It was the display of brightly colored bonbons that first caught my eye when I walked through the door of Nashville’s newest chocolate shop Poppy & Peep.

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Lokelani Alabanza, Hattie Jane’s Creamery’s ice cream whisperer, lost her job not long after COVID-19 arrived in Tennessee. “I remember it was March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day,” she tells the Scene.

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There’s no such thing as a bad pumpkin pie.* Like pizza, even subpar pumpkin pie is better than no pumpkin pie at all. (Especially for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving with loads of whipped cream.)

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Fire. Mallets. Long, sharp forks fit for a Game of Thrones battle scene. These weren’t the kinds of instruments I expected to need when eating my way through Nashville’s dessert menus. But recently I’ve noticed a trend: Not only have local desserts gotten bigger and more extravagant (an effo…

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Nashville, it’s hot. Have you noticed? The average high temperature in the first week of June was 86 degrees, and that doesn’t take into account the humidity — the sticky, thick humidity that permeates your clothes and leaves you feeling like you’re wading through a pool of not-quite-set Jel…