weekend-Nashville edition

Sep 16, 2012

This weekend, M's parents came to visit and we were able to celebrate M's mom's birthday with her on Saturday. We planned for breakfast together at a local diner, browsing downtown and pedicures while the guys painted Noah's room, an afternoon browsing around Nashville with a stop at Antique Archeology, and ending the day with birthday dinner at Amerigo's on West End.

I didn't bring my camera to breakfast or downtown, but if you're ever in Dickson and want a place for great breakfast, you've got to try Ace Diner. Their claim to fame is that Thomas Edison once ate their while passing through the area. The food is good, the exposed brick and original "drug store" bar make it an enjoyable experience. 

You can tell that Downtown Dickson is really trying to make something of itself. They just went through a recent renovation - improving parking, making wider sidewalks, and adding some nice landscaping. There are a few promising shops and I think there are plans in the making to bring some more upscale businesses to the area. It will be interesting to see what happens! 

After breakfast, the guys went home and M's mom and I browsed around downtown then headed to get pedicures. My feet were looking pretty rough, so it was nice to get them pampered!

After pedicures, we went to pick up the guys and head to Nashville. Both sides of M's and my family love the show American Pickers on History channel. 
 If you're familiar with the show, you'd know they've opened up an Antique Archaeology store in Nashville in an amazing section of warehouses close to downtown. M's mom has been wanting to go there the past few times they've been to visit but it has either not worked out or there has been a mile-long line to get in. This time, we decided to make it happen. We got there at a perfect time and didn't have to wait at all.
 Right next door to Antique Archeology is a little candy shop called Bang Bang Candy. We all split some peanut butter fudge and gourmet marshmallows. 
Because our reservation at Amerigo's wasn't until later, we decided to grab dessert first and take it to Centennial Park. M's parent's favorite dessert stop in Nashville is Gigi's Cupcakes. After contemplating over their delicious menu, we eventually found our flavors and found a park bench to enjoy them. There was some kind of music festival across one of the fields so we were able to have some great background music. 

We still had a bit of time before our reservation, so we went to one of M's favorite places on West End called Cumberland Transit, a one stop shop for everything outdoors. M's been eying up a mountain bike and they've been great with providing info! 

We were about half an hour early for our time at Amerigo's, but we were seated immediately. The service was impeccable and the waiter was really knowledgeable about the menu. We enjoyed the Cheese Fritters and Bruschetta as appetizers- amazing! I got the Chicken Pesto pizza and it was delicious, with whole cloves of garlic and a really nice crust. Everyone else enjoyed their entrees as well. 

Even though we've lived here about a year and a half, we still hadn't made it to Amerigo's or Antique Archaeology. We all really enjoyed ourselves, although this pregnant mama wore herself out! I feel really blessed to be able to live near a big city and be close enough to events, fine dining, and things to do! Nashville really has proven to be a fun city and I feel like there is so much more we're excited to explore during our years in this part of Tennessee. 

Hope everyone has had a great weekend! Up next- progress on Noah's room! It looks great!


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