Spring Break / The Best of the New Old South!

 

City Market  (Trolley Stop #2)

I’m originally from Florida, so we have traveled to Florida on Vacation a million times! Therefore, needless to say my Daughter is burned out on Disney and Universal Studios!  So last year, for my  Daughter’s Senior Year in High School she asked to go somewhere different, other than the usual Spring Break Spot of Panama City Beach (PCB).

So in true Go 2 Rose  fashion, I began to look for somewhere different to Vacation.  I came across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans, which turned out to be an awesome experience!!  This year is my daughter’s first year in College (Spelman) and for her Winter Break we traveled down to Miami, FL.  For Spring Break we wanted to do something different, so we headed down to Savannah GA for a truly different and unique experience!

 March is a great time to visit Savannah because Savannah holds one of the largest  St.Patrick’s Day  Celebrations in the Country and they start celebrating about 2 weeks in advance! They even turn all of there fountains in the  city green!!  How cool is that?

                     💚💚The fountains were turned Green to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day💚💚

So the first stop on our Trolley Route that we decided to get off on was City Market.  This is a very diverse and unique  little area of Savannah that is home to a mixture of historical monuments, family owned restaurants, shopping boutiques, and modern and hip bars. 

My daughter and I spent a lot of time in City Market.  We stopped for some sweet treats and ice cream at the Savannah Candy Kitchen; where they make The Best Ever!!! Pralines and Taffy and hand out FREE samples!  This little Candy Shop also has a quaint little ice cream parlor where we enjoyed classic flavors of ice cream (Savannah Food Review Coming Soon)

We walked through the City Market square taking in the historical monument sites such as the Haitian Monument for Haitian Slaves who fought in the American Revolution. We made our way across the street to the First African Baptist Church. (as seen on RHOA) Where we paid a small Tour Fee of $7.00 for adults ($6.00 for Students)  The Tour Guides walk you through the church while giving you the historical facts of how this church was the very first African American Church in the United States.  How this church was built by slaves, was apart of the underground railroad system to help assist slaves to there freedom, and how the church later became an important meeting place for Civil Rights activist.(African American Guide to Savannah Coming Soon).  We made our way around several little shops and stopped by  Byrd’s Famous Cookies (Where they also give away FREE samples) on our way back to our Trolley Stop.

Now we did take another trip back to City Market the night before we left to go back to Atlanta. The night time is just as eclectic as the day time with everyone from Families with Kids, SCAD Students, 30’s and 40’s crowds, as well as plenty of Senior Citizens.  However the night Crowd was much larger and the streets were much busier!!  For example the Pizza Shop had a very small steady flow of Customers during the mid-day.  However, the line and wait for tables were very long on Saturday night.  We had to wait a good 45 min to get our take out slices of Pizza!  (Savannah Food Review Coming Soon)  The streets lit up with Bars on wheels,  green neon glow in the dark necklaces, and were lined with Green TuTu wearing young women and men everywhere!  Very fun atmosphere I must say!!🎆🎆🎆

 

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Trolley Stop 2 City Market

 

SavannahCandyCo

Delicious Sweet Treats at the Savannah Candy Kitchen😋

 

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Monument of Haitian Slaves who fought in the American Revolution

 

 

Fun Activities to enjoy in Savannah!

 

First African American Church Established in North America

 

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Meet me in Trap! Benzino’s Crab Trap that is (Restaurant Review)

Hello Dolls, Divas, and Foodies!

I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of Benzino’s Crab Shack in Marietta, GA (Northern Suburb of Atlanta).  To those of you who aren’t familiar with Benzino (real name Raymond Scott) He is a Rapper, Co-Founder of the Source and Hip Hop Weekly Magazines, and former Cast Member of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.

I had been hearing the buzz about Benzino’s Crap Trap opening in the Metro Atlanta area, and my first thoughts were, “Okay Benzino’s from Boston, but does that mean that he really knows about Crabs?”  So I was very excited to be able to attend and get an inside view of the restaurant  on the day of Grand Opening! So here goes….

The Restaurant is located at 2856 Delk Rd. Marietta, GA 30067. Which is in Cobb County and  just about 15 minutes north of Atlanta. The restaurant set up is much different then what I expected (much smaller).  In my opinion the restaurant is mostly set up for Customer’s to come in, order their Crabs, and leave. Although there are tables for sit down dining, it just wasn’t enough to accommodate the huge crowd that showed up for the Grand Opening.

Benzino's Crab Trap

Benzino’s Crab Trap

Grand Opening Crowd at Benzino's Crab Shack

Grand Opening Crowd at Benzino’s Crab Shack

Lets talk about the Grand Opening.  Okay, so if you know about Benzino, you know he’s going to do it BIG.  The grand opening included Benzino’s Chrome Painted Maserati parked in front of the resteraunt, Red Carpet, Local Hip Hop and R&B Radio Station V103, a Dancing “Mr. Crabington” Crab Mascot, a number of Reality Stars, and Hip Hop Industry Socialites that included: Benzino’s Significant Other Althea (of course) Jazze Fe, Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Sugar Bear (and the entire family- now we gots to get the ☕️ on that one?!?), Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club, Suga Shane, Bobby Valentino, and host of Benzino’s and Althea’s Family Members and Friends.  Not to mention a Slew of Customers!

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Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear being interviewed for Hip Hop Weekly

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear being interviewed for Hip Hop Weekly

Benzino's Chrome Maserati

Benzino’s Chrome Maserati

Benzino's Chrome Maserati

Benzino’s Chrome Maserati

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear

Suga Shane

Suga Shane

Benzino's Dancing Crab!

Benzino’s Dancing Crab!

Kay Harris (Entertainment   Publicist)

Kay Harris (Entertainment Publicist)

Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club

Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club

Althea with her Friends and Family enjoying Crab Legs

Althea with her Friends and Family enjoying Crab Legs…BTW check out Benzino’s Business Partner Dave Mays running the register!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is really laid back…I mean flip flops and jeans laid back!  But, I think that is the atmosphere that Benzino intended to create. The Tv’s were turned up loud, playing New and Classic Hip Hop Videos.  Now, I absolutely loved the Vibe!!!  But the jury is still out on whether or not I would invite my middle aged East Cobb White Soccer Mom Friends to a sit down dinner here or not.

The Service: The staff was very helpful and friendly and seemed to work very well under pressure.  Funny thing; is that all of the staff members were either Benzino’s Friends or Relatives.  Even Dave Mays who is the Creator of the Source, Co-founder of Hip Hop Weekly, and Business Partner of Benzino, was spotted working the register! Leaves me to wonder, who’s going to run this restaurant on a day to day basis?  I also had the opportunity to go back to the kitchen and see how things were running behind the scenes.  I was both shocked and impressed to see that Benzino and his Dad were both in the kitchen working very hard!  Benzino even took the time to answer questions for me and other Media and take photos. He also offered us a Complementary bag of his Crabs!  I have to say that Benzino’s down to earth, humble, and nice attitude gave me a new found respect for him!  Totally not what you would expect from the Owner, who just so happens to be one of the biggest influences in Hip Hop!  Hats off to You Benzino! While in the kitchen, I also had the opportunity of meeting Benzino’s Significant Other Althea Heart.  She seemed a little less patient than her hubby, but I chopped that up to her being a pregnant women in a hot and busy kitchen. But other than that she was very sweet.

Althea coming to show some support to her hubby in the kitchen

Althea coming to show some support to her hubby in the kitchen

Althea's Uncle Helping out in the kitchen (Family Affair)

Althea’s Uncle Helping out in the kitchen          (Family Affair)

All of the Staff were Family or Friends ???

All of the Staff were Family or Friends (???)

The Menu: The Menu is simple and to the point! You have a choice of 1lb of Snow Crab Legs for $17.99 (Very reasonable for the Cobb County Area) or Zino’s Crab-Tastic Combo for $19.99 (comes with Steamed Crab Legs, Corn on the Cobb, (2) Hush Puppies and Cole Slaw.)  You get your choice of Zino’s Special Sauce for the Crabs: Spicy, Mild, or Lemon Garlic.  There’s also an array of other sides and desserts to choose from such as French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Island Way Gourmet Fruit Sorbet, and Cake. Drinks consist of Zino’s Heavenade, Ice Tea, Bottled Water, and Soda. All reasonably priced in my opinion. Just a side note: The Menu gives Patrons a little background about  how a 10 yr old Benzino and his Father (known as Shnopps) sold Crabs and Corn out of the back of a van in Boston. I thought that was nice.

Benzino's Crab Trap Menu

Benzino’s Crab Trap Menu

Okay….Okay! I know what your thinking!  Enough about all of that other stuff!  How were the Crabs!!!  So Benzino made good on his promise and sent me home with a Bag of Crabs and Corn on the Cob, that I shared with my daughter. The Crabs were very fresh tasting and covered in the Spicy Zino’s Special Sauce.  I don’t know what Benzino put in that Sauce!?! But he definitely has a WINNER!  The Sauce had a sweet and sour, spicy, Barbecue, zing type flavor!  I am a self proclaimed Greedy Girl and I have eaten in many places and several countries and I have never tasted Crab Legs like that!  The corn was good also, nice and sweet, no complaints….So Remember earlier when I said that I might not invite my White Soccer Mom Friends to a sit down dinner at Benzino’s….well I would definitely advise them to order take out.  Listen Metro ATLiens and Visitors, Benzino’s Crab Trap is a must try!  The Crabs are Delicious!!  I will definitely be going back to try the other flavors, sides, and desserts! 

Photo Credit: iambenzino Instagram

Pot of Crabs and Zino’s Special Sauce                  (Photo Credit: iambenzino Instagram)

Bag of Snow Crab Legs with Zino's Special Spicy Sauce

Bag of Snow Crab Legs with Zino’s Special Spicy Sauce

Benzino corn

Sweet Corn on the Cobb

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4th of July Events in the Atlanta Area!

Hey Dolls and Divas!!

It’s that time of year again!  The 4th of July!  Time for Fun, Food, Family, and reflection of Freedom!  Are you in the Metro Atlanta Area and looking for something to do this 4th of July Weekend?  Well Your atlantago2rose has got you Covered!

I have to start off with an Event that is being hosted by my Very Own Church Family Linked Up Church!   Linked UP Church is hosting a FREE night of family fun. Night of Freedom will kick-off Independence Day weekend and will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Mable House Amphitheatre located at 5239 Floyd Road Mableton, Georgia, 30126. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The evening will consist of fellowship, food and fireworks. A full concession stand will be open, however attendees can bring their own food, coolers and blankets. No grills or chairs will be allowed in the venue. A fireworks display will light up the sky immediately following the concert. This is a free event and it open to the public.

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

There are Several other Fun Events happening in the Metro Atlanta Area.  Anywhere from  Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park …….

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

To  a Celebration of Brew at the Georgia Aquarium……

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

To a Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square….. 

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

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Part 2 of Spring Break 2K15 -New Orleans-Explore the Gulf Coast

Explore the Gulf Coast! Biloxi Mississippi / New Orleans,

I’m originally from Florida, so we have traveled to Florida on Vacation a million times! Therefore, needless to say my Daughter is burned out on Disney and Universal Studios!  This is my  Daughter’s Senior Year in High School and she is asking to go somewhere different, other than the usual Spring Break Spot of Panama City Beach (PCB).

So in true Go 2 Rose  fashion, I began to look for somewhere different to Vacation.  I came across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I know what your thinking “Mississippi?”  “Vacation, New Orleans Spring Break?” I was thinking the same thing!!! However, I was pleasantly surprised.  The Missisppi Gulf Coast is lined with beautiful White Sandy Beaches and Biloxi is like a mini Vegas and April is a great time to Visit New Orleans because the French Quarters Festival was held on the 2nd week of April this year!   Great Place to Vacation!!!  

So I’ll final stop on Spring Vacation is New Orleans Beeeeby!!! We  stayed at the Sheraton Hotel in Metairie, just outside of New Orleans.  This Hotel is not as Fancy Smancy as the Golden Nugget, but that okay because most of our time in New Orleans was spent outside the Hotel!  This Hotel is very clean and quiet but the parking Deck is a complete nightmare!  Continue reading

Rose’s Obsessions / Neiman Marcus

Hello Dolls & Divas!

Sooooo  my #1 Obsession is Neiman Marcus (NM)!  My sister introduced me to this fancy Atlanta Department Store waaaay back in the 90’s while I was a Poor College Student.  We visited NM during the Holiday Season and that’s when I became completely obsessed with the Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes!  These super moist Minuature bundt cakes are a peice of Heaven in Atlanta!  AND even better!  The NM Associate advised my Sister and I to come back the day after Christmas when everything would be 1/2 off!  Great for a College Poor College Student!!!  Well now I am the Mother of a Soon To Be Poor College Student and I still visit Neiman Marcus every Christmas Season (day after Christmas of course) to purchase my Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes. These Cakes come in an assortment of Rich Flavors such as Chocolate Champagne, Lemon Vodka, Vanilla Rum, Irish Wiskey, and more...

Go2Girl Tip: The Company that actually bakes these delicious cakes for Neiman Marcus is the Yahoo Baking Company out of Texas.  You can order Sweet Treats Direct from Yahoo Baking Company at  www.yahoocake.com

Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes

Neiman Marcus assorted Liquor Cakes available in stores during the Holiday Season

…..You may also Purchase similar Liquor Cakes  on discount throughout the year at Neiman Marcus’s Last Call.

Neiman Marcus Cordial Cakes

Neiman Marcus Cordial Cakes available at Neiman Marcus Last Call

Mississippi Gulf Coast; White Sand Beaches, Biloxi, Spring Break, Golden Nugget; atlantago2girl

Part 1 of Spring Break 2015 Explore the Gulf Coast

Explore the Gulf Coast! Biloxi Mississippi / New Orleans,

I’m originally from Florida, so we have traveled to Florida on Vacation a million times! Therefore, needless to say my Daughter is burned out on Disney and Universal Studios!  This is my  Daughter’s Senior Year in High School and she is asking to go somewhere different, other than the usual Spring Break Spot of Panama City Beach (PCB).

So in true Go 2 Rose  fashion, I began to look for somewhere different to Vacation.  I came across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I know what your thinking “Mississippi?”  “Vacation, New Orleans Spring Break?” I was thinking the same thing!!! However, I was pleasantly surprised.  The Missisppi Gulf Coast is lined with beautiful White Sandy Beaches and Biloxi is like a mini Vegas and April is a great time to Visit New Orleans because the French Quarters Festival was held on the 2nd week of April this year!   Great Place to Vacation!!!  

Mississippi Gulf Coast; White Sand Beaches, Biloxi, Spring Break, Golden Nugget; atlantago2girl

Beautiful White Sandy Beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Mississippi Gulf Coast; White Sand Beaches, Biloxi, Spring Break, Golden Nugget; atlantago2girl

Beautiful White Sandy Beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

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Neiman Marcus Cafe’ Atlanta

HELLO DOLLS & DIVAS!!

 Every Christmas Season; I head down to Neiman Marcus for the After Christmas  Sale!  To avoid the Holiday Crowds; I usually park in the parking Garage downstairs near the Neiman Marcus Cafe’.  I usually pass right by the Cafe’ and go straight to the Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes!  However last year, I decided to stop by the Neiman Marcus Cafe’ for lunch with my Daughter (Diamond) and My oldest Brother (Anthony).

If you would like a laid back luxe lunch, featuring upscale casual cuisine then this is the place for You!  And you may even get to dine next to and converse with Local or Visiting Celebrities; as I did when, I ran into Miss Lawrence (Celebrity Hair Stylist / Guest on RHOA and TV Personality & One of the Host of Bravo Fashion Queens)

Celebrity Sighting (Miss Lawrence) at Neiman Marcus Cafe'

Celebrity Sighting (Miss Lawrence) at Neiman Marcus Cafe’

I will definitely Dine here again!  Great Food and Excellent Service!

What I ordered at the Neiman Marcus Cafe’

  • As a complimentary Starter you are given these Light,Fluffy, and Buttery Pop Over Rolls with Strawberry Butter YUM!!!  You are also given a tiny cup of Broth which in my opion they could have kept.
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger (includes: Soft Roll, Truffle Fries (Best Ever!!!), and Creamy Cole Slaw with a side of Lemon Tartar Sauce. This is the best Crab Cake that I’ve ever had!  Huge amount of Crab Meat!! ($21.00)
  • House Made Ginger Peach Ice Tea a must try ($5.00)
 Complimentary Broth (???) at NM Cafe'

Complimentary Broth (???) at NM Cafe’

Pop Over with Strawberry Butter at NM Cafe'

Pop Over with Strawberry Butter at NM Cafe’

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger at NM Cafe'

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger at NM Cafe’

Truffled Fries D'LISH!  at NM Cafe'

Truffled Fries D’LISH! at NM Cafe’

Ginger Peach Ice Tea at NM Cafe'

Ginger Peach Ice Tea at NM Cafe’

Hello world!

Welcome to Atlanta Go 2 Rose!

I’m Rose!  Most of my Friends refer to me as the GO TO GIRL!  Why is that?  You might ask.  Well here goes….

I Have always been a Girl with Champagne Taste. However, being a Single Mother with real life bills and situations causes my budget to usually float somewhere between tap water and Pink Moscato. Therefore, I am a very crafty Target Shopping Frugalista who also loves All things Neiman Marcus!!

I am a self proclaimed Greedy Girlso I love to try different / unique foods,  Which means that, you can find me anywhere from the Sundial in Atlanta to Ms. Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans! BTW I love concocting quick and easy recipes and you are more than welcome to be my GuineaPig  Girl.  I would love for you to try them out, love them, and share them with the world!

I love to travel and  I love even more to share my fun with Family and Friends. And don’t worry I’m always giving tips on where to stay and what to do!

I am super nosy or as I like to say “Know-See” and my Daughter  always refers to me as the friend of the Famous friend, because I always know someone who knows some Celebrity…So I know a little Celebrity Gossip  -wink,wink-

I am so grateful to be able to share my journeys, my travels, and my life with you.  Hope you enjoy the ride and pick up a few beauty tips on the way!!!

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY!