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4 Days in Nashville

Nashville was never on my list of places to visit but I guess there’s a first time for everything right? I heard the food was delicious and the live music was great so I knew I should give it a chance before judging.  And I love southern food so I was ready to eat every single day. 4 days was enough time to see all of the tourist spots, try some restaurants, and visit some cool bars. We left on a Thursday morning at 8 am so Nick and I had plenty of time to eat breakfast and explore a little bit before our friends got there. Scroll down to see the stops on my trip!

Food, Drink & Air BnB

Nick and I started off the day at Biscuit Love and we split the East Nasty which is fried chicken on a biscuit smothered in sausage gravy. It was DELICIOUS!! While we waited for our friends we stopped by Peg leg Porker for food and a quick drink. Nick got the half rack of ribs and I got the BBQ Nachos covered in pulled pork and slaw. By this time our stomachs were so full we had to take a break. We checked into our Air BnB and relaxed for a bit before we hit the city to explore.

Later that night we went to L.A Jackson on the Thompson Hotel rooftop. We ate AGAIN and had tasty cocktails. The menu was a little pricey but you should expect that in a popular place like Nashville. The vibe was a mix of casual and dressy so you can show up wearing whatever. I really liked this spot and the view of the city from the rooftop.

Another stop on our food list was Tavern.  A gastro pub that serves small plates so I ordered the Philly cheese steak egg rolls with garlic parmesan french fries on the side. This place was a little pricey but the food was amazing. Honestly, every single place we went to for a meal was delicious. Swett’s was by far my favorite place though. It was definitely a small neighborhood spot with soul food. Collard greens, yams, cornbread.. You name it, they had it. I loved the vibe of the restaurant because it wasn’t near any tourist spots.

Saint Anejo was a brunch spot we stopped by on Sunday afternoon. I was so full by Sunday that I couldn’t really finish the meal I ordered here. But the little bites I did take were fantastic.

We went to  Rudy’s Jazz Room on our last night and this was my favorite stop on our trip. This was my first jazz club experience and I was in love with everything. The place was so relaxing and the music was beautiful. If you’re planning a trip to Nashville soon please stop by Rudy’s. You need to experience this place. They also serve gumbo and according to Nick it was really good!

Stay

Air bnb – Stay Alfred

The air bnb was very spacious and it had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living room area. We stayed in an area called the Gulch which was very close to all of the tourist spots and all of the restaurants we ate at. We had to call an Uber a few times to restaurants that were a little bit out of the way but other than that we walked everywhere. I really liked this Airbnb I thought it was a cool experience.

 

Coffee

Frothy Monkey

This coffee shop was located on 12 South in Nashville and it was a little spot hidden in the trees. I don’t remember the name of the iced coffee I had but it tasted like coconut and it was delicious.  We stopped here before we went into the Draper James store and Five Daughters Bakery.

Barista Parlor

This is by far the best coffee I’ve had in a very long time. The coffee paired so well with their almond milk. It was so smooth it seemed unreal. The wait was a little long because the baristas were very particular about how they make their coffee but it was worth the wait. I went twice while I was in Nashville and it wasn’t enough. I miss their coffee so much!

 

Additional spots to visit

Parthenon replica in Centennial Park

Broadway – Bars, restaurants, live country music

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Nashville Murals 

Signature crafted event

I received compensation from McDonald’s in exchange for writing this review. This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

I’m a HUGE foodie so I was excited to attend an event at Mcdonald’s to try the new signature crafted sandwiches. Sorry in advance to my healthy friends but I love McDonald’s! When I was in school I would go to McDonald’s just to grab an Oreo Mcflurry. We started the event with a mini tour of the Kitchen with Chef Mike who came to visit from Chicago. He made each sandwich from scratch and all of the ingredients are fresh every single day. The three sandwiches that were offered were Maple Bacon Dijon, Pico Guacamole, and Sweet BBQ Bacon.

I ordered the Sweet BBQ Bacon sandwich with crispy buttermilk chicken. I don’t like BBQ sauce on my sandwiches but this BBQ sauce was tangy and sweet. The perfect addition to the sandwich. Along with these signature crafted sandwiches, McDonald’s is offering new “Just For You” customer experiences at select stores. As of May 5th, 11 stores currently have table service, touchscreen self-order kiosks, or mobile pay options. We ended the night with the ladies of Sip and Script and I learned some basic calligraphy tips. I wasn’t the best but it was such a fun activity to end with. Check out their event page to see what’s coming up on the schedule.

Bake with me-Mini Oreo Cheesecake

After a few failed attempts I’m learning how to bake again. I found a recipe on Pinterest and I made mini Oreo cheesecakes. Cheesecake is so good and I LOVE Oreos so why not make something sweet to enjoy during the weekend. This recipe has 7 ingredients and I had most of them I had in my apartment which was very helpful. I’m not afraid to admit that I can eat two sleeves of Oreos in one sitting.  They’re the best!

The end product came out so good! I honestly thought I would destroy them in the oven but I succeeded at baking WOOO! It’s the perfect way to get some sweets in without feeling guilty. Well you might because the amount of cookies, butter and sugar you use is insane but insanely delicious! Let me know if you try this recipe! Trust me it’s so good. Obviously it’s not going to look exactly like the recipe photos from the link but I tried!

Ingredients – for the full breakdown click this link  – I followed the recipe from The First Year Blog 

Oreo crumbs

Butter 

Cream Cheese

Sugar

Vanilla extract 

eggs

*Extra Oreo crumbs for the cheesecake batter*

 

Photography: Nick Carter

Favorite pins

 

pins

 

I really REALLY like Pinterest!  Every since I started using it I actually look forward to cooking and creating things. Pinterest is full of DIY projects and apartment decor inspiration.  My favorite part of the day is going through my Pinterest and finding new items to add on my boards. I have 14 boards ranging from personal style to breakfast ideas.  Each week I want to share some of my favorite pins with you so you can see what I’m currently into and hopefully inspire you to get creative during your free time.

 

1.Morning workouts 

Some quick tips that could help you get out of bed and workout in the morning.

2.Healthy Rice Bowl Dinner Options

Quick and easy dinner options are great for people who have an odd work schedule. Rice doesn’t take long to make and veggies only take a few minutes to cook. Click the link for some delicious rice bowl recipes.

3.Chicago Travel Guide 

Nick and I are going to Chicago in April! I’ve always wanted to check this city off my travel list and I finally get to in the spring! A weekend full of deep dish pizza, museums and brunch!

4.Avocado and egg in a hole

I look forward to waking up on the weekends and cooking something new. I’m definitely trying this on a Saturday morning.

5.Thai Chicken Lettuce wraps

I made these one night and they were delicious. I want to experiment with different flavors and ingredients. The Thai Chicken sounds great.

6.Homemade chocolate chip cookies 

I’ll be honest with you,  I’m terrible at baking. The last batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies I made turned out so bad! In time, I’ll be a decent baker but for now, I’ll Pinterest the best recipes and keep trying.

 

How to: French Toast Rolls

First, let me thank Buzzfeed for putting this amazing how-to food video on Facebook. Without you.. these delicious rolls wouldn’t be possible. I wanted breakfast for dinner and this HAD to be part of the meal. I also cooked some turkey bacon and eggs to put on the side because no breakfast is complete without BACON! These rolls were very filling I had about two before I tapped out.  I bought crustless bread to make the process easier. Also you need a rolling pin to flatten the bread. Spread a good amount of cream cheese on the bread and sprinkle the chopped up fruit on top. In a separate bowl mix two eggs, a dash of milk (since the rolls are small you don’t need a lot of milk) and cinnamon. While the skillet is heating up spread some butter around so your rolls don’t stick. After a few minutes you have perfection!

Ingredients:

Bread 

Cream Cheese 

Strawberries (or any fruit of your choice)

2 eggs mixed into a bowl with a dash of milk and cinnamon

Cinnamon

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