Quick Nashville Trip

Although I grew up in the South a few hours away from Nashville, I never really spent any time there.

But recently, we took a quick trip to Nashville, and I was surprised by how much the city offers. Here’s a quick round up of what we did, where we stayed, and what we ate.

The first day we arrived close to dinner time and headed straight to Rolf and Daughters for dinner. This restaurant serves small plates, and it’s a must if you like innovative cuisine.

It was too dark to take flattering pictures of the food inside, but we had a series of really delicious plates like sourdough bread with seaweed butter (obsessed!), homemade fusilli pasta with mushrooms, Njuda baked sweet potato, and the signature dish, chicken with preserved lemon and garlic.

Patio at Rolf and Daughters

The drinks were really good too and I had something so unique made with Pimm’s, fresh herbs, and falernum, an old timey simple syrup made of ginger, cloves, almond, and lime.

When we travel, we like to stay in Airbnb. This time, our rental was in a neighborhood near Vanderbilt University. This historic red brick cottage had so much Nashville charm- old creaky floors, a slanted bathroom ceiling (where we bumped our heads a few times), country music posters and art, and country decor.

I loved the bedspread and the chicken motif decorations!

The next morning, we headed to Biscuit Love early so we’d be there when they opened. This place tends to get long lines and it makes sense why. The food was so good.

I feel like biscuits are making a revival in the States right now. I know biscuits can be different things in different countries, but here biscuits refer to traditional southern rolls made with tons of butter and flour. As you can see, they can be eaten savory or sweet. 

We ordered the fried chicken biscuit smothered in spicy white gravy. The star of the meal though were the mini biscuit donuts served up with blueberry compote and whipped mascarpone cream. Needless to say, it’s worth heading back to Nashville just for this plate again!

The Parthenon at Centennial Park, downtown Nashville

After breakfast, we walked downtown and spent some time in Centennial Park. This park has green public spaces where people can perform or exercise (African dancing and drumming) and a replica of the Parthenon.

From there, we headed to lunch.

You can’t come to Nashville and not eat Nashville hot chicken. There are a couple of good places that serve it, but we went for Hattie B’s. We stood in the long line for about an hour, but it was worth it!

Crunchy. Spicy. Savory. Totally satisfying Nashville Hot Chicken.

After our lunch, we went to Music Row for some country music at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. This place is really amazing. There are three levels and each one had live music all day long. We ended up staying for about 3 hours and then walking around the streets to hear other musicians playing too.

Even if you don’t know much country music, this part of Nashville is really great to visit.

After listening to music, it was getting later in the day but rather than dinner that night, we decided to have some drinks and appetizers instead.

We headed to Patterson House for a few hours.

This speakeasy was so charming. I’d call the atmosphere swanky old-fashioned library (sounds strange, but it works). We tucked ourselves in to a dim cozy corner and enjoyed our lovely drinks!

The bar tenders are really enthusiastic about their job and so skilled here that they can even concoct something just for you. You just tell them your preferences and they come back a few minutes later with a delicious custom made creation.

My cocktail was great. Herbal. Fresh. Gingery. Exactly how I like it.

Happy Weekend!

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Hi Lovelies!

What are you up to this weekend?

My husband is off to Texas to see a football game with some of his college friends, and I will be holding down the fort on my own here with the dog and cat.

Actually, I love the idea of a whole weekend on my own. Is it strange?

I’m planning to take the dog on some long walks in the fresh autumn air, read, do some fall decorating around the house, and cook.

Specifically, I’m going to cook  for myself all the foods that I LOVE but my husband would never touch. These include things like kale salad, a shrimp and zucchini dish, and some kind of chocolate dessert. (he’s opposed to sweets)

I’ll miss him, but I relish the time on my own too. You too?

Anyway, enjoy a few of my favorite links around the web this week:

Just discovered this inspiring instagram account by the Young Adventuress. I hope one day to take photos like her!

Plan to enjoy this Avocado, pumpkin seed, and kale salad this weekend

Appreciated this article about French beauty, which suggests it may not be as effortless as we think..

Got inspired by a few looks in this Fall 2015 Trend Guide

Recently took the plunge and purchased a pair of faux leather pants. This fun post offers up so many great ways to style them for everyday looks

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