Saturday 03.30.19

It’s a round 2 cup of coffee type of day.

Have an amazing Saturday!

In the Cup: Macchiato Latte 📍Sipp Coffee

T-shirt: Old Navy

Sweater: Forever 21

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Wynwood Walls-Miami,Florida

In 2009, Wynwood Walls launched during Art Basel, by the late Tony Goldman. Goldman wanted to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood and visualized a uniquely curated art experience like no other. Since then Wynwood has grown into Miami’s only outdoor street art park, boasting more than 40 murals. It features some of the worlds most amazing artists and muralists across the globe.

Wynwood is located at 2520 NW Second Avenue, on the mainland side of the city, nestled between Little Havana and Downtown Miami. Giving new life to a once rundown neighborhood, this outdoor museum of street artist has become a must-see destination when in Miami. Wynwood Walls is free for the public to explore.

Pharrell Williams Announces His 3-Day Music Festival This Spring in Virginia Beach and the Lineup is Crazy!

Pharrell Williams is kicking off spring in the most awesome way possible with the launch of his 3-day festival, named Something in the Water. The festivities will take place Friday, April 26th thru Sunday, April 28th, 2019, in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

The lineup is pretty incredible with performances from Missy Elliott, Migos, Janelle Monet, SZA, Pusha T, Jhene Aiko, Jaden Smith, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Travis Scott, Dave Matthews Band, Dram, and so many more!

Tickets go on sale March 8, 2019 at 12PM EST. General Admission 3-day Passes are $150, while VIP passes are priced at $450. To purchase tickets visit the festival website!

The 19th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2019-Miami, Florida

And just like that, the 19th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival has come to an end. My last experience of attending the food festival was in 2013 and it was quite amazing. Six years later, I was so excited to be attending this ultimate foodie event. As expected, it did not disappoint.

I attended the Goya Grand Tasting Village on Sunday. The weather was perfect on Miami Beach to sip and nosh through those famous white tents. After checking in and picking up my festival glass & swag bag, it was time to enjoy the day.

Festival Squad!

The festival features “talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, and culinary personalities. What’s better than a day of good food and an insane selection of cocktails, wine, and beer to wash it all down? It was a good day indeed.

My favorite bite of the festival goes to The Salty Donut with their insanely delicious donuts. I had their Maple Bacon and White Chocolate Tres Leche donuts. Best. Donut. Ever!!!!

The Salty Donut

Another cool part of the festival is all of the photo opps throughout the festival grounds. There were a lot!

The festival ended with a special performance from Atlanta’s own, Ludacris! He got the crowd dancing and singing along to some of his big hits like Move B$&ch, Yeah, and How Low.

If you’ve never been to The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it should definitely be on your list.

Save the Date!

February 19-23, 2020

Miami, Florida

I Flew Spirit Airlines For The First Time And Would Do It Again – How To Fly Spirit Airlines and Not Empty Your Pockets

Like most people, I was looking for a flight and was drawn to the low prices of Spirit Airlines. A round trip from Detroit to Ft. Lauderdale cost me just $130! But of course, I’ve heard many many negative reviews about their hidden fees. But to my surprise, these fees were not hidden at all. I took the time to weigh my opinions. Here’s what I found.

Photo Courtesy of Spirit Airlines

Flight are offered as a “bare fare”. This means the price you see for the flight is just for the flight and nothing else. No luggage, no carry on, no in-flight snacks or beverages. You will be charged for everything, so you have to be smart to avoid being that person that complains about Spirit because they failed to read the 20pt bold fine print.

Last week I flew to Ft. Lauderdale for a 2-day stay. I was able to get all my clothes and such in a backpack that was within their allotted dimensions. “Your Bare Fare® includes one personal item, one that can fit entirely into an 18″ x 14″ x 8″ size box.” Now you will definitely have to be strategic when packing if you go this route. It’s definitely easier to do if you’re traveling to somewhere warm. The lighter you have to dress, the fewer clothes you have to pack. It will also depend on how many days your trip is. I had a late flight so I decided that I would just wear the same thing I flew in with as I would flying back out. I only had it on for a couple of hours. I also wore a hoodie, a jacket, a pair of converse. Everything else went in my backpack.

What I packed for my 2-day stay:

1 dress

1 skirt

2 tank tops

2 pajamas

1 jumpsuit

2 pairs of flip flops

1 swimsuit

1 coverup

Small crossbody purse

Hair bonnet

1 face/body bar soap

1 travel face/body moisture

Travel Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Floss

Sunscreen

Deodorant

1 Lip gloss

1 lipstick

CC Cream

Mascara

As you can see, I had a very minimal wardrobe. It felt kind of good not to overpack, like I usually do. Not having so much to choose from takes out a lot of the stress of trying to figure out what you want to wear. And you’re not feeling what you’ve packed there’s a Target in almost every city. Keeping toiletries and beauty products to a minimum will also help. Use travel tubes when you can.

To avoid check-in fees ($10 to print each boarding pass.), check in and print your boarding pass at home. If you don’t have access to a printer, just opt for the e-boarding pass to be emailed to you. By doing this you will also avoid having to wait in a long line to check in. Just go straight to the security line!

Spirit Airlines does not provide any inflight complimentary services, such as drinks and snacks. A lot of people seem to have a really big problem with not getting a tiny bag of pretzels and a half cup of soda on a two-hour flight. Is it really that serious? No for me. I brought a small bag of roasted almonds, an orange, and bought a coffee at the airport to hold me over till I got to my destination. And let’s not forget, you can always eat before heading to the airport. It’s really that simple.

Snack & Beverage Menu

When checking in, you will have the option to pick a seat but will cost you up to $50. If you don’t mind risking sitting in a less desired seat choice, or you don’t mind not sitting with the person you’re traveling with, let Spirit pick your seat and avoid the fee. The seats are pretty close but definitely not uncomfortably close, at least not for me. I was actually surprised at how much room I actually had. If you’re a taller individual, I could see it being a problem. You might want to upgrade to an oversized seat. This upcharge will run you an additional $12-150 if booked in advance.

Another complaint I’ve heard about Spirit is their frequent delays. My flight was actually delayed, but to be fair so was a few other airlines. I definitely understand that things happen and they can’t control the weather. I’d much rather get to my destination safely if it means to wait a couple of hours. If potential delays are a concern, book your flight according and allow time to get to where you’re getting on time, even if it means getting there hours before you need to. I would definitely suggest not getting on the last flight and choose the earliest flight as possible.

To even further you saving, join their $9 Fare Club. For an annual fee of $59, you’ll have access to their lowest available fares and discounted online bag prices. These savings also covers everyone on your booking. Read about it HERE.

In my opinion, Spirit Airlines is very upfront about their fees. If you take the time to read their rules and restrictions carefully, you won’t be surprised with additional fees at the airport. It’s that simple.

My first flight with Spirit was a pleasant one. I would definitely fly with them again. The flight crew was lively and very nice. I sat next to nice people. The planes were very clean. Other than the flight delay, everything went as good as it would on any other airline. I look forward to booking my next flight.

4 Resolution-Friendly Burgers You Need To Try At Burgerfi

It’s a new year and everyone is making those famous New Year’s Resolutions. New job. New house. New love. New you. Many get on the healthy eating bandwagon, hoping to make better eating choices. With so many healthy lifestyles to choose from, it definitely helps to have some delicious options.

BurgerFi – 5475 Windward Pkwy Alpharetta, GA 30004

BurgerFi has a few menu additions to please even the pickiest of palettes. I stopped by last week, to try out a couple of their Build a Better You Resolution-Friendly Options.

KetoFi Burger

a protein-packed burger featuring two all-natural Angus beef patties topped with bacon, a fried egg, drizzled with mustard and served green style (wrapped in fresh, crisp lettuce).

KetoFi Burger [Photo: Amber Howell]
This burger was perfectly seasoned and very tasty. I personally was not a fan of the lettuce, but then again I’m not a fan of lettuce. I just took it off. I did, however, enjoy the Angus beef patties, bacon, and a fried egg on top. It was like an elevated breakfast situation. The fries were great as well!

Vegan Beyond Burger

a plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like traditional beef. Featuring a Beyond Burger Patty, topped with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and American cheese. You can also enjoy it vegan style without mayonnaise and cheese.

Vegan Beyond Burger [Photo: Amber Howell]
I’ve been a fan of Beyond Meat products for quite some time, so I was very excited to see it as one of BurgerFi’s Build a Better You Resolution-Friendly menu options. If you’re celebrating Veganuary this month definitely stop BurgerFi and pick up this delicious vegan burger.

More resolution-friendly options include:

Grilled Chicken Sandwich: a free-range, all-natural chicken breast, topped with lettuce, tomato and drizzled with a honey mustard BBQ sauce.

Green Style Burgers: drop the bun and go green, enjoy any burger wrapped in fresh, crisp lettuce.

A Little Treat

I couldn’t leave without indulging in a frozen treat! It was adorned with brownies, chocolate sprinkles, and chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream. You gotta have whipped cream on top!

Very Happy Girl! [Photo: Amber Howell]
For more information about BurgerFi’s Build a Better You Resolution-Friendly Opinions and the nearest location, visit www.burgerfi.com.

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*I was invited to Burgerfi to enjoy this complimentary meal. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Atlanta Loves Tea Quest Part 1: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot

I’m always excited for January’s National Hot Tea Month. I love discovering new teas and tea companies. This month, four Atlanta tea shops teamed up to give the city a fun tea quest. Tea lover are invited to pick up an Atlanta Loves Tea Passport at one of four participating tea shops: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot, Just Add Honey, Urban Tea, and Tea House Formosa.

Visit each tea shop and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. Keep your receipts and submit your completed passport to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot for a chance to win a prize. But you’re already a winner because you’re supporting these amazing local business.

My first visit was to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot in East Atlanta. They’re Specialty Tea of the Month a Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Their lovely tea expert, Jasmine, made sure our first Jayida Ché experience was a most pleasant one. She was very knowledgeable about the teas as well as their benefits. Jasmine prepare my Mint Matcha Latte in the biggest mug I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I would be able finish it, but it was so good! I drank every last drop! Make sure you pay Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot this month and every month after that.

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January is #NationalHotTeaMonth! I was excited to find out about a tea quest going on in Atlanta this month. My first stop was to @jayidacheteaspot to try their Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Shout out to Jasmine for making my first visit to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea a very pleasant one. Pick up your tea passport at a participating tea shops @jayidacheteaspot @justaddhoney @urbanteaalpharetta & @teahouseformosa and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. After visiting all four tea shops, turn in your passport for a chance to win a special prize! 📷 @amber_truly #shanawashere #atlantateashop #teashoplove #tealove #matchalatte #cupofawesome #atlantablogger #organictea #shoplocal #locallove #atlantalovestea #atlnhtm

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