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!

10 out of Tenn's 10 Favorites in Nashville


I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with a few members of the supremely talented singer-songwriter supergroup, 10 out of Tenn (specifically, members Trent Dabbs, Erin McCarley, Katie Herzig, K.S. Rhodes, Matthew Perryman Jones, & Tyler James.) We chatted about their newly-released collaborative album - an incredible and unique collection of songs sampling sounds from 20 of the group's most talented members (available for purchase here), their upcoming 10th Anniversary Show on 4/24 at the Ryman (tickets still available here), our mutual love for Home Alone and this glorious town where they all got their start over ten years ago. 

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!