Nashville Eats

One of my Christmas gifts from Ben (my fab boyfriend) was a 3 day trip for the two of us to Nashville, Tennessee! I have been wanting to visit the city for a while now and I was beyond excited to know that I would get to spend time exploring Nashville with him before my winter break ended.

Just like before any trip, I researched all about the food scene in the city. I couldn’t wait to try hot chicken and find the best ice cream shops. Sadly, we didn’t make it to all the places on my list but this is what we did get to:

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden – Pharmacy Burger with Tots (although I didn’t have one the Creamsicle soda at the table next to me looked delicious)


Known as Nashville’s “Wurst-Burger” Joint this place is fabulous! Don’t go to Nashville without grabbing a bite and a soda from the old-fashioned soda maker. I do suggest using the No Wait app to get a jump-start in line!


Five Points Pizza – 14″ Woodstock Classic and Root Beer

This meal won the trip overall! Five stars for Five Points Pizza! That’s all there is to say.

Jeni’s Ice Cream Brambleberry Crisp and Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean


Holy delicious! I could go to each of the 3 Jeni’s locations in Nashville over and over again! There are scoop shops in Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, Charleston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis if you can’t make it to Nashville; you can even order online or join the Jeni’s Pint Club.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Classic Mac & Cheese


Rock Bottom wasn’t on my list but we happened upon it while exploring downtown while our stomachs were growling and we were trying to escape the rain. This mac & cheese was definitely worth the stop!

Hattie B’s – Tender’s Plate (mild) with French Fries and Baked Beans


No wonder Hattie B’s is famous for their hot chicken! I normally don’t like anything hot but the flavor in this chicken was super yummy! Not to mention crinkle fries.

Pied Piper Creamery – Oreo Speedwagon and Strawberry Fields Forever


This ice cream shop is cute from the outside, a little wacky on the inside, and the ice cream is so yummy! They have original house-made flavors with punny names. They have 12 permanent flavors (including the strawberry) and 12 other flavors. The Oreo Speedwagon was a coffee flavored ice cream with crushed Oreos – it was good, but did not beat the Strawberry Fields Forever.

Five Daughter’s Bakery – Chocolate Coffee Crunch and Vanilla Cream

This adorable bakery is owned by a couple with even more adorable daughters (yes, 5 of them). You can’t get these donuts anywhere other than Nashville, so you need to make the trip. I tasted the Chocolate Coffee Crunch and Vanilla Cream. The Vanilla Cream was very tasty but I can’t imagine any donut better than the Chocolate Coffee Crunch made with homemade rice crispies. I got the King Kong flavor for my dad – he said it was one of the best things he has ever tasted!

Desano – Pepperoni Pizza


This place is pretty unique! The Pizzaiolas (master pizza makers) create true Neapolitan pizzas right in front of the customers in wood-burning ovens! Oh, and it is delicious! (P.S. Try a cannoli for me.)

Let me know what your favorite restaurants are in Nashville, Tennessee and let me know if you try these out!



Christmas Sweets: Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

My Meme sleighs Christmas (sorry for the cheesy pun). Not only does she put up a gorgeous tree with a ridiculous amount of lights but she redecorates the entire house – including each bedroom and the china hutches. Everyone has a stack of gifts wrapped in their very own paper; if you are younger than 5 years old your stack will be taller than you.

The decorations create a magical atmosphere to rip open gifts (and gifts and gifts). But what really makes you know it is Christmas time at Meme’s house is when you walk in and the counters are covered with baking ingredients and you’re hit with a wall of fresh-baked-cookie smell.

There are chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter blossoms, decorated cut out sugar cookies, creme wafers, chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, white chocolate fudge, and more. I live off of a sugar high the days leading up to Christmas, and my favorite treat is the peanut butter fudge.

Peanut Butter Budge

Rich, sweet, creamy candy.


  • 1 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 can evaporated milk
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter


  1. Combine butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a pot.
  2. Cook to 234 degrees; stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and mix in marshmallow fluff, vanilla extract, and peanut butter.
  4. Pour into a parchment paper lined pan.
  5. Let harden; cut into bit sized pieces with pizza cutter.

You can even add nuts to the recipe; just mix them in between steps 3 and 4.



My Favorite: Fall Dessert Recipe

I just got back to Tuscaloosa after a wonderful fall break at home. I got to surprise everyone by coming home a day early (I had to keep a secret from them all and it was so difficult). Ben and I carved pumpkins – our fall break tradition – and spent a day visiting his mom in Memphis, riding her horses, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. And of course, we went to Las Brisas for chicken, cheese, and rice (yes, thats the meal and exactly how you order it). My mom and I got pampered with pedicures, I got my hair updated for fall, and I spent some time in the kitchen with my meme.

Because it was fall break, I couldn’t think of a better time to learn how to make Meme’s apple crisp – my favorite fall dessert. The featured image is of the original recipe she has, but she has made tweaks of her own throughout the years (as all great bakers do). We went by her own recipe that is only documented in her head – and now here. Enjoy & Happy Fall!

Meme's Apple Crisp

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet, tart, perfect-for-fall dessert.


  • 6 apples (I used Fuji but you could use Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or a mixture)
  • 4 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS + 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1.5 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1 cup butter


  1. Butter a 9×13 pan.
  2. Pare and dice apples. Place diced apples in bowl.
  3. Combine 4 TBS sugar and 1 TBS cinnamon to sprinkle on apples. Mix to be sure each apple slice has the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Place apples in an even layer along the bottom of the pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups brown sugar, 1.5 cup flour, 1 cup quick oats, 1 TSP cinnamon, and 1/2 TSP salt.
  6. Slowly mix in 1 cup melted butter to complete the topping.
  7. Knead topping mixture with hands until it is moist but crumbly.
  8. Crumble the topping over the apples in the pan.
  9. Bake at 350 until topping is golden brown (about 40-50 minutes).
  10. Serve warm à la mode.

For an even better apple crisp mix in 1 cup of powdered milk in the topping.