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21 Nov

Oh. my. God. Besides being the most reasonable and down to earth coffee shop in Nashville, Headquarters has just blown my mind with their new ham and cheese croissants and spicy mocha.

Since I can’t take a good food picture to save my life, I’ve stolen theirs from their instagram. Usually only a slave to the power of suggestion with pizza, I was unable to resist the temptation to get anything other than what they posted several days ago.

Although they are known for their local honey latte, the spicy mocha blows it and any other coffee I’ve ever had out of the water -especially on a chilly morning.  The croissants are delicate and flaky, filled with savory ham and cheese with the perfect amount of grainy mustard.

My incredibly stressful Friday just got a little better thanks to James and Louisa at Headquarters!

Nothing Fancy – Part 3

25 Apr

My mood is entirely weather-based, and today’s gloom in Nashville started my day off worse than waking up on the wrong side of the bed.  I had to take action, and luckily, Yeast Nashville bakery is on my way into work.   They have changing daily specials that always includes some sort of amazing egg casserole, soup and baked goods, but the stars of the show are their kolaches.

Never had a kolache?  Like the mighty armadillo, kolaches have made their way up to Tennessee by way of Texas and now there’s no turning back.  Although kolaches are traditionally Czech and Polish pastries, most Americans know them from the world famous Czech Stop, in West, Texas.  They can have a savory filling or are topped with sweetened cream cheese, fruit and/nuts.


Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to:

1. BUY ROOSTER BREAD NOW FOR LATER.  They always, always, always sell out before the end of the day.  What is rooster bread you ask?  Why, it is only the finest sriacha and cheese blend loaf of bread this side of the Cumberland.

2.  Start with the classics.  While (seriously) everything Yeast Nashville makes turns to gold, the kolaches really are the best.  Try the jalapeno/sausage/cheese kolache to spice up your morning.

Also, as if you needed more of an incentive, they have incredible coffee. They serve Drews Brews which is pretty much the only coffee shop coffee that doesn’t either taste burned or like cigarettes.  And it’s local. Boom.



“Nothing Fancy” Series – Part 2

4 Apr

The next person who tells you they eat McDonald’s all the time because, “It’s so cheap,” tell them to eat more tacos!

Tacos should be simple – small corn tortillas, filled with meat and topped with onions and cilantro.  No exceptions.  However, to determine who has the “best” tacos, one should look to the sauce in my humble opinion.  A place has a bottle of Tabasco for your tacos?  “Getthefuggouttaheya,” or of course the Southern equivalent is, “Oh honey, bless your heart.”  Give me unlabeled containers of creamy green and dark reds with visible chili peppers in it, I’ll love you forever.

I’ve described the tacos at El Tapatio (4801 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 – next to Whitt’s BBQ) as, “So good I forgot to look at my phone,” which, in these modern times, is really saying a lot.  But the sauce, the sauce!  For $4.90 I got two spicy pork tacos, one shrimp, pickled carrots, radishes, a green sauce and a red sauce.


I have no idea what’s in the sauce, but I can tell you that it’s homemade, spicy as hell, and is better than anything else you’ll find on Nolensville Road. ¡Yo Quiero El Tapatio!

“Nothing Fancy” Series – Part 1

28 Mar

Some of the tastiest food in Nashville can be yours for five dollars or less.  In part one of my “Nothing Fancy” series,  I ventured out to Reina la Bendición, “The Queen’s Blessing,”  on 330 Timmons Street, just up from the Nolensville Pike/Thompson Lane intersection if you’re heading away from downtown.

Reina specializes in El Salvadorean food, and for those in the know, thaReinat means pupusas.  Pupusas are made from masa flour that has been stuffed with beans, cheese, pumpkin flower, meats, etc. and grilled to crispy perfection.  I asked for two bean and cheese pupusas and sat back to watch their tiny, busy kitchen as they hand made all of the food to order.

While their menu is fairly small (and entirely in Spanish), it makes up for it in big flavors.  Pupusas traditionally come with a cabbage slaw, and Reina’s is the best I’ve ever had.  It’s fresh, with hints of lime and spice to it.  Pupusas are a humble $2.25 each and come with a massive portion of (the best ever) slaw and hot sauce. Add a side of yuca frita (fried yuca) and nothing can ruin your day!

Come back next Friday for more in the  “Nothing Fancy” series to get the beat on what to eat, cheap!



Best (and Cheapest) Day Drunk Adventure in Nashville

20 Nov

So you’re low on funds but still want to party and explore?  Or maybe your band is on tour and you only have the morning off in Nashville? This trip is perfect for you, and all conveniently located in Centennial Park so if you have the token wet blanket with you, they can lie in the grass while you go have fun.

While Memphis and Kansas City may be more famous for their barbecue, Nashville is still a pretty good contender.  Start with lunch at Hog Heaven, famous for it’s Kickin’ chicken white barbecue sauce.  Hog Heaven has been a Nashville staple for over 25 years, serving up pork, turkey, chicken, beef and ribs off their smoker that you can smell from across the street.  Try the pulled pork slathered in white sauce with a side of turnip greens for a taste of Nashville’s best.

Hog Heaven 115 27th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 329-1234.  $3-12.00

Next, mosey next door to the best, and oldest, dive bar in Nashville, the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge.  Nashville legend has it that Al Capone would hang out here when he needed to lay low, and the tradition continues for anyone looking to escape the crowds and get a cold beer.  The bar is CASH ONLY and doesn’t have a liquor license but the $1.25 PBR until 8:00 pm and surly, but wonderful bartenders, make it worth it.

Springwater 115 27th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203.

Once your get a couple of beers in you, wander through Centennial Park over to the Parthenon.  The Parthenon was built in 1897 for Nashville’s Centennial Exposition.  Meant to only be temporary, the building was originally constructed of plaster and wood as a facade, then re-built in concrete.  It is now an historical museum for the Centennial, holds a small permanent art collection from James M. Cowan, and of course, Athena.

Did you know that Nashville is known as ‘The Athens of the South?’  Yeah, we don’t get it either since I’m pretty sure Athens (GA) is the Athens of the South but nevertheless, the Parthenon is a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, complete with a fully gilded 42 feet (13 m) Athena.

The Parthenon  2600 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203  (615) 862-8431.  $6.00 for Adults.

Return to Springwater if you have time and see the cast of characters change as the day goes on.  Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to meet Nashville legendary musician and serious weirdo, Dave Cloud.

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