Tuesday, July 22, 2014

404 Kitchen

Sweetness at the 404 Kitchen

                 I will start off by admitting that I have a SERIOUS sweet tooth and often times will visit a restaurant just to enjoy dessert! I did that recently at 404 Kitchen where Chef Matt Bolus dishes up great cuisine in the Gulch Neighborhood of Nashville. As I skimmed the menu for the perfect dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth I also came across some delicious potatoes (they turned out to be super savory and fabulous!) and decided to take a shot at them as well. So this may seem like a random dinner to some, but it satisfied my sweet tooth and filled me up at the same time! Now that I've had a great preview of how they get down at the 404 Kitchen, I'll be back soon for the full dining experience!

Farmer Dave's New Potatoes with Beurremont, parsley & Black pepper
404 Kitchen

Banana Semifreddo with a crispy rice base, peanut butter and marshmallow - Superb!
404 Kitchen
So, this is what I came in for and it turned all to be all kinds of fabulous! There are a number of different textures in this dessert from the crunch of the crispy rice to the fluffiness of the marshmallow and the smoothness of the Semifreddo! I can't forget about the caramelized banana that tops it.......superb as well!

The 404 Kitchen and Hotel
404 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

-- Dr. April

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Peppers

Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Peppers

               You can never go wrong with Chicken and Veggies for dinner! Here's a simple, yet delicious roasted chicken recipe that is cooked with the sides of potatoes and peppers. I love when the whole meal can be cooked in one dish!!! I adapted this recipe from the December 2013 edition of Woman's Day Magazine.

Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


2 Medium Sweet Potatoes (about 1 lb), peeled and cut into 2-in pieces
3 small Red Skin potatoes cut into 1 inch tick wedges
1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
4 small Chicken legs - split into 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


■ Heat oven to 425 Degrees F

■ On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the sweet potatoes, red skin potatoes and peppers with 2 tbsp oil and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper

■ In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the lime juice and remaining Tbsp oil, then the paprika and cinnamon

■ Nestle the Chicken pieces among the vegetables and roast until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are golden brown and tender, 25 to 30 minutes

** I cooked this in a baking dish instead of on a baking sheet which resulted in a longer cook time - 55-60 minutes.

I forgot the lemon juice in the previous pic!!!

                        I always use foil when baking in casserole dishes. The clean up is so much easier!!!

--Dr. April

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Josephine on 12th

A Taste of the South at Josephine Restaurant in Nashville!

            Just hearing the name makes you think of all things southern.....Josephine! I picked the perfect evening to dine on Josephine's gorgeous patio, take in the sights and sounds of Nashville's 12 South neighborhood and enjoy the fabulous cuisine this restaurant has to offer!

Check out photos from my visit below:

Josephine Restaurant

This is a gorgeous patio :-)
Josephine Restaurant

Josephine Restaurant

Skillet of Pretzel Rolls with Mustard Butter - Absolutely delicious!
Josephine Restaurant

Salad with Bibb Lettuce, bacon, croutons, radishes and herb buttermilk dressing
Josephine Restaurant

Josephine Chicken - Yes, this is a whole chicken that was brought to the table!
Josephine Restaurant

After the presentation of that beautifully flash fried whole chicken, the chefs cut it up into more manageable pieces for us!
Josephine Restaurant

Homemade Potato Salad that tasted delicious along with that chicken!
Josephine Restaurant

House Made Fettuccine with morel mushrooms, parsley and thyme - Delicious!
Josephine Restaurant

Peach Shortcake made with a Sweet Biscuit, Peaches, Blackberry sauce and Cream......Yummy!
Josephine Restaurant

German Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Salty Coconut and Pecans......This is gooooooood!
Josephine Restaurant

You can find Josephine online and in person at:

2316 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

- Dr. April

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cupcake Collection Fights Childhood Cancer in June

The Cupcake Collection fights Childhood Cancer in June

The Cupcake Collection

               When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade… cupcakes that is. From June 9-30th The Cupcake Collection, will host Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a national foundation that raises money and awareness for childhood cancer.

             “As we continue to celebrate five years in business I recall some of my initial inspiration for getting started.  I recounted the story of Alex Scott, the four-year-old powerhouse who, as a cancer patient herself, set up a lemonade stand to raise funds that would help others as she had been so generously helped. Her vision and commitment inspired me to adopt a ‘we will serve others’ mentality as a part of our business culture,” shares entrepreneur and baker Mignon Francois.

               Celebrating 10 years, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, has raised more than $80 million and funded more than 450 research projects. Across the country during the month of June, young people, businesses, nonprofits, and the general community will come together in support of the effort to cure cancer one cup—or cupcake—at a time.

             Throughout the month, The Cupcake Collection will create lemon themed cupcakes with a portion of the proceeds from sales going to the cause. Daily, the bakery will host a virtual ‘stand’ where cupcake aficionados can call in to make virtual donations, order lemon flavored cupcakes to be shipped anywhere in the US, make a purchase at the Germantown location, or have cupcakes delivered locally to their home or business. Additionally, on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays bakery visitors can make their donations at the physical stand on the front porch.

        Francois boasts with enthusiasm, “Our goal is to raise $500 to contribute to the organization but as we have experienced before Nashville is sure to help us exceed that number.”

         Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. For more information: www.AlexsLemonade.org

            Support Alex’s Lemonade Stand by calling in a donation, order cupcakes to be delivered, shipped, purchased in person, or donate online at http://bit.ly/1mTHt1Y.

For the past five years, The Cupcake Collection has been nestled in the heart of historic Germantown, where the thriving storefront is housed in a cozy renovated cottage that originally served as home for the eight member Francois Family. Each batch is made fresh each day with such decadent ingredients as butter, sugar, and cream, with no artificiality. The daily selection includes the Classic 7 as well as a variety of Premium and Specialty cupcakes. There is also a mobile cupcake bus, a wedding and special event cake studio, and a new location currently under construction in Donelson. For more information visit www.TheCupcakeCollection.com 

The Cupcake Collection
1213 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN
-- Dr. April 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Louisville KY Dining Experience

My Louisville, KY Dining Experience

            I was recently in Louisville, KY serving as the Opening Keynote Speaker at the Kentucky College Women's Leadership Conference! I had a great time teaching women about Blogging and it's role in Leadership Development. Of course, before and after my presentation, I ventured out in downtown Louisville to try out some of the great restaurants there! I feel like I need to take a trip back soon because there were so many restaurants on my list to try and I didn't make it to even a fraction of them. Since Louisville is only 2.5 hours from Nashville, I think there will be another road trip in the works for me soon!

My first stop was Proof on Main Street
Proof on Main

I had the most amazing Lavender Lemonade to start this experience off right! It combined house made Lavender Syrup, lemon and lime!
Proof on Main

And THIS my friends is a Grilled Cheese Sandwich!!! It is made with a Parmesan Crust, crisp apple, arugula, cheddar and Bourbon-Bacon Marmalade. These fries are drizzled with Truffle oil and shredded Parmesan...OMG!
Proof on Main

The interior of Proof is so cool!
Proof on Main

           I ventured into the 21C Museum Hotel which is connected to Proof Restaurant. As I was walking down the hall I glanced to my right and saw my image portrayed on the wall beside me. Of course, this stopped me dead in my tracks as I tried to figure out how this was happening lol! What you see floating around me are letters of the alphabet which people can "push" up, down and side to side with my hand. I was literally pushing the letter "i" around with my hand for almost a minute because it was so much fun! All of this is done virtually and I still don't understand it, but I thought it was really cool!

Later that evening, I met up with a friend of mine who was also in Louisville that week on a business trip. She and I ventured in to Sway Restaurant located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel for a late evening snack.
Sway Restaurant

I didn't have my DSLR camera with me that day so just bear with me through the cell phone pics........
Sway Restaurant
Love these Deviled Eggs!

You can never go wrong with Shrimp & Grits and this version was delicious!
Sway Restaurant

I noticed a lot of Salted Caramel items on the menu's in Louisville including this Salted Caramel Cake at Sway.....delicious!
Sway Restaurant

I stayed at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel and it was such a treat! I always enjoy historic hotels because they have so much character. I highly recommend it when staying in this city!
Seelbach Hilton Hotel

            As I was walking around downtown, I came across the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. I thought it was simply a storefront as I walked past, but later learned from someone that this is an actual distillery with a tasting room! I was running short on time, but still should have actually gone in...bummer :-(. BTW, Evan Williams is the "secret" ingredient in my Holiday Cider Punch with Whiskey!

Evan Williams Experience

I could not have left Louisville without having a Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel! There are, of course, many restaurants in Louisville that feature Hot Brown's on the menu, but The Brown Hotel is where it all started and is why I had to have an authentic one there :-)
The Brown Hotel

Ta-da........The world famous HOT BROWN!

A Louisville tradition since 1926! Roasted Turkey Breast and Toast Points covered with sauce Mornay, Pecorino Morono Cheese baked golden brown and finished with bacon and tomatoes!
The Brown Hotel

This was my first time ever having a Hot Brown and let me tell you that it will not be my last! It is sooooooo savory and delicious! I had the waitress bring me a recipe card for it and you better believe I will eventually try my hand a making one myself very soon :-)
The Brown Hotel

 The Chocolate Striptease - Milk Chocolate Mouse, Espresso Steam Cake, Salted Caramel
The Brown Hotel

The reason it is called a Striptease is because once it's brought to the table, the waitress lights it on fire and the chocolate petals melt down along the sides! Very cool!
The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel

 This Raspberry Sorbet was super refreshing and delicious too. Check out that glass bowl!
The Brown Hotel

Before I got on the road headed back to Nashville, I decided to stop for breakfast. I came across this cute little cafe downtown called Mrs Potter's Coffee Lounge and Cafe.
Mrs Potter's Coffee Lounge and Cafe

I enjoyed a Pomesto Panini with Pesto, Cream Cheese, Roma Tomatoes on a grilled everything Bagel
Mrs Potter's Coffee Lounge and Cafe

 If you have any favorite Louisville restaurants you suggest I try on a future visit, leave them for me in the comments below!

-- Dr. April

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saint Anejo

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo a Couple Days late at St Anejo!

          This year for Cinco De Mayo, I actually joined some other Nashville Food Bloggers and did it up Cajun style at another restaurant in the city! Later on that week, I had a craving for Mexican food and took a trip over to Saint Anejo Cantina in The Gulch! It was an absolutely beautiful day to sit out on their patio taking in the breeze and enjoying a great dinner!

Check out what I enjoyed below:

Chimichanga - This Chimichanga with chicken and cheese was delicious for dinner.........and the next day for lunch!
Saint Anejo

This Mexican street corn was amazing! I really love the savory flavor from the feta cheese!
Saint Anejo

Add Saint Anejo to your list of great Mexican restaurants and great patios in Nashville!

Saint Anejo
1120 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203 (The Gulch)

-- Dr. April

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dishcrawl Nashville is Back and headed to the SoBro Neighborhood!

Dishcrawl Nashville is Back!


Taste of Nash: Explore SoBro

A delicious dining adventure through three culinary hotspots 

             Fox News says Dishcrawl is “the best way to explore food in your city.”  With accolades from thousands of food critics, bloggers, and food lovers, Dishcrawl has won the hearts of 250+ cities across the US & Canada, the UK!  Dishcrawl is once again gearing up for great food adventures here in Nashville!

I've participated in several Dishcrawls here in the city and have loved each one because it allows you to dine at multiple locations in one night! I encourage you to participate in this adventure as well -it's tons of fun!

             On Wednesday, June 18th, at 7pm, come eat with neighbors and friends in one of Nashville's hippest neighborhoods - SoBro!  With the diverse and hip food scene in the SoBro neighborhood, gastropubs and local creameries are ready to show us some culinary bravado. Chefs of three restaurants invite you to explore their culinary delights just 'South of Broadway' aka, SoBro.  Reservations are limited, but still being accepted here.

Dishcrawl Founder, Tracy Lee: “Dishcrawling is a fantastic way to bring the community together with local chefs who are bringing exciting new things to our culinary scene.”  

This adventurous dinner is only $45 including gratuity!

Foodies have the chance to win free tickets online by telling us which Nashville restaurant you love on Facebook. Must hashtag #dishcrawl to be entered.

About Dishcrawl
Dishcrawl creates dining experiences and events to satisfy anyone’s craving. You can find your local Dishcrawl Ambassador leading you through progressive dinners, prix fixe dinners, and other fun food events! From culinary experiences in real life to great stories about local culture online, Dishcrawl spans 250 cities across the US, Canada, and soon the UK. To begin your food adventure, visit Dishcrawl.com.  
Contact Information: Emily Lomax
Nashville Dishcrawl Ambassador
815- 878- 7811 direct