Nashville

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their August so far. I can’t believe we are already halfway through. As much as I’m going to miss pool days I have to admit I’m getting extremely excited for fall. It’s slowly creeping up and I can almost taste the apple cider! But first I wanted to share with you a trip to Nashville we took this spring.

We planned a trip to Nashville to visit friends for my 31st birthday and had a wonderful time. Our friends Jimmy and Liz had recently moved there from Chicago so they got to play tour guides for a long weekend in April. It was the perfect combination of site-seeing, eating, and shopping. All my favorite things.

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For the most part, Nashville looks like it popped right off of Instagram. For example, this adorable flower truck with gorgeous local blooms just seems to pop up wherever you go. I don’t know about you but flowers light up my life so the thought seeing this truck and impulsively grabbing a bouquet is alright with me. Plus we all know I’m a fan of the VW.

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If you want a true southern brunch you should check out Biscuit Love. You can expect to stand in line for a while to get in, but trust me, it’s worth it. While waiting you can catch a peek through the window to see the cooks making their famous biscuits while they non-verbally ask you how much longer the line is only to look defeated when you motion that it’s going around the block. When you finally make it inside, you are able to shop their adorable products with their famous “Resting Brunch Face” tagline as well as local handmades, fresh preserves, cookbooks and more. Once you make it to the counter to order, I highly recommend the East Nasty with their fresh squeezed orange juice mimosa. You won’t be disappointed.

Also, do yourself a favor and add a couple extra biscuits to whatever you decide to order. Once you take your first bite, you’ll regret not having ordered more.

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Another fun place to check out is 12 South. Not only is there great food, coffee, and cocktails, but tons of local shops for you do some serious damage. You can find Draper James with their famous blue and white wall, White’s Mercantile , and Sprinkles Cupcakes if you need something sweet.

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S’mores truck!! Don’t even get me started. Still drooling.

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The Frothy Monkey is a cute little coffee shop on 12 South where you can escape the heat for a minute and even grab a cocktail if you want.

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Apple Cider Sangria from the Frothy Monkey.

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Third Man Records is another fun stop if you want some of the Nashville Music scene. This is Jack White’s Production company and recording studio. Even if this doesn’t capture your interest, you should at least visit to see Leona, the store chihuahua, rocking her signature red bandana.

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Hattie B’s is a given. If you visit Nashville and want to try some hot chicken, this is the place to go. But just a warning….. they aren’t joking when they say hot is HOT, so be careful. It’s a great place to stop at on your first night. It’s fast, friendly, and delicious.

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If you are a foodie like me, there is one last thing to do before you leave. Eat some mother effin BBQ. Edley’s  Bar-b-que has multiple locations around Nashville, all of which are dog-friendly. You order at the counter and grab a seat. They have all the southern favorites but the Banana pudding is out of this world. Definitely stop in a give it a try.

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