Adventures in Aubreyland

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Out & About in Nashville & Franklin

I've been out and about more in town, and trying new places!  Dan and I have made an effort to try things on our list, and we've had get-togethers with friends and things too.  Here are a few spots I've tried lately...

We went to The Hop Stop in East Nashville for my friend's going-away night out.  They had a fantastic beer selection on tap, and we also indulged in their hot dogs for dinner.  I'm kind of a plain hot dog person... I like a really good dog with just ketchup.  I liked theirs a lot!  I also indulged in their shells and cheese, which were very tasty too.  Not the best mac in town, but a great accompaniment to the hot dog.

The Hop Stop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dan and I also visited a new brewery in East Nashville, Smith & Lentz.  They opened around Halloween, and they make solidly good beer.  Their taproom is huge, and you can even play ping pong!  Check them out across the street from The Filling Station.

Dan works in The Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, so he's been eating at Peg Leg Porker for a while.  I was in the neighborhood for work, so I indulged in a delicious BBQ sandwich, with delicious crispy fries.  It's not as good as Edley's to me, but definitely someplace I'd come back to if I were in the Gulch and craving it.

Peg Leg Porker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lastly, I checked out the new-ish Roosters Hot Chicken place in Cool Springs.  It's pretty good!  I really like their fries, and they did a great job with the chicken.  Not too greasy, and good spice.  The restaurant used to be an Indian place called Swagruha, if you're looking for it.  It's probably some of the best hot chicken in Franklin, since Hattie B's hasn't expanded south yet.   The restaurant isn't much to look at on the inside; it will remind you of a barren cafeteria.  But the food is worth checking out if that's what you're wanting to eat, and you don't have time to get up to Nashville.

What looks yummy to you?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Silver Steer & Co.

I often post about shopping, but I don't often post about where I shop.  I've been so in love with Silver Steer & Co. lately, I just had to give it a mention here!  Silver Steer is a gift and decor store near my office, located in a mess of strip malls... but it's magical.

They had a Christmas reveal party, and look at the line!

When I'm shopping for gifts, this is the first place in Franklin that I go.  Their assortment of locally made goodies is just awesome, and they have a lot of Southern-themed items too.  They change their assortment frequently, and seasonally.

Right now, they're Christmas central of course.  I love that they have so many cheeky items to deck your halls, wear, or gift.  If I can buy you a gift from here, I usually do!

Their Christmas reveal party also had drinks and bites... including seasonal breads made from Soberdough mixes (a local beer bread mix company) and some pies from a new pie spot opening soon nearby, Buttermilk Sky.

I picked up quite a few items at the party!  I got 10% off my purchase, so I picked up some earrings I'd had my eyes on for a month, a tassel necklace (because look at it), a pouch that says "Every Day I'm Hustlin'" which lives in my purse, and a cross-body/wristlet purse monogrammed with my initials.  You can pick a bag from their collection and they will send it to be monogrammed, which a ton of options at your disposal!

We also have a "Hey Y'all" sign above our guest bed from Silver Steer, and some candles too!  Dan thinks the sign is obnoxious, but I love it.  I've lived in the South for 7+ years now, so I'm down with it.  And their candles?  Just wonderful.  They have seasonal candles too, and right now I'm loving Cinnamon Fireball.

If you're ever near Franklin, you should definitely check this place out.  It's not in the historic downtown area, but it's worth a stop on your way back to the interstate!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Green BEAN Delivery

Disclosure: I received a $35 credit to try Green BEAN Delivery in exchange for my honest review of the service.  All opinions are my own!  You can get a discount from them using the promo code in this post.

Green BEAN Delivery reached out to me about their produce delivery service available in my area.  I will tell you, I initially hesitated, because I'm not known for purchasing a lot of produce or healthy food, and when I do I often don't get to use everything.  That said, I was willing to give it a try, because I am trying to do more food prep and cooking at home.

Green BEAN Delivery is easy to use if you have any online shopping experience at all.  You schedule your deliveries, including the size of your bin.  For me, the Combo Bin was the one I preferred, because I could also add some grocery items beyond produce.

The store is easy to browse, and I really liked how picky you can be!  There are just two of us in our household, so being able to order just a couple of apples or potatoes appealed to me... no more 5-lb bags that take up my counter space!  There is a huge organic offering, and the produce is sourced as close to you as possible.

Your Green BEAN order comes in a reusable green plastic tote, with a styrofoam container within that with cool packs to ensure freshness.  My box as delivered on time and as promised!

My favorite thing about the products that arrived?  Freshness and quality of produce.  I sometimes used a grocery delivery service locally, but I'm always disappointed in the lack of care that goes into choosing the best produce for my order.  Everything from Green BEAN looked like it came from a farmer's market haul!  The apples and potatoes were in brown paper bags to minimize impact on other produce (they give off a gas, from what I've read), so I appreciated that care.

I think one of the best perks of using Green BEAN is that it really pushes you to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time.  This can benefit you financially in terms of sticking to a budget (no impulse purchases in-store!) as well as encourage healthier eating.  I have a MAJOR takeout food habit, and it was doing my waistline no favors.  With my Green BEAN delivery, I felt pushed to use the produce and cook.

I packed healthy snacks for work, added BBQ pulled pork to some delicious baked potatoes, had breakfast wraps (using tortillas and avocado from my bin) and fresh apples, and even made my orange chicken using fresh juice and slices from oranges in the bin.

The only thing I did not like about Green BEAN was the bin itself... you leave it out when you place your next order, and they swap it in for the new one.  But since I live in an apartment, having to keep the bin someplace was a little bit of a predicament.  Where to put it???

Overall, I found that Green BEAN Delivery would be perfect for someone trying to plan their meals, stay on a budget, and perhaps is a bit too busy to hunt down fresh, local produce at the farmer's market or local stores.  This solves for all of those situations, and it's really very easy to do!

Interested in trying Green BEAN?  You can use the code "Aubreyland" to get $15 off your first order!  (It expires 2/16/2016.)

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