Friday, July 29, 2016

Nashville Restaurants: The Gulch

Nashville Restaurants: The Gulch 

restaurants in the gulch
Velocity in The Gulch: My home sweet home for 4 years :-)

          For 4 years I lived in one of Nashville's coolest, hippest neighborhoods, The Gulch! With an eclectic mix of restaurants, high rise condos, and shopping. I literally did not need to leave my neighborhood on the weekends if I didn't want to. Everything I needed was there. When I first moved into The Gulch, I was one of the first people living in my condo building and there was not a single restaurant on the ground floor of the building. Now there are several including Bar Louie and Biscuit Love Brunch.

          When you live downtown you sacrifice space for fun & convenience which was cool when it was just me and my dog living there lol! However, once I got married last year the space got more & more cramped by the day and the walls started to feel like they were closing in. So we the 'burbs'!

          Yes, I cried a couple of tears when we moved from The Gulch 2 months ago, but I love our new home in the suburbs so it's not that bad after all. Plus, it's only 15 minutes from the place I called home for 4 years.

          The Gulch is still one of my favorite places to go for dining and fun. During the moving process I realized that I had been to almost every single restaurant (36 out of the 38) in that neighborhood while I lived there. Here's the list. I encourage you to do like I normally do and just go down the list checking them off as you go. With so many great restaurants in Nashville, you sometimes have to break it up this way! Happy dining

Restaurants in The Gulch
ZolliCoffee (On my "to-do" list)
The Pie Wagon (On my "to-do" list)

- Dr. April

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC

          So yes, it's been a couple of months since my husband and I visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and yes, I should have shared this post MONTHS ago, happens. #BetterLateThanNever

          It's one of those places that's part relaxing vacation in a breathtaking locale and part educational experience all wrapped into one!

          Biltmore Estate is a large (8,000 acre) private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, NC. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Chateauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States.

         If you've never been - go! We visited during Christmas time and it was simply magical! We stayed on the Biltmore property and dined at many of the great restaurants that are there as well. We even visited the main house twice in one day! The first time was during the guided tour and later that evening we visited the house when all the beautiful Christmas lights were on and 50+ fireplaces were burning. It was certainly a sight to see and an experience to remember :-) #ChristmasAtBiltmore

Here's a look at some of my pics from our visit :-)

I just love the barn doors leading into the bathroom in the guest rooms!

Wine Tasting!

Enjoyed the All-You-Can Eat Holiday buffet at Deer Park Restaurant

Christmas at Biltmore is truly a magical experience!

-Dr. April

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cochon Butcher : Nashville

Cochon Butcher - Nashville

Cochon Butcher Nashville

          I finally made it over to Cochon Butcher in Germantown a couple of weeks ago and loved the experience! The original Cochon Butcher is in New Orleans, but they've brought their flavor to the Music City for us to get a taste of the Big Easy!

          I visited for lunch during the week and it was packed! There are a lot of folks who work in the neighborhood and in the downtown area who obviously choose Cochon Butcher as one of their favorite lunchtime spots too. There are a couple of restaurants in the strip that houses this restaurant, but all I had to do was follow the aroma of meat being cooked over an open pit to find what I was looking for :-)

          Here's how they describe themselves : " It’s a butcher shop, a sandwich counter and a wine bar. Inspired by old-world meat markets, Butcher specializes in house made meats, terrines and sausages, the fresh cuts are handpicked and ready-to-cook items available daily. "

Click HERE to check out their awesome photo gallery of dishes they offer!

What I loved:

❒ The Smoked Turkey sandwich is perfect for lunch!

❒ The side of Mac & Cheese I ordered with my Turkey Sandwich was fabulous too! I could go back........... just for the Mac & Cheese

❒ If you're meat lover......this is a perfect restaurant for you!

❒ It's located in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville - close to downtown, but set apart far enough from downtown that nearby parking is not an issue

❒ I experienced great customer service and loved the ambiance

❒ They cater and have a great catering menu.....including Deviled eggs - Yum!

Cochon Butcher Nashville
There's no way you can miss finding this green building on 4th Ave in Germantown!

Great outdoor seating (even though it was waaaaaay to cold to sit outdoors the day I dined lol)
Cochon Butcher Nashville

The Smoked Turkey Sandwich is delicious!

Cochon Butcher:

1120 4th Avenue North
Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37208

- Dr. April

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bartaco Nashville

Bartaco Nashville


          Bartaco is one of the newest additions to the 12 South neighborhood in Nashville! I'd heard that this place gets pretty crowded the later in the evening it gets so my Hubby and I made sure to get there right around Happy Hour time. I'm glad we did because by the time we left there was a pretty long wait to get a table. This wasn't even on a weekend was a Tuesday evening!

Here's what I like about Bartaco:

✠ The decor is awesome

✠ They have a great patio in front of the restaurant so if you like to people-watch as folks go down the street, this spot is for you!

✠ They have an AWESOME warm Apple Cider made with Apple Pie Moonshine (It may be just a winter thing....I'll have to double check). It's so awesome that a couple of days later I went out and bought a jar of Apple Pie Moonshine and a jug of Apple Cider to re-create it at home :-). It's quite a tasty wind-down drink for us at home!

✠ The Mexican Street Corn is ON POINT! My husband and I are currently looking up recipes to re-create this at home too :-)

✠ The service was fast and good

✠ The tacos are delicious !

✠ The Key Lime Pie in a jar and the Chocolate Gelato are both great desserts I highly recommend!

Bartaco Nashville

Bartaco Nashville

Bartaco Nashville

Bartaco Nashville

2526 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

- Dr. April