Nashville: hot chicken, NashVegas, and songwriter’s night 

Last week I finally took a vacation and headed down to Nashville for a few days. After being delayed at the airport for 3 unexpected hours, our first stop in Nashville was, of course, brunch. Where we made our first mistake: people in Nashville don’t really walk. At all. Not only is it blistering hot, but there are freeways, overpasses, and underpasses everywhere, i.e. so not conducive to walking. For those of us not used to this southern heat, the temperature took some getting used to – don’t think I’ve ever been that sweaty for consecutively so many days. Anyway, we brunched at Pinewood Social (who was gracious enought to let me keep pushing back our reservation as my flight got more and more delayed!), which seemed like it was in an out of the way spot, but which I came to realize was part of the whole suburban feel of the city had (lots of parking lots, etc). 

Brunch at Pinewood Social

I’m just waiting for Bon Appetit to give me a call, cuz this photo is so on point: chicken and waffles, coffee, and sunny side up chilaquiles at Pinewood Social.

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Summer Days, Summer Treats

Summer is here, officially – the days are getting longer and hotter, my room is a million degrees, and I’m somewhat desperate to find a family-appropriate bathing suit for our annual reunion (so much harder than you think).

I was really hoping to have these next few months off before I head back to school at the end of July, but it seems like that’s not going to happen any time soon. Ideally I would be cooking my way through the Lee Bros Southern Cookbook or happily puttering about with all my plants (omg so many plants I love it), but instead I spend all day in a windowless office, dreaming of the outside world, so close, yet so, so far….okay no. I’m somewhat exaggerating (not about the windows though). I’m getting the summer party started in my off time, starting with these beauties: blueberry gin and vanilla plum pudding ice pops. Continue reading