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22.9.15

New @ZoesKitchen Location - #JohnsCreek Georgia

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If you like Mediterranean food, or like to check out new places... Make sure to take a trip to Zoes Kitchen!  We were guests of the new Johns Creek Location this past weekend and let me tell you... Delicious!  
When we arrived, we immediately headed to the restroom (you know, trips with children, normally means bathroom breaks and washing hands!)  At this point, no one there knew we were there for a review and I noticed they were so friendly and attentive to the customers in the store.  After washing up, I introduced myself to Mike (the GM) and he told us to grab a seat while our meals were prepared.  We grabbed drinks at their drink station (they have soda and tea over there.)

The Johns Creek location has just recently opened.  You can tell the area they are located in is up and coming as some neighboring stores are not yet open.  If you enjoy dining outside, they have a patio available.  This day was a beautiful day to dine outside, but we sat inside because Broxton picked the table.  

I am a new fan of humus and I was so happy when we were brought the humus trio to start.  It was funny, they brought it out to us and right after that a customer walked past, noticed the plate and wanted to know how it was, as she was thinking of getting it, but was unsure.  I told her the few bites I had were great, so I bet after seeing the plate, she will be trying it next visit.  Even if you are not a fan of humus, you have to admit, the presentation was nice. I loved it!  


Broxton chose to go with a kids quesadilla with a side of fruit.  He thought it was good and I liked that they had around 5 or 6 options for kids meals.  

One meal we tried?  The chicken kabob. Wow. The chicken was seasoned perfectly and the rice was awesome.  Broxton ended up eating the rice and took his meal home for later.  I ate the salad that came with it and brought some of the kabob home for Marc to try out.  It was a few hours later when he was able to eat it and he commented on how good it was and that the meal traveled pretty well!

The other meal we were sent to try out?  The chicken pita sandwich with white beans for the side item.  Again, the chicken was amazing and I loved the way the flavors all worked together.  The beans were great as well, but I knew that would be an item Marc would enjoy. Marc enjoyed the sandwich and the beans and had a hard time picking his favorite.  

As I said, if you like Mediterranean food or trying other items, I say check it out.  We loved the food and the staff.  We were even sent a piece of their chocolate cake to go and I am sorry to tell you it was inhaled before a camera could be brought out to photograph it. (Awesome chocolate on chocolate!)
If you are in or near Johns Creek (Georgia) please go and check them out.  You will not be disappointed!  

Check out #LegoAmericana at Northpoint Mall

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This past weekend, we were invited for a guided tour of the #LegoAmericana at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Georgia.  When I received the email invitation, I knew it was something that Broxton would love and to be totally honest, I was excited to check it out myself.  Broxton and I checked out the photos online so that we knew what what displays they would have and I knew the one I wanted to see the most was The Liberty Bell!  
We arrived at North Point and were ready for the tour.  The people in charge have placed 10 huge displays throughout the lower level of the mall.  They are in three different groups, so that you have plenty of room to check it out. 


The Lincoln Memorial was pretty impressive, then you got up close and saw that they actually had Ol' Honest Abe inside the building, just like in D.C.  Broxton about flipped when he saw that and I was shocked at just how much detail they put into these works of art.  
Beside each model is a placard giving information about the Lego Model, as well as the monument it is replicating.  Check out the one above for the Supreme Court Building...   450 hours and THREE Lego Master Builders to build that one display!!!!!

The Washington Monument is the tallest out of all of the exhibits (I believe that was what they said, it was hard to hear everything with an excited 6 year old.)  The other tall model was the Statue of Liberty and I wish I had been around the corner to get a picture of Broxton's expression when he saw it.  Literally, frozen in his tracks - mouth dropped open and eyes bugging out of his head!  Priceless!!!

It was funny, I guess we need to work more on history, as he was so excited to get his picture taken with the White House, until he saw it and was like, NO... I meant that one- and pointed over at the Capital Building.  (We got photos in front of both, so no worries...)  Side note, if you go - make sure to take a guess as to how many bricks it took to build The Capital.  They are having a drawing for the person that comes closest to the correct number and giving away a gift card to the mall for the winner!  
Lego Americana is going on until Sunday, October 4th. If you can, try and go the weekend of September 26 and 27th.  They will be giving away a select number of mini white house builds ( from 12-4 pm.)  Also, while there, make sure to grab a map and do the scavenger hunt answering questions about the monuments / models.  Once you are finished, take it to the Lego Store and you can get a poster! Not only do they have these great displays for you to see, they also have a section that is sort of off to the side that has plenty of bricks for the children to play with and even ramps for them to race their finished racecars!   One more thing...    don't just check out the HUGE displays downstairs, they also have around 10 other smaller displays behind plexi-glass on the upper level!   We had a great time checking it out, so let me know if you go!  Make sure to take your camera or have your phone charged, you will want to get photos of this!  
Here is the information about the exhibit:

WHAT: 
North Point Mall will host THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a highly visual, educational and FREE traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks.
Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Old North Church – take over North Point Mall and entertain customers with stunning visuals.
 
WHERE: 
North Point Mall
      1000 North Point Circle
                               
WHEN: 
Saturday, September 19 through Sunday, October 4
Monday-Saturday             10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
     Sunday                        12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

·        LEGO Brick Play Area: 
Children of all ages can build whatever their imaginations dream up
·        Virtual Interactivity: 
Download the LEGO Connect app and watch time-lapse video of the building process for a handful of the LEGO landmarks right in the mall
·        LEGO Model Make & Take: 
Attendees build their own White House model
     Upper level of the West Court
 
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