“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ~ Lin Yutang
To be honest, I’m not really sure where my old, familiar pillow is at this point in time. Recently, I feel like my bags are constantly packed and ready by the door. However, I have realized the beauty in not only traveling and finding new places, but also seeing old places, with new eyes.
The Boy and I have been having a blast together exploring his hometown here in Cinci and seeking out new favorites when I’m in Nashville amidst visiting our go-to’s. This past weekend in Nashville was no different.
After a morning run and taking Caesar to his yearly vet appointment (always an adventure) we decided to head to The Flying Saucer, one of our favorite spots, to try a new Dogfish Head they had in.
Then it was off to East Nashville. I was really excited to head across the river to try some new spots and hopefully visit one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Nashville.
One of the places on our list to try was Cooper’s on Porter, a place we heard about at the East Nashville Beer Festival this Spring. We ended up getting there a little earlier than the 4pm open time which was fine by me because that meant there was time for a late lunch at Rosepepper. Perfect planning in my book!
After a steamed vegetable quesadilla and one of the best margs in town, we ended up walking around my old stomping ground for a bit and then headed back to Porter to check out Cooper’s.
We heard about Cooper’s as it relates to beer but it turns out as we learned from the bartender, owner and chef Cooper Brunk, places much of the emphasis on food. However, since we had already taken care of the food side of things, we just decided to check out the beer. They have 25 rotating taps and plenty more in bottles and cans. Although you won’t find anything crazy on tap at Cooper’s, what they do offer is a killer line up of solid craft brews including Schlafly, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and of course, local favorites like Blackstone and Yazoo. The best part, at least in this law student’s book, is that every Tuesday-Saturday from 4-7pm, all drafts are only $3.
After that we decided to check out another new kid on the block, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. This just might be one of my new favorite places. This should not surprise you since I’m pretty sure ice cream was my first solid food as a child.
But this is like no other ice cream you’ve ever tasted before. I mean, come on. Check out this flavor list. Cherry Lambic Sorbet, Queen City Cayenne, Brown Butter Almond Brittle and what I ended up going with: Salty Caramel. Salty and Sweet. Again, this should not surprise you seeing as I probably single handedly bought out all of Starbucks Salted Hot Chocolate drinks while they were available this past winter. The Starbucks that I consumed during finals was just downright frightening.
Anyway, the Boy tried the Cherry Lambic Sorbet and although I tend to be very skeptical when it comes to sorbet…that too was delicious! We decided to get two pints to-go and I’m sure they will not be our last this summer.
The great thing is that although they only have shops in Northern Ohio and now Nashville, you don’t have to go there to get Jeni’s truly splendid ice cream. Luckily, you can find them in Whole Foods, Jungle Jims and other markets across the US. You have to try this stuff. I promise, you’ll thank me later.
Even though, like all other weekend trips, my time in Nashville seemed too short…it was a blast. It was the first trip where I felt like I had shaken off law school for the summer and didn’t have to worry about deadlines, briefs, or homework to be done when I got back. I enjoyed and loved every minute of it. After a jam packed 1L year, the summer is a welcome break and the relaxation it brings is intoxicating.
To me, there’s just something about summer that whispers adventure. It’s time to go see things you’ve been wanting to all winter long, it’s reading those books that your friends can’t stop talking about while lounging on the porch enjoying a warm summer night. It’s catching up with old friends over delicious food and relaxing with family. It’s indulging in your old favorites while finding the time to seek out new ones.
So here’s to ice cream, a cheap pint of beer, good company, lazy summer nights, and adventures, both new and old.
What will you be doing this summer? What’s your adventure? Where are some places you want to go and are they old favorites or new?