Until Next Time Nashville

Until Next Time Nashville

This is the beautiful view from Centennial Dog Park. You can see the Parthenon and the city skyline!

The Music City sure has been fun this week and we can’t wait for our next visit!

Now we’re headed back to Birmingham and have a busy weekend ahead of us. My family is coming in town for my Uncle’s wedding party. They had a small wedding in Maine this summer and now it’s time to party! It’s also Sundance’s 1st birthday party on Sunday! I know, I know but I can’t help it 😉 And then it’s back to school on Monday… I’m feeling a little less enthusiasm for this one but what can you do, vacations have to end sometime. And honestly I really am excited for my musculoskeletal class and the manual therapy we’ll be covering this fall.

Oh, and one other perk to fall semester beginning is that college football is just around the corner. Gotta love those silver linings, GO NOLES!

 

Travel: Food Post!

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We went back to fido for food! I got the Eden salad which is loaded with apples, berries, figs, walnuts, parmesan, feta, and a caramel-champagne vinaigrette.

This salad was so refreshing I only wish I’d had more. I always love fruit on a salad especially in the summer, and this one is no exception. The dried figs were something tasty and different and in my opinion their caramel-champagne vinaigrette was outstanding. 

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Brad got the Local Burger and fries. His burger was ground beef and lamb, tennessee cheddar, caramelized fennel, fig aioli, fried onion, pickles, and lettuce.

The fries and the burger were both very, very good and came with a different but delicious dipping sauce. The cool thing about fido’s menu is that it is very original and true to local ingredients. Not to mention we haven’t even cracked the breakfast menu (my mouth watered just reading it ;)). Basically, we’ll be back on future visits.

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I got a Hot & Cold combo!

Brad got strawberry and I got bananas and cream dipped in Olive and Sinclair chocolate. OMG it was awesome! The chocolate is very dark chocolate and not overly sweet and paired perfectly with my banana paleta 😀

 

fido!

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Loved all the dog references, adorable.

My dear boy got his books today (poor kid ;)) and he’s already loaded with reading assignments. So we were on the hunt for a local coffee shop where he could study and Sunny and I could enjoy the weather, and we stumbled on fido! This ex-pet shop turned coffee house is a Nashville favorite. I got an iced coffee, which was great! But we hear the food is pretty awesome too, and after seeing some of the burgers and fries we’re pretty sure we’ll head back for dinner before we head out of town. 

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Official “welcome to grad school” reading.

 

I should mention that I have a mild cold dessert addiction. I LOVE ice cream, popsicles, slushes, sno-balls you name it :D. And as luck would have it Hot & Cold is right next door to fido, also owned by Bongo-Java, and they serve all kinds of Nashville’s favorite desserts: Las PaletasJeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and Olive & Sinclair chocolate are all Nashville originals. I may have a minor addiction but I can only tolerate so much sweetness, so for my first visit I opted for a Chai mini-popsicle and it was delicious! I’m a big fan of Chai, Brad however believes that Chai is what potpourri would taste like if he were forced to eat it… he didn’t care much for my popsicle. Next time we go I’m definitely going to try one of their recommended combinations.

  • A paleta dipped in Bongo Java coffee or topped with magic shell made from Olive & Sinclair chocolate.
  • A scoop of Jeni’s with an espresso or Olive & Sinclair magic shell.
  • A frozen banana dipped in Olive & Sinclair magic shell.

 My Las Paleta really reminded me of one of our favorite Birmingham sweet treats, Steel City Pops, and I just thought I’d mention that if you’re ever in Homewood, Al and like a good popsicle be sure to check them out. 

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She was fascinated by a little bird that kept dancing around in front of her. I just love her little tipped ear!

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My kind of restaurant 😉 

“14 miles and 100 years from Nashville”…Downtown Franklin, TN

Franklin was honored as one of the best downtown areas in the nation when it received one of five “Great American Main Street” awards in the first year of an annual competition held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, accolades have included the “Best Small Town in Tennessee,” “America’s Most Romantic Main Street” and “One of America’s Greatest Antique Destinations,” among others.” – http://www.downtownfranklintn.com

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55 South Franklin and Main. It was such a beautiful day!

Well the morning got started pretty early. Sunny and I dropped Brad off for his first day at 7:45am and then headed back to the hotel to enjoy our complimentary breakfast before 9am. We then went right back to bed for a bit. What was that about early birds? I don’t care I’m on vacation ;). When we felt we’d lazed around for long enough I came up with a plan for the day. I decided we’d make a day trip to Franklin, TN and hopefully check out some of it’s historic sights.

Our first stop was a dog park to let Sunny run around. We went to Maggie’s Bark Park and it was a really nice little dog park. They had some obstacles and a little agility course, but unfortunately no other puppies were there! 

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Mom, where are all the puppies?

Next stop was downtown Franklin. Founded in 1799 this historic area was adorable with lots of shops and things to see. We had no problem finding parking, they have a free garage and lots of roadside spots. I would love to see it during an event, when they close down the street and have vendors and shows. 

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The presbyterian Church on “Five Points” at Main Street

After a fair amount of walking and scouting for when we can go back with Brad (maybe in the evening I’d love to see the street at night), Sunny and I headed back to Nashville. 

 

Nashville for the Week!

I’ve mentioned that Brad was accepted to the doctor of nursing practice program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, well tomorrow is his first day!  The way his program is designed, he attends class in Nashville a few days out of the month and the rest can be done from Birmingham online. His first block is this week and it just so happens that I’m still on a break before school starts back next week. So here we are, Brad, Sunny, and I, in Nashville for the week! We’re staying at Home2 Suites just a couple blocks from campus. It’s a beautiful extended stay hotel that offers special rates to Vandy’s distance students. It comes equipped with a kitchen, which is great for lunches, and a complimentary breakfast. BUT the best part is that they are completely pet friendly! Checking in was a breeze and Brad, Sunny, and I wasted no time heading out to explore the campus and downtown.

Our first objective was to find Vandy’s nursing building. Walking down Division street and 21st we were blown away by the number of awesome looking restaurants with popular patios and live music, and we haven’t even checked out Broadway yet. At this moment I’m trying to Yelp us a food plan for the week. We found the nursing building no problem and set out across campus for the bookstore. Vandy’s campus is smaller than FSU’s but all the red brick work and walking paths really reminded us of undergrad. With all the greenery on campus I can’t wait to see it in the fall!

After the bookstore we headed across the street to check out Centennial Park. The park was huge and seemed to have tons going on. We saw LARP-ers, an ultimate frisbee game, puppies, picnics, and food trucks. After consulting a map we decided to head toward the dog park for Sundance. Along the way we got to see the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original  in Athens, Greece. Nashville’s moniker, the “Athens of the South”,  influenced the choice of the building in 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition. It looked pretty awesome in person.

Behind the Parthenon you can see the Nashville city skyline!

Behind the Parthenon you can see the Nashville city skyline!

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Sunny had a great time and made lots of friends at the dog park. We decided to head back as the sun started to set and after the 2ish mile hike back to the hotel Sundance is completely tuckered out. She inhaled dinner, claimed the bed by the air conditioner, and hasn’t moved since :D. I’m excited to check out some of the cool places we saw tomorrow! Any suggestions out there? 🙂