I am Emily! Phillip is my super awesome brother, and Kelsey is my lovely sister-in-law! I am so excited to be a guest on Kelsey’s blog today! I currently live in Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee with my husband Jon and our sweet little 14-month-old daughter, Evelyn! At the end of March, we met up in Nashville for a few days over my spring break. I have never been there before, and it was at the top of my bucket list! Our trip was way too short, and I really hope we can go back there someday soon.
Jon, Evie and I drove down a day before everyone else arrived. We started off by going to dinner at a BBQ restaurant called Peg Leg Porker. It was fantastic! It was the type of place with lots of lights, free smells, and a really big bar at the front. Lots of my friends recommended this place, so I knew we had to try it out. I got the pulled pork plate with mac and cheese and smoked green beans…yes, SMOKED green beans! The pork was delicious…nice and tender! The hot sauce that came with it was fire! (In a good way)…I actually used up the last of their hot sauce supply for the night, so I felt really lucky! The mac and cheese was okay, but honestly nothing to write home about. But those green beans! I could have eaten a whole bowl of those myself…the smokey flavor was out of this world! They were also cooked in bacon and the flavor was nothing like I have ever had before with green beans. If we get back there someday, I will most definitely be going back to Peg Leg Porker!
The next day, Phil, Kels, Mom, Natalie (my sister) and her boyfriend Dave arrived! We went to lunch at a live music bar on Broadway called Tin Roof. Again, this was a highly recommended restaurant from friends of mine who have been to Nashville a few times before. What lured me in was their talk of the “world famous queso dip.” Of course, that was the first thing I ordered! If you don’t know me, I am the queso queen! It is my weakness, and if it’s on the menu, 9 times (okay probably 10) out of 10 I will order it. The queso dip at Tin Roof was great! It was nice and hot, and what I loved about it was that it had fresh jalapenos on top. The tortilla chips were also served warm, and they were nice and crispy. For my lunch entrée, I ordered the Mexican street corn quesadilla. WOW was that flavor good! It had a few different cheeses inside, black beans, roasted corn, and a super yummy spicy drizzle on top with fresh cilantro. The quesadilla had a great amount of spice, but it wasn’t too overpowering. I would have loved some more of that drizzle on the side for extra dipping, though! Overall, lunch was very good, and I would definitely visit there again!
After lunch, we went next door to The Boot Barn! I always wanted an authentic pair of cowgirl boots, and my birthday was the following week. On the drive down to Nashville from Wisconsin, I put a bug in Jon’s ear that I wanted to get some boots for my birthday present. When we went into the store after lunch and yes, a few drinks (wink-wink), I knew it was time to try on some boots! The first pair I saw, I fell in love with. I looked at some more, but I kept going back to the first pair. After walking around in them and begging my husband for them, I walked out of the store with my brand new, BEAUTIFUL blingy boots! Let’s just say I spent the entire rest of our trip with sore feet because I broke them in with all the walking we did. But it was worth it!
The rest of the afternoon, we spent at the 2nd floor bar of Honky Tonk Central getting our drink on. It was truly a BLAST! One of our high school friends who lives in the area met up with us there and it was so great to catch up! Kelsey ordered us all a bottle of vodka infused whipped cream and it was AMAZING! It was mocha flavored and so delicious! It was fun passing that thing around between all of us. I felt like a little kid sneaking in shots of whipped cream from the fridge!
Next, on to dinner! We all went to a cute Italian restaurant called Moto Cucina + Enoteca. This is also a place that was recommended by a local friend who resides in Nashville. The vibe in the restaurant was dark, but upscale and classy. There was a huge wine cellar that was all window, so we could see bottles of wine shelved from floor to ceiling! We started out with a truffle arancini appetizer. Arancini are risotto balls that are deep fried. They were delicious! Crispy outer coating, and a cheesy gooey inside. For my entrée, I ordered the Cacio E Pepe, which was fresh house made spaghetti with parmesan and pepper. It was outstanding! In fact, the entire dinner was so delicious that we didn’t get to snap any pictures!
This whole day was my absolute favorite day of our Nashville adventure. We had so much fun catching up, exploring the city, eating great food and enjoying each other’s company. I can’t wait to get back there someday! Thanks for reading!