Happy days are here!
I’m on my way to Tennessee and I just can’t wait. I’ve never been to Tennessee but I’m sure I’ll find something to keep my busy. (wink wink)
I’m cheating on this trip
I’ve been a Pescetarian for the last 2 years and I enjoy the lifestyle. Sometimes it’s not easy and I have to eat the same excate foods over and over again. Lately I’ve been spicing things up and trying out new recipes, that I always share with all of you, but on this trip I’m going to eat a little meat. No pork products shall touch my lips, but chicken and beef will find there way into my belly these next 10 days. I can’t go all the way to Tennessee and not partake in their famous bbq and hot chicken.
Even though I plan on eatting some meat, I know its unrealistic to try to have more then a few bites. Since my stomach has gotten used to not processing meat products, I know it will cause me some discomfort to endulge, but thats not going to stop me. I’m still plowing full steam ahead on my meat mission. I’m also on the look out for sides. Sometimes sides are the best part of a BBQ dinner, macroini and cheese, corn bread, baked beans, green beans, potato salad, dinner rolls, and oh so much more. I’m pretty sure i’ll be filling up on these tasty sides while enjoying a few bites of brisket and hot chicken.
What to do in Nashville Tennessee
Not only am I planing on eating to my little hearts content, but I also want to check out the Nashville sence. Here are some of there main attractions.
The Grand Ole Opry
The Country Music Hall of Fame
The 1,200+ acre natural perserve lies in the heart of Nashville, unusual for a major American city. Four unpaved trails wander through the woods surrounding the lake, where hikers enjoy wilderness including river otters, beavers, mink, muskrat, bobcat, coyote and white-tailed deer.
The Upper Room Chapel
Music Row is an area southwest of Downtown Nashville that is home ot hundreds of businessess related to the country music, gospel music, and contempoary christain music industries. It is centered around 16th and 17th avenues south (called music square east and music square west, respectively, withing the music row area) along with several side streets musci row is widely considered the heart of Nashville’s entertainment industry.
Top 5 Restaurants
According to Nashville Lifestyle
Aronld’s Country Kitchen
Were you expecting something more refined? A tasting menu, perhaps? When considering the restaurant that best exemplifies this city’s current dining scene, and one that we all hands-down love, Arnold’s simply nails it. The cafeteria-style, steam-table meat-and-three has been doing for more than 30 years what many today only attempt to get right: a fully from-scratch menu made with fresh, local ingredients, and a love for the customers that you just can’t fake. Owners Jack and Rose Arnold are still dining-room staples but their second son Kahlil now runs the kitchen, carrying on the family tradition by putting out soulful, country fare like the café’s sliced roast beef, slabs of meatloaf, long-simmered collard greens, home-made yeast rolls, candied yams, and those world-famous fried green tomatoes. What’s more, it draws fans from every corner of the city and beyond, who all stand patiently in line and wait their turn for a heaping scoopful of turnip greens and a pass at that legendary hot chocolate pie.605 8th Ave, S.; 615-256-4455
The Catbird Seat
1711 Division St., 615-810-8200; thecatbirdseatrestaurant.com
303 Demonbreun St., 615-522-0685; etchrestaurant.com
F Scott’s Restaurants and Jazz Bar
One of the city’s first independent, chef-driven restaurants opened more than 25 years ago but since landing under the ownership of Wendy Burch and Elise Loehr has continually impressed diners with its locally inspired fare. The room might not be the sexiest in town but as one expert justified it: That doesn’t matter because every chef they’ve brought in has done better than the last. Kevin Ramquist, now at the helm, pulls regularly from a host of hero farmers while beverage director Loehr draws superb pairings from the restaurant’s 2000-plus-bottle cellar. And no one in the city offers a better dining deal than the “Nine Dine” during which almost the entire menu (with the exception of a few beef dishes) is half price in the dining room after 9 p.m.
While the subterranean dining room fits just fine for special occasions, we’re all headed to the bar where chef Tyler Brown’s polished-yet-down-home Southern dishes can be eaten alongside the restaurant’s stellar collection of rare bourbons. Brown is a disciple of the whole animal, farm-to-table movement—more so than most since he spearheaded a partnership with the nearby Farm at Glen Leven as well as the hotel’s recent purchase of the 245-acre Double H Farm in Dickson County to ensure sustainably raised beef and produce. It’s that dedication and respect to food and land that brings us back to his table time and again.
Thats all folks
Type to you tomorrow