We're apt to dote on just about anyone who loves scouting this town's nooks and crannies for the most interesting people and places. So you can be certain that we have a bit of a scout-crush on Lilly and Elizabeth, two adventurous gals who are exploring the best of our city's curiosities, one podcast at a time. In their time as Out There Atlanta, the two have toured Evereman's studio, followed their noses around the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, and, in an excursion a bit south of Atlanta, waded through the gator waters of the Okefenokee Swamp. Learn more about their adventures below, and keep your eyes peeled for their sweet podcasts popping up on Scoutmob.com every now and then.
SCOUT: Tell us a little bit about yourselves. How might our readers know each of you?
ELIZABETH: I’m working on a PhD in history at Emory. I spend a surprising amount of time bowling at Suburban Lanes and I sometimes frequent dog parks, with my dog Banjo.
LILLY: I'm a freelance writer, artist, and recent Atlanta transplant. I can often be found at Steady Hand Pour House, giving the baristas a hard time.
SCOUT: What made you decide to explore Atlanta through your podcasts?
ELIZABETH: I’ve been in Atlanta for a few years now, but I found I was falling into a real routine with where I went out and what I did. I also really enjoy podcasts and they are able to go much more in depth than many other forms of media. The Out There Atlanta podcast is a good reason to make myself go somewhere I haven’t been and to actually get to know someone new. And we get to share the stories.
LILLY: I moved from Chicago last fall and had really loved living there so wasn't sure what to expect with Atlanta. Within the short space of a year I've been constantly surprised and inspired by the interesting projects started by people here. Out There Atlanta is a natural extension of our desire to explore Atlanta deeper and get to know these people and projects better.
SCOUT: Any highlights from the people you've met so far?
ELIZABETH: I think the ATL Collective has been a real highlight for me, because I think the concept and execution are great and now I go to most of the shows. I was also really impressed by the Mad Housers because they’re doing something totally under the radar, building shelters for homeless people, and they have a real passion for their work combined with real relationships with their clients.
LILLY: I really groove on the food industry people. Keith from High Road Craft Ice Cream, Taria from Sugar Coated Radical... they're all so passionate and intense about what they do. It's a tough thing to start a business, especially in food, and I admire them for it.
SCOUT: How about some of the local people, places, organizations, etc. that you still want to explore?
ELIZABETH: Our list of possible podcasts is longer than a year at this point. We really want to do a couple good episodes on Buford Highway and the excellent dining there. Oh, and we have an upcoming Waffle House podcast which I hope will be as pleasing as the food.
LILLY: We've only scratched the tip of the iceberg at this point. I'd love to do a Chick Fil-A store opening for the podcast but the list keeps growing and Atlantans keep starting cool projects.
SCOUT: Now a couple questions about some of the people/places you have explored for OTA: your favorite Sugar-Coated Radical treat?
LILLY: that's going to be a three-way-tie between the roasted banana caramels Joshua makes, the grapefruit szechuan lollipop (amazing flavor combination), and the 5-spice ganache with peach paté de fruit that Taria made for my wedding.
SCOUT: The most interesting part about checking out Evereman's studio?
ELIZABETH: Seeing the original stencils and projects in progress.
SCOUT: Tastiest or best-smelling thing at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market?
LILLY: The tastiest would be the Grindhouse burger with sweet potato chips (that counts as one thing right?) and the best-smelling would be Miss D's New Orlean's Pralines shop.
SCOUT: And where are some of your favorite spots in Atlanta to get the inspirational juices flowingcoffee shops, restaurants, bars, sidewalks, galleries?
ELIZABETH: We both like Steady Hand Pour House quite a bit. I really like the Porter in L5P and anywhere that serves pizza, especially if there’s patio dining.
LILLY: There's a lot of great stuff happening right now in the Inman Park/Reynoldstown area. I stop by Sugar Coated Radical at least once a week. Their Bakery Sundays are amazing and always draw a fun crowd. Jerry's cocktails at H Harper Station are another personal favorite.
SCOUT: Finally, give our readers the lowdown on where they can keep up with all that Out There Atlanta goodness:
OTA: Outthereatlanta.com, our Facebook page, outthereatlanta on Tumblr, @outthereatlanta on Twitter, and we’re on itunes podcasts (free).
Photo by Helena Peixoto