Thursday, July 11, 2013

Nashville! (Part 2)

Nashville was so fun. The best part was getting to hang out so much with Dave (CC's little brother) and his wife, Merrill, who I adore. Every time we see them I wish we had even more time together.

Bear and I had a bonding moment one night and he let me go crazy taking photos of his dignified self.
Dave is obsessed with Cheerwine, the southern cherry soda (if you've never had it). They give out samples at the fair here every year. I'm not a big fan of it, but Dave had to have some Cheerwine buttercream one night. No, I didn't make macarons to go with it, but it's very yummy spread over a graham cracker.
Bubble, bubble! Toil and trouble!
Merrill introduced us to our first Paleo pancakes, blueberry edition. Since I despise bananas (the primary ingredient), I was pretty skeptical. They actually didn't taste bad! They were very sweet on their own without syrup, but the bananas did make the centers extremely mushy and that's about all I didn't like about them.
After our disastrous macaron experience, we found a second place that had them. Apparently only the 'good' places offer samples, so if you're not offered a sample, DON'T BUY THEM.
Try # 2
This place's macarons were better. The texture was better but not near what Pistacia Vera made. The flavor of mine are still hands-down the winner over Nashville's macarons. Still thinking the macaron shop could actually work out.

And then Dave mentioned how we HAD to try hot chicken. 'Hot' chicken is Nashville code for 'Extremely detrimental to your health spicy' chicken. Like he warned us not to touch our eyes or faces while we ate it. And we washed our hands after about four or five times to be sure.

Merrill's kale juice at the fried chicken place
Let's just say it was HOT.
Not tears of joy, but it was delicious!
So of course after that fun experience, we needed to walk it off and took all the puppies to the park for a walk.
Puppies everywhere
Later I found this in the bathroom at a restaurant and tried to figure out how to smuggle it out in my bag. I never did come up with a solution, but aren't you drooling?!
Come to Mama!
On the way home, I had to have my coffee so I asked Siri where the closest Starbucks was. This was her response...
Um... I guess I'll have my coffee hot today, Siri.
We had a blast in Nashville and loved being with family again. I don't know when our next trip will be, or to where, but I'm totally digging the freedom and flexibility we have with our weekends again.

1 comment:

Meredith said...

Looks like your trip was SO FUN! That photo of you and CC eating the hot chicken literally made me laugh out loud when I first saw it on Instagram, and then AGAIN when I read this post. Hilarious! Christmas card photo, perhaps? Bwahaha! And what on earth kind of retail store looks like that?! Love and miss you guys! Glad you and Scouty Girl made it home safely! xoxo