Confession: My name is Hannah and I am an EATER.
My Fourth of July trip to Nashville was the impetus for this revelation. I was in the town for all of 3 days and ate just about all day every day. I ate out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ordered appetizers to “share” because I wanted to try everything, and even a sushi menu item called “Heart Attack.”
In between healthy activities like kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (and knee paddleboarding in a race to beat the clock back to shore for our scheduled return time),
and lots of walking downtown, I managed to become the human version of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
On Friday, I ate through one soy iced coffee and one muffin from the local coffee shop Eighth and Roast, lots of snacks, three Leinenkugal Summer Shandys, wakame salad, a jalepeno sushi appetizer, two rolls of sushi, and two glasses of wine from Koto Sushi.
SIDE NOTE: Here’s my outfit, because it was my first time wearing a romper, and it must be documented. #bootygainz
On Saturday, we returned to Eighth and Roast, where I ordered another soy iced coffee, a vegetarian breakfast burrito,
and a vegan, gluten-free coconut cake donut to go.
Then, for our Mexican Fourth of July dinner, I couldn’t pick just one appetizer at Bajo Sexto, so naturally, I had to try them all. I ate through (shared) chips and queso, (shared) chips and guacamole, the most amazing house salad I have ever had at a Mexican restaurant with shredded Romaine, more guacamole, and raddishes, and probably the best fish taco I have ever had. I also drank their house margarita – which is made without margarita mix, just like them – and tried a few sips of my friend’s mojito, which was equally delicious. If you are ever in Nashville and like Mexican food, this casual Tex-Mex place near the Bridgestone Arena is a must-try destination!
On Sunday morning, we skipped our coffee tradition for brunch at Embers Ski Lodge. This restaurant is fully decorated to the 10’s like a Pacific Northwest Ski Lodge, and even smells like wood. We were told that the food was also inspired by the area. I ate through the vegan and gluten-free Missoula Ski Bowl Hash, or a big bowl of broiled veggies in layman’s term, and half a Bloody Mary. I also ate a few bite’s of my friend’s amazing choice of breakfast:the Mount Alyeska Drunken Spiced Peanut Butter & Banana (stuffed) French Toast (!!!). My only complaint was the Bloody Mary tasted like pico de gallo…but the food and service were both great!
After brunch, because I was still hungry, and can’t say no to good dessert, I ate through one small Jeni’s cone with lavender ice cream and lemon frozen yogurt scoops. It was sooooo delicious.
After that, I was no longer hungry. I started my drive home with a full heart and full belly from a Fourth of July weekend well spent with a best friend and some of the best eats.