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Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

Last Friday night my friend and I transformed into giddy six year olds watching the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at the historic Fox Theater.

The dancers were great, I was in fun company and it was so cute to see all of the little kids so excited to see the ballet. I knew I was in for a fun night.

We went for my birthday and my friend got us great seats. We were so close to the stage I felt like I could see the satin crease in the pointe shoes when the dancers went up on releve.

Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker | www.flonmymind.com

See?! I think we were in the 5th row. This was also the first time I went to the Fox Theater and the theater itself is beautiful. The art history minor in me was loving the architecture/decor. It has an oriental style and the ceiling looks like the night sky speckled with stars.

I have been listening to the Nutcracker Suite all week in preparation for the show and the Atlanta Ballet impressed me with their performance. I didn’t like some of their interpretations as much as the traditional portrayal. I didn’t get the sheep thing, which I think was in place of the shepherdess. It was just weird. I liked the Russian dancers but I think it could have been better if they were more traditional and less wacky. This can also be attributed to the fact that I’m old fashioned. I’m thinking they must do this to keep the children’s attention.

Arabian (coffee) is always my favorite part of the Nutcracker. With most Arabians that I’ve seen, the pas de deux (or sometimes pas de trois) is very sensual and the ballerina is super bendy. Here’s a video clip of the Atlanta Ballet from 2010 that I think better explains what I’m talking about.

In this year’s pas de deux, the pair have this great lift where the ballerina bends in the shape of a pretzel and her feet end up by her ears. I would love to have her back flexibility!

I left leaving the theater wishing there was an Act III and my friend and I are already talking about going back next year. Tickets are still available and they’re $20 and up. I highly recommend catching a performance to put you in the Holiday spirit.

Can’t get enough #NutcrackerATL? Check out this behind-the-scenes video from this year’s Atlanta Ballet production. 

P.S. his magic was crazy. I honestly don’t know how he got some of these things to happen on stage.

If you visit Atlanta be sure to put the Atlanta Ballet and the Fox Theater on your must-see list!

Have you seen the Nutcracker this season? What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

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Things to do in… Miami, FL

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I said in yesterday’s post I was going to write a Miami recap and you didn’t have to wait long cause here it is! I’m using my “Things to do in…” travel series to talk about the fun I had at Homecoming. P.s. please excuse any typos in this, I’m watching the Miami/Duke game right now and it’s hard to type, heckle, bite my nails and curse all at the same time.

Where to Explore…

Miami such a great city to explore just because there is so much to do. You can hit the beach, go shopping, dance the night away or catch a game. Tanning is one of my favorite things to do and Miami has two beaches to tan the day away. You can go to Key Biscayne and visit Bill Baggs State Park where everything is rustic. Or you can people watch and head to South Beach.

South beach


My friend and I went to South Beach one day during my trip just because it was more convenient for us but we both said we liked Key Biscayne better. South Beach is mainly hype and full of little tourist traps and people who wear wedges to the beach. In my opinion, the beach is where you get hobo and just tan in the sun not wear tall wedges and bring your Louis. But if it’s your first time going to Miami, South Beach is an experience you can’t miss. The people watching alone will make the day worth it.

University of Miami

We also paid a visit back to the University of Miami campus. I had the best experience during my four years at The U and it was really fun going back. It’s only been two years but they have changed so much! My friends and I got a drink at the new Rat and explored the new Student Activities Center.

We also went to the game and it was at Sun Life Stadium where the Miami Dolphins also play. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the stadium just because it’s like any other NFL stadium. I’ll tell you this, UM fans sure know how to tailgate. 😉

Where to Eat…

Check out the view at Monty's!

Check out the view at Monty’s!

We kicked off the weekend by going to Monty’s Raw Bar happy hour on Friday. We would go to Monty’s practically every week during senior year and it’s just great. I normally order a Pina Colada and they are perfect. They pour heavy on the rum too. The best part about Monty’s is that it’s situated on the water by a marina. The Tiki Bar is all outside and you get to sip boat drinks near all the boats. They also have a raw bar with very inexpensive shrimp, crab, oysters and the like. Most nights, they also have a reggae band. It is one of the highlights of my college weekends.

Monty's Pina Colada Monty's Raw bar

I didn’t go to Yardbird Southern Table and Bar this trip, but it’s one of my favorite restaurants in Miami. Located in South Beach, Yardbird is full of great southern favorites and bourbon/whiskey based cocktails. The meal is mainly served family style and they have great fried chicken, mac and cheese, collards and other southern favorites. It was manned by Chef Jeff Mcinnis of Top Chef fame but when I looked up the spelling of his last name I found ALL sorts of drama. I’m sure it’s still amazing and it was one of Bon Appetit’s 50 best new restaurants in 2012.

We went to Lime for a quick bite to bring with us to the game. Lime is one of the things I miss about Miami. I think it’s better than Moes and Chiptole. We had a Lime in Atlanta for a while but it closed down which was another reason why I needed my fix! If you end up at Lime, get the queso. It’s amazing!

Where to Drink…

Coconut Grove. NUFF SAID. The Grove is a great college bar scene so, naturally, we went to the Grove when I was back. It’s a small enough so that you can easily hop from bar to bar. If college kids ain’t your thing. Brickell is a much better option. I’ve never been to a night club in South Beach (shocker, I know) but if you really want a night on the town then South Beach will be the best place for you!

Round Up Night ClubWe spent Friday night at one of my places in South Florida, Round Up, a country bar, for some line dancing and ladies’ night. Round Up is always too dark and smoky to take any good pictures but it’s lot of fun. On Friday, ladies drink free until 2 a.m. so it makes for a fun, sometimes sloppy, night. You wear your best cowboy boots, go out on the floor and try to learn how to line dance. Some of these people can really move! I don’t know how they got so good at line dancing.

All in All…

Miami is such a big city and there’s always something to do. This is just a sample of how I spent my four years at The U and it was the best way to spend Homecoming. I had the best time and I’m already trying to finagle a way to go back.

The U Statue



Have you ever been to Miami? What are your “Must Do” in your College Town? Let me know in the comments below!

Things to do in… Midtown, Atlanta

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I think it’s finally time that I do a “Things to do in” for my Atlanta neighborhood. I love the charm that Midtown has to offer and there is always something fun to do in the area.

Where to Explore…

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One of the must-explore areas of Midtown is definitely Piedmont Park. I live so close to the park and I love to walk around the grounds after work when it’s nice outside. The park is host to practically every Midtown concert and festival (which sometimes sucks for parking/traffic) which makes it super easy to see a show or mosey through an art fest.

Piedmont Park is also home to the pool where I get my tan on. The pool is closed for the season now but it has cheap admission. I normally bring a couple magazines, pack some snacks and grab some Starbucks on the way when I wanted to lay out.

Green Market at Piedmont Park www.flonmymind.com

Green Market at Piedmont Park

The park has a Green Market every Saturday morning. The Green Market has tons of fresh fruit and veggie vendors, fresh eggs, spices, yummy Iced Coffee and other prepared foods. The market also has cooking classes and other cool things, like pumpkin carving.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden makes its home in the park and it’s amazing. During the Holidays, they have over a million Christmas lights. You should definitely visit if you’re in Atlanta in December. They also host Cocktails in the Garden on most Thursday so you can sip and peruse the grounds.  I might be going tomorrow for their Fest of Ale event.

After exploring the park, make your way to the High Museum of Art. The High has a great permanent collection with lots of Impressionistic and neo-classical pieces. The High just finished it’s Dutch masters special collection, which was when I went and it was fantastic. I went during Fulton-Free Saturdays but tickets aren’t too pricey for a museum and they have half price happy hour specials on Thursdays.

Other places that look cool that I haven’t been to yet are the Fox Theater, Margret Mitchell House (writer of Gone with the Wind) and the Woodruff Arts Center (to see the Atlanta Ballet)

Where to Eat…

The  Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta has some great spots to dine. I’m always looking to try a new place. One of my first Midtown eateries since moving here was Einstein’s and it sure delivered. Einstein’s is one, not the bagel shop and two super delicious. I’ve been for both dinner and brunch on multiple occasions. Everything I’ve had has been good. They also have a great patio for people watching.

tin lizzys

Another one of my favorite places in Midtown is Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Tin Lizzy’s and I have a love/love relationship and, safe to say, it’s my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. The prices are super affordable, the margs are strong and the chips are addicting. Trust me and go when you’re in town! They have tons of locations all over the ATL.

One of my first bites of Atlanta came from Mary Mac’s Tea Room and it was great. Mary Macs is your standard southern meat and three restaurant and it’s a staple in Atlanta. As a sorority officer, I went with my chapter during a meeting. It’s our tradition and I think many other Atlanta residents have their own Mary Mac’s traditions. If you go, order some sweet tea or an Arnold Palmer, fried chicken, tomato pie, mac and cheese and collards then thank me later. Also save room for their quintessential southern desserts!

Where to Drink…

I’m starting to think that Park Tavern is THE place to drink in Midtown. If there is a festival in the park, people flock to Park Tavern. They brew their own beer (which is only ok- get SweetWater for an Atlanta touch) and they have great specials. When it’s raining, they have $1 drafts! #Score! Park Tavern is also super close to my house so that’s always a plus!

sweet waterI’m not sure if SweetWater Brewery counts as Midtown or not but for the sake of this post it does. If you’re visiting Atlanta, you MUST go to SweetWater! They give tours and tastings a few days a week and for $10 you get a glass pint glass and 6 beer tickets to drink until your heart’s content. The brewery itself is super cool and they have a great outdoor patio normally with live music and cute dogs.

Ri Ra Pub and Flip Flops are pretty close to each other and that street is a great area to bar hop (it’s also where the Tin Lizzy’s is). If you’re visiting with a group you’re sure to have fun here! There also is this thing called Midtown Fridays but I’ve never been to it.

All in All…

Midtown is such a fun place to live. It is close to Buckhead, Virginia Highlands, Little 5 Points and the heart of the city but it has its own charm. There’s great things to explore with yummy food and fun night life. I love walking around the park and seeing what the hipsters will do next!

Have you ever been to Atlanta or do you live in the ATL? What’s your favorite part of the city? Let me know in the comments below!