I’ve become a huge fan of the weekend trip. You can experience the sights, sounds, and culture of a new place that’s just a drive away. Living in Georgia allows me to daydream of glorious and fun places such as Charlotte, Savannah, St. Simons Island, Asheville, and tons of others. This trip was dedicated to seeing just what exactly happens when two foodie bloggers jump in a car and head to Nashville with but one item on the to-do list: EAT.
But first, lemme get a Jamberry. My pals Beevy and Jem are way into the Jamberry scene, and for good reason. Jamberrys are basically nail stickers that are vegan and cruelty free and will last on your nails (without chipping) from anywhere between 2 weeks and one month. Baller, right? So Holly and I made our way to a girls night and applied our first Jams. Let me tell you all that they are indeed as awesome as the seem. You know how you pay $30 for a manicure only to have it chip like 2 days later? Get thee to the Jamberry world and invest in your future.
Friday night we all went to Mellow Mushroom, who now has a separate vegan menu! So exciting. I made the poor choice of getting the house calzone but with vegan cheese. The calzone itself was delicious, but seriously, can we talk about Daiya for a moment? I’m so happy that restaurants are offering vegan cheese but Daiya tastes soooooo weird, right? A little goes a long way, homies.
Holly and I headed to Nashville early Saturday morning with over-packed bags (a lady HAS to have options) and a back seat full of snacks. We were truly lucky to have sunny and crisp weather that guided us to Tennessee. By the way, has anyone else noticed that on the way to Nashville you enter Tennessee then Georgia again and then back to Tennessee? Strange things are definitely afoot. We drove straight to Sunflower Cafe to eat lunch and laugh hysterically about the fact that we drove 4 hours to eat. We both were slightly overwhelmed by the options available, but the employees were SUPER helpful and let us try the food. I ended up getting the ginger tofu + sesame kale + pad thai with some raspberry and ginger kombucha. The sesame kale was THE BEST kale I may have ever had. Holly got the Banh Mi style house made veggie burger and the pad thai. We were pretty hungry at this point so we chowed down, but not before some pictures:
It was delicious. We sat on their patio in the sun, thinking about where to go next. A quick search led us to Jeni’s which was SLAMMED and smelling of fresh waffle cones (not vegan). They have sorbets on tap and vegan melted chocolate to pour over everything. Note to self: there’s one in Georgia. I got the black currant lambic sorbet + riesling poached pear sorbet (yes, these are boozy sorbets) and smothered with chocolate sauce.
We popped into an eclectic thrift store of sorts and wandered around until we spotted these shirts:
I’m still not sure why I didn’t buy these, except for the small fact that I actually am not a farm girl. Sigh.
Holly was dying to go to Barista Parlor so we brought our computers and set up shop. I was smart not to drink more coffee so I went with this crazy herbal tea while Holly had a cappuccino with soy milk. We ended up staying there for almost 4 hours, watching the sun go down. Then I realized that I was completely hangry and brain dead and desperately needed more food in my life.
We headed to Wild Cow for dinner and after a short wait were seated. This is the holy grail of the veg scene in Nashville, and we were super excited (read: bitter and hangry) to be there. Not surprisingly, people actually stared at the amount of food we ordered. For our appetizers, we got the Buffalo Tempeh Strips and the Nachos.
I looooooved the buffalo tempeh strips mainly because they came with a vegan ranch that was to die for. The nachos were outstanding and came with a house made vegan sour cream and cheese sauce. What more can I say? Except that nachos and ranch are a girl’s best friend.
For dinner I had the Peanut Tempeh Tacos and Holly got the Philly sandwich (I didn’t snag a picture of that). The tacos were very yummy and peanuty, and the mixture of the rice and the tempeh with the cilantro was all spot on.
We left the Wild Cow with some leftover nachos that we later ate and then I ate some popcorn and we both went to bed. On Sunday we got a late start out of our place and on to our next adventure, mainly because there was a random comic convention happening and we needed to be a part of it. Holly loves a comic and we both love Star Wars, so off we went to see what we could find. Holly got some comics and a cool Star Wars sign and we were super happy that we stopped there.
After the comics, we were starving so we headed to Khan’s Desserts and proceeded to lose our minds. We ordered WAY too much and ate way too much but it’s all in the name of research. The owner is very very nice and the guy that served us was so helpful. After all is said and done, understand this: the next time you’re in Nashville, you must go to Khan’s and eat everything they have.
You guys didn’t think we’d leave without getting dessert, right? We each got a GIANT cookie sandwich with vanilla frosting and chocolate chips inside. I got the toasted coconut brownie and Holly got some apple fritters, too. Later that night I ate the cookie sandwich and my nephews even got in on the cookie sandwich game. Because the perfect litmus test to see if someone is insane would be to offer them a bite of a cookie sandwich. If they refuse, run for your life because that person is a robot zombie that will soon rip out your heart and eat it.
Long story short, Nashville is amazing. It may be smaller than Atlanta but it’s got a huge heart and that heart is filled with nachos and biscuits.