Nashville

It’s great to live in a bustling city where there are always several options for things to do. Sometimes it can even get a little overwhelming trying to pick weekend plans when there are so many activities on Nashville’s calendar. One thing I’m really looking forward to is the Franklin Wine Festival on Friday, October 21st. The event kicks off at 7pm at The Factory and it’ll feature over 300 different wines from around the world with food pairings from 30 different restaurants around Nashville! Click here to see all of the participating restaurants at the event.

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Interested in going? I just so happen to be hosting a giveaway for a free pair of tickets on my Instagram. Winner will be announced on Friday afternoon, so enter now! Click here to enter.

Franklin Wine Festival at The Factory

Tickets to attend the event are $89/person or $35 for a designated driver/drink-free ticket. There will also be live entertainment featuring The Ukedelics, Ken Jolly and the Night Masters, and the Jim Fox Trio.

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The schedule for the evening will go as follows:
-Silent Auction Stage opens at 6 pm
-King & Queen of the Vines crowned at 8 pm
-Auction closes at 9 pm

Franklin Wine Festival Food Pairing

Following the Franklin Wine Festival comes the Largest Wine Sale in Tennessee, where all of the wines featured at the Grand Tasting will be on sale for a full week after the event.
8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Cool Springs Wine & Spirits
1935 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN

You can purchase tickets for the Franklin Wine Festival here. Directions to The Factory can also be found on the Franklin Wine Festival website.

I can’t wait for this event and I hope to see you there! Let’s eat, drink, and be merry. 🙂

Laura

Last night I was invited to attend a blogger happy hour event at the new Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Nashville. I was excited at the opportunity since I had already heard so many great things about the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant; so naturally I jumped at the chance to visit (even though it was our 2nd wedding anniversary). Since the event was right at the end of my work day, I figured “why not?” and stopped by for an hour. I am so glad that I did.
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The bar at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
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Upon arrival, I was greeted with a beautiful doorway that led into a dim-lit dining room with large windows that allowed for the perfect amount of natural light. The entire interior of the restaurant was gorgeous and no detail was left behind. Every piece of furniture, every wall hanging, and every tiny decoration served a purpose.

The bar area is stunning, and atop of the stage sits a beautiful, white mini grand piano that gets played for the patrons of the restaurant every evening. There’s a full stage behind the bar right against the large windows, which can house a full band as well.
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I was asked to be given a tour so that I could pop my head into as many different rooms as possible. While heading toward the back of the restaurant, I saw the gigantic wine cellar behind glass and the shoeshine right outside of the restrooms. Yes, that’s right, a shoeshine.
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I then took a peek inside both the women’s and the men’s restrooms because I knew those would be just as decorated as the dining room. Sure enough, the restrooms looked amazing inside!

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The men’s room had a vintage barbershop chair from the 1920s along with a barber sign on the wall!

I then made my way over to the speakeasy room, which is the perfect setting for a small business meeting or private dining experience. The cabinet is over 150 years old and holds the liquor that is served at the bar. The table is glass that came from a clock tower from an old cathedral in London. The door to the speakeasy room was originally a door to an actual speakeasy during the prohibition era. Amazing, right?
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Fortunately for me, I was able to pop into the Music City Room, which was being set up for a private event that evening, but I was told I could take a look before guests arrived. I loved the Nashville theme of the room, which came complete with curated memorabilia from country music artists. The chandeliers, carpet, curtains, and table linens were all gorgeous. The fireplace in the Music City Room was actually Al Capone’s old fireplace from his winter home in Florida.
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Jeff Ruby's Music City Room
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I don’t know which I liked better, the food or the decor. Everything was so, so good. The cuisine the servers brought out was delicious and so were the hand crafted cocktails.
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Jeff Ruby’s is definitely unlike any other restaurant in Nashville. If you’re looking for a fancy place to go for a special occasion and love steak and seafood, I highly recommend paying them a visit.

Laura

Last week, I was invited to be a contender in the cocktail olympics held at Double Dogs in Sylvan Heights. The event benefitted the Nashville Humane Association, so when they asked me to be a part of it, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Myself, along with 2 other local business owners, were staged to compete against each other by concocting cocktails judged by a panel of local Nashville celebrities. We each had to mix up 3 drinks: 1 with vodka, 1 with whiskey, and 1 with beer. Each cocktail had to also have its own canine inspired name, created by us.

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Cocktail Olympics
Fortunately for me, the 3 of us competitors were partnered with Double Dogs bartenders that could help us craft the cocktails. The first round of the competition was the vodka round. We created:

The Blue Heeler

  • 1 part Tito’s vodka
  • 1 part blue Curaçao
  • 1 part ginger beer
  • muddled lime
  • garnish with pineapple and cherry

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The second round was the whiskey round, and we created something that I was particularly a huge fan of. I also give myself a lot of credit for the extra clever name. ;]

The Noble Shih Tzu

  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s whiskey
  • 1 part tonic
  • Splash of orange juice
  • pineapple-jalapeño simple syrup
  • cayenne pepper rim with lime garnish

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The third and final round was the beer round. We were given Stiegl grapefruit beer to use in the cocktail.

Breakfast at Toto’s

    • 2 parts Stiegl grapefruit beer
    • 1 part champagne
    • muddled raspberries and mint,
    • strawberry, mint, lemon twist garnish

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Towards the end of the competition, we made tiny versions of our cocktails so that customers could come up and donate to taste our creations. All donations went directly to the Nashville Humane Association.
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The cocktail olympics were a blast. I had so much fun being a part of something that was for a great cause and the staff at Double Dogs were so wonderful.
After the judges tallied their scores, they gave out medals. I received bronze, which was still a win in my book (even though it was technically last place) because I really had no idea what I was doing. All in all, it was really fun to pretend to be a bartender for the evening while raising money for the Nashville Humane Association. cocktail12
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Laura

I was recently invited to come out to taste and preview the upcoming cold brew that will be released at Dunkin’ Donuts as of August 1st. It was held at the location on Elliston Place in Midtown on Thursday evening. As you can imagine, when I received an email asking if I’d like to come out with a P.S. that asked “What’s your favorite kind of donut?” it was a no-brainer. They were speaking directly to my heart and my stomach.
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The cold brew at Dunkin’ Donuts is delicious. The difference between a regular iced coffee and a cold brew is that a cold brew is made over a gradual process, steeped in cold water (kind of like sun tea), in a process which results in a richer and stronger taste. It’s perfect for hot days in Middle Tennessee.
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I was spoiled with an adorable gift basket filled with all kinds of goodies: a travel cup, a coffee mug, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, gift cards, and a t-shirt. They also gave us their brand new key lime square donuts. Ohmygosh, yum.
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Being a part of the Nashville Food Bloggers network has been such a positive connection to the entire Nashville community. It’s great to be able to attend events like this and to meet like-minded people. I’m happy to be a part of it. If you’re a fellow blogger in a different city, I’d highly recommend joining a blogging network where you can interact with and meet up with others in your city.
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Crossfire Cami– Free People // High Rise Flare Jeans– Abercrombie & Fitch // Boots- Wolverine // Kimono- Marshall’s // Charee Cross Body Bag– Hush Puppies
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On hot summer days like this in the south, I recommend stopping by Dunkin’ Donuts to grab a cold brew. They’ll be available starting Monday, August 1st. Enjoy
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Last Thursday I was invited, along with other Nashville bloggers, to come out to the brand new Double Dogs location in Sylvan Heights. We got a sneak peek of their upcoming menu items and got to taste all kinds of delicious appetizers and entrées along with having the distinct pleasure of drinking from their open bar.
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I brought my friend Trisha along as my +1 and she managed to snap a photo of me in my blogger element, a photo of me taking a photo of food, how meta. We sampled a little bit of everything they had on display, which worked out perfectly because there’s no way we would have been able to just choose one menu item. Everything looked delicious and everything was delicious!

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My favorite dish was the homemade chicken pot pie, which is served as an iron skillet filled with a golden brown pastry shell that’s stuffed with piping hot chicken, fresh vegetables and a rich cream sauce.. I’m such a sucker for southern comfort foods, and this was one of the best dishes I’ve tasted in a long time. I probably could’ve eaten the whole thing, but opted for trying more than one thing and not hogging all of the pot pie. I’m telling you, you HAVE to go here and try their pot pie ASAP!

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The service at the event was incredible. Every staff member that came by to check on us was attentive, polite, and very friendly. They even offered Trisha and I beer samples to find out which we’d like to go with our food. The managers, trainers, wait staff, and bartenders were top-notch with their customer service. I cannot wait to go back with my husband and enjoy their patio and watch football on their TVs.

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Check out the brand new Double Dogs location in Sylvan Heights at 40th Ave and Charlotte Pike. You can even bring your furry friend along!

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