The Bird Watch: Eat, Watch & Read

We're giving you the scoop on everything we're loving! 

The Optimist

The Optimist

EAT

Sara: The oyster happy hour at The Optimist is currently my favorite thing. Head to the oyster bar from 5-6PM during the week and 4-5PM on the weekend for $1 oysters. I usually go for a dozen with a glass of champagne. So good! 

Christina: Little Bangkok has been a favorite of mine forever but recently has been back in high rotation. The Tom Ka soup is by far and away the best in Atlanta and the curry never disappoints. Must haves: Tom Ka soup, Hot and Sour soup, Thai Dumplings, and Ginger Chicken. 

Ami: It doesn't matter what I'm eating, it is accompanied with hot sauce. All varieties of hot sauce. I don't discriminate. My ride or die, top three would be Sriracha, habanaro, and a classic Texas Pete. Do I keep hot sauce my purse, just in case? Maybe I do. So what?

Jessi: If you haven't been to 8arm yet, just go. Just hop on the BeltLine, make your way to Ponce de Leon and hop off for some incredible food. Go, go go. Now. 

Brittany: While visiting my parents, we made a stop at a popular pizza place. At Your Pie, you can customize your own pizza AND they serve beer and wine! Does is get better than that? So yummy!

Tatum: I’m a girl that loves her carbs. Osteria is my new favorite pizza place, with added bonus points because it’s walking distance from my house! It has the cutest string-light patio, so it’s absolutely perfect for spring date nights.

 

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

WATCH

Sara: Since it’s the last season, I’ve been religiously keeping up with HBO’s Girls. Despite their selfishness and questionable fashion choices, I’m still invested in those girls and am excited to see how it wraps up. My main hope is that Elijah gets a spinoff. *fingers crossed*

Christina: Pretty obsessed with Big Little Lies on HBO. A dark comedy/drama/everything set in gorgeous Monterey, California with Reece Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. So good. Watch it now.

Ami: I just started to dive into season 2 of the Netflix original series, Love. It's a light drama that I can hang with. I like my shows easy to follow and Love is just that with only a few characters that have extreme personalities. I find myself laughing at the normal, everyday situations they turn into entertaining moments. I guess you could say I'm lovin' Love.

Jessi: Mind of a Chef on PBS is such an awesome show. I find cooking shows super relaxing and Mind of a Chef not only highlights techniques and dishes, but also the background of the chef and their culinary journey. 

Brittany: Recently, I started watching Stranger Things on Netflix with my boyfriend, since he's a total Sci-Fi nerd. I didn't think I would get hooked into in as fast as I did, but it's pretty good!

Tatum: If you haven’t seen Broadchurch, binge watch it this weekend. It’s a crime drama (my favorite) about the unraveling of a murder case in a small UK town. Two words: plot twists. There’s two seasons on Netflix currently, but season three is coming out soon! 

 

READ

Sara: I finished reading Tiny Beautiful Things, and holy wow, you need to read it. It’s written by Cheryl Strayed, who also wrote Wild, and is a compilation of her best Dear Sugar columns. On every page, she doles out insightful and meaningful advice on a myriad of issues. It’s basically a budget friendly therapy session.

Christina: I recently read a really powerful feature in the New York Times about Syrian refugees that had been ‘adopted’ for the last year by Canadian families to help assimilate and transition as they begin a new life Canada. It follows multiple Canadian and Syrian families through the last 12 months and was a really interesting look into how difficult it can be for refugee families to start a new life and new identity in a completely foreign land. A challenging, beautiful, and eye-opening read.

Ami: Currently I've been digging into Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman's Handmade Natural Beauty book. I like it because I have most of the ingredients laying around my house already. The other night I felt like I was in need of a hair mask and found myself reaching for this book instead of Pinterest. It's that good.

Jessi: I'm not even going to deny what I'm truly reading right now, and that's a whole lot of bridal magazines. If it says Bride on the cover, I'm going to buy it. 

Brittany: I ordered a book on Amazon that was recommended to me by a friend called Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy and Bursting With Love. I'm super excited to start it while relaxing on the beach next week!

Tatum: I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a horrible book reader, but when my mom suggested listening to Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime on Audible, I couldn’t say no. It’s about the fun-loving Daily Show host’s South African childhood and the troubles he faced growing up. It will tug at your heartstrings while making you laugh all at the same time.