Yum! East - Take a culinary tour of East Nashville on 6/4/15

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UPDATE: SOLD OUT

On Thursday June 4th, skip cooking dinner at home and head to East Nashville to feast on samples from more than 30 restaurants! For just $45 you could dine on food from Holland House, Marche, Two Ten Jack, The Pharmacy, delicious ice cream from Jeni's AND Nashville's own Pied Piper Creamery and MANY more local favorites. Your ticket purchase goes to help the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children - everybody wins! 

Click here to purchase your tickets! For more information and a full list of participating restaurants visit their website at YumEast.com 

A (somewhat by choice) childless woman's thoughts

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I shared this article on Facebook yesterday. "Childless by choice: Shallow and self-absorbed or just awesome? 

It wasn't the first article of its sort I've shared in the past two years or so - there've been plenty along the same grain of "we're childless, we choose to be (or maybe we didn't) but the bottom line is, just leave us the fuck alone about it." 

But is everyone looking at me and my fellow DINKS with such disdain or pity or even judgement? No, not at all. For every pushy person out there, I am thankful for at least five more people in my life - ones who have kids, mind you - who understand and are supportive. 

I speak for myself and my circle - my friends (emphasis on friends) have been plenty supportive. Without diving into personal things, I have this to say: it all boils down to choice and for some reason, there are a lot of people who can't fathom others making different choices than they did, and I have thus chosen not to surround myself with those jerks (who I'm sure mean well, in their own odd way).  

I'm not writing this to defend not having kids - the articles floating around out there are doing a good job doing that for me. I'm writing this because not everybody is a judgmental dick or someone who lords the whole "oh my god it's so rewarding to have kids you guys have to have kids what do you mean you don't want kids you'd have such cute kids" sermon over you and I'd like to salute those people and thank them for being mature enough to know that when someone responds with the following

  • No, not yet.
  • Nope!
  • We don't.
  • We're planning to, but not right now.
  • Hell no.
  • Eh, no.
  • We just got married yesterday.

is to move on.

BUT! I am writing this to give credit to and show appreciation for the people I know who have kids who don't push their decisions on me and the many, many other people like me and The Husband; the ones who respect our life choices and who aren't themselves being selfish by insisting that it's in any way wrong that we don't follow the same path they've gone down. You know who you are, and I love you and thank you. 

Why I like Twitter so much

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The weather in Nashville's been less than ideal over the past few weeks and it's reminded me how much I love and rely on Twitter. If not for Twitter, I wouldn't be as informed about traffic conditions, closures, and I wouldn't have learned that ice dams are a thing.

I've been an active Twitter user for eight years now, and I haven't gotten sick of it. Twitter is a lot more reliable than Facebook, especially now that Facebook will shove a post to the top of your timeline that's days (even weeks or months) old just because there was activity on it (like a new comment). People unknowingly share and re-share articles that are sometimes a few years old that they mistake for news, and I feel that that Facebook just isn't an environment for timely or factual information.

The people you follow on Twitter are the people you choose to follow and you're not forced to accept someone's friend request just because you know they'll be butthurt if you don't. Not saying it doesn't happen on Twitter but it's a lot easier to avoid the crazy there than on Facebook.

Now, if you're not as concerned with getting real-time news and you prefer fluff or US Magazine level news; if you enjoy peeking into the lives of people you haven't seen or talked to since you were 15 and if you just LOVE seeing other people's ultrasounds then Facebook is great for all that.

Hell, I won't deny that I enjoy scrolling through Facebook, sometimes it's nice to give my brain a break. Maybe it's schadenfreude. But I do my utmost not to divulge much about myself aside from the occasional soapbox - much easier to do when you don't have character limitations. But I've stopped posting pictures of myself and of my family and friends on there because I enjoy some level of privacy, and I am sure my friends/family do too.

Anyway, back to why Twitter's reliable. Here's a good example: If you've lived in Nashville for more than six years, you were around for when Twitter proved itself really useful - during the flood of 2010 when none of the news outlets reported anything because it was the weekend and they were, at the time, slow to catch on to social media. Every update I got came from the other Nashvillians I followed, and whether we intended to or not, Twitter became a source of support. If I'm not wrong, that's basically when news outlets finally became active on social media.

Speaking of, I recommend following @NashSevereWX if you live in Nashville or nearby because they are the best source of updates during bad weather. Now excuse me, I'm going to check my Twitter feed to see if I should be panicking and stocking up on milk and bread or not.

Drinking my way through the best coffee places in Seattle & Portland

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Subtitled: All the Stumptown Coffee shops in the PNW with a few others thrown in because they are also good.

Last October I was fortunate enough to tag along with my sister and her husband Leon (owner of a premier coffee company Papa Palheta and coffee shops Loysel's Toy and Chye Seng Huat Hardware) and his business partner to Seattle and Portland.

They were there on business, my sister was there to learn and (by proxy) so was I. Plus it was bonding time for the two of us since I hardly get to see my family. More on the food we ate and the trip in general later. For now, here are all the coffee places we went to. Click to view the gallery.

Didn't manage to get pictures but our first day in Seattle, we stopped by Milstead & Co in the Fremont area in Seattle. Cute little place, walking distance to a ton of restaurants too. While in Portland we also dropped into Heart to look around and Clive Coffee to look at all sorts of coffee contraptions and toys. And of course, we went to the original Starbucks to look around.

I think I left my heart in the Pacific North West so I guess I'll have to go back again soon!

Instagram Accounts That Inspire Me

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As of today, I follow 426 Instagram accounts. A lot of those are friends, some of those friends don't post anymore or hardly post at all so it's always fun to see on the rare occasion they do. I should probably go through that list and stop following the ones who aren't active but for the most part, the people I do follow are interesting, and I try not to follow "just because."

This list is of my favorite visually stunning accounts that I think you'll love. These are accounts where you can scroll... scroll... scroll and not be bored. These are also accounts that inspire me so I hope you enjoy!

@by_untitledprojects

Untitled Projects is my sister's company she started a couple of years ago. If I had to have only one source of inspiration, it's her - a person of impeccable taste and a keen eye for great design and packaging and form, her Instagram account makes me so proud to be related to her. Now if she'd just rub off on me a little, I'd be set.

@LibbieSummers

Do you like baking? Do you like pretty things? Do you get inspired by an edgy sense of humor, clever captions and awesome taste? Libbie's your girl. The woman has the best wardrobe and shoes, she's SUPER cool, and... am I gushing? I'm gushing aren't I? I'm a big fan. HUGE fan.

@OakandBindi

Lydia is an illustrator in Singapore. Lately, I've developed a love for hand-lettering and hand-drawn illustration and Oak & Bindi's pop art, comic book style is right up my alley. It's also inspiring to see how someone has taken her passion and by sticking to it, she's now commissioned for murals and artwork. Plus she's also got great style.

@Oul

I'm a sucker for animal accounts. @Oul (I guess his name's Louis) lives in Nashville by beautiful Radnor Lake, and he manages to capture pictures of animals in the funniest positions. Throw in his captions and you've got laugh-out-loud moments.

@JoyHarris1

Talk about eye candy! Joy is a pastry chef in Sweden who makes the prettiest pastries and then takes even prettier pictures of them. She doesn't post a lot so I always look forward to seeing what she's baked.

If you have any suggestions on who to follow or any favorites of your own that inspire you, please leave the link in comments so I can check them out too!