Friday, March 28, 2014

Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Festival and Tasting

Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Festival and Tasting set for April 24th

Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Tasting and Festival

Buy your tickets now for the annual event benefiting the Predators Foundation!!

          Buy your tickets now and plan to join the Nashville Predators Foundation on Thursday, April 24 at Bridgestone Arena for the ninth annual Wine Festival & Tasting presented by King Jewelers and Maserati Bentley Rolls-Royce of Nashville. 
The festivities run from 6-10 p.m. 
General admission tickets are available for $75 per person.

WHAT:    Nashville Predators Wine Festival and Tasting

WHEN:    Thursday, April 24 from 6-10 p.m.

WHERE:    Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway)

NOTES:    The festival features more than 225 high-end wines, beer and spirits tasting and an extensive silent auction. The event also includes culinary delicacies from local restaurants, a complimentary Riedel glass and a photo opportunity with Predators mascot GNASH.

         VIP tickets for the event are also available for $200. In addition to receiving everything offered from a general admission ticket, VIPs will take part in a five-course dinner and wine pairing hosted by Justin Vineyards and Winery in the Patron Platinum Club beginning at 5:30 p.m.

         All proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation. This year, the Foundation will award more than $400,000 in grants to local charities and more than $150,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through the 365 Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has award more than $4 million in financial grants and donations and has provided in-kind donations, including memorabilia and tickets, to many organizations and fund-raising events.

          For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Predators Foundation table (section 106) on game nights, call 615-770-2331 or visit  Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

-- Dr. April

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crawfish Boil South Street Nashville


First Come, First Served for Fresh Louisiana Crawfish

          South Street is eager to get in the spring swing by opening its doors to our Sunday Crawfish Boil set to begin on March 9 and extending through June.  Each year, locals flock to this event, eager to enjoy freshly caught crawfish, ice cold drinks and the companionship of other area natives.

          South Street offers two dining options that include an all-you-can-eat option for $34.95 or a single-plate alternative for $19.95.  Traditional crawfish boil additions will include fresh corn and potatoes.  Grab some friends and load up early with $1 mimosas starting at 11 a.m. and ready yourself for the boil beginning at 1 p.m.  Choose from a full bar or any of the 12 craft beers on draft.   If you need help deciding, the friendly staff will be on hand to help every step of the way. 

           South Street only uses the freshest of Louisiana native crawfish, sourced from a little spot they like to keep secret.  Arriving fresh from the Gulf within 24 hours, this product is delivered ice cold with every intention of being savored by a packed house of seafood lovers. 

           If your spring fever is kicking in full effect then this is the place to get your fix.  No tickets are needed to enjoy this weekly Nashville highlight, just be sure to arrive early. 

For any additional information or if you have questions, please contact South Street at (615) 320-5555.     


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guantanamera Nashville

A Taste of Cuba at Guantanamera

Nolensville Pike is a thoroughfare of ethnic markets, shops and restaurants in Nashville. You can find restaurants featuring everything from Asian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Indian, Colombian, African and Cuban along with strip of road! I would love to do a restaurant crawl of this area one day but, for now, I'll start with Guantanamera Cuban Restaurant

I started my brunch off with a Café Cubano, Cuban Coffee, and boy was it tasty and strong! Cuban Coffee has a reputation for being pretty strong and this one lived up to that stereotype.

So, my friend ordered the Jugos Naturales in Guanabana Flavor when I ordered the coffee and once I tasted a sip of hers I had to have one too! All I needed after this drink was a bikini and a ticket to Miami!
Guanabana is a fruit that is cultivated in South America, West Indies, Bali and the Philippines, etc. and is thought to have healing properties. It's very sweet and smooth.

Arepa Venezolana - Venezualan arepa with roasted pork, mozzarella, scrambled egg with green onion and tomato. This was delicious and very filling! I actually only ate half of it and saved the other half for dinner the next day!

 Sandwich Cubano - roasted pork, ham, Swiss, pickles mustard on Cuban bread. I LOVE a good Cuban sandwich and this one is as authentic as it gets!

Oh....and I can't forget those delicious Fried Plantains :-). Those are a must for a great Cuban meal

I can definitely see myself making this a regular weekend Brunch/Lunch spot!
You can find Guantanamera at

3744 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

--Dr. April

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hot Chocolate Run

Hot Chocolate Run - Nashville

On February 15th, 2014 despite the freezing cold temps, I did the Hot Chocolate Run in Nashville!!! Even though I literally cold not feel my fingers until mile 2, I finished with enough enthusiasm to enjoy the special fondue treats offered to us at the completion of the run!

I picked up my Race gear, bib, mug, hoodie and bag at the pre-event expo the day before.
Hot Chocolate Run Nashville

I was not fibbing about it being 21 Degrees out there that was brutal!

Since I don't live too far from where the race started, I decided to walk to the start line which is usually not a problem in good weather and is something I do quite often. However, walking from home to the start line in 21 Degree weather at 6am = bad idea!! However, God sent me an angel in the form of Shanee :-). She and I had never met before...really! She and her husband were driving to the race, saw me with my gear on and pulled over to offer me a ride to the start line! Even though I wasn't far from the start line, those couple of minutes in a heated car was a God-send! Thanks Shanee and your husband...I hope you enjoyed the race as much as I did!

I also ran into my sorority sister, Kim, and we froze together at the start line :-)


Really Mr. Man with the shorts on in 21 Degree weather????? It really is toooooo darn cold for that! LOL

My reward for finishing the run...Chocolate Fondue complete with marshmallows, a rice krispie treat, pretzels, a banana, a sugar wafer and Hot Chocolate!
Hot Chocolate Race Nashville

Even my smile is frozen...LOL!
Hot Chocolate Race Nashville

My smile is back to normal here :-). Special shout out to my girl Costin for giving me a ride home - another unexpected God sent blessing!
Hot Chocolate Race Nashville

 I had a blast, despite the temps, and would definitely do this race again! This sweet hoodie alone is worth the registration!

You can find more info about the Hot Chocolate Race Series and look for an event in your area by visiting

-- Dr. April

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Red Wine Fudgesicles

Red Wine Fudgesicles

        Even though it's still technically winter season, we 'Sprung forward' for Daylight Savings Time this weekend and we had a beautiful Spring-like day in Nashville yesterday! Popsicles are usually reserved for Spring and Summer. However, adding Wine to anything makes it a year 'round treat! So imagine my surprise when I cam across a recipe for Red Wine Fudgesicles....Yippie and que my Happy Food Dance!!

 I always have a couple bottles of red wine around sooooooo.........let's get it poppin'!!!!!

I found this recipe on the A Beautiful Mess Blog

Prep time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4-6 Popsicles

1 Cup Red Wine
1.5 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used Milk Chocolate Chips)
1.5 Cup milk ( I used Almond Milk)


■ In a small pot simmer the wine over low/medium heat for 12-18 minutes.

■ Remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate until completely melted.

■ Stir in the milk.

■ Pour into your popsicle tray and freeze over night.

This is a great full bodied Red Wine that I almost always have on hand in my fridge. It worked out perfectly for this recipe!

Viola! The perfect Adult version of the traditional chocolate fudge popsicle :-)

When you try this recipe, come back and let me know who you like it! I would love to hear it..........

--Dr. April

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Joe's Crab Shack 3 New Sauces

Joe's Crab Shack Introduces 3 New Sauces!

            Joe’s Crab Shack, with nearly 140 shacks around the country, revealed a whole new way to serve up its legendary crab on Jan. 28, along with a new menu brimming with 100% Shore favorites.

Featured on the new menu is the Dippin’ Crab Bucket, a dish that offers guests a chance to savor Joe’s fresh crab 15 different ways. Guests first choose one of Joe’s fresh-from-the-shore crab varieties, including king, queen, snow, Dungeness and Antarctic. Each is cooked to order, just like at the shore. The next big choice is one of the new Dippin’ sauces, including a rich Garlicky Butter sauce, a ginger, plum and sriracha Tiki sauce, and the buttery mushroom Back Bay sauce. Every Dippin’ Crab Bucket also includes fresh corn, potatoes and a piping hot buttermilk biscuit for a little Southern flair.

“Crab is our middle name, and our guests expect a wide variety, all served up fresh and just like they do it at the shore,” said Joe’s Crab Shack Vice President of Marketing Janet Gieselman. “This season’s new twist on our popular Crab Buckets is an invitation to our guests to strap on a bib, crack a crab and dip into the 15 different flavor combinations.”

Joe’s also is rolling out its new Shack Calamari topped with Joe’s famous tangy Shack Sauce; the Southern Sampler featuring shrimp toast, crab fritters and fried pickles served with remoulade and ranch dressing (This is what I below!); and Mahi Kabobbers – three skewers of mahi-mahi, bacon-wrapped shrimp, red peppers and red onions served with potatoes and corn hash.

Even the bar menu gets an update, with refreshing new Mason jar drinks, including the Patio Punch featuring Malibu Rum and DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, the Honey Peach Smash featuring Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey, and Remy Red Sangria featuring Remy Martin VS, Bacardi Rum and cabernet sauvignon

Joe's sent me a quiz to test my Dippin' Style and I must say, my results were pretty accurate! However, I should mention that all the new sauces are pretty tasty and I truly did enjoy them all :-). 

I've placed the quiz below for you to take!! Take the quiz then head on over to Joe's to test your results! Don't forget to come back and tell me how your results matched up!!!

Joe's Crab Shack Dippin' Style Quiz's what I ate:

The Southern Sampler with Cheesy Shrimp Toast, Crab Fritters and Fried Pickles
Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

So many great steam pots to choose from, but I decided to go with the Arctic Bay Steampot!!
Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

Mmmmmmm....Fried Pickles!
Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

My quiz revealed that I would like this sauce was correct!! This Garlicky Butter Dippin' Sauce was great :-)
Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

I had to pull the Corn, shrimp and sausage out for you to see too :-)
Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

These are the other two dippin' sauces, the Joe's Back Bay Sauce and the Tiki Sauce, and I really enjoyed them too! I looooove mushrooms so I found the sauce on the left, the Joe's Back Bay Sauce fabulous!
Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

You know I was rockin' my Joe's "Queen Crab" Bib with pride!

So good and so filling! I'm glad I got the opportunity to test the new sauces Joe's has to offer! I encourage you to try them too!!
Joe's Crab Shack Nashville

The new menu items are available at all Joe’s locations through April 21. For a full menu, go to

For locations, visit

-- Dr. April