i love good food, which sometimes means velveeta. i collect cookbooks, but i usually don't follow recipes. entering food contests is my thing. i've even…
one thing i find inexcusable is when coworkers pal up behind the bar or counter, engaging in personal conversations while customers are present. it makes me feel like they're talking about the customers, even if they're not. i'm finding this to be the case at a coffee shop i frequent. the baristas whisper to each other & giggle. it makes me feel like i crashed a party.
and one thing that hasn't been mentioned yet (or maybe it has & i skimmed too quickly) is first point of contact at an establishment. the host or greeter or cashier is critical. the first greeting sets the tone for the entire experience. and very often, i've walked into places where the 'greeter' is not present and the waitstaff duck their heads down so not to be bothered with a job that isn't theirs. ultimately, diners at restaurants should be treated as invited guests. after all, if the doors are open, the invitation stands.
i had a meeting there last week, and the dining room was complete with booths, tables & comfy chairs. the variety of menu - both lunch & pastry - is impressive. they're cranking out a lot of delicious.
and those who know me will know how begrudgingly i admit this, but it really is a quick 10-minute drive from downtown. it's definitely a doable lunch hour.
i have GOT to get to their restaurants. the Southern/Italian thing is precisely what i love to eat. i'm not sure what i'd cook in that skillet, but it'd start with onions & garlic in butter. no better way to break it in.
i have a fondness for cream cheese & Velveeta. no, really.
as far as the good stuff: an aged Gouda with those crispy bits throughout, and fresh mozz made by someone who knows what they're doing.
i've eaten too many good meals this year to pick favorites. what a happy problem. the bites that immediately come to mind include: rabbit pot pie with rabbit fat biscuit from Flyte, peach curd biscuits from Biscuit Love, and i'm with Steve on the Jeni's Loveless biscuits & peach jam ice cream. so, i guess, biscuits & peaches in various forms. huh.
also: grilled oysters from Husk, the octopus fra diavolo bucatini from Rolf & Daughters, the crunchy rice from House of Kabob, and i should probably stop now.
it's good to live in Nashville.
i don't think i used all caps when i described it, but i definitely said 'holy shit.' my method for eating it was this: gobble, gobble, savor. repeat.
there are biscuits in this ice cream, which means it absolutely should be on the carb tour of East i proposed.
there can be only one, and it is Heinz.
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