Love exploring places I visit, through the medium of food and drink. Eating at different places in a city is an amazing way to get to know it. I'm always learning new things about Atlanta by trying out a restaurant I've never visited before. Seeking out the best places to eat wherever I go has become second nature, but some people have trouble with it. They get stuck following the crowd, or they try to find somewhere themselves and always miss the mark. For anyone who doesn't have much success, try some of these tips for finding the best eats.
Get to Know the City
Before heading out for dinner, learn a little about the city you're in. Where are most of the restaurants located? Which ones are most highly rated by locals and tourists? And where are all the hidden gems secretly stashed away? Take some time to get to know the different neighborhoods and streets. You can increase your chances of finding some tasty food. You can book a reservation at a restaurant you like the look of, or you'll know where the best place to wander is. Choose an area with lots of eateries and you'll have a better chance of finding somewhere you can walk in and have an excellent meal.
Don't Rule Out Hotels
When you're looking for places to eat, remember the hotel restaurants. Some of them have the best food that the city has to offer. They're not just for hotel guests, and can be perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hotel developers know how important a quality restaurant is to the success of a hotel. For instance, the hotel group owned by Sajan Hansji developing hotels in San Diego and San Francisco. He recognizes the need for dining establishments that offer excellent food as well as exciting atmospheres. One of the group's latest projects in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter features both a bistro and a restaurant and bar.
Follow the Food Trucks
You don't always have to go to a sit-down restaurant to find great food. Street food can be surprisingly gourmet, and people will follow trucks all over the city just to try it. If you want to find the best ones, the Internet is the best resource. You can use websites and apps that help you track food trucks to see where they are on a given day. Or you can wander the city to see if you stumble across anything you want to try.
Try Somewhere New
The most important thing to do when you're looking for good food is to be open minded. Don't get stuck in your ways, even when you're exploring restaurants at home. Branch out from your usual establishments and cuisines to try new things. I always discover incredible food when I try an eatery or menu that I've never sampled before. Food helps to open new doors when you're traveling. Let it show you a new side of all the places you visit.
My very first brush with Cirque du Soleil was during a trip to Vegas in 2006. I was new to the country and that city and had no clue what to expect. I was in awe of everything - the show gave me goosebumps. I couldn't stop telling everybody about it, and to this day recommend Cirque's show in Vegas for anybody who asks what they should do when there. Of course, when Cirque made it to ATL, I was overjoyed. I went to their previous show here but just recently checked out Amaluna at Atlantic Station and enjoyed it. This really is the only circus-type performance arts show that adults can go to. Yes, sure you have the Barnum and Bailey folks and Ringling as well, and much as they stir up memories of childhood for you, nothing quite compares to the production and theatrics, performances and costumes, characters and cast that comprise a Cirque show. That whole feeling of walking into the Grand Chapiteau and being mesmerized by characters in costume walking around, the live orchestra and the waiting in awe to see what happens next, who does what, which great act will take your breath away - you cant really ever outgrow that. Lucky for me, I was able to stay back for a chat with some of the team members who shared some fun and interesting facts.
The current show in Atlanta has 46 cast members, all of who learn to do their own make-up for which they are trained in Montreal - training includes 15-20 pages of instructions so they are eventually able to do their make-up in under an hour. If you see the characters in full performance garb, you'll understand how that can be quite the task in itself. Larry Edwards, their head of wardrobe shared they have 17 nationalities represented and this show Amaluna is their only one with a 100% female live band- if you peek occasionally behind the stage you will notice their drummer back there and she's awesome! This is their 33rd production and features about 1000 pieces of costumes in the show, including accessories.
(Please note that photography is not allowed once inside the show seating area so images on this post are all provided by Cirque du Soleil except for personal pictures)
My fave act was the balancing of the palm branches by Lara and if you go, do let me know what you thought about it - toward the end I am sure I forgot to breathe! Roanna from marketing shared that the age range of their crew is from minors (they have two now) to the oldest in their 50s and 60s. They employ about 100-120 local staff in each city they visit along with 140 of their own traveling members. They do expect 165000 people will attend their show in Atlanta and you could be among them - giving away four free tickets here for the show on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 7.30 pm. Simply sign up for my newsletter here between October 22,2014 and November 2, 2014 and I will announce the winner of the four tickets on November 3! And if you don't win the giveaway, don't fret. I still have a pretty good deal for you - simply click this link to purchase 3 tickets and get the 4th free!
10 year home!
Atlanta GA was my home for my first ten years in the United States - the city has so much to offer :)
Atlanta Travel & Tourism Guide from Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau