Marché Artisan Foods

marche_artisan_foods1I have to admit, brunch is my kind of meal. Well actually, I like breakfast a lot but early mornings are not really my thing. Now being able to sleep in and still get breakfast foods when I wake up? Whoever came up with this whole brunch concept is a genius in my book. When Stacie and I were in Nashville we researched several places to have Sunday brunch but we ended up at Marché Artisan Foods. Like every other restaurant we ate at during my trip, it only took about 10 minutes to get to but the wait was an hour, and apparently no one in Nashville has heard of reservations. Still, the food was really good and the atmosphere was nice so I’m glad we went.

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A Food Tour of Dallas

I spent last week in Dallas for work. I’ve driven through Texas a few times on road trips growing up but haven’t really spent any time there so I was excited! Dallas was actually nothing like I was expecting – I was picturing it similar to Tucson, desert and really dry, but everything was so green and it actually rained quite a bit while I was there. The humidity was pretty high a couple of the days but I managed to survive it – that’s what I was worried about the most; I can handle heat but too much humidity makes me feel like I’m dying.

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Pancake Pantry and BookManBookWoman

pancake_pantryWhen Stacie invited me to Nashville, I only had two things I wanted to do: try to find some Consider The Wldflwrs jewelry (which was a success) and get some breakfast at Pancake Pantry. Stacie had written about the restaurant before and it sounded so good that I had to try it for myself. When we arrived there was a line halfway down the building. Stacie was nice enough to wait in line while I went to BookManBookWoman, a book store across the street.

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Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall

Nashville's Bicentennial MallI have to admit, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when Stacie and I went to Nashville. I’d never been before but she seemed to really love it. The most surprising thing to me was how small it was. I know Phoenix is one of the larger cities in the US, but it was still a shock to see how different Nashville was. Not that it’s a bad thing, in fact, as a tourist it was amazing! We stayed in East Nashville but it seemed like everywhere we wanted to visit was only about 15 minutes away (although every restaurant in town always had an hour wait… more about that later). Although we were only there for three days, we zig-zagged all over town and got to see everything on our list, without the usual exhaustion that comes with trying to do too much in a day. The first couple of days were chilly and rainy, but the last day was sunny and beautiful. That was when we made the trip to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (also known as Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall).

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Moda Boutique and The Frothy Monkey

moda_boutiqueOne of our stops in Nashville was Moda Boutique. Located in Nashville’s trendy 12 South area, Moda is a house-turned-boutique that carries cute clothes, jewelry, and gifts. I loved the look of the boutique with its fun purple paint and stepping stone walkway. The clothes were pretty nice but what really drew me in was the jewelry. I’d been eying a few pieces from Consider The Wldflwrs (see their matte stacking rings on my spring wishlist), and since the brand is from Nashville, I thought something from them would be a fun souvenir.

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Lockeland Table

Molly was right when she mentioned last week that all I’ve been talking about lately is Nashville so I thought I would stick with the trend! For our sister weekend in Nashville we actually stayed in a cute East Nashville house that I found on Airbnb! It was perfect location – walking distance to 5 points (the trendy part of East Nashville with restaurants and bars) and just a few miles from the Honky Tonks in downtown.

The first night we were in town we went to Lockeland Table for dinner. Lockeland Table is a cute farm to table restaurant that serves everything from wood fire pizza to pasta and even short ribs. Their cocktail list also has quite the variety of options. The restaurant was packed – we were lucky to get one of the last seats available at the pizza bar which was great because we were able to watch the chef make pizza during our meal.

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