CASUAL, FRESH DINNER
One of my very favorite restaurants in Nashville. They are very accommodating to a plant-based diet and their food is really tasty. It is never loaded with oils or dressing and is always good food prepared simply. Not to mention, the atmosphere is bright, airy and beautiful.
A close second to Bar Taco. When I eat at a restaurant I want to feel good about what I am eating, just the way I would if I were eating at home. The food at Epice makes me feel great but also gives me a cuisine that I might not be able to prepare at home. Their menu is very vegetable-centric and the seasonings and spices are always spot-on!
A menu that is full of nothing but health food. My sweet friend Vui created the perfect, simple menu to leave you feeling satisfied and nourished. I love getting the rice bowl with tofu or shrimp and sitting on the patio on a warm evening. This is a must-try!
AN EASY, HEALTHY AFTERNOON AROUND TOWN
POPPY AND MONROE
Being Nashville’s first non-toxic nail salon, Poppy and Monroe is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with girlfriends. My first experience at the salon was exceptional and I’ve been a big fan ever since. They are located on a charming street in Germantown. From the moment you walk through the front door to the second you leave, you will be treated with great service and experience the most pampering atmosphere.
BARISTA PARLOR GOLDEN SOUND
Barista Parlor is a Nashville staple and has been successful enough to open multiple locations. The Golden Sound location is easily my favorite of the bunch. Hidden just off the bustling streets of the Gulch it has the best, sunny outdoor seating. With an ever-changing seasonal menu, there’s always something unique for anyone to try and enjoy.
FRANKLIN JUICE COMPANY
Franklin Juice serves the best acai bowl that I’ve ever had and it just happens to be in Nashville. I quite frequently visit the location on 12th Avenue South and love everything about it. The aesthetic is beautiful, the light is bright and the food (and juices) are unmatched. My favorite bowl is the BomBom which is an acai bowl sprinkled with cacao nips, granola, and fresh berries. It’s a great pick me up when your half way through your day.
You never know where you might run into Kokos. The first company to offer world- class, dairy free ice cream in Nashville travels around to local hot-spots offering all kinds of unique flavors from Golden Milk to Elderberry Flower. Served directly from their bicycle cart, is a wonderful experience that you just HAVE to try!
Although Centennial Park is a popular tourist destination mostly because of it’s life-size replica of the Greek Parthenon, it is one of my favorite outdoor spots in Nashville. My husband and I will pack a picnic, a blanket and a Frisbee and head to the park for a date night. It is very pet friendly and has recently undergone renovations so the park is perfect for a warm spring and summer evening. We also love to rent bicycles at the park through B-Cycle and ride around the lake, stopping to feed the ducks with our picnic leftovers. The park is also host to all kinds of festivals throughout the year so you never know what surprises your visit might include.
PERCY WARNER PARK
When I first moved to Nashville I had never been hiking. I grew up at the beach so most outdoor activities involved the ocean. During my first few months in Tennessee I learned that day hikes were a real thing and don’t require a mountaineering background. Since, I have done quite a bit of hiking and think Percy Warner Park is the best place to stretch your legs in Nashville. You have a choice of easy, leisure walks or more challenging, get-your-heart-rate-up trails all in one place. Not to mention, the scenery is absolutely beautiful!
I live in East Nashville and love riding my bike into the city when it’s nice outside. Cumberland Park is right beside Nissan stadium and has my favorite few of downtown. The park is rarely busy in the afternoons and evenings, so picnicking on the top of the hill behind the amphitheater might just be the best place to dine outside with a view of the city.