Win 2 Tickets to the Opening Night of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at TPAC!


Contest Closed -
Congratulations to our winner Elijah Brantley!
I'm SO excited to give away two tickets to see one of my favorite musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, opening night next Tuesday, February 17 - 7:30 PM at TPAC. 
The national tour of Joseph, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, retells the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors and will play Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a limited, one-week engagement February 17-22, 2015.

Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Broadway star Ace Young (Joseph) head up the cast, which also features Paul Castree as Simeon, William Thomas Evans as Jacob/Potiphar, Brian Golub as Reuben, Max Kumangai as Judah, and Ryan Williams as Pharaoh.

Tickets on sale now at TPAC.org,

To enter is simple!

You receive one entry for every step you complete below.

1. Follow me and TPAC on Twitter (@experiencenash & @tpac) and tweet “I REALLY want to see Joseph next week @tpac - and @experiencenash is giving away 2 tickets! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1IVuUCw”, then leave a comment here telling me you’ve done so.
2. Follow me on Instagram (experiencenash) and come back leaving a separate comment telling me you did (or if you already do, if that's the case.)
3. Follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/experiencenash)and come back leaving a separate comment telling me you did (or if you already do, if that's the case.)

WINNER WILL BE SELECTED SATURDAY, February 14 at 11:00AM Central! You will have 24 hours to respond - or another winner will be selected.

GOOD LUCK!

11 Unique Activities & Places to Visit in and Around Nashville


Everyone has their new year resolutions: lose weight, tighten the budget, be nicer, cut back on sweets... all of which are fantastic(ish) in their own right, but, let's take a moment and explore resolutions that are a bit more fun: like, exploring unique places in and around Nashville. I've got ideas for fun weekend trip ideas, outdoor activities, festivals and more. So my dearest readers, I present to you a few sights and activities that have been on my to-do list for quite some time - ones that now top of my list of 'musts' to accomplish this year:

Ten out of Tenn Show @ The Ryman

Rarely do I get this excited about a show.


And thankfully for Nashville, one of my favorite groups of musicians is gifting us with their musical fabulous-ness at their upcoming 10th birthday show at the Ryman. The roster of artists involved with this group speaks for itself:

Kyle Andrews, Andrew Belle, Butterfly Boucher, Trent Dabbs, Andy Davis, Madi Daiz, Gabe Dixon, Mikky Ekko, Katie Herzig, Griffin House, Jedd Hughes, Tyler James, Matthew Perryman Jones, Jeremy Lister, Erin McCarley, Ashley Monroe, k.s. Rhoads, Sarah Siskind, Amy Stroup, Joy Williams.

27 artists, 7 tours, 6 compilation albums, over 500 TV/Film placements and hundreds of live shows amongst this group. They have shared the stage with musicians such as Rihanna, Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Ingrid Michaelson, REM and Sarah McLachlan, to name a few.

Right?

Although at this point I don't feel it's necessary to continue to elaborate, I am going to: this is a show you simply do not want to miss - and a rare chance to see some this town's most talented sharing the stage. That said, if you are anything like me and are often that person in your group of friends who isn't 'in the know' with the 'hip' music and shows happening in Nashville - THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS. Just causally mention you got tickets to this show and their perception will be forever changed. You're welcome.

Get those tickets here.

New Podcast - Chatting About (what else) Food in Nashville!



Ya'll. I have partaken in my very first Podcast!

I was asked by a dear friend, author/speaker/queen of hilarity and wisdom Annie Downs, to sit down and chat about the Nashville food scene. We cover everything - from some of my favorite hidden gems, to budget and family friendly spots, to the best fine dining in town - local only, of course.

You can download the podcast here, and stream it/view the entire list of recommendations on Annie's website, anniefdowns.com!

It's Nashville Restaurant Week



Oh how I LOVE this time of year - where so many of my favorite Nashville restaurants partake in Restaurant Week, which is running now through January 25th. Each local-to-town restaurant provides a special menu at a special price - some for both lunch and dinner. So many fabulous places to choose from - and a great excuse to try some of the places on your Nashville punchlist.

Check out the entire list below, and click on your favorite spot to check out the menu.

55 SOUTH   •   ALEGRIA   •   BOUNDR’Y   •   THE BUNGANUT PIG   •   CABANA   • CAFFE NONNA (LUNCH AND DINNER)   •   CHAGO’S CANTINA   •   COPPER KETTLE (FRANKLIN AND NASHVILLE)  •   CORK & COW   •   CROSS CORNER BAR & GRILL   •   CROW’S NEST   •   ELLISTON PLACE SODA SHOP   •   FIDO   • FINEZZA ITALIAN BISTRO   •   FLEET STREET PUB   •   FLYTE WORLD DINING AND WINE   •  GERMANTOWN CAFE   •   GRAY’S ON MAIN   •   HOLLAND HOUSE   •   JACKSON’S   • JIMMY KELLY’S STEAKHOUSE   •   MCCABE PUB   • MERE BULLES   •   MIDTOWN CAFE (LUNCH)   • MIDTOWN CAFE (DINNER)   • NONNA’S PIZZERIA AND WINE BAR   •  NOSHVILLE DELICATESSEN (GREEN HILLS AND MIDTOWN)   •   THE PINEAPPLE ROOM AT CHEEKWOOD   •   PIZZA PERFECT   •   PM   • PROVENCE BREADS & CAFE   •   PUCKETT’S BOAT HOUSE   •   PUCKETT’S GRO. & RESTAURANT (5TH & CHURCH)   •   PUCKETT’S GRO. & RESTAURANT (FRANKLIN)   •    RED PONY   •   THE ROW   •   RUMOURS EAST   • SAFFIRE   •  SALSA   •   SOLE MIO   •   SUZY WONG’S HOUSE OF YUM   •  TABLE 3 (LUNCH AND DINNER)   •   TIN ANGEL   •   URBAN GRUB   •   VALENTINO’S RISTORANTE   •  WATERMARK RESTAURANT   •   WILD IRIS   •   THE YELLOW PORCH

Where will you find me this week? Be sure to tune into my Instagram and Twitter to find out!

A New Favorite Brunch Spot in Nashville - Josephine

josephine nashville brunch review
Pictured: Dried Cherry & Pistachio Sticky Bun
To my absolute enjoyment, I am discovering more and crowining more new favorites here in town as of late - thanks to the continuing boom of our lovely city, Nashville. As you may know, I am obsessed with brunch. Obsessed. Likely, it's my most favored meal of the week. My logic behind this is: if you offer meals that combine Sweet + Savory + Bacon + Mimosas, it simply should not be missed.

My latest go-to spot for the best brunch in Nashville is none other than 12th Ave South's Josephine. Ya'll - it is DELICIOUS. A few of my favorites and must-tries include the Sticky Bun (complimented with dried cherries and pistachios), Apple Cider Donuts, Candied Carrot Soup, Eggs Benedict (country ham, grilled bread, brown butter hollandaise), and the Quiche (served with their to-die-for fries). View the brunch menu in its entirety here.

Couple their reasonably-priced fantastic fare and quality service with a comfortable, chic atmosphere PLUS the fact that they take brunch reservations (somewhat of a rarity in town) = sold. Get out there, make a rez, and give Josephine's brunch a try - you will not regret it.

Josephine on 12th
2316 12th Ave S
Nashville

Brunch Served Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 5pm

My Favorite Nashville Things - Holiday Edition feat. Jamie Lynn Spears



My last but not least post in the 'favorite Nashville things' holiday series extravaganza: the FABULOUS Ms. Jamie Lynn Spears!

EN: What is your go-to Nashville shopping spot for holiday gifts?


JLS: Castilleja in Edgehill Village by Music Row. My friend Liz Rose just opened it and it's the best place to get unique things! 



EN: Your personal favorite stocking stuffers?


JLS: Some fun items you can also get from Castilleja: Juniper ridge incense and sage, cord tacos for your earbuds and phone cords! They also have Glam Band scrunchies., mini candles and these cool metal, bear bottle openers!