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Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta

This might not look like much from the outside, but this houses the Center for Puppetry Arts.  Basically, a puppet museum.  Why is it in Atlanta?  Not sure about that.  I didn’t think Atlanta had a strong puppeteer community, but this is where it’s at.  And they have a whole section devoted to Jim Henson’s puppets, including the biggies, like Big Bird, Swedish Chef, and Kermit.  I would love to have taken pictures of the puppets, but they forbid it, which is why you’re looking at a picture of a handicapped ramp in the parking lot.  Supposedly, the museum is supposed to open an entire wing devoted to Jim Henson in 2014, but I noticed the “14” was painted over “12” on the message, so they could keep painting over the date until they finally get enough money to open it.

The center also has puppets from around the world, which brought to mind the idea of Jung’s Oversoul (I bet you didn’t think I’d bring out that in a post about puppets).  Many cultures seem to have puppets going back to ancient times.  I guess something in our collective unconscious wants to control a representation of humanity through symbolic figurines.  That, or we all want to talk in funny, high pitched voices.

Check out the Center’s website here.

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Nov 2011
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You know you’re in an affluent neighborhood if…

This is your toy store.

I just wanted to buy a Super Soaker.

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Oct 2011
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Some Good Southern Eatin’ at the Silver Skillet

Admittedly, I really didn’t plan for my trip to Atlanta, and I didn’t know much about the place before arriving.  I was ready to see and eat whatever came my way, and boy was I in good hands.  Lilly from the podcast Out There Atlanta helped guide me through the countless points of interest and mountains of delicious food Hotlanta has to offer.  Oh, by the way, “Hotlanta” is a nickname I thought of for Atlanta.  You should start using it.  I think it might catch on.

We started our day with a fantastic breakfast at the Silver Skillet.

The Skillet has been open since 1956, and it still has that old diner look to it, including those metal stools at the diner.

Being a Yankee, I wanted to try a “traditional” Southern breakfast, and boy did they have that.

Grits, two eggs over easy, some country ham (which is cured in a way that makes it super salty, but great to dip in the creamy, bland grits).  And then redeye gravy, an essential part of the country ham experience according to our waitress.  Lots of soy sauce in that gravy.  The ham was pretty seasoned already, so I didn’t have much of it, but I’m glad it was at least on my plate.

Not salivating yet?  Here are some closeups:

Just look at that amount of butter!  That’s some good diner food right there.

You know what makes grits even tastier?  Two pads of butter.  Yeah, totally did that.  But none of this food compared to their Lemon Icebox Pie.  Yes, it was 9 in the morning, but it was pie o’clock somewhere in the world.  This piece of pie was seriously delicious.

A Nilla Wafers crust, whipped cream, but that lemon filling–whew.  I don’t know what goes on in that icebox, but they need to keep doing it.

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Oct 2011
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Atlanta’s awesome!

Just got back to LA from my long weekend in Atlanta.  Man o man, is that city cool.  I ate like a king there, thanks to my very knowledgeable Atlantan (Atlantean?) friends.  Stay tuned for some glorious pictures of food.  Even after five hours of flying, I’m still in a food coma, so they’re not getting posted tonight.

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Oct 2011
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