Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!


I decided to dress as a ladybug this year - complete with antenna, wings and red cheeks. I had a great time at the Nashville Junior Chamber Halloween Party!


I got a GREAT shot of this Halloween Cocktail at Bar Louie during the party...How cool?!?

Candy Corn is my FAVORITE Halloween candy! What's yours?


Here are a couple of other Halloween treats that I enjoyed this year....

WOW, check out those teeth!


Gummy Eyeballs

Who remembers Pop Rocks? Here's the Halloween version featuring Casper the Friendly Ghost...


Dum Dums - A Classic!


Happy Halloween Everyone!

--Dr. April 

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friday Night in the City - City House


 Friday Night in the City  - City House

Popular Nashville Restaurant, City House, had been calling my name for a long time so I decided to check them out Friday after work.

How cute is this Germantown Restaurant?!


I love this entrance into the restaurant!




I enjoyed siting at the "bar", directly in front of the stoves and brick oven because I was able to talk with those in the kitchen like Jessie and watch the transformation of dough and toppings into a crisp, thin crust masterpiece. Hi Jessie!


I plan to visit City House again soon and get the full story behind all the PIG statues that are here!



Cucumbers & Onions - Coated with Sugar & Cider Vinegar



Pizza - Anchovy, Mozzarella, Tomato, Capers; Garlic, Oregano, Chilies



Bread Gnocchi with Pork, Peppers, Cider Vinegar, Pecorino


Coffee Cream Soda Cake - Coffee Caramel Gelato, Sorghum Graham Crumbs set atop Espresso Syrup

Visiting City House was a great way to spend a Friday Night!

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and their website @ www.cityhousenashville.com

--Dr. Carmen April


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lunchtime @ Germantown Cafe'

Lunchtime @ Germantown Cafe'



I recently had lunch with a colleague at Germantown Cafe' and I truly enjoyed the experience. The food was great and the service was awesome! The wait for the food to come out was next to nothing and our waiter, Andrew, was very attentive. Check out the pics below......


White Peach Lemonade - Great!
 

Soup of the Day: White Bean, chicken, sausage and kale - Yum!


Crab Cakes - with mustard tarter, mashed potatoes and tiny green beans - great flavor...


Coconut Curry Salmon - Atlantic Salmon with coconut curry sauce over creamy risotto and asparagus. I can't even  begin to tell you how good this is. The coconut curry sauce is AMAZING!


Chocolate Bread Pudding with Goo Goo Cluster Pieces and Vanilla Ice Cream. Germantown Cafe' created this dessert in honor of the 100th year Anniversary of Nashville candy company - Goo Goo Cluster and they did a great job!


You can find Germantown Cafe on Facebook, Twitter and their website www.germantowncafe.com

This is one my new "go-to" places for lunch!

Dr. April

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cupcake Frenzy @ GiGi's Cupcakes

Cupcake Frenzy @ GiGi's Cupcakes

I had a gift certificate to the Original GiGi's Cupcakes on 21st Ave in Nashville and decided to use it last week. I was also working on a homework assignment for my photography class where the assignment was to photograph a stranger. I thought to myself, "If I go to GiGi's I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone -  try out some fantastic cupcakes, photograph the cupcakes and take a picture of one of the many strangers who were bound to walk through the doors that evening". I was correct and accomplished both goals - what a way to multitask, huh?!?

GiGi's Cupcakes





 The Grasshopper Cupcake - Great Mint Chocolate flavor!


Pink Polka Dot Cupcake




Blackberry Cobbler Cupcake





Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (front) & White Midnight Magic Chocolate Chip (back)





Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - How cute is the cookie on top of the frosting?!?





Caramel Sugar Mama  - Great caramel taste!

You can find GiGi's Cupcakes on Facebook, Twitter and their website @ www.gigiscupcakesusa.com

--Dr. April
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Food Truck Frenzy - The Waffle Boss

Food Truck Frenzy - The Waffle Boss

If you have a thing for Chicken & Waffles or even just waffles, you need to find The Waffle Boss Food Truck in Nashville, TN. I tried their Red Velvet Waffle for the first time and LOVED it!

The Waffle Boss Food Truck



The Menu - Pick your chicken then pick your waffle..........



Ryan, the Owner and Chef of the Waffle Boss Food Truck, is a really nice guy. When you visit them, tell them Dinner With Nerds sent you :-)



Chicken & Waffles is one of my favorite dishes!!! This is the 1st time that I've ever had a Red Velvet Waffle and I loved it! The Waffle is accompanied by Buttermilk Chicken and Cream Cheese Topping.....Delicious!

The next time I visit Waffle Boss, I want to try the Birthday Cake Waffle! Which waffle do you want to try?

You can find the Waffle Boss on Facebook and Twitter: www.twitter.com/WaffleBoss

--Dr. April

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Food Truck Frenzy - Wrapper's Delight

Food Truck Frenzy - Wrapper's Delight

With names like The PB Cool J, The Triple Six Tilapia and The Big Punisher, you must either be waiting in line for a hip hop concert or Nashville's ONLY hip hop Food Truck - Wrapper's Delight.


The concept behind this truck is so cool that I stopped by just to see what it was all about and left a fan of the great wraps that owner, Sean, cooks up inside this delightful hip-hop food truck! I was treated to beats by Justin Timberlake as I waited for Sean to prepare my Triple Six Tilapia wrap (BTW - I love Justin Timberlake!).





The Triple Six Tilapia - Grilled Tilapia with Coconut Cream Rice, Cilantro, Chopped Almonds, Bacon, Plantains, & Fresh Lime on a Spinach Wrap

There were so many great flavors in this wrap that I didn't know that to expect next. The Coconut rice was absolutely amazing....Yum!

The New Orleans Style Voodoo Chips were pretty tasty too!


I will certainly be back for more!


You can find the Wrapper's Delight Food Truck on Facebook, Twitter, and on their website @ www.WrappersDelightTruck.com

--Dr. April
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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

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Food Truck Frenzy - Jonbalaya Food Truck & Catering

Food Truck Frenzy - Jonbalaya Food Truck & Catering

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 Jonbalaya Food Truck

Now, if you think that I misspelled Jonbalya, you would normally be right. However, this truck is named after it's owner, Jon, who originally hails from New Orleans, LA. It only takes about 20 seconds of listening to Jon speak in that trademark New Orleans dialect to figure this out!




The Menu



Prime Rib Po-Boy and Jambalaya


John, the owner, has been in the catering business for the past 15 years. He has owned this Food Truck for the past 2 years and actually refurbished the truck himself!





You can find the Jonbalaya Catering and Food Truck on Facebook, Twitter and at www.jonbalayacatering.com

--Dr. Carmen April

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