Sara in the City

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Q & A

IMG_8868Hello!

A few weeks ago, I wanted to do a q&a post so here it is! I’d be happy to do a part 2 if questions continue to roll in. I really enjoy traveling and eating, so these questions were right up my alley! You can dm me or email me too at sara.longsworth@gmail.com.

Let’s go!

What’s your drink of choice?
Right now, I’d say a negroni. The combo of sweet and bitter makes this gin based cocktail my favorite!

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What are some resources you use to plan your vacations?
Vacations can get pricy, so I use a number of different things to plan and stagger our vacation expenses.

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Research- I always make Pinterest boards for sights, food and locatIons, read the Lonely Planet on the area and consult the Michelin Guide for eats! Also, ask for recommendations on Facebook, other travelers love to share their best experiences. Find a few locals in the area on Instagram and scout out some of the non-touristy spots they frequent! My favorite food website is Eater. They always have the best suggestions for 38 essential restaurants and then the monthly hot spots. I use it for US cities too (it’s always pretty accurate)!

Flight- I use Hopper to get alerts on flight deals. It lets you set times and cities; then tells you the perfect time to book! I also get daily emails from Scott’s Cheap Flights and Fare Deal Alert!

Hotels- We do a good mix of hotels and Airbnb. Usually a few months before I book one hotel/Airbnb at a time until they’re all covered. That way on your trip the expenses are just food and sights.

Transportation- a lot of times if we want to see more than one place we get a rental car. In Ireland we drove across the whole country in a left handed manual on the left side of the road. In Italy, we winded through cliffside, hairpin turns white knuckled and terrified. But, you really can get to more places. Downside: parking fees. On this last trip we took the high speed Thalys train, and it was a lot of fun! Where are our cross county trains, America?

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What’s your favorite place that you’ve ever visited.
The Amalfi Coast hands down. It was always number one on my bucket list, and it surpassed my wildest expectations. I’ve realized on our last few trips that stunning views and charm are more important to me than large cities.

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What’s the number one place you want to go?
I’m dying to go to Tokyo for the culinary experience and Machu Picchu for the hike and ruins!

What are a few of the best meals you’ve ever had?

In the US

Fig– Charleston
On a girls trip last year we were already eating dinner, when we were notified that we got in to Fig. What to do? Eat dinner twice of course!

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Alter– Miami
For my birthday last year, we did the 5 courses at this quirky restaurant near Wynwood. The dish that stick out to me was an egg in truffle foam, with truffle pearls and a gruyere crust. Omg,So amazing!

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Alinea– Chicago
The impossible to get into spot that I miraculously cracked the code to. If you’ve watched Chef’s Table on Netflix this is the Grant Achatz episode from season 2 episode 1. Surprises were everywhere, and the skill and molecular gastronomy was impressive to say the least.

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Abroad

Ravello, Italy
Again Italy. Our entire meal at Rosselini’s in Palazzo Avino was the most incredible meal ever. I think about it weekly, and the location was so beautiful. If you go to Amalfi, you MUST check it out.

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How do you get such great vacation photos?
Lucky for me my husband loves taking photos. For photos of both of us, it’s a little harder. Traveling with friends who are photographers makes it a cinch, but now you can hire photographers abroad! Check out Flytographer and also photographers on Airbnb! We did a session in Paris, and it was a lot of fun! If all else fails, a tripod and self timer!

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What are your favorite restaurants in Atlanta right now?

Breakfast/ Brunch: Revival, Sun in my Belly and Bread and Butterfly

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Dinner: Sotto Sotto, Le Fat and Kimball House

What are your favorite bars in Atlanta?
Amer, Little Trouble,Victory Sandwich Bar (jack and coke slushees forever) and SOS Tiki Bar.

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What’s a good way to meet people in Atlanta?
Almost all of the friends that I’ve met in Atlanta have been through Instagram! On social media it’s easy to see what you have in common with people, and to reach out for a cup of coffee or a happy hour! There are a lot of great community meet ups too!

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What equipment do you use to shoot photos?
We use a Canon 5 D Mark II with a Tamron SP44mm F1.8 and a Sony A7II with a FE 50mm 1.8. I’d really like to start videos!

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What apps do you use to filter photos, and what are your favorite filters within?
I use A Color Story and my favorite filters are lipstick, pop song and sugar! To brighten I use Snapseed. For serious stuff, I hand over to B to edit in Lightroom!

Where are great places for murals and photos in Atlanta?
Definitely hit up the Beltline, Cabbagetown and Downtown. OuterSpace Project and Living Walls are great resources for mural hunting!

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Do you and Blake work in the restaurant industry?
No, we don’t! Food is really important to us, and we enjoy the culinary scene! We’re always toting our cameras around to document our eats! We both enjoying cooking and eating; it’s a big bonding thing for us. Opening a bar or small restaurant one day is definitely a dream.

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What is your day job?
I work the normal 8-5 grind M-F, but I am lucky to work in a creative environment! I manage social media (Facebook, Insta, etc.) for a local paper crafting company, photograph and do PR. So, all day long I’m creating content, writing and taking photos!

Thanks for the questions, you guys!

Xx,

Sara

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