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Nashville Vacation: A Trip Full of Food, Music and Shopping

  Earlier this March, I went on a mini-spring break with a couple of girlfriends to Nashville. We visited a lot of places but to be honest I was having too much fun and forgot to pull out my camera. Sorry guys for the lack of variety in photos! I guess you know that’s a good sign to visit Nashville if you were ever contemplating it. Below is a list of my favorite places I visited in Nashville, a majority of this list consists of food and man do I love food.

 

Earlier this March, I went on a mini-spring break with a couple of girlfriends to Nashville. We visited a lot of places but to be honest I was having too much fun and forgot to pull out my camera. Sorry guys for the lack of variety in photos! I guess you know that’s a good sign to visit Nashville if you were ever contemplating it. Below is a list of my favorite places I visited in Nashville, a majority of this list consists of food and man do I love food.

  POP Nashville: Think of brunch (tapas style but decent portions) while looking at art. It felt like I was in a modern art gallery while eating delicious food minus the wait. I never thought it was possible to grab brunch without having to endure those long lines you get in Dallas. The above picture is of the Biscuits and Gravy with chorizo, fried shallot and chervil.

 

POP Nashville: Think of brunch (tapas style but decent portions) while looking at art. It felt like I was in a modern art gallery while eating delicious food minus the wait. I never thought it was possible to grab brunch without having to endure those long lines you get in Dallas. The above picture is of the Biscuits and Gravy with chorizo, fried shallot and chervil.

  Since we couldn’t get a plain side of eggs, we got the Egg Tartine pictured above which is made of scrambled eggs, tarragon pesto and shaved radish on top of french bread.

 

Since we couldn’t get a plain side of eggs, we got the Egg Tartine pictured above which is made of scrambled eggs, tarragon pesto and shaved radish on top of french bread.

  With my sweet tooth, I had to get the french toast with macerated berries, diplomat cream and cacao. Not sure what the fancy descriptions are but it tasted as delicious as it sounds.

 

With my sweet tooth, I had to get the french toast with macerated berries, diplomat cream and cacao. Not sure what the fancy descriptions are but it tasted as delicious as it sounds.

  Carnton Plantation: An eye-opening and humbling experience. Everyone should visit this plantation in Franklin that's just about 30 minutes from downtown Nashville. For $15 we toured the main house (pictured above) with a lot of its contents belonging to its original owners dating back to the Civil War.

 

Carnton Plantation: An eye-opening and humbling experience. Everyone should visit this plantation in Franklin that's just about 30 minutes from downtown Nashville. For $15 we toured the main house (pictured above) with a lot of its contents belonging to its original owners dating back to the Civil War.

  Jondie: After the plantation tour we decided to wander around the little shops in downtown Franklin, which was less than 5 minutes from the plantation with the sweetest drivers known to earth. Jondie was my favorite store in the square where I bought myself the green hat pictured above. This is us in front of their fire station, not the actual store, I thought the vintage lettering on the windows looked pretty neat.

 

Jondie: After the plantation tour we decided to wander around the little shops in downtown Franklin, which was less than 5 minutes from the plantation with the sweetest drivers known to earth. Jondie was my favorite store in the square where I bought myself the green hat pictured above. This is us in front of their fire station, not the actual store, I thought the vintage lettering on the windows looked pretty neat.

Edley’s BBQ: Whenever I think of barbecue, I just look back at this picture on my instagram and reminisce. This place has the best barbecue hands down! It’s heaven on a plate. I had the pulled pork sandwich with mac n cheese, potato salad and a side of cornbread. Ugh, I’m drooling just writing this up.  I Believe in Nashville Mural: This mural was facing a parking lot across a store called Imogene + Willie. Take your next instagram-worthy photo here then visit the nearby shops all within walking distance. Robert’s Western World: This is the place to go if you want to meet friendly people and get that Nashville nightlife feel. We didn’t have their famous fried bologna, chips and PBR for $5, since we ate already, but I hear it’s a pretty big deal so try it and let me know how it is. Mas Tacos Por Favor: Us Texas girls had to see what all of the fuss was about with these tacos but I’ll admit, those tacos were scarfed down in 5 minutes. I got the breakfast and pulled pork tacos with their green sauce. I don’t know what’s in the sauce but trust me, get it. Their horchata is delicious (if you love extra cinnamon) as well as their elote, which was served corn on the cob style with all of the fixings on top. Highly recommend it!   Barista Parlour: This was the first place we visited in Nashville in the a.m. From the atmosphere to the menu design and yummy lattes, I loved everything about the coffee shop and wanted to live there forever. Crema: Great lattes and avocado toast, try it! Hatch Show Print: Being a graphic designer and big fan of letterpress design, this was the first place in Nashville I had to drag my friends too. Hatch Show is a great place to go if you are on a budget and want to buy non-cheesy souvenirs, there were a ton of options for $10! Castilleja Nashville: A great place with accessories, clothes and home decor if you lean towards a boho style. It's like Dallas' Gypsy Wagon but with Nashville twang. Grand Ole Opry: Now this is a must when you are visiting Nashville, even if you have no clue who the artists are. Among some of  the musicians were Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and RaeLynn. To be honest, I didn’t really know who they were since I barely got into country music a little over a year ago. So now I know of them! I think that’s progress, right? Third Man Records: We visited the novelty lounge of Jack White's record label. A pretty cool place with posters, shirts and records for sale. It was entertaining to watch people record their songs in the record booth.  Overall, we enjoyed Nashville and would definitely visit again since we barely scratched the surface of things to do there (like the Johnny Cash Museum). TIl' we meet again Nashville! 

Edley’s BBQ: Whenever I think of barbecue, I just look back at this picture on my instagram and reminisce. This place has the best barbecue hands down! It’s heaven on a plate. I had the pulled pork sandwich with mac n cheese, potato salad and a side of cornbread. Ugh, I’m drooling just writing this up. 

I Believe in Nashville Mural: This mural was facing a parking lot across a store called Imogene + Willie. Take your next instagram-worthy photo here then visit the nearby shops all within walking distance.

Robert’s Western World: This is the place to go if you want to meet friendly people and get that Nashville nightlife feel. We didn’t have their famous fried bologna, chips and PBR for $5, since we ate already, but I hear it’s a pretty big deal so try it and let me know how it is.

Mas Tacos Por Favor: Us Texas girls had to see what all of the fuss was about with these tacos but I’ll admit, those tacos were scarfed down in 5 minutes. I got the breakfast and pulled pork tacos with their green sauce. I don’t know what’s in the sauce but trust me, get it. Their horchata is delicious (if you love extra cinnamon) as well as their elote, which was served corn on the cob style with all of the fixings on top. Highly recommend it!  

Barista Parlour: This was the first place we visited in Nashville in the a.m. From the atmosphere to the menu design and yummy lattes, I loved everything about the coffee shop and wanted to live there forever.

Crema: Great lattes and avocado toast, try it!

Hatch Show Print: Being a graphic designer and big fan of letterpress design, this was the first place in Nashville I had to drag my friends too. Hatch Show is a great place to go if you are on a budget and want to buy non-cheesy souvenirs, there were a ton of options for $10!

Castilleja Nashville: A great place with accessories, clothes and home decor if you lean towards a boho style. It's like Dallas' Gypsy Wagon but with Nashville twang.

Grand Ole Opry: Now this is a must when you are visiting Nashville, even if you have no clue who the artists are. Among some of  the musicians were Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and RaeLynn. To be honest, I didn’t really know who they were since I barely got into country music a little over a year ago. So now I know of them! I think that’s progress, right?

Third Man Records: We visited the novelty lounge of Jack White's record label. A pretty cool place with posters, shirts and records for sale. It was entertaining to watch people record their songs in the record booth. 

Overall, we enjoyed Nashville and would definitely visit again since we barely scratched the surface of things to do there (like the Johnny Cash Museum). TIl' we meet again Nashville!