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Restaurant: Antico – Atlanta

January 4, 2015

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April and I love pizza.  A lot.  I grew up going to Felini’s and have always thought it was the best in Atlanta.  I spent many nights there hanging with friends, and for me it was the gold standard.  Until I had Antico.

Antico is a funny place.  There’s only first come first serve picnic style seating, and you’re typically sitting on top of someone else at all times.  They blast classic Italian music over the speakers so loud that you can barely hold a conversation, they won’t substitute anything on a pizza, and the three ovens ensure that it’s 900 degrees at all times… in the restaurant.

Despite all of that, the place is always PACKED.  That’s how good this pizza is.

April and I always get the pepperoni pizza.  The pepperoni has just the right kick to it, and the mozzarella is outstanding.  You can probably find us there two – three times a month!

1093 Hemphill Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318

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2013 National Championship Game – Pasadena

January 7, 2014

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The 2013 Auburn Football season was one for the ages.  So many amazing games, and unlikely victories.  April and I were in Auburn for the Prayer at Jordan Hare, and two weeks later, I watched Kick Six from home screaming so loudly I’m surprised no one called the cops.  To cap off the season we played Florida State in the Rose Bowl for the National Championship.  Now, we didn’t win that game, but the trip was still a ton of fun!

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I flew in the day before the game and got to see the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  This is normally where USC plays, and the 1984 Olympics were held there.  Our game wasn’t played here, but I love seeing stadiums, so I took the chance to drive by!

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The next morning, I got up and met Kevin and Amanda for breakfast at The Griddle.  This is one of my favorite breakfast places ever, and it did not disappoint!

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We had a large group, and luckily we got a room in the back.  I’m guessing Amanda pulled some strings!

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The Pancakes are huge, and amazing…

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After meeting up with some other friends, we drove to the Hollywood sign.  Really it was just to waste time before the game, but it was fun to get a closer view!

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Looking back into LA from the Hollywood sign.

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Checking out the stadium while tailgating

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Watching Florida State warm up

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Pregame festivities with the Auburn University Marching Band!

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So, I don’t have any pictures after halftime.  Things were going well for us, but then took a hard turn south with 13 seconds left in the game.  There was an FSU fan sitting next to me, and he probably enjoyed the end of the game a little more than I did.  I was lucky enough to be in Glendale, Arizona at the game when Auburn beat Oregon for the 2010 National Championship, so I’ve been on the winning side of the game too!  But I guess you can’t win them all!

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Crested Butte Restaurants

March 19, 2013

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Skiing takes a lot out of you during the day, and there is nothing better than a good meal after a long day on the slopes. It may be surprising, but Crested Butte has an amazing restaurant scene considering the size of the town.  After two trips out there, here are my favorite places:

The Secret Stash

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I’m a pizza snob, I admit it.  But The Secret Stash has some of the best Pizza I’ve ever eaten.  In fact, it was the only restaurant that I visited on my first trip that I refused to leave town without going to again.  This time, we shared the Texas Bigg’n (Traditional sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, canadian bacon, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms & black olives) and The Asher Pie (BBQ and chipotle base, cheddar cheese, canadian bacon and grilled chicken).  My mouth is still watering just writing this…  Pro Tip: go early on a weeknight otherwise you’ll be waiting until morning for a table (though we hear the restaurant is moving in June to a bigger location…)  Expert Tip: Order wings as an appetizer.  I don’t even like wings, but you could have convinced me to do something illegal to get more of them.

Maxwell’s Steakhouse

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We didn’t get to go to Maxwell’s on our first visit, so I was really looking forward to checking it out this year.  I’ll just go ahead and say it.  My filet and I shared a moment that night.  It was a beautiful moment that redefined how I’ll measure steak for the rest of my life.  I’ve eaten some fantastic steaks before, but Maxwell’s steak melted in my mouth and left me dumbfounded only to try and enjoy it’s perfection for as long as I could. (picture from Maxwell’s website)

Izzy’s

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We grabbed brunch at Izzy’s on a Sunday morning the day we left.  It’s a pretty small space, it could be tough to get a table, and you’ll probably wait a bit, but the food is worth it.  I ate the Mexicali Latke burrito (think breakfast burrito), and enjoyed every bit of it.  The portions were huge and I didn’t eat again until dinner.  I only wish I’d saved more room to steal more of my fiance’s French Toast!  It would probably be a good idea to call ahead and just pick up your order for take out.

Honorable Mention

While the three above were some of our favorites, we also loved Ryce Asian Bistro, and Django’s (bacon wrapped dates – yum!).  I can’t say I had a bad meal out there.  The skiing is awesome, but it’s not the only thing worth making the trip for!

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