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MY PAELLA TRAVELS aka Lisa Mays Creates a Unique Culinary Experience with Customized Spanish Paellas that are Edible Works of Art!

Edible Art for the eyes and your palate.

This is my Happy Place!



Do you love paella as much as I do?

For over 25 years, I have been cooking and working on creating the very best paella experience to cook for friends and family. Though out these years, I have experimented with ingredients that would create the most authentic paella available to the Nashville area and ….NOW I can say that My Paella Travels will bring to you the most authentic paella experience available from Texas to Tennessee and every state in between.

My paellas are customized for you while maintaining authenticity and quality. I use only the freshest ingredients available.

Oh! Did I mention that my paellas are Nashville-inspired?  

I use fresh local sausages made for my paellas as well as fresh southern shrimp, clams, mussels and local Tennessee pork?

Not a seafood fan?

That’s okay, too! My Paella Travels will customize a paella to your palate.

Up to 60 guests…My Customized Paella Experiences will Travel to You!




10 2016

Say Goodbye to Summer and Spice Up the Fall Season with Sugarlands Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

Two Fun and Tasty Pumpkin Spice Cocktails Inspired by Sugarlands Moonshine for Fall Fun!

(sample of moonshine sent by Sugarlands Distillery)


(photos by

Sweltering summer heat is gone and fall has arrived. Trade the summer cocktails by the pool or beach for two cool cocktails infused with …wait for it…..Pumpkin Spice Moonshine! That’s right! Our good moonshine-making friends at Sugarlands Distilling Co. in Gatlinburg, TN have created a very, very unique way to get your Pumpkin Spice fall fix.

You can add a splash or two of Sugarlands Shine 40 proof Pumpkin Spice Moonshine the ever-popular PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte, you know which one I’m talking about) to enhance the flavor and enjoyment or you can just have fun with these two cocktails.

Really, it’s one cocktail and one very grown up milk shake.

Campfire Pumpkin Spice Moonshine Martini


My daughter and I had so much fun creating, photographing (and drinking) our cocktails and now we happy to share them with you.

We created the Pumpkin Spice Campfire Cocktail because we both love the flavors of the fall, especially sitting around a campfire, or in our case, a warm fire pit with a cozy cocktail in hand.

For one cocktail:

1/4 cup (plus a splash more) half and half

2-3T Sugarlands Shine 40 proof Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

2T Marshmallow-flavored Vodka

Dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice

2t of canned pumpkin puree, for each martini

3 large marshmallows, skewered
On a small plate, Demerara sugar mixed with a few dashes of Pumpkin Pie Spice for dipping glasses


Moisten the edge of the martini glass with moonshine and turn it upside down and dip rim into sugar mixture until it’s coated.
In a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes, half and half, moonshine, marshmallow vodka, and a dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice and shake vigorously. Taste and adjust for flavors by adding more ingredients, to your taste.
Pour into the sugar rimmed martini glass.
Light the marshmallows with a lighter or fire from the campfire and quickly blow out so you don’t burn up the marshmallows.
Serve the cocktail with the marshmallow garnish.
**Double the ingredients for two cocktails
***Note: We believe the pumpkin puree enhances the texture and flavor of this cocktail and recommend using it. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen to use for desserts or more cocktails in the future.

        Pumpkin Spice Moonshine Milkshake


Here’s one milkshake just for the adults that will most likely bring out the kid in all of us! It’s not too cold yet to enjoy a cool and creamy ice cream milk shake with caramel and the most delicious moonshine ever.

For 2 shakes:

1/4 + 1T of Sugarlands Shine 40 proof Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

3T Pumpkin puree

1 pint great quality vanilla ice cream

1/2t pumpkin pie spice

3T half and half or milk

Caramel topping that comes in a squeeze bottle 1 sheet of graham crackers, crushed

Whipped cream, for garnishing

Moisten the rim of the glass with a bit of moonshine and dip rim into the crushed graham crackers

Drizzle the inside of the glass with the caramel, swirling it around making a pretty pattern up and down

In a blender, add the first five ingredients and blend on high speed until all ingredients are combined.

Pour immediately into the rimmed glass with the caramel.

Top with whipped cream and a dash of spice, if desired.



10 2016

Green Door Gourmet Celebrates The Season with Fall Fest This Sunday, October 2nd!

Fall weather has made its way to Tennessee and its time to celebrate the fabulous weather and change of seasons at Green Door Gourmet!



Green Door Gourmet, a 350-acre organic working farm located in West Nashville kicks off the season at their annual Fall Fest.

Time:  12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: $5 per adult and children under 10 are free.

Parking is free, though carpooling is encouraged.

Address: 7011 River Road Pike in Nashville

Old Fashioned Fun
Fall Fest features live music, hayrides, pumpkin games, renowned pumpkin carving artist Lundy Cupp, a pumpkin patch where visitors can pick their own pumpkins, hay rides, and the Kids Zone, featuring the infamous Mr. Steve.
Sylvia Ganier, owner says “Fall Fest provides old fashion family fun. Children will enjoy activities in the Kids Zone, and adults will enjoy live music, local crafts and plenty of vendor booths with samples, as well as lots of local food and beverage options. We love celebrating the change of season and a new harvest of locally grown vegetables and flowers. Green Door Gourmet has become a hub of local food and farming activity in Nashville. We encourage our friends and new visitors to come visit our farm and celebrate fall with us.”

Food Trucks and Local Tennessee Vendors
More than 40 local artisan vendors will be showcasing their local, Pick TN and Made in the South wares.

Expected food trucks include The Grilled Cheeserie, Peg Leg Porker, Yayo’s OMG Tacos, Jeni’s Ice Cream, The Trailer Perk, Califarmia and Yazoo.

Music in the Barn
Throughout Fall Fest, guests can enjoy music in the Grand Barn starting at noon. Nashville-based Sheriff Scott and the Deputies will kick things off followed by John England & the Western Swingers, Heath Haynes and the Hi Dollars and finally Scat Springs Band. Music will continue until the end of Fall Fest at 6 p.m.

 Green Door Gourmet one of the area’s largest CSAs 
Situated on a 350-acre farm just 9 miles from downtown Nashville, Green Door Gourmet is a working farm and one of the area’s largest CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), offering weekly local boxes of plentiful organically-grown fresh vegetables and herbs. Green Door Gourmet provides fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers to more than 22 restaurants and local florists in Nashville. Our on-farm market features a wide variety of fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs, as well as the area’s finest meats, cheeses, eggs, honey, and other local and regional gourmet products. Green Door Gourmet is home to the Grand Barn, a handbuilt white oak event space perfect for weddings, corporate events, agri-tourism, farm events, and social occasions.


09 2016