Shameeka Ayers threw an “emancipation party” when she left her corporate cubicle. Now, among other things, she’s the queen blogger of thebrokesocialite.com, bringing the Champagne lifestyle to a beer-budget following. “I’m all about the essence of being fabulous on a dime,” the Atlanta bon vivant says, regularly taking on such subjects as food, beauty, fashion, and more. She is also the host of Gasp.Swoon.Faint, a lifestyle talk show/podcast that’s popular on BlogTalkRadio.
But her Atlanta-based Sugar Coma Tour is her sweetest endeavor yet. It’s a guided romp around the city that proves Shameeka’s point that a perfect dessert can bring even more happiness than a pricey meal. “Everybody likes dessert,” she says on the luxury shuttle bus heading to her indulgent destinations. “Dessert is something that’s perceived as decadent, but it’s not terribly expensive.”
Here are a few of her favorite treats you can enjoy in the Atlanta area—plan on getting some behind-the-scenes kitchen tours too.
The Broke Socialite’s Favorite Atlanta Treats
Mexican Hot Chocolate
No Más! Cantina, downtown. “Drinking your dessert is nice when you’re full but want something flavorful and a little sweet,” Shameeka says. 180 Walker Street; 404/574-5678; nomascantina.com
Carrot Cake Cookies
The Fickle Pickle Cafe, Roswell. “For cookies, they are very flavorful and moist,” she says. “I couldn’t believe I wasn’t eating a piece of cake.” 1085 Canton Street; 770/650-9838; ficklepicklecafe.com
Anything at Cacao Atlanta
Inman Park. It’s hard to pick just one thing at this gourmet sweets emporium, but for Shameeka, the vanilla marshmallows beat out even truffles. “Straight out of the bag, please!” she says. 312-C North Highland Avenue; 866/960-9449; cacaoatlanta.com
Fried Peach Pie With Buttermilk Ice Cream
Relish, Roswell. “This is just the right balance of peaches and crust. The buttermilk ice cream is an unexpected twist,” she says. “All the things a country girl from Covington loves.” 590 Mimosa Blvd.; 770/650-7877; relishgoodfood.com
The Wright Gourmet Shoppe, Dunwoody. The secret: a very light whipped icing surrounding the three layers. “I’m a coconut cake snob, and this is the best,” declares Shameeka. 5482 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road; 770/396-7060; wrightgourmetshoppe.com
Red Velvet Cupcakes
West Egg Café, Westside/Midtown. “This delicious red velvet version leaves you satisfied,” Shameeka says. “It’s moist but not too chocolaty.” 1100 Howell Mill Road; 404/872-3973; westeggcafe.com
Visit thebrokesocialite.com for dates, reservations, and updates. Tours start at $40 for 4 to 6 stops and lunch.