A couple of weeks ago, tayst Restaurant and Wine Bar closed for some top secret renovations/remodeling. Chef owner Jeremy Barlow wouldn’t spill the beans to anyone (not even his staff!) on what his plans were, so naturally I was super curious to see the new space the minute it opened. On Tuesday, I did just that when I attended an “extreme makeover”-themed dinner unveiling the new look and feel of the space. The changes are awesome, especially all the new windows that really brighten and open up the dining room. I’m not giving away any other details though because I think you need to go check it out for yourself!
What I will share with you is what was on the menu for our dinner that night. As always, it was a delight…playful and inventive, and of course, delicious!
braised veal cheeks, basil, tomatoes, lemon
roasted pork belly, summer squash, sorghum
duck breast, orange cream tapioca, crispy beets
beef short ribs, potato two ways, reduction
berries, rose, hibiscus tea, custard, phyllo
And now something else I’m really, really excited about: the new menu that’s available only at the bar! There are plenty of nights when I don’t really want a full meal, instead choosing just to have a few nibbles with my cocktails. Now I (we) can do just that at the tayst bar. All the selections look really tempting and super affordable. I can personally vouch for the Nachos, as they are the same ones we served at Generous Helpings when I volunteered to help the chef with the tayst table.
tayst BAR MENU
bread pudding, duck confit chili, tater tots…4 / 2 for 7
basil, balsamic, olive oil….3
Everyone loved them, especially the white fire sauce!
Ice Cream Sandwich
chocolate doughnuts, bacon ice cream….4
2100 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Tues-Thurs: 5-10 pm
Fri-Sat: 5-11 pm
Bar Opens at 4 pm Tues-Sat
Speaking of last year, my friends Amanda, Charmaine and I had an absolute blast tasting dozens and dozens of flavors! A few of the flavors that especially excited us were:
Cina Snap – made with ginger snaps…and you know how I love ginger!
Coconut Almond– I’m almost always a sucker for anything coconut
The 2009 winner was Raspberry Chocolate Truffle, which unfortunately I skipped over thinking it sounded too ordinary. My bad. That won’t happen this year. No, this time my goal is to taste every flavor. I think I can do it. Although I may need some Tums afterward.
What: Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’
When: Sunday, June 13th
Where: The lawn* at First Presbyterian Church
4815 Franklin Pike
The cost for tasting dozens of flavors is $10 in advance ($13 at the gate) for adults, $8 in advance ($10 at the gate) for children and free for children under 2. For more information on the event, parking, and how to buy tickets in advance, click here.
Grab your family, a couple of friends, or your honey and come out to enjoy all the cool, creamy creations on Sunday! Hope to see you there~
*One helpful hint for you girls–you’ll be doing quite a bit of walking around in the grass and like any lawn, there are some bumps and lumps, so wear flat-soled shoes. This is not the place for heels or wedges!
As much as I enjoy going out to dinner with my girlfriends, I actually think I prefer our leisurely Sunday brunches more. Usually no one is in a big hurry to get anywhere else, so we’re able to linger for hours over coffee and mimosas as we not only catch up, but really dig deep into conversations.
Serves 4-6. Adapted from Cooking Light.
1 (10 oz) package frozen long grain brown rice (like Steamfresh)
2 Tbsp of pesto
1 Tbsp grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 large egg
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
3 small plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To prepare crust, cook the brown rice according to package directions. Combine cooked rice, pesto, Parmesan cheese, and 1 egg; firmly press mixture into the bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove dish from oven.
Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. To prepare filling, combine milk and next 5 ingredients (through 1 egg) in a bowl; stir with a whisk.
Sprinkle half of the mozzarella into the bottom of prepared crust. Top with half of tomato slices. Repeat procedure with remaining mozzarella and tomatoes. Pour milk mixture over tomatoes. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Reduc oven temperature to 325 degrees (do not remove tart from oven); bake an additional 35 minutes or until set. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with basil. Cut into wedges.
Last night it was brought to my attention that I have a very short amount of time left before my $50 Groupon for Miel* expires. Unfortunately, my calendar is jam-packed with activities between now and the expiry date of June 14th. So guess what? Since I don’t think there is any way possible that I’ll be able to make use of it, my loss is your gain! I’m giving it away to one lucky reader!!
Remember my friend Kathleen who was selling her cheeses last summer at the farmers’ market? Well, she’s back and better than ever! Kathleen has launched “The Bloomy Rind”, a cheese stand with a selection of hand-crafted artisan cheeses that can be found at the Nashville Farmers’ Market every Saturday. Over the past few months I’ve been fortunate enough to be a taste-tester on occasion as she sampled incredible cheeses from around the country. Now I’m a faithful customer, not because she’s my friend, but because she has the best stuff around! Honestly.
my most beloved of the bunch, it’s rubbed with coffee and lavender, creating a totally unique flavor
the rind is rubbed with sea salt and honey– oh wow.
Basically what I’m telling you is this- if you like cheese, then you simply MUST go visit Kathleen at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. She has the best, most interesting selection in town. Hands down. And if you follow her on Twitter @TheBloomyRind, or on Facebook, it’s quite likely you’ll be the first to know what new things she’s discovered. Or you can check out her blog for a list of each weeks’ offerings. Just do it. You won’t be sorry!
The Bloomy Rind
Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm
Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37208