Sunday was our first wedding anniversary, and to celebrate, we stayed the night at a nice hotel in Atlanta and ate at Aria, an upscale Buckhead restaurant. We found out the hotel had a shuttle service, so we got to pretend we had a driver as we rode the hotel's Escalade to dinner nearby. Aria was off of Piedmont Road in Buckhead, and I had found out about it on Open Table. The menu had a lot to offer, and we had a hard time picking!
I had a crab cake appetizer and the waiter suggested we split the watermelon, feta, tomato salad. It was a small portion but it was delicious. The crab cake was perfect dipped in the sauce, and the slaw-like salad was unique and balanced the flavors of the crab cake perfectly. Tim had fried oysters, and we were impressed with the portion size on those.
Our meals were apparently so delicious that I didn't take pictures. I chose right with the sea scallops, and Tim had the beef short ribs. Both were extremely fresh and flavorful. Then for dessert, I got the lemon pound cake with blueberries, and Tim had the cheesecake. We both loved them. Tim particularly loved that the cheesecake wasn't a slice but was instead a mini cheesecake made for one. We enjoyed our coffee and then headed back to the hotel.
At the hotel, we decided we would have a drink at the Bourbon Bar. After sitting there and enjoying ourselves for a while, we decided one drink wasn't enough. It was the perfect way to end the night. We enjoyed people watching and talking about our first year of marriage. The time has flown by!
The next morning we packed up and enjoyed a room service breakfast. Though Tim loves exploring and trying new restaurants whenever we're traveling, I love room service and the ease of sitting in bed and not waiting. It's not something we ever do (we didn't do it on our honeymoon even), but it was a treat for our anniversary.
Afterwards we headed up to Chattanooga, where we are now, to spend the rest of the week with my parents. It's nice to be able to spend time with family since they live so far away.
I've spent a year married and know I don't know everything. I love Tim so much and have enjoyed every day we've been together for every different reason imaginable. I've loved every second of some days, and we've experienced some less than fun days together too. But in the end, it's our ability to celebrate together and get through more difficult days together that has made our relationship stronger over time. I can't wait to see what the future holds for us! Right now we're talking about getting a dog, and I'm so excited!