Im scrolling through my phone and old pictures from a outing I attended caught my eye. Let me tell you about my experience.
A few weeks ago Atlanta held its fourth annual Food Truck Festival at Piedmont Park. To my surprise it wasn’t what I expected, but before I continue with that let me back up and start from the beginning of the story.
As I’m getting dressed in festival wear (floral high-waisted skirt and a crop top) I realized my time at that event will be very limited. Parking was probably going to be a ridiculous price and there would be so much traffic. Driving would only take away more of my time, so for the first time I utilized Uber. I have caught a ride with my best friend using Uber a couple times in New York but this is the first time that I actually used my own account.
Uber turned out to be very convenient. Yes, the driver drove slower than I ever would, but that was expected. On the Uber app I was able to view brief info on the driver, choose the car I wanted to ride in and see my expected time arrival. The only downside is that you can’t see the exact cost of your ride until the end of your trip and it is all done by previously authorized credit/debit card. However, they do provide an estimated cost before you select a driver.
As soon as we were able to see the park we pretty much hopped out the car to avoid waiting in the bumper to bumper traffic (after all, you are being change for distance and how long you are actually in the car). The park was huge and filled with families in lawn chairs, blankets and tents. The food trucks were lined up back to back with what seemed like never ending lines of people.
Prior to coming to the event my best friend and I look to see if there were any specific rules that would be enforced. One that stood out was the fact that you would have to buy a $12 band in order to purchase food from any of the trucks. The band did not come with any special perks unless you bought it a few days before which then provided a single ticket for sampling. Thank goodness I decided not to buy a band until I was actually about to purchase food because it turns out i didn’t even need it! Buying a band would have been a waste of money.
Nowwhen I pictured “Food Truck Festival” in my head I imagined being able to stop at numerous food trucks trying something small or a sample from each. My plan was to try a lot of different food from a lot of different places. However, the festival was not set up like this at all.
At almost every truck they gave you a full portion of food and it wasn’t like the plates where $3 where u could dibble and dabble through many different taste. I bought a BBQ plate that came up to $10. My idea of sampling 10 different trucks quickly came to and end because I would not be buying 10 full plates from 10 different areas.
One of my favorite trucks was a cute little pink dessert truck named Cupcakes by Tish. With great service I ordered a vanilla cupcake that came with pink icing: small, cute and quick.
Overall the Food Truck Festival was interesting and something new for me to experience. Hopefully next year the event coordinators can come up with a way for everyone to actually be able to try different samples from different trucks.
This past Sunday (May 31st, 2015) Atlanta model Stedmon Player held a mild fashion showcase to present his upcoming endeavors.The event was held at B Loft in Atlanta, Georgia and began with a black carpet meet and greet. A back drop with repeated Muted Bandit silhouettes hung outside the venue for picture taking. Complimentary champagne was provided along with light hors d’oeuvres. On the runway were clothing lines including 33 Label and Pop Culture worn by both men and women. The event also provided a chance to network with other models, photographers, clothing designers and hair stylist. I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from this muted bandit.
It has been a celebrity filled weekend in Atlanta this past Memorial holiday. Reality television star Nikko Smith partied with wife Margeaux in Opera Nightclub while Usher discreetly enjoyed himself in Magic City Gentleman’s club on Thursday night. Friday and Saturday was filled with many BBQ’s, festivals and pool parties. On Sunday, singer Monica performed and engaged with the crowd in Gold Room Nightclub along with hip-hop artist Eve who took the crowd down memory lane. Memorial Day has been a positive and energetic day in the city. THANK YOU to the veterans who fought for our country and allow us to enjoy this day.
I know I’ve been gone for a while. I’m just trying to make some changes to my life like learning how to work my new MacBook Air and changing how I handle difficult situations. To be completely honest, sometimes changing is HARD. It’s unfamiliar and I’m not 1,000 percent sure that I’m going to get what I want from being different. So shouldn’t I pick the safe route and stick to what I know? Shouldn’t we all? Wrong. Here’s the problem with that theory: You can’t get anything new from keeping the same old habits. It’s true, it may feel scary or uncomfortable but people like me who want more (much MORE) out of life have to make a conscious decision to jump out of our comfort zone. Don’t turn away from the things that feel foreign, run towards it. Those are the experiences that will cause change in your life, and I promise it’ll be worth it in the end.