Venus Trapped in Mars

23 February 2016

My 48 Hours In Nashville

This is my first full work week back in the office since the week of January 18th. To be perfectly honest, I'm ready for it. I desperately need some routine in my life. Just to recap, I've been traveling for both work and fun for the majority of January and February. I hit up Toronto for work and Denver for play in January (which I still need to tell y'all about) then headed to Miami for 10 days, followed by Nashville this past weekend. I still have a girl's trip to New Orleans planned in two weeks, followed by a romantic getaway to San Antonio with my man a couple of weekends after that. Plus, I found out I have a free hotel room that is going to expire on March 4th, a few of the girls and I are trying to figure out how to use that this weekend. 

Long story short, I believe I will spend the month of April in a solid detox. 

Seeing as I clearly have no desire to rush right into recapping the Denver trip, let's talk about Nashville this past weekend. My best friend Magen celebrated her 30th birthday in style, as we hit up some of the absolute best restaurants and bars I've ever been to. 

Friday my flight didn't arrive until 10pm, but luckily I was still able to meetup with everyone for a drink at Robert's Western World. Just like that vast majority of bars in Nashville, you will hear live music at Robert's, but it certainly has an older vibe to it as classic old school country fills the bar. We ventured to the bar upstairs and had a couple of PBR's (when in Nashville!) before calling it a night. 

The next morning, we walked a short couple of blocks to a super cute restaurant called Puckett's. Puckett's has quite the southern country vibe, with a big emphasis on MERICA! Their coffee and fried chicken were calling my name. 

Yes, I had fried chicken for breakfast... no, I did not lose weight on this trip. Oh also, no I didn't take a picture because that would make me a GOOD blogger. Instead, please refer to this picture I borrowed from their instagram page. Please substitute home fries for those grits because, duh.  Oh, and also, if you want to make yourself insanely hungry, check out said instagram page.  

After breakfast we walked back to our hotel to get ready for our pedal tour later that morning. On the way, we passed the cutest little flower shops and boutiques. Nashville has something adorable around every corner.

So, what is a pedal tour, you ask? It is basically a gigantic bike that 15 people can ride down Broadway while drinking beer. Your tour guide - also known as your driver and bartender - plays some fantastic tunes, steers your bike and generously refills your drink as needed. This was THE MOST FUN ever, and I'm already trying to get a group together to do this in Dallas. 

After working up an appetite, it was time for a late lunch (and of course a cocktail) at Merchants, an adorable little restaurant packed with charm and character located right on Broadway.  

As you can imagine, we carved out plenty of time that afternoon for a nap before hitting The Southern for dinner, followed by drinks at my personal favorite Nashville bar, The Stage. If you've seen the movie Country Strong, you'll remember this is the bar where Tim McGraw goes to listen to Leighton Meester's character sing. And well, if you've never seen Country Strong, you need to fix that ASAP. 

After a much needed morning of sleeping in, Helene and Michael came and picked me up for a day of food and exploring! We were twinning in our hats *insert sassy girl pushing one side of hair up here*

ALSO- may I please just clairify that I DID use an iron before I left the hotel!! #SMH

Helene took me to a restaurant called The Flipside, and dear lord was it miraculous. By miraculous I mean it was the most instagrammable restaurant I've ever seen. Natural light filled the entire space, subway tiles and white wood planks adorned the walls, everything was either white or a beautiful shade of baby blue.... Oh, and if you're into this kind of thing, the food was good too. LOLZZ! 

Y'all are going to DIE over Helene's bloody....

Oh. Em. Gee, right? Catch an ever more fab photo on her insta, here

We talked, we laughed, we bored Michael to death with blog stuff... although I assume he was fully prepared to deal with that. It was a perfect afternoon of catching up with my long lost Dallas pal.

After having just the most awesome weekend with fantastic friends, it was time to head home. Going home was certainly easier though, knowing I'd have my boyfriend's smiling face waiting to pick me up! 

On another note, thanks you guys for inviting me to be your friend on fitbit! I now have so many people to follow, and even accepted invites to a couple of challenges which is really cool. I'm going to end this day by setting some very specific goals for the week:

1. Track Weight Watchers every day this week
2. No booze allowed until Friday
3. Hit the gym 4 times this week
4. Cook all meals at home during the work week. 

So far, after making it through Monday, I'm 4 for 4 including avoiding National Margarita Day.... *Snaps for Sarah*

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  1. So funny when I read this title, I thought, wonder if she met up with Helene and there it is :) What a fun trip filled with good food!

  2. You did a great job capturing the spirit of Nashville! Also glad you explored beyond downtown/Broadway, which many tourists miss. 12South, where Flipside is located, is such a cool area! I think you'd dig East Nashville too, if you haven't been.

  3. We're heading to Tennessee in the fall and I cannot wait to eat my way through!

  4. yay!! loved reading this. i miss you already. we do need to go back to flipside... just for the grams.

  5. I haven't spent a lot of time in Nashville but since we moved to North GA I've wanted to go up there more. And Puckett's is amazing! They have an awesome signature drink but the name is escaping me right now...

  6. I really need to get to Nashville. Also, Country Strong is the best movie ever, just THE BEST.

  7. I love Nashville! I once spent a whole afternoon getting lost there. I really want to go back and see some live shows. Everywhere you go there's some sort of live performance.

  8. Nashville is such a blast- and you're right, something cute on every corner it seems!!! :) Cincinnati has pedal bars too- just FYI if you're ever in the mood to visit!!

  9. Nashville has never been high on my list of places to visit. Truthfully, the only "Nashville" I've ever been interested in has been the show. But ever since Helen moved there, and started posting about cool things to do there, its slowly creeping its way on to my "must see" list. This post definitely is helping it climb its way up. I want to go on that bike tour. And fried chicken for breakfast sounds amazing. Basically, I can be persuaded to try a place out when great drinks and good food are involved.

  10. ZOMG I love Pucketts - I've only been to the one in Franklin, but their piggy mac is dah bomb! Your trip looks like it was a GREAT success!!!!

    I've always wanted to do the pedal tour! We saw one riding around the last time we were in town for Comic Con and it looked awesome!

  11. UMMMMMMM... I think we will be in New Orleans at the same time. also, I was so jealous of Nashville food pics - even for an herbivore, that city can cook.

  12. Great pictures! Looks like you had such a good time! I'm dying to try a pedal tour - It looks so unbelievably fun!

    xx, Caitlin

  13. Your pictures are great! Nashville sounds like a ton of fun! I really like your fitness goals, girl! I might have to steal a couple ;)

  14. I'm glad you had such a fantastic weekend! This post made me so hungry!

  15. what a fantastic trip you had and you make me realize I so have to get to my Nashville post,,, oops

  16. When you work out how many calories do you burn because I exercise 7 days a week and burn 250 calories a day and I still feel like I look really fat


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