Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Music City Tippler

Music City Tippler



            I recently visited The Music City Tippler with some of my fellow Nashville Food Blogger and enjoyed great appetizers and cocktails! The Tippler is tucked away in the Midtown area of Nashville and is a perfect place to grab drinks after work with co-workers, with friends, or if you get down like I do sometimes - by yourself! (I love eating out alone quite often....I get to enjoy my food uninterrupted and people-watch at the same time!)


Music City Tippler


The Tippler has small bites and appetizers that are the perfect accompaniment to any number of their great drinks and cocktails!
Music City Tippler



Music City Tippler


I had work to do once I got home so I sipped on this "Mocktail" which was fruity and refreshing......just how I like it!
Music City Tippler


There are books strategically placed for decoration inside The Tippler - love it! They even bring your check out to you in a book!
Music City Tippler

So the next time you are looking for a place to have an after-work Happy Hour or after-dinner drinks, think of the Music City Tippler! I'm sure you will love it!

Visit The Music City Tippler at www.MusicCityTippler.com


1922 Adelicia St.
Nashville, TN 37212


- Dr. April

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sinema Nashville

Sinema Restaurant Nashville


Sinema is one of the newest restaurants to hit the Nashville Food scene and it is both unique and exciting for diners to enjoy! They only been open about a month, but they already operate as though they've been open for years!

          From their website: "Sinema is an 8,000 square foot restaurant housed in the historic Melrose theater, with dining room seating for up to 120, and upstairs bar with lounge seating, and a private dining room for up to 20 people."

         The service was great, the food was superb and the experience with my friends was amazing! Take a look at my culinary adventure below:



Sinema Restaurant



Sinema Restaurant



Cocktail: "The One With Johnny Depp in It"
Sinema Restaurant


Bread N Butter - Sweet Corn Bacon Butter, Wonka Butter (This butter tastes like Candy!!!), Caviar Butter, Bella Bakery Bread
Sinema Restaurant


Octopus -Picholine Olive and Fingerling Picnic Salad, Smoked Paprika
Sinema Restaurant


House Ricotta - Broccoli, Bacon, Baguette
Sinema Restaurant


The Pig And The Peach - Bacon and Ham Perogi, Mushrooms, Stone fruit, Porcini Sauce Supreme
Sinema Restaurant


Surf -N- Turf - 12 oz New York Strip, Gulf Shrimp Scampi, Parmesan Creamed Sweet Corn Hash
Sinema Restaurant
I loved this!!! It's so filling that I took half of it home to eat the following day for dinner :-)



~  DESERTS  ~

Caramel Corn - Popcorn Creme Profiteroles, Caramel Anglaise, Corn 4 Ways, peanuts
Sinema Restaurant


Stones - Millet Financier, Mixed Stone Fruits, Chamomile Whip
Sinema Restaurant


Chocolate - Triple Chocolate Bouchon, Violet Elderflower Milk, Chocolate Mouse, Malt Anglaise
Sinema Restaurant


Visit Sinema Nashville at www.SinemaNashville.com

2600 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204


- Dr. April

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville

Bridge Bar at the Renaissance Hotel Nashville



           The Bridge Bar at the Renaissance Hotel downtown Nashville was recently celebrating the Global Day of Discovery which is part of a national celebration amongst all Renaissance hotels. Of course, since we are talking about Nashville here, there was awesome live music for us to enjoy as well as some items off of the Bridge Bar's fabulous new menu! You may not expect that a hotel bar would have such a great cuisine, but the Renaissance hotel in downtown Nashville is not your ordinary hotel. One step into the Bridge Bar, with large windows in every direction, offers visitors a wonderful view of downtown Nashville! It's a great space, great location and has awesome food! Check it out below:


Smoked Deviled Eggs with Applewood smoked eggs, TN Comeback Sauce, Benton's Farmhouse Bacon Crisp
Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville


Global Day of Discovery
Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville


Hot Chicken "Our Way" - Sweet Potato Pancake, Further's Farm honey, house-made pickle
Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville


Seared Scallop - Sweet Corn Cake, Lynchburg Pepper Jelly
Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville


Fried Chicken Livers- TN Old Mill Asiago Grits, pickled peach puree
Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville


Kale Salad - Parmesan dressing, Citrus Grilled Shrimp, toasted Quinoa
Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville


Short Rib Sliders - Braised Short rib, jalapeno slaw, Jacks BBQ Glaze
Bridge Bar at Renaissance Hotel Nashville



Visit the Bridge Bar restaurant online by clicking HERE

611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

- Dr. April

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


Ingredients:

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



Instructions:

■ 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:

www.josephineon12th.com
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