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Over the last couple of years, I’ve devoted a few blog posts to some of my favorite food trucks, but what I’ve written about doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the choices that are out there.  Did you know there are over 30 active food trucks that make up the Nashville Food Truck Association? It seems like only yesterday that there was only one mobile food truck in town!

Then there were two or three. Then six. Back in those days, it obviously wasn’t too difficult to keep up with who was where on what day. But as more and more trucks hit the streets of Nashville, it became more and more of a pain to keep up with it all.

It meant stalking multiple Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. Some were good at posting their schedules in advance…some not so much so. Then came the Nashville Food Trucks website and Twitter account, awesome resources for navigating the food truck scene.

And now we’ve got something that makes it even easier to track them down: the Nashville Food Truck Association just launched a smart phone app! LOVE it.

With the touch of a finger, I can now see all food truck locations and event dates in one place!

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Available on both iPhone and Android, you can locate trucks by name (screen shot above) as well by date (screen shot below). The schedule goes well into the future, so you can even plan ahead for upcoming food truck events.

In celebration of this big app launch, for the month of May, the group has kicked of the inaugural “Nashville Street Food Month.” All the trucks in the association are offering a one-time $1 discount on a purchase of  $10 or more to all customers who download the app and mention it at time of purchase.

The goal is to get everyone out to try a food truck during May. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a pretty lengthy list of trucks I’ve been wanting to try, so I’m going to make it a point to hit at least one of them per week from now until May 31st!

 

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blvd Salmon n’ Grits
House Bacon Ragu, Wilted Greens, Tabasco Gastrique

Do you see that work of art above? Believe me, it tastes just as good as it looks.

A few months back I was wallowing in sadness at the thought of one of my favorite Nashville restaurants closing. Cha Chah had been the spot for many delicious meals and happy occasions with friends over the past couple of years, and in my opinion, had some of the most interesting food in town. Whatever was I going to do?

Luckily Arnold (Myint – the chef/owner of Cha Chah, PM, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, and AM@FM) wasn’t closing the doors for good, but instead locking up for just a few weeks to transform the restaurant space into a new bistro-bar-market concept. (Apparently the neighborhood wasn’t quite as enamored with the original concept as moi, and they were calling for something a little simpler, a little homier.) Thus, blvd Nashville was born.

 

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Mediterranean Wedge at blvd
Iceberg, Local Feta, Tomato, House Bacon, Red Onion, Green Goddess Dressing

And while I will always miss Cha Chah, after several visits to blvd, it has earned a special place in my heart.

It’s more casual, yet it’s still cool. It’s a great spot for a date or dinner with a group of friends. And hopefully they won’t mind me saying this, but it’s also a place that you don’t have to feel weird taking your kids. (unless of course, your kids are holy terrors that will run wild through the restaurant)

Seriously, I’ve taken my little guy (15 months old) twice now, and the staff has been very accommodating. They have highchairs. People, I can’t tell you how happy this makes me because sometimes Mama suddenly has the urge to get out of the house for a nice meal but doesn’t have time to (or just doesn’t feel like putting forth the effort to) secure a babysitter for a couple of hours.

If it’s for dinner, I personally feel more comfortable going right at opening before the dinner rush hits, but I’ve seen others coming in later than that. My kiddo goes to bed at 7 though, so if we don’t get in there by 5 pm, we might have one of those holy terrors on our hands…and no one wants that!

 

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blvd’s Madras Spiced Curry Fries

Okay, now let’s talk about the food.

On the night I got the delicious salmon and grits (the beauty at the start of this post), my friend got the Mac n’ Cheese Gratin with tomato confit, truffle oil, swiss, tontina moray, and pretzel crumbs. Yep. That’s about all I need to say about that.

And then there are the fries. You need to know that I don’t typically love french fries. I could take ‘em or leave ‘em. But at blvd, there is no leaving them. In fact, I’m not sure I could go there for lunch or dinner and not order some. “Le French Fries” come in various flavors:  Hickory Salt & Pepper, Truffle Oil & Chive, Spicy Habanero , Herbs de Provence, Pine Nut Pesto, and Madras Spiced Curry.

The Madras Spiced Curry rock my world, and even my 15-month old loves them! I really need to order the Habanero, as I’ve heard great things, but once I tried the Curry, I’ve had a tough time deviating from those.

 

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Mushroom-Bacon Crockpot at blvd
Poached Egg, Toast Points

Something I’m absolutely thrilled about is that Arnold kept three of my favorite dishes from the Cha Chah menu, the Mushroom-Bacon Crock, the Warm Brussels Sprouts and the Top Chef Lamb Meatballs.

Now, if you never had those Brussels Sprouts and you think you don’t like Brussels Sprouts, I beg you to give these a try. With almonds, chili, onion, smoked vinegar, and melted manchego, I can pretty much guarantee they are very different and also better than any you’ve ever had before.

Another standout dish for me is the Duck Cassoulet. A substantial portion that left me with enough to take home for lunch the next day, this is definitely comfort food at its best.

Welcome to the neighborhood, blvd. We look forward to many happy meals ahead!

Blvd Duck Confit

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Duck Confit, Duck Breast, Lentils, Beans, Barley

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2013 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 385-2422

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There are a gazillion versions of this recipe floating around on the internet, so I know I’m not publishing anything novel here, but these sweet treats hold a special place in my heart and memory, so I figure they deserve a place on my blog. In fact, these cookies have been a part of my life for probably longer than I can remember them being a part of my life.

After I posted a photo of them on Instagram yesterday, my cousin Lori commented “Seems like Aunt Nell had these waiting for me every day after kindergarten! They were the best!”

When Lori was in kindergarten, I was a wee babe. Actually, it’s likely that I wasn’t even eating solid foods yet. It’s also very likely that this may have been the first dessert (besides fruit) I ever ate. Just speculating of course….

I do know they are one of the few foods that I vividly remember from my childhood. I’ll never forget the smell of the chocolate as it bubbled in the saucepan on the stove. Or how I burned my tongue more than a few times because I was overeager to get the hot, buttery mixture into my mouth. I can still recall the vision of my mom dropping the gooey masses onto the wax paper on the counter. And I definitely remember how happy they made me.

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Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Yields 18-24

Ingredients:

2 cups granulated white sugar
6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups Old Fashioned Quaker Oats

Optional:
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in saucepan, bring to a boil. Add vanilla extract.

Remove from heat and add oats (and other optional ingredients). Stir well.

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper and allow to cool.

You’ll notice I’ve got a couple of “optional” ingredients in my recipe. My mom never added these – she’s a purist. But her daughter is a little more adventurous, so sometimes I give them a little twist. Peanut Butter can also be added (1/2 cup will do).

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Did you happen to catch the exciting news I shared a couple of weeks ago about celebrity chef and Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan opening a restaurant in Nashville? If you didn’t, click that link now and read all about it. No doubt it my mind that it’s going to be awesome with a capital A.

Seriously you guys. If I’m not careful, this post could turn out to be the longest one in the history of my blog because I have SO MUCH I want to say. I promise I’ll try to keep the gushing under control.

Maybe I should start by telling you that I’m a huge fan of Chopped. You’d think because I am just a tab bit obsessed with food that I watch a lot of food-related television, but that’s actually not the case. Sure, I haven’t yet missed a season of Top Chef, but other than that, the only culinary entertainment that can keep me in my seat for hours on end is Chopped. (Side note: the show is currently casting in Nashville if you’re interested in trying out.)

So the fact that I got to talk on the phone with Maneet, one of my favorite judges from Chopped, is pretty darn cool. After my gazillion questions about the show, the new restaurant, and what she really thinks about Nashville (“people are so nice” and “it was love at first sight!”), we moved on to the topic that was really the whole reason behind our call, her soon-to-be-released cookbook, Flavors of My World. I should probably note that a couple of weeks before I spoke with Maneet, I actually talked to Doug Singer, her co-author, as he’s the one that reached out to me via email regarding their upcoming book tour. He’s awesome. It may be hard to tell much about a person over the phone (or maybe it’s not? maybe it’s better to only hear their voice kind of like The Voice?), but within the first few seconds of talking, I liked him.

Apparently Maneet felt the same way when she first met him, because when I asked how they ended up working together on this project, she said she just happened to meet Doug at a celebrity chef event, and they just “clicked”. A while later, she told him about the cookbook idea she’d had floating around in her head, but she wanted someone to help her write it…and the rest is history. She cooked. He wrote. And now their cookbook is about to hit the stores and they’re embarking on a 21-city book tour. Which does, in fact, include Music City.

 

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Geisha Kamasutra Cocktail
from Flavors of My World, photography by Quentin Bacon

 

Flavors of My World: A Culinary Tour Through 25 Countries is…. more than I can put into words. It’s interesting, it’s beautiful, it’s fascinating, it’s unique.  And it is full of not only incredible food, but also cocktails. Lots and lots of cocktails! Yes, this is certainly my kind of book.

From the sake based Geisha Kamasutra shown above to the Spicy Coconut Ouzo – a Greek inspired drink with coconut milk, ginger, serrano chile, lime and ouzo- I’m feeling the need to host an Around the World party and make every. single. one.

I’ll attempt to explain the concept of Flavors of My World. Think global fusion cuisine. There are 25 different countries represented, each with a personal story, and all recipes have been given Maneet’s Indian twist. It’s fun to read, and once I actually make a few of the dishes, I’m certain that I’ll be able to say it makes for delightful eating too!

On my short list: Moroccan tagine chana masala on couscous and Malai chicken hot dogs (a nod to the U.S.).

 

 

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Chicken Tandoori Banh Mi
from Flavors of My World, photography by Quentin Bacon

 

Now, for info on the tour, making its stop in Nashville next week!

 

What:

Exclusive Dinner with Maneet Chauahn

When:

April 23rd, 2013
6 p.m.

Where:

Anthem
125 12th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37203

Seating is limited for what is sure to be an amazing culinary experience. Tickets are $90 per person and include a signed copy of Flavors of My World. The event will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by a four-course meal. Tickets are available by calling 615-800-9712 or by visiting the event ticket site.

 

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Pa Doi Pots de Creme
from Flavors of My World, photography by Quentin Bacon

 

Can’t make it to that dinner but still want to meet Maneet and get a cookbook signed? No problem! There’s another opportunity:

What:

Flavors of My World Book Signing

When:

April 24th, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where:

Whole Foods
4021 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville 37215

 

If you aren’t in Nashville, click here for a full list of the tour cities.

And last but not least, if you don’t happen to live in any of the places the tour will hit, or if you just can’t make it out to one of those events, never fear. You’ve got a chance to score one of the cookbooks right here!

That’s right, one of my lucky readers is going to win a copy of Flavors of My World.

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations

#22 Sarah Worley!

All you have to do is this:

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1. Leave a comment telling me the best or most interesting ethnic dish you’ve ever eaten. Were you in that country, here in Nashville or some other city in the U.S.? Maybe you even made it yourself at home! Do tell.

Optional

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win a copy of Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan’s soon-to-be released Flavors of My World cookbook from @betheats! http://bit.ly/175lSwB ” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat.Drink.Smile. on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)

 

Contest ends on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11 pm CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

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Otaku South is undoubtedly one of the stars of the Nashville pop-up scene. I’ve been hearing raves about Sarah Gavigan’s roaming ramen shop from friends for several months now, and after a mention in Food & Wine magazine, then a special appearance at Catbird Seat, I’ve certainly been feeling like I’m missing out by not having attended one myself.

So I was excited to hear about this weekend’s Otaku South on steroids – Otaku South EXTRA LARGE!

Along with Sarah’s local team, there will be special guest chefs from around the country serving up their own distinctive styles of ramen as well as assorted yakitori skewers. Choices, choices – how will I ever decide?!

 

What:

Otaku South EXTRA LARGE
with special guests
Guy Wong – Miso Izakaya, Atlanta
Akiko Moorman – The Gohan Society, New York
Phillip Foss – El Ideas, Chicago
Dennis Lange – Den-Chan, Atlanta

Where:

Marathon Music Works

When:

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
3-8 pm

 

There will be live music in addition to all the incredible food. Admission to the event itself is free, but you’ll need to buy food tickets if you want to eat (and really, why wouldn’t you??). Each ticket is $12 and can be redeemed for one of the food items offered at EXTRA LARGE. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit the Otaku South website.

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Now for some even more exciting news-  Sarah is letting me give away tickets to TWO of my lucky readers! Both of the winners will get a set of 2 food tickets to be used at the event.

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winners!

#4 Amy Williams

#26 Ivan

All you have to do is this:

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1. Leave a comment describing your best ever ramen experience. If you’ve never had ramen, no worries. Just tell me how much you’d love to eat a big bowl of Otaku South’s!

Optional

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Live EXTRA LARGE this weekend with @betheats! Win 2 tickets to the @OtakuSouth Event! http://bit.ly/ZkVtZf ” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Otaku South on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)

 

Contest ends on Tuesday, April 16th at 9 p.m. CST. Once the winners are chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the names here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose others, so be sure to check your email!

 

Image courtesy of Otaku South

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The week is here. Savor Nashville happens this Friday and Saturday! Friday night at Union Station Hotel looks to be great fun as some of the best chefs in Nashville (including some of my food truck favorites) will battle it out in the Challenge to the Chefs.

Saturday night is the Celebrity Chef dinner at Hutton Hotel, and I got a sneak peek at the menu, so I wanted to share with you. It looks absolutely amazing~

 

1st course –

Charles Phillips, 1808 Grille
shaved purple brussels sprout, asparagus, apricot and seared honey comb, rhubarb vinaigrette
2012 Belle Glos Oeil de Pedrix Pinot Blanc Noir

2nd course -

Jeremy Ashby
Butter poached lobster crepe, smoked ham hock, trumpet royale, lady peas, 1st of the season vidalia, wasabi pistachio oil, guava, sorghum
2010 Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

3rd course –

Jonathan Waxman
Grilled shrimp & squid salad with aioli, breadcrumbs & wilted greens
2011 Mer Soleil SILVER Unoaked Chardonnay

4th course –

Robbie Wilson
Salmon chorizo, Japanese negi, potato skin *salmon chorizo = salmon belly sashimi
2011 Meiomi Pinot Noir

5th course –

Jeff Michaud
Chicken liver rigatoni with cipollini onions and sage
2011 Belle Glos ‘Las Alturas’ Pinot Noir

6th course –

Edward Lee
Smoked brisket & squab, edamame & pickles, burnt orange puree, melted leeks
2010 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert course –

Charles Phillips
Chocolate pretzel tart, salted caramel, malted whip
Coffee & Tea

 

For more information on both events and to purchase tickets, visit www.nashvillelifestyles.com.  The Celebrity Chef Dinner is $160/person and Challenge to the Chefs is $35/person.  An all-access pass is available for $185/person.

 

Dying to go to the Celebrity Chefs Dinner but not sure your wallet can handle it? Well guess what?  I might just be able to send you for FREE!

That’s right. I have two (2) Celebrity Chefs Dinner tickets for one of my lucky readers! All you have to do is this:

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to our winner!

#77 Ann Williams

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me which course you would most like to try from that amazing menu above.

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Want to go to the @NashLifestyles Savor Nashville Celebrity Chefs Dinner for FREE? Win tickets from @betheats! http://bit.ly/Yd7Vet”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat.Drink.Smile. on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)

 

Winner must be 21 or older.

Contest ends on Thursday, April 11th at Noon Central. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 24 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

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Recently I watched the new documentary, A Place at the Table Produced by the same studio that brought us Food Inc (which I’ve watched multiple times), this documentary follows three families struggling with food insecurity and hunger. In America. America. The wealthiest nation in the world.

Many of us associate hunger with images we’ve seen of famine victims in faraway places like Africa. We don’t think about it being right here in our own front yard, but it most definitely is. I knew before I even began watching that I’d likely shed a few tears. What I didn’t realize is just how angry I would be.

Normally I don’t get political here on the blog. But I’m frustrated. I’m horrified. I feel the need to do something. So here I am, asking you to join me in taking action. How can you help?

Super easy assignment: Watch the movie!

 

Trailer of A Place at the Table:

 

If you live here in Nashville, we’d love to have you join us for a special screening in a few weeks:

What: A Place At The Table Screening and Food Advocacy Fair

When: Monday, April 29, 6 p.m. (film will begin at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Downtown Presbyterian

154 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN, 37219

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and a small food advocacy fair in the church’s fellowship hall. There’s a good chance we’ll also have some local chefs involved to prepare inexpensive, healthy dishes. Details are still being worked out, and I will definitely provide them to you as I know more.

~UPDATE~ visit the Eventbrite page to get all of the details of the event and purchase tickets!
 

For those of you that don’t live in Nashville and want to see this thought-provoking (and hopefully action inducing) documentary, here are a few ways you can do so:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZVvEPk
OnDemand: http://on.fb.me/XbxtaC
Google Play: http://bit.ly/10XSwAG
iTunes: http://bit.ly/APATTiTunes

Click here for a list of screening cities.

 

Another super easy assignment:

Take a few seconds to fill out this form and send it to Congress, telling them to protect the federal nutrition programs that feed our nation’s children.

When you watch the movie, you’ll understand that much of the problem is that our government is and has been subsidizing the wrong products. Chips, sodas and processed foods are cheaper than fruits and vegetables. It’s insane! Something has to be done.

 

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Turkey Sausage and Spinach Ragù on Parmesan Polenta

When I went on my usual trip to the grocery store this weekend, this movie was certainly on my mind. One fact that kept running through my mind as I navigated the aisles: Food stamp participants are only allocated $4 a day to survive. I wanted to create a recipe that would work on a budget, yet still be healthy. The cold hard truth: this was hard. Extremely hard.

While I’ve never had to worry about where my next meal was coming from, I’ve always been mindful of how much I spend on food, often creating menus for the week based on what’s on sale at the time. I do my best to not let anything go to waste.

Most of the items I purchased for this particular recipe will stretch over multiple meals. Only part of a bag of spinach was used. A fraction of a bag of polenta. Half a jar of marinara. There is still leftover onion, sausage, and garlic. Tomorrow I’ll probably throw together an egg casserole with a few of those more perishable items.

As I do so, I’ll once again be thanking my lucky stars that I don’t have to worry about my child going hungry. And I’ll be hoping and praying that my voice and my actions will help get food into other children’s mouths so they can grow, flourish, and lead happy, healthy, productive lives. Because everyone – no matter what circumstances they’re born into – deserves that opportunity.

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Turkey Sausage and Spinach Ragù on Parmesan Polenta

Serves 4. Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients:

3 (4-ounce) links sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
2 1/3 cups water, divided
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup instant polenta
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach

Directions:

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; sauté for 8-10 minutes, until no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Remove sausage from pan; drain all but about 1 tablespoon of liquid. Return to medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in sausage, marinara, and 1/3 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes. With about 3 minutes remaining, add chopped spinach to the ragu. Stir to combine.

Bring remaining 2 cups water and milk to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; reduce heat to low. Gradually add polenta, and cook for 3 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cheese, salt and pepper. Serve with sausage mixture.

Some other recipes that are healthy and budget friendly:

Tomato Cucumber Farro Salad

Feta, Spinach and Mushroom Penne

Curried Lentil Soup

Parmesan Kale Salad

One Skillet White Bean and Sausage Stew

Chickpea, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Sage Roasted Pork Tenderloin* with Beans & Artichokes

(*tip: buy pork tenderloin when it’s on sale for deep discount and freeze. I often get them when they’re buy 1 get 1 free)

 

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Shrimp Papusa at Etch
corn cake, manchego and queso blanco, peruvian butternut slaw, smoked tomato sauce, green onion, cilantro, avocado pesto

 

In case you haven’t done so yet, make a beeline to the nearest magazine rack and pick up a copy of April’s Nashville Lifestyles. Why? Well, first and foremost, it’s the annual Restaurant issue, so it’s packed full of food, food and more food. Secondly, yours truly helped choose the 50 Best Restaurants in Nashville!

It was so much fun sitting around a table with some of my favorite food writers (Jennifer Justus, Kay West, Chris Chamberlain and Erin Murray), discussing what makes these restaurants the best of the best. After much debate, the Top 10 list was created.

Without giving too much away, I will tell you that Etch is in that 10. Okay, so I’ll give you more: it’s in the Top 3. And what I love about the Top 3 is that they are all #1. That probably doesn’t make much sense, does it?

When you see the list maybe you’ll understand what I mean. Basically, they’re all so very different from each other that there is absolutely no way to compare them. So, as far as I’m concerned, there’s no way they can compete with each other.

 

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Etch’s Veggie Tempura Shavings (served with ponzu sauce)

For months now, when asked “what’s your favorite restaurant in Nashville” (and I get asked that A LOT), my answer is Etch. Since its opening last summer, I’ve eaten there more times than I can count. And every single meal has been exceptional. The creativity! The flavors!

Recently I realized that although I’ve mentioned Etch in blog posts and named it #1 in my Top 12 of 2012 list, I hadn’t yet written a post dedicated solely to my experiences there. So here we are!

 

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Etch’s Seared Tuna Salad
chili spiced, eggplant, avocado, radish, green onion, sake ponzu vinaigrette, smoked tofu

 

While Etch is absolutely perfect for dinner before a concert at the Ryman, a symphony performance, or a Preds game, it is also a great lunch spot. Any time business takes me downtown around the lunch hour, you better believe I’m dropping into Etch.

While a few standouts from the dinner menu are served at lunch (Roasted cauliflower appetizer, Seared Tuna Salad, Etch Salad, Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta), for the most part, there is a whole new world of delicious options to choose from.

 

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Roasted Cauliflower at Etch
truffled pea pesto, salted almonds, feta crema

Some of my lunch favorites include the Farro Bowl with porcini-crimini sauce, toasted farro, confit mushrooms, and dijon truffle broccoli; the Shrimp Papusa (did you see that pic at the start of this post?? so good and so big!); the Short Ribs with pasta squares, smoked red wine gravy, carrot, caramelized onion, shiitakes, and pea pesto. Yum.

Hungry yet?

Well, maybe I can help you out….

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Ratatouille Crudo with Shrimp (an Etch lunch special)
carpacio squash, zucchini, fennel, champignons, provencal herbs, eggplant salt, red bell tomato essence, parmesan

 

I’ve got 3 – count ‘emTHREE gift certificates to give away!

Each certificate is good for Lunch for Two (2) at Etch. So maybe now you don’t have to just take my word for it or sit at your computer drooling over the online menu. Instead, you can belly up to an actual table at Etch and enjoy Chef Deb Paquette’s incredibly delicious food.

To enter, all you have to do is this:

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winners!

#3 Amy Williams

#16 Leah

#111 Lindsey Dudgeon

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me the best thing you’ve eaten at Etch -OR- if you haven’t been there yet, check out the lunch menu and tell me which dish is calling your name.

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win a delicious lunch for 2 @etchrestaurant from @betheats! http://bit.ly/13Q3Kce”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Etch on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)

 

Contest ends on Sunday, April 7th at noon CST. Once the winners are chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the names here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose others, so be sure to check your email!