Nashville


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. 

zappos friends with benefits roadshow
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.



OSHi floral nashville
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.

Remember my last post about the bartaco secret campaign where they feature a secret menu item a few months ago? The secret taco was an Ancho Ahi Tuna Taco. Well, I was recently invited back to bartaco on 12 South to try their latest bartaco secret item and this is one you definitely don’t want to miss!

bartaco secret

The new bartaco secret is a braised short rib taco! It contains ancho coffee braised short rib, served on corn tortilla, and topped with pickled fennel. I would seriously order this taco every single time. It was one of the best tacos I’ve tasted. The short rib is braised for several hours before being prepared on the taco. There was so much flavor in these little tacos.

bartaco secret braised short rib taco
bartaco secret taco
I brought my friend Trisha along for a lunch date so that we could sip on sangria and help us get through the day. It was perfect patio weather for being the middle of January. 70 degrees and sunny with some cloud coverage. I could have sat outside all day on the patio if I didn’t have to get more work done. It was the perfect lunch break.
bartaco nashville

bartaco secret
If you haven’t already visited bartaco in Nashville (or in any of their other locations), you need to get your bootie over there now. I HIGHLY recommend starting your meal with the tuna poké, it’s definitely the best I’ve had. They also have some of the best service I’ve received at any restaurant in Nashville. You can tell they really work hard to take care of their customers. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how their staff goes above and beyond every time.
bartaco secret

bartaco secret
If you have a local bartaco near you, be sure to stop in and ask your server for the bartaco secret taco! They’ll know exactly what you’re asking for and you won’t regret it. Share it and use #bartacosecret when you do.

Hope you all have an incredible weekend! I’ll be soaking in this spring-like weather this weekend and enjoying just being home for a change.