on the right.  Both men are/were outstanding citizens, excellent attorneys, and generous, caring people.  If you look closely, you can see a drawing of the Decatur County Courthouse hanging on the wall in Papa’s office, as well as a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Kirbo on their wedding day.

The first and the third Bruce Wheat!  :)

After I got a tour of UGA Law, I got a tour of the rest of Wheat’s old stomping grounds.  These mainly consisted of bars.  Not that I’m complaining.

 North Campus was really pretty.  I could have walked around and read all the historical markers, but there wasn’t time.  We had food to eat and drinks to drink.  We lunched at Ted’s Most Best.  It was delicious, but no pictures. :/  I do, however, highly recommend the salads!

We also did a little shopping!

 We made a pit stop at Onward Reserve, co-owned by Thomasville native, T.J. Callaway.  It is an awesome shop, geared primarily toward men, but with plenty of gifts and other items for the ladies.  As my loyal readers probably know by now, I’m not exactly the girliest of girls, so a ton of the items in the store were right up my alley.  I love the durability and functionality of menswear and all things geared towards men.  Traditional menswear is generally high-quality, simple, functional, and timeless – all things that I can get down with.  I added multiple items from Onward Reserve to my personal wish list, including a pair of Red’s Outfitters sunglasses (these or these?) and a Hudson Sutler weekender bag (even cuter colors in store, and oh so desperately needed).  Wheat and I both really loved that we got to drink a beer while we shopped, and the owners’ love of the cold ones was further reinforced with this collection on display.

 Love it.

After shopping, we had our own personal pub crawl, hitting all of Wheat’s favorite haunts. 1) The Melting Point – watched John Keane & Strawberry Flats rehearse over a Terrapin Golden Ale; 2) Had a Fat Tire beer on the rooftop of the Georgia Theater; 3) A couple of drinks and some cheese and pickled veggies at The Branded Butcher; 4) A delicious dinner at The Last Resort; 5) Fancy cocktails and live music at High Wire; 5) nightcap at the Blue Sky speakeasy.


Sunday morning we got up early, hit up Jittery Joe’s, and headed to Jefferson, Georgia (about 15 or 20 minutes north of downtown Athens) to visit Tallahassee native Will Manning at Heartwood Forge.

More on that to come, too!

It was a jam-packed, fun, exciting, relaxing, leisurely, wonderful weekend.  Sometimes it’s just really nice to get out of town and out of your routine.  I had a great time visiting all Wheat’s favorite spots, and Athens never disappoints for a good time – even for a Gator fan! ;)

Until Next Time


Downtown Apalachicola

So to pick up where we left off…

We left the Florida Seafood Festival around 11:00 a.m. and ventured over to downtown, where we ran across some remnants of the night before.

Friday Night Remnants, Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

And some morning glory enjoying the morning sunshine.

We walked around and through a couple shops and then had lunch at one of our favorite spots, the Owl Cafe.  While we don’t recommend the bloody mary (they used a mix), our food and our beer were delicious.  I had an oyster po’ boy, and I left a proud member of the clean plate club.  I hear the grouper sandwiches Wheat and my dad had were thoroughly enjoyable, as well.  No pictures though, because I’m not going to whip out my big camera in a nice restaurant.  An oyster bar, a seafood festival, a walk around town… yes.  A decent restaurant with a white tablecloth: negative, ghost rider (or ghost writer, if you’re Wheat ;)

Please tell me we aren’t the only people who remember (and loved!) this show?!?  I am dying at the quality of the special effects.  Kids these days just don’t even know.

I also thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures of the Venezellos on our walk around town.  I’ve walked by it probably a hundred times and never really looked at it.  And definitely never taken pictures.  According to my fairly thorough googling, it was a Greek fishing, or shrimping, or some kind of, ship.

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After lunch, I’d seen on Facebook that the Oyster City Brewing Company was having a bit of a fundraising shindig, so we stopped by for a couple beers.  They had The Gypsies, a local pair of entertainers (I feel weird calling them a “band,” seeing as that would be a band of gypsies…), and a few great beers on tap.  They even had Wild Night, which is my very favorite Swamphead beer.  Swamphead is brewed in Gainesville, Florida, a place that will always hold a very special place in my heart and in my liver.

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Beers on Tap at Oyster City Brewing Company | Oysters & Pearls

Anyway, I’m pumped about a brewery in Apalach!  They told us they weren’t really going to be brewing for distribution, but rather, for drinking locally.  As in, it’s mainly going to be a bar.  A really awesome bar.  Based on Saturday, I already have very high hopes for the place.  How could you not love a place with a bathroom sign this funny?

Funny Bathroom Sign at Oyster City Brewing Company in Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls


Around 3:00 p.m. we made a quick pit stop in Honey Hole Liquors, then skidaddled back home to watch the Florida-Georgia game.  I was shocked at how well stocked it was, including lots of craft brews and small batch liquors.  And as an old stuff/bottle/jar lover, I loved the antique glider for sitting a spell, and the beautiful-in-the-sun window displays.

Honey Hole Liquors in Downtown Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Bottles in the Window of Honey Hole Liquors in Downtown Apalachicola, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

As a Gator fan (in all kinds of weather), I won’t elaborate much more on that part of the day.  But we did have an awesome joint birthday supper (Saturday was my Daddy’s birthday, too!) that I’ll tell you all about…

tomorrow!  Seriously, it was the longest day ever.  I just can’t get it all in one post.  I’m lucky if any of you made it to this point, after all.  I’ll include a recipe tomorrow, too.  You didn’t think I could let an entire week go by without one, did you?

Until Next Time

Friday Finds


Can I get an Amen?

It’s been a long week for me.  Thank goodness it’s over!  I’m back with a couple weeks’ worth of Friday Finds this morning.

Fair warning, this post starts out pretty girlie, the middle is kinda serious, but it ends with delicious  beer and yet another virtual toast.

Loreal Infallible Lacquer Liner

Infallible Lacquer Liner

Attention all girls: Go forth and buy this eye liner!

When I got my Bobbi Brown makeover, they used a beautiful navy cream eye shadow as an eye liner on me.  I had never thought to use navy eye liner, but she suggested it to enhance my blue-ish green-ish eyes.  It ended making a HUGE difference to me, and makes my eyes really pop.  I have never liked black eye liner on me, it’s too harsh.  Brown is what I usually wear, but the navy was amazing!  But I couldn’t afford to buy the BB navy.  So I scouted Walgreens and CVS but couldn’t find a substitute.  Finally, last Thursday before I left town I swung by Walmart to pick up some nail polish for the wedding (I chose Essie Mademoiselle) and I found this gem of the HBA aisle!  This stuff is amazing.  It’s creamy, smooth, and lasts through a long day of wedding shenanigans, a long night of dancing, and a whole night of sleeping.  Without smudging.  And then comes off with just my Dove soap and water!  And it comes in five colors.  And the brush seems to be of surprisingly decent quality, and is small enough to get a really fine line.  Now I want all the colors.



Are y’all watching this season?  I’ve been obsessed since the pilot episode.  Wheat usually thinks the TV shows I watch are pretty ridiculous, but he LOVES Revenge.  Because it’s so, so, so good.  It’s really the one show we watch together, and we don’t watch a whole lot of TV at all, so that’s saying something.  I am so torn about Emily.  I understand her vendetta, but SO want her to abandon her plot and run away with Jack.  But now I feel like it’s too late.  And of course, it was too good to be true that the preacher and Conrad were just going to confess.  I have to ask y’all: WHO DO YOU THINK THE HAMPTONS KILLER IS????

I was thinking that Victoria was the obvious choice for the killer, but maybe it was Charlotte getting revenge for Decklan’s death?  #hamptonskiller

I also absolutely love Emily Thorne’s/Amanda Clark’s hair.

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Marvel Studios' "Thor: The Dark World," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" And "Guardians Of The Galaxy" Red Carpet - Comic-Con International 2013

And I’d take her entire show wardrobe.  But as a side observation: are middle parts back?  Because I think they kind of are, and I’m not sure I can support that.  I mean, Olivia Palermo always rocks one, too, and everyone’s obsessed with her hair.  I read on Day Old News the other day that she gets her hair trimmed every 4 weeks.  That must be amazing.  I wish my hair stylist sister lived a wee bit closer so I could do that too!  I’m also considering ordering the shampoo/conditioner she uses.

2013-09-22-Olivia Palermo

But I’m no OP, so I’ll stick with my side part.

The Smintzes DIY Marinated Olives


I know, I’m obsessed with Maggie and her blog.  But when I recapped the BBQ she and Greg had us over for a couple weeks ago, I forgot to mention one of the best parts: her marinated olives.  I just assumed they were from an olive bar from the big city (Greg had just made a trip to Atlanta, so I figured that was a logical assumption).  But then after I ate approximately 15 of them (sorry!), Maggie told me she marinated them at home.  Whatttttt?  True story.  So this week I texted her to get the deets, which she serendipitously posted yesterday.  If you like olives, but like us, are too poor or too rural for the olive bar, head over to The Smintzes and write that down.

And now, I’m about to get serious.

In addition to just loving olives with my whole heart, my mother-in-law posted an article on Facebook this week about your diet/nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease.  Wheat’s grandfather has Alzheimer’s, so it’s always on our family’s mind.  Anyway, if you’d like to read the article, {click here}.

To sum up a very long article, the theory is that we are all at least a little gluten-intolerant, and gluten weakens our gut so that other nefarious vitamins/chemicals/casein protein/etc. can enter our bodies.  On the flip side, healthy fats and cholesterol strengthen connections in our brain and encourage new cell growth (pulling out all those biology lessons from college).  Therefore, to help keep our brains (and bodies) healthy, we should limit our intake of gluten (grains) and up our intake of meats and fats.

Sounds pretty paleo-ish, if you ask me. But this diet also sounds very much like the Mediterranean diet to me, too.  I’m not the kind of person that jumps into diets 100% – except for that one time I went vegetarian for a month, then vegan for the next month, but that was an experiment and is neither here nor there.  I definitely don’t think it’s a terrible idea to reduce our carb intake, especially when (let’s be real) we (aka Wheat and myself) probably aren’t burning them off.  If you lead a really active lifestyle and are burning your (healthy) carbs right off, more power to you.  And we’ve all known for a really long time that olive oil, though very “fattening,” is really, really good for you.  Eat it.  Cook with it. Enjoy it. Life’s short.  And this “Grain Brain” diet even encourages butter consumption!  Butter is lacking in casein, which is basically dairy protein.  Therefore, even though he argues against consuming a lot of dairy, especially in conjunction with grain (which according to Dr. David Perlmutter, who wrote the book, is the root of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other brain diseases), you can eat all the butter you want!  He also waxes poetic on the benefits of intestinal flora (ACTIVIA!!!!).  I worked at a health food store in high school, and I remember learning about probiotics and the benefits of replenishing your gut, especially when on antibiotics (which also kill good bacteria).  Dr. Perlmutter is a huge proponent of sauerkraut due to its fermented nature.  I also love it, due to its crunchy tangy pickle-ness.  A foodie friend recommended The Art of Fermentation (<– affiliate link!), so now I’m really thinking about buying it.  Although, I do have a birthday coming up very soon… Bueller?

Basically, eat less grain, eat more fermented stuff, and definitely don’t eat bread and chug a glass of milk at the same time.  I guess cheesy bread and pizza are probably against this diet, so maybe the Mediterranean diet won’t work either.

I’m not saying I’m giving up bread, or milk, or pasta, or cheese, or cream, or pumpkin spice lattes.  I’m certainly not giving up baking delicious cakes.  But I am going to eat olives with abandon.  And try to get more exercise.  And drink red wine (oh woops, I already do plenty of that).  And not worry if I eat an avocado.  When it comes to food, my motto has always been, “Everything in moderation… including moderation.”  Actually, that’s my motto when it comes to most things.  And so, much like we already pretty much do, we are going to continue eating meat and lots of veggies for most meals.  And we will still splurge on cakes and cupcakes and bread and pasta every once in a while.  Some weeks more than others.  But it’s definitely something to ponder on this gorgeous Friday morning.

Back to favorite things.

Dogfish 90 Minute IPA


I usually am not an IPA lover.  I prefer pale or brown ales usually.  I love Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, for example.


But this Dogfish 90-minute IPA is SO delicious.  It’s hoppy, but doesn’t leave that bitter aftertaste most IPAs do.  It’s super smooth and just so gosh-darn-good.  And it’s 9% alcohol… so you only need a couple!  Anyway, if you’re an IPA lover, or someone who may want to reconsider their feelings about IPAs, try this beer!  And if you haven’t tried Southern Pecan, you should try it, too.  It’s nutty  and smooth, but not bitter, and it really does taste distinctly of pecans.  As any good Southern girl does (especially one who grew up with a pecan orchard in her Poppie’s backyard), I like anything with pecans, including this beer.   Both of those pictures were taken at one of my favorite restaurants ever, The Whip at Lake Talquin.  They’re really upped their booze selection, which makes Wheat and me very happy!

I don’t have my own picture, but I am really diggin’ the ciders these days, too.  Mostly thanks to my friend Charity and her affinity for the bev.  So now I’m hooked, too.  Plus, it’s super seasonal, yo.  My two favorites are Crispin and the Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider.  They’re both really good, but the Angry Orchard is much easier to find here in the backwoods.

In summation, all of these long necks are worthy of your frosty glass.  Or your koozie from last weekend’s wedding.  Or in our case, last weekend’s or this weekend’s wedding.  Our koozie bin overfloweth!  Which is just fine, since I never leave the house without one or twenty.  Anyway, we are so excited to celebrate the nuptials of two more good friends tomorrow afternoon.

So with that, cheers to Jim and Mandi!

Hope everyone has a great weekend full of wedding koozies and celebrations!

Until Next Time