When visiting friends or family in South Florida, you can expect to be taken to world famous places like South Beach, or tourist traps like Bayside, or iconic structures like the American Airlines Arena. Depending on the length of your stay you may be taken to Orlando or even the Florida Keys…and if you were staying with me, you would certainly be taken for a tour of the everglades.
Having grown up in North America’s gateway to Latin America, I am no stranger to hosting guests and showing off the best spots of South Florida. It’s only natural that as a new Tennessee resident I do the same, so when my sister, Boo, came to visit a few weeks ago we got into hosting mode and prepared a flavorful tour of Middle Tennessee just for her.
This tour was fun. The drive to Lynchburg, TN. took us through the beautiful country side of our state (which is about 90% of the state), and through quaint windy roads adorned by tree canopies. The tour was fun, mainly because our tour guide was funny. The smell of the whiskey is intoxicating at some points of the production process, it almost makes you want to have some whiskey on the rocks right on the spot. Whiskey is too strong for me but apparently not for Garrett as he decided to buy a Single Barrel bottle on our way out. It now sits on top of our fridge as a nice souvenir from the visit.
Dinner was delicious. We had an incredible pulled pork platter, smoked ribs and a steak sandwich at the Barrel House BBQ And so our first taste of Tennessee was whiskey and true southern BBQ. The road took us back to Murfreesboro that night, fact my sister has not forgotten as she wanted to get a taste of Nashville’s Honky Tonk…I was too tired.
Mayday, our very own local brewery offering four unique blends and a hip experience. Have you ever heard of a beer called: evil octopus? Well, we have and it is locally made…furthermore, we met the man behind the bear, Evil Octopus himself. Highly recommended spot. Needless to say we had a blast. We had a private tour of the facility and it can be described in one word: unconventional.
Dinner was exceptional this evening as we went to the historical Millers Grocery in Christiana, TN. This place has been open for more than 75 years and reservations are required on weekends though the facility is in the middle of no man’s land. A very cozy restaurant that makes you feel transported in time. We enjoyed authentic meatloaf, pork chops, cheese pineapple salad, cornbread to die for and of course sweet tea 🙂
The second flavor of Tennessee we offered Boo was locally brewed beer and authentic country cooking!
Simply gorgeous. I happen to like this winery a lot, not only is it close to our area but it offers a very relaxing atmosphere. The wine selection is extensive, the view is breathtaking, and the live music just kinda seals the deal for me. We joined our neighbors for this one as they had guests from out of town as well. We headed to the airport after this visit, so the last great taste of Tennessee my sister had was flavorful local wine.
One can conclude from this post that my sister left Tennessee thinking we are a bunch of alcoholics!
Next time she is in town, I will take her east, to our beautiful mountains…or maybe to Chattanooga, to enjoy its beautiful downtown…heck, I may even take her to Nashville which I neglected to do this time.
It was great having you home Boo 🙂
PK – a humble genius