Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas in Tennessee 2012

In what's become an annual tradition, my wife and I went back east to her parents' place outside Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Here's the quieter portion of our trip.

After a red-eye flight to Atlanta, we needed food.  Highland Bakery near downtown Atlanta was just the ticket.  

The bakery component was just one element of the establishment... but what a component!

Their breakfasts were quite amazing, including French toast made with challah bread.

Before heading north to Tennessee, we stopped at Stone Mountain outside of Atlanta.

Stone Mountain is famous for having the largest bas-relief in the world, depicting Confederate legends.

The total size of the bas-relief is more than two football fields in size, and is 400 feet off the ground.

Its carving came with a price.

From left to right, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

My in-laws' house in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Beverages.

And toffee!

St. Tikhon's Orthodox Church in Chattanooga, where we'd celebrate Christmas (Nativity).

Father David at the church knew many people from my own Orthodox community in Felton.  Small world.

Time to decorate the Christmas tree.

Suzanne and her friend Becca, with the largest stuffed hedgehog in the world (my mother in-law loves hedgehogs).

More beverages.


The wifey and mama.

Becca and Evan, Suzanne's friends.

Yours truly and my brother-in-law.

Suzanne and the hedgehog.

My in-laws, Christmas Day.

The day after Christmas, it was time for the best burgers in the south - Urban Stack, Chattanooga.

My father-in-law eats here way too often - and I'm insanely jealous of that.

Part of the reason is that they serve the best bourbon in the world, Pappy Van Winkle.  This is the 15 year reserve, at $23 a pour.  Liquid gold.

Bologna sliders.

My go-to burger, the gourmet bacon burger with Wagyu beef.

Suzanne and Rob with their maternal grandmother.

Light dusting of snow on the deck.

Colder than California, that's for sure.

Coming up - the US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.  Stay tuned.

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