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Thursday
Apr242014

My review of Nashville, TN

Below is a list of reviews of various places I had the opportunity to vist on my trip to Nashville, Tennessee.  Hopefully it will serve as a usefull guide for anyone that heads down south.  Enjoy

 

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

Amazing food but you should definitely call ahead if you can.  They make everything to order, so if it is busy, you could be waiting there for a while.  Sadly, we ended up waiting for over an hour for our order, but it was well worth it.  Definitely the best fried chicken I have ever had.  The reviews are also accurate in that the medium is more than hot enough.  Don’t think you are a tough guy and get the hot, unless you plan on starting a war with your body.  The place is a little hood but it was a nice change of pace to see something other than a bunch of people in cowboy boots and hats line dancing.

 Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is a staple of Nashville and truly an impressive theater.  I, for one, am not a huge fan of country music, but this trip to Nashville left me with nothing but the utmost respect for these musicians trying to make it in Music City.  Everyone that performed was insanely talented, and it was fun to know that it was part of a live radio broadcast. 

 Jackalope Brewery

Attended the tour, which was probably one of the more entertaining beer tours I have taken.  They went into detail about the business side and not just how they make beer.  The beers were all tasty and had clever names.  It was great to hear about the growth of the craft beer community and how the breweries stick together and help each other out. 

 Yazoo Brewery

This brewery seemed like the place to go on a Saturday afternoon.  The place was filled with people inside and out enjoying samplers of Yazoo Beer.  Sadly, the tour was sold out so we were unable to see what they had to offer, but there was not a bar in Nashville where you couldn’t enjoy a Yazoo beer.  My personal favorite was the Dos Perros.  Very Tasty.

 Loveless Café

This place is an experience.  It is located in what I can only describe as Middle of Nowhere, Tennessee.  It is around 30-40 minutes outside of Nashville, however as soon as you see the sign, you notice the huge parking lot full of cars and tons of people hanging around the restaurant.  The wait was pretty long, but Loveless does everything possible to keep people entertained.  There were guys playing corn hole, some kids drawing pictures on the ground with chalk, and a cute elderly couple enjoying the day in a set of rocking chairs.  There is also an array of small shops that you can check out.  Once we got in, the food was absolutely amazing. It lived up to the hype of every previous review.  I practically was rolled out of the place because my ambition got the best of me and I went for a platter including ham, meatloaf, fried chicken and a couple sides.  I probably shouldn’t have eaten so many biscuits before the meal.

Robert’s Western World

Drinking in Nashville will lead you to some interesting places.  While wandering down the strip, I saw a busy-looking bar with a bouncer in front sporting a ZZ Top beard, and a drink menu promoting a recession special: PBR and a friend bologna sandwich for $5.  I was sold. We clawed our way to the back and got seats at the bar where the bartender made sure my drink was always full.  She poured with a heavy hand (which I will never complain about) and the Don Kelley Band rocked my f’n socks off, which was an impressive feat since I was in boots. 

Wildhorse Saloon

This spot was probably the most touristy thing I experienced on the whole trip.  It was a huge space with insanely overpriced drinks (You do however get a sweet mason jar souvenir).  The venue promotes free line dancing classes, which would have been great if the dance floor wasn’t flooded with older women wearing gaudy cowboy hats who could barely keep their feet moving at the speed necessary for the song.  A little after the intro, a band came on to play, and it was the first time during my trip to Nashville that I heard a band I did not enjoy. 

Jack Bar B Q

Made a pit stop here for lunch.  The food was good, but by this time “good” had started to become the baseline for Nashville’s cuisine.  They did have a wide variety of BBQ sauces, which made every bite a new experience.  As per usual, I ordered way too much food, but it was well worth it.  Another nice feature of Jack’s is that they have outdoor seating.   

Jed’s Sports Bar and Grill

I made this place a pit stop because I really wanted to play at a trivia night while on vacation, and this one fell perfectly into the schedule.  The bar was surprisingly large with multiple floors (trivia was played on the 2nd floor). Trivia occurs Thursdays at 8pm and was entertaining. 

Bluebird Café

This is such a fun little stop in Nashville.  It is highly recommended that you call ahead to reserve a table, however if it is already sold out, you can show up early and wait on line.  They keep a number of seats at the bar and in pews open for people that day, but you still need to show up an hour early to have a good chance of getting a spot.  We were able to sit at the bar where the lovely Martha served us drinks and told us about some of the go-to spots in Nashville.  The live music was absolutely amazing and it was really great to hear the stories behind the music as well.  

Elliston Soda Shop

Elliston is such a cute little place, walking distance from the Parthenon.  I stopped in based on the recommendation of a friend and just ordered a chocolate malt shake.  It was a perfect little pit stop, and the wait staff was very friendly.  The owner even noticed that I checked in on FourSquare and thanked me for doing so.  Sitting in the restaurant, I realized just how much I love the look of retro-style diners.  

The Parthenon

This place is an amazing attraction and a must see in Nashville.  It is truly breathtaking.  The artistry that exists in every piece of the architecture is remarkable and a wonder to know that something like that existed in ancient times.  There is also a full museum in the Parthenon explaining the history of the replica in addition to its correlation to the original Parthenon in Greece.  You will also be able to see a collection of artwork donated by James Cowan.   It is only around $6 for full access and there is so much to see and learn.  My enthusiasm for this really stems from my Classical studies in college, but who doesn’t love Greek mythology?

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

While researching my upcoming trip to Nashville, I quickly learned that Arnold’s is a place everyone needs visit, and that impression could not have been truer.  We got to Arnold’s pretty early, but there was already a line out the door of hungry people waiting to sink their teeth into some comfort food.  It has won a James Beard award and is your standard Meat & Three style restaurant.   The food was well worth the wait, and I left feeling completely satisfied.  Suggestions: Try the Collard Greens and always get the pie.

 

Friday
Apr182014

Tribeca Film Festival 

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to the red carpet premiere of the film Summer of Blood at the Tribeca Film Festival.  While discussing the festival with my friend, I realized that I have attended the festival every year since I have moved to the city.  It is truly a great event that occurs annually in New York and a wonderful opportunity to see unique films.  In a world where almost every major film produced now is either a sequel, remake, or based on a comic book, it is refreshing to see something that has a plot line that strays away from the norm.  The director and star of the film was funny and extremely witty.  His banter afterwards and his general appearance was very Galifianakian (Not a real word but I hope you know what I mean).  Everyone should go to the Tribeca Film Festival and experience the culture that surrounds independent film and the hard work that these filmmakers put into creating their vision.  It is remarkable.

Thursday
Dec122013

Dressing in the Spirit

This is a picture of a friend and I back in 2009 during a charity Santa race.  We may not have won the race, but we won the fun.

Wednesday
Nov062013

Looking at the Past

This photo is of my 4th grade class.  Someone posted it on Facebook asking a mutual friend “how many people he could tag in it” When I took a look at it, I thought it was amazing to see how many people I could not only easily communicate with via social media, but how there were people in that photo I still regularly see and hang out with. 

Thursday
Oct172013

Bow Ties are Fly

Finally the world has decided to recognize my amazing style (or at least Greenwich).  I along with a bunch of my friends were featured in the local newspaper displaying our outfits for a polo match that we attended.