It’s been a while since I’ve talked about a restaurant over here! I think I’ve found so many favorites and have gotten into a little routine (Dellz, Caviar, B&B etc.) Anyway, two weeks ago a new Mexican restaurant opened on East Bay called Minero. We desperately needed a new Mexican spot, and Sean Brock (one of the best chefs in town) must have agreed. Pros: The space is small but well decorated and branded. I loved the salsa trio + chips (and the cool pouches the chips come in!). The $4 16 oz Tecates come in a pretty cool koozie, and the tables have drawers with your flatware and napkins in them. I ordered the Minero Burrito, which was really good (and HUGE), but needed a little more kick. OH, and the host was about as nice and accommodating as could be!!! Cons: the lighting isn’t great (#OCD), not the best service (I’ve heard it has gotten better!!!), not many vegggg options, and are people touching my silverware in that drawer….?
No Weekend Browsing this week. Instead, I’m celebrating the life of my 95 year old great-grandfather who went to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon. He was an amazing man – husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as a veteran who served as medic on the Normandy Beach on D-Day. I’m proud to call him my great-grandfather, and I’m extremely thankful to have had the chance to spend such special times with him. For years, he and my great-grandmother have been spending Christmas at our house, and from that I have so many special memories with him. Affectionately calling me (and more than likely all of the girls in the family) his “best girl,” he loved to make us smile. It brings me joy to picture him whole and healthy in heaven, with all of the dogs in his lap. PawPaw, you will always be special to me! Thankful for the truth that I will see you again one day!
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here today and kick off our city weekend guides. We thought we would start with a great drink spot, because who doesn’t love a great cocktail?
Nashville has some really great and unique places for craft cocktails, like Patterson House, Holland House, and Bar 3, but I decided to feature The Sutler, a saloon and bar which reopened about a month ago. I say reopened because it was a Nashville live music staple, hosting legendary artists like Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Townes Van Zandt until closing in 2006.
Everything about The Sutler just feels Nashville, and it’s great to have this staple back. The first floor is a large space with bar service, formal dining, and a stage – how great are the boots that line the wall of the stage?! Downstairs is The Cellar, which has a very prohibition feel to it, with a long bar and comfy couches and chairs. I’m all about ambience and this place has it. It’s the perfect place to meet friends for a quick drink or spend the evening chatting and drinking. The cocktails aren’t shabby either. I had the Delta Dawn, which is a vodka + watermelon + mint drink of deliciousness. I also sampled the Odd Man Out which is a bourbon drink. I highly recommend both, but if Jeremiah is working, he can pretty much whip up anything awesome if you just give him an idea of what you’re looking for! Best of all, craft cocktails are half price Monday-Friday till 6:30 and it’s only a short cab ride from downtown.
The Sutler definitely has a cool hipster vibe without trying too hard. In the fall, booties are my go to. I love these ones from Ann Taylor – perfect for the warmer temperatures we still have in Nashville. I would pair them with a staple in my closet – the J.Crew pixie pants and add a pretty flowy top. This one from Anthropologie is pricy but so pretty and would transition perfectly from early evening to late night. Add a pop of color with this jade Rebecca Minkoff purse and gold hoops and a bracelet – you are set and looking fab!
(P.S. I’m over on Love this Life talking about my favorite Charleston spot for drinks!)
So you know I’m obsessed with oversized sweaters, right? I’ve written about my favorite one from Free People several times, and it’s awesome, but this one from Joe Fresh may be my new favorite… I tried it on, needed a smaller size, tracked it down in the city, bought two colors. If you get one, which you should, go a size down for sure. It’s still long enough to wear with leggings and skinny jeans – longer on me than it looks on the models since I’m not six feet tall. I’m in love!! Now, if we could just get rid of this 80 degree weather in Charleston, I could start wearing it.
Happy Tuesday! I arrived in Charleston late last night, and as much as I love NYC, it’s nice to be home in Charleston.
Friday night after landing in NYC, I headed to my friends’ McKenzie & Mary Catherine’s apartment. Since it was already 9:30, Kenz and I headed to dinner. We had the best dinner at Empellón Taqueria in West Village. Our waiter, Feres, had just returned from Charleston (crazy!!!) and he was incredibly friendly! We had guac and salsas and margaritas and brussel sprout tacos, and the best time catching up on each other’s lives. I have missed her!!
Saturday morning, we woke up to a little rainy weather and headed to Happy Bones for morning caffeine. After waiting for a table in the tiny space, we took photos and discussed the pros of social media and drank almond milk lattes – a perfect morning!
We stopped in The Apartment by The Line, and if I posted every single photo you’d probably never come back. It was the coolest space and best idea. The Line staged their entire online store into what seems like the coolest New Yorker’s apartment. LOVE.
Next, we headed to meet Minna, MC, Carlyle, and Jess for brunch at Boulton & Watt – so much fun!!! The brunch was amazing – cauliflower soufflé, kale benedicts, etc. with some very cool peeps. I loved it!
After brunch, Kenz, Carlyle and I walked around Soho and met up with Carolyn!! We headed for more caffeine at Bluestone Lane Coffee – the cutest – and then wandered through Union Square Farmers Market.
During an unfortunately disappointing Auburn game, Carolyn and I headed back to her apartment to get ready for dinner at Otto. I meaaaaaan, this pizza. SO GOOD. We each ordered one and split them – cacio e pepe and aglio, olio & pepperoncino – YUUUUUM (esp cacio e pepe – woaaah). After dinner, we made a quick stop at Billy’s for a cupcake, came back to watch SNL, and hit the hay.
Sunday morning, Caro and I woke up and walked to the Club Monaco flagship – suuuper pretty space. Plus, Toby’s Estate coffee and the Strand bookstore have little shops attached to the store. So smart! We then had brunch at Almond. Another amazing meal! Huevos rancheros for me and croque madame for Caro – plus hot coffee and mini biscuits.
Sunday afternoon = SHOPPING. I wanted to hit up all of the good NYC spots that we don’t have in Charleston aka Joe Fresh and Zara because I’m on a #BUDGET. I found the best sweater ever – more to come on that this week – plus a cool vest, scarf, and a tee or two. Yay!! There was also lots of window-shopping and me stopping to take photos of everything.
Caro had a commitment on Sunday afternoon, so I ventured to Central Park with a mini black + white cookie from The Plaza Food Court in hand. After all of the crazy crowds and hustle of the city, I found myself craving a little green and fresh air. Plus, the people-watching was top notch.
Impulsively, Caro and I decided to get tickets to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella!!! I wasn’t planning to see a show, so that was a treat!!! Sherri Sheppard was hilarioussss as the stepmother, and I got serious chills listening to “Impossible” sung by Keke Palmer and her fairy godmother. So good! At the end, I found myself (per usual) crying during the standing ovation – there’s something so incredibly inspiring about Broadway. I knew the tears were gonna come before I even walked into the theater.
Post-show, Caro and I went to a diner on her street for grilled cheese + chicken fingers. Yeeeees. We laughed a lot about college and funny memories plus talked a lot about our respective futures. Caro is the best!!
Monday morning, I thoroughly enjoyed having breakfast with Amy Stone (at Bluestone again because Jeffrey’s was closed). She and B are great friends, and I was excited to finally meet her because I’ve heard soooo many amazing things about her – plus I’ve been following her Instagram for forever. We took pretty photos, chatted about work and life and social media and all the fun things. It was perfect! She directed me to Bleecker Street, and I browsed and browsed and then bought some candy and headed to SoHo.
Lunch was two tacos in Soho at La Esquina Corner Deli. I love tacos, and I had high expectations for this place – I wouldn’t say they were met. Not bad by any means! But I much preferred Friday night’s dishes. The atmosphere was unique and seemed authentic at Corner Deli, though!
Post lunch, I slowly wandered back to get my things to head to the airport. I walked in and out of shops and saw the cutest little chihuahua (or doodle, as my mom calls cute little dogs!!!) in the Helen Ficalora shop. Made me miss Sug soooooo much!!!
Had the BEST time with so many amazing peeps this weekend!!! Thanks for all of the meetups, sleepovers, and cab rides everyone – I’ll be back soooooon!