Wednesday, March 20, 2013

nashville



Brett and I just got back from Nashville, where we went to see Nick Cave and the Badseeds. He played at the Lyman, and it was the best sounding venue we've ever experienced. It was perfect to be seated on church pews (at least part of the time, seated) when listening to the gospel of Nick Cave. And it was a great surprise to discover some new music; his opening band was Sharon Van Etten, and she blew me away.
I would recommend checking out East Nashville, where there are lots of shops, including a great vintage one called Hip Zipper. There's also a gallery in that area called Fat Crow Press. Nice woman and amazing art work.
I did a little research on restaurants we could check out, but mostly we just had fun just going where the day took us. By far the best meal we had was at Gojo Ethiopian. (Brett found this place on a blog called Vegan Nutritionista). It had a nice selection of vegan dishes- all were amazing. I think my favorite was the fava beans with jalopenos and onions. I must admit, I have had little experience with this cuisine, but that is going to change!
The only vegetarian cafe we went to was called Wild Cow (it was vegan except for the dairy cheese, if requested). It was good, but not outstanding. One of the best thing we sampled from there was a ranch dressing which came with the 'buffalo style' tempeh strips. It was heavy on the dill, which I loved, and decided to try a version when we got home, serving it as a crudite dip. The first night I made it, I didn't take a photo quick enough, and Brielle had devoured all the cucumbers and most of the celery...
(the recipe is below)


We visited some friends who live in Franklin, which is about 20 minutes from Nashville and a really adorable town, one of those towns you see in movies and think, "where's that town?"
We ate breakfast here, at Frothy Monkey. I had a salad which was quite good. They have tofu and it seemed pretty veg friendly.

Brett loves books, and we went into many bookstores. A few of the best ones were Bookman/Bookwoman Books, and Elders Books, both of which are near the Vanderbilt, one on either side of the campus. Landmark Books is in Franklin, and has a really good collection Southern Literature.


ranch dressing:
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/4 cup vegan sour cream
1 TB red wine vinegar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 tsp dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
dash white pepper
1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp agave
1 green onion, minced, white part and half of green

Whisk everything together and refrigerate until cold. Serve with veggies.








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