Posts Tagged ‘Nashville wine blogger’

Good Things Come in Small Buns at Nashville’s Local Gourmet Slider House!

The Slider House Rules the small sandwich world with big flavors and The Chef with the Smile!

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Hungry? “Jonesing” for a gourmet treat for lunch, dinner or late night?

Your crave can be tamed from 11 am until 3 am Monday through Sunday!

That’s everyday!

Don’t let the compact size fool you. The Slider House in Nashville creates tasty gastronomic delights for slider aficionados of all ages. Did you know these fresh and flavorful sliders get their start with locally sourced beef and are nestled between the buns especially created by Nashville’s local Provence Bread Bakery? The soft and airy buns are the perfect texture for complementing these mouth-watering mini bites with big flavors.

$8.99 for Two Sliders and a Side OR $11.99 for Three Sliders and a Side

Wrap your hands around the juicy Old Hickory slathered with house made smoked BBQ Sauce and layered with the best bacon in the world, Tennessee’s own Benton’s Bacon . New to the menu,The Wild Turkey,  is filled with savory free range turkey, swiss cheese and tangy jalapeño mayo. Sample one of the favorites on the menu, Southern Comfort. A huge piece of crispy fried chicken breast coated in the amazing Siracha Honey Glaze. The ample ratio of chicken to bun can’t be beat!

PicMonkey Collage2Open wide for the Jack n’ Cheese, a recent addition to the menu. This homage to the JACK FM 96.3 Nashville Radio Station is stuffed with fried mac-n-cheese, savory caramelized onions and Tennessee’s Jack Daniels BBQ sauce. If you craving something a little different, how about The Bay O’Pig with cuban style smoked pork loin or even a nostalgic bite of thick grilled bologna, Lil’ Jerry! The fries are crispy and tossed with parmesan cheese and the sweet potato fries are big and crispy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside. Our table was digging the fried pickles! Look at that pile of tangy and crispy deliciousness! If you are not a meat eater, then your are in luck! The black bean burger can be substituted in any slider and you also get The Skinny Jean, filled with avocado and pepper jack queso.

The Slider House features one of the largest selections of craft canned beers anywhere! Check out their site to see how they give back to the community!

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The Slider House is filled with Nashville nostalgia. While you’re enjoying your beer and sliders, check out the refurbished tables and bar made from the Melrose Bowling Alley floors. Browse the wall posters and photos of music events and the musicians that made history.

The Chef with the Smile!

Authenticity Rules at the Slider House! Chef Sterling Wright, The Chef with the Smile is the real deal!  Sylvester Connors Jr and Sterling make you part of The Slider family. Sterling is an a one-of-a-kind force of nature that will change your life! Sylvester Connors brings his passion for cooking and will skillfully create a wonderful meal for you! Listen and watch for a big update on Sterling. He just returned from filming Hell’s Kitchen and he’s got a lot to tell us when he can!

Stop by for a beer or a gourmet burger and you will be greeted with a friendly smile and a heart as big as Texas!

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Angela Roberts food blogger and I couldn’t resist a photo-op with Sterling and Sylvester!

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Wrap your hands around the best slider in town! CHEERS!

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12 2013

The Tipsy Tennessean: Nashville’s Cocktail Scene Pours Up Christmas in a Glass!

‘Tis the season to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in Nashville with the flavors of the holidays!

 

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Nashville’s happening cocktail scene celebrates the holidays with the flavors of the season. Pinewood Social is Nashville’s  newest place for social gatherings. This unique and roomy state-of-the-art bar  features classic cocktails by the glass or “punch” in pitchers to share. Matt Tocco, Beverage Director of Pinewood Social’s bar program, shakes up a couple of cocktails worthy of toasting to the holidays!

The Humble Magnificent is brimming with big refreshing flavors of tart lemon, Saigon Cinnamon, fresh orange, apple brandy and Pimms #1 with a refreshing hint of mint. The flavor and aroma of red hots from the cinnamon and apple brandy brought back memories of cinnamon & apple-scented Christmas ornaments we used to make when we where kids!

Speaking of punch, did you know Pinewood Social features several large format Punches by the pitcher to share with your friends? That’s right! At least 4 large format cocktails will come to your table in a pitcher for everyone’s enjoyment. The Achilles and the Tortoise Cocktail (with the lemon zest) is a large format drink but Matt scaled it down for us to enjoy! Although the name does not sound Christmasy, the combination of bourbon, pear brandy, Yellow Chartreuse and cider was extremely refreshing and would be perfect for a celebration with your crowd of friends or after a big day of Christmas shopping.

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The Southern Steak and Oyster Restaurant near downtown Nashville has a very welcoming ambiance and the bar is a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy a southern style hand-crafted cocktail. We discovered a seasonal cocktail that is perfect ushering in the fall all the way through the holiday season. The New Fashioned Cocktail, handcrafted by Chris, is ” a glass full of Christmas!”  Bourbon, bitters and muddled apples are combined with a house-made winter-spiced sweet syrup. What came to mind with each sip was apple pie spices with a touch of chai tea aromas. This sweet cocktail was refreshing and would be pleasantly comforting on cold winter days. We really enjoyed this one!

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Another Christmasy Cocktail we found at Silo’s Restaurant in Germantown. This rustic yet chic farm-to-fork restaurant has a really nice bar area and great for meeting up with friends and enjoying cocktails with their daily appetizer selections. The House Barrel-Aged Cocktail is a blend of Chattanooga Cask Whiskey , Chai Tea , Apple Brandy with a touch of lemon and pure cane sugar.  This lip-smacking drink is barrel aged right there at the bar. With the first sip, we both said it was Christmas in a Glass!   You could taste the exotic spices from the Chai Tea and the crisp apple brandy balanced with the caramel and vanilla flavors of the bourbon with just enough lemon for balance.  The barrel-aging  mellows this amazing elixir and is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Ask for Anthony or Robert, they will take care of you just right!  Although it was the priciest at $15 a glass, it is well worth it! And, just like the holidays, this seasonal cocktail won’t be around for long …..just sayn!

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CHEERS!

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12 2013

A Review of Oak Cliff Cellars Wines: Beautiful Reds to Share & Celebrate with Family, Food and Friends!

 Lush, Soft, Seductive,Voluptuous, Rich 

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Discovering Oak Cliff Cellars Wines

My never-ending passion for food & wine adventures led me to Denton,Texas in October where I attended Outstanding in the Field’s North American Tour which literally rolled into the field of Cardo’s Farm with their distinctive retro red & white bus for a one-of-a-kind Farm to Table experience.

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Check out my post to see the recap of this beautiful & tasteful event! Everyone was treated to locally produced foods prepared by some of the most talented chefs in the Dallas area and the artisan wines of Oak Cliff Cellars of Napa Valley.

Oak Cliff Cellars wines are hand-crafted, artisan wines produced in small lots and owner Jim Richardson from Dallas was pouring two of his stunning wines from the portfolio.

I was so smitten with the earthy and soft fruit flavors of the 2011 Wild Diamond Mourvedre wine that was paired with the Star Anise-scented Roasted Oxtail Entreé that I just knew that had to have MORE!

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Jim Richardson or “JR” (as he is referred to by his friends) was there to share his wines and I am so glad we met! He is an amazing entrepreneur, great conversationalist and listener. His passion for quality wines is evident. Monica (my adventurous friend) and I sat at the end of the long community table and shared laughter, stories and conversation over Oak Cliff Cellars Chardonnay and Mouvedre until dusk.

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Now, I have many of Oak Cellars Artisan Wines to sample and I am happy to share my thoughts, beginning with three of my favorite reds.

I am partial to the award-winning 2011 Wild Diamond Mourvedre. This is an exotic soft red with lots of ripe blackberry and perfumed floral aromas with good structure that is perfect for pairing with intensely seasoned lamb dishes with exotic Middle Eastern spices. I paired it with the savory Papparadelle & Lamb Ragu Recipe listed below and it was a hit! I have included the recipe so you can taste this wonderful marriage of flavors and spices.

Big Beautiful Reds!

Assertive and not afraid to stand up to richly marbled steaks or thick lamb chops

Full-bodied, Seductive and Defined Structure

Extraordinary aromas and flavors of juicy ripe blackberries and blueberries

Enticing hints of dark chocolate and warm spices

Always a crowd-pleaser and friendly with your favorite bold foods

How can your mouth NOT be watering for wines that fit these descriptions!

2009 Lovers Lane Petite Sirah is another award-winning Oak Cliff Cellars Wine that seduce you with bold flavors of ripe berries and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Not only would this wine pair with hearty roasted meats and game with caramelized vegetables, it  will pair equally as well with a creamy slice of chocolate pie that you might be serving after a holiday meal!

If you are a lover of spicy bold reds with lots of structure brimming with big flavors of juicy red and dark berries then you will love the assertive  2009 Firebrick Zinfandel. This is a perfect wine for hearty holiday dinners with lots of flavors and would surely be a hit paired with wild game dinners provided by the hunters in the family as well as intensely flavored smoked and grilled meats.

Oak Cliff Cellars Wines are widely available in the Dallas area and I’m working on getting this “Napa Gems” in Tennessee! If you are interested finding out where these wines are available in the Dallas area and what other’s are saying  CLICK HERE.

PURCHASE HERE!

I recently opened yet another case of Oak Cliff Cellars wines and I will report on each and everyone!

CHEERS!

Pappardelle Pasta with Lamb Ragu

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Pappardelle with Lamb Ragù
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian with a Middle Eastern touch
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Serves: 6
 
This hearty ragù is filled with flavors from the exotic spices and the richness of the tender ground lamb. A big red wine will complement the bold flavors infused in the satisfying cool weather pasta dish.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 celery rib, finely diced
  • 1½ pounds ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1¼ cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • ¾ pound pappardelle
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
Instructions
  1. In a large cast-iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil.
  2. Add the carrot, onion and celery and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, 5 minutes.
  3. Add the lamb, coriander, fennel, cumin, rosemary and thyme.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook, stirring, until the liquid evaporates, 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste.
  7. Add the wine and cook until evaporated, 5 minutes.
  8. Add the tomatoes and their juices, along with the stock and bring to a boil.
  9. Cover partially and cook over moderately low heat until the liquid is slightly reduced, 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente.
  11. Drain, shaking well. Add the pasta to the sauce.
  12. Add the butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and toss over low heat.
  13. Serve the pasta in bowls, topped with the ricotta and mint.

 

 

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