Don't sit home alone and find out. We can't imagine a livelier audience than the one cheering Arnold on tonight at Tribe Nashville, just next door on Church Street from his irrepressible nightspot Suzy Wong's House of Yum. (Which, by the way, we hear is going great guns these days thanks to its chef-proprietor's national exposure each week.) Folks start showing up early on Wednesdays to take advantage of the $2 drink specials (hello, Smirnoff!), but we hear if you arrive by 7:30 p.m. you'll likely have a seat for the 8 p.m. broadcast on Bravo.
How long will these Arnold viewing parties on Wednesday last? Only one man in Nashville knows — and he's not telling.
"No matter how much we tried, we couldn't get Arnold to talk," says Tribe owner David Taylor, one of Arnold's partners in Suzy Wong. "And we gave him a lot of shots."
Tribe Nashville is located at 1517A Church St., 329-2914. Suzy Wong's House of Yum is at 1515 Church St., 329-2913.
Personally, I've never been a coupon guy, and I'm always late to the table when the Nashville Originals have their discount certificate sales. But the Groupon emails arrive in my inbox once a day like clockwork, and after my recent Groupon experiences, I pay attention. For those of you who haven't jumped on the bandwagon, Groupon sends out a daily deal from a restaurant, store or service, almost always for half-price.
What's really made this such a bargain for me is that every time I've bought a Groupon, I've posted it to my facebook page. And for every person who clicks on the link on my page and goes to the Groupon site and buys her or his first Groupon, I get a $10 credit toward my next Groupon purchase.
And that synergy has led me to get $120 worth of meals for $20 in the last couple of weeks. Here's how:
However I was intrigued by the local angle to the story. You see, Lotus Premium Energy Drink is the brainchild of three Nashville siblings, Li Jackson and her brothers Jay and Thomas Umboh. All three graduated from local high schools and started careers after college. Then a year ago, the Umbohs decided they wanted to reunite for a family business venture. They conducted a lot of market research to determine what sort of product they wanted to create, they chose the premium energy drink space, long dominated by Red Bull and Monster.
Underscoring the importance of marketing when dealing with the JägerBomb/beer pong demographic, the first things they developed was the product name and logo. I think they did a pretty good job with a bold image of a dragon and a lotus flower that would make a kickass tattoo. Next, they found a beverage manufacturer in Austria, the same country were Red Bull is produced. Because, y'know, that's apparently where all the energy is...
Other locations for Dick's (whose tagline is "a joint where you can let it all hang out") include Myrtle Beach, S.C., Las Vegas and Dallas.
Dick's will enter Tennessee soon. For its next location, the chain has set its eyes on Gatlinburg. The parent company, DLR LLC, is run by Logan's Roadhouse co-founder Ted Moats.
John Fleer, Lonesome Valley, Cashiers, N.C.
John Currence, City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.
Lee Richardson, Capital Hotel, Little Rock, Ark.
Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta
Kelly English, Restaurant Iris, Memphis
Nick Seabergh, Giardina's, Greenwood
David Gaus, Washington, D.C., based pastry chef
"You know that line on top of the shrimp? That’s feces," the sage of The Office points out, with the enviable bluntness bred from life on a Scranton-area root farm.
That's what I wanted to say the other day when dining at Sopapilla's, the subject of this week's dining review. While I enjoyed the fresh bounty of jicama, shrimp, walnuts and goat cheese that adorned the chipotle honey shrimp salad, I wished the shrimp had been cleaned.
Sopapilla's is far from the only eatery that overlooks the pasty gray filament of crap in its shellfish. As perfect as La Hacienda's shrimp soup is, it would be even better if the shrimp didn't still have their guts. If I think too hard about it, I feel like I'm flossing with a very tiny intestine.
I haven't done an exhaustive count, by any means, but I'm guessing that deveined shrimp are the exception rather than the rule in these parts. I know, I know, life is short and deveining shrimp is tedious. But I can't help siding with the Beetmaster on this one: Shrimp poop = yuck.
It seems appropriate that the film chosen for The Belcourt's first Girls Night Out is directed by two women (Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg) and focuses on one of the legendary women of comedy. Rivers is also one of the most controversial women in American pop culture, and if you think she's abrasive, you don't know the half of it. We hear the movie blows viewers away with an unfiltered look at Rivers' honesty, insight and wildly vulgar wit.
The party starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at Fido, 1812 21st Ave. S., where chef John Stephenson will serve up hors d'oeuvres and wine. After the pre-film nosh and dish, guests will cross the street to the historic Belcourt to watch the film at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $25 ($20 for Belcourt members) and includes food, wine and tickets to the film. Membership costs as little as $45 a year and it's well worth it. Show your member card and get movie tickets for just $5.75 anytime and 20 percent off concessions in addition to other benefits.
Steve Haruch's First Bite visit to Uh Wool Lim in Antioch had Bites Nation debating the relative merits of all the Korean restaurants in town. Meanwhile a big scoop of frozen dessert news (Hot & Cold and Sweet CeCe's will compete in Hillsboro Village; Pied Piper Creamery is planning a second location in Berry Hill) had opinions swirling. (See posts below.)
Ultra-premium artisan coffee on Trousdale? So it is written. Let it be so. Finally, we were thrilled to see savvy Nashville chef Arnold Myint step into the spotlight in the second episode of Top Chef. Go Team Arnold!
Any thoughts, sour as a pickle or sweet as a sundae, you want to share with Bites in this first week of summer?
Grand Cru is throwing a casual Wine Social on Tuesday, June 29, at 5:30 at Park Cafe at 4403 Murphy Road. Your $15 admission gets you six wines and snacks from the kitchen. Call Grand Cru at 627-3900 for more info and to hold your place at the table.
September Norman at September's in Hendersonville invites you to come in from the heat for their Martinis & Makeovers event 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 29. Get your Sex in the City on and learn makeup tips, try new colors, update your look and more at this event featuring Arbonne all-natural cosmetics.
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