Top 5 Nashville Coffee Shops

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Coffee. Fifty-four percent of Americans drink it and some people can’t start the day without it. Today is National Coffee Day, but let’s face it, it’s ALWAYS Coffee Day for most people.

So what’s your coffee style? Black, iced, espresso, frothed with milk, or with a hint of flavoring? However you fancy your java, any of these Nashville coffee shops are sure to please. And you’re going to need something to go with that cup of joe, so I’ve listed my favorite healthy eats at each spot!

1. Frothy Monkey
Neighborhood: 12 South, downtown Nashville, & downtown Franklin, TN
Best for: Meeting up with friends for brunch, or solo work sessions
Favorite Beverage: Cafe au Lait
Favorite Healthy Eats: The California

2. Crema
Neighborhood: Downtown/Riverfront
Best for: A uniquely crafted cup of coffee with a great view of the city
Favorite Beverage: Whatever seasonal drinks are offered. Genious baristas work here so you can’t go wrong.
Favorite Healthy Eats: The options are always changing here, but I had a breakfast quinoa salad this summer that inspired me to create one of my own.

3. Dose
Neighborhood: West End
Best for: Quick stop before work or a weekend lunch
Favorite Beverage: Ginger Latte
Favorite Healthy Eats: Avocado & Tomato on Wheat Bagel

4. Portland Brew
Neighborhood: 12 South
Best for: Pre-work coffee stop, or a quiet place to work
Favorite Beverage: Just a good ‘ol Latte
Favorite Healthy Eats: I have yet to eat at Portland Brew but I hear the breakfast sandwiches are good!

5. Barista Parlor
Neighborhood: East Nashville, the Gulch, and coming soon: Germantown
Best for: An experience. The coffee-making, the atmosphere, the food…it’s unlike any other coffee shop.
Favorite Beverage: Coffee wizards work here so tell them what you like and they can recommend something special for you. But if you’re feeling fancy, try an Iced Bourbon Vanilla Latte.
Favorite Healthy Eats: Order any of the breakfast biscuit sandwiches…they’re totally worth it & made with local ingredients.

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What are your favorite coffee shops in your city? Share your recommendations and hopefully I can check it out someday! 

Favorite Fall Recipes

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Happy Fall, Y’all!

I’m just not sure what’s different this year, but I’ve never been more excited for fall. The cooler weather, wearing my favorite sweaters, BOOTS, and all of the iconic ingredients of the season; these are just a few of my favorite things. Bring on the apples, pumpkins and the rest of the winter squash gang–butternut, acorn, delicata, spaghetti squash.

If you’re still longing for the days of summer, maybe these recipes will get you into the fall spirit. Or maybe if I say Happy Fall, y’all one more time that will do the trick :)

Pumpkin Fruit Roll Ups from Diane Boyd
Autumn Chopped Salad with Apples, Fennel, Cheddar Cheese, Macadamia Nuts & Apple-Maple Vinaigrette from EA Stewart
Butternut Squash Red Curry from MJ & Hungryman
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Apple Dip from Kara Lydon
Roasted Delicata Squash, Pomengranate & Arugula Salad from Cookie + Kate
Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats from Meme Inge

Oven Dried Pineapple {Recipe Redux}

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Oven Dried Pineapple
You don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite summer fruits and veggies just yet. Savor the flavors of seasonal fruits and veggies by dehydrating them, and enjoy for months to come. This month’s Recipe Redux theme is “Getting Your Dehydrator On”. Don’t own a dehydrator? That’s ok! I currently don’t own a dehydrator (but I’ve had my eye on this one by Nesco), so I used a low oven setting to dry out the pineapple slices.

I’ve never dehydrated pineapple before so this was a new venture for me. Inspired by one of my favorite dried fruit snacks from Trader Joe’s, the Chile-Spiced Mango, I decided to blend chili powder and cinnamon to compliment the sweetness of the pineapple.

But then I thought, why not do something crazy?
Something crazy like Curry Dried Pineapple. Ohhhh yeah.
If you don’t already know, I’m crazy about curry, which is evident in some of my past recipe posts.

Oven Dried Pineapple

Oven Dried Pineapple


Makes 18 dried pineapple slices

Ingredients
1 medium pineapple

Chili-Cinnamon Dried Pineapple
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Curry Dried Pineapple
1/2 tsp curry powder

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 175°F.
2. Remove the base and the leaves from pineapple. Then stand the pineapple on one end and cut off strips of skin from top to bottom. Lay the pineapple on its side and cut into 1/8 inch slices. Remove core from each individual slice by carefully cutting around it with a paring knife.pineapple

Pineapple slices3. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. If making the Chili-Cinnamon Dried Pineapple, blend the chili powder and cinnamon together in a small bowl before sprinkling over pineapple slices. You can be generous with the spices!
4. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 7 hours or until moisture is removed. Flip the pineapple slices every 2 hours.

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There are endless possibilities for the bounties of summer–check out all of the recipes from the rest of the Recipe Redux crew! Now excuse me, I’m going to make more geometric shapes with my food.

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