Bellaterra Ranch & Winery

Bellaterra Ranch, founded in 2001, is a family owned and operated ranch spread out over two picturesque farms located in historic Franklin, TN. Bellaterra now produces cigars that pair with red wine. Made from the best grapes in California, Oregon, Washington and tobacco from Nicaragua. I recently had the pleasure of tasting the Longhorn Cabernet. Their own website describes it perfectly, “Fresh aromas of ripe tropical fruits integrated with subtle toasty oak notes will greet you. Then, a vibrant entry of pears, apples and vanilla will integrate into a round, soft mid-palate taste leading to a firm, focused, and lengthy finish.” The new cigars are also incredible. A treat for most experienced smoker. Find out more about premium wines from Bellaterra Ranch. Find Bellaterra on Facebook.

Germantown East

Germantown East

Allium recently re-opened under a new name, Germantown East. I didn’t notice too many changes, really just the name. The food is fantastic. Not much changed from the previous menu, they still have Potato Gnocchi (my favorite)! When I attended for the pre-opening event, I had the duck. Cooked perfectly, a tad bit fatty though. Service is great. Very comfortable atmosphere. Still my favorite restaurant in Nashville.

501 Main Street in Nashville, TN.

Osarizawa Mine

Mining of gold and copper at the legendary Osarizawa mine began around 1300 years ago, with the last of the smelting facilities closing down in 1978. Now the site is owned by Mitsubishi, who run guided tours around the highlights and a museum for 1,000 yen. More awesome stuff at MichaelJohnGrist.

Ever played S.T.A.L.K.E.R.?!?

Las Maracas Mexican Restaurant in East Nashville

Best Mexican food hands down! 32 Oz. Dos XX on draft! Great chips and salsa. Fantastic service! Best value for any restaurant in East Nashville, IMHO. More info on the Yelp page. Ignore the address, the new Las Maracas is right across from P-R Funeral Home at Gallatin and Delmas.

Pad Thai Kitchen in East Nashville

Liz and I (and Jamie) love it! Try the fresh rolls. The food is awesome, and certainly the best value for Thai food in East Nashville. More info on the Yelp page. Located at 604 Gallatin, on the backside of the building. We usually park across the street at Rite Aid.

The Green Wagon

On the corner of 11th and Forrest. Nashville’s First Green General Store. The Green Wagon houses a classic collection of general store merchandise, with everything from cleaning supplies to clothing to shampoo to crib mattresses. The store features a “refilling station” where customers can refill their bottles with certain products at a discounted price, instead of buying new containers. A large portion of the products in The Green Wagon inventory are made locally, therefore reducing the business’ and customers’ carbon footprint that would normally occur during the shipping process. Since the notion of “green” is relatively new and somewhat undefined, Jen uses a standardized assessment that will evaluate products based on their environmental footprint across the product’s lifecycle stages. This standard purchasing process will give The Green Wagon customers peace of mind and allow them the freedom to walk in and feel confident about any item they purchase. The Green Wagon hopes that defining its standards of “green” will simplify and enhance the shopping experience for customers. More info at Green Wagon Nashville.

Southeastern Salvage

Just off of Thompson Lane on Eugenia Ave (across from Pla-Mor Bowling Lanes). This place is amazing. 5’X7′ intricately framed mirrors for only $159! Tons of garden/patio stuff. They have a website, but it offers nothing more than store hours.

3 Crow Bar

At the corner of 11th and Woodland, right at the heart of 5 Points. Wednesday and Sunday 2 for 1. Always lively. Best of 5 Points’ bars. More info at 3 Crow Bar.

Allium – Cafe & Bar

Owned and operated by the guys at German Town Cafe. Located at the corner of 5th and Main. I had, quite possibly, the best Caesar Salad of my life. Fantastic service. Decadent desserts, including a chocolate mousse cake and a Bailey’s butterscotch cheesecake. Reasonable prices. Review at the Nashville Scene. More info and their menu at Allium Nashville.

Nuvo Burrito

The food is fantastic with reasonable prices. The guys that own it, Sean and Tom, are great. Check out their menu and other cool stuff at Nuvo Burrito. Great review at Nashville Restaurants.