The Twelve Thirty Club – Cocktails and Appetizer – November 10, 2021 – Nashville, Tennessee

Justin Timberlake has all the right moves, and the best songs. Now with his new establishment 1230 Club he has joined the ranks with many other super star club owners, but Justin’s name is nowhere on his brink and mortar business. You have to be in the know to realize that Justine is one of the owners.

The interior is so classy, like something out of New York. Super club type vibes, so many different rooms with so much exceptional interior design. It’s worth it just to come and check out the gorgeous décor.

My tasting was small but mighty:

Cosmopolitan, in a coupe glass with the perfect combination of cranberry and simple syrup, to the vodka ratio, was just perfect.

Martini, a true traditional Martini, elegant and wonderful, just how I like it.

Short Rib Pot Stickers, the sauce was spectacular, with hints of sesame and soy, the pot stickers are soft with a delicious bite of short ribs.

It is located right across from Bridgestone Arena on Broadway, so it’s right in the heart of it all. Next time I come I will make time for a bigger tasting, I just know I will enjoy every minute.

The Twelve Thirty Club

550 Broadway

Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Thetwelvethirtyclub.com

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Villalba Italian Restaurant – Nov. 8, 2021 – Dinner – Brentwood, Tennessee

This area is so beautiful; it is majestic and exactly where you would want to be if you lived in the Nashville area. The house is so amazing, perfect for a large family. There are many celebrities that live in Brentwood. This Italian restaurant is a hidden gem. Many folk’s do not know about it, but the food is really worth a trip whenever you live or are coming from.

The owner is Anna Amico and her son George is the Chef, it truly is a family affair.  Mt server Charley was wonderful, she was charming and did a great job getting my food to me super fast. Anna’s son and daughter in law do a great job managing their social media. Their family restaurant business originally started in Brooklyn New York called Amico’s.

Here’s what I tried:

During Covid their take out orders were huge, they did more business then, their busiest time ever. Many restaurants could not survive during this time, but Villalba maintained its great food and satisfied their very loyal customer base.

Most of their repeat business is from word of mouth. They don’t advertise, mostly locals.

There have been some celebrity sightings, some are not being able to discuss, however a recent sightings was the Property Brothers, I heard that they loved their experience.

Insalata Villalba, with Artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, roasted mushrooms with a fresh spring mix, and our house Italian dressing. This is a huge salad, healthy and fresh, really terrific.

Gamberi Pizza, with Shrimp, garlic, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Their pizzas are amazing, lots of topping and a delicate crust, really fantastic.

Villalba Pizza, with Italian sausage, prosciutto, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and bell peppers, is a very traditional pizza, the meats are hearty and the sauce is just perfect.

Bruschetta Di Pomodori, fresh roma tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic reduction, served over their Italian bread. These are large pieces of lovely Italian bread with lots of cubed tomatoes and the balsamic is drizzled like a piece of art.

Mussels Villalba, with mussels steamed in a nice marinara and white wine sauce. The sauce is so incredible, and there are lots and lots of fresh mussels, I just loved this dish.

Meatballs, their signature meatballs in marinara, topped with mozzarella and Parmesan and baked in the oven. The meatballs have big bold flavor and are super tender, a great start to my wonderful dinner.

Italian Spinach Artichoke, with spinach, artichoke, garlic, and creamy cheese sauce with garlic butter toast. Be careful, this is so rich and good, but you want to save room for the rest of your meal.

Toscana Salmone, salmon in a creamy garlic butter Tuscan sauce with spinach, sun dried tomatoes and basil. Served with penne or vegetables. This is a dish that I would order every time. The salmon is fresh, and is cooked to perfection, the pasta is equally astonishing.

Lobster Ravioli, with pink tomato. This is a dish that has resonated with all of their customers and you can understand why. It does have a bit of a kick, but it’s very worth the spice.

Fettuccine Con Pesto, is made with rich and creamy basil sauce with pine nuts. I love a good pesto, having been to Italy this is a fine art, and this pesto fettuccine does not disappoint.

Dessert:

Italian Cheese Cake, it is creamy, delicate, a true winner.

Limon Cello Mascarpone, layered lemon cake with white chocolate shavings. This was my favorite dessert; I just love anything with lemon.

Villalba Italian Restaurant

It’s really a find, the food is scrumptious and you really feel like you are at home. I was so happy to be able to try this super delectable food.

Villalba Italian Restaurant

15568 Old Hickory Blvd,

Nashville, TN 37211

(615) 942-8263

https://www.villalbaitalianrestaurant.com/
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The Grand Ole Opry – Nov. 9, 2021 – Nashville, Tennessee

This is something you just have to witness when you’re in Nashville. It is historic and the music is aways delightful. The night I went it was a full scale night of wonderful entertainment; John Conlee, Sister Sadie, Jeanie Seely, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jelly Roll, Russell Dickerson, Killer Beaz, and Sara Evans. Jelly Roll was the special guset being at The Opry for the first, time, he had lots of his Nashville fans in tow. Next time you are in Nashville get a ticket to The Grand Ole Opry, you will be part of history.

WELCOME TO THE TRUE HOME OF COUNTRY MUSIC

We’re humbled to be celebrating our 95th birthday in 2020, and happy to share the secret to both our old age and our youthful spirit: play it loose, make it fun, honor the music, and whatever happens onstage, roll with it. In that spirit, this show has not only witnessed country music’s biggest moments; it has been the catalyst. Johnny Cash met June Carter at the Opry, Bill Monroe and his band invented bluegrass on the Opry stage, and our many unexpected guests —  from Paul McCartney to Bill Murray to Pharrell Williams  —  have made our one-night-only shows truly unforgettable.

Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the current chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry – an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction – is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages at the Opry House, or broadcast on WSM Radio and around the world on Circle TV.

THE SHOW THAT MADE COUNTRY MUSIC FAMOUS

It began on the night of November 28, 1925, when an announcer on Nashville radio station WSM introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson as the first performer on a new show called “The WSM Barn Dance.” Now, more than 80 years later, the show that George D. Hay started is still going strong. Along the way, it has launched countless country music careers and led the way for Nashville to become Music City.

Early Opry performers such as Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, and Bill Monroe became musical foundations for the Opry during its years in residence at the historic Ryman Auditorium, later welcoming to the stage artists who would become entertainment icons in their own right, including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Bill Anderson.

The Opry said goodbye to the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, March 15, 1974, to take up residence at the newly built Grand Ole Opry House. The next night, President Richard Nixon joined Roy Acuff on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House. Still, they could keep in touch with the traditions of the Ryman because a 6-foot circle of hardwood was taken from the Ryman and placed center stage at the Opry House.

THE NEXT GENERATION

Today, the Grand Ole Opry is more than the world’s longest running broadcast, and bigger than a country music tradition. It’s a star-studded, living, breathing family. Our stage serves as a milestone for every country artist, and officially asking some of the greatest performers into the Opry family is one of our highest honors.

The Opry has truly stood the test of time through depressions, wars, floods, and pandemics, and continues to keep the music playing and the iconic Circle unbroken. Now, the Opry connects artists to fans across the globe to the music they love.It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Grand Ole Opry to see the show live. Millions more tune in to Opry broadcasts via a mobile app, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Opry’s radio home WSM Radio, and our broadcast across the globe on Circle TV and Circle On Demand.

The Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Phone (615) 871-6779

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Belle Air Mansion – November 9, 2021 – 2 Night Stay – Nashville, Tennessee

This is a real fancy luxury hotel, with all of the bells and whistles. Your staying in a real live mansion in Nashville with loads of history. That to me is enough to book a stay.

Here’s all of The Belle Air Mansions Information:

Belle Air Mansion, Nashville ~ 225 Years of History

Belle Air Mansion is a historic and civic landmark about 5 ½ miles from downtown Nashville. Built in 1832, Belle Air is one of the few remaining Greek Revival antebellum mansions in Nashville.

Belle Air is significant because of its architecture. A representative of the great houses of the well-to-do Southern landowners in the first half of the nineteenth century, it remains as an example of these houses, which once were abundant but have now mostly disappeared from the scene. It was important that Belle Air be preserved for the benefit of those who might not otherwise be able to come in contact with such an example of the architecture of the Old South. Many families prominent in the social and economic development of Nashville have either lived in or been entertained in Belle Air.

After a challenging but rewarding restoration process, we’re excited to announce that Belle Air is almost ready to open to the public! The mansion has always been a private residence, but now it’s been transformed into a bed and breakfast for visitors to enjoy.

 

1784: The Beginning

In 1790, James Mulherin built his home on a parcel of land granted to him in 1784. Belle Air began as a four-room structure made of hand-made brick with lime and horsehair mortar.

1832: Belle Air Comes To Life

The main building was built c. 1832 by Joseph Clay and Elizabeth Harding, on land given to them by her father, John Harding of Belle Meade.

1838: Expansion

The mansion was sold in 1838 to banker William Nichol and his wife Julia Lytle, who expanded the Federal-style house with one -story wings and added Greek Revival ornamentation.

1971: Protected From Progress

Following the Briley Parkway construction of the 1960s, Belle Air was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

2014: An Endangered Treasure

In 2014, Belle Air was listed on “Historic Nashville” as one of Nashville’s 9 most endangered properties. The property was listed for sale, drawing interest from developers who wanted to tear it down.

2016: Restoration

We (Lewis and Connie James) purchased the property in August of 2016, embarking on a long but rewarding journey to restore the mansion to its former glory.

2019: Open To The Public

The restoration project is complete. Belle Air Mansion is open for the world to experience.

In 2014, Belle Air Mansion was listed on “Historic Nashville” as one of Nashville’s 9 most endangered properties. When the property was listed for sale, we knew developers were looking at it and that this historic treasure might be torn down.

Every moment every dollar, and every ounce of energy spent. When someone walks into the mansion for the first time, our goal is for them to imagine the splendor of life there almost 200 years ago in the Old South. Belle Air is full of artistry and unique architectural features, and we know people will treasure the opportunity to explore it.

I stayed in the Tiffany Rose Room, in the guesthouse. This very large, charming, and colorful bedroom has a king bed and a daybed and sleeps 3. The luxury bathroom has a large glassed-in shower and separates tub with two vanities, ceilings, beautiful antiques, and antebellum architecture. 

Belle Air is the original name of the historic 19th-century mansion located just 5.5 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Over the past 3 years, the mansion underwent a dramatic transformation, going from endangered treasure to a great house restored to its former glory.

Fully immerse yourself in the distinct charm and character of the antebellum South with a stay at this historic and elegantly restored plantation home that has been converted into a bed and breakfast inn. From the rocking chair-lined front porch to a fireplace in your bedroom, you won’t find a more accommodating place to relax in the whole country, we do declare!

From ornate fireplaces to glimmering chandeliers, to original heart pine floors—Belle Air (Belair) will take you on a journey back in time.  The inn features 13-foot high historic Inn for all to enjoy.  We are the only historic Bed and Breakfast in Nashville and you can learn more about our B&B and our restoration by reading our history. Belle Air Mansion was the #1 rated Nashville Bed and Breakfast.

From floor to ceiling, Belle Air is truly a Southern gem. Our property has also become the best-rated Nashville Wedding Venue since opening.  We handled the restoration with great care, preserving the existing layout and bringing the original heart pine floors black to life. Inside Belle Air, you’ll find many opulent finishes such as the 27 chandeliers that grace its ceilings. Now, it is open to the public for the first time as a Bed and Breakfast.

When it Nashville this is the place to stay, especially if any of your activities are at The Grand Ole Opry, its down the street via freeway. Even if your not going to the Opry, it’s not that far out of Downtown Nashville, and centrally located to everything else. It is gorgeous opulent, a real true winner.

Belle Air Mansion

2250 Lebanon Pike

Nashville, Tennessee 37214

615-637-8978

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Omni Hotel – Barlines – November 7, 2021 – Dinner – Nashville, Tennessee

Pretty much a sports bar with a twist, if you love Bourbon Whiskey this is then this place is for you. My server did a bourbon whiskey flight for me. It gave me a much-needed education about Bourbon Whiskey and the way it is made. Its really not my go to cocktail, I like my wine and a little bit of vodka now and then. But Tennessee is Whiskey country, so when in Rome….

My server Matt Lombardo was the complete package, knowledgeable, charming, sweet, accommodating, and a great great smile.

Barlines is the perfect Nashville honky-tonk to take in some live music or watch your favorite sports teams on one of the many large video screens. You’ll also enjoy a tasty menu of Southern comfort food along with Tennessee libations. Enjoy the big game from every angle on multiple LCD HDTVs and the HearTV® mobile app. A great venue to enjoy libations, sports and great music.

Their customers are random, hotel guests, convention folks, and locals; everyone is having a good ole time.

Here’s what I tried:

Cocktails:

Bees Knees, Castel and key Gin, local honey, and fresh lemon. This is a very refreshing cocktail; if you’re a gin drinker then this cocktail is for you.

Tennessee Two Step, Pickers blood orange vodka, local honey, peach schnapps, and lime. This would be my go to cocktail; it is fresh, not to sweet and goes down with no effort at all!

Martini, a perfect traditional martini, just what the doctor ordered.

Bourbon Whiskey Flight:

1. Eagle Rare – Bourbon- Carmel 10 years ages – Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. The rareness of this great breed of bourbon is evident in its complex aroma, as well as the smooth and lingering taste. Eagle Rare is bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.

2. Noah’s Mill Kentucky – Small Batch – One of the most lush and rich Whiskeys on the market. The nose is walnuts, prunes, and floral notes. The palate mimics the nose with walnuts, prunes, spices, intertwined with lavender and balanced with the perfect amount of acid, that leads you down a path of lingering burnt caramel.

3. George Dickel 8 years aged – local – Barrel Select bottles are aged 9-12 years and only ten barrels are selected by the master distiller, making very unique small batches. It has got to be one of the best Tennessee whiskeys to sip on for me with… a palate with loads of vanilla and baking spices.”

4. Sazerac Rye  – This straight rye has a mellow spice and dry sweetness that dances on the tongue, giving pure delight that is worthy of the Sazerac name

5. Water

It was a fun flight, I learned a lot, but could only take very small sips.

Appetizers:

Smoked Brisket Totchos, tater tots, house smoke brisket, Yazoo beer cheese, sour cream, and green onion. This is an amazing starter, a fun take on nachos. The brisket is heavenly and the tots are super crispy on the outside and most and flavorful on the inside. This is a big dish; you can share this, with a beer, and be very satisfied.

Deviled Eggs, with Bourbon bacon jam, pimento pepper relish smoked paprika. These little darlings were full of great eggy flavor. I would just love this recipe, it is that good.

Grand Ole Hot Wings, with celery, carrot, ranch dressing, honey-sriracha. These wings were super juicy and the sriracha is better then any dipping sauce I have ever tasted.

Salad:

Caesar Salad with chicken romaine lettuce, Parmesan, croutons, and Caesar dressing. This is a very fresh lively salad with all of the fixings you would want from a Caesar salad.

Entrees:

Barlines Double Stack, Black hawk farms beef, with bourbon caramelized onions American cheese, pickles, potato bun, and special sauce. The onions take this burger to a whole other dimension, it is right up there with the best burgers.

Nashville Catfish Sandwich, pickles, potato bun, chipotle aioli. The fish is breaded and fried, with the accompaniments it makes for one terrific salad.

Sides:

Sweet Potato Fries, super crispy, but tender on the inside.

Dessert:

Special Chef Treat, asks your waiter about this, they said they might have it on the regular menu. Bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel dip. So fantastic.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel, with cream cheese icing, caramel and chocolate sauce.

Wines:

Kendall-Jackson, Chardonnay, “Vintners Reserve”, CA. This is an always a great wine to drink with seafood, the catfish was fantastic with it.

Louis M. Martini, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, CA. The Burger or The Smoked Brisket Totchos are a great pair.

This is a very festive place – to enjoy a game, have drinks with your friends, or listen to live music. Whatever the occasion – Barlines has something for everyone.

Omni Nashville Hotel

250 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 782-5300 https://www.omnihotels.com

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The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum – November 7, 2021

There are so many great historical artifacts at this museum, that you are simply awestruck by the enormity. But at the same time it is very relatable, because its music history. By the time you have covered the whole facility you are just caught up in the moment of how music can transcend everything. The artists are displays are vast and various. Some you may know, some not. But all have one thing in common, all country! Even though there have been many off shoots of country music, they all have deep-seated roots in country music. Whether you’re a fan of not you too will be blown away but rich history.

Information About The Country Music Hall of Fame:

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the world’s largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world’s most extensive musical collections.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the world’s largest and most active popular music research centers and the world’s largest repository of country music artifacts. Early in the 1960s, as the Country Music Association‘s (CMA) campaign to publicize country music was accelerating, CMA leaders determined that a new organization was needed to operate a country music museum and to carry out research and education activities beyond CMA’s scope as a trade organization. Toward this end, the nonprofit Country Music Foundation (CMF) was chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964 to collect, preserve, and publicize information and artifacts relating to the history of country music. Through CMF, industry leaders raised money with the effort of CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador to build the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which opened on April 1, 1967. Located at the head of Music Row, the museum was erected on the site of a small Nashville city park. This hall of fame was modeled after the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. At this point, artifacts began to be displayed and a small library was begun in a loft above one of the museum’s galleries.[1]

Early in the 1970s, the basement of the museum building was partially complete, and library expansion began, embracing recordings, but also books and periodicals, sheet music and songbooks, photographs, business documents, and other materials. At the outset, CMA staff had run the museum, but by 1972, the museum (already governed by its own independent board of directors) acquired its own small staff.

Building expansion took place in 1974, 1977, and 1984 to store and display the museum’s growing collection of costumes, films, historic cars, musical instruments, and other artifacts. An education department was created to conduct ongoing programs with Middle Tennessee schools; an oral history program was begun; and a publications department was launched to handle books, as well as the Journal of Country Music.

To become more accessible, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum moved to a new, 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) facility in the heart of downtown Nashville‘s arts and entertainment district in May 2001. In 2014, the museum unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space.

In the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, text panels, recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens. Sing Me Back Home is enhanced by numerous, rotating limited-engagement exhibits. The ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery offer visitors a hands-on immersion into today’s country music with artifacts from today’s country stars and a series of technology-enhanced activities. The ACM Gallery houses the annual exhibition, American Currents: State of Music, which chronicles country music’s most recent past.

In addition to the galleries, the museum has the 776-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, and multi-purpose event rental spaces. Other historic properties of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include one of the country’s oldest letterpress print shop Hatch Show Print (located inside the museum) and Historic RCA Studio B[4] (located on Music Row), Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio, where recordings by Country Music Hall of Fame members Elvis PresleyDolly PartonWaylon Jennings, and many others were made.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has developed multiple platforms to make its collection accessible to a wider audience. From weekly instrument demonstrations to its flagship songwriting program for schools, Words & Music, the museum offers an aggressive schedule of educational and family programs. The museum also operates CMF Records, a Grammy-winning re-issue label (The Complete Hank Williams and Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970); and CMF Press, a publishing imprint that has released books in cooperation with Vanderbilt University Press and other major trade publishing houses.

The Hall of Fame Rotunda features a mural, The Sources of Country Music, by Thomas Hart Benton. It was Benton’s final work; as he died in his studio while completing it.

Seeing this museum in all of its glory is something everyone has to do, it out our God given right to witness historical artifacts that The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum houses. A big thumbs up for me.

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Studio B – November 7, 2021 – Nashville, Tennessee

You catch a bus that takes you to music row and the most historic place in Nashville Studio B. There were so many major hits that were recorded there I get emotional just thinking about it. But of course the most famous is the King himself. Our tour was very Elvis driven. Down to the configuration of the colored overhead lights in the studio.  You just felt like you were a part of history when you are there, it’s something everyone should experience in their lifetime, especially if you are a fan of music, or in the music business.

Information about Studio B:

RCA Studio B was a music recording studio built in 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee by RCA Victor. Originally known simply as “RCA Studios,” Studio B, along with the larger and later RCA Studio A became known in the 1960s for being an essential factor to the development of the musical production style and sound engineering technique known as the Nashville Sound. In the two decades the studio was in operation, RCA Studio B produced 60 percent of the Billboard magazine’s Country chart hits.[1] The studio closed in 1977.

The studio is located centrally in the Nashville’s historic Music Row district. Since 1992 the studio has been under the ownership of the Country Music Hall of Fame, which offers scheduled tours of the facilities.

After years of using portable equipment to record projects in various recording facilities around Nashville, in 1954 Steve Sholes and Chet Atkins established RCA Victor’s first Nashville recording facility within the Methodist Television Radio & Film Commission building at 1525 McGavock Street.[2][3][4] In January, 1956, Sholes and Atkins produced a session with Elvis Presley, during which he recorded the song that would become his first Heartbreak Hotelgold record and the biggest-selling single of 1956.

In 1977, the studio was made available to the Country Music Hall of Fame for tours, and in 1992 it was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame by the late Dan Maddox. Until 2001, it was operated as an attraction when the new home for the Hall of Fame was built in downtown Nashville. From 2001 to 2011 the studio was co-operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Belmont University‘s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business program, which utilized the studio to teach students basic techniques of analog recording.[11]

In 2012, the National Park Service listed RCA Studio B on the National Register of Historic Places.[12] The same year, operation shifted solely to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which offers daily scheduled tours of the studio.

Artists who have recorded at Studio B:

Some of the best sounds came out of Studio B, the tour was informative, and educational, I highly recommend this as part of your time in Nashville.

Studio B

1611 Roy Acuff Place

Nashville, Tennessee

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Lunch – Pisco 305 Peruvian Cuisine & Steakhouse – November 8, 2021 – Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Lunch – Pisco 305 Peruvian Cuisine & Steakhouse – November 8, 2021 – Murfreesboro, Tennessee Murfreesboro is a suburb of Nashville, its kind of the working mans part of this grand land. You can see from driving around that they are lot of various types of smaller restaurants from all over the world. Pisco 305 is a must stop for any locals or out of Towner’s. Or ever someone like me all the way from California. Their food is just that good.

Here’s what I tried:

Cocktails:

Pisco Sour, their presentation is as good as it gets and the flavor, is truly sweet and sour, but very drinkable. There were other cocktails presented to me, but this is the one to celebrate and order. I was also given some lovely wines to sample; they have a good wine list.

Appetizers:

Pisco 305 Ceviche, A platter of fish ceviche with 3 sauces, tradicional, creamy rocoto, and Aji Amarillo.  Done 3 different ways, with 3 different sauces, just spectacular

Papa A La Huancaina Boiled potato covered in delicious cream milk, cheese, and Peruvian yellow pepper Huancaina sauce. This is a very popular Peruvian dish and it does not disappoint.

Grilled Octopus Tender pieces of grilled octopus, marinated with Anitcuchera smoky sauce, with fries, Criolla sauce, and 305 Aji Amarillo Chimichurri sauce. I just loved this very popular dish, the octopus is so tender and the seasonings are out of this world.

Mains:

Filet Mignon Anticucho Selected pieces of Filet Mignon laying in a spicy Panca marinated sauce skewered with wild sugar cane, grilled to a high temperature. It is served like a tower, with 3 skewers piled high with delicious flavorful meat, a true staple and a dish you must order!

Peruvian Seafood Rice, Peruvian style yellow rice with fresh seafood and aromatic lobster, Oji Amarillo, and a touch of Parmesan cheese. The flavor is very comforting, the seafood and fresh and tender, another dish my readers need to order.

Steak Saltado, soft pieces of steak with fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, secret oyster sauce, sautéed in a smoky hot Cantonese wok, served over fries and white rice. The influence of this yummy main dish is Asian, but with Peruvian spices, go figure. Creative, delicious, for the steak lover I would try this.

For Dessert  – I was served 2 gorgeous powdered sugar cookies with a rich caramel filling, so fantastic.

Owners Nestor Arce and Martin Perez have struck gold. There is no way that this fine Peruvian restaurant will not become the go to spot in this area. They have been opened for 6 months but both partners come from restaurant and hotel backgrounds mostly in the Miami area. It is a great business marriage of two like-minded restaurateurs, and the food is guaranteed to take you to another place of pure goodness.

The interior is super fun and colorful, the perfect backdrop for what is about to come, an explosion of wonderful flavors in your mouth.

What a treat, bathed in all things Peruvian, Pisco 305 is a must have, when in Tennessee it is totally worth a trip, I highly recommend.

Pisco 305

452 N. Thompson Ln – Suite C

Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129

615 962 7500

https://www.pisco305.com/
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Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast – 2 Night Stay – Nov. 7, & Nov. 8 – 2021, Nashville Tennessee

Linda and Darrel Bengsons, are just the sweetest people you would ever want to meet, and staying in their gorgeous Tudor styled home was just what the doctor ordered. Linda told me that their house was on the market to sell, but I didn’t realize how special it was for me to be able to stay there before their charming bed and breakfast is just a memory, I was so happy to have had the chance to share in their generous bounty.

Linda and Darrell have been hands-on working, managing, and living as innkeepers of Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast ever since purchasing the property. They have shared their lives with their guests for over 20 years. They are very much involved in their Hillsboro West End Neighborhood Association as well as the vibrant city, state and National Hotel Lodging Associations. Darrell’s professional hotel and tourism background has helped prepare them for their new careers as Innkeepers.

Hillsboro West End Neighborhood has a variety of homes with several styles of architecture, one being the very popular Tudor Revival Craftsman style, which was very popular in the early 20th century until about 1945. This house was built in 1925. It was the first house on this side of the street with the further set back line. It has many nooks and crannies, and unique features. As one guest described the house when she first saw it, “a fairytale looking house”. Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast is a located in the middle of the most-trendy residential neighborhood in Nashville. 

The breakfasts were so delicious. Darrel made a sugar crust on the outside of a waffle that was topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, along side a tasty chicken sausage. The next day it was a fluffy omelet made by Linda, chalk full of veggies, a delicious filling way to start my very active day in Nashville. Their house is designed with lots of heavy wood furniture, a big huge dining room table and a very user-friendly piano in the living room. Most of the people staying at the Bed and Breakfast were super friendly and have their own remarkable stories. The couple I met, has a sailboat, a RV, and motorcycles, and was super active even though they had been retired for a bit. They gave me hope in the fact that life can be exciting and active at any age. My room had a TV, with two separate bedrooms, and very comfortable beds. It was quiet and very relaxing; for sure a place where you could get lots of rest. I just loved their hospitality and comfort. Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast is a place that anyone would call home away from home, it’s just wonderful.

The Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast

2816 Blair Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

(615) 297-9795

https://www.daisyhillbedandbreakfast.com/

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Wine Down Main Street – 20th Anniversary – Boy and Girls Club – November 6, 2021 – Franklin Tennessee

Franklin Tennessee is where all of the big time super stars call home, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The superstar country duo has lived in Tennessee for 17 years. Wynonna Judd, Naomi Judd, Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler, DeMarco Murray, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Ronnie Dunn.

Superstars live in other parts near Nashville as well. Kelly Clarkson. The former “American Idol” star and current host of “The Voice” has been living in Tennessee with her family since 2013, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and Jack White. In any case you can totally understand why these celebrities live in Nashville, it is beautiful, very friendly, majestic wooded areas, just everything you would want in a place to call home. The night was a bit warm, but you could tell that the temperatures were going to drop very rapidly.

On Wine Down Main Street starting at the corner of Fourth and Main and the Franklin Public SquareYou are seeing lots of locals, everyone is country casual, but very tailored, all the women with super expensive designer bags. I just noticed a casual elegance in everyone I saw in the streets this night in Franklin. I was so blessed, I saw this event on a Nashville events website and I called Bethany Underwood of Lipman Bros Wines, no relation to Carrie, Lipman Brothers, Nashville’s oldest and largest distributor of wine and spirits is the official wine sponsor, she works as a wine distributor and she really hooked me up. As you walk down 4 city blocks that are all closed off to any traffic, you can taste many different restaurants and many of the retail store had wine tasting tables inside. You get a wristband for the price of admission, which allows you to eat and drink till your hearts content. There was a VIP area in The Franklin Theater, as well as live entertainment. I was able to go enjoy the food and drink and listen to live music in the comforts of an indoor venue. Sponsored by The Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, I can see why everyone wants to be part of this fantastic good time. This was just the perfect night for me to experience old time charm and get introduced to Tennessee’s abundant hospitality, while shopping, tasting, listening to music and drinking great wines, just the perfect travel starter for me!

Live Music included: Elecoustic Soul, Gale Mayes, Brauni, and Carly Moffa.

Celebrity Chef While at tasting station, Olivia Olive Oil meet Celebrity Chef Cindy Chambers, who will be creating special tasting dishes with Olivia Olive oils and balsamic vinegars! Chef Cindy has instructed for companies such as Whole Foods Market, Wild Oats Natural Market Place, Viking Culinary Arts Center, and Inspired Chef, a division of Kitchen Aid. Her food styling & TV credits include internationally aired infomercials, TV shows such as the nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show “Pickler & Ben”, ABC’s daytime talk and food-centric show “The Chew”; GAC’s “Celebrity Kitchen”; Scripps/Shop at Home Network’s “Cook’s Corner” and local shows such as WTVF’s “Talk of the Town”; WZTV’s “Fox & Friends” & WSMV’s “More at Midday”.

What a great way to start my adventure in Nashville and beyond!!

* Note some Content was taken off of their website.

https://bgcmt.org/WDMS
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