Friday, January 20, 2012

My Secret Sushi Place

Okay, I really don't want to tell anyone about this place, because I go here when I want to get away and have a nice, quiet, delicious meal.  But it really isn't fair to not talk about it.
The atmosphere is calm.
The sushi is fresh.
mine.  mine.  mine!
Okay, here goes:  Zumi sushi Japanese kitchen.  It's on Belcourt Ave in Hillsboro Village.

Some of my favorite appetizers are the sauteed edamame and the avocado tempura.  If you like spicy (REAL spicy) the thai fighter soup is fantastic!
All the sushi is fresh and delicious.  I love the black and gold which is topped with spicy krab and the red dragon which has a sweetness to it that's addictive.

Zumi is great for kids too.  They have a kids menu, but my boys usually only order crunchy shrimp and cali crunch rolls.

My daughter always orders plain noodles which drives me crazy since I'm a flavor hog.  She loves the chocolate chip cookie that comes with the kid's meal.

When it's gray and cold outside and I don't feel like cooking, I pick my kids up from school and say, "Suprise!  We are going to zumi!"  That brightens everyone's dreary day.  Especially mine.

Get on a local roll.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


What can I say about this place?  SAN ANTONIO TACO COMPANY is legendary.  If you are or were a college student in Nashville then it's almost a requirement to hang out here.  Maybe because it's the best hang-over food in town.  Don't expect anything fancy.  This place is a dive in the best possible sense of the word.    Somehow I will never tire of or outgrow this place.  I started going here when I was in college and I still frequent it once a week.

Some favorite tacos are the bean and cheese, the crispy, and the chicken fajita.  The enchiladas are comforting to the tummy and the cheese dip is a necessity.

My friend and I claim that we are the reason they finally put bowls of wing sauce and ranch on the menu.
I went through a seven year phase that started in college where I wasn't eating meat.  I had been thoroughly grossed-out and swore it off (a story for another blog).  I loved the taste of chicken wings but didn't want the chicken.  My friend and I would ask for wing sauce and ranch on the side of our tacos and we would  proceed to dip our tortilla chips in them.  Don't knock it...  At first, the employees would look at us like we had jalapenos growing out of our heads, but since we were in that place once a week (AT LEAST), they began to get used to our strange request and even started expecting it.  But there was one problem:  they were giving us small ramekins of sauce and ranch which are hard to dip in.  We asked for larger bowls.  A few years later it showed up as an option on the menu.  Of course, my friend Beauchamp mocks me for thinking it's all because of me, but I stand by my claim.  I still order my two old friends:  sauce and ranch, but now I drizzle them on my tacos.  yum!
And I ate there today for lunch.

Disclaimer:  My meat-free phase was not a health-based decision, obviously.  I was eating wing sauce and ranch!

Eat some local sauce.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Perfect Christmas

When my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said, "Take me to THE PERFECT PAIR".  Old Gringo, Vera Wang Lavender, Dolce Vita, Frye, and many other hip boots.  Jewelry from featured artists.  It's so unique that when you wear it you feel like an artist.  The store is really like Heaven for cool girls.
Every time you see owners Whitney Dunn and Casey Stribling they look good.  Not like they took all day to get ready, but how you would want to look every day if you could just get up and throw something on and be fabulous.
The shoes are not your typical, boring, everybody-has-them-already shoes.  If you buy something here you will ALWAYS get compliments on it every time you wear it.  Whether it's shoes, boots, jewelry or one of the soft leathery bags, you will look and feel as fabulous as owners Whitney and Casey when you have one of these on your being.

Luxury Rebel boots.  They are like boot origami.  You can fold the layers down in many ways to take on different looks or just leave them up.  loooooove.   Also love these cool gray beaded bracelets.  I like the St. Christopher medals on them.

Vera Wang Lavender wedge boots.  so comfortable.  Check out the cool zipper detail on the back.

Leather and pearl necklaces: tough yet sweet.   Wear them with t-shirts.

I love this store because they are always changing brands and mixing things up.  They literally just buy what they love & trust me, it's all cool.

Shop local,