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Remember a few months ago when I posted about Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef event that took place in a beautiful backyard setting? Well, I finally get to share more about that amazing evening!

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On Monday, March 20th, the video from my meal at Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef: Nashville event officially went live. As you may remember, I shared a few details about the delicious meal I enjoyed by a local Nashville resident, Travis Nunn. As a part of the Next Door Chef campaign, Travis was coached by an acclaimed local chef, Karl Worley from Biscuit Love, to learn how to prepare an incredible meal using the right types of salt. Travis’s home was transformed into a beautifully decorated pop-up restaurant, “Indie’s Kitchen,” and we were served an amazing meal right in his backyard.

Check out the video from the evening here.

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Before our meal began, we learned from Travis that as a full-time, traveling musician, husband, and father, he hasn’t had much experience in the kitchen. He loves his wife’s cooking and as a way to impress her, he wanted to master the art of cooking and understanding how the right salt can make or break a recipe.

To learn how he could step up his cooking game through the proper use of salts, Morton paired Travis with Karl Worley of Biscuit Love (who doesn’t love Biscuit Love?!). Together, they created a menu Travis could easily prepare as Morton Salt transformed his home into a fully decorated pop-up backyard restaurant named “Indie’s Kitchen,”—after Travis’s daughter—where they served an amazing meal that I still daydream about today.

next door chef nashville

next door chef nashville

next door chef nashville

When I first arrived at the popup restaurant at Travis’s home, I was greeted with Lemon Spring Tea with Morton Kosher Salt to mellow out the bold, tart flavor from the natural lemon, giving the garnish a burst of fresh, sweet flavor.

Once we all took our seats, our meal officially began. It started with pimento cheese and crackers covered in course sea salt. Many of us bloggers got to know each other over glasses of wine while gushing over how much we loved the food. We were then served several dishes to follow: salt roasted beet salad, chicken country captain and curry powder, cheese grits, and last but definitely not least, biscuit strawberry shortcake.
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I not only had one of the best meals I’ve ever tasted, but I met some really incredible individuals that evening while being serenaded by the one and only Heather Morgan. It was a Nashville evening to remember and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of such a beautiful event that represented our city so well.
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This was the second of three Next Door Chef events. Morton Salt has shared that they will be releasing video and recipes from their third Next Door Chef, in New Orleans, this summer. The first Next Door Chef event that was held in Chicago.

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At Next Door Chef, I learned all about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt, versus the standard table salt when cooking your favorite dishes. I’ve already learned so many new ways to implement the right kind of salt into recipes I’m making and it has really turned things around.

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To learn more about how salt amped up all of the delicious food we enjoyed, visit mortonsalt.com/nextdoorchef. All of the recipes from the evening are available on their website!

This post has been sponsored by Morton Salt. All opinions are 100% my own.

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This post is sponsored by Zappos.

Where are all of my Zappos shoppers? I don’t know about you, but Zappos is one of my favorite online stores based solely on their selection of shoes and clothing and because of the overall shopping experience. They have always been a company that puts the customer first and it shows.
zappos friends with benefits

And now, Zappos is heading out on a cross-country road trip to thank all of their customers for being so loyal, and they’re making a stop in Nashville! The event is called the Zappos Friends With Benefits Road Show and will be all about Zappos saying thanks, giving back, rewarding customers and making new friends all over the country. Their mobile set-up will blend the two worlds of e-commerce and brick and mortar with some usual Zappos flair that represents who they are as a company. Attendees of the Nashville road show can shop distinctive products and enjoy custom rewards.
zappos friends with benefits road show

The Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show will include curated merchandise, local Nashville food, live music and entertainment, and free pet adoptions! How amazing is that?! I’m getting so excited to see all of the sweet furry friends. 

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zappos road show
zappos road show
zappos friends with benefits roadshow nashville
zappos friends with benefits road show
zappos friends with benefits road show

Here are the details for the Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show: 

Date: March 24th – 26th
Location:115 Lyle Avenue Nashville, TN 37203
TimesFriday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Hope to see you at the event! Come say hi!

I recently was invited back to Bartaco 12 South to taste the new Bartaco Secret menu item. Every month or so, Bartaco selects a brand new secret item to offer to patrons who ask for their bartaco secret. This is my third Bartaco Secret experience, the first one featured an ahi tuna taco wrapped in lettuce, and the second one featured a braised short rib taco. This third visit was different because the featured item wasn’t a special taco, but a cocktail. As you can imagine, I was very interested in checking it out.

So, I introduce to you the current Bartaco Secret: The Chai Mezcalita.

bartaco secret

The Chai Mezcalita contains the following:

  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3/4 oz. Chai Syrup
  • 1 1/4 oz. Banhez Mezcal
  • 3/4 oz. Libelula
  • Star anise to garnish

bartaco secret

bartaco secret

bartaco secret
No trip to Bartaco is complete without a variety of tacos. My favorite ones to date are the sesame ribeye, the falafel, the pork belly, and the spicy chorizo. I was also a raving fan of the last Bartaco Secret item, the braised short rib taco. I also have to get the guacamole every single time because it’s the best. Check out their full menu here.

bartaco secret

bartaco secret

Bartaco is located 2526 12th Ave. South in Nashville. For a full list of other Bartaco locations, click here.

Last night I attended a blogger event at OSHi Floral Design downtown hosted by Dunkin’ Donuts. I previously attended a Dunkin’ Cold Brew event in midtown several months ago and had such a great time that I knew I couldn’t miss this Valentine’s-themed evening with hot tea and flowers.

dunkin' donuts at oshi floral

Dunkin’ Donuts provided all of their flavors of brand new teas and had a variety of sandwiches and donuts for all the guests. I went for the Hibiscus Kiss and it was delicious. I also took home some of the green tea and had it while I was working today. So far Dunkin’s tea game is on point. They’re more than just great coffee and donuts.

dunkin' donuts
dunkin' donuts tea
dunkin' donuts
OSHi Floral Nashville
I had so much fun sitting with Andrea of Saving Everyday, her daughter Brittany, and Angela of Spinach Tiger. I also got to meet Blair of The Hungry Leopard. We had a blast trying to be florists for the evening.



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After watching a brief lesson on how to create a well-crafted floral arrangement, I went to the wall and grabbed all of the pink, red, and coral flowers I could find. I was determined to make my bouquet look like it was made for Valentine’s Day. I wouldn’t say I have a natural talent for floral design, but I definitely enjoy it. I’m one of those girls who goes to Trader Joe’s just to purchase all of the flowers to mix and match them once I get home. It’s so much fun.

OSHi floral design
dunkin' donuts tea
I’m in love with my bouquet and have it on my work desk to brighten my work day. I also enjoyed a hot cup of Dunkin’ Donuts green tea. What’s your favorite kind of tea?

Hope you all have a fun-filled weekend! I’m so ready for some Galentine’s fun with my ladies.

I can never resist a good burger. Steve and I have been working really hard to maintain a healthy diet with regular exercise, but when the mood strikes, I often splurge on tacos or cheeseburgers. Yesterday afternoon, we hit up one of our new favorite spots on the east side, Burger Up East. They have some of the most delicious burgers I’ve ever tasted in Nashville.

burger up
burger up
Burger Up sources their menu from local farms that practice sustainability and humane treatment of animals. Their vision is to provide a community-driven restaurant that welcomes everyone. They have communal seating, so you may even end up sitting and enjoying your meal next to other friendly Nashvillians.
burger up east
burger up east
Since we are making an effort to not eat our weight in cheeseburgers, we decided to split the Woodstock Burger, which contains Benton’s bacon, Tennessee Sweetwater white cheddar, and Jack Daniels maple ketchup. Steve had a side of house fries, and I had a side of truffle fries. It was almost embarrassing how quickly I ate everything on my plate.
They have many different options for main entrées, too. Items like quinoa and black bean burgers, turkey burgers, bison burgers, lamb burgers, salmon and more are all available on their menu.

burger up
burger up east nashville
Burger Up has two different locations in Nashville. Their first location is in 12 South (which opened in 2010), and their East Nashville location is the newest which opened just last year.

burger up east nashville
burger up
If you haven’t already visited Burger Up, I recommend checking out either of their locations for a burger you won’t regret ordering. They’re located at 2901 12th Ave. South or 970 Woodland St.