Around Athens

26 Jun

Attention all four legged friends and the people they own—Athens, GA is a very dog friendly city! Perhaps it’s the memories of penny pitches, fake ID’s or unhealthy food at your disposal any time of day…. but I love college towns. Especially college towns in the summer time when it’s not insanely packed and you can get a chance to walk around and check it out. A majority of restaurants/bars on Broad Street in Athens have patios right along the sidewalk where you can sit with your pooch. I guess I wouldn’t expect less seeing how University of Georgia’s mascot is UGA, the bulldog.

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While looking for restaurants where I could bring Lincoln, I saw a few  places but when I looked at their menu, nothing popped out at me especially not at the prices they were offering. I read about De Palma’s and didn’t get a chance to check out their menu beforehand. When we stopped by there to check it out, we saw they had a lot of tables open on the patio with very reasonable prices.

We sat outside and thank god the patio was covered began the clouds were rolling in.

After sniffing out the patio, DePalma’s was Lincoln approved

We ordered right away since we were hungry and got some wine. A perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon.

We got some fresh bread out to us before we got our meal. There is nothing like fresh bread and olive oil!

Lincoln got a whiff of the bread right as the server brought it out. He wasn’t pawing at me or anything but you could tell he was intrigued.

Since it was June in Georgia and we were sitting outside, pasta or pizza was the last thing on my mind. I ordered the Insalata Cecilia-grilled shrimp, scallops, pineapple & tomatoes with feta over field greens with jalapeño–citrus vinaigrette

My mom and dad got a medium pizza with pepperoni and green peppers. As you can see, there is only half here. They brought it out that way. The reason being because my mom, Lincoln and I sat outside while my dad sat inside at the bar. No bad blood or anything, he was just hot. So was I but I had a fur baby to deal with. I guess he had prime seating location since he waved over the server when he saw them bringing out the pizza. So they gave him half and then brought out the remainder to my mom. This is how my family rolls. I tried a sliver of the pizza and wasn’t too impressed. The pizza was bogged down with sauce and make it soggy plus the sauce was very sweet.

Lincoln began to pout once he realized he wasn’t getting any food and wouldn’t respond to me when I called his name. So I did what any good dog mama would do and fed him a few pieces of pepperoni from the pizza. His admiration for me set in right away until yet again he realized he wasn’t getting anymore.

Torrential rain hit just as we were leaving so we walked Broad Street trying to find a patio to sit in until it passed. We ended up in the stairwell of a bar and watched the rain….and watched….and watched. 15 minutes later it finally started to let up and I saw something with the letters “YOG” I gave my mom my dog and bolted over there in hopes that it was fro yo.

Indeed it was fro yo, it was Yoguri.

I dug this location since it was a historic building just sooped up. However, I soon found it wasn’t my beloved self serve kind of place, it was a traditional fro yo kind of joint. Boo. It reminded me of a Pinkberry knockoff and I’m not a huge fan of the Pinkberry. But once I saw the fro yo, I had it on the brain and needed to get something there. I ordered the small green tea with blackberries and strawberries.

Ok, so they hooked up with the strawberries and blackberries but I definitely didn’t want all of that. When I have a fro yo craving, I want a little portion and craving gone, which is why I dig the self serve places. This SMALL portion cost $5.30. Mind you, it tasted wonderful but I could get a meal for that much (at a seedy place or the supermarket deli, not Ruth Chris of course)

I hope I get to go back to Athens one day…..with Lincoln of course!

If you went to college, did you go to a small or big school? I went to WVU, it has around 25,000 people when I went and the fact that it was voted #1 party school may have swayed my vote to go there just a little.

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19 Responses to “Around Athens”

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I love a good college town…such a fun atmosphere!!

  2. lynn @ the actor's diet June 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    i have always wanted to go to athens! one of my closest friends is from there, and when my husband went he couldn’t stop raving about “the grit.” we got the cookbook!

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

      You must check it out if you’re on this side of the country. And if you have your cute pup, he would love it as well!

  3. Alex June 27, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    Yo. The salad looks amazingly good.

    I just read out loud to the gf the part about your Pops getting half of the pizza and sending the rest out to you and your Mum. I like his style.

    And, no need to get the small FroYo. I’ve realized the small size could feed a small pony…trust me, I worked at Golden Spoon. I normally wouldn’t condone this, but since you’re only visiting there (right?), pull the ‘I Want A Sample’ card. Then get your ass out of there. You get your fix, and you don’t add the extra 400 kcals.

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

      Holla, friend. That idea is genius….and free….how have I not thought of it?

      Papa Shaka could write a book, he is an interesting cat!

  4. Vix @ LittleMissEverything June 27, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Sounds like a fun place!I went to a campus Uni so didn’t have a college town experience. Not sure I’d want to live in one!

  5. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl June 27, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I love college towns! They are so much fun! I went to a small school, but always loved visiting my friends at bigger schools!

  6. diana@mymarblerye June 27, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    dude I went to the biggest university in Texas! HUGE. 300 person classes! anyways, if I see a place is NOT a self serve froyo place I walk out…such a diva but I hate it when if I can only pick 1 or 2 flavors and have no portion control. I wanna put EVERYTHING i want! No restrictions!

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

      Me too sister-this whole we pick your size thing is bs!

  7. Ashleigh June 27, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Im so jealous of all your fun travels. I want that salad right now! I think wine at lunch of Fridays should be mandatory!!
    I went to a small school.. probably under 5000

  8. Monique June 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    that is one helluva yogurt.
    The new boy is re-training mickey and beleive it or not, when i eat in front of Mickey now, she just lays down and minds her business- its quite amazing.
    When i dine out, mickey gets a lot of attention. lol. So i try to leave her home in the air conditioning.

  9. Monique June 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I LOVE college towns too!! UC Santa Barbara was neat because it was 20,000 — not too large like ASU’s 70,000 dang — but it was a total college town. There was a neighboring area that was one square mile of solely college students. And it was on the beach. HEAVEN! I wish I could go back 🙂

    Your travels are so fun! And so is little Lincoln 🙂

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

      Seriously, how could one not love Santa Barbara? I’ve only seen pics but will go there one day. I cant imagine going to ASU, Tempe is too big for that but I definitely liked living there!

      • Monique June 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

        I’ll go with you if you ever want to go to SB!! I miss it.

  10. Joanna B. June 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    That salad looks yummy.

    I went to Wash U in St Louis, small-ish school (5k undergrad) in a sort-of city. My school was on Playboy’s most unattractive women list as #2. Good times.

  11. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss June 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    oh my goodness.. I never realized how cute and teensy lincoln actually is! I think I’ve only seen up-close pictures of him. adorable.

    lincoln, that is.. not the bread. although I really, really, really want that, too.

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

      Oh yeah, he is petite, only 8 lbs 🙂

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