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Thursday, March 26, 2015

31 Days of Adventure: Day 26 - Carrot Cake Success, A Streetcar, A Market and A Taco

Today was another highlight in the Birthday Month.

1) Carrot Cake success. My work Marchette and I finally conceded that if we wanted carrot cake we would just go across the street at lunch time and have the nice yummy warm, moist carrot cake studded with coconut, pineapple, nuts and raisins from J. Alexanders. It's tried and true and didn't disappoint. We even got them to take off the cream cheese frosting which is usually served warm on top, before bringing it out. Before you judge, this cake is so good so moist, it does not need the cream cheese frosting. It's just the right balance of sweet and to me, the cream cheese frosting makes it a bit too sweet. And since the cake is sooo moist, it doesn't need to rely on the frosting to make it moist. Delicious - mission 1 accomplished.

2) A Streetcar ride - Having planned for a while now, I finally got myself downtown to ride the Atlanta Streetcar. Joining me were two fellow Marchettes and Honorary Marchette.  The free fare period is coming to an end, after which rides will be $1 per boarding or $3 for a day pass if you want to get on and off along the route. We started and ended our ride at the Centennial Park Streetcar stop and got off to explore the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. The full 2.7 mile route takes approximately 33 minutes to complete in one of the three streetcars currently in service.  While I expected more seating inside the car there is ample room for wheel chairs, strollers, and plenty of standing room.   The Streetcar is built on the "flex" model, so it's about the length of 2 1/2 buses, but has the ability to flex around corners, making a bit more agile than a bus.

3) Sweet Auburn Curb Market - Originally opened in 1924 this historical site currently houses a variety of produce and meat merchants, a full service bakery, a bookstore, pharmacy and several natural products vendors (think juices and organic items), and popular local eateries including Arepa Mia, AfroDish (a Caribbean/African offering) and Sweet Auburn BBQ. We were provided a sampling of pralines and popcorn at Miss D's Pralines and each left with a container of Butter, Cheese, Caramel Popcorn. If I lived downtown I definitely would shop here for produce. In an area that could be a fresh food desert, I'm happy to see that there are fresh options being presented.

4) Taqueria del Sol - After ending our Streetcar Adventure, we decided to get some dinner. At the Howell Mill location, we enjoyed tacos, enchiladas, chips n salsa and cheese dip, with a side of conversation and an extra helping of laughter.

Thanks ladies for sharing my Streetcar Adventure and being tourists in our own city. If I had more time I was going to pull together some trivia, but I think everything worked out just as it should. Thanks again!

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