Skip to main content

Quickies for Nashville Dining

Gotta go soon, but I thought I'd give some shout-outs to a couple places for Nashville foodies.

1) Mama Mia's on Trousdale. Forget that it's a cinder block building or that it's directly next to a convenience store. Instead, enjoy the B.Y.O.B. factor and order up their bread, salad and delicious pastas. We've visited three times in about two months and love it. It's devoid of the usual Nashville scenester pretentiousness of most restaurants. I mean, c'mon -it's cinder block. But, it's amazing pasta.

2) Kebab Gyros on Rosa Parks Blvd. in MetroCenter, next to Watkins College. My new work lunch spot. Go for the Greek Chicken Salad with tabbouleh and their hummus is fantastic. Their white dressing is nothing like tzaziki, the usual cucumber/yogurt dressing you see in middle eastern spots, but it's the freshness of the ingredients that make you overlook the minor dressing detail.

A minor "What Gives?" to Mitchell's Deli, a new spot on the East Side in the Riverside Center.
Dude, if you're going to pimp out a Lamb Sandwich with Mint Raita, you gotta bring the flavor. Scott ordered one on Sunday and it was pretty disappointing, considering the review it received in a recent Scene. My Vietnamese pork sandwich was also lame, as it could have had all kinds of cool tastes working for it, like cilantro, perhaps, or a little more spice kick. Punch it up a bit and you'll have us as customers for a while, since it's a nice, non-yuppified spot on the East side and still affordable.

I'm off to the S.C. coast - yes!- and will hopefully enjoy some shrimp & grits and all kinds of Low Country goodies while I'm there with some great college friends. Happy early weekend to everyone.


Popular posts from this blog

The Best Way to Keep Cannoli Fresh and Other Baltimore Stories

My mom and step-dad were up visiting for Thanksgiving and after gorging ourselves on turkey and the sites of D.C., I took them on a day-trip to Baltimore.

After a visit to my mom's favorite museum (she's a mosaic artist), we aimed for lunch at Rocket to Venus in Hampden. It was closed for lunch, but our trip up Charles St. wasn't for naught - we stumbled onto residents of 34th St. setting up their Christmas displays! This street is Christmas at its best, or worst, depending on your tolerance/interest in all things Christmas. Erin teases me for being a scrooge, but I have to admit, lights and what-not are nice at this cold and dark time of year.

After a brief walk through Hampden, we aimed for lunch at Kooper's Tavern in Fells Point. The tavern was most certainly open, with rowdy sports fans packing the bar and even spilling onto the sidewalk for fresh-shucked oysters. (My friend Gideon would have camped out right there for their Chincoteagues!) After some deliberati…

Adventures in Gardening

We're back with another edition of "Hey, we used to be bloggers." I am not so sure who reads blogs much anymore (hi Moms!) but hell, if e-newsletters are in again and the '90s "flatform" shoe is making a comeback, maybe we have a shot.

As I nurse a gin and tonic made of nothing but the finest (here's to you, cheap Chek tonic cans from the Mount Pleasant, SC Bi-Lo - sometimes you just buy things to get the job done, especially when you're en route to Vacation Weekend after a slight detour to fix a flat tire on I-26...), I'm mulling over what's happening so far in our garden plots. 
We went Tomato Crazy this year, planting 6+ mixed varieties in our raised beds that kinda-sorta get sufficient sunlight in our backyard, and 8 seedlings in one of our two Winterfield Community Garden plots. Hopefully we'll soon pick beautiful Red Delicious, San Marzano, Black Krim, Blue Gold Cherry, Brandywine, and a few "mystery" tomatoes, and I can …

Tea Time

Fall finally decided to show up here in Charlotte, NC this week.

Hoodies and sweaters were pulled out of closets, socks and slippers donned for the first time in months, and denim could be worn comfortably.

Oh denim. I've never understood people who wear jeans in Southern humidity. They're like sweaty straightjackets for your legs and torso. Skin was meant to breathe, y'all.

So with a chill in the air, one must make certain adjustments in all areas of life, from the closet to the kitchen. Gin & tonics are replaced with red wine. We buy apples and dried fruit for cereal instead of berries. And I trade daily cold drinks of seltzer for my favorite comfort of the cooler seasons - tea.

Scott & I share an affinity for tea, and we have our rituals. "Tea and Books and Bed" is a totally innocent affair that involves piling up with reading material and decaffeinated brews. You do have to watch Scott with tea - one drowsy moment can result in a messy spill, turning …