The Peach Truck Old Fashioned



As peach season bestows its last glorious weeks upon us, we clearly must take full advantage. Peach cobbler, jam, tartine, ice cream, dishes, and inspired cocktails are currently everywhere in Nashville, and I plan on soaking up every last moment of the goodness before it's gone.

Last night we had a few friends over which inspired me to create a fun cocktail,  and thus, the Peach Old Fashioned was born. Simple to throw together, and destined to be a surefire hit amongst the crowd.

Peach Old Fashioned


1/2 Fresh Peach (If you're in Nashville, you must use a Peach Truck Peach - and if you need any convincing as to why, read my interview with owner Stephen Rose.)
2 Luxardo Cherries
A Dash of Angostura Bitters
1/2 Tsp of Sugar
2 (ish) oz. Bourbon (I recommend Four Roses or Builleit)

Peel, and muddle together the peach with the cherries, bitters, and sugar. Stir in two ounces of bourbon and add ice. 

Now, prepare thyself as life will certainly be immeasurably better.


A Weekend in Lexington, KY

A beautiful drive from Nashville through the Kentucky Bourbon trail leads you to the green, white-fence-lined hills of Lexington, KY. This gorgeous city is only four hours away and makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Nashville.


Darby Dan Horse Farm
The two obvious musts of Lexington culture that one must experience: bourbon and horse racing. Prior to my traveling to Lexington, I must admit my experience with burbon was (is) plentiful, but racing was limited to a few years of drunken stupor via the Steeplechase infield, and likely (read: actually) never even seeing a horse. Now, thanks to a visit to Keeneland, I must admit I've officially been seduced by the world of live Thoroughbred racing. The culture, history, beauty of the sport is enamoring -- from the excitement of betting, to the clothing (+ subsequent people watching), food, and of course the drinks this world offers -- there is so much to entertain. You can catch the live racing for three weeks in April and three weeks in October, or if you want to partake in a tour, they are open anytime throughout the year.

Race day at Keeneland, image courtesy of America's Best Racing

What to check out while you're there:

Nashville's Greatest Chefs Team up with Goo Goo for Summer Chef Series (also known as - the best idea ever)



Ya'll. Tis the time to be in Nashville.

Downtown's Goo Goo Shop is kicking off their “Goo Goo Summer Chef Series” this week. So, Goo Goo + my favorite chefs in town? I don't even know where to start. Let's just go with I am truly overwhelmed, but in oh-so-the-best way possible.

Here's a quick rundown of those participating:

Matt Bolus – 404 Kitchen
Karl Worley – Biscuit Love Brunch 
Maneet Chauhan – Chauhan Ale & Masala House 
Deb Paquette – Etch
Hal Holden-Bache – Lockeland Table
Dale Levitski – Sinema
Matt Farley – The Southern Steak & Oyster 
Trey Cioccia – The Farm House

Street. Cred.

So for you, my sweet readers, I have some delicious insider-info on one of the flaves. "The Gertie", Karl Worley's Premium Goo Goo (which, the first to be launched in the series), will be made up of peanut butter, pretzels, caramelized banana jam, and vanilla wafers drenched in dark chocolate. OK? Yeah, ok, With that info, I believe we can count on this effort being nothing short of FABULOUS. 

The series will run July 1 - September, and will sold at the Goo Goo Shop downtown in the months leading up to Music City Food + Wine in September. Flavors will rotate periodically, with around two or three chefs featured each month.

Stay tuned for flavors announcements via Goo Goo’s social media + googoo.com as they are launched.

It's CMA Fest Bingo Time

Ya'll. CMA Fest week brings upon us a TON of crazy to Nashville (but tons of tax dollars, but tons of tax dollars, but tons of tax dollars. keep. reminding. self.) But, thankfully for those who have to leave your house this week to brave the depths of downtown, I am bestowing upon to you CMA Fest Bingo 2015.

Mad props to my friends at Stunt Double Creative for creating the board for 2015 - and - good luck out there!



Cheap Date Night in Nashville



Everyone loves a special night with their significant other, bestie, or soul mate (or all of the above) - but, this special night out doesn't necessarily need to break the bank.  Below, I present to you my best effort for a budget-friendly and fabulous night out in Nashville. Why, you ask, do most of these establishments make the cut? A combination of specials, BYOB options, creative factor, and overall cheapness round out my overall criteria.

Onward.

Mas Tacos Por Favor
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, this gem of a restaurant is open until 8pm - allowing you plenty of time to grab dinner with your loved one(s). BYOB (free) makes drinks happen on-the-cheap. Must try: Chicken Tortilla Soup, fresh Guac, and Fried Sweet Cream Plantains. Note, Mas Tacos is cash only.

732 Mcferrin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206


What I Learned from Sitting Down with The Peach Truck's Stephen Rose



If you're like me - you are quite excited about summertime in Nashvilleand the oh so many perks that come along with this glorious season. The month of May brings upon us many of my faves ice cream at Bobbie's Dairy Dip, fresh Tennessee Strawberries at the Farmers Market, and perhaps most excitingly, the freshest, most delicious peaches I've ever had from one of my most obsessed-over local brands: The Peach Truck.

I recently sat down with one of The Peach Truck owners, Stephen Rose, at one of my local go-to watering holes, no. 308. We caught up about life, chatted about some of his own favorite go-to Nashville locales, and of course I got a plenty of info on those fabulous Georgia peaches. Among the more interesting facts I discovered was one that truly sets The Peach Truck peaches apart from any standard 'run-of-the-mill' peach you might find at the grocery store: the Peach Truck Peach you are eating is only about two days old. You'll see why this so important, momentarily.

This leads me to how specifically The Peach Truck began:

Win Two Tickets to Cinco de Mayo on MStreet! - Contest CLOSED



***CONGRATULATIONS to Jess Anderson - the winner!***

Hello dearest readers. Looking for the most fabulous way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year in Nashville? Luckily for you, I'm giving away two passes to M Street's Cinco de Mayo Street Party, being held Sunday May 3rd from 12-8pm. Your pass includes one complimentary bevy - additional drinks + food can be purchased at the event.

This year's festival will include live music by Guilty Pleasures and "Viva Mexico" mariachi band, dancing, photo booth, prize giveaways, food by Saint Anejo, and of course, plenty of booze.

You can go ahead and purchase tickets here, or, here's how you can enter two win two freebies from yours truly. You receive one entry for every step you complete below:

1. Follow @experiencenash on Twitter (@experiencenash) + tweet "Check out my go-to source for all things Nashville @experiencenash, & win 2 tix to MStreet's Cinco de Mayo bash at experiencenash.com"!  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 let me know 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 let me know you already do, if that's the case.)
I'll randomly select a winner this Sunday, April 26th. GOOD LUCK!