Now you can pack several months of dining into a few well-curated hours, thanks to Saturday's Inter "Nash" ional Food Crawl. And the best part is, it's free. From the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition website:
The first annual Inter "Nash" ional Food Crawl is a project of the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative and will kick off National "Welcoming Week" on September 14th, 12pm-3pm.
The Inter "Nash" ional Food Crawl gives all Nashvillians the opportunity to explore a 2-mile span of Nashville's international corridor, Nolensville Road, and try delicious foods from around the world for FREE. Nolensville Road features delicious ethnic foods from Cuba, Kurdistan, Turkey, India, the Mediterranean, and many others. Seven participating restaraunts/businesses will display free ethnic foods at their respective locations that represent their unique culinary culture.
Participants will begin at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike) to pick up a food crawl guide that includes participating businesses, locations, descriptions, and information about each community.
We've seen the roster of restaurants so far, and it includes a couple of Sean's favorites, including Guantanamera (see also Carrington Fox's rave review in this week's Scene) and Istanbul. We've been hearing good things about Taj, the new Elysian Fields Indian place from the owners of the Patel Brothers grocery; both are on the tour, as is the Newroz Kurdish Market — home to some of the city's biggest, best and cheapest flatbread — and the Baklava Cafe.
TIRRC spokesman Eben Cathey says there are at least a couple more restaurants that will likely sign on, including a pupuseria. In addition, Casa Azafran will have foods from Somalia, Kurdistan and Latin America available for tasting. So be Sean Maloney for an afternoon. You don't even have to grow sideburns.
The playful duo have now entered the digital age and converted their latest book The Saucy Sisters Guide to Wine — What Every Girl Should Know Before She Unscrews into Kindle format. In an attempt to move it up the Amazon charts, they are making a special offer now through Monday, Aug. 5, that they wanted to share with Biets readers. If you visit this link on Amazon during that window, you can get the ebook version for the low, low price of free. That's right, gratis.
The book promises to offer:
Down-to-earth tips and present the basics of wine in unconventional ways. You’ll learn how to:
* Find value-priced wines you're guaranteed to like
* “Fake” the restaurant wine tasting ritual
* Pair wines with meals using foolproof food-wine matches
* Judge a man by the wine he drinks (no kidding!)
In this comprehensive Wine 101 approach, the information is serious … the delivery is not.
You can't beat the price, and it's always good to help support local writers, so drop by and grab a download.
The 3-ounce burgers (topped with pickle, onion, and cheese) come free with the purchase of any craft beer and there’s no limit. That is, all the craft beer and burgers you can handle for just the price of your beers. Of course, you are encouraged to make a donation in exchange for the burger (or just because) to the Martha O’Bryan Center. And you should do it. It will make you feel good. It will make getting overserved worth it.
You can get your free burgers at both locations of M.L. Rose all day long. (No substitutions on the burgers: beef only.) Donations collected will benefit the Break the Line program at Martha O’Bryan Center, which works to break the line between poverty and potential by providing resources to Nashville’s most impoverished individuals and families.
2535 Franklin Pike
M.L. Rose West
4408 Charlotte Ave.
Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (21+ after 5 p.m.)
Whole Foods offered a starter pantry list to to supply the raw materials.
1 pound black beans
1 pound lentils
1 pound quinoa
2 pounds brown rice
3 (32-ounce) boxes vegetable broth
1 (32-ounce) box chicken broth
1 pound rolled oats
2 cans cannellini beans
2 pounds pasta
1 can black beans
1 jar unsweetened applesauce
1 (32 ounce) box nondairy beverage
1 (32 ounce) box almond milk
1 (5-ounce) can tuna
3 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 package no-oil sun-dried tomatoes
1 jar pasta sauce
Starting with the list, select at least three of the ingredients and create a satisfying, healthful dish and submit it to be eligible to win a $50 gift card from Whole Foods. Submit in the comments or link to your blog.
This week's recipe uses lentils, barley and canned tomatoes from the list.
This fun little book — Beer Craft by William Bostwick and Jessi Ryhill — came to us, and the author is nice. Alas, we were swamped with beer festivals and beer-related news and couldn't find a place for it in the weekly Bites lineup.
But you can now win it, by golly, you can. Just identify the food item in this photo. The first correct answer from someone who can pick up the book at the Scene offices is the winner!
The cookies won't have to travel far. Since 1995, Nashville's The Christie Cookie has held the secret DoubleTree recipe, which people have chased across the Internet. If you've tried making your own, stop by to see how they compare — and register in the meantime for prizes ranging from weekend getaways to tins of the coveted cookies. The grand prize is a five-day/four-night stay at any DoubleTree by Hilton location, airfare included.
If you've managed to read this far without taking off for the VU campus in a saliva-trailing blur, you should know there is another, important dimension to today's festivities: a chance to help keep WRVU 91.1-FM on the air. Now, some of you might be saying to yourselves, "Wait, there's a chance WRVU would be taken off the air? Are people out of their free-cone minds?" Well, the short answer is "yes." You can read some more about that here and here, if you like.
Or just as good, stop by Ben & Jerry's today, where you'll have a chance to talk with WRVU DJs, learn more about the effort to save the station — and, since your ice cream will be free of charge, donate a little scratch to the WRVU Friends & Family Association Fund. Those good folks just received their official recognition as a nonprofit from the state of Tennessee. More info from them at SaveWRVU.com.
Free ice cream. Free-form radio. Let's do this, Nashville.
• Attention Vanderbilt students and staff: Tuesday, March 1, is Free Coffee Day on campus only courtesy of Bongo Java, which will be serving free cups of its organic fair-trade brew at Rand, the Pub and Common Grounds courtesy of Vanderbilt Dining. Stay tuned for details as the coffeehouse prepares to celebrate its 18th birthday later this month. ...
• The wheel. The polio vaccine. Manned space flight. Add to these milestones of human accomplishment (drum roll, please) ... Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup, the scientific breakthrough that allows you, the consumer of French fries and potato wedges, to avoid unsightly spritzes of tomato spray thanks to its dual-function design. Peel back the bottom of the bottle-shaped plastic tub — reportedly the first makeover in ketchup-packet engineering in 42 years — and dunk your snack of choice in a velvety bath of Heinz's favorite, or lop off the packet's top and pour away.
To celebrate, Chick-fil-A, the first restaurant to adopt the new packaging nationally, has designated this Friday, March 4 as FREE FryDay. Stop by between 2 and 4 p.m. and ask for a sample of the technologically advanced ketchup, and Chick-fil-A will award you a free small order of waffle fries to reward your pioneer spirit. Limit one per customer.
According to CeCe's on Twitter, they'll be filming a video 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and folks of all ages are invited to join in, with free yogurt and treats for everyone. (Those who participate will need to sign a routine release form so their image can be used.)
I'll be stuck up here in the Gulch, yearning, but Williamson County fans of CeCe's should get over there toot sweet.
(Hat tip to the excellent Nashville for Free blog for pointing us to this news.)
He says he's gotten his grocery bill down to $50 a month. Not a typo — $50 a month. In contrast, a three-person family I know spends around $750 a month — they buy a lot of food in single-serving packages, a lot of premium products and pricey vegetables, and enjoy a nice piece of meat for dinner most nights, with wine and a good baguette from Provence or Bread & Company.
The project I launched in January to save grocery receipts then tally them only worked halfway — I saved receipts for four months but haven't totaled them yet. Safe to say, though, that the total is somewhere between $50 and $750.
How much do you obsess over your tab at the grocery? Do you even pay attention? And if you do, is it worth your while to obsess over it?
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