Archive for July, 2011

July 28, 2011

South Nashville: Puckett’s Grocery

Puckett’s Grocery is a mainstay from Leipers Fork, TN. Most everyone has heard of it and/or eaten there. I just visited for the first time a few weeks ago at their downtown Franklin location. The nostalgic country theme of this restaurant takes you back in time. It reminds me of my grandfather’s old country convenience store, where he had a deli with fresh butchered meat, pulled pork sandwiches and his famous potato logs. Maybe that is where i get my passion for food??? Memories… It was like that up until about 1995 or so when he sold it to some Indian oil company who turned it into a Shell station with a Subway or something. I digress…

Puckett’s is freaking good. It was slammed with a wait at 2 in the afternoon, but it was Saturday, so we used he open seating at the bar. I had the Pulled Pork Quesidilla’s with onion rings. Seriously had to slap my husband’s hand way from a bite. The pulled pork was amazing with jack cheese and Puckett’s own “spicy” BBQ sauce (it wasn’t really that spicy to me, but I really like spicy food).

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music on Tuesday-Saturday evenings at their Franklin location and a pretty good wine and beer list. I plan on taking my best friend in August when she comes to visit from North Carolina with her 6 month old. After, we’ll take a stroll in downtown Franklin.

Puckett’s Grocery

3 locations:
Franklin – 120 Fourth Avenue South – Franklin – (615)794-5527
Nashville- 500 Church Street – Nashville – (615) 770 2772
Leiper’s Fork – 4142 Old Hillsboro Road – Leiper’s Fork – (615)794-1308
July 26, 2011

New Nashville Restaurant: First Watch

Fresh Watch Daytime Cafe is a new restaurant chain in the Nashville area. It’s concept boasts fresh and healthy food. You can even order cholesterol free eggs. Based out of Bradenton, FL (which explains the aesthetic), plans on opening 3-5 other locations in Cool Springs, Green Hills, Belle Meade and West End, in addition to its Brentwood location, located in the Harris Teeter shopping center. It’s the fast-growing and largest daytime only restaurant in the U.S.

photo: First Watch's Facebook page

Let’s get to the food. I was greeted with a fresh pot, not just a cup, of coffee and a pretty large menu, full of choices ranging from health nut selections, to pancakes, griddles, salads, sandwiches and burgers. I had the Fresh Fruit Crepes for this late breakfast. They were a part of the healthy section of the menu.

Fresh Fruit Crepes - photo: First Watch's Facebook page

A crepe filled with bananas and strawberries, topped with low fat strawberry yogart and a few more pieces of fruit. The crepe was a little tough and chewy, but I am hoping it was because they are still trying to figure out the menu. They’ve only been open about a week, and I can’t even make a good crepe. On the side came a delicious blueberry muffin and granola.

Other breakfast items that looked appetizing:

Killer Cajun: cajun spiced white chicken breast with mushrooms, Monterey Jack cheese and onions with salsa.

Turkey Dill Crepegg: Crepe with whipped eggs, turkey, mushrooms, spinach, onions, jack cheese. Topped with diced tomatoes, hollandaise and dill with English muffins.

Overall, it was a pretty good and light breakfast. It’s definitely not your hip and trendy Nashville spot, definitely a chain, but would be a great place to take your in-laws for a Saturday breakfast. And I may even go back to try something different and use the free wi-fi. It’d be great for kids too.

First Watch
210 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
7 days a week; 7:00am-2:30pm
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July 21, 2011

Forest Hills Farmers Market

Have you been to the Forest Hills Farmers Market yet? If you haven’t, you are missing out! This is a little gem. Not as crowded as the Franklin Farmers Market or the downtown Farmers Market, it’s a collection of about 12 local farms. I try to go every Saturday that we’re in town, after dropping off the recycling at Granbery Elementary School (proceeds go to the school!) Check out the program here on YouTube.

We’ve been saving a boat load on fresh vegetables, and we can be out of there in 10 minutes. In our bag, we walked away with a zuchinni, red onion, a bunch of green onions, fresh strawberries, a couple of yellow tomatoes, red bell pepper and 2 ears of corn for $7. Yes, SEVEN DOLLARS. Take that Publix.

photo: Forest Hills Farmers Market Facebook Page

In addition to the fresh veggies, there is an omelet stand by Savor the Flavor Catering, fresh lemonade and coffee, fresh baked loaves of bread and even live music – Duology and Christian musician, Adam Wheatley are playing over the next couple of weekends. We take the pooch with us so he can hang out with the kiddos and other fur babies. There is even a dog treat stand. Go out and support your local farmers and community.

Forest Hills Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:00am-12:00pm

The Forest Hills United Methodist Church 1250 Old Hickory Boulevard – Brentwood, TN. Located near the Granny White Pike Intersection.

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July 7, 2011

Wine: La Marca Prosecco, Italy

I had the pleasure of joining some friends at a private wine tasting at Sunset Grill. I’ve been to quiet a few of their public classes that have proven both popular and informative. The Italian Stallion class is by-far the most popular. The room probably had 60+ people in it, so it was hard to hear once everyone got a little vino in their systems. The private tasting of Italian Stallions was a great way to learn more about these wines in a more intimate and customized setting.

We started with the Prosecco – La Marca. For those who are unfamiliar with Prosecco, it’s basically the Italian version of Champagne. You can’t call your bubbly Champagne (yes, with a capital C) until the grapes are grown and wine produced in the Champagne region of France. Prosecco is just a good and made in exactly the same way.

La Marca Extra Dry Prosecco, Italy


This wine is produced from grapes grown in the Veneto region, the home of Italy’s prosecco, in the north east of Italy. This wine has aromas of citrus, honey, melon. It’s very light. It may have not been too dry for my taste in bubbly. I like citrus and melon aromas for white wines, but prefer my bubbly a little sweeter.  It was much better paired with food, and you can pair bubbly with anything. It holds up to rich meals and light appetizers. Or just drink it alone.


Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.

July 5, 2011

Wine: Victor Hugo Viognier Paso Robles

Picked this bottle up earlier this week at a new wine and spirits store in Brentwood/Nippers Corner – a good excuse to check out a new place. Viognier wines are know for their floral aromas. The Victor Hugo Viognier has that, along with melon and honey. It was a little acidic and a light bodied wine (think light on your tongue). I picked it out of the store’s refrigerated section and it was a little too cold when I got it home and opened to take my first sip. This wine is definitely better when it wasn’t too cold, and needed to come up to room temperature. It’s best paired with food, I think. It was great with the gourmet s’more that I had left over from a party, but it would have been better with a great piece of grilled fish, cheese or a tart fruit like raspberries. I had none of that in my pantry, so the s’more would have to do.

Paso Robles is a American Viticulture Area (AVA) in California. You can find out more about it here. It’s a lesser known AVA, mostly known for its read wines, but still has some great wineries like J. Lohr, Liberty School and Estancia.

2008 Victor Hugo Viognier Estate Bottled, Paso Robles, California


100% Viognier

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.

July 2, 2011

Receipe: Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Southern girls love BBQ. And this has to be the easiest and tastiest recipe for a busy gal. We’ve been eating on this for a week now and have even shared with friends!

Pulled Pork – from The Way The Cookie Crumbles – originally from Cooks Illustrated – serves 6

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Spice Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons table salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 1 (6-8 pound) bone-in pork shoulder
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

Mix all spice rub ingredients in small bowl or plate. (the good thing is, all you need is a TBS and a TSP)

Massage spice rub into meat. Wrap tightly in double layer of plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. For stronger flavor, the roast can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. I refrigerated for 1 1/2 days.

Unwrap roast and place it in slow cooker liner. Add liquid smoke, if using, and 1/4 cup water. Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 8-10 hours, until meat is fork-tender.

Transfer roast to cutting board or jelly roll pan; discard liquid in liner. Pull by tearing meat into thin shreds with two forks or your fingers. Discard fat.

Place shredded meat back in slow cooker liner; toss with 1 cup barbecue sauce, and heat on low for 30-60 minutes, until hot. Serve with additional barbecue sauce. We used Sticky Fingers Tennessee Whiskey.

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