Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Manship Restaurant

The Manship Restaurant in Jackson, MS



            I was recently back in my home state of Mississippi visiting my family during a much needed summer break (I when I say a "much needed break" you have no clue just how serious I am about that!!). The Jackson, MS metro area has some pretty cool restaurants popping up that I had to check out. One of them is The Manship!

        According to their website: "The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen is located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson. The Manship, the brain child of Chef Alex Eaton and entrepreneur/sommelier Steven O’Neill , transforms the essence of Mediterranean food and southern classics. Eaton and O’Neill strive to capture the wonderful cuisine of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean, while maintaining a southern flair. The restaurant is as chic as it is rustic and will make you feel as though you have been transported out of Jackson. Eaton’s seasonal cooking style will make certain you are eating the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced from local purveyors throughout the south. Eaton utilizes local European import companies to source authentic ingredients produced all over the Mediterranean. The menu designs are based off the relationship between the chef and the farmers and what foods are available at the moment. The craft cocktail program headed up by Steven O’Neill, follows suite with the kitchen philosophy. Hand crafted drinks show respect to the prohibition cocktail era and are made unique with The Manship’s twist. The top shelf at the bar is worth writing home about and promises to deliver the finest spirits in the state. There is also a notable wine and craft beer list for those less inclined to cocktails. The Manship is a neighborhood spot, with a big city feel and packed full of interesting and unique flavors fit for everyone’s palates."

            I knew I was in the place to be that day when I first walked through the door and caught a whiff of the cuisine cooking in the wood-fire kitchen! The experience was wonderful and will definitely be on list of restaurant to visit the next time I'm in the area! Check out my dining experience below:


The Manship Restaurant


List of local Farms and Vendors used in The Manship's Dishes
The Manship


Parmesan Reggiano Fries - Awesome!!
The Manship Restaurant


Smoked BB Wings with White BBQ Sauce
The Manship


Corn Maque Choux - This was so awesome that I could go back and have it all by itself. It's pretty filling
The Manship



Spit Fire Greek Chicken
The Manship


Fire Roasted Cauliflower
The Manship


Scallops & Grits
The Manship Restaurant


Peach Cobbler made with fresh local peaches - Fabulous!!!
The Manship

You can find The Manship at www.TheManshipJackson.com

1200 North State St.
Jackson, MS

- Dr. April

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