Just curious- any of my Nashville readers ever attended the Our Kids’ Soup Sunday event?

I haven’t in the past, but it’s coming up this weekend and I’m seriously contemplating it this time around. With 50 restaurants participating, I figure there has to be some pretty fantastic bisques, chowders, stews, and maybe even dessert soups on hand to taste, especially since some of my Nashville favorites are on the roster: Saffire, Park Cafe, Bread and Company, Frothy Monkey, and Eastland Cafe (to name a few).

So if you’ve been before, let me know what you think. Your feedback may determine whether I get out of pajamas on Sunday and brave the cold to go warm up with some hot soups!

What: Our Kids’ Soup Sunday
When: Sunday, Feb. 28th
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: LP Field, Club Level West

Click here for more information and to buy tickets in advance: $20 for adults; $8 for kids; or $40 for the whole family

Photo Credit: Wild Leek and Potato by kern.justin

Did any of you see Oprah yesterday?? Her entire set was edible- made of over 15,000 pieces of Godiva chocolate that took over 1,400 hours to assemble!

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Today’s deal on Groupon for The Local Taco is one that I can’t pass up. Recently voted Best New Restaurant in the Metromix annual “Best of” poll, I’ve apparently been missing out by not visiting before now. No excuses now that I can get it 1/2 off!

$30 in food & drink for $15!

The deal is available today only, so click here now to take advantage!


The week after I posted my “Best of 2009” list, it hit me that I left off something very, very important. I’ve been kicking myself ever since for letting it slip my mind, and I blame it on my lack of photographic documentation. This something I speak of is Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint out in Nolensville. Even though I’ve never snapped pics of the food I’ve enjoyed there, please don’t let that lead you to believe it’s because it wasn’t worthy. It was more than worthy.

I’ll be honest, I heard about this place quite a long time ago, but never felt the need to jump in my car and drive the 30 minutes it would take for me to get there. I mean, it’s barbecue. There are at least five BBQ joints within 10 minutes of my house and I don’t even bother going to them. Why would I drive 30? But as time passed, I continued to hear more and more talk of this phenomenal ‘cue, and my curiosity grew. Then last summer, Bon Appetit magazine named Martin’s one of the Top 10 New Barbecue Restaurants and I knew I could hold out no longer. It was time to take a drive.

Once I tasted Pat Martin’s dry rub rubs and smoked chicken wings with white sauce, I was hooked. Hooked. The girl that was at first unwilling to drive 30 minutes to and fro to eat BBQ now doesn’t think twice about it. If you live out that way and haven’t eaten at Martin’s yet, you’re nuts. Just plain nuts. Seriously crazy. I’m not kidding around about this. I would eat it at least once a week if I lived nearby. (and I would probably go up 2 sizes)

For those of you that are not fortunate enough to be in close proximity to Martin’s, I say to you: take a drive. Except not today. Or tomorrow. But soon.

Because I do have a little bad news if you aren’t already aware- they’re currently closed to build a bigger, better restaurant. It has been closed for three months and it’s killing me. I really need some.

And it’s not just killing me and their other die-hard fans. I think it’s about to kill them too….
I’ve been following the construction progress via Facebook and Twitter, and they just can’t seem to catch a break. Everywhere they turn they’ve had one more setback or delay.
But the last date announced for the grand opening is Tuesday, March 2nd, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’ll actually happen and I’ll be chowing on some wings within the next couple of weeks.

And here’s a little tip for you- become a follower of @martinsbbq on Twitter, or a a fan on Facebook, and you just might get invited to a party. Check out this tweet straight from @martinsbbq:

“if u follow MBBQJ on Twitter and Facebook u get a V.I.P. Invite to one of the pre-parties…tell all!”

Even if you don’t care about the pre-parties, don’t use Twitter or Facebook, you should still make that drive out to Nolensville some time soon to sample the best barbecue I’ve ever eaten. You heard me: The Best.


Martin’s Barbeque Joint

7238 Nolensville Rd
Nolensville, TN 37135

(615) 776-1856

Hours:
Sun & Mon: Closed
Tues – Fri: 11 AM – 8 PM
Sat: 11 AM ’til the music stops!

Today’s recipe isn’t anything exotic or earth-shattering, just a really simple way to jazz up plain ‘ole chicken. I have no idea where I originally found it, but I think it was in a health or fitness magazine several years ago. The short list of ingredients required to pull it together are all staples in my pantry, so this dish shows up fairly regularly on our table.


Extremely easy to throw together, it’s a quick, healthy dish for a weeknight when you don’t have much time to prepare dinner.

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Almond Crusted Chicken

Serves 4*.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp garlic salt
Black pepper to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 oz each)
2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle pepper all over the chicken. Combine almonds, brown sugar, and garlic salt in a bowl. Dredge chicken in the almond brown sugar mixture. Arrange chicken on a baking sheet. Firmly pat any remaining mixture on top of each chicken piece. Bake for 18 minutes, or until thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 180. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Calories 254, Fat 8g, Protein 29g, Carbs 15g, Fiber 1g

 Once you take the breasts out of the oven and transfer them to plates or a serving dish, you might find yourself licking the leftover almond and caramelized sauce scrapings from the pan. I’ll be honest, there’s no might about it with me. I do. Always.

Have kids? Never fear, this is a tried and tested kid favorite as well. But to make it a little more kid-friendly, I suggest cutting the chicken into strips and making Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers. I’ve done this several times in the past, and can say they’re just as good (if not better) than the breast halves. Enjoy!


*As you can see from the photos, when I last baked these, I only used 3 chicken breasts because they were about 6 ounces each. I still used the same amount of all the other ingredients.

Woohoo! Great deal today on Groupon for one of my Nashville favorites!


Get $20 worth of food and drink for $10!

If you haven’t given Suzy’s a try yet, you’re really missing out. Perhaps you overlooked the story of my experience a few months ago? Read it now, and I bet you’ll want to snatch this discount gift certificate right up!

Click here NOW to take advantage of this great deal because the offer is only good for today!


L’Eté du Vin‘s kick-off fundraising event, $29 and Under, is coming up next week at Cabana. This is the 3rd annual event, and it will be my 3rd time to attend. All of the wines highlighted at the event are available in the Nashville market for $29 or less, so it’s a fantastic way to find some affordable new wines that you like.

It was at this tasting last year that I discovered a wine that changed my opinion of Chardonnay. Previously, I had all but given up on Chards because most were not to my liking. Then I found Rodney Strong’s Chalk Hill and the birds sang. Well, not literally, but it was an exciting moment.

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, February 25th from 5-8 p.m. and be sure to let me know if you’ll be there so I can say hello!


To reserve your place in advance click here. It’s $40 if you reserve by February 24th, or $50 on the 25th.

Keep in mind that if you decide to have dinner afterward at Cabana, Sunset Grill, or Midtown Café, you’ll receive a 10% discount!


Photo credit: L’Eté du Vin


A few months back a new bakery/cafe opened up nearby, and I had really good intentions to get over there and check it out. Opening week came and went, then the week after, and another week…you get the picture. I haven’t gone yet.

But a couple of days ago I saw a tweet from them about a wine and sweets tasting this weekend, and I knew it was time. What better way to kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend?

There are so many great-looking things on the menu that I’ve made it my plan to get there early and have lunch, ending on a sweet note with the tasting. Hope to see you there!

What: FiddleCakes Wine and Sweets Tasting

When: Saturday, February 13, 2010
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Where: 2206 8th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37204


FiddleCakes Business Hours:
M-F: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Photo Credit: Cheers! by Dots Treats