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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Steadfast Commons - The Newest (+ fab) Downtown Nashville Restaurant/Coffee Destination

photos: Mikaela Hamilton Steinwedell

A beautiful new addition to the Nashville dining/culinary/coffee/drinking scene, Steadfast Commons -- a fabulously unique and beautifully executed spot -- should be immediately added to any local foodie's list of ‘go-tos’ when finding thy-selves downtown. The gentlemen behind the uber-popular coffee shop Steadfast in Germantown quietly opened the doors to this newest venture in January.

Commons features Steadfast roasts, teas, homemade pastries and lunch items during the day (yum), and transitions to a dinner and cocktail-focused menu in the evening. And y’all, I for one am SO excited to have a new option downtown to hit before shows. So, yay.

Now, for the dirty (and quite important) deets. The team have again enlisted acclaimed chef Julia Sullivan (Per Se, Blue Hill, Pinewood Social) to create the market-driven food menu, which expands upon the culinary program she created for Steadfast in Germantown. Sullivan is joined in the kitchen by chef Megan Jay (Silly Goose, Dinner Lab).

Cocktail specialist Troy Sidle (a veteran of Pouring Ribbons and The Violet Hour and founder of Canvas Bar Design) has created a cocktail menu exclusively for Steadfast Commons. To capitalize on the excellent coffee program, created by co-founder Nathanael Mehrens, many of the drinks utilize Steadfast flash chilled espresso in bitters, liqueurs, syrups and sodas (and let me tell you, are all incredible). Wine and beer will also be available.

Next time you find yourself downtown, I’d recommend popping in to take a peek. Because coffee. And good food. And dranks.

299 Demonbruen Street
Nashville, TN 37201
Hours: 7am - 3pm and 5pm - 12am.

More pics below.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Skyville Live Presents Cyndi Lauper, Kelsea Ballerini, and Ingrid Michaelson


Ya'll. The show was incredible

Lauper opened with her take on the 1959 classic "Heartaches by the Number," and continued the night with hits "Time after Time" and "True Colors". Ingrid's cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love"was certainly one of the most epic musical moments I've experienced in town. Ballerini killed the country-classic ballad "Make the World Go Away," a song written by the legendary Eddy Arnold (and previously covered by Martina McBride). Several duets and number ones later, the ladies closed the night with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun".

Check out photos from the night and learn about upcoming shows via Skyvillelive.com.

(Side note: Lauper's country covers LP Detour drops in May.)


On January 28, prepare to have your mind. blown.

Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-award winning musical LEGEND Cyndi Lauper is performing in Nashville this Thursday with special guests (and two of my faves) Keslea Ballerini and Ingrid Michaleson. And the best part is? It's free. You too can join myself partaking in what is sure to be a most epic musical experience. Access the show by downloading the go90 mobile app on the App Store or Google Play -- it begins at 7:00PM CST.

Skyville Live is an Emmy nominated series that launched here in town back in January 15. And with pairings like this one (and their last -- Lady A, Kris Kristofferson, and Jewel), I for one can't wait to see what collabs are coming up in the future.

Whew. Because Cyndi Lauper. And Nashville. I frigging love this town.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nashville Restaurant Week 2016

One of my favorite weeks in Nashville  is nearly upon us offering the perfect chance to try some of our best local fare for quite a reasonable price. I've compiled the list of participating restaurants and linked to menusmany of which are offering specials only available during this week. Yum.

So what are my picks? 

The East Sider in me will likely keep me on this side of the river, so, Holland House or Rumours East will probably be my go-tos. I'm also a huge fan of Yellow Porch and Tin Angel's offerings (especially for the price). And y'all, the Chicken Fried Chicken at Saffire might just be worth the hike down South... 

What is your fave spot on the list, or are you planning on trying somewhere new? 


Monday, January 4, 2016

Oh Hey Josephine.

Josephine is definitely not a newby to our ever-so-bustling restaurant scene in town, and has long held a top spot on my favorite brunches list (because, sticky buns). However, dinner service has always left me wanting a bit... more.

Until now.

Thanks to a lovely friend for gifting a Community Hospitality gift card over the holidays, we decided to venture back to Josephine on a random weekday night, and y'all. I couldn't have been more delighted. First, we did not have a reservationwhich we didn't think would be an issue as we typically love to sit at the bar, but it wasn't an option this evening as the place was packed. We checked in with the hostesses, and were promised a table in 20 minutes. One fabulous cocktail later we were seated. Perfection.

So now to the fun part: What we ordered. There were two of us, and we opted to share a few small plates and an entree, plus dessert.

To Drink:

The No Quarter, a stirred cocktail which offered ideal flavors for the season:
Apple brandy, rye, Italian vermouth, Angostura, Peychaud's, scotch rinse.

Small Plates:

The Pretzel Bread. A solid staple since opening served with their house made mustard. (And also, pictured above.) Phenom.

Rabbit  Dumplings. Quite possibly my favorite, the standout dish for the night. Incredibly rich and so flavorful.
Dumpling, rabbit, apple cider, apples, ham, sage.

Brussel Sprouts. Because, well, you have to. Josephine's are some of the best in town.
Brussels sprouts, dried cherries, orange, peanut vinaigrette, rye crumb.


Pappardelle with Lamb. Amaze. The rich, hearty pasta that was exactly what I needed on a cold winter evening. Pappardelle, Border Springs lamb, parmesan.


A rule of thumb when dining out with me: Always save room for dessert. At this point, we'd established quite a rapport with our serveras she had nailed all of her recommendations in the meal thus far. So, we decided to venture a bit outside of our comfort zone with the Angel Food Cake, but OH. It was absolute heaven. Rich, sweet, sour, so many flavors. Love, love, LOVED it.
Angel Food cake, concord grape, vanilla, white chocolate.

A perfect night accompanied by wonderful service, atmosphere, bevvys, and food. What more can one ask for?

2316 12th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37204
Reservations recommended


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hanging at the Symphony Ball with Miranda Lambert.

Thank you thank you, Nashville Symphony, for having me out to the 2016 Symphony Ball. Miranda Lambert, one of my most favorite artists in town, was honored with the the 2015 Harmony Award, and I had the privilege of (briefly) meeting her.

Y'all. She was stunning. "Project Runway" star Johnathan Kayne designed Miranda's striped, strapless gown for the white-tie event. The award is presented every year to an individual who exemplifies the 'harmonious spirit of the Nashville music community'.

"I just feel really ingrained in Nashville right now, like I feel really part of it," Miranda said. "And so this just solidifies everything that I've been feeling just being here for the last couple of months."

What a fabulous night.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

'Tis the season y'all, and I couldn't be more excited! (Like, so excited that we may be putting up decor today. Don't you judge.) I wanted to put together a little gift guide of my favorite local items for those of you looking to gift (or be given) Nashville-inspired swagger this year.

Click brand names to access link to online storesor, simply pick up locally!

Olive + Sinclair Chocolate and Candy

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The Cherry Bombs and Muzzle Loaders are life changing + are my newest addiction (and are available through their Seersucker line here.) Peppermint Bark for days. Smoked and Bourbon Brittle. Duck Fat Caramels. Friggin' Olive and Sinclair. So good!

Nisolo Shoes and Accessories

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I. AM. OBSESSED with these handmade shoes (and fab shoes in general, for that matter.) They've got the total package: beautiful design, high-end quality, with a reasonable price. You can also find accessories for every budgetincluding Belts, Wallets, Totes, and more. Oh, and purchasing a pair supports a beautiful cause, helping give jobs to and supporting craftsmen in Peru.

CRT Creative Art

nashville gift guide CRT creative

There are a lot of folks in town doing their thing with reclaimed wood, but there is something special about Christopher's pieces at CRT. His eye for design is spot on, with superb quality and great pricing. There are plenty of Nashville and Tennessee-inspired items, plus a handful non-regional items to class up your home decor. Get your order in by December 7 for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Steadfast Coffee

nashville gift guide steadfast coffee

Impress your coffee-snobbish friends with beans from my new favorite coffee spot in town—which, FYI, are roasted locally. And my goodness, they are divine.

Batch Nashville

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Looking for a one-stop-shop for your holiday giving? Look no further. Build your own Batch (essentially a gift basket filled with local goodies), or select from pre-configured bundles of their own. Any way you go, your gift will be filled with a fab variety of all-things-Nashville.

Premium GooGoo

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Ever since GooGoo launched its premium line earlier this year, somehow it became possible for me to fall in love with this brand even more than I already am. Handmade in their downtown Nashville locale, this gift is perfect for chocolate lovers.

Hatch Show Print

nashville gift guide hatch show print

Stereotypical Nashville gift? Maybe. Still cool and gift-worthy? You bet.

Project 615 Apparel

nashville gift guide project 615

The coolest collection of Nashville-inspired clothing. From hot-chicken inspired tees to Willie Nelson sweatshirts, you can't go wrong. Plus, l00% of the profits go toward assisting the needs recovery of those homelessness, addition, mental illness (added bonus.)

Corsair Spirits

nashville gift guide corsair

For boozier of family and friends (read: me), consider a spirit from one of the best local liquor distillers around. Might I steer you toward the Triple Smoke Whiskey, perfect for a smoky old fashionedparticularly at this time of year.

Paddywax Apothecary Candle

nashville gift guide candle

To be honest, I'm SO picky about candles. And these hand poured soy candles do not disappoint. They are smartly priced, local to Nashville, smell FAB, and come in vintage-inspired bottles. My favorite flave: Amber and Smoke.

Nashville Eats Cookbook

This brilliant collection of recipes and stories by local Jennifer Justus is a MUST for any food lover, or lover of this beautiful town. Alongside its recipes, Jennifer shares personal thoughts about her Nashville—the people, music, history, and food that make it special.

Fashionable Scarves and Accessories

nashville gift guide fashionable

I'm all about the good cause for the holidays. Fashionable HQ is based here in town, but, they employ women throughout the world looking for opportunity. Handmade items include gorgeous leather bags, tea towels, scarves, and more.

Beardition Beard Grooming Gift Set

nashville gift guide beardition

The PERFECT gift for your fully-bearded friends this holiday (and if you live in Nashville, that's surely at least half of your people.) Their gift set includes an incredibly-fine sampling of beard products: shampoo, conditioner, and oil all so brilliantly packaged, there is no need to wrap.

Jenis Ice Cream

nashville gift guide jenis ice cream

Want to be my BFF til the end of time? GIVE ME JENIS. Just in time for the holidays, the folks behind the best ice cream in the world have released a new batch of Thanksgiving-inspired flavors (Sweet Potato + Pecan Praline, Buttercup Pumpkin with Ameretti Cookies, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, you get the picture...) Now available to ship anywhere in the US!

Coops Hot Chicken Paste

Because you know you need to share our city's love for the world's best spicy "Nashville Hot" fried chicken with your friends and family at home. And, Coops is as simple as it gets: Find your favorite store bought fried chicken (and y'all, have you ever had Publix fried chicken? Life changing.), scoop some Coops into a bowl and melt, brush it on your chicken, enjoy. SO good.

Thistle Farms Bath/Body Products

Y'all - first and foremost - do NOT get your mother products from that big box bath shop. Don't do it! In Nashville, we support local. Why? Because local is always better. You won't find a better quality lip balm, shower gel, or bath/body product aroundor a better cause to support. Thistle Farms is a community of women survivors of addiction, prostitution, and trafficking in Nashville. I've had the privilege to hear some of the stories of women who work here, and my word, they have quite a powerful testimony. I think the folks at Thistle sums up why they do what they do best: "This product bears witness that love is the most powerful force for change in the world," which in my opinion, is the true meaning of the holidays.

nashville gift guide

Thursday, October 15, 2015

5 Best Fall Activities in Nashville

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Fall is by far my favorite season -- and, as always, there is so much to do with so little time. I put together a checklist of my musts this season and wanted to share them with YOU! So, in no particular order, I present to you my 5 Favorite Fall Activities in Nashville.

1. Eat well.

Music City Food + Wine

Quite possibly the best event I've ever attended, this year's Music City Food + Wine will be held September 19 + 20. All weekend long, your ticket allows you to indulge in unlimited artisanal food, wine, beer, and spirits from the country's top chefs and purveyors. Plus, you can hang with me all weekend. Win Win.

2. Soak up the fall colors in our Botanical Gardens.

Cheekwood Harvest

Because, Cheekwood y'all. One of the most beautiful sites in all of Nashville, 2015 kicks off their 4th annual Harvest: a six-week fall festival featuring activities for folks of all ages. You can pick a pumpkin from Cheekwood's patch of over 3,000 pumpkins, check out the 5,000 stunning chrysanthemums planted across the grounds, and even experience an authentic Japanese Moon Viewing on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27th. Check out the full calendar of events at the link above.

3. Get really, really scared.

Nashville Nightmare Haunted House

I love love love a good scare -- and do my best to attend a few haunted houses every Halloween season. Last year, I checked out Nashville Nightmare for the first time, and it was FABULOUS. One of the most intense haunted house experiences I've ever had - and definitely my new #1 in Nashville. This year they return with two new attractions, Night Terrors (25,000 square feet of awesome), and Horror High. I can't wait.

4. Go for a Scenic Drive 

A few of my favorite, most serene spots just outside the city are even more gorgeous as the leaves begin to turn in Nashville: 

Natchez Trace | Leiper's Fork | Gentry Farm

Make a day of it! Start out at the Nachez Trace Bridge, head to Liepers fork for some shopping, lunch, and homemade cobbler at the original Puckett's Grocery, and swing by Gentry Farms to pick up a pumpkin and explore the corn maze.

Burgess Falls

Just an hour and a half drive from Nashville brings you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state. A 1.5-mile round-trip trail offers a moderately strenuous hike, which will take you past four waterfalls and into the gorge.

5. Drink / Be Merry. 

Arrington Vineyards

40 min south of downtown through gorgeous countryside lies Arrington Vineyards, a perfect evening getaway from the city. Every weekend through November you can catch live music and sip a local vino under the stars. Pack a picnic for a perfect date night or outing with your friends.
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