Exploring Athens, GA – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my weekend adventures in Athens, GA! Miss part 1? See that first. :)


After our long training run on Saturday, we enjoyed a lunch feast at Lauren’s house! She set out a huge spread of stuff for us to snack on — I love lunches like this.


We had brie, grapes, cheddar cheese, and apples:


Plus smoked salmon, crackers, salami, pita bread, regular bread, carrots, and hummus.


So good — I enjoyed some of everything. We also had some amazing unpictured chicken white bean soup that Lauren had leftover — I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!

After our late lunch, we headed into Athens to do a little shopping and to see more of the University of Georgia campus.




It reminded me a lot of Chapel Hill and UNC! Here we are with the UGA arch — the symbol of their school. Basically their version of the UNC well!


As you can tell, it was rather cold out. :)


We came back to Lauren’s before dinner to change and for a special celebration — Sunday was Libby’s birthday! Lauren made a cookie fruit pie for the occasion — basically a sugar cookie base, topped with homemade cream cheese frosting and sliced up fruit. Simple and VERY delicious.



I love that she got animal print candles. :)


Happy Birthday, Libby! We <3 you. :)


We were thinking of going to Last Resort for dinner (which we hear is amazing), but a bunch of you recommended The Grit, which is an all-vegetarian restaurant and also supposed to be delicious. Since Libby is vegetarian and it was her birthday dinner, we decided that was the perfect choice. :)


We had to wait awhile for a table and ended up going around the corner for a drink before coming back just as our table was ready. I loved the ambiance in the restaurant — funky and fun.



I started with the pumpkin curry soup — delicious and perfect for a cold night.


And for my entree, I had the Golden Bowl — tofu with veggies and brown rice. It was good but not amazing — if I went again I would get something else because the other girls liked their dishes more. :)


The girls and I were all so sad to leave yesterday morning! Lauren whipped us up a nice breakfast — Baked Oatmeal — before we hit the road.



Doesn’t this look delicious?! It was.


Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing the recipe this week so all of you can enjoy it, too! :)

I will leave you with a photo of the giant peach water tower we passed while driving through South Carolina yesterday. So cute!


Happy Monday. :)

p.s. For my older adult readers — one of my nutrition professors at UNC started a blog (it’s great!) called 3 Square Meals — A Nutrition Blog for Successful Aging. Check it out! I also co-wrote an article with her for it: Amp Up the Calories and Protein in Your Diet. (But my favorite post is her recent one entitled “Who Inspired Me?” Very touching!)


  1. 1

    Your grad school friends are awesome :)

  2. 3

    That baked oatmeal looks so awesome!!! Mmmm.

  3. 4

    Looks like a totally fun weekend!!!!

    Good luck in school this week -glad to see you work hard, but play harder ;-)

  4. 6

    Looks like an awesome trip! What a fun experience, I love visiting college campuses, there are so many beautiful ones! That baked oatmeal and sugar cookie cake looks delicious, can’t wait for the oatmeal recipe. :-)

  5. 7

    Hmmm that baked oatmeal looks great :)

  6. 8

    Love your weekend. I read the blog you suggested to amp up the calories for older adults. I think I will pass on that one for a bit longer being as nothing wrong with my appetite yet. It surely was a cold one this weekend so windy Saturday and many trees down. The baked oatmeal looks so divine, I guess that will be my next item to test. Love it.

  7. 9

    Looks like so much fun!! I love the big peach in Gaffney, SC!! I remember passing it as a child. :) Glad you got the spend time in the best state ever!! :) hehe!

  8. 10

    Thank you for the pictures – I miss UGA a lot! I used to work in one of the buildings you pictured!

    I am so sad you didn’t have the greatest meal at the Grit – it is my favorite restaurant in Athens – their grilled cheese is amazing as is their black bean chili nachos!

  9. 12

    Such a fun trip! I love visiting Athens. Good call with Grit. Sorry you missed going to Last Resort. The food there is delicious!

  10. 13

    Awww I miss Georgia!

  11. 14

    What a fun weekend! The baked oatmeal looks like perfection! :)

  12. 15

    Looks like a great trip! :) Great pictures! Thanks for sharing your weekend with us :)

  13. 17

    This makes me want to visit Georgia! :D

  14. 18

    I was just down in Athens in December visiting my Grandparents & went to the Grit. We sat at that very same table – I thought it looked familiar! Love that restaurant!

  15. 20

    Looks like a super trip, Anne. Enjoyed it through your camera lens! And love that oatmeal! Hope the legs felt OK after the 10-miler!

  16. 22

    mmmm – can’t wait to read this baked oatmeal recipe! Looks yummy!

  17. 23

    Those kind of lunches are the best! A little bit of everything :)


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