There’s a first time for everything and lately, Nashville has gained plenty of press. We are ranked as one of the top cities for singles, millennials, business and “to party in America” per Travel + Leisure, Forbes and Men’s Fitness respectively. And when your city is hot, all sorts of interesting events come your way. If you haven’t read the news lately, you may not know that Sports Illustrated is announcing its swimsuit lineup right here in Nashville, February 11-12. That’s right, the launch of the annual Swimsuit issue of SI. Our lovely landlocked town will be infiltrated by models, their entourage, and model stalkers for a two-day party downtown.
So ladies of Sports Illustrated, welcome to Nashville! We hope you find our city and accommodations welcoming. And because you have just been graced with the biggest honor a body can receive, you should indulge in one of Nashville’s greatest legacies: good ole southern food. Allow us to introduce you to five foods you’re sure to love! This town doesn’t mess around when it comes to eating well.
An important part of my weekend routine has revolved around where the Biscuit Love Truck was parked and serving. I had it down: Franklin Farmers Market on Saturdays early or White’s Mercantile on Sundays. And I had to be prompt, because when they run out of menu items on the truck, my craving will have to wait another week. You could call it routine, but the big L-O-V-E was how I feel about that truck. Big Southern tastes to warm the belly and start the day right? Yes, most definitely LOVE. And now the beloved truck is Nashville newest breakfast and lunch spot, Biscuit Love Brunch.
I’ll never forget the first time I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a kid, it’s what dreams were made of: rivers flowing of chocolate, bubble gum that tastes like anything you wish, elevators able to fly anywhere and all the candy you can eat. I wonder if this story ever crossed Scott Witherow’s mind when he decided to dedicate his career to chocolate making with his brand, Olive & Sinclair.
Nashville is a hot town, so why not launch the newest tequila here? Nashville had the honor of being the first city to taste Tequila Herradura’s third and latest creation in their series of small batch tequilas, the Coleccion de la Casa Reserve 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado. Tequila Herradura and 1808 Grille at the Hutton Hotel hosted an intimate group of us to try the tequila series and a unique pairing of “Scotland meets Mexico” three-course meal.
Ever felt like you were in a Dr. Seuss book? I certainly did just this past weekend at the Music City Bacon and Barrel Festival. Twenty-five wonderful restaurants with delectable bacon samples could be a bestseller: “Will you taste it on a cupcake? Will you try it in a milkshake? Try pimento cheese with bacon jam! Or gouda mac & cheese with pork belly ham?”
My son is a pretty good cook for a four-year old. He can roll out pizza dough, cut tomatoes with a dull dinner knife, mix cookies and flip pancakes with assistance. And he can make a spectacular mess in the kitchen. Somehow after cookie making, the whole kitchen turns from Soldier’s Coat navy to a lovely flour color. The mind boggles.