Whenever I meet someone new and they ask me what I do for a living, the first thing they usually say is something along the lines of, “oh don’t look at what I’m eating.” For the record, I’m not. Or, they’ll ask me about some specific food or exercise like, “what do you think about avocados?” For the record, I think they’re delicious.
My original idea was to put a Fall spin on a Summer classic: The Caprese Salad. There's nothing more refreshing than a juicy tomato topped with a cool slice of mozzarella and a fresh piece of basil. Unfortunately, in the Fall, it’s pretty impossible to find good tomatoes. This Fall, I thought it would be fun to break the caprese salad rules, and make a version with Squash instead of tomato, and a pumpkin seed pesto instead of the traditional pine nut version.
Thank you to dietitian and blogger Lindsey, of HandmadeHealthy for contributing to Week #5 of the Where Should We Eat Series. This week, we're covering Nashville! Lindsey, take it away...
I’m so excited to be sharing with you my 9 must-eat meals from my home of Nashville, TN. Music City is more than just biscuits and cowboy boots nowadays. It’s becoming a thriving hot food spot that even the best chefs want in on. This year, our very own Chef Tandy Wilson of City House was honored with a James Beard award for Best Chef: Southeast! Check out what other Nashville noms we have to offer:
Who would have thought you could find exceptional Japanese cuisine in the South? Two Ten Jack is the perfect place to split small bites and plates with others. You’re sure to find something your tastebuds will absolutely savor.
RD Approved Menu Item: Shishito Peppers
Americano | $
If you’re in the mood to try a lot of things, head to Americano. They have an extensive tapas menu and some serious libations that are sure to satisfy you.
RD Approved Menu Item: Crispy Brussel Sprouts
Little Octopus | $
You never know what meals might show up on Little Octopus’ seasonally fresh menu. Gather here for unique eats in one of Nashville’s most vibrant neighborhoods, East Nashville.
RD Approved Menu Item: Avocado
Union Common | $
Hit up Union Common during their Happy Hour and you’ll will most certainly leave happy. Get a variety of their handcrafted small plates with a cocktail and things will be fine as wine.
RD Approved Menu Item: Fried Oyster Caesar
City House | $$
Whenever I have a special occasion to celebrate, City House always tops the list of destinations to dine at. The atmosphere is intimate, the cocktails are essential and so is their wonderful wood-fired pizza.
RD Approved Menu Item: Belly Ham, Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Oregano, Chilies Pizza
Marche serves up a quaint and classy breakfast with the best coffee beans in town. (I love you Drew’s Brews!) This establishment has been around for years and you’re undoubtedly going to be able to tell why!
RD Approved Menu Item: Fruit Tartine (Breakfast)
Moto | $$
If you want a pasta experience your tastebuds will remember, then you must go to Moto. They’ve got southern hospitality service with modern Italian cuisine that’ll make you lick your plate clean!
RD Approved Menu Item: Black Spaghetti
Burger Up | $
Yes, even RDs eat burgers! Burger Up has been one of my go-to burger restaurants for years now. I love their consistency and of course their delicious burgers and fries. You really can’t go wrong with any of their options!
RD Approved Menu Item: Troyathlon with Sweet Potato Fries
Honorable Mention: Chopped Kale Salad
Frothy Monkey | $
Good eats don’t have to be expensive or complicated! There’s more to love at this beloved coffee hot spot than just their lattes. Their food is good morning, noon and night.
RD Approved Menu Item: California (Breakfast)
And there she is! A list of my top 9 eateries only found in Nashville, TN. If you’re ever in my neck of the woods, I hope you’ll reach out! You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Did we miss a spot? If you're a Nashville native or frequent flyer, let us know your top picks in the comments below!
Week #3 in the Where Should We Eat Series covers one of my favorite cities: DC. Because I’ve only been there for a few long weekends, I’ve enlisted a little help from fellow Dietitian, Heather Caplan. Aside from being a dietitian, Heather is a certified running coach and yoga instructor and she’s lived in DC for over seven years.
My dad makes quite possibly the best artichokes. In fact, they weren't anything I really cared for until her started making them into these epic and elaborate side (or main!) dishes. His secret? He stuffs them with Italian breadcrumbs. They reason they're so delicious? The artichoke basically becomes a vehicle for eating stuffing. Instead of a fork, you use artichoke leaves.
When you live in a city (with one measly window AC) it's hard to eat anything but frozen food in the summer. My freezer is stocked with frozen fruit as I'm always prepared to whip up a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, when I don't feel like turning on the stove (or moving at all for that matter).
One of my favorite make-at-home meals is tacos. They're super easy to make, delicious, and if made right, are still packed with nutrition. These next couple of weeks I'm hosting a 12-Day Sugar Detox, so tortillas and taco shells are on the "eliminate" list, as they fall under the category of processed carbohydrates. I didn't let that stop my from creating a satisfying taco bowl, no shell required.
In the hot summer months it might be difficult to keep up with the water consumption you need. That's why I always recommend eating your water! This salad is loaded with hydrating veggies and topped with a healthy-fat and protein filled dressing. Not to mention it's bursting with flavor, and a much healthier and lighter option to lug to a picnic or barbecue. Check out the recipe below.
Many people have told me how much they love my simple Acai Bowl recipe, so I decided to make another smoothie bowl recipe, with some more common ingredients. I've been hooked on this Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl for weeks and am excited to finally share this super quick and easy breakfast (or lunch!) with you.