Nashville Guide: Food Paradise Part 2

And now for the second part of my Nashville food guide. Seriously, there are so many good eats in that city and I have barely scratched the surface.

Mas Tacos Por Favor

Right across the street from The Pharmacy Burger is Mas Tacos. Is there really any reason to ever leave East Nashville? On our first visit we saw someone we recognized as we walked to the door. Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods. I was so excited to see a celebrity filming a TV show where I was eating! The novelty soon wore off and chaos ensued as the crew rushed around filming. I decided I would rather eat in peace and quiet than worry about the possibility if being filmed eating elote with corn all up in my grill and cheese all over my lips. Mas Tacos handled all the excitement with grace and the food was still wonderful. My favorite item is the chicken tortilla soup.

Mas Tacos Seating

Pork Taco

Taco Soup


Camera Crew Mas Tacos

Menu Mas Tacos

Andrew Zimmern Mas Tacos

Las Paletas

We picked up some Las Paletas popsicles and Korean shaved ice at Hot and Cold in the 12th Ave South neighborhood (a cute shopping area near Vanderbilt University with a variety of restaurants and coffee shops). Sadly, that shop is now closed, but you can still find these delicious popsicles at other locations.

Las Paletas

Korean Shaved Ice

Desano’s Pizza Bakery

Great pizza. I loved the peppadews on the San Gennaro pizza. You can even buy them at the cash register and take some home for your own pizza making adventure.

Desano's Pizza Bakery

Pizzas at Desano's

Hattie B’s

There isn’t anything more comforting than hot fried chicken on a rainy November day. So simple and so satisfying.

Hattie B's Door

Hattie B's Interior

Hattie B's Chicken Plate

There are some other good places that I should feature. They were fun to try, but nothing that would motivate us to make the 3 hour drive up to Nashville. These honorable mentions include:

Pied Piper Creamery

This place was super cute. They had children’s toys, which kept the little one happy, but the ice cream wasn’t anything  out of this world. Let’s be honest though, have you ever had BAD ice cream??? Probably not.

Pied Piper Creamery

Baja Burritos

For me this was your basic casual dining Mexican place similar to Chipotle or Cafe Rio (for you westerners). My fish burrito was really good, even if it didn’t totally knock my socks off.

Baja Burrito Fish Burrito

Baja Burrito Tot

Marche Artisan Foods

I had heard so many good things about this place, but between the really long wait, another long wait at the table with a unhappy, hungry toddler, and the fact that my food (a savory pork crepe) was served cold, I was not super impressed. For that price point I think they could make an effort to make it look a little more appetizing too. I saw a lot of food around me that looked incredible, so maybe I went on a bad day or just ordered the wrong thing….I would be willing to give them another chance.

Marche Restaurant Interior

Marche Pork Crepes

Pleeeeeeaaaaaaase bring me some foooooood! Little ones experience hunger much more intensely than we adults do. I never used to worry about slow service (as long as the food made up for it), but as a parent the terror is real! I have since learned to stock my bag with snacks for while we are waiting so that we aren’t those obnoxious customers. But seriously…look at that face.

Marche Unhappy Customer

Huntsville, AL and Planting Tomatoes in the Dark

I am making the most of my time in the south.  That’s right.  I am living in Mississippi while my husband does one of his internships.  Where in Mississippi, you ask?  About an hour away from Tupelo (the birthplace of Elvis, people).  We are living with my husband’s wonderful parents, and let me tell you, it is great to be here.  We want to see as much as we can of the south before we leave (and eat as much southern cookin’ as we can possibly eat).  On her day off last week, my mother-in-law took me to Huntsville, Alabama and we walked around the botanical gardens.  The flowers were beautiful.  It was so nice to be outside. Everything was lovely.  We got some great gardening ideas (and by we, I mean my mother-in-law, because I do not have a green thumb). We also ate at the tea room at the gardens.  The desserts caught our eye so we decided to have lunch there.



Huntsville Alabama 3

And just to prove to you how absolutely beautiful the south is…

Alabama Horses

Alabama Horses 2

These images illustrate my family’s complete and total dedication to their garden.  Tomato planting in the dark.

Iuka Mississippi

Iuka Mississippi 2

Goodbye Wandie

Wandie was a dog that my mom and I raised as a guide dog puppy.  She was a handful!  She got into everything! She loved dumpster diving, socks, stealing potatoes out of the pantry and eating them raw,  picking off Christmas ornaments from the tree one by one and destroying them….just to name a few of the mischievous things she did.

She never really outgrew her puppy phase, but as she got older she became more loveable.  Her trademark move was resting her head on your lap and looking up at you with those big eyes.  She was a smart one too.  She could learn a new trick in a matter of minutes.  That’s probably why she did so well at guide dog school, but she flunked out because she LOVED to play with other dogs. I begged and begged my parents to keep her after she was dropped from the guide dog program.  She turned out to be a great family pet.  I think I loved her MORE because she was a pill and had lots of personality.  You had to laugh when we had guests visiting and she would come trotting in the family room with their shoes in her mouth. I always considered her my baby, but my parents DID do all the work.  We will miss you and your little white muzzle, stealing raspberries and strawberries from the garden!  You are the best, Wandie!

Lame Computer

I’ve been really sad that I have not been able to update my blog lately (about 6 months…).  We have a computer that does not deal well with complex processes (anything more complicated then web browsing and itunes).  Our tax return is earmarked for a brand new laptop and I am so excited!  I can use it for school, photo editing, and blogging.  Since I haven’t updated in a while, here is a picture of our dog, Hobbes. We got him in February and he is so cute, but sometimes a little naughty.

Thanksgiving Weekend

I’ve been looking forward to this break for so long I was almost dreading the end of it before it even started.  I know it’s sad, but I have been loving any time away from work lately.  Those four wonderful days with Brandon and our families didn’t disappoint either.  We fit in some serious gluttony, a Utah football game, and a shooting expedition.  All in all, a success (except for the flat tire, but hey…we needed new tires anyway).

Hope your Thanksgiving was equally wonderful!

My Relationship with Winter

Winter is a comin folks!  My relationship with winter has not been a good one for a long time. During my grade school years it meant a possible snow day, which was always welcome.  Sledding with friends and neighbors and making awesome snow forts with my brother.

When I went to college “winter” took on a whole new meaning. Walking to campus in below freezing weather in one of the word’s windiest cities. Yeah, that’s right.  Chicago has nothing on Rexburg, Idaho. Along with subzero temperatures comes smooth and invisible ice for slipping on…in front of crowds of fellow students.  I didn’t want to leave my apartment unless absolutely necessary for nine months of the year.  Cabin fever, guys.  It’s real.

It is my hope this year to make the best of it…I made a pro/con list.

Things I don’t enjoy about winter:

  1. Being cold.
  2. Short days.
  3. Snow.
  4. Snow.
  5. Snow.
  6. Snow.
  7. Driving in the snow.
  8. Cleaning snow off of my car.
  9. And…snow.

Things I do enjoy about winter:

  1. Hot chocolate.
  2. Blankets.
  3. Cuddling.
  4. Hot Baths.
  5. Soup.
  6. Football.
  7. Boots.
  8. Bundling up.
  9. Snow shoeing.

If I just focus on the good list and ignore the bad list I might be able to repair my broken relationship with winter.  If I do THAT I might survive til spring.  There’s a Scandinavian saying that goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.” That will be my mantra this year.

But I still think these people be CRAZY!

polar bear plunge, polar bear club


Wonderful World of Blogging

Here it is.  I don’t know if you know this, but I come from a family of computer savvy dudes.  I did not inherent this talent.  The ability to speak computer must only be passed through the Y chromosome in my family.  But here I am…starting my own self-hosted blog. There have been some rough moments.  I’ve experienced about 20 stress headaches through the process of setting it up. The sad part is that it really wasn’t that hard, I’m just totally clueless.  But I did it!!!  I figured it out on my own and I feel pretty bad-A.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

P.S.  This is me and my scruffy lookin husband at the game last week.  Go Utes!