Best Sushi Rolls in Nashville, TN

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In the past we have written about Nashville’s best sandwiches, best date restaurants, best Italian and even best Soul food restaurants. We weren’t surprised that Nashville would have some of the best in each category, but we were a bit surprised to learn that Nashville has some of the best sushi rolls, so we compiled a list of sushi hot spots in Nashville.

Wild Wasabi

Address:

209 10th Ave South, Suite 215
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost:

$$

Atmosphere:

Small, clean and conveniently located across from Cummins Station.

What to order:

Lunch Buffet, Wild Wasabi Roll, Downtown Roll, Couples Roll, seasonal rolls with fresh fruit and the Twang roll.

Samurai

Address:

2209 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost:

$$

Atmosphere:

This small sushi restaurant and next door sushi bar located in Midtown is anything but fancy, but it ???

What to order:

They have all the traditional sushi rolls, but why limit your sushi roll experience to ordinary? Try the extraordinary rolls that Samurai is famous for. Get the Aloha Roll, the Choo Choo Roll, the Dr. Bob or Dr. Larry Rolls, the Jane Roll, or the Ninza, Crazy, Volcano and Samurai Rolls.

Virago

Address:

1126 McGavock Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost:

$$$

Atmosphere:

Upscale sushi restaurant with great views of Nashville’s cityscape

What to order:

Try the Wasabi Martini, Kayne Prime Roll, Kitana Roll, Specialty Scallop Roll, Phantom Roll and the Godzilla Roll.

Acme Feed & Seed

Address:

101 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost:

$$

Atmosphere:

This is a usual pick for sushi rolls, but sometimes your lunch date wants a burger and you want sushi! This hip two-story eating spot in downtown Nashville has a lively atmosphere, live music and a roof top deck.

What to order:

Acme have a number of traditional rolls, but its specialty rolls are creative and delicious. Try the Fuji Roll, Godzilla Roll, Narita Roll, TNT Roll, Acme Roll or Two Brothers Roll.

 

Fun Things to Do in Nashville

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Nashville isn’t all about music. The Music City is about food, skating, charity runs, Shakespeare and Nashville tours. We have gathered a list of fun things to do this January in Nashville, TN.

Twice a year Nashville hosts Restaurant Week with great deals on more than 40 local restaurants. Prices range from $10 to $30, and most places offer a two- or three-course option. This is a great way to find a new favorite or to get a great deal at one of your favorite Nashville restaurants.

Restaurants participating include: The Bunganut Pig, Chago’s Cantina, Cross Corner Bar & Grill, Finezza Italian Bistro, Fenwick’s 300, Caffe Nonna, Noshville and Pease.

Check out participating restaurants here for lunch and dinner deals during restaurant week.

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Grab your friends or that someone special and head down to Bridgestone Winter Park this January for a day of ice skating. IntellicCentrics Ice Rink, located near the Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel, has public skating through the end of January. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children and includes skate rental. They are open from 4 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Check out events and more details here.

For those looking to go out and run this January, here is a list of Nashville runs.

Run the Frosty Fireman 5K on Saturday, January 9, 2016

Register Here

Celebrate cultural diversity at the 5K4MLK on Monday January 18, 2016.

To register or for more information click here

Nashville’s Zoo Run Run is a Nashville tradition and attracts more than 2,000 runners. Run/walk through the zoo to benefit the zoo, educational programs, feeding of the animals and keeping the zoo safe.

From Jan. 8 through the Jan. 31 enjoy Winter Shakespeare at the Bill & Carole Troutt Theater at 2100 Belmont Boulevard in Nashville. This year features King Lear, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in local theater in an intimate setting.

Holiday Events in Nashville!

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There is something about the holidays that just beckons you back to a simpler time of family, candy canes, Christmas trees and lights. Lots of lights! No matter what or how you celebrate, it is hard not to soften up a bit and have a bit of a twinkle in your eye as you gaze upon Christmas, holiday, and Hanukah lights. (Whatever you call them, they are mystical!)

 

Nashville knows how to celebrate, so it is no surprise that it knows how to put on a holiday show. Here is a list of where to see lights in and around Nashville.

 

About a half hour out of Nashville, you will find the Festival of Lights in Lebanon, TN, hosted by the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The Festival of Lights is a driving tour that takes you through a dazzling display of lights and animation. Drive through a magical wonderland through Fiddlers Grove each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in December.

 

How about 750,000 lights to brighten your holidays this season? Cheekwood Arts and Gardens is hosting a Holiday Lights exhibit in the Mansion and into the beautiful gardens. Enjoy Holiday Carolers, live reindeer, twinkling lights and s’more pits. Eat at the Pineapple Room Restaurant, purchase cookies at the sweets shop or stop in for hot toddies on your stroll. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 3, but they are closed on Christmas Day. Buy your tickets online here.

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If 750,000 lights aren’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, what about 2 million? Yes, you read right: Opryland Hotel and Resort turns into a magical wonderland each year with over 2.3 million lights inside and out, holiday decorations and fun activities for kids of all ages.  A Country Christmas will run from November 20 through January 2, 2016, and it’s free to visit.

 

While you are there, you can partake in Carriage Rides, ICE® with over 2 million blocks of ice, ice skating, Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing and so much more. The viewing of the lights are free other activities cost admissions or other fees.

 

Drive by or visit the State Capitol on 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN to see the 80-foot Christmas tree.

 

Enjoy the holiday and the magic of the lights of the season.

Where to Shop for the Holidays in Nashville

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There are so many retailers and online stores vying for your holiday business, but before you click or head down to a crowded mall, why not shop Nashville? Support local shops and artisans and send unique gifts this season with these holiday shopping ideas.

Nashville Jam Company is located a half hour out of Nashville in Old Hickory and sells all natural jams and jellies using locally sourced fruits and vegetables, citrus and sugar. If you don’t feel like driving out to Old Hickory, you can pick up a jar at Acme Feed, Batch Nashville (at the Nashville Farmer’s Market), Green Door Market and White’s Mercantile.

Handmade goods crafted by local artisans are available at the Sawtooth Print Shop at its print shop located at 604 Gallatin Avenue South, #215, Nashville, TN. Sawtooth will be hosting a Holiday Pop Up from 10 a.m. Saturday, November 28, through 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. You will find unique gifts, art prints, greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics, printed hand towels, clothing and more.

While you are in East Nashville, why not stop in to the Treehouse for lunch or Little Octopus? Both are delightfully tasty, and Little Octopus is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, too.

Another local spot where you can shop and eat is the Southernaire Market. Located at 150 3rd Avenue, this shop carries apparel, beer soap, groceries, baskets and other unique gifts. While you are there shopping for holiday gifts, why not pick up ingredients for dinner? Choose from fresh produce, a butcher shop full of fresh meat and seafood, or to-go sushi!

If shopping makes you hungry, stop by The Southern Steak & Oyster next door, too!

Since you’re in the neighborhood, how can you resist the Goo Goo Shop? If you haven’t tried Goo Goo clusters you really can’t claim to be a true Nashvillian. Since 1912 Nashville has been home to one of the first and best candies in the nation. The original cluster is made with real milk chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow nougat, but The Goo Goo Shop sells a variety of clusters and Goo Goo gifts and apparel. These are true Nashville originals.

While you are in the area, check out Two Old Hippies located at 401 12th Ave South in Nashville. This boutique shop has an eclectic mix of apparel for women and men, unique jewelry, textiles, artwork and crafts.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

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When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of cranberries. Maybe it’s that jellied cranberry from a can, or maybe your family has a famous cranberry and orange relish recipe that shows up on the table, or maybe it’s a cranberry martini. No matter what, cranberries in some form or another show up each year on your Thanksgiving table., so why not add cranberries as part of your Thanksgiving decorating? Here are some great ideas.

Create a centerpiece using a glass vase (or Mason jar), some store-bought flowers and fresh cranberries. Set the arrangement in the center of your table or serving area.

Use martini glasses, fresh cranberries and floating candles to make a decorative arrangement. Arrange the martini glasses on your table.                                           

Create decorative floating candles using tall, inexpensive glass vases. Fill with orange slices and cranberries, then add a small floating candle. Not only is this decoration attractive, when the water gets warm, the scent of oranges and cranberries fill the air.

 

Kumquats, cranberries and walnut or chestnuts placed in a large glass vase with a votive candle (put the candle in a small glass votive holder for safety reasons) make a cheerful center piece for your dining or buffet table.

 

 

 

Best Soul Food Restaurants in Nashville, TN

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It’s your turn to host Thanksgiving in your ParkCentral apartment, and you want it to be perfect. Whether this is your first turkey or your 50th, these tips will ensure that your turkey is perfect this Thanksgiving.

 Selecting the Right Turkey – There are a lot of choices when it comes to buying a turkey. Your grocery store has fresh, frozen and thawed turkeys at reasonable prices. These turkeys are good choices, but with the recent concern over antibiotics, hormones and more humane treatment of birds and animals, you may want to consider other options. Organic turkeys with no hormones or antibiotics (or additives) are a good healthy choice. They will cost you a bit more, but many feel it is worth it. Many local farmers produce Heritage turkeys, which are an old-fashioned breed and are often leaner and more flavorful. No cage or free-range turkeys are available means they lived outside of a cage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they were fed organic or vegetarian diets.

  1. Size Matters – You will need between 1 and 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person. Add a few pounds for the bones and don’t forget leftovers.
  2. Brining your Turkey – Brining has risen in popularity over the years and typically entails soaking your turkey in a solution that contains a liquid (water or wine), salt, sugar and spices. You also can dry brine.
  3. Trussing your Turkey – Trussing or tying your turkey up helps ensure that the turkey cooks evenly, plus makes you look like a pro. Simply tuck the wings of the turkey under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string. Warning: It makes it hard for the cook to steal a wing ahead of time.
  4. Cook on a Rack of Vegetables – Before placing your turkey in the pan, peel and cut vegetables to make a bed for your turkey to sit on. Turnip, celery, carrots and parsnips are perfect choices. This will allow the turkey to sit higher in the pan allowing for better circulation, and it also mean that your turkey doesn’t stick to the pan. Lastly the vegetables will add flavor to your gravy.
  5. Stuffing your Turkey – How we all love stuffing, whether it is corn bread stuffing, traditional bread stuffing, meat stuffing or oyster stuffing. A stuffed turkey takes longer to cook, which means that it could be drier, but nothing beats the flavor of stuffing with the turkey juices, so you decide.
  6. Rub the Turkey with Butter or Oil – OK, you are ready to get the turkey in the oven, but before you do, dry the turkey skin, rub the turkey with butter or oil and place aromatics and butter under the skin. If you aren’t going to stuff the turkey, add herbs to the cavity.
  7. Don’t Baste – You remember Mom’s big baster? Well, many say that this actually slows down the process and can result in a dry bird. Instead leave the oven closed and if you must baste, do it only after the turkey is ¾ of the way cooked.
  8. What Temperature – There are a number of recipes out there with different cooking temperatures, but the reality is that a turkey takes time and an oven set at 325/350 degrees consistently seems to work best. Others (like me) start the turkey at a high temperature and then turn it down. Your turkey should be at 165 degrees F when it is done, so investing in a good thermometer is a good idea. Also remember that it will continue to cook once it is out of the oven.
  9. Let it Rest – The hard work is done, so take a few minutes and enjoy some wine with your guests. Once the turkey is done, take it out and cover it loosely with tinfoil and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Turkey

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It’s your turn to host Thanksgiving in your ParkCentral apartment, and you want it to be perfect. Whether this is your first turkey or your 50th, these tips will ensure that your turkey is perfect this Thanksgiving.

  1.  Selecting the Right Turkey – There are a lot of choices when it comes to buying a turkey. Your grocery store has fresh, frozen and thawed turkeys at reasonable prices. These turkeys are good choices, but with the recent concern over antibiotics, hormones and more humane treatment of birds and animals, you may want to consider other options. Organic turkeys with no hormones or antibiotics (or additives) are a good healthy choice. They will cost you a bit more, but many feel it is worth it. Many local farmers produce Heritage turkeys, which are an old-fashioned breed and are often leaner and more flavorful. No cage or free-range turkeys are available means they lived outside of a cage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they were fed organic or vegetarian diets.
  1. Size Matters – You will need between 1 and 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person. Add a few pounds for the bones and don’t forget leftovers.
  2. Brining your Turkey – Brining has risen in popularity over the years and typically entails soaking your turkey in a solution that contains a liquid (water or wine), salt, sugar and spices. You also can dry brine.
  3. Trussing your Turkey – Trussing or tying your turkey up helps ensure that the turkey cooks evenly, plus makes you look like a pro. Simply tuck the wings of the turkey under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string. Warning: It makes it hard for the cook to steal a wing ahead of time.
  4. Cook on a Rack of Vegetables – Before placing your turkey in the pan, peel and cut vegetables to make a bed for your turkey to sit on. Turnip, celery, carrots and parsnips are perfect choices. This will allow the turkey to sit higher in the pan allowing for better circulation, and it also mean that your turkey doesn’t stick to the pan. Lastly the vegetables will add flavor to your gravy.
  5. Stuffing your Turkey – How we all love stuffing, whether it is corn bread stuffing, traditional bread stuffing, meat stuffing or oyster stuffing. A stuffed turkey takes longer to cook, which means that it could be drier, but nothing beats the flavor of stuffing with the turkey juices, so you decide.
  6. Rub the Turkey with Butter or Oil – OK, you are ready to get the turkey in the oven, but before you do, dry the turkey skin, rub the turkey with butter or oil and place aromatics and butter under the skin. If you aren’t going to stuff the turkey, add herbs to the cavity.
  7. Don’t Baste – You remember Mom’s big baster? Well, many say that this actually slows down the process and can result in a dry bird. Instead leave the oven closed and if you must baste, do it only after the turkey is ¾ of the way cooked.
  8. What Temperature – There are a number of recipes out there with different cooking temperatures, but the reality is that a turkey takes time and an oven set at 325/350 degrees consistently seems to work best. Others (like me) start the turkey at a high temperature and then turn it down. Your turkey should be at 165 degrees F when it is done, so investing in a good thermometer is a good idea. Also remember that it will continue to cook once it is out of the oven.
  9. Let it Rest – The hard work is done, so take a few minutes and enjoy some wine with your guests. Once the turkey is done, take it out and cover it loosely with tinfoil and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Nashville

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It’s almost here, that most magical time of the year – not that holiday, HALLOWEEN! And this year it falls on a weekend, so that means Halloween in Nashville will be more fun than ever.

Here is a list of Halloween parties, mazes and haunts …

Nashville’s Hottest Halloween Parties

This coming Saturday check out Spellbound on M Street at the Rosewall. From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. you will be mesmerized by aerialists, dancers and the area’s hottest DJs keeping the party going long after the bewitching hour. There will be drink specials, multiple bars, dancing and a costume contest, so grab your friends (groups of five or more get a discount) and have a blast.

Get more information or purchase tickets online. 

You’ll find four floors of haunted madness at Acme’s Halloween Haunted House Party! This Saturday check out Nashville’s biggest Halloween party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be dancing, music, drink specials, a photo booth and more.

Each floor has its own haunted happenings:

  • 1st Floor – Funky Monster mash
  • 2nd Floor – Haunted Social Lounge
  • 3rd Floor – Sister Sprouse & Suprise Guests
  • Rooftop – Rise from the Dead with Acme Radio.

Presale tickets are sold out, but get there early for tickets at the door.

Combine Halloween fun with FREE and you have Rippy’s on Broadway’s 4th Annual Halloween party this Saturday starting at 10 p.m.

This is Nashville’s Hottest Dance Party with DJ Cru, killer Fireball drink specials, no cover and a cash prize costume contest. Don’t miss this annual Halloween tradition, located at 429 Broad Street in downtown Nashville.

Take a Ghost Tour in Nashville this Halloween

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Halloween conjures up visions/thoughts of ghosts and goblins and all things frightening, so why not have a little ghoulish fun this year by taking one of Nashville’s Haunted Ghost Tours?

Nashville has its share of ghosts from famous musicians to mysterious visitors, to politicians and civil war soldiers, we have them all. But where can you find them?

The State Capital Building is located at the highest summit in Nashville, and rumor has it that spirits of the past still linger in its halls and in the tower of the building. Who are these spirits from the past and why do they still call Nashville home?

Furniture in the Capital Building has been known to be rearranged, arguments heard when no one was talking and a woman looks over the city out the tower window. These mischievous behavior and voices could belong to William Strickland and Samuel Morgan, the architect and overseer during construction of the Capital Building. During the construction they didn’t see eye-to-eye and it appears the argument continues more than a hundred years after their deaths.

With that woman, people claim that she’s Rachel Jackson, the wife of President Andrew Jackson, who died of a heart attack shortly after his victory. While she died before the building was built, many suspect that she walks the halls and haunts the tower trying to restore her reputation after being accused and shamed for being an adulterer.

(Seems she may have married Andrew Jackson before her divorce from her previous husband, too. Oops!)

Over at Ryman Auditorium (the former home of the Grand Ole Opry) three ghosts have decided NOT to leave the stage. Ryman himself makes his disdain for “raunchy” performances held at the auditorium named in his honor by appearing regularly at the auditorium. Gray Man (a man dressed in gray sitting in the balcony during performances) both haunts those who rehearse in the auditorium, and country music legend Hank Williams Sr. has been known to walk the halls of the auditorium and the alley near Tootsie’s, one of his favorite watering holes next door.

With so many tragic stories of music legends in the making in Nashville and such a prominent role in the Civil War, it is no wonder Nashville and the surrounding area have their share of ghosts.

Want to take a tour? Choose between Haunted Downtown, Haunted Pub Tour or a Haunted Hearse Tour with Nashville Ghost Tours.

Nashville is such a great place to live. it is no wonder so many NEVER want to leave. Check out more haunted places in Nashville here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Get Seafood in Nashville

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Date night, girls night or family night – they are all perfect occasions to discover the best seafood restaurants in Nashville.

Seafood Sensation

2719 Jefferson St
Ste E
Nashville, TN 37208

Only a few miles from your apartment complex, this small family-owned seafood restaurant is nothing fancy, but the seafood sure is good. The dining room has plastic tables and the food is served in Styrofoam, eat in or take out, but be sure to try the Alaskan crab, grilled or fried shrimp, whiting or lobster and shrimp with corn.

Urban Grub

2506 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

This restaurant has it all: great atmosphere, wonderful pork and beef entrees, brunch, chicken and waffles, full bar and some of the freshest and inspirational seafood in Nashville. Favorites include: wood oven trout, shrimp and grits, raw oysters, crab spaghetti and grouper tartar.

Batter’d & Fried Seafood (Boston Seafood House)

1008-A Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

As the name would indicate, this restaurant LOVES its battered and fried seafood, but they also have seared, grilled and blackened options. They feature New England classics, too, such as Whole Belly Clams, North Atlantic Haddock, and Creamy Clam Chowder.