An Friday Afternoon Stroll Down North Highlands ~ Featuring Beetlecat, Highland Cigar Co. & Bartaco

A couple Fridays, I wanted to do something a little different. Visit some places I’ve never been. A post from Bettlecat appeared on my Instagram feed. I been trying to get be there, but never have. Friday seemed to be the perfect day. Especially since they had lunch specials on Friday. Yes! Destination set!

I arrived at Beetlecat around 1:30. It was a really cute restaurant! Since it was a beautiful day, I decided to sit on the patio.  Shortly after sitting, my waitress can to take my order. She suggested the Fish House for my cocktail and the Lobster Roll with mayo for my lunch. Sounded good to me! Let’s do it! When it came out I knew it was going to delicious. I dug in and it was. Mmmmm. And the cocktail was perfect.  I definitely want to come back and try the rest of the menu.




After my awesome lunch,  I walked down to Highland Cigar to visit friend and bartender, Amber. This would be the first cocktail she has made for me. And after one sip, I knew it wouldn’t be the last. Amazing! Go see Amber!!

Highland Cigar Co.
245 N. Highland Ave. Suite 140
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
(404) 477-2415



After hanging out a bit, I left and decided I was hungry again. So into Bartaco I went.  I sat at the bar and ordered a cocktail and a couple tacos.  If you’ve never been to Bartaco, you are missing out. Their tacos are amazing! My cocktail was on point too!



That ended the Unofficial Shana Was Here Cocktail Crawl. Perhaps I should hold an official one.  N. Highlands has so many options for cocktails and food.  It just might be a great idea. Stay tuned!


A Very Eventful Saturday with Food, Art, and Festival

Today was a very good day! I love Saturdays in Atlanta. Especially in the Spring! There is always a lot to do. Sometimes too much! Point is you should never get bored in this city. And if you do happen to get bored, come see me! I’ll steer you in the right direction.

Today I started my day at the 13th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling. There at Bessie Branham Park, I enjoyed the artists market, live music, and eats from local vendors. It was a beautiful to be out enjoying the festival.
I also won a free tote bag from The Factory Press! They posted on their Instagram page that the first person to come to their booth with the name of their favorite cartoon win a tote. So I high stepped over there and told the
that my favorite cartoon was Jem and won! It’s so cute!

Next on the agenda was the Taste of the Highlands. It took place at John Howell Park and feature the best neighborhood eats and sips from Virginia Highlands. All proceeds benefited The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. There was so much great food to eat! Here are my favorites!

Mi Cocina ~ Shrimp Ceviche (my favorite!)

Grain ~ Spicy Fried Chicken ( It was really yummy and they won people’s choice!)

Lure ~ Lobster Roll (So good!!)

Next, I decided find some free art. If you’re ever in Atlanta, search the hashtag #fafatl (free art for atl) on twitter and instagram. Local artist all over Atlanta use that hashtag to let their followers that they have dropped a piece to be claimed by the first person to find it. Why wouldn’t anyone want to participate in the ongoing scavenger hunt? I love it. The anticipation to getting to the location first only to see someone find it just seconds before your arrival. It’s happen to me but it’s all in fun! Today I found one piece on the Atlanta Beltline!


I claimed it and then dropped some art of my own! It’s the cute tree to the right of the tiny door. I know! A Tiny Door! I believe there are 6 Tiny Doors in Atlanta. It was my first time seeing one in person. Its so cute!


Again it was a beautiful day in Atlanta so while I was on the Beltline I took a stroll.



Class on the Grass At The Historic Fourth Ward Park

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, so I went to the Historic Fourth Ward Park to enjoy the scenery. There, the Atlanta Beltline was hosting a program called Class on the Grass. Class on the Grass, led by Toni Marie Young, are free classes held at the parks amphitheater. People of all ages were able to try a African drumming or dance class. When both classes were complete, they performed together as a group in front of an audience. I enjoyed seeing everyone practice and get serious about it. It was also great to see families out learning something new together. For more on information about this and many other programs by the Atlanta Beltline visit ART.BELTLINE.ORG












Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade 2014

Saturday night thousands gathered to show off their lantern in the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade. Together we walked a 2 mile portion of the Beltline. It was a beautiful sight to see. There was much creativity lighting the night air of Atlanta that night.