Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Edley's Bar-B-Que in 12South

When my visiting cousin wanted some good BBQ, I knew we'd have to give Edley's Bar-B-Que a try.  My coworkers had recommended it multiple times,  yet I'd still never been.  (Even if a restaurant has been around for a while, I like to review it when I go for the first time, in case my experience can add to the venue's track record.)

The ambiance at Edley's is very BBQ... paper towels on the tables, extra sauce, reclaimed wood everywhere, and the wonderful BBQ smell.  They also have a great bar area.

You order at the counter, then they bring the food out to you.  You can see the delicious desserts (like gooey butter cake and chess pie, oh my!) up there too, tempting you.  My cousin got the banana pudding as a side, and I was jealous.  But I had my hands full with my pork sandwich, cornbread, and macaroni and cheese.  The cornbread was good, and it had a little jalapeno kick to it.  I prefer plain cornbread, but still good.

The macaroni impressed me!  I love macaroni, but usually the sides at BBQ places are kind of bland and generic.  This macaroni was thoughtfully seasoned (I know that sounds so pretentious, but it's the only way I could describe it) and worth choosing.  I am lactose intolerant, so I have to take medication to eat mac 'n' cheese, and I'd deem this worth it!  The sandwich was top notch too.  I really thought the ratio of sauce to meat was perfect, and the bread was good too.

Dan got a half rack of ribs, as well as the brisket chili.  I got to taste both, and it was delicious!  There's great brisket meat and spices in that chili.  I'd recommend this option too, if you're into ribs.  My cousin got the ribs, mac, and banana pudding.  The sandwiches comes with two sides, but the ribs come with two sides and cornbread.  Bonus!

When you're done with the meal, you toss the trash away and put your tray on the pile.  Edley's is definitely my new "old" favorite for BBQ in the Nashville area!

Edley's Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: ClassPass for Fitness Classes

Disclosure:  I received a month of unlimited access to ClassPass (and a tank top!) at no charge,  in exchange for my honest review.  You can skip the Nashville waitlist using my referral link and join ClassPass right away!  I do not get a kickback for referrals, this is just a benefit for my readers.

ClassPass is a brilliant concept.  I have a tendency to get tired of a workout "routine" and look for Groupons or newbie deals at different fitness studios.  I never stick with them for long.  That's why ClassPass is so great; you get unlimited fitness classes (up to 3 per participating studio) for a single monthly fee.  You make reservations for classes via web or mobile app; you receive a reminder e-mail about classes, as well as tips on what to bring and how early to show up.  If it's your first time at a studio, you'll want to go early to fill out waivers and whatnot.

The App
There is a $20 charge if you miss a class or show up late, which is how the studios participating likely mitigate risk from allowing you to join their classes.  I think this is reasonable (you can cancel 12+ hours in advance) and many studios already have this as a policy.  I also think it holds people like me accountable!

My favorite part about ClassPass, other than trying classes, is definitely the app!  You can browse and reserve classes either via web browser or the app.  Both methods are super simple and easy. You can browse classes on a map or by name.  The app allows you to add reserved classes to your iCal calendar.  I love being organized, and this helps a lot.

I've been attending a few different classes at various studios in my area already:  Jazzercise, Niki G's Fitness Bootcamp, and 100% Fit are some of my favorites.  (The links take you to Yelp, where I've reviewed them!)  All of them have helped me break a sweat for sure.  I know that to see optimal results, it's good to stick to a certain type of class multiple times per week, over time.  But for me, without variety and mixing it up, I'm more likely to quit.  ClassPass has allowed me to experiment with new techniques, as well as get to know studios in my area I had no idea existed.

I think ClassPass is ideal for:
  • People like me who really enjoy variety in workouts, or trying something new.
  • Someone new to a ClassPass city looking to try out different studios and meet new people.
  • Business travelers who can use the membership in multiple cities.

Have you tried ClassPass before?

Disclosure:  I received a month of unlimited access to ClassPass at no charge,  in exchange for my honest review.  You can skip the Nashville waitlist using my referral link and join ClassPass right away!  I do not get a kickback for referrals, this is just a benefit for my readers.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Farm House

I used to tell people that if they wanted good food in Nashville, they should avoid downtown near Broadway.  Lately, I've been discovering there's more and more to offer in the area, especially as the SoBro neighborhood continues to grow: The Farm House is one of the good ones.
In fact, before my cousin came to visit from L.A., he specifically requested to eat here.  Since it was Valentine's Day weekend, we figured a brunch/lunch reservation would be best, so we went on a Sunday at noon.  I highly recommend a reservation!  There is also free valet, which I love.

The overall restaurant feels small and long, and definitely gives you the "barn" feeling I'm sure they're going for with the reclaimed wood and things.  There's also a bar where people eat, not sure if that's first-come first-served or what.  They also serve brunch options on weekends.  The glasses were upcycled wine bottles, and they have a very extensive bourbon/whiskey menu!

Overall, I wish there were more lunch options vs. brunch options on the weekend, but we're a brunch culture in Nashville.  The menu is not extensive, because it's all made to order and fresh... it's all about what's seasonal, available, etc.

In the spirit of brunch, I ordered a side of biscuits and preserves for the table.  The biscuits, jam, and butter were all excellent.  It was all tasty, though I might argue that for the South, $4 for two biscuits is kind of steep.  Maybe I'm just used to complimentary biscuits everywhere?  I expected there might be 3-4 for that price.

For my meal, I really wanted something with meat, because I'd heard they are really deliberate about where they source their ingredients.  I chose the Cuban sandwich, which had the house pork, black forest ham, and Swiss.  It came with their house fries and house ketchup.  I LOVED the Cuban.  The bread was so fresh and good, it really made the sandwich amazing.  Seriously, when a restaurant nails the bread it is such a win.  The meat and cheese were also great.  The fries were pretty good, though I did not like the house ketchup.  It tasted a bit fruity or jam-like, not like ketchup really.  The fries tasted good without it, and I appreciate that they make their own sauces!

Overall, I'd definitely come back to The Farm House.  I know that every time, the menu would be different, but the food solidly good.  I would love to try a cocktail next time too!

The Farm House on Urbanspoon

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