That New New in Nashville

Off Shouolder Top + Jean Shorts + Wedges

 

 

Off Shouolder Top + Jean Shorts + Wedges

Off Shouolder Top + Jean Shorts + Wedges

 

Off Shouolder Top + Jean Shorts + Wedges

 

Off Shouolder Top + Jean Shorts + Wedges

 

Our beautiful fall(ish) weather has officially left Nashville now, and man it feels like summer is back and in full swing. So, I’m fighting the urge to wear all black and leather to save myself from overheating if I look out a window. 😂

So, after feeling like a cooped up chicken over the last few weekends, this weekend I told my girlfriends NO MORE!!! WE ARE DOING THINGS THIS WEEKEND!! And yes, I said it just like that, but more excited… and with backbone, so none of them gave up and said: “but I’m too tired” ( something that each of us pulls on a regular basis, because..well..Netflix and pjs is a whole lot more enticing than putting on tight jeans and doing our makeup).

We, ok I…ok EVERYONE in Nashville, has an outrageously long list of restaurants to try out, and my friends and I are going to eat all the food, and sample all the drinks – because why the hell not?!?! This weekend, I knocked 3 of those restaurants off in one swoop (insert Napoleon Dynamite “yes” meme here).

Friday night, Christina and I went to Little Octopus, which is a Latin American/Carribean influenced tapas style restaurant in the Gulch. Let me just say…YUM! Somehow, in all my excitement to try the place, and document it  — I forgot to document it at all. Fine, actually it was because I was going to eat my arm off and couldn’t wait to dig in, and it wasn’t until we were done and chatting about how amazing everything was that I gasped “ OH MY GOD I DIDN’T TAKE ANY PICTURES UGHHHHHHHH” (again just like that). So, basically, I’ll be going back — damn. This time, here’s what we had:

Market Fish Ceviche – which was a very mild, lightly citrusy version that was very pleasant!

Melon w/ Chili, Lime, Peanuts & Mint good – but not like what I thought…I’d definitely make it at home though as a fresh snack.

Jamaican Curry Goat w/ Potato Gnocchi – honestly, my favorite thing we had. It was wonderfully rich and nicely balanced by the gnocchi. I had never tried goat before, and this was fantastically done.

Squash w/ Almond Meal, Cotija cheese and Chipotle oil – which was like squash Mac and cheese…YES, EVERYTHING YES. Definitely something that I’ll be recreating at home, with a few tweaks of my own.

Saturday was my self-pamper day — I had a morning massage, followed by some light retail therapy, and then a mani. At about 5:30, Christina called me and said she was starving and asked if I had eaten yet, the answer was of course no. So we decided to try AVO – a completely vegan experience. Excuse the less than great photos, we sat outside, and the table is less than photogenic, but it was so delicious anyway!!

Avo Margarita – tasted like if avocado ice cream and a margarita had a baby.

Kimchi Spring Rolls my new obsession, SO amazing.

Kelp Noodle Pad Thai very good, lots of raw zucchini noodles and cabbage with a delicious light sauce, so refreshing!

Black Currant Cheesecake their cheesecake has an incredible light and fluffy consistency, and their crust is delish. So good the calories don’t count b/c it’s vegan right!?

Then this morning Christina and I went to Marche – which I think is one of my new favorite brunch spots in Nashville. The line to wait is a little lengthy, but so is everywhere else in Nashville. Plus it’s just so cute inside that it doesn’t matter.

Root Doctor & Bloody Mary- Christina got the Root Doctor (bourbon, turmeric tonic, basil & club soda – so delicious), and honestly I was a bit hungover to enjoy my Bloody Mary, so hers was better 🙂 

American Breakfast – pretty true to its name..and I was starved, so I also had a side of roasted potatoes to it…but gosh it hit the spot!

The rest of today, I’ve been useless, and slightly moody. I had great intentions of coming home and reorganizing my disaster of a closet, to help with the lack of inspiration I’ve been feeling lately with my wardrobe, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I’ve been binge watching Ozark all day. 🤦🏼‍♀️

Does anyone else have a severe obsession with food like I do? I think it’s a condition. Drop some places you guys like to go in the comments!

Lots of love!

– Tay

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Saturday’s = Tailgating

In the South– Saturday’s in the Fall mean one thing and one thing only…. TAILGATE SEASON 🙂 🙂 🙂

I’m not going to pretend I’m super into sports, or have a vast knowledge of the game itself…. but one thing I do know is how to tailgate!

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Thus, I thought I would list a few key ingredients that when put together… make one sweet, sweet tailgate…

  1. Adult Beverages – My “must-have’s” for the cooler are Corona Light, Bud Light, and if your feeling a little bougie… black cherry white claw (low in sugar and carbs for you non-beer lovers)(find here). (Disclaimer—don’t be an idiot, drink responsibly…this is why we have uber/lyft/ cabs/ sober friends)
  2. Ice – don’t forget to stock up for the coolers…. because nothing causes a buzz kill more than warm beer???
  3. Snick Snacks – a word in my family we use for light appetizers. Some crowd pleasers are jalapeño poppers (one of my fav recipe’s here), BBQ meatballs (example here), buffalo chicken dip (example here), and fruit/ veggie tray
  4. Music- whatever genre gets you and your people groovin’! Make sure to bring a speaker and CHARGE it! One of the biggest party fouls is having the jam-sesh end mid-tailgate…..
  5. Hand Sanitizer- do I really need to explain?
  6. Napkins/ Paper towels –because intoxicated humans are messy
  7. Sunscreen – being preventative is HOT (get it?! Literally and metaphorically)
  8. Sunglasses – no one likes a squinter (is that a word?) in group pics 😉
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Lovely Snick Snacks’s 🙂

Honestly, if you just surround yourself with good friends and good vibes… that alone will add up to one hell of a Saturday!

Untill next time friends…

XOXO- Amy

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