I always begin a new year with a vacation – a sublime week turned off from work. It is a much needed time for me mentally and physically. 2016 was one of the most challenging years, professionally, that I have had, and this getaway was just what I needed. We headed south, through Indiana, to Kentucky to visit Mark’s family. I look forward to these visits every time we go. They are always full of love, happiness and lots of good food – particularly the BBQ. Oh, and of course the whiskey! We always end up coming home with a car full.
From there, we continued south, into the rolling hills of Tennessee to the home of Honky Tonk. Nashville has been on my list of places to go for a long time now. I really don’t know why we hadn’t visited earlier. It has all the things we love – music, food and whiskey. I have to say, Nashville is a BLAST! We were non-stop for four straight days eating, drinking and dancing our way through the city.
We thoroughly enjoyed the bagels and lox at Proper Bagel across from Belmont University. They make their bagels and bialy’s daily and the divine smoked fish is flown in from New York. The New York Leo on the Spinach Everything bagel was my absolutely favorite.
We had quite a tasty brunch at Josephine on Saturday morning. They make a delightful scrapple – minced pork mixed with cornmeal and flour – paired with eggs benedict.
For all of the eating and drinking we did, Husk had to be the absolute best meal/experience we had. We started off with drinks in the basement bar sipping some very special (again) whiskey’s and ciders sourced strictly from southern states. The bartenders depth of knowledge of each selection was both humble and passionate – something I appreciate very much. Once we were seated, the progression of food began. From the very beginning, it was exceptional. We were invited to do a multi-course tasting with beverage pairings. It was a very special meal. If you ever have the opportunity to sample any of their country hams, DO IT. It was the absolute best ham I’ve every had – pair it with some Pappy Van Winkle for something VERY special!
Another highlight was our midday date at Pinewood Social’s bowling alley. Pinewood Social is a renovated old bowling alley. The six gorgeous lanes are reservation only – and yes, they are ALWAYS booked. You are welcome to drinks and food from their bar and lounge, as well as coffee from Crema inside the space.
Nashville is such a fun and inspiring place, and I look forward to many more visits!