The Palm – December 18, 2021 – Los Gatos. CA.

Owner Tony is just so gracious, but on my lucky tasting night his son Simon Vincent Loeffler, 18 years young, was at the helm, he showed me a great dining experience.

I asked Simon why people should try The Palms, he said, “People should come try their delicious cuisine because everything is thought out, its all in the details and service, all the little things.

Their customers are locals, and they do big events, large banquets.

Chef Sergio and Oscar call this type of cuisine Pacific Islander meets Meditereanean. Their menu changes seasonally, they try to do new creative things on their menu, they will have new additions soon.

Cocktail:

Figet About It, with Ketel one vodka, house fig jam, blackberry, fresh citrus. This cocktail is very pretty to look at as well as being very drinkable, just terrific.

Wines:

Seghesio Zinfandel, Sonoma County, CA 2018, I used to be a wine club member with this astounding winery. It went so great with the Rib Eye.

Rombauer Chardonnay, Carneros, CA 2019, a must have with the scallops.

Here’s What I tried:

Starters:

Edamame with salt and pepper or spiced garlic ponzu, these little darlings were just amazing, healthy and perfect, a great starter.

Coconut Pacific Prawns, with toasted coconut, and sweet firecracker sauce.  These are out of this world, just try them.

Fried Rice with Hawaiian teriyaki, mixed vegetables, egg, scallions, sriracha. They make really great fried rice; you can add a protein to it as well.

Monterey Bay Calamari, with fritto misto, carrots, jalapeño, micro cilantro, and cilantro jalapeño aioli. They fry up the jalapeno peppers, this adds another level to this highly recommended appetizer.

Salads:

The Wedge Salad, with bacon, diced onions, mixed cherry tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, and chipotle blue cheese dressing. A very crispy wedge of lettuce with the bacon, it makes for one delicious salad.

Asian Chopped Salad, with Napa cabbage, iceberg, carrot, mandarins, almonds, green onion, sesame, crispy wontons, and peanut vinaigrette. This is what you would want from a chopped Asian salad, all these great ingredients.

Mains:

Chilean Sea Bass, with sautéed carrots, Maui onions, snow peas, cremini mushrooms, bok choy, lipstick peppers, peppered miso ginger broth, udon noodles, and micro cilantro. This was my favorite dish of this tasting. The noodles are large with great subtle flavors, and the fish was flaky and moist, just spectacular.

Seared Alaskan Sea Scallops, with wild mushroom Parmesan risotto, ginger beurre blanc, and crispy leeks. The risotto is quite the surprise; it is creamy with a lovely cheese flavor. The scallops were cooked with a nice crust, they did not disapoint.

16 OZ. Rib Eye, with certified Angus beef, butter mashed potatoes, and grilled broccolini. The steak is very flavorful with the gravy, it hit all of the right tasting notes.

Dessert:

Key Lime Pie, graham cracker crust and whipped cream. This pie has the perfect lime flavors, with a nice creamy rich texture.

Hula Pie cookies and cream, coffee ice cream, Oreo cookie crust, whipped cream, sugared almonds, and chocolate drizzle. There is so much going on with this terrific desert. I would order this every time.

Part of my trip to Los Gatos was to find out how these establishments faired during Covid, Simon tells me that The Palm did good business during Covid, mostly take out, but you could sit outside with your take out, enough so to stay in business and thrive. Thank goodness.

They have lots of outdoor seating in the summer time with live music Thursdays.  As well as Simon’s Mom hired a DJ for every other Sunday. The food got better since the last time I was here, if that is possible, because in 2019 it was also stunning. When you’re in Los Gatos there are so many dining options, but The Palms is one of the best ones. So make it part of your dining experience when you are in Los Gatos, CA.

The Palms – A Pacific Rim

115 N. Santa Cruz Ave.

Los Gatos, Ca. 95039

408-402-3811

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Paesano Italian Restaurant – December 17, 2021 – San Jose, CA.

I got right off the plane in San Jose and came direct to Paesano for lunch. The crowd is really happening here, lots of regular customers, enjoying their lunch hour and Christmas celebrations. Owner Giuseppe is as kind and generous as he was the last time I was here. My lunch was delicious, and Giuseppe was very welcoming, this is my favorite restaurant in the area. It is a place that you must try!

Here’s What I Tried:

Cocktail:

Martini, a traditional Vodka Martini in a traditional Vodka Martini glass, what more could you want.

Wine:

Chardonnay J. Lohr, a nice creamy Chardonnay, it paired great with the seafood dishes.

Appetizers:

Guazzetto Clams and Mussels with garlic, olive oil, white wine and marinara sauce. The shellfish is super fresh and the sauce is nice and light, a true winner, and I ate the whole dish.

Pasta:

Fettuccine Alla Moda, this was my favorite pasta, nice porcini mushrooms fill this pasta with a wonderful fragrant flavor, just spectacular.

Spaghetti Tutto Mare with shrimp and scallops and white wine in a marinara sauce. The shrimp and scallops are perfectly cooked and they pop in your mouth, another delectable pasta dish.

Panini:

Panini Eggplant Parmesan with small green salad, this is a no nonsense lunch item, and the salad is so refreshing.

This dining establishment is so special, everything homemade and all so delicious. If your looking for great Italian cuisine make Paesano part of your lunch or dinner repertoire.

Paesano Ristorante Italiano

350 Julia St. Bldg. 1

San Jose CA 95110

408 888-9815 https://paesano

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Sarah’s Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop – Lunch – December 18, 2021- Los Gatos, CA.

Last time I was here in Los Gatos I met Mike Williams and Sarah was working at The Southern Café as his wonderful employee. Tis restaurant has been serving great food for over 20 years. Sarah Williams took over as owner in July of 2021. Past owner Mike Williams, not related, worked at the restaurant his late mother founded 30 years ago. 2020 with the pandemic, nearly ruined Mike financially. Before the pandemic, him and his wife were on the verge of opening Nolan Rose, a family restaurant named for their children, in the former Le Boulanger location a couple blocks down East Main Street. When the project fell through, the couple made the difficult decision to leave town, and Sarah became the new owner. The restaurant has the same amount of locals and the same great food from before.

Someone should write a screenplay about this historic landmark. Everyone knows each other. The very fun waitress Debbie commiserates with every customer. Joe a regular who was scheduled to have a surgery was the star of the show at the counter, a past Vietnam Veteran; he lives close by and comes in all the time. The gentlemen sitting next to me ended up picking up Joes tab for his breakfast and to go order. He didn’t want Joe to know about his taking care of his meal, but I saw Joe’s look on his face, he was touched and shocked, it was quite the moment for me to witness, a great Christmas surprise. He left before Joe knew he paid Anyway this is what this place id all about, a true staple in Downtown Los Gatos.

Here’s What I Tried:

Grass-Fed Burger Steak & Eggs, the burger was cooked medium rare and was very tasty, the eggs were fluffy and light, a delicious breakfast.

Homemade Biscuits with Gravy, the gravy is just so creamy and full of meat, just amazing.

You too can experience this terrific local breakfast / lunch spot and be part of this everyday neighborhood occurrence.

Sarah’s Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop

Open Seven Days A Week

Monday-Friday 7AM-2PM

Saturday & Sunday 7AM-2: 30PM

27 East Main Street * Los Gatos * CA 95030

(Not affiliated with any other Southern Kitchen)

(408) 354-7515

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10-TIME TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL The Band’s Visit CELEBRATES L.A. PREMIERE IN HOLLYWOOD AT THE DOLBY THEATRE • NOVEMBER 30, 2021 – Hollywood, CA.

THE BAND’S VISIT, part of the Broadway in Hollywood, featuring music and lyrics by Tony and Drama Desk Award-winner David Yazbek, will celebrate its L.A. premiere in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre from November 30 – December 19, 2021. THE BAND’S VISIT is one of four musicals in Broadway history to win the unofficial “Big Six” Tony Awards, which include Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical. The tour will also play in Costa Mesa at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts from March 22 – April 3, 2022. THE BAND’S VISIT will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm & 6:30pm.

Award-winning Israeli film actor Sasson Gabay will reprise the role of Tewfiq, the role he created in the 2007 film of The Band’s Visit and has played on Broadway and in more than 17 cities on the First National Tour. Joining him to lead the company is the critically acclaimed actress Janet Dacal (Prince of Broadway, Wonderland, In The Heights) in the role of Dina. The cast will also include Joe Joseph as Haled, Clay Singer as Itzik, Yoni Avi Battat as Camal, Coby Getzug as Papi, Joshua Grosso as Telephone Guy, Kendal Hartse as Iris, David Studwell as Avrum, Billy Cohen as Zelger, Layan Elwazani as Julia, Marc Ginsburg as Sammy, Ariel Reich as Anna, and James Rana as Simon along with Ali Louis Bourzgui, Loren Lester, Dana Saleh Omar, Nick Sacks, and Hannah Shankman. THE BAND’S VISIT world premiere opened to critical acclaim at the Atlantic Theater Company in December 2016, and opened at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore theatre in November 2017. It went on to play 589 regular performance and 36 previews, breaking the all-time box office record at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre twice and winning 10 Tony Awards before closing in April 2019. The production was featured in over 20 “Best Of The Year” lists including The New York Times, Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. The First National Tour launched in June 2019 and played 17 cities before the touring entertainment industry was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With music and lyrics by Tony Award®-winner David Yazbek, and a book by Tony Award-winner Itamar Moses, THE BAND’S VISIT won “Best Musical” awards from the Tony Awards, Drama League, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Outer Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel and the Obies. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by Tony Award-winner David Cromer. The creative team also includes Patrick McCollum (Choreography), Tony Award-winner Scott Pask (Set Design), Sarah Laux (Costume Design), Tony Award-winner Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Tony Award-winner Kai Harada (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair Designer), Tony Award-winner Jamshied Sharifi (Orchestrations), Andrea Grody (Music Supervisor & Additional Arrangements), Dean Sharenow (Music Supervisor & Music Coordinator) and Adrian Ries (Music Director). THE BAND’S VISIT is produced on tour by Orin Wolf, StylesFour Productions, Evamere Entertainment, Atlantic Theater Company, David F. Schwartz, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick Zollo, Grove•REG, Lassen Blume Baldwin, Thomas Steven Perakos, Marc Platt, The Shubert Organization, The Baruch/Routh/Frankel/Viertel Group, Robert Cole, DeRoy-Carr-Klausner, Federman-Moellenberg, FilmNation Entertainment, Roy Furman, FVSL Theatricals, Hendel-Karmazin, HoriPro Inc., IPN, JAM Theatricals, The John Gore Organization, Koenigsberg-Krauss, David Mirvish, James L. Nederlander, Al Nocciolino, Once Upon A Time Productions, Susan Rose and Paul Shiverick. The Executive Producers for THE BAND’S VISIT are Allan Williams and Charlie Stone. THE BAND’S VISIT original Broadway cast album received the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The musical is also the recipient of a 2019 Daytime Emmy Award for a performance of “Answer Me” on NBC’s “Today”.

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Facebook: “The Band’s Visit”

Twitter: @TheBandsVisit

Instagram: @TheBandsVisit

#TheBandsVisitTour

www.thebandsvisitmusical.com

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CoCo’s Italian Market & Restaurant – Nov. 11, 2021 – Lunch – Nashville Tennessee

Just exactly the type of establishment that I love to try. Great food, fantastic hospitality, and a lovely family to match. My experience was just spectacular.

Owner Chuck Cinelli, was so informative, Chuck is very down to earth, but at the same time, he’s all business. Chuck treated me like a Queen, he let me try many great dishes, with all their own unique with stories. He runs a tight ship, and you can tell by his staff’s demeanor, they love their jobs.

His mother Joan, and her family have been serving up the best food for 55 years. Joan’s family is from the Campania and Lazio regions between Naples and Rome. She remembers hearty pasta dishes with fresh herbs and vegetables straight out of the family’s large gardens. She loved olives; thick-crusted bread, and lamb dishes. The family also grew grapes to make homemade wine. Holiday bread, cakes, rice, and ham pies were eagerly anticipated every season too.   Back at the restaurant Joan’s mother Lucy always insisting on the freshest ingredients from the colorful local purveyors; Giavani the fish man, Pat working the produce stand, Giorgio the butcher, and Giuseppe who supplied us with imports from Italy. And of course, she remembers the long hours in the restaurant both in the front and back of the house. A favorite from her family’s old restaurant that Coco’s does today is their Meatballs and the Manaste (greens and beans). Joan says, “I’m glad we get to use a lot of the same imports we used years ago in the dishes here today. Bon appetite”.

Here’s What I Tried:

MANAST:

This hearty dish of cannelloni beans, pancetta, spinach, garlic and onions is a smaller version of the Tuscan Rustica found under House Specialties.

This is Italian penicillin, it’s robust but mellow, just a delicious home made soup. It will warm the cockles of your heart.

FRIED CALAMARI:

Tender pieces of calamari lightly fried until crisp. Served with our house marinara. The calamari is tender and crispy, just a delicious version of an Italian staple.

HOMEMADE BURRATA CHEESE:

Made fresh daily, we start with our own Mozzarella cheese balls and fill them with a mixture of creamy ricotta cheese, fresh herbs and Parmesan. Get creative and add some to a side of vegetables or on top of your salad, pasta or pizza. They make their own and say oh it’s easy. Having been to Italy and seeing it being made and then tasting it, it’s a real gift to do it right, and at Coco’s they do!

ITALIAN SALAD:

Spring mix with a blend of artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, spicy red onions and roasted red peppers. Served with balsamic vinaigrette. I ordered shrimp on mine and it was just amazing, the dressing is a real treat as well.

Sandwiches:

ITALIAN BEEF:

Piles of fresh shaved roast beef covered with melted provolone served with Chicago style hot Giardiniera and a side of au jus for dipping. Super thick and the bread is otherworldly, a perfect sandwich. Oh did I talk about the dipping sauce, it completes the whole experience.

TORPEDO:

Layers of freshly sliced prosciutto, hot capicola, genoa salami, provolone cheese, spring mix, roasted red peppers and red onion. A hearty, meaty sandwich, I actually took half on the plane for my meal on the ride home.

Pasta:

BOLOGNESE:

Coco’s own 12 hour marinara and meat sauce with a dash of cream served over fettuccini. This pasta is rich in tradition and a family recipe that remind you or the old country, even though I am not that old.

SEAFOOD ARRABBIATA:

Succulent shrimp and scallops in a spicy red sauce served over linguini. They did a red sauce with a bit of cream for me on this one and it was just stupendous, I would order this every time.

Dessert:

They make their own Gelato and it is really the best Gelato I have ever had, besides having it in Venice Italy.

Chuck attributes his tenacious nature, when it comes to his restaurants, to getting bad grades and seeing examples of his Father and Grandfather being restaurant owners. In his world there is no room for failure. So he ventured into his family business and never looked back. His wife Amy is also part of the business keeping track of the books.

Back in 2020 he paid homage to the 55 years that the family business has existed and made 55-cent pizzas, which was a huge, hit amongst his already super happy regular customers. CoCo’s Italian is more than a restaurant; it’s a social gathering, especially because they have Bocce court outside with tournaments seasonally.

There is an events space next door where Chuck does weddings and other amazing events. He does all of the catering, and depending on what the theme is he gets the décor done and all of the bells and whistles to make any event successful. Chuck is a marketing wiz, you can tell by all of the poster and flyers regarding all of his upcoming events and deals. A secret Chuck likes to talk about is that he does not pay for advertising; he does everything himself. Chuck continues to see a huge influx of new business coming, and more corporations are building their headquarters in Nashville.

I was so fortunate to meet his 2 adorable daughters. When I asked them what they like to eat, they both said buttered noodles and pizza, easy peesy.

Even through Covid they havn’t skipped a beat, business has been booming, they pivoted and the rest is history. The day I was there lots of folks were having lunch in their festive dining room. Everyone was thick in conversation and yummy Italian fare.

They have 4 separate locations in and around the Nashville area, be sure to look them up on Google and try them out. You too will be pleasantly surprised.

Coco’s Italian Market & Restaurant

411 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

italianmarket.biz

(615) 783-0114

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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 guest performing at The Opry for the first, time, he had lots of his Nashville fans in tow. Next time you are in Nashville get a tickets 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 depression, wars, floods, pandemics, and continues to keep the music playing and the iconic Circle unbroken. Now, the Opry connects artists to fans all 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 really fancy luxury hotel, with all of the bells and whistles. You’re staying in a real-life 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 in 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 being 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 a 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 a 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 in 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 you’re not going to the Opry, it’s not that far out of Downtown Nashville, and it’s centrally located to everything else. It is gorgeous, opulent, and 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 this is a sports bar with a twist. If you love Bourbon Whiskey, then this place is for you. My server brought me a bourbon whiskey flight. It gave me a much-needed education about Bourbon Whiskey and the way it is made. It’s 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 had a 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’s 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 moist 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, and 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 was 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 also tender on the inside.

Dessert:

Special Chef Treat, ask 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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