Book publicist (T.D. Jakes is one of her clients, wowzers!:), foodie, creator of Laini’s Cultural Connections and all around bright ray of sunshine in the city. We thought what better way to kick off our new city guiding series than with this Music City sweetheart. Her must do’s are chocked full of good times in the city. Enjoy and let us know if you take Laini’s 24 hour itinerary for a go, it will totally be worth it. Just sharing Nashville, folks.
LAINI’S 24-HOUR GUIDE
Breakfast/Brunch is a must and I believe is an art form! The Garden Brunch cafe has the most amazing banana foster pancakes and trust me they are worth the wait. I also love the brunch at St. Anejo located in the Gulch, their chicken and waffles are perfectly seasoned with a side of their potato hash and a margarita you are ready to go and explore the wonders of Nashville. After all of that food a casual walk is what is needed next and with so many walkable neighborhoods its hard to choose only one. Depending on what you want to see will help in choosing where to go, my next stop would be a quick little jaunt over to the Frist Center for Visual Arts to see what new artists they have on display.What I love about the Frist is that the collections aren’t permanent, so I am in for a new treat each and every time that I visit. Right across from the Frist is the legendary Manuel’s store. Manuel is the designer who is responsible for many of the sequined fashions that adorn many of the Country music artists., Stop in. You never know what you may end up with.
If you chose to eat at the Garden Brunch then you are on historic Jefferson St. and there are so many treasures that await. I would go to visit the Carl Van Vechten gallery located on the campus of Fisk University, then stop by Woodcuts or Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge & Gallery to invest in a piece of art to adorn my walls.
By this time I would be in need of a great time out, a massage, mani pedi, or a facial and Essence Day spa is at your service. Feeling refreshed and ready to go it’s time to fill my head with some knowledge with a stop at the Akebulan Bookstore, where I can always find something good to read.
Time for dinner and after the big brunch and the awesome day of pampering I would head on over to AVO, this restaurant is Nashville’s first raw and vegan restaurant and it is simply amazing. The food is packed with flavor and is good for you.
If it’s the first Saturday of the month then it’s on to the First Saturday Art Crawl., On the first Saturday of every month several of the art galleries open their doors for free and invite the public in to peruse their exhibits, they even offer hors d’oeuvres and wine! If it’s the 4th Saturday then it’s over to The Five Spot in East Nashville to dance the night away to old school Hip-Hop for their Boom Bap party.
After a night of dancing what is better than some late night eats? I have three prefect spots! If you are in the mood for Greek diner goodness then a stop at Athens Family Restaurant is what you need. If you are craving some fries and a juicy burger then The Hermitage Cafe is your spot and if you want to finish out your night in a hip and trendy speakeasy then The Patterson House is the perfect ending to an amazing 24 hours in Nashville!