Postcard from Nashville

horsesIf you follow me on Instagram, you already know how my trip was. It was a trip of bests: best birthday cupcake, best live show, best friends, best gut-busting laughs, best sister and brother-in-law bonding, best biscuits.

I celebrated my 34th birthday while we were there. It was pouring rain that day. Not Seattle drizzle. A good ol’ southern downpour with thunder and lightning. All day long.

biscuitsDespite the weather, we started my birthday off right with breakfast at the famous Loveless Cafe, where they’re famous for their hashbrown casserole and bring you plate after plate of biscuits, fresh from the oven.

flight_of_biscuitsThey’re famous for the biscuits too. They are a delicious vehicle for all the varieties of Loveless jam. I made sure to try each one – it was a flight of preserves. Peach was our favorite.

cupcakeWe went to The Cupcake Collection because no birthday is complete without cake on your birthday. Even though there was a whole line of people behind me, the girls behind the counter took as long as necessary to find the perfect pink candle and a lighter so I could make a wish. That wish is totally coming true.

Goose_collageFor my birthday dinner, we dined at the most adorable little restaurant, The Silly Goose. I loved everything from the decor and ambience to the honey beet ice cream. Yes, you read that right. It’s their signature flavor. We loved this place so much we came back again another night.

Opry_CollageI donned my polka dot party dress to go to a live show at the Grand Ole Opry. The show brought me to tears – I was in good company with my sister. 

R&SMy bff surprised me with a visit. She coordinated on the down low with my sister, drove up from Atlanta, and walked into my room on Saturday morning with a sprinkle doughnut in tow. You should have seen my reaction. We got to spend the day together and have a slumber party that night. Best birthday surprise. Ever.

iceCreamThe warm sun was out every day of the trip but my birthday. I enthusiastically soaked up all the vitamin D I could, just enough to see my through til summer. And because it was so sunny, I ate ice cream. Lots of ice cream.

IceCream copyJeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, right next door to the Silly Goose, is amazing. The super friendly staff there will happily indulge in your indecision, allowing you to try any flavor you want. It’s southern hospitality at its best! After eight samples, I finally decided on Brambleberry Crisp – like oatmeal berry cobbler wrapped in cream.

My little birthday trip was just like these pictures – colorful, fun and full of decadence. I’m wiped out like a kid after her birthday party. I got a taste of summer this week and now I can’t wait for more.

Wish you were here!



2 thoughts on “Postcard from Nashville

  1. radhi

    can’t wait until your back! there seems like so much more explorin to do! so glad i came up to see you, it was the best spontaneous trip ever! xoxo


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