restaurant review:: the general muir

We celebrated my little brother’s 29th birthday last night with dinner at The General Muir. He raves about this place, located at Emory Point, and I’ve been excited to check it out. It’s essentially a New York Jewish deli, but a bit fancier than just a walk-up counter (although they do have that as well). A neat fact — the restaurant is named for the refugee transport ship that brought co-owner Jennifer Johnson’s mother and grandparents, Holocaust survivors, to New York in 1949.

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We started out with a couple orders of the Poutine (fries, gravy, cheddar cheese curds, crispy pastrami), Deviled Eggs, Matzo Ball Soup, and Swiss Chard Fritters. Everything was demolished, so I’ll assume it was all good. My favorite was most definitely the Poutine, and you can see why from the photo below.
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A few of us chose “The Burger” (gruyere, caramelized onions, crispy pastrami, Russian dressing, pickles, and fries) after seeing countless plates of them being carried by our table. Chef Todd Ginsberg is credited with creating the famed Bocado burger (which has been my favorite in the city), and he absolutely did not disappoint with his version here. In fact… I think it’s now tied with Bocado for my favorite Atlanta burger. I didn’t think I’d care for the dressing and pastrami on the burger (I’ll confess that I didn’t really know what pastrami was), but I was so wrong. The flavors were unreal, and the freshly made bun was perfection. The fries were piping hot and drizzled with sea salt – also perfect. 
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So there were 8 people at our table… and we ended up with 7 desserts. Yikes. I blame it on the menu — too many choices (all of which are made in-house), and they all sounded good. One of my favorites, which was unexpected, was the Blood Orange and Brown Sugar Cheesecake — such a unique flavor combination, and pretty to boot. All of the desserts were a hit.
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I’m sort of sad that it’s taken us this long to make it over to Emory Point to eat at The General Muir. I hear their fried chicken (only on Fridays) is some of the best in the city, so I think we’ll be back soon… although I don’t know how I will keep from ordering that burger!

A Few of My Favorite Things (103)

[Stella & Dot outfit of the week:: Zara blazer // black Anthro tissue paper top // Teaks flats // Birdie Necklace // Christina Link and Isabelle Wrap Bracelet]
[new year, new wreath!]
[red sky at night, sailor’s delight]

[celebrating our puppet staff with a belated holiday party]
A short(er) work week and a fun party on Saturday made for a nice week. Other than prepping for and attending our “We Survived the Holidays!” staff puppet party, we just enjoyed the gorgeous weather on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll take these warm-ish, sunny January days over a Snowpocalypse any day. 🙂 Looking forward to another short(er) week thanks to a trip to Charleston with friends this coming weekend!

A Few of My Favorite Things (102)

[Stella & Dot outfit of the week:: J.Crew sweater and chambray top // Toms booties // Trellis Necklace (new!)]

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[Nutella-filled goodness]
[Spring 2015 samples have arrived!]
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[weekend Beltline adventure]
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[Krog Street Market success]
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[celebrating our friends’ upcoming wedding]
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[newborn session with Miss Tyler]
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Ahhhh… I love a good 3 day weekend! It was so nice to take it easy most of the weekend and also spend time celebrating some dear friends at their couples wedding shower. After all this gloom and rain the past couple weeks, we were so happy to get outside on Saturday and explore the Beltline. After a few miles, we headed over to Krog Street Market for lunch, and Grand Champion BBQ did not disappoint. Here’s to a shorter work week and good days ahead!

Stella & Dot’s Spring 2015 Collection Debut

January is so cold, and there’s usually not a lot going on… but one thing I love about this month is the release of Stella & Dot’s highly anticipated Spring collection! This season, our incredible design team has outdone themselves yet again. I can’t imagine how they continue to dream up, design, and create such masterpieces and works of art season after season, but they always do.

Here are some of my favorite, can’t-live-without pieces! The collection is now available for sale — click here to shop!

Eva Ear Jacket Earrings – $49
I love the versatility of these earrings — they come with two different studs that can each be paired with the ear jacket, or they can be worn alone. Four options in one set. And they’re gorgeous to boot!

Birdie Necklace – $118
More versatility here, too. I love the fluttery look of the petals, which are made of leather and chiffon. Detach the petal strand for a stand alone sparkle strand. This is one of my new favorites!

Isabelle Wrap Bracelet – $39
An updated take on the ever popular Bardot Spiral Bracelet!

Zinnia Split Ring – $39
This is such a pretty, interesting silhouette for a ring. Love the mint and gold combo. Perfect for spring!

Trellis Necklace – $98
One of our biggest statement makers of the season, this piece is botanically inspired… see the leaf-shaped gold chain, too? I love the soft, feminine colors, and I can’t wait to wear this for wedding season!

Grace Chandeliers – $44
These beauties are hand cast from delicate leaves our Chief Creative Officer Blythe found in Northern California. I like the length, movement, and delicate look they’ll add to any outfit.

Union Square Scarf in Pastel Ikat – $59
I’m kind of obsessed with our scarves, and this print it no exception! Perfect for every day wear, travel, and even as a pool/beach sarong.

Colorblock Cuff in gold – $24
This is my new favorite bangle. It features hand-wrapped thread accented with gold studs. It needs to be the star of every arm party this spring.

Havana Pendant – $89
One necklace, three ways? Yes, please! This white and gold pendant will go with pretty much anything, from day to night, office to beach side wedding. Wear it long or remove 1-2 pendants for shorter looks. The chain can also be shortened. A must have!


Rebel Cluster Necklace in gold – $79
The Rebel Pendant is one of our bestsellers and one of my all-time favorites that I’ll never tire of… and now there’s a delicate version! Wear the strands together or each them alone — or pair with some of our other great delicates for a layered look. Comes in silver as well.

The Waverly Petite Clutch/Crossbody – $98
Who doesn’t appreciate a good crossbody bag — especially one that can be converted to a clutch? This pop of orange is so fun in the perforated pattern, and it pairs perfectly with the natural linen. 


Signature Engravable Bar Cuff in gold – $98
More engravables! A personalized, unique way to add fun to your bracelet stack. Makes a gorgeous gift, too!

A Few of My Favorite Things (101)

[starting off 2015 with this adorable newborn session]
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[Stella & Dot outfit of the week:: green Old Navy sweater // Linden Necklace]
[the best dessert – Nutella Pizza]
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[new Smyrna eats]
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[baby leg warmers are the best]
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Finally… a fairly quite week and weekend after what seemed like 3 months of pure crazy! We celebrated our friend Shannon’s birthday with dinner at one of our Atlanta favorites, Taqueria del Sol, and we also tried out a new Irish pub, Keegan’s, down the street from our house. In the midst of all the rain this week, I also had my first 2 photo sessions of the year — both with the sweetest families and most adorable newborns. 2015 is already starting off with a bang for MHP!

A Few of My Favorite Things (100!)

[a recap of 2014]
[adorable state map dish towel – a favorite Christmas gift]
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[Stella & Dot outfit of the week:: red Old Navy skinny jeans // Sam Edelman ‘Penny’ boots // olive Old Navy vest // chambray JCrew button-up // Mae Necklace // Renegade Bracelet // Eden Cuff / retired Leopard Scarf]
[NYE cocktails at The Four Seasons]
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[a good Southern NYE dinner at South City Kitchen]
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[Welcome to 2015!]
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[story of my life]
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Y’all — this is my 100th weekly Favorite Things post, as well as my first post of 2015! Where in the world have the past 100 weeks gone so quickly? I hope you all had a fun, safe time ringing in the new year — we sure did! We went to the most yummy, fine southern dinner at South City Kitchen (the braised short rib was to die for) with some of our favorite friends, and watched the ball drop at The Four Seasons. Jan 1st was spent watching football with said friends and eating the obligatory pork, collards, and black eyed peas. Craig was such a trooper and even started smoking the meat at 2am just to have it ready in time!

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited and ready to see what 2015 has in store for us. Here’s to a prosperous, healthy, adventurous, exciting, and happy new year!