Friday, February 17, 2017

Union Station Hotel



Built in 1900, Nashville's Union Station became a luxury hotel in 1986. I love a good adaptive reuse that preserves historic detail while finding new life for something that might have been torn down instead.



Last year, a $15.5 million renovation was completed that helped bring the property into the modern age while retaining its history.



The lobby is really a stunner:





Vintage tile: check.



Handcrafted stained glass windows: check.



An impressive staircase: check.



An inviting fireplace: check.



This was one of the few things that made me wish I'd had more time to linger in this city.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Welcome to Puckett's



Sporting five locations, I was completely unaware of Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant until my recent visit to Nashville. The location I visited was brand spanking new; in fact, it wasn't even officially open yet. Thanks to my very persuasive friend Michelle, we were able to crash their soft opening and enjoy their amazing (yet fairly unhealthy) menu. Starting out as a grocery store back in the fifties, Puckett's focuses on "providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality." I'd say that they succeed.



Even though things were still a bit new and there were a few bugs to iron out, the staff was super friendly and the food was delicious (definitely worth the wait!). I also really dug the decor, which was an eclectic mix of vintage signage and antiques.







We were all a bit creeped out by the little guy poking his finger in the bread.



Check out the cool ceiling!



Now bring on the food! Fried green beans were a great appetizer:



I chose the Piggy Mac and Cheese for dinner. Gouda cheese...barbeque pulled pork...and fortunately it was appropriately sized. Otherwise, my arteries might have clogged on site.



And for dessert...nothing less than the deep fried brownie sundae would do. And yes, that's a huge slice of candied bacon on top.



This is why I run and work out.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Praying on the Matterhorn



I could not resist when I saw this vintage photo of actor Robert Crawford Jr. and his girlfriend on the Matterhorn. Her face and praying hands say it all. Crawford had a bit part on three episodes of the Disney "Zorro" television show in 1958 as well as a part in the "Little Men" episode of "The Shirley Temple Show" in 1960.



Here he is with Shirley herself!



Robert's brother Johnny was one of the original 1955 Mouseketeers.

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