Turks is nauticalTurks lobster roll

The fun and food at the wedding shower far exceded my expectations. On our way out of town, we stopped at the bride-to-be’s family restaurant Turk’s Seafood. I branched out and had a lobster roll and steamers for the first time (I grew up in a landlocked state, okay?!). The amount of fresh lobster on the roll, the freshness and the prices were pretty unbelievable.

Now I’m back in New York and craving more seafood. Luckily Back Forty is now doing summer crab boils every Tuesday through August. It won’t be as nautical or cheap as Turk’s, but the shore style will be represented with buckets of steamed blue crabs and sides dumped on the newspaper-dressed tables. I will gladly accept any offers to go.

Back Forty Crab Boil

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The Love and I went to Atlanta for our first time last week. After going to a Braves game and the World of Coca-Cola (a bust, don’t go unless you like to waste money), we drove to the Buckhead area in search of charm and character. We found next to none, just lots of new developments, strip malls and offices.

We saw a woman who looked like “our people” and asked her where we should go for a drink and to see a cooler side of the city. Her immediate response was to leave Buckhead and head to Little Five Points.

Little Five Points is on Atlanta’s Eastside and home to a lot of hip independent restaurants, bars, stores and craftsman-style homes. I really liked Soul Veg, a great vegetarian restaurant, and fell for Vacation, an awesome art and clothing store down the street. Pass under “Have Love, Will Travel” on Vacation’s door and find nicely edited and priced vintage clothes for men and women, art for sale on the wall, and music. Stir in lots of light from the huge storefront windows, bright clothes and neon colored signage and the store really captures the feeling of excitement and fun I found on vacation.

Vacation also has a blog. Read it up here.

Vacation Gallery and BoutiqueVacation interiorVacation music posters

Know Your Flying Rights

December 19, 2008

flying

While the flurry of snow coming down is beautiful, I can’t help but get nervous about how this weather will affect my flight across the country tomorrow. Delays, missed connections and cancellations are pretty much the biggest holiday buzz killers. Obviously you have no control over these things but knowing the policy of your airline can make the difference between flying first class for free on another airline (thanks Northwest!) or sleeping in the airport (ahem Jet Blue).

You may have heard about Rule 240, which gives you rights when your domestic flight is delayed due to the carrier’s fault and not due to weather. Not all airlines have it or handle it the same way. Airfarewatchdog.com has created a handy chart that shows how each airline addresses it. They also link to carriers’ contracts which is worth printing off and having with you since it covers other issues. View the chart and contracts here.

And so that you’re not the cause of missing your flight, check estimated security checkpoint wait times here.

Good luck and may the force be with you.