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It’s The Perfect Time Of Year To Order From Edible Arrangements

It is the perfect time of year to order an Edible Arrangements’ fruit & chocolate arrangement!

Just take a look at these photos! Fruit, chocolate, AND beautiful!! This will brighten ANYONE’S day this holiday season.  Who DOESN’T like fruit & chocolate?! Our favorite is the Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet with Orange Swizzle Berries which is $82 & just perfection for the fall.

It is the perfect time of year to order an @ediblearrangementsmidtn fruit & chocolate arrangement! 😍Just take a look at these photos! Fruit, chocolate, AND beautiful!! 🍇This will brighten ANYONE'S day this holiday season or just because you want to see someone smile for any occasion. Who DOESN'T like fruit & chocolate?! Our favorite is the Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet with Orange Swizzle Berries which is $82 & just perfection for the fall. Order yours TODAY from Edible Arrangements at: www.ediblearrangements.com 😄🍓🍫 ==================================== #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #middletn #middletennessee #ediblearrangements #fruit #chocolate #pretty #gift #edible #arrangement #food #instafood #instafoodie #yum #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily

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The BACON EGGS AND KEGS Festival A Success In Its First Year, Sells Out In Advance

The inaugural BACON EGGS AND KEGS festival held the weekend before last at First Tennessee Park was a real crowdpleaser for Nashvillians, selling out a day before the event.

It was a beautiful fall day in Nashville as a crowd lined up and streamed in through the gates anxiously-anticipating the brunch festival.

Festival goers were given mini plastic mugs to fill and treated to all-you-can-drink craft beer from various local companies, fruity hard cider offered by local makers, mimosas made with either grapefruit or orange juice, Irish cream coffee served hot or cold, tasty boozy root beer floats, and a 30-foot long bloody mary bar sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka featuring a smorgasbord of items to add to your large cup the staff fixed for you in spicy or regular bloody mary mix.  It was basically a brunch on sticks, if you pleased.  I know I indulged and thoroughly enjoyed it as you could add 5 extra items of your choice beyond the various flavors of rim seasoning, celery, and olive that came with each cup.  Unfortunately, the line got too long as those in attendance discovered the fabulousness of the huge bloody mary bar that featured boiled shrimp, bacon, boiled eggs, fried cheese sticks, chicken, pickles, olives, and much more to add to your drink as you pleased.  Needless to say, it was quite the hit and never could get that second round.  Oh, well, probably did not need another anyway, plenty of other tasty drinks to try all around.

Food was not included in the ticket price, but various enticing dining options of bunch items were available for purchase from several food trucks present offering generous dishes priced from $3 to $9 for everything from savory breakfast scrambles, bacon in a cup, shrimp & grits to waffles.

Festival goers could also participate in several fun activities to enjoy the day at the park by playing putt-putt golf, ping pong, giant jinga, cornhole, a huge bouncy house or find a comfy chair and/or table scattered all around the park to bask in the sunlight or find shade, too.

The festival planners who held the very first BACON EGGS AND KEGS festival in Seattle has already announced after the sell out of the event that it will return next year to Nashville.

It was a well-organized and fun event.  Hope to be able to partake in it next year.  Maybe next time I’ll brave the long line that is bound to form again to get that 2nd bloody mary from the awesome 30-foot bloody mary bar that is the hallmark of this festival.  Until then, cheers!

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar Opens Oct. 23 In Hillsboro Village

1805 21st Ave. South

Nashville, TN 37212

Open:

Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

hopdoddy.com@hopdoddy

Hopdoddy Burger Bar, a creative, from-scratch burger and beer joint with a fun neighborhood vibe, opens its first Tennessee location in Nashville on Monday, Oct. 23. The unique burger joint will bring its hand-crafted burgers, hand-cut Kennebec fries, handspun milkshakes and full bar to Hillsboro Village.

 

Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s menu consists of a variety of burgers made with freshly ground proteins like American grass-fed Kobe beef, sushi-grade ahi tuna, turkey and bison. Buns at Hopdoddy are baked from scratch in-house daily and range from traditional challah buns to whole wheat buns, and even gluten-free buns. In addition to burgers, Hopdoddy Burger Bar serves farm fresh salads and handcrafted milkshakes.

 

ON TAP AT HOPDODDY BURGER BAR

Hopdoddy Burger Bar takes its bar program seriously. From local breweries like Honky Tonk Brewing Co., Little Harpeth and Mantra Artisan Ales, beer lovers can expect their Nashville favorites on the menu and a knowledgeable staff to guide pairings. Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s full bar includes signature cocktails and margaritas, regional spirits, house-made liqueurs and freshly squeezed juices.

 

Starting November 2, Pint Nights at Hopdoddy will feature your local favorites with specials, giveaways and more! Stay tuned to Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Nashville Facebook page for more information.

 

WE LIVE HERE, WE GIVE HERE

Hopdoddy Burger Bar is dedicated to supporting partners in each location’s respective neighborhood. For the Nashville location, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is honored to provide support to the W.O. Smith Music School through its Goodnight for a Good Cause program which donates $1 of each Goodnight Burger to the organization. Founded in Nashville in 1984, the W.O. Smith Music School aims to transform lives through music by offering affordable, quality music instruction to children from low-income families. Hopdoddy looks forward to helping enrich children’s lives through music with the support of their Nashville neighbors and community.

 

ABOUT HOPDODDY BURGER BAR:

Founded in 2010, Hopdoddy now has locations in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and California with additional locations opening in 2018. Hopdoddy has been named one of the “The Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine, garnered the #1 spot two years in a row on Business Insider’s list of “The 50 best burger joints in America” and named one of the “10 Brands to Watch” by CNBC and MSN.

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5 Creepy Halloween Cocktails To Make To Spice Up Your Halloween Festivities

Halloween is just around the corner & the award-winning, family-owned distillery of William Grant & Sons has five cocktail concoctions (and one deadly spirit) to complete your Halloween festivities.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sailor Jerry Candy Apple

2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

8 parts warm (real) apple cider

Stir ingredients. Garnish with Cinnamon stick. Serve in desired tempered after dinner glassware.

The special blend of Caribbean rum, natural spices and flavors of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is the perfect complement to the warm apple cider on a crisp Halloween night. www.sailorjerry.com

Milagro Ofrenda

2 parts Milagro Reposado

1 part Fresh Mandarin Juice

½ part Fresh Lemon Juice

¼ part Green Cardamom (Orange Blossom) Honey Syrup

½ part Egg White

Put all ingredients into a Boston shaker, add ice and shake until cold. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass/coupe. Garnish with Edible Marigold.

The award-winning Milagro Tequila ages their Reposado for six months in American oak barrels, four months longer than most other reposados, the result is an inviting balance of oak and agave that creates a robust, balanced and festive cocktail. www.milagrotequila.com

The Bloody Fall

2 parts Reyka Vodka

2 parts Fresh-squeezed Heirloom Tomato Juice

¼ part Lime Juice

2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

2 dashes Tabasco

Pinch of Celery Salt, Cumin, Salt & Black Pepper

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker except and roll back and forth. Serve in Collins glass and garnish with lime wedges, mini peppers and cherry tomatoes on a rosemary skewer.

Enjoy this bloody favorite made with Reyka Vodka, which hails from Iceland and even uses lava rocks as a natural filtration system to create a silky smooth finish. www.reyka.com

We couldn’t help share these frightening cocktails one last time. Both are made with Tullamore D.E.W., the triple distilled blend of three types of Irish whiskey and the world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand. www.tullamoredew.com

 

 

Vampire’s Weakness (a Boulevardier)

1 ¼ part Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey

1 part Campari

1 part Sweet vermouth

Garnish: 1 Bloodied Eyeball – Made using a Lychee, a blueberry and fruit preserves which create the veins.

Pumpkin Fright (Irish Old Fashioned)

2 part Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey

¾ part Bénédictine

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 dashes Orange bitters

Garnish: Orange slice, Pumpkin Face Garnish

 

Day of the Dead – November 1

 

“Tequila to wake the living, mezcal to wake the dead.” Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the spirit that wakes the dead, Montelobos Mezcal, an artisanal mezcal produced with 100% organically certified agave espadín in Oaxaca, Mexico. www.montelobos.com

 

 The team at William Grant & Sons asks that you please measure responsibly.

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Tupelo Honey: Serving The Best Brunch In Franklin

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of eating a tasty brunch at Tupelo Honey in Franklin, just outside of Nashville.  It serves a wide selection southern favorites with a delicious, unique twist.

The interior of Tupelo Honey is spacious, comfortable, and clean with modern decor.  Outside there is also a nice-sized porch to enjoy dining on, as well.

Our service was excellent, both attentive and friendly.  She was also kind enough to offer suggestions since it was my first time there.

First off, started the dining experience with homemade, fresh from the oven biscuits with homemade blueberry jam.  The biscuits were fluffy, mouth-watering, and delectable.  The jam was sweet, succulent, and the perfect pairing.

With such a tempting selection of unique drinks from the bar, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to endulge in one of their special drinks called cherry bomb frosé, an icy and refreshing blend of rosé, mint, lemon, maraschino liqueur, and bourbon cherry juice.  This frozen drink was slightly tart and a terrific concoction.  It was also so pretty, frozen, and pink with a small, artful swirl of darker pink on top, which was maraschino liqueur, served elegantly in a stemmed glass.  Yes, it’s probably what you would call a “girly drink”, just as pretty as it was tasty, and one that I could easily sip on outside on their sizeable porch all day long enjoying the nice, quiet surroundings of the upscale area it is nestled in.

For the main course, I ordered the Tupelo shrimp and grits.  My companion had the Creekstone Farms steak and eggs.  We also shared some of their Shoo Mercy sweet potato pancakes.

The Tupelo shrimp and grits were perfectly seasoned.  Served with an extra side of the flavorful, slightly hot Creole sauce to pour on top to season to taste for more spice.  The shrimp were fresh, nicely-seasoned, and a good size.  The grits, infused with adluh goat cheese, were flavorful and perfectly cooked.  There was also a delicious mixture of chorizo and peperonata in the center.  It was skillfully presented and this savory dish was positively scrumptious from the first bite to the last.

My companion had the Creekstone Farms steak & eggs.  The steak was cooked to perfection, so tender you could cut it easily with just a butter knife.  Served with sides of potato cracklins and maple bourbon bacon jam.  It was tasty, perfectly paired, and mouthwatering.

The Shoo Mercy sweet potato pancakes were hot off the griddle, fluffy, and delightfully-tasty with just the right blend of sweet seasonings.

The menu is priced in the medium range up to low $20s for main dishes.  Not cheap, but not overpriced, either.  Serving portions were generous and all served piping-hot fresh from the kitchen very quickly with attentive, friendly service.

Tupelo Honey is a chain of restaurants across the country serving food all made in a scratch kitchen with a menu that changes with each season and is unique to that location.   This location was opened only 2 years ago.  Located near Cool Springs Mall in Franklin at 2000 Meridian Blvd. on the corner nestled within a new, modern strip mall area.  Brunch is served only on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.  Operating hours are Monday to Thursday: 11a – 9p. Friday: 11a – 10p. Saturday: 9a – 10p . Sunday: 9a – 8p.  It was named as best new restaurant in Franklin by Franklin Lifestyle Magazine in 2016.

Menus overseen by Chef Eric Gabrynowicz.  He is a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist, Top Newcomer from Zagat was voted Food and Wine Magazine’s “Peoples Best New Chef- New York.” He brings Tupelo Honey Southern inspired dishes that are simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season.

Tyler Alford is the chief mixologist.  He was born and raised in North Carolina and attended college in Mississippi, where his love of craft cocktails and mixology blossomed. Tyler honed his knowledge and skill while working at the award-winning Commander’s Palace Restaurant in New Orleans before bringing his passion to Tupelo Honey. He quickly introduced a beverage program focused on local, sustainable and quality products with classic techniques that has continued to earn Tupelo Honey multiple local and national awards for its cocktails rooted in the South.

This restaurant is defintely a new favorite of mine that I thoroughly enjoyed, and one that I will frequent as often as I can when in the Franklin area.  I’m already craving their delicious brunch again after just a couple of days.  It offers the best brunch in town in my opinion between the creative selection of tasty food, drinks, friendly staff, and welcoming atmosphere.  I highly recommend this dining establishment.  Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by such a flavorful, creative menu of southern fare all made from scratch kitchen served fresh and fast.

 

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New 24 Hour, 6 Story Restaurant In Downtown Nashville Opens: The Diner

With spectacular views and delicious food, The Diner opened in downtown Nashville.  To make things even better, this 6-story restaurant that features an oyster bar on the top floor along with some amazing sushi is open 24 hours a day!

Located on the corner of Demonbreun & 3rd Ave South, downtown patrons can visit this new restaurant any time of day for a nice place to dine featuring mostly American food anywhere from normal breakfast fare, mouth-watering steaks, tasty seafood, fresh sushi to the much talked about oyster bar.

The food at The Diner is awesome! Check it out! Opening Friday! #nashvilletn #nashville #foodie #yum

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Each of the 6 levels features a different trendy theme of decor for a total of 20,000 square feet of entertainment.

Price range: $30 and under

Definitely visit The Diner next time you find yourself in downtown Nashville for some tantalizing served 24 hours a day!

 

 

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Chauhan Ale & Masala House: A Unique Dining Experience

Two years ago, renowned Chef Manet Chauhan brought her vision of creating a unique dining experience to Nashville with opening Chauhan Ale & Masala House offering traditional Indian cuisine infused with traditional Southern fare.  What you get is uniquely Nashville. Continue Reading →

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City Winery Nashville Offers 6 New Wines Made Right Here In Music City

City Winery NashvilleJust in time for the summer, City Winery is offering 6 new wines bottled right here at their Nashville location, and taking a fun approach to the naming of each with a special Nashville theme to give it even more of a local feel.  
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