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Hiking is Life!

My recent trip to Colorado Springs, CO was when I  first discovered my love for hiking. My hiking trip at Garden of the Gods was definitely a life changing experience that I would never forget. During my transition of moving to Atlanta, I got so consumed living in such a big city, I totally forgot that the most beautiful creation by God is nature.

The wonderful feeling of being out in nature, away from the big city, disconnected from technology allowed me to connect with nature in a way that brings about peace and a sense of well-being that I never wanted to let go. Hiking has become my best medicine, giving me a place to escape from all my problems, be free and to clear mind. Even though it was a challenging experience, I was able to leave with a high dosage of determination and motivation for my next hike. The love and respect I’ve gained from hiking have grown into one of my best hobbies that I will continue to share with the world.

Follow me as I continue my hiking journey!! Check out my 5 top picks of great places to hike with amazing waterfalls in the Southeast.

 

Ruby Falls – Chattanooga, TN


Cumberland Falls – Corbin, KY

 

Toccoa Falls – Stephens County, GA

Lower White Falls – Oconee County, SC

Amicalola Falls – Dawsonville, GA

 

Cantu Men’s Collection Launch Atlanta

On Friday (Feb. 10) Cantu Beauty celebrated the launch of there first men’s collection in Atlanta, Georgia at Live Edge Restaurant and Bar. Not only was the event exclusive, but guests got to mingle red carpet style alongside Cantu Beauty Ambassadors.

Event attendees were gifted with complimentary cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon tasting (complementary J.R. Revelry), specially crafted Cantu Cigars, free products and a “Cantu Barbershop” with live demos. We took a few photos of the event that can be found in the gallery above. Find more pictures by following the hashtag #doyouwithcantu.

10 Restaurants in Atlanta That Won’t Break the Bank

 

Moving to a new place can be stressful thing. Outside of the physical strain of moving it’s often your social life that’s impacted the most. After the moving trucks have left and you’ve located the closes food market, pharmacy and other essential locations, the reality of a new location can sink in. It’s exciting to have a new place to explore, sure, but it can also be a little confusing and intimidating.

After you settle in a little at your new place, consider a trip around your new hood to locate these places that will make your transition into a new area a lot more enjoyable. If your part of the 53% of millennials that eat out once or more a week, finding that go-to restaurant will probably be at the top of your list.

Am I a foodie? Nope! Am I a restaurant critic? Definitely not! But I do know a thing or two about moving to a city, having to re-establish my social life, and “balling on a budget”.

So I decided to take some of the pressure off of you and provide you with 10 restaurants in Atlanta that’ll help ease your transition. I’m sure most locals may disagree with me but ‘ehhh’ it’s just my 2 cents (leave your suggestions below in comments).

ONE. midtown kitchen

ONE. midtown kitchen  is the perfect place for a romantic date night. It’s located merely seconds away from the historic Piedmont Park and has an incredible view of the Atlanta skyline. The building is a renovated ware house. There light fixtures are beautiful and they are sure to catch your attention when you walk in the door along with the beautiful decor. Something to note is they have smaller portions of food, but you won’t be disappointed! 

Lovely night for a stroll and a glass of wine. Join us at the bar!

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JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Located in the West Provisions District on the Westside of Atlanta. The perfect place for lunch with the girls. If you like southern cuisine and seafood you’ll love there menu. The food potions are fair and they never disappoint with quality. You’re sure to make a full day out of this trip being that it’s surrounded by premiere shopping locations, great views and outdoor entertainment.

Six Feet Under Pub and Fish House

I’m alway’s on the hunt for fresh and authentic seafood. I’ve been to this location (West Midtown) a few times for lunch this past summer. I’m a true southerner so I feel like I’m instantly attracted to outdoor eating areas with a good deck lol. They have a breath taking few of the city on from the upstairs deck and I always seem to squeeze my way in some how or another. There buffalo oysters charmed me over and there Six Feet Under Steamer is definitely worth it.

Sweet Auburn Seafood

Located in the heart of historic auburn, Sweet Auburn Seafood in engulfed in the culture of it’s surroundings.  Located in walking distance of many business (including Open For Business Co-working space) this is a great spot for lunch or more casual business meetings. Not to mention there superb customer service.

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Another Broken Egg – Vinings, Georgia

Another Broken Egg is a chain located in several states across the U.S. but it wasn’t until I moved to Georgia that I visited this restaurant. More specifically I fell in love with the Vinings location. The best way to describe it is that, “It feels like home”. Every time the I visited this location was for more causal brunch meetings. Again, there out door seating caught my attention, It’s very comfy, heated and for pet lovers – yes they allow pets.

Thai 5 and Sushi Bar

Nothing about me is normal. It was no surprise that I fell head over heels when I found out about Little Five Points Atlanta. It’s what I call the eclectic area, just minutes away from downtown. Thai 5 & Sushi Bar is a cornerstone in the Atlanta community and has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff.

BQE Edgewood

The combination of excellent food, great surroundings, and beautiful decor make bQE Restaurant and Lounge an Atlanta landmark and a place where people want to come eat again and again. There philosophy is that it’s essential to feed the mind, body, and soul. What started off as a quiet after work meeting in an ambient environment transformed into a comedy show with with ambient lights and lots of laughter, fun and great drinks.

Dinner served until 2am!!!!#blackenedsalmon#atlpics#foodporn#atlhotspot#atlnightlife

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Hops Chicken

I consider Hops to be my on-the-go getaway. Perfect quick stop after I take a bike ride around the Atlanta Belt Line which overlooks the city. Located inside the Ponce City Market, it’s surrounded by small shops and great sceneray. Expect long waits at certain points because there friend chicken is amazing, simply put! But, its worth any wait. You be the judge!

Del Frisco’s Grille

New place, new things. This holiday season was mentally noted as being my first non-traditional Thanksgiving away from home and family. I had the pleasure of spending with the Del Frisco’s Grille family. This has become of my favs. Great place to have dinner with a loved one or a posh night out with the crew!

Wednesdays never tasted so good. Meet the new Wednesday Daily Dish, Slow-Roasted Pork Pot Roast. #DelFriscosGrille

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Rosa Mexicano

I’ve heard bad reviews about Rosa Mexicano but I only speak off my experiences.Located in Atlantic station it’s definitely a one stop shop for tourists. From restaurants, to clothing store, hotels, housing, YOU NAMMMEEE IT, they have it at Atlantic Station.  Initially I did notice long waits on weekend at Rosa Mexicano but I had an ah-hah moment the first time I went during the week day for lunch! There was no wait, even better prices, quick service and as always great eats. I’d suggest this place if your looking for a new place to have lunch or drinks with friends.

 

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Young South African Media Mogul Breaks Barriers

Contributed By: Chynnah Tomlin and Katrina Garnes

Meet Allegro Dinkwanyane, a 26-year-old media industry powerhouse from South Africa, recently recognized by Forbes Woman Africa as one of Africa’s youngest female media business owners on the rise. Allegro, a University of Johannesburg and University of Cape Town alumnus, made the decision to become fully self-employed in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Since launching her entertainment website, Orgella Entertainment, in 2011, she has expanded her company to include eight entities, including a fashion boutique, a charity foundation, and a real estate company.

[VIDEO] What’s Going On with WE tv’s Match Made In Heaven

Recently, I was invited to attend the red carpet premiere screening of WE tv’s new season of “Match Made in Heaven,” executive produced by Sherri Shepherd and starring Stevie Baggs. The screening took place at the Woodruff Arts Center in Downtown Atlanta. There, I was able to converse with Baggs and Shepherd about the new season of Match Made In Heaven.

There I also chatted with cast members of Real House Wives of Atlanta, Cutting It in the ATL, Braxton Family Values and much more. To watch the interview in its entirety click here or view the video below. Yesterday night several of these shows premiered I would love for you to leave your feedback below!

Katrina In The City – Building A Network

Atlanta, the land of opportunity, diversity and great entertainment. You may or may not have known I recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to accept a corporate position. Due to my hectic schedule I’ve been neglecting my blog posts lately but thanks to my awesome blog contributors you haven’t skipped a beat. But, Im back now! Not only am I back to blogging but I’ve embarked on a new journey to make a name for myself and my brand in the big city of Atlanta. Now keep in mind this is a completely different beast that I’m trying to tame. With so many people coming to Atlanta for exact same reason as me, (OPPORTUNITY) networking and finding my niche is going to be pivotal and more important than ever. Yesterday I learned my first lesson ever since being here and I’d like to share this story with you and I’ll continue sharing the stories and adventures of “Katrina in the City” in hopes that they’ll not only be insightful but also help someone like me who’s thinking about or has made a big transition from small town girl to city girl!

[Video] Southern Traditions

On this episode of What’s Going On Katrina cooks up a quick dish with Celebrity Chef, Sterling Wright, from FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen. She also visits Tally Ho Equestrian Center to knock horse riding off her bucket list. Don’t forget to sign up for the official What’s Going On mailing list to be the first to know #TellWhatsGoingOn!

[Video] It Started From The Roots

 

Video Credit: ETV Original Series, Original SC

Carrying your past along with your future is not actually bad. 26 years old artist, Ment Nelson from Hampton, South Carolina can tell you about using things from your past and making it great for your future. Recently in his first collection, Fishing With Grandma, Ment featured scenes from his childhood that he believes will shed light on his culture and give hope to those of the Gullah culture. The Gullah culture was created when the Africans were kidnapped from Africa and had to adjust to the American way of living, while staying true to their own culture. “My collection of art came from a “Soulful-place”, said Ment. He states that it came from a creative place. Two quotes he enjoys, and helps him to embrace his creative side are from Erykah Badu and Dr. T.D. Jakes.

Creativity is the absence of fear. -Erykah Badu

[Video] What’s Going On with International Musician eZra Brown

Ezra Brown is an international saxophonist, keyboardist, music director, and arranger most commonly known for his amazing tunes on the saxophone. His unique style of music, which he refers to as Soul Muzik, is a blend of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and gospel. Though constantly on the move from country to country Ezra has sit down with What’s Going On to do an exclusive interview in his hometown of Florence, SC where it all began.