Nashville: Best Places to Meet for Coffee

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September is here, can you believe it?

With the start of the new month, I’m happy to introduce a special series all about one of my favorite cities and the place I call home, Nashville! Fellow dietitian blogger, Lindsey Joe of Handmade Healthy, and I will each be sharing a weekly post on what to see, do, and eat to experience Nashville, Like a Local, Y’all!

The coffee culture is strong in Nashville. Whether you’re meeting a colleague for coffee, or need to hunker down to work, our local shops have your back. In this post, I’m sharing where the locals go for superb coffee and great work spaces.

Nashville's Best Coffee Shops: Whether you're meeting a friend or need to get work done, these coffee shops have your back.

Pin this for your Nashville trip!

Crema
Neighborhood: Downtown
The Vibe: Clean and modern. Great outdoor patio.
To Sip (if straight coffee isn’t your thing): Two words. COFFEE SODA. This is my favorite way to drink coffee in the afternoon.
The Food: On weekends, Utterly Nash sells donuts unlike any other. Get one…..or three to share. Or not.

Frothy Monkey
Neighborhood: Downtown, 12 South
The Vibe: Downtown–Relaxed and cozy. Snag a table in the upstairs loft area.
12 South–Upbeat and family-friendly. Best if you work well in busy environments.
To Sip (if straight coffee isn’t your thing): Cafe au Lait
The Food: For breakfast, try the California or the whole-grain waffle. The lunch/dinner menu has something for everyone, and they offer daily specials.

Pinewood Social
Neighborhood: Downtown
The Vibe: Upbeat. Pinewood is a restaurant, coffee shop, bar, and social gathering place all in one.
To Sip (if straight coffee isn’t your thing):Cappuccino
The Food: You can order anything off the full restaurant menu and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Steadfast Coffee
Neighborhood: Germantown
The Vibe: Simple and clean. As of this posting date, they do not have Wi-Fi, so it’s best as a meeting spot rather than a work spot if you require an internet connection.
To Sip (if straight coffee isn’t your thing): Another great coffee soda here! The iced coffee is a solid choice as well.
The Food: The menu changes seasonally, but everything on it sounds amazing. It’s simple but sophisticated.

Portland Brew
Neighborhood: 12 South
The Vibe: Quiet and productive. When I need a good work environment, this is my place.
To Sip (if straight coffee isn’t your thing): Dirty Chai. Chai + espresso = never drinking a regular chai latte again.
The Food: Great selection of sandwiches, including vegetarian options. And the BEST vegan muffins that you’ll never even know are vegan.

Barista Parlor
Neighborhood: East Nashville, Gulch
The Vibe: Both locations are trendy and watching the baristas is like being in a science lab. Very unique.
To Sip (if straight coffee isn’t your thing): Iced Bourbon Vanilla Latte
The Food: Order any of the breakfast biscuit sandwiches…they’re totally worth it & made with local ingredients.

brunch steadfast coffee Nashville

Coffee & Brunch at Steadfast Coffee


Stay tuned each week as Lindsey and I continue to share where to eat, shop, exercise, and have fun in Music City. Enjoy the first day of September, friends!

Roasted Plantain Boats

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A simple, yet fun and unusual treat you can be creative with! These Roasted Plantain Boats are filled with Greek yogurt, shredded coconut, and pistachios for a satisfyingly sweet and healthy way to end a meal. Roasted Plantain Boats filled with Greek Yogurt, Coconut, & Pistachios

This is a short and {very} sweet recipe post today. I’m writing this in between unpacking my suitcase from my trip to northwest Ohio for a Farm to Fork with the National Turkey Federation and repacking for a visit to southern Oregon! I’ll be sharing more about what I learned on the Turkey Tour very soon on the blog and you can keep up with my Oregon adventures on Instagram (@karmanmeyer).

A few weeks ago, I picked up some unripe plantains haphazardly at the international market. They sat on my dining room table for close to two weeks, slowly changing from green to yellow, and then yellow with brown spots, just like bananas as they ripen. Even when I finally picked them up to use, I had no idea what the final result would be. But sometimes good things happen when there’s no plan :)

Be sure the plantains are yellow in color rather than green for this recipe. Green plantains are unripe and work better for tostones. We want sweet, yellow, ripe plantains for this. For easy peeling, cut off one end of the plantain and then remove peel. Roasted Plantains  Roasted Plantain Boats filled with Greek Yogurt, Coconut, & Pistachios

I topped my plantain boat with vanilla Greek yogurt, shredded coconut and pistachios but you can add whatever your heart desires! Chocolate chips would be delicious, of course, as well as cinnamon, any kind of nut, nut butters, or seeds. This is a great recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen by having them stuff their own plantain boats, and may be an opportunity to familiarize them with a new fruit!

What toppings would you try with your roasted plantains?

While I enjoyed my Roasted Plantain Boat for dessert, this could also be a great breakfast option. Roast the plantains ahead of time, then slice open and refrigerate. Once ready to use, you can reheat in the microwave (about 15 seconds) or just fill them and eat chilled!

Roasted Plantain Boats

Ingredients
2 ripe plantains, peel removed
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Toppings:
1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons shelled pistachios

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place plantains on baking sheet.
2. Drizzle coconut oil over each plantain. Place pan in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and carefully flip plantains over, then return to oven and bake for 10 minutes.
3. Remove pan from oven and allow plantains to cool for 10 minutes. Set plantains up so you can easily cut them open down the middle (do not cut all the way through the plantain). Gently spread the plantain open so you can stuff the inside with the toppings.

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