June 07, 2014

One year in Nashville

It was about a year ago when we had spent a month in California after coming back from living in the Philippines. We then packed up my car and headed east on one epic roadtrip. After about a week on the road, we ended up at our final destination: Nashville.

We've been living in this city for about a year now. So in celebration, I want to share some of my favorite things about "Music City":

- The size of the city. It's pretty perfect-- not too small and not too big.

- There is always something going on. On any given day of the week, you can always find something to do. There is also a lot of free things to do.

- Music is everywhere. It's not called "Music City" for nothin'. Whether there's a major act performing at the Bridgestone Arena or songwriters performing at open mics in small cafes, you can find live music with no trouble at all.

- Registering and titling your car is a breeze. And I'm only mentioning this because I had to go through it recently. It was pretty hassle-free (especially compared to California's DMV!). You just take your car through a drive-through smog place (which takes a few minutes), then take the paper they give you to the county clerk's office, pay the fee and just like that, they hand you over your new Tennessee license plate-- you don't even need a TN driver's license!

- The vibe. When we go out to places for a drink or whatnot (we're big fans of going out to east Nashville), the vibe is definitely a lot less "Hollywood". People are a lot friendlier, egos are not as big, etc.

- Speaking of friendlier people: for the most part, people are friendly. There has been countless times when I've been walking around and random strangers have said hello to me or struck up a conversation while waiting for a bus to arrive. Again, coming from California, that was new to me-- but I have gotten used to it and find it quite nice.

- Music City Bikeway. A 26-mile bike route that goes through Nashville. We've biked most of it and it's really nice.

- Radnor Lake. I really like this place. It's a great place for hiking and there are different trails you can do that are at different experience levels. Whenever someone visits us, we always take them here.

- And last, but definitely not least, the food: there is an abundance of restaurants in Nashville, ranging in all kinds of food. Some of my favorite restaurants in Nashville include Edley's Bar-B-Que, Mitchell's Deli, B&C Melrose BBQ, Pfunky Griddle, M.L. Rose, Gabby's Burgers, Calypso Cafe, Pupuseria Salvadorena, Thai Kitchen, Bombay Palace, Chicago Style Gyros... just to name a few. We're still trying to discover other places as well-- there's just so many places to choose from!
My only complaint though is that there isn't a good Mexican place. We've found one that was pretty good-- but our standards are set really high. J and I just decided to set the bar a little lower because let's be honest-- nothing beats Mexican food in Southern California. So far, our favorite Mexican restaurants have been Oscar's Taco Shop and Las Fiestas Cafe.

I can't believe it's already been a year since we've lived here! A lot has happened in this past year-- I guess time just flew on by. We don't know how much longer we'll be living here-- but then again, we don't even know what our plans are for next month, let alone the next year.

In any case, we are really enjoying Nashville!


  1. Nashville is on my top ten of places I want to visit. It looks amazing and I love the way you've described it - it makes me want to visit even more!


    1. It is definitely worth a visit! So much to enjoy.

  2. I was just thinking yes, yes, yes, and yes for your whole list! As a native Californian who was out there for some time, I agree with you on all those points and more! I could come up with a list of un-favorite things, but no negativity here right now. :) By the way, I have a WHOLE list of places that you should try if you haven't yet. I miss it!

    1. I know, I could come up with quite a few un-favorite things, but I wanted to keep this positive. =)

      You did email me a list of places last year before I moved out here (which I still look at every once in a while!), but if you have more suggestions, please share!

  3. Love the first picture. I've always thought Nashville seems like a really cool city. I have several restaurants in Nashville on my want to visit list!

    1. There are SO MANY restaurants! Hope you get a chance to make it down here!

  4. I'm so excited to have found your blog through Treasure Tromp! I love when I come across fellow Nashville bloggers...and I'm so happy you seem to like it here. :)


    1. Thanks, Ash! I've started following your blog- looking forward to reading more! I'm so glad you found me!


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