Nashville, Tennessee

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last weekend my sister and I went to Nashville and what a wonderful weekend it was. It was sunny and warm the entire time, and since neither of us had been there before, it was great to explore a new place together. 

It took us about nine hours to get there, and on our way we stopped at one of the cutest restaurants. Two old ladies own this little restaurant in Newton, Illinois, and everything we tried was absolutely delicious. And it was like eating at their home! They had couches and bookshelves filled with books, notes and photos from people that had passed by. So cozy!

We spent our first morning walking on Broadway and shopping around the Gulch area. One of the only downsides to Nashville is that you need a car to get around. We made the choice (mistake) of leaving the car at the hotel the first day and calling cabs to pick us up each time we wanted to go to a new neighborhood. Don't do that if you go. Do eat all of the candy at Savannah's Candy Kitchen. Wowza. 

Because neither of us had been to Nashville before, we found ourselves getting lost and walking miles aimlessly. We did stumble through Vanderbilt University's campus to the Parthenon, though. Did you know it's a full-scale replica of the original in Athens? Did you know we walked about five miles to it?

You guys, the 12 South neighborhood and Las Paletas' popsicles. I could write 10 more posts on those two. I'm a big popsicle fan as is (Trader Joes' coconut water ones, don't get me started!), but the fresh fruit and vegetable ones at Las Paletas are something else. They had some crazy flavors— avocado and hibiscus — but every one we tried was unbelievable. Seriously enough of a reason to visit. Did you catch them on Bobby Flay's show on Food Network? Just read these reviews. The Nikravan sisters would do just about anything for a delivery.

When I was in Vegas a few weeks ago, I met a lady from Nashville who told me to make sure I went to Robert's Western World to see the Don Kelley Band play. I'm not big into country music but was amazed by all of the talent in Nashville, especially that band. We watched them for hours and couldn't get enough. So much energy! They really entertained the whole crowd and had Shabz and I singing along to songs we had never heard before.

We spent our second day at the Belle Meade Plantation, which has Nashville's only winery. The plantation was a few miles outside of the city but worth the drive. The grounds were beautiful and there was so much history to absorb. We walked around all the buildings and sites and sat outside the beautiful mansion in the sun. I wish we had brought some of that 80-degree weather back with us.

And then we went back for popsicles because I'm telling you, they are OUT OF THIS WORLD.

That night we didn't want to take the car but wanted to go to a Thai restaurant we'd read good things about. The front desk attendant at our hotel told us we shouldn't walk there, that we'd have to cross a busy bridge across a highway. While we stood outside our hotel deliberating whether or not we should go, this dude opted to give us a ride. 

I was terrified on the back of his bike, of course, but it was worth it. We had such a great dinner, it was the perfect cap to the trip. On the restaurant's site it says "On the outside our restaurant may not be the best looking place, but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover." Melts my heart. This food is legit, guys. Whoever decides to deliver me Las Paletas, if you could bring over some Thai Phooket, I'd greatly appreciate it.

We had such a great time and fell in love with Nashville. It was so nice to spend a few days together, just the two of us. Shabz is at an interesting point in her life, graduating college in three weeks, deciding what to do next. I can't believe my little sister has become such a grown woman. I feel so lucky to have her in my life and to have the opportunity to create and share these memories. Love you, sister! xx.

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  1. I'm feeling a Naperville girls go to Nashville extravaganza after that! Looks like you had a blast!

    1. Do you know how excited I am for Christel to move there? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY POPSICLES WE'LL EAT? I CAN'T WAIT.

    2. Love this! It gets me even more excited to move there. Popsicles for everyone! :)

    3. Can't wait to have you in the U.S, my friend <3

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