Tuesday is for planning trips, that's my motto.
Tuesday is for planning trips, that's my motto.
We went to Nashville! And now I'm going to tell you about it. How's that for a topic sentence?
That's Beck's response to most of my writing. And to Nashville, where that picture was taken.
On July 4th weekend Jay/Beck/I went to Nashville with my sister Julianne, who is doing a summer internship in Memphis. Nashville is kind of the only cool place at a midway point and we missed her, so we went for it! Jay had been to Nashville years ago and I've been approximately 9,837 times for work, but my work trips have been REALLY to work, stay in big hotels and not leave, that kind of thing. So, we found ourselves never having actually done much of anything in the city, so it was great to experience it all together.
SO, after we ate all day Saturday and wandered all day Sunday, we had a little more time before I came home, BUT Jay did have to work a little bit. We also had Jay's coworker with us starting on Monday at lunchtime, which was great because we don't really like each other all that much.
Monday early for breakfast (Before Jay had to start working) we went to Snooze, which EVERYONE had recommended to us. Strangers on planes, the internet, friends who had been to visit AND who lived in Denver - not one person that we asked didn't mention this restaurant. So, to Snooze we went!
So, after our first epic day eating our way through downtown, we decided on Sunday to get out of the city. Jay wanted to see the mountains we could see from our hotel room, and the Rockies are only 30 or so miles away, so while we were at brunch we made the decision to stay away from downtown for the first part of the day.
It was the best ever and we loved it and want to move but obviously it's really far away and we have no clue what we'd do there.
You know how it goes.
It's true, though! We had a blast and even though Jay was there for work, I had a great time doing our fav city method: eat, walk, google, instagram, repeat. Seriously. Might be the lamest ever, but it works for us and that's all that matters.
Last weekend we had the good fortune to have a SUPER EPIC SUNDAY FUNDAY with our friends Adam and Cara. We had tickets to see The Wood Brothers in Asheville at The Orange Peel, so NATURALLY we left way early to walk around downtown and have dinner. Since, as you know, we're totally obsessed with Asheville.
For dinner and drinks, we went here. Wicked Weed Brewing Company. Opened in December 2012, highly recommended by actual humans and the restaurant, and YES. We loved it.
Firstly, the location of the place is genius. Right next door to a popular music venue ensures a built in group of drinkers almost every night, and these guys are GOOD at what they do. Beer, food, wine - we loved it all.
I'm making curry tonight! It's because I've got some sprouts that are DANGEROUSLY close to being a biohazard so.....fed 'em to the hubby, right?
The thing about that is that I wanted to share with you my ideas for dinner but also fun things that I'm seeing around the internet because, as you know, the internet is my favorite place on earth and I won't ever let it go.
In other news, our dog took a trip yesterday! I got home from work and said "ugh, I can't believe I worked that late," and then Jay said "yeah, Jake just got home too."
I went to a famous person's restaurant!
Allow me to introduce you to Marc Murphy's Landmarc (the one in the Time Warner Building). I went a few months ago when I was in New York for music work I do. I didn't know where we were going in advance, just had a name and address in my inbox and told the cab where I needed to be.
Then, THREE MONTHS LATER, I realized one of my favorite CHOPPED judges owned the place.
Whatever, I'm slow.
Oh, this place.
Jay and I ate here when we were in Baltimore a few months ago for work, and we met my college roommate, Jenny here. Hi Jenny! This place came to us as a recommendation from another work friend, who, to be fair, had never been there.
First, our experience was decent because we were with an old friend and drinking margaritas.
If those two things had not been in place, though....meh, at best. The interwebz seems to agree with me - this isn't the worst place on earth, but I definitely didn't feel great the morning after eating here. Yuck.
Last year my 3 BFFs and I went to Charleston for the weekend. We were lucky enough to be able to use a friend's condo, and we NEEDED to leave this here town we live in.
Sometimes you just need to leave, right? On that same trip, we ate at Poe's Tavern, which I told you about here.
On our first night there, though, we went out for dinner to celebrate my friend Addie's birthday. We went here, to Water's Edge. It was delicious! It was warm enough that we were able to sit outside, the food was lovely, and the service was great.
That's enough for a whole review, right?
Do you order salads all the time at restaurants?
I totally do.
I really like the kind that has lettuce, carrots, croutons, tomato, cheddar, and ranch.
It's so...American and steakhousy.
BUT, I also like salads that are a weeeeee bit fancier, like this one!
So, here's my version of a house salad. It's easy and you can mix and match your toppings to create your own combinations!
We loved it so much.
We also got in a weird fight due to alcohol consumption that night and then had to walk in the rain for a gazillion years to hear our friend Rory do some comedy, but I look great with wet hair (syke) and Jay has no hair so it all worked out.
That's another story, though.
THE FOOD AT THIS PLACE IS PERFECT.
For serious, I'm not joking.
This is a PERFECT summertime pasta, especially if you have access to fresh, local vegetables!
Really we're just making a white wine/butter sauce with garlic, and of course you could use any veggies you like. This combination is DELICIOUS, though.
In September of 2009 I stumbled home from Seattle after waving goodbye to my life in comedy. I was down on my luck, living with my Mom and I desperately needed to find a job. With school looming on my horizon my options were limited to waiting tables, a trade that I was very familiar and comfortable with. I knew I didn’t want to wait tables at Applebee’s - or any other chain restaurant for that matter. Anderson, SC is not considered a “foodie” town. It’s more of a narrow minded, severely obese, well-done steak, 12% tipping kind of town. I needed to find a hip, laid back, top-notch, quality establishment that would allow me to be myself while waiting tables. I found that restaurant. SummaJoe’s brought me in, made me part of the family, provided me with a stellar social group, and gave me an amazing environment in which to work.
That’s why this restaurant review is biased as hell!
A few months ago, while travelling to Athens, GA for the a cappella production work I do, we needed a sweet brunch spot. Some friends recommended this little place, Last Resort Grill. What a treat! In a town like Athens with SO many restaurants, you can never be exactly sure if you're heading into a tried and true place that will stick around for a while because of it's food, or if something is "recommended" because, to be frank, it's affordable to college kids.
Luckily for us, LRG fell in the former category.