Nashville Guide: Where to Eat

HUSK: If you want to have a real serious culinary experience just a few blocks south of Historic Broadway, in the heart of Downtown Nashville, then you will need to check out the newest outpost of the Neighborhood Dining Group and James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock's renowned restaurant, Husk. Led by Brock and Chef de Cuisine Morgan McGlone, the kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Nashville. You’ll definitely need to plan ahead and get a reservation but it’s so worth it with dishes like Country Fried Steak with black pepper gravy and roasted potatoes not to mention, their famous Husk Cheeseburger.

MAS TACOS: This Snug, no-frills Mexican restaurant serving up an array of tacos & other standards is currently #8 out of 1,697 restaurants on TripAdvisor. With dishes like Fried Avocado tacos, elote, horchata, tilapia tacos, pulled pork tacos, chicken tortilla soup and tamales, it will satisfy all your mexican food cravings. This is a chill, order at the counter kind of place that is absolutely perfect for lunch in Nashville.

THE WILD COW: Just because you’re in the south doesn’t mean that you can’t have a healthy and delicious meal. This tiny, casual restaurant with a hippie feel has all of your meaty favorites without the guilt like vegan queso, nachos, tacos, burritos, reuben sandwich, portobello burger and of course a variety of salads and smoothies.

Nashville Guide: Where to Stay

THE 404 HOTEL: This boutique style Hotel is a welcome change from the typical chain hotels. Lots of unique touches in an urban style, eclectic setting. There is no reception/ front desk, but secure keypad code & excellent communication makes that irrelevant. With features like cement floors, woven natural fiber rugs and the barn door for the bathroom, this hotel is hip and chic. There are only 5 rooms in the entire hotel, giving it a very warm and intimate feeling but you need to check the availability in advance.

DREAMY COTTAGE: If you’re rather go the Airbnb route, then this quaint cottage is for you. Comfy, cozy, romantic and less than 3 miles from Downtown. The Cleveland Cottage provides a private oasis within city limits that includes full kitchen, Wifi, parking, electric fireplace & entrance through a private courtyard with fire pit. Perfect for a peaceful getaway to Nashville.

HUTTON HOTEL: If you are looking for an adult feeling hotel a great view of downtown, this is the place. The surrounding West End neighborhood is hip and full of nightspots and lively cafes. This hotel is committed to their green ethic with bamboo floors and furniture. And they not only welcome pets, they spoil them with pet bed, scratching posts and treats.

Nashville Guide: Where to Drink

ROBERT'S WESTERN WORLD: This longstanding outpost on the always happening Broad Street features live country bands, cold beer & fried bologna sandwiches. There will be drinking and there will be two-stepping at this prototypical honky-tonk. You cannot go to Nashville without stopping by and dancing with a real live cowboy. Don’t worry if you don’t know how, they’ll teach you.

PINEWOOD SOCIAL: From the classic to the young and hip. The Pinewood Social is great place to have a great time. They serve yummy food and drinks while providing lots of fun activities like bowling, bocce ball and pools to cool off in the hot summer heat.

Nashville Guide: Where to Listen

THE FAMILY WASH: There is no shortage of places to see and hear music in Nashville. It’s actually harder to find a place where there is no music but this is an absolute fav of ours. It’s a low key venue that also serves great food. So you could also put this in the food category but I love it for good local music. They host a variety of acts so you are always guaranteed a good time here.

Nashville Guide: What to Do

JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM: If you have any love for classic country music and the man in black then this is a must see.

THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY: A 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway. Stop by The Loveless Cafe while you’re there for some good old fashioned home cooking.

Nashville Guide: Where to Shop

WHITE'S MERCANTILE: Inspired by an old general store but with a modern twist, this shop was named an essential stop in Nashville by The New York Times and we agree. You can find our Tennessee Cutting Board at all of their locations! 

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Tip #1 Make a pitcher friendly cocktail

Spring and Summer are the perfect time to have your friends or family over for brunch. But we know it’s not as easy as it sounds so we want to help you out and let you know just how to host a brunch and stay sane at the same time.

Our tips, tricks and recipes will cover every aspect so that you can sit back and enjoy the morning instead of rushing around like a crazy person.

Tip #1: Make a pitcher friendly cocktail. These blood orange mojitos are perfect for brunch and can be made in the morning before everyone arrives and then all you have to do is serve. Heck, your guests can probably handle that for themselves too. You’ll definitely want to have some
cocktail muddlers and cocktail stirrers on hand for this one.

Tip #2: Use make ahead recipes such as this Boozy Baked French Toast from Smitten Kitchen. You can put this recipe together the night before and bake in in the morning before your guests arrive. No cooking over the stove while your guests are having a great time without you.

Tip #3: have appetizers ready

Tip #3: Have appetizers ready. Putting together a simple but lovely cheese plate is a great way to keep everyone from gnawing on their hands while everything comes together. Besides no one wants to sit down to eat right away. They want to get a cocktail, mingle and munch. Don’t forget to display your cheese plate on a beautiful board like this Maple Flag Board with Flower Engraving. Which leads me to the next tip.

Tip #4: Don’t forget the decorations. Look, you don’t have to go to Target and clean out an entire row to make your home look festive. You’ve already got your cheese on a gorgeous board, just add some grocery store flowers and you’re practically done. I don’t personally keep any vases in my house so I usually put floral arrangements in a glass pitcher or, if those are being used for Mojitos, mason jars/drinking glasses. I just put a few small arrangements around the house.

Tip #5: Have a mix of sweet and savory food. What we all love about brunch is that you can go sweet or savory. And when you make brunch at home, you can have both. My standard brunch menu formula is: 1 part sweet, 1 part savory, 1 breakfast meat, 1 green salad. Within those parameters you can go crazy. I love a simple herb quiche like this one from Martha as my savory dish. You can even buy a pre-made one, no one will know.
Tip #6: Don't forget the coffee
Tip #6: Don’t forget the coffee. Seriously. I know that cocktails are the greatest thing about brunch but not everyone drinks so make sure you have something for everyone. These coffee scoops make coffee stylish and easy. Also set out all the accoutrements like cream, soy milk, sugar, agave, etc. It will feel luxurious like it’s your own personal coffee shop.
Bonus Tip: serve your guests using a tray
Bonus Tip: Serve cocktails or coffee on a fancy wooden tray like this personalized geometric tray and you will look like a brunch pro.

Happy Brunching!

We are constantly getting feedback from our customers that they want help with hanging their cutting boards. So we have put together this simple how to so that you can show your cutting board the love it deserves by hanging it on the wall.

Step one: gather your supplies

First, gather your supplies. All you need is your cutting board, a hammer, a nail and a few sawtooth picture hanging hardware. Sawtooth picture hanging hardware can be obtained at a hardware store or any big box store like Target or Walmart. We think it works best and can be used 

Step Two: decide on placement

Next, you will need to decide where to place the hanging hardware. You will want to the center balance point. To do this hold your state shape between your thumb and pointer finger until the board feels balanced hanging in this point. Mark this point with a pencil, you have your point!

Step Three: Hammer your hanger

Hammer your sawtooth picture hanger into the back side of your cutting board with your hammer. For longer boards you might need more than one. Make sure it is secure and will not pull out of the board once hung.

Once your hanging hardware is secure, you can hammer your nail into the wall where you want the cutting board to hang.

Step Four: hammer your nail

Now, all you need to do is hang your cutting board on the wall and step back to enjoy your new hanging state shape!

Step Five: hang your cutting boardStep Six: enjoy your work

You can also use your board at anytime, the rubber bumpers will keep your board level on any surface you want to serve on.