People live in Georgia because they like being hot. For the past couple of weeks in Atlanta it’s been all rainy cold and grey skies. Nothing is more of a Kryptonite for my soul than being cold; throw in some rain and I’m basically walking around preying on poor souls that have the formidable experience of coming in contact with me.
When it got to a high of a blistering 55 degrees this weekend, all of the ATLiens flocked outdoors to soak up those precious rays of sun we’ve been deprived of lately. When I have the chance to sleep in, there is little I can do to mentally coax myself out of bed, even when I’m perfectly aware that I’m wasting a beautiful day. On this day a stronger, more primal desire came over me to finally motivate me to move from my fluffy pillow fortress: Food. After sleeping in after well past the glorious hour of 11AM, I decided to join the world and flocks of people outside by venturing to one of my favorite places in Atlanta, Alon’s Bakery.
Alon’s has two locations; one conveniently located less than a mile from my apartment, and the other less than a mile from my office. I’m a lucky girl.
The one near Perimeter Center, rightly dubbed Alon’s Bakery & Market, reminds me of a mini Whole Foods. Not only does it serve as a bakery with an array of tempting fresh made breads, cakes, pastries, cookies, bars, tarts, and pies, but a market full of local and organic products. I can’t walk in without leaving with several things that I didn’t plan on buying – and I don’t mean that in the Target way where I look back later and think about how much I didn’t need it. I’m usually adding whatever I buy to my list for the next time I go in, which is approximately 4 days later on average. I’m a little bit of an addict. Alon’s Bakery & Market also has a great cold bar offering: several kinds of poultry and fish on any given day, to die for, perfectly seasoned roasted veggies, salads, soups, and several other options. To make a point, you can’t go wrong with Alon’s as a lunch option, and you’re even less likely to go wrong with Alon’s as a dessert option.
This winter morning I got my breakfast go-to of a Blueberry Muffin, and tried my first Alon’s chocolate croissant (I don’t even need to tell you I wasn’t disappointed – however I did come home and heat it up for about 20 seconds). Both of these treats were enjoyed while sitting on my charming, little porch-balcony with socks off, and my legs and heart soaking up every ounce of sunshine I could get. Spring can’t come fast enough.