Nashville Eats

4 05 2012

In case you were wondering, I did some serious carbo-loading and refueling while in Nashville. Here’s a peek at my eats from Nashville last weekend:

Michelle and I headed out sans-children for a pancake feast at the Pfunky Griddle on Friday morning. It’s a pretty cool concept for a breakfast place. Basically, each table has a built in griddle (kinda like a mini version of what you’d see at a Japanese Teppanyaki or Hibachi place) and basically you cook everything yourself- the pancakes, the french toast, the eggs, and you can heat up your bacon and sausage on there too. It’s $5.99 for all the pancakes you can eat plus one topping. Additional toppings are $0.75 each. They bring you two batters- one made with unbleached white flour and an organic 5 grain batter.

Hi Michelle!

I was super excited for pancakes!

They brought us each our own spatula and two small pitchers of batter. Off we go!

We started with the 5 grain mixture. YUM! I thought it was pretty tasty, and I really liked cooking them on their flat top. WAY easier to get an even cook on the pancakes!

Michelle got chocolate chips as her topping. I decided to go with the apricot almond spread (left) and the cinnamon spiced cottage cheese (right).

The apricot almond spread was really sweet, and basically tasted like they put almond extract into apricot jelly with a little bit of almond meal. It was good, but a little too much of the artificial almond taste.

Next time, I think I’d get a topping I can put into the batter, like Michelle’s chocolate chips.

Michelle was the master flipper. Look at how purty these things are!! After we killed both pitchers of batter (maybe made a total of 12 or 16 pancakes, I don’t recall), I put up my white flag and surrendered.

Carbo-loading meal #1 = Success!

We spent the rest of the morning running a few errands and shopping. One of our stops was Trader Joe’s and I stocked up on some of my favorite trail mixes, since there is not a TJ’s near me in Tampa 😦

Next up: Pre-race pasta meal at Chateau Michelle. Sorry friends, this hot spot is by invitation only. 🙂

While we were out shopping, Michelle’s hubby (and my running buddy) was home with the boys and preparing our super delicious pasta dinner.

Fresh meat sauce and rotini pasta. Perfect pre-race meal. Dinner was paired with a beautiful spring salad.

I love putting fruit in salad! After filling my belly with a massive amount of pasta, I grabbed a small bowl of cookies and cream ice cream. 🙂 Perfect ending to my meal!

One of the things that was motivating me to get to the finish of my marathon was thoughts of dinner plans with my girlfriends. (I didn’t wait until dinner time to eat after my race, I promise! I ate every food item they passed out at the finish line and then a veggie bowl at Chipotle. Yes, I ate at Chipotle after my race and it was amazing.)

A few weeks ago, my friend Caroline suggested we try out Puckett’s Grocery for dinner after the race. I know my friends have good taste in food, so I immediately said YES, without even glancing at the menu. 🙂

Love these ladies! (Anna, Michelle, Caroline, Stacie)

Friends, I was NOT disappointed. I got some good ol’ southern BBQ pulled pork, on a corn cake pancake with some sweet potato fries. DELISH!

Oh, and I can’t forget my drink! So excited to see this outside of North Carolina! You know I love my Cheerwine!

Great meal to end a great day 🙂 Puckett’s also had a musician playing some live music, which I thought was really cool. The live music scene is one of my favorite things about Nashville. After dinner, we walked down to the Wildhorse Saloon for some more live music and some country line dancing. I was able to bust a few moves, but my quads and knees were definitely in some pain. Feeling much better now:-)

We saved the best meal for last! On Sunday morning, we headed over to Monell’s at the Manor. It was our intention to get breakfast, but they stopped serving breakfast at 11, right when we arrived. DOH! But, we got an amazing lunch and I was certainly not disappointed.

Monell’s is a family-style restaurant serving traditional southern cooking. This particular location was in a beautiful mansion.

I wonder what it would have been like living here?

We sat down at a large dining table set for 12, with a slice of pecan pie at each seat. A place that serves dessert first? I love it already! I think they must do this because you eat until you’re full and then pay at the front when you’re done. Your server doesn’t have to wait for you to finish your meal to serve you dessert. You can keep nibbling away all afternoon I think! Anyhow, within minutes, someone came up and told us how meals at Monell’s worked. There was already sweet tea, fruit tea, and water on the table, and right behind her, another server was bringing us a basket of biscuits and cornbread, homemade peach preserves, coleslaw, and veggies. We served ourselves, passed everything around, and shortly the remainder of the meal would come out.

Plate Number 1: (I was told to hold back, the best is yet to come)

The veggies were marinated in a sweet vinegar, and they were super tasty. I need to recreate! And the biscuits. Oh the biscuits! YUMMY!!!!

Soon, bowls and bowls of more food came out. They brought pork loin, fried chicken, roast beef, cat fish, corn casserole, green beans, broccoli rice casserole, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. (I think that’s it?) Comfort food at its best!

Plate #2:

SO. GOOD.

I stuffed my face and then some. I can’t tell you what my favorite dish was; it was all delicious! I’m normally not all about “comfort food” since my mind immediately thinks of how unhealthy it is for you, but every last bite of this stuff went in my belly. And I’d do it all over again in a heart beat. Gosh, it was so good.

I’m totally in love with the food at Monells, and I want to go back for breakfast now. BTW, its a flat fee for each meal; Sunday lunch was the most expensive, at about $18/person, but it was totally worth it, and I definitely ate my $18 worth! I would highly recommend Monell’s. The food is great, the building is beautiful, and its a really cool experience to eat at a big dining room table in a southern mansion with a bunch of strangers 🙂 If you’re in Nashville, go to Monell’s!

Gosh, now I’m hungry. Can I get some of that food shipped down here?





Three Things Thursday

23 06 2011

Chloe got real with you all yesterday, and shared some tough stuff about the realities of training. In the spirit of “keeping it real” (but, I’m going to lighten it up a bit!), I’m going to participate in a little “Three Things Thursday,” which I’ve seen on a few other blogs lately. So, here are three random facts/musings/experiences aka THINGS that I wanted to share with you all! Happy almost Friday!

1. I’m pretty pumped about racing Rock Hall this weekend, and I may even employ some strategies from this article to make me a Triathlon Ninja 🙂 But I may be ever so slightly more excited about joining Chloe, Liz, Amy, Katie, and Lauren after our race for CRABS!!! Growing up, I loved going crabbing with my family. Then my mom would cook up the crabs in butter and garlic. YUM!  ‘Round these parts, they use Old Bay seasoning on the crabs, which I find tasty. But, I’d take mom’s recipe over Old Bay any day!

2. Last weekend, I was supposed to go to Florida to run the Champions Mud Bash 5K with my boyfriend. All the details didn’t pan out for me to get down there to race, but he raced (his first official 5K! Whoot whoot!) and filmed his experience. Check out his video on You Tube!

Doesn’t this look like fun?

Now I really want to do a mud run!! Who’s with me?

3. To me, grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort food. I remember my mom making a bowl of Campbells (condensed) with milk, and a gooey grilled cheese sandwich (made with Velveeta) on white bread. Perfect for a sick day or a rainy Sunday afternoon. Ok, so I try to steer away from those processed foods nowadays, but something about them is just SO COMFORTING.  So, when I saw that The Big Cheese Truck was going to be parking by my office for lunch time, I was stoked! All of the options looked delicious, and since I have a terrible time making decisions, especially when it comes to food, my colleague and I decided to share two of the sandwiches. I ordered the Chevre – Chevre with lemon fig spread on multigrain, and she got the Midnight Moon- goat gouda, caramelized onions on multigrain.

O.M.G. They were fantastic! I REALLY liked the Chevre (its the half on the left in the pic above). It was creamy and light, with just the right touch of lemon flavor. I am definitely going to try to recreate!

I also ordered a cup of gazpacho:

I love that it came in a brown bag too, like a kid taking his lunch to school 🙂 My grown up grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch:

Be still my heart. The truck visit made my week 🙂

Question of the day: What’s one interesting thing you’d like to share about your week?

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