Remember when the recession hit and staycations were all the rage? Well, we’re bringing that trend back, much as I loathe the term. (Actually, I prefer “urban adventure.” Yeah, let’s just stick with that.)
6pm Get home from work. Order takeout from Taco Mamacita to arrive at the same time Ella and SVV do. I’m a sucker for the two-tacos-and-a-side deal, though I usually tack on an order of plantains, as well. YOLO, y’all.
9am Client meeting at Barista Parlor. The client in mention happens to be a friend, so we meet at one of my favorite coffee spots—the new location—to talk shop and interview a prospective contractor.
10:30am Brunch at Saint Añejo. This new-ish Mexican spot is right behind my office, so I’m a frequent fixture at 2-for-1 Wednesdays. Within the past couple weeks, the restaurant has unveiled brunch, and it. is. phenomenal. From Horchata Cinnamon French Toast to Mexican Hot Chocolate Waffles to Hot Chicken and Waffles with cream cheese drizzle, I wanted everything on the menu.
2pm Hike in Percy Warner State Park. Even though it was gray and gross out, we wanted to get out and about with Ella as she’s been cooped up for so much of the winter and is an outdoors girl at heart.
Our friends Daina and Brian and their fur son Max were up for the task, so they joined us for a two-hour hike in one of Nashville’s biggest parks.
5pm We had planned to go out for dinner but were starving after our pretty hilly hike and so ordered Thai Esane, Nashville’s best Thai, as soon as we got home
7pm We had planned to see a movie, but an hour before Eric Paslay‘s opener was set to go on at 3rd and Lindsley, my friend Nat (his fiance) texted that she had two tickets that weren’t being used. We happily snatched them up and traded our night at the cinema for a night at da club.
If you’re not following this guy, may I suggest that you do? He’s so talented—and already had a full career as a songwriter (writing hits for Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Love & Theft and others) before going out as an artist himself.
11am My favorite lunch spot in town, the Silly Goose, recently started serving brunch, so for part of a magazine feature I’m working on, we moseyed on over and met my talented photographer pal Alyssa and her husband Ben.
Only available on Sunday, the Goose’s brunch service includes witty names like the Pagan, Gandhi, Dali Lama and Santa Claus, though you need not look any further than the Hejus (pictured above with briskey, fried egg, Gorgonzola, horseradish, candied fennel, arugula and biscuit). It might be my new favorite brunch dish of all time! Though the semolina pancakes were nothing to scoff at either.
1pm After a quick stop at Welcome Home, it actually is time to go home and occupy the couch for the rest of the day. No Super Bowl parties for us; just Scandal catch-up (for me), Internetting (for him) and a whole lot of writing to do for our March issue!