Get ready, because you’re going to be reading a lot about tapas here on the blog in the coming weeks since I just got back from Barcelona where I ate sooooo much amazing food!

BUT – before I get to my Spanish adventure, I need to catch up on things that have been happening here in Nashville recently.

A few months back Americano Freestyle Tapas opened in the old West End Cafe location on West End. I’ve always been a fan of restaurant concepts that involve the sharing of lots of small bites, so I was pretty excited to hear about this place.

I’ve mentioned it a million times before, but it’s worth mentioning again — I like trying multiple things when I dine and would rather order 5 appetizers than one big entree. That way I get a few nibbles of a variety of different flavors instead of being stuck with just one thing. Of course, I could always just dine with 5 people and force them to share their entrees with me…but for some reason, some people don’t like that.  ;-)



Americano’s Crispy Brussel Sprouts – smoked pork belly/chipotle glaze/manchego cheese


That’s why I love spots that create menus that are meant for sharing. At Americano, you’ll find bites, small plates, salads, tapas, tacos and larger shared plates. Don’t expect all traditional Spanish dishes though, as many of their offerings are Latin-influenced but with a nod to Nashville, and I’m perfectly okay with that.

I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Americano twice now, most recently as an official outing for the Nashville Food Bloggers, which gave me a chance to try what I believe to be the best brussels sprouts in town for a second time. And it was confirmed – yep, these are the best brussels sprouts in town! With a sweet chipotle glaze and chunks of smoked pork belly tossed in, how could they not be?

Americano collage

Another thing I love about this menu is that you can be as good or bad as you want to be. There is everything from Chopped Kale Salad to Fried Manchego Cheese. So go with the lighter side of things when feeling healthy and the darker side when you’re feeling stressed. Options!

Pictured above:

Albondigas – veal pork meatballs with sweet piquito pepper sauce

Chopped Kale with Citrus Honey Vinaigrette, Salted Almonds, Raisins, Grated Manchego

Fried Manchego Cheese with Blueberry Jalapeno Jam

Nashville hot cauliflower served with buttermilk blue cheese sauce




From left: Blistered Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Ceviche (special), Brussels Sprouts

In addition to the dishes not pictured here, I’ve also had the Patatas Bravas, Spicy Ahi Tuna Guacamole, the Paella Americano, and a ceviche special they had one day for lunch. I can’t say that I’ve had a single bad thing on my two visits.

There is still a good chunk of the menu that I haven’t yet sampled. I’ve currently got my eye on the Roasted Dates with smoked pork belly and blue cheese (can you tell I have a thing for pork belly?) and the Gambas Ajillo (hot garlic shrimp). I think a happy hour may be on the calendar soon….



Americano’s blood orange swirl


Speaking of happy hour, theirs is Sunday through Thursday from 3 pm – 6 pm, and you can get these drink specials:

$5 Margaritas (rocks or frozen)
$5 Frozen Swirl any flavor (I love the blood orange!)
$5 Sangria (white or red)
$3 All Drafts Beers

In addition to lunch and dinner seven days a week, Americano also offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. I haven’t had the chance to go for brunch yet, but their menu looks great, so it’s on my short list.


Americano Freestyle Tapas Bar

1720 West End Ave #100
Nashville, TN 37203

Follow on Twitter @AmcanoNashville

Mon – Thurs 11 am – 10 pm
Fri  11 am – 11 pm
Sat 9 am-11 pm
Sun 9 am-10 pm

Tip: There is plenty of free parking behind the restaurant. The signs in the lot still say for West End Cafe customers (or at least they did when I was there last) but never fear, they’re for Americano!

Steadfast (photo credit_ Ethan Covey)


Steadfast Supper on Tap

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
6 pm

Steadfast Coffee
603 Taylor Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $65

My newest favorite coffee shop, Steadfast in Germantown, is hosting their inaugural “Supper on Tap” dinner later this week, featuring five beers from Founders Brewing paired with four delicious courses created by Chef Julia Sullivan and team! To purchase tickets, click here.

Canapé & Cocktail
Chicken Liver Mousse with Peaches and Tarragon on Steadfast Brioche. Pairing – Blushing Monk
First Course
Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, East Coast Oysters, Watermelon, Cucumbers, and Herbs. Pairing – Porter
Second Course
House Made Pork Sausage, Mustard Greens, Sweet Corn Relish, and Mustard Pork Jus. Pairing – Red’s Rye
Third Course
Sunburst Trout, Lemon, Castelvetrano Olive, and Summer Squash. Pairing – Double Trouble
Blueberry Tart with Molasses Ice Cream and Caramel. Pairing – Curmudgeon



Tomato Art Fest

Friday, August 7th and Saturday, 8th, 2015

Cost: FREE!

6 – 11 pm
Free concert and food trucks on 11th Ave between Woodland and Holly. For more info, click here.
9 am – 6 pm (vendors close at 6, music goes until 10)
11th Avenue and Woodland

All day festival with so much stuff I can’t list it all! Click here for all the details.



The Palm Summer Lobster

The month of August (ends 8/31)

The Palm
140 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $59 or $99

Every year, The Palm hosts one of their most popular events – a summer lobster promo! Yum.

The Summer Lobster Event offers two specials:

Dinner for Two at $99, which includes: (If you bought this off the regular menu the cost would be more than $140)

*         Choice of Starter – Mixed Green Salad, Caesar Salad, Lobster Bisque
*         4-lb. Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster split for tow with melted butter and lemon
*         Choice of one signature vegetable or potato side, served family-style

Dinner for You at $59, which includes:

*         Choice of Starter – Mixed Green Salad, Caesar Salad, Lobster Bisque
*         Lobster-topped 9 ox. filet mignon served Oscar-style with asparagus and Bearnaise sauce
*         Choice of one signature vegetable or potato side



El Gordo Beer Dinner

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
6:30 pm

Husk Nashville
37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $85

Good People Brewing Co. is partnering with Husk Nashville to celebrate the brewery’s last case of El Gordo, a small batch Russian Imperial Stout, which was recently voted Paste Magazine’s top imperial stout in the country.

Husk Chef de Cuisine Brian Baxter will create a four-course dinner to pair with a variety of Good People beers. Limited to only 24 guests, the intimate dinner will take place in Husk’s private event space, The Stables.


Beginning at 6:30pm, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and Good People’s Pale Ale followed by the seated dinner at 7pm. The menu will feature three savory courses to pair with signature Good People brews including Bearded Lady, Brown Ale, and Coffee Oatmeal Stout, with Good People’s final case of El Gordo served with dessert.


Seats can be reserved by calling Husk Nashville at (615) 256-6565.

Nashville Lifestyles Bartender Bash

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
6 – 8 pm

Acme Feed & Seed
101 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 at the door

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve likely seen how much fun I’ve had at Bartender Bash in the past, and this year is sure to be the same, as I’m super excited to judge the competition for the sixth time!

This time they’re mixing things up a bit and using 2 different spirits in the competition – tequila and whiskey. (Uh oh. I may be in trouble!) Awards will go to the Best Herradura Margarita and Most Creative Jack Daniel’s Cocktail as well as a “Fan Favorite”.

Take my advice and click here to get your tickets early because it tends to sell out in advance, and I don’t want to see you turned away at the door!

Curious about who the awesome competitors are? Well, here’s a list:

Christian Todd of Acme Feed & Seed
Tessa Jameyson of Barlines
Matt Pelc of Cantina Laredo
Freddy Schwenk of Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Megan Dillon of Embers Ski Lodge
Elaine Dean of Hard Rock Cafe
Colin Schaeffer of Mason’s
Haiely Duke of Nama Sushi
Grant Fisher of Party Fowl
Angela Barrientos of Sambuca
Joseph Henley of The Southern Steak & Oyster
Ryan Riviera of The Sutler


Are you a master sandwich maker? If so, then it’s time to put your skills to the test and try to win $25,000! Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat Bakeries’ 2nd annual “America’s Better Sandwich™” Contest launched a few weeks ago, so I’m just a little behind on spreading the word. Never fear though, as the entry period runs through August 23rd, so you’ve still got plenty of time for some R&D to perfect your creation!

Entrants can submit up to two (2) recipes per category using Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat’s Whole Grain Breads or  Sandwich Thins Rolls in each of the following categories:

Open-Face Artistry
Breakfast in Bread
Love, Healthfully
Creative Classics
Fueling Good

All eligible recipes in the contest will be judged by a panel of experts based upon nutrition, creativity and ease of preparation. The top three (3) finalists from each sandwich category will also be posted online for public voting September 21st- October 18th, 2015 to help determine Category and Grand Prize winners.

On National Sandwich Day, November 3, 2015,  the highest scoring recipes in each sandwich category will be revealed and awarded $5,000 each! In addition, the highest overall scoring sandwich will receive a $25,000 Grand Prize and the 2015 title “America’s Better Sandwich™.”

Visit for all the details and to enter!


Some of the country’s most talented chefs have teamed up with the brands to create their own delicious sandwiches and help spread the word about the contest. Participating chefs include:

  • Chef Fabio Viviani- Los Angeles, CA, Chicago IL, and Miami, FL
  • Chef Kevin Gillespie- Atlanta, GA
  • Chef Tiffany Derry- Dallas, TX
  • Chef Dale Levitski- Nashville, TN
  • Chef Mike Isabella- Washington, D.C.
  • Chef Doug Adams- Portland, OR
  • Chef Edward Lee- Louisville, KY
  • Chef Beau MacMillan- Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ
  • Chef Rocco Whalen- Cleveland, OH and Charlotte, NC
  • Chef Katie Cavuto – Philadelphia, PA

For those of you here in Nashville, you’ll probably recognize Sinema’s Chef Dale Levitski in that list. I was able to get my hands on the recipe for his delicious creation, Sandwich Thin Breakfast Tacos, so I’m sharing it with you today.



Sandwich Thin Breakfast Tacos

4 Servings. Recipe by Chef Dale Levitski.


2 Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls 100% Whole Wheat roll
1/2 fresh avocado, smashed
1 tsp. olive oil
4 large eggs
6 oz. roasted chicken, pulled/chopped
1/8 c. red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 tomato, diced
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 c. Romaine lettuce, shredded
1 radish, thinly sliced


Heat olive oil in nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Sauté onion, chicken, tomatoes in skillet until warmed. Crack four eggs in a separate bowl and beat yolks with fork or spoon, but do not scramble. Add eggs to pan and gently stir until cooked to desired temperature.

Separate and lightly toast Sandwich Thins® rolls. Evenly distribute smashed avocado on each side. Then, place egg and chicken mixture over avocado and garnish with lettuce and radishes.

For every eligible recipe submitted during the entry period, and for every vote cast during the voting period (September 21, 2015 – October 18, 2015), Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat will donate a loaf of bread to its official charitable partner Feeding America®, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

When I posted a list of events earlier this month, I told you that I just may be back with more.  There are a couple I realized I’d forgotten to mention and a couple more that just popped up on my radar, so here you go!


Music City Brisket Grand Opening

Thursday, July 16, 2015
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE

There’s a new food truck in town and they’re having their grand opening this week at Yazoo. Music City Brisket will focus on brisket, ribs and fish. Some menu items I’m particularly excited to try are the beef brisket tacos & Mahi Mahi tacos (happy to see they have corn tortillas!), and some awesome looking savory avocado fries and a corn, tomato, and avocado salad with honey lime dressing. Check out their Facebook page for pics of those and other dishes, and their website for a complete menu!

Anyone interested in attending Thursday’s grand opening at Yazoo can subscribe to the Music City Brisket mailing list, which will allow the first 50 subscribers to receive a free beef brisket sandwich sample at the event! All other attendees will receive half off the full size beef brisket sandwich. Yazoo will offer $1 off its beer selection for all Music City Brisket customers.



NFM’s Cornmato

Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nashville Farmers Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: FREE

The Nashville Farmers’ Market has a really cool weekend ahead– it’s 3 days of special events celebrating two of my favorite summer crops: corn and tomatoes!

It all starts with Night Market on Friday night (5-9 pm), followed by special events and offerings on Saturday and Sunday. We’re talking a cornmato eating contest, canning demonstrations, corn & tomato tasting contest,  live music, adult beverages, food demos, and more!

For more information and full schedule of planned events, visit NFM’s Cornmato FB page.



City House Takes Prima

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10 pm – midnight (or later)

700 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: varies

If you haven’t been to Prima yet, you must remedy that very soon. It has definitely become one of my favorite new Nashville restaurants. If you haven’t been to City House yet, your only excuse can be that you just moved here from another planet!

When I heard that the City House crew was taking over the Prima kitchen, I was pretty excited. Then I saw the date and was a lot bummed, as it’s the day we leave for Paris. Ah well, I still hope that many of you will go to this special dinner and Instagram the hell out of it so I can see what magic happens in the kitchen that night!

This dinner is unusual in that it will begin after regular dinner service ends, so you’re going to need to stay up late. But it’s totally going to be soooo worth it. Just grab a snack to hold you over until 10 pm.

The City House team will be creating small plates, priced $7 – 20. Reservations aren’t required but they’re definitely recommended, especially if you want to get a group together. To make a reservation, call Prima at 615- 873-4232. Free parking (with validation) will be available in the garage at the Terrazzo. For more information, visit the Facebook event page and/or read my friend Chris Chamberlain’s piece over at the Scene.



Sugar Rush

Thursday, July 30, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cannery Ballroom
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $20

21+ event

Seriously can’t believe I forgot to include this in my “happenings” round up earlier this month! I’ve attended this event almost every single year (well, I’ve actually worked the event, but still got to enjoy all the sweet treats!) but am sad that this time around I’ll be out of town for it.

If you have a sweet tooth, it is a do-not-miss. Local confectioner’s, cakeries, creameries, cupcake and cookie makers will vie for the title of Nashville’s Sweetheart.  So far participants include Goo Goo Cluster, The District Bar and Kitchen, Sweet Darling Pattisserie, Ben and Jerry’s, Opryland, Sophisticakes, Fox’s Donut Den, Chef’s Market and Cookies By Keith. More competitors continue to be added, so stay tuned to the Facebook event page for updates.

Tickets to the event include 1 drink ticket to try Captain Morgan Flavored Rum or Shady Fruit Vodka and all the sweets you can possibly eat. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Nashville Scene’s event page.



Half Christmas Beer Fest

Friday, July 31, 2015
6- 10 pm

Riverwood Mansion
1833 Welcome Ln
Nashville, TN 37216

Cost: $35

21+ event

Pull out your Santa hat and tacky sweater (or a red & green tank top might be more comfortable in this heat!), and head over to Riverwood Mansion on July 31st for Lightning 100’s 2nd Annual Half-Christmas Beer Fest.

There will be over 40 beers to taste, snow machines, special holiday DJs, karaoke, and dance floor. Get your Xmas on! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

paris-barcelonaPhotos by my good friend and world traveler, Kristin Luna of Camels and Chocolate


You guys, I’m in desperate need of a true vacation.

Last year I didn’t take a vacation AT ALL. In fact, just recently I realized that I only took four days off of work in 2014. 4 days! And none of them was for a vacation– just a day here and there to spend time with my kiddo or to work on home projects. And while I’m really fortunate that I at least get to travel to some fun cities for work, it’s still that– work!

As you know, earlier this year we got to go to Disney World as a family (hooray!), but again, that wasn’t all pleasure– I was there for a conference. And even if the conference wasn’t a part of our trip, you can’t really call a trip to Disney World relaxing…

The last time I had 3 continuous, leisurely days alone with my husband was when we went to  Asheville, NC  in 2013 to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. For over a year we’d been saying that we were going to plan a trip to Paris & Barcelona, but we never nailed down a date or even started researching very much. Then one day in late May, my husband got an alert from Kayak that flights to Paris had dropped drastically, so we bit the bullet, picked dates for July and booked our flights!

So, now here we are. We’re leaving for Paris in 10 days! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading blogs, Rick Steves travel guides and asking for advice from friends that have visited these two cities before. I’m finally feeling like the Paris leg of the trip is shaping up, but I still have some work to do on our Barcelona plan. Of course, we have a rooftop pool at our hotel in Barcelona so that may end up being a good chunk of my itinerary ;-)

If any of you out there have been to either of these cities, I’d love to hear all about your favorite sites, adventures, and places to eat, so please do spill!



Goo Goo Summer Chef Series

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015

Goo Goo Shop
116 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210


You guys. I haven’t had this much fun putting together a promo for work since the Goo Goo Desserts of 2012!

I honestly can’t remember if I’ve ever even told you about the Premium Goo Goos that are being created in our Shop, so if I haven’t, I apologize, as I’ve done you a disservice. Premium Goo Goos are very different from a regular Goo Goo Cluster. They’re 4 ounces vs a typical 1.75 oz Goo Goo Cluster, and they’re made by hand daily with the highest quality ingredients. Our confectionery kitchen manager, Lauren Garcia, is responsible for coming up with various flavor combinations for these gourmet confections.

There are typically at least 4-5 different Premium flavors offered on any given day, and a handwritten menu chalkboard above the Shop kitchen announces what’s available. Basically, they’re the reason I will always be 5 lbs heavier than I’d like to be. But man, is it worth it!

Anyway… back to the reason I’m here today. We’re launching the “Goo Goo Summer Chef Series” that will run through the end of September and will feature Premium creations imagined by eight of Nashville’s best chefs:

Karl Worley – Biscuit Love Brunch
Dale Levitski – Sinema
Hal Holden-Bache – Lockeland Table
Maneet Chauhan – Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Deb Paquette – Etch
Matt Bolus – 404 Kitchen
Matt Farley – The Southern Steak & Oyster
Trey Cioccia – The Farm House


The new flavors will be sold at the Goo Goo Shop and will rotate periodically with two or three featured each month. To wrap up the series, we’ll showcase all of the flavors at our table in the Grand Taste tents at Music City Food + Wine Festival on September 19th and 20th, 2015.

Now, how do you know what new creations we’ve got? Just follow Goo Goo’s Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, or check the website,, as I’ll be posting them all there as they launch. And, of course, you’ll probably see pics on my own Instagram and Twitter feeds as I’ll definitely be eating them all


Jeni’s Hillsboro Village Opening

Thursday, July 2, 2015
7 – 11 pm

Jeni’s Ice Cream
1819 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

Cost: FREE

Jeni’s Ice Cream has had a rough few months. They’ve battled a listeria issue at their production facility, and my heart goes out to them. I’ve been super impressed with how they’ve handled it all — from the completely transparent communications from their management team to paying their employees while they’ve been shut down.

Thankfully, now with a little help from some friends at a dairy in Ohio, they’re starting to slowly get up and running again. And that means the new Hillsboro Village shop is finally opening!

Tomorrow night (Thursday) is the night, and founder Jeni Britton Bauer is scheduled to host the party. There will be FREE scoops from 7 – 11 pm and the first 50 people in line will each get a ceramic mug.



Southern Cooking for Company Book Signings

Thursday July 2nd, 2015
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Hillsboro Plaza Shopping Center
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215


Thursday, July 9th, 2015

7 – 8 pm

Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt
2501 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE


I’ve known Nicki Wood for a few years now. Our original interactions were on the Scene’s Bites blog, where she’s been contributing for quite some time, but our first real “getting to know each other” was when we took a road trip down to Birmingham together for Food Blog South in 2011. Not only is she a great writer, but she’s also a fun travel buddy! But her writing is what brings me here today.

Her new cookbook, Southern Cooking for Company, has just been released and she has a couple of signings lined up for us here in Nashville over the next few days. The first is tomorrow night at Parnassus and the second is next week at Barnes & Noble.

For the event at Barnes & Noble,  in addition to the signing, she’ll have a demo and tasting which will include pickled shrimp, country ham and angel biscuits, and it’s possible she may even be shaking up a cocktail called Rings & Thimbles (as long as she can get permission). Now, I’m not completely sure, but I think maybe she’s using mom’s recipes for some of the bites she’s putting together!

That’s right, my own mother contributed to the book, and the country ham and angel biscuits are something I’ve been eating my whole life! It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying them though, so you’ll definitely be able to find me stuffing my face at Barnes & Noble next week ;-)




M.L. Rose Free Sliders on the 4th

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
All Day

M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers

4408 Charlotte Ave
~ and ~
2535 Franklin Pike

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers will once again celebrate the 4th of July by giving away FREE sliders! For every craft beer purchased, guests will receive one free slider. The offer runs from open to close at both locations. This is one awesome deal we should all be taking advantage of on Saturday!

In addition to the 4th of July celebration, sliders will also be M.L. Rose’s Burger of the Month for July. Guests can get 3 sliders + waffle fries for $11.95 all month.




Steadfast Coffee Block Party

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
1 -4 pm (or maybe even later!)

603 Taylor Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: FREE

Last week I checked out the new Steadfast Coffee for the first time and let me tell you, I’m super impressed!  They’re excited to be a part of the Germantown neighborhood, so they’re hosting a Block Party and have asked a few of their neighborhood friends to help with food, cocktails and some surprises.
There will be a DJ, games supplied by redpepper, cocktails by The Mountain Agency, snacks by Rolf & Daughters, as well as a presence by Nisolo, Peter Nappi, Wilder Shop and more!
Check out the Facebook Event page for more info.



Healthy Happy Hour with Erin Oprea

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
5 – 7 pm

Mason’s at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE + cost of drinks

Complimentary valet and self-parking

We’re all invited to throw on our favorite workout attire and enjoy a healthy happy hour with celebrity fitness trainer Erin Oprea at Mason Bar. Now this is a concept I can get behind — fitness and drinking all in one!

And Y’all. Erin is Carrie Underwood’s trainer. Need I say more?? If I’m going to continue to lead this food focused lifestyle, I need a dose of her in my life!

The event, which is free to the public, will feature complimentary healthy small bites from chef Brandon Frohne including Curried Portobello Fries with House-made Ricotta & Blueberry Pesto and Beet Chips with Smoked Goat Cheese & Squash Salsa. There will also be a healthy cocktail, the Mandarin Smash,  for $8. 20-ounce Bud Light drafts will be $5, and fancy fruit and herb infused water will be complimentary.

While enjoying the food & drink, attendees will get to learn Oprea’s favorite fitness moves and nutrition tips, and consult directly with Oprea on their own health and fitness questions. I’m in!



* As you’ll notice, this list only gets us through half of the month of July. It’s shaping up to be a busy month! If I hear of more things that are worth attending, I’ll come back with another list for you. In the meantime, have fun and be safe!*



If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen a special delivery I received on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago: 4 bottles of Jane St Vodka Soda!

Newly launched in Nashville, Jane St Vodka Soda is the first to market vodka soda, a ready-to-drink carbonated cocktail.

I absolutely love this new pre-bottled offering for a variety of reasons, with the greatest being that it solves a real problem for me. Since developing a wine allergy, I’ve been the person stuck in the kitchen at friends’ parties mixing cocktails while everyone else is able to just pour a glass of wine. Now all I have to do is take along a bottle of Jane St and I can pour with ease just like everyone else!

This is the very reason that Elizabeth Wiltgen, a Los Angeles mom of two, created Jane St. The consummate hostess, she often found herself spending all of her time at parties mixing drinks when she really wanted to be mingling with guests.




Naturally sweetened with agave nectar, Jane St’s gourment vodka sodas come in four artisanal flavor combinations:

Original with Lime
Grapefruit Meyer Lemon
Pineapple Jalapeno
Peach Peppercorn

Jane St is available in Georgia, California, Colorado and, now, Tennessee as well as online for shipping in other areas. Each 750 ml bottle retails for $15.99-$17.99. (The company also has plans to offer a 4 pack of 200 ml mini bottles and an extension of flavors in the future.)

While I really enjoyed all four of the flavors, my favorite was definitely the Pineapple Jalapeno, followed by the Original with Lime. As you can probably guess, the Pineapple Jalepeno has a little kick of spice to it, and I’ve always been a sucker for the sweet & heat combination in my cocktails. I have a feeling several bottles of this delicious drink will be consumed at my house this summer!

To find a retailer near you, check their website. For those of you here in Nashville, here’s a quick list:

Craft Brewed – 2502 Franklin Pike

Nashville Daily Spirits, 708 Thompson Lane

Midtown Wine & Spirits, 1610 Church St

Metropolitan Wines & Premium Spirits, 401 Church St

Boulevard Wine & Spirits, 600 Old Hickory Blvd

Iroquois Wine & Spirits, 7063 US Hwy 70 S

Champion Liquor Store, 152 Donelson Pike

Note: there are locations in Franklin and Hendersonville too, but I didn’t include those, so if you live in those areas, be sure to check the Jane St website.


Disclosure: Jane St provided me with the for bottles of vodka soda seen above, but as always, all opinions are my own!




What do you do when you have a 25 pound box of fresh peaches staring you in the face?

a) eat multiple peaches daily
b) freeze bags and bags of peaches
c) make peach french toast
d) all of the above

The answer is D of course!

In the past I’ve made a delicious Overnight Caramel French Toast for group brunches, and it’s always a huge hit, so when I had to come up with something to make for Father’s Day brunch yesterday, I figured something similar was a safe bet.

Success! This recipe was awesome — kind of a cross between a peach cobbler, bread pudding and french toast. I made some homemade whipped cream to go on top and it was the perfect finishing touch with just a hint of sweetness.




Fresh Peach Overnight French Toast

Serves 8-10. Adapted from All You.


French Toast:
1 8-oz loaf French bread*, sliced
8 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
6-8 medium peaches, sliced
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream

Sweet Whipped Cream (optional)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp powdered sugar


French Toast:

Arrange bread in a tight, flat layer in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs with milk, sugar and vanilla until blended; pour over bread. Arrange peaches on top and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove baking dish from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Pour cream into a small pan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cook until reduced by half, approximately 10 minutes. Drizzle over peaches and bake, uncovered, until casserole is lightly browned on top and just cooked through, 50-55 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Sweet Whipped Cream (optional):

Beat cream and vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form.

*I used Pepperidge Farm's "Twin French", which comes 2 loaves to a bag. Popped the other one in the freezer so I can make another batch of this french toast soon!


Here in Nashville we’re fortunate to have The Peach Truck bringing us luscious peaches from Georgia every week, so be sure to check out their pick up locations to make your own delicious creations!