Thursday, November 8, 2012

Food Truck Frenzy - Riff's Fine Street Food

Food Truck Frenzy - Riffs Fine Street Food Truck

Did you catch a glimpse of Riffs Fine Street Food Truck on ABC's hit drama, Nashville, last night?!?! I was excited to see Riffs featured on this hit TV show because it is a staple in the Nashville Food Truck Community. Run by co-owners, Carlos Davis and B.J. Lofback, Riffs is the 2011 and 2012 Winner of Nashville's Battle of the Food Trucks!

I caught up with them at Centennial Park one Saturday afternoon this Autumn and was treated to some mighty FINE Street Food!




Mac & Cheese, Jerk Chicken with Pineapple (it's hiding behind the chicken :-) ) and Kimchi Fried Rice. This was GREAT!


 I now understand what all the hype about Riffs Fine Street Food is all about! You can find Riffs Fine Street Food Truck on Facebok, Twitter and on their website @ www.riffstruck.com

--Dr. April

Don't forget to check out our main website at www.DinnerWithNerds.com

Friday, November 2, 2012

Control Your Destiny - Interview with Dewayne King

Control Your Destiny With Dewayne King



Nashville Banker, Former college football player and author, Dewayne King sat down with me for lunch at the Nashville City Club to discuss his book, Control Your Destiny: A Practical Guide to Success for Today's Student Athlete .

The book is full of great advice and success stories that all student athletes should read. In fact, the book has been endorsed by Mr. King's Alma mater, Mississippi State University, and is being integrated into their athletic academic department. You can visit Mr. King's website to buy the book @ www.controlyourdestiny.net

Take a look at my interview with Mr. King below:




 There is a great view of LP Field/Tennessee Titans Stadium from the Nashville City Club. This served as a perfect backdrop for us discussing football and student athletes!

The Nashville City Club always lays out a great Salad Bar

Fresh Fruit & Cheese

Salad with Grilled Salmon


Free Form Shrimp Lasagne - Roasted Mushrooms, bacon, spinach, parmesan, smoked tomato cream - AMAZING!


Strawberry Shortcake - Rhubarb Marmalade, Lemon Chantilly, Strawberry Water


You can find more information about Mr. Dewayne King and purchase his book @ www.controlyourdestiny.net

You can visit the Nashville City Club @ www.nashvillecity.com

--Dr. April

Don't forget to visit our main website @  www.DinnerWithNerds.com

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Food Truck Frenzy - The Mean Green Ice Cream Machine

Food Truck Frenzy - The Mean Green Ice Cream Machine

Every Tuesday during the month of September, a couple of Nashville Food Trucks made their way to Second Harvest Food Bank to set up shop. I made a trip there a couple of weeks ago and discovered The Mean Green Ice Cream Machine .



I asked Amy, the owner of The Mean Green Ice Cream Machine, to give me one of her best desserts and she did just that. Nicholas, the truck's self-proclaimed "worker bee" diligently dipped my vanilla cheesecake in Belgian chocolate, drizzled it with chocolate syrup and topped it off with crushed oreo's and chocolate chips. Can you say WOW?!?!?!?

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Cheesecake - Look at all this chocolate goodness!


Amy has owned The Mean Green Ice Cream Machine since 2007 and has been part of the Nashville Food Truck scene since 2010.



The truck can covert into a regular ice cream truck, complete with music, hydraulics and even a dance floor! This is perfect for many of the outdoor events that they cater including wedding receptions. Nicholas calls the truck "A Good Time On Wheels" and I agree!


Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Cheesecake  


You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and their website at www.meangreenicecreammachine.com

__Dr. April

Don't forget to visit our main website @
www.DinnerWithNerds.com

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dessert Tasting @ Bound'ry

Dessert Tasting @ Bound'ry

I recently attended a Dessert tasting at Bound'ry restaurant in Nashville. Bound'ry was welcoming their new Pastry Chef, Jessica Collins, and wanted to showcase her talents to the community. This was a great idea because her creations are wonderful!



What a beautiful cake!


Cookies.....Sugar, Lemon Cardamom Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Blondie and Brownies


Smore Torte


Cupcakes - Red Velvet, Apple Spice, Carrot, and Irish Car Bomb (What a cool name!!)


Pastry Chef Jessica also baked desserts of the Vegan variety - Banana Coconut Cookie, Strawberry Cupcake and Lemon cupcake
The Apple Spice Cupcake was one of my favorites


Spiced Beet Cake


Banana Pudding - Awesome!


Banana Pudding again.......


The General Manager of Bound'ry, Otis Smith, was very welcoming to me and all the guests at the dessert tasting. He is excited that Jessica has joined the Bound'ry team and invites you all to come and try out her pastry creations!


You can find Bound'ry online @ www.boundryrestaurant.com

--Dr. April

Don't forget to check out our main website @ www.DinnerWithNerds.com

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Weekend Trip to the Garden - The Garden Brunch Cafe

A Weekend Trip to the Garden - The Garden Brunch Cafe

If you want a little taste of New Orleans for Brunch, head on over to the Garden Brunch Cafe and let Head Chef Jennifer Carpenter whip up her famous Bananas Foster Pancakes for you! I promise that they will be some of the best pancakes you ever put in your mouth!

The Garden Brunch Cafe is not a New Orleans themed restaurant but, growing up with a father from New Orleans, that Crescent City's culinary influence is reflected in Jennifer's Signature dish.


Jennifer and her husband Karl, opened the restaurant 3 years ago and they have had a packed house every weekend since for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch.



The Bananas Foster Pancakes are the signature pancakes of The Garden Brunch Cafe' and taste even better than they look!


Bananas Foster Pancakes - A stack of pancakes covered with sauteed caramelized bananas and walnuts in a rich buttery sauce, topped with whipped cream. The sauce is made fresh per order-AMAZING!!


Another one of Jennifer's Specialties is The Germantown - Smoked Salmon, Capers, Caramelized onions, Cherry tomatoes, Sauteed fresh organic spinach, topped with house made Hollandaise sauce.

The Germantown


The Germantown


With a stage in one of the dinning rooms, you may also be treated to live music on your next trip to the Garden Brunch Cafe'.


Enjoy great artwork by local artists


Stop by The Garden Brunch Cafe' this weekend for a savory good time. Don't forget to tell them Dr. April sent you :-)

You can find The Garden Brunch Cafe' on Facebook, Twitter and online at www.gardenbrunchcafe.com

--Dr. April

www.DinnerWithNerds.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's Game Time - Titans Brunch at the Nashville City Club

IT'S GAME TIME!!!

It's the first Tennessee Titans Home Game of the Season and is a picture perfect day in Nashville, TN. The weather is in the 70s, the sun is bright and there is a sea of football fans walking toward LP Field to see the Titans play the New England Patriots.

The Nashville City Club is a private club that offers an amazing brunch before Tennessee Titans home games. The Nashville City Club now offers the Sunday Titans Brunch to downtown residents as well.

Even though I am a member of the Nashville City Club, this was actually my first time attending a Titans Brunch. I don't know why it took me so long to swing by on a game day. The view of Titans Stadium from the 20th floor of this building at 4th and Church St. is outstanding!


Join me for this fabulous food pictorial of the Titans Brunch at the Nashville City Club. You can also visit them at www.nashvillecity.com

Chocolate Brownies

Parfaits


Shrimp & Grits - Check out those JUMBO Shrimp!

Dessert Display


Desserts


Pastries


Pancakes


Meat & Cheese


This view is AMAZING!


Chicken & Waffles - Loved it!


Yogurt and Fruit Parfait


Mini Pecan Pie and Yogurt Parfait


Chocolate Brownie


Yum!


Game Time!


We were also treated to tunes by professional pianist Bob Bishop ( bishopsongs@aol.com )


Go Titans!