Dec 16

Touring Atlanta + Sizzlefish Holiday Giveaway

Staying in town can feel like a vacation.


Not quiiiiite like going to Tahiti… but you know.

This weekend Sarah graced me with her presence.  She drove in Monday night from Birmingham and we spent the next 2.5 days touring rainy Atlanta.  It’s fun to entertain out-of-towners because you get to see your city in a whole new way!

Sarah arrived Friday afternoon with cookies in hand.  She shared the Vegan Carob Peach Fudge Cookies from her #strangebutgood post Friday.  They were the perfect appetizer before we headed to dinner.  We did so much I have to break it up into 2 posts.  Today is the “doing,” and the Atlanta food tour will happen Wednesday.

Sarah cookies


Saturday morning we hit my gym for a glute workout.  Check out this IG video for a taste of what we did.  Sarah hung like a champ!  She’s a natural.

After a solid hour of hard work, I told Sarah she was ready to compete… so we practiced a pose (this is why I don’t do bikini):

Sarah, Toisha, me posing


Naturally this had to be followed with a trip to Buford Highway to shop the massive international farmer’s market, where we met up with Sarena.  We were there for 2 hours… only a food-friend can understand how grocery shopping is an entertaining sightseeing activity.

I had told Sarah how cheap it is, but she was still shocked at how little her market finds were!  The new-to-me treats this time were a Ponkan orange and some sort of Korean puffed rice crackers.  I also found a giant bag of my favorite Chimes peanut butter ginger chews!

Buford Farmer's Market


That market is massive - it’s like the size of Wal-Mart.  You can browse an entire aisle of Mexican hot sauces, or sample baklava at the Easter European bakery or peruse greens you’ve never heard of before. Watching my friend wander around filled with wonder at all the international delights was the best part of my weekend.

Sarah left yesterday.  After trying to convince her to stay, I sent her on her way in true blogger fashion – with a to-go container of protein oatmeal. More to come later in the week… I need to leave room to tell you about an amazing giveaway!


I have been obsessed with Sizzlefish ever since I had the opportunity to try a box via Fitfluential.  The fish is delicious – it surprised me how fresh it tastes despite being frozen.

Last week I pulled out a piece of the salmon to cook when I was short on groceries.  It thawed while I was at work, so all I had to do when I got home was squeeze some lemon juice, dill, and pepper on top before broiling it for 7 mins.  Easy dinner!

Sizzlefish Salmon

So what’s in it for you?

The awesome people at Sizzlefish agreed to do a special holiday giveaway!  Not only will you win a box of this Holiday Sampler (worth $59!), but they will also send a box as a gift to a person of your choosing!  Feel free to pick me. ;)

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I’m a little sad it rained all weekend – I wanted to take Sarah on a walking tour!  From the looks of it, everyone else had rain or snow too.  Bring on the sunshine!

What is your favorite fish?

Do you consider grocery shopping a form of entertainment/tourism?



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I think that international market sounds great! I’ve wandered through new markets like I was at a tourist attraction. So many interesting things.

  2. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl

    Sarah so great! She didn’t bring you her fantastico PB? Ah, cookies are just as good. I am jealous of your mega international farmer’s market. that would be way fun!

    1. Laura

      I know!!! The cookies were a good compromise… but I demanded more Nutty Butter soon. ;)

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Booty Booty Booty Booty ROCKIN’ EVERYWHEREEEE!!!

    And YOU KNOW MY FAVORITE FISH: SALMON – LOTS AND LOTS OF SALMON. Followed by Chilean SeaBass and/or Black Cod. I DIE FOR FISH – it’s all I eat… Wait no, fish DIE FOR ME TO EAT! LMFAO!

    Grocery Shopping to me is like a child going to Disneyland. I COULD BE THERE FOR HOURS…. The prepared food section at Whole Foods is like SPACE MOUNTAIN!

  4. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    Sounds like you had a great time with Sarah! I too love wandering around markets and discovering new stuff. My fav fish? Salmon!

  5. Amy c

    Gotta love me some talapia!

  6. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Sounds like you girls had a fun time and I am so jealous of that market!
    My favortie fish are pretty all of the whitefish, but mostly catfish. And salmon! Love it.

    1. Laura

      I am just getting into the catfish – thanks to Sizzlefish, actually. I love trying new fishes. :)

  7. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Can we add this market to the list of places we’re going to go? After that Italian Restaurant? And can we pose too?

    I think grocery shopping can be fun, but we’re in the minority here! Favourite fish- Barramundi or Salmon!

    1. Laura

      We can do all the things! That market sells Vegemite AND Marmite, btw.

  8. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    First off – I want that market! Second Ive been loving Hake lately. Simple but full of flavor!

  9. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I love Salmon and Tilapia. But For an even easier fish I love love love Sardines!

  10. Miz

    Im so so so salmon.

  11. Alex @ therunwithin

    I have to say, lately I have been on a huge tilapia kick. Love that fish!

  12. Whitney W

    Salmon or trout!

  13. lindsay

    i’m super jealous, of it all. The friend weekend with Sarah and Sarena? sigh… i want in! I’d pose! and i want the fish! I’m coveting this post. LOL!

    1. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

      Wish you were here! Love you lady!

      1. Laura

        I think this screams field trip… ;)

  14. Linz @ Itz Linz

    salmon is my favorite fish. for sure!

  15. Nicole

    Yum! Favorite fish is grilled swordfish. I’ve only had it a few times but it was delicious!

  16. karen

    Codfish is my favorite

  17. Kierston @candyfit

    Salmon. I love salmon, trout and seared tuna!

    Looking strong ladies!

  18. itzia

    gotta go with salmon

  19. Rachel E

    My fave fish is salmon!

  20. Lee

    I think my favorite is tuna.

    I need to go to the BHFM more. I always go to YDFM because I really like the muffins.

  21. Christine

    Salmon or tuna

  22. Becki @ Fighting for Wellness

    I’m relatively new to fish, but I really love Salmon and Tuna.

  23. Heather

    Salmon is my favorite by far!!

  24. Sarah

    First off, I love your blog. Second, the market sounds amazing. Third, my favorite fish is probably salmon.

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! :)

  25. janet @ the taste space

    Grocery shopping is THE BEST! We brought our parents grocery shopping too when they came to town. :) I am sad I missed Atlanta’s pick. I will have to drop by upon our return. ;)

    1. Laura

      You would LOVE the market! Just say when and we’ll go. :)

  26. Lexa

    I love Salmon!!

  27. Abby

    My favorite fish? That is easy, Salmon!

  28. Renata

    Wild Salmon is my favorite! Yum!

  29. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    FAVORITE FISH?! That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! Impossible! But if I had to choose probably seabass! SO buttery and delicious! I would LOOOOOVE to win this! I love SizzleFish!

    1. Laura

      I am with you on the Sea Bass! My #1 favorite – no contest.

  30. Kate

    Awesome giveaway! My fave is salmon – with a mix of greek yogurt and capers on top, broiled. :)

    1. Laura

      That sounds fantastic! I’m going to have to go that next time.

  31. Yoojin

    my favorite fish is salmon hands down! but i also loooove this korean-style braised mackerel dish my mom makes and it’s absolutely divine :)

    1. Laura

      That sounds divine! I love Korean food.

  32. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    FUN! I may be seriously jealous that you got to hang out with Sarena too ;-)

    1. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

      I wish you were here! You would love that market! Love you lady!

      1. Laura

        You’ll just have to come visit us, Heather! ;)

  33. She Rocks Fitness

    Salmon is by far my favorite fish! It is so good for you, versatile, and easy to cook. I eat it almost twice a week!

  34. She Rocks Fitness

    Yes I LOVE to grocery shop and seriously look forward to it, especially when I get to go to Costco! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  35. sarah

    My favorite fish is a beautiful mahi-mahi!

  36. Jennifer

    My favorite kind of fish is salmon

  37. Emily

    Tilapia is my favorite! I definitely need to get more adventurous with my fish though!

  38. Kaitlin

    My favorite fish recently has been barramundi! And I wish I had more friends that think food shopping is entertainment haha instead most just think I’m weird :)

    1. Laura

      You’re the second person to say barramundi! I’m going to have to go get some.

  39. RavieNomNoms

    Tuna is pretty fantastic, but I do love salmon. Milder fish, I normally go for a tilapia. But really I love all fish :-)

    1. Laura

      I agree except for the tilapia. I over-played that one. ;)

  40. Keri

    ooh i love fish! my fave is tilapia.

  41. Kelsey

    I LOVE salmon (who doesn’t!) and Mahi Mahi (but can I only have one Mahi because I am not that hungry ;))

  42. Britton

    My favorite fish is tuna!!!! Seared tuna is so delicious!! Salmon comes in a close second though!!!

  43. Chatelaine

    favorite fish was the one time i ate salmon in seattle. melted in my mouth.

  44. Melissa

    Octopus or squid aka as calamari…. At least when it’s fried…not the healthiest but soo yum!

  45. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Sounds like a fun weekend! Can’t wait to read about the food. :)

  46. Meredith B.

    My favorite fish is tuna hands down!

  47. Nikki

    My favorite is definitely salmon caught fresh in the UP of Michigan.

  48. Leslie W

    My favorite is salmon, it’s a lot more versatile than people think!

  49. Krystle

    I’m lovin’ me some smoked salmon!

  50. Kim

    Sounds like y’all had fun even with the rain! I think y’all’s posing is awesome!!!
    I like MahiMahi, Orange Roughy – most of the milder fishes!!

    1. Laura

      I don’t do Roughy enough. It’s so good, too!

  51. Courtney S.

    I LOVE mahi mahi and salmon (:

  52. Michelle

    This post make me smile. Hm favorite fishy….I like salmon a lot… catfish is good but hard to find wild caught! I’m a fan of crustaceans as well…:)

  53. Melissa


  54. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    Do you know how jealous I am that I didn’t get to hang with you and Sarah??

    fav fish?? salmon–hands down!

    1. Laura

      We wished you were here! You’re ears should have been burning. :)

  55. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    That looks like so much fun! I love friends who “get” the gym and the hours at markets as fun! Love this giveaway, I’ve been craving fish lately. Salmon remains my favorite!

  56. Jody - Fit at 56

    I don’t shop but I like hanging & people watching! :)

    I did the ball glute thing today on an incline bench AFTER I first did a set of DB donkey lifts on the incline – amazing for glutes back to back!

    1. Laura

      Nice! That was our last station after about an hour of glute work. It got TOUGH!

  57. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    I was highly entertained watching Sarah go through that market. Thank you for asking me out! I had a great time! It was great seeing you if only for a little bit. We will get together again soon. xoxo

    1. Laura

      Very soon! You should come to glute camp one day – it’s every Saturday at 1030a.

  58. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    My favorite fish is salmon and grocery chopping is one of my favorite activities!

    And I completely agree that only “food-friends” can understand the pure delight I receive from perusing the isles of my local Whole Foods and reading nutritional info like a salacious paperback, haha.

    Luckily I have a few food friends who enjoy participating in this with me :)

    1. Laura

      Haha – reading labels like a salacious paperback is right!

  59. Yoojin

    also, 뻥튀기 is sooo good- such a fun snack isn’t it? it feels like you’re eating a paper plate :D

    1. Laura

      It does! Oddly addicting. :)

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  61. Georgiana

    Salmon for me would be wonderful!

  62. Wendy Moore

    My favorite fish is Salmon!!!

  63. Nancy

    love love love the Buford Highway farmers market, I need a good friend to shop with me, I could easily do a couple hours there…as for fish I’ve found Swai to be cheap and good… I like it in grilled fish tacos.. my Monday night dinner..

    1. Laura

      I’ve never heard of Swai – will have to look for it next time!

  64. jenny

    I love Chilean sea bass x_x always a treat to have it.

    And grocery shopping is definitely entertainment haha. I love trying/finding new things and I always make it a point to go to supermarkets ams grocery stores in other countries to see how it’s like

  65. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    I don’t know if I have a favorite fish.. I like mostly all white fish. I guess I like orange roughy a lot.

  66. Ray S

    Both tuna and salmon are tasty to me!

  67. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    salmon is definitely my favourite, but a good tuna steak is pretty fabulous as well!

  68. MCM Mama

    I adore halibut. We were in Alaska on our honeymoon during halibut season many years ago and I ate it every chance I got.

    1. Laura

      I bet that was amazing!!

  69. Angelee

    I am ALL about grilled salmon! Mmmmmm

  70. Katie

    I loveeee salmon and tuna!!

  71. KMM


  72. Mallory

    favorite fish is definitaly Ahi Tuna!

  73. Yoojin

    guess i’ll be answering again? :)
    today, i shall decide to love… sardines! i love canned sardines on my salads :D

  74. Missy

    Chilean Sea Bass… no doubt about it.
    I think you and I have similar tastes in seafood..

    but I LOVE me some shellfish too. Lobster is one of my favorite THINGS ever. (0:
    Grocery Shopping is too. My favorite friend date is a run to Whole Foods and a stop at the juice bar or grabbing a kombucha and a snack.

    1. Laura

      We definitely have similar tastes – sea bass is the best!

  75. Brittany @ Barr & Table

    I absolutely love grouper!

  76. Carly

    This sounds like an awesome service! I haven’t had sea bass in a while but it is definitely one of my favorites!

  77. Jordan @ AllYouNeedIsLoveAndYoga

    I really love sashimi in almost any form of fish. Salmon is amazing, as is white fish and yellowtail. As far as cooked fish, salmon and swordfish take the cake.

    1. Laura

      Salmon and Yellowtail are my favorite sashimi too. Or Yellowjack!

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  79. Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness

    Salmon. Definitely salmon. Mahi Mahi too.

  80. Tess Moore

    Great trip! Favorite fish…. salmon ;)

  81. elena

    My favorite fish is salmon for sure.

  82. Rebecca R

    I love all fish but salmon is my favorite!

  83. RunInBoise

    salmon but tuna is second. i do like all fish.

    1. Laura

      I’m the same way – I’ll eat any fish!

  84. GiGi Eats Celebrities


  85. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Do I consider grocery shopping a form of entertainment/tourism? Ha! I think the man-friend and I were in Buford’s for at LEAST two hours too! And I swear, the best part was seeing his face light up once he discovered the Dutch/German aisle! Aww!

    I’m so glad you and Sarah had a great weekend! Sorry I couldn’t make it, but we’ll work something out soon…I promise! Besides, I need some more ginger chews! ;)

    1. Laura

      Yes! Come see me and I’ll bribe you with a massive bag of ginger chews. I bought my mom the mango flavor for Christmas. We needed the ginger after all the food we ate. LOL!

  86. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    The international food market seems like a little slice of heaven. Perfect place to take a food blogger. If I ever make it to Atlanta, I want to go there and roll around in all the greens or maybe just try some stuff.

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