In January, I had the opportunity to revisit my TravelingRD roots, traveling to Atlanta for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association (CPSDA) Boot Camp. The workshop provided a great opportunity for me to hone my sports nutrition skills but at the same time visit the city where I began my Dairy Council career.
Landing in Atlanta, my well-respected original supervisor from Southeast United Dairy Industry (SUDIA), Cheryl Hayn, picked me up. We ventured to the popular Atlantic Station shopping area for dinner at Strip. Strip claims to be Atlanta’s place for those craving both style and substance. They market the multilevel steak house with lively bars and patios on each level as having new meaning in the world of steak houses. This unique venue allows diners the experience of enjoying a great steak in a super hip environment. After a long, heart-felt visit dining on a wonderful filet with caprese salad and three-cheese macaroni and cheese, she dropped me off at my hotel near Georgia Tech where my conference took place the next day in the Wardlaw Center.
The conference day was beautiful and sunny as I walked down through the Olympic Village built to accommodate the 1996 Summer Olympics to Georgia Tech. After the conference, a local, hard-working dairy farmer took me to dinner. We dined at an Atlanta icon, Pitty Pat’s Porch. The restaurant is known for the down-home southern fare. We enjoyed fried chicken, greens, black-eyed peas and biscuits followed by a large slab of chocolate cake with ice cream. I love the country décor complete with unique dinnerware. We split the entrée and dessert. Later, we walked off our indulgences wandering through the Olympic Park viewing the Coca-Cola Museum and watching ice-skaters on the temporary rink.
All in all, I had an enjoyable and educational trip. Visiting Atlanta brought back many fond memories of my early years with the Dairy Council. Most of all, the trip emphasized the importance of cherishing good food and good friendships no matter where you roam!