While in Nashville, we wanted to make sure we got a meal at Monell’s, because their whole dining experience is so unique and nothing like a restaurant we had ever been to!
Their concept is family style dining with the slogan, “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.” But unlike typical family style, your group doesn’t get its own table with just larger portioned shared foods — you actually share a table with several other groups of people! I think there were about 13 people at our table and after saying hello to your new tablemates, food just starts coming around the table.
After we got our fix of the Nashville skyline and remembered the country music greats at the Walk of Fame Park, we went straight to Broadway for some cowboy boot shopping! There are a ton of stores that have aisles and aisles of boots so if you’re looking for some, why not get them in Music City!? They were all so fun and intricate, but they had some great classic pairs too. The shops we went to definitely had the most unique cowboy boots I’ve seen – so they were the perfect place to find those statement boots. Tara found a pair that looked so good on her, but they were all super expensive to no surprise, so we mostly window shopped.
After our morning of traveling, shopping and checking out some of the city’s coolest street art, we headed to Barista Parlour for much needed coffee and snacks! If you’ve checked out our blog at all, you know we love discovering and hanging out in new cafes. Most Nashvilians raved about Barista Parlour and we liked that it had such a cool cafe space and motorcycles just chilling out front. And of course, the coffee!
We’ve got another coffee oasis spot for you guys! As you all know by now, finding cool coffee shops wherever we go is kinda our thing. There are too many amazing coffee places in the city that no matter how hard we try we will probably not make it to all of them…which is what makes the city so great in a way, but in Upstate NY you have to sometimes search for them. Cailin came across Spektor Coffee in Glens Falls, NY on Instagram so on a nice day we drove up for an afternoon caffeine kick!
Nothing new here — this post talks about matcha, again! … But for all of the matcha lattes in NYC, my favorite green drink is few and far between in Upstate New York (our hometown). I was looking up where I could find matcha in the area, and saw that Saratoga Tea & Honey had one on their menu! So there we went!
Before we grabbed a latte, we went straight to the back to see their “Honey Room.” It’s just how it sounds, a room with jars of honey everywhere! You can taste all of their varieties which was so fun! I love honey in my tea, yogurt, and smoothies, but for some reason don’t like to eat it plain — so I wasn’t jumping up and down at the chance to sample tons and tons of honey.
One day while picking up some groceries at Whole Foods, we noticed that their Allegro Coffee Bar was serving up a bunch of matcha drink options. I’m not sure how we missed this before, but once we spotted a Matcha Chai Latte on the menu we knew we had to try it. So on our next visit to Whole Foods we both got a Matcha Chai as well as a few cookies to split! We thought the drink was excellent and refreshing! Chai and matcha have such distinct flavors, but they ended up working great together. We both tend to prefer iced matcha drinks, so this will definitely be a go-to drink as spring approaches.
The weather was a little nicer than usual, so we thought, “Why not take a walk on the Highline!?” We actually hadn’t been to the Highline in over 2 years since it’s pretty far on the West Side, but it was the perfect day to walk around, pop into Chelsea Market, and end the day with the famous artichoke pizza at Artichoke Basile’s.
I was super excited to debut my most successful DIY upcycled shirt – I literally got this cool tee from Salvation Army for $1 (can I get an amen for Half-Priced Wednesdays at Salvation Army!?) It’s a tee from a building supply company but I thought the graphic was pretty cool so I took it home to cut it up!
Ever since we tried matcha we have had a slight obsession with anything matcha-related. So when we saw that Chalait was doing a matcha hot chocolate, we were there! They have a new location at 1216 Broadway which is a typical NYC “hole in the wall” size. It’s probably a little better for take away, but they do have five barstool seats situated at a floating table surface against the wall. We did have to wait a while on the steps to the rest of the building, which is why we have these concrete step photos, haha!
If you are looking for a fast but healthy meal, Cava Grill in Union Square could just do the trick! The chain opened a new location in NYC and is serving up Mediterranean-inspired food in a fast casual, Chipotle-style setting. Cailin and I love rice bowls so when we heard of Cava’s opening we had to give it a try. The menu is full of healthy options that are also filled with a ton of flavor.
And the doughnut adventure continues! We have stopped at quite a few NYC doughnut shops to sample their version of the dessert (or breakfast)! One of the last places we need to try on the list was The Doughnut Project.