We made is to Nashville in one piece this morning.
And I took a lot of annoying photos.
I also had a pretzel.
We arrived in Nashville around noon Nashville time (1:00pm Florida time) and were more than ready for lunch. None of us had been to Nashville before or had the faintest idea on where to eat. After a quick search on Yelp and a couple of desperate tweets, we ran into a local in the parking garage who happily pointed us down the street to Puckett’s Grocery Restaurant.
Sometimes talking to a local who knows the area is just the way to go. Puckett’s was a really cute restaurant with a menu full of good ole country cooking and a delicious barbeque aroma that circled the block. It was the perfect find for us.
I wanted several things off of the menu, but decided to stick with my ‘ordering outside the box’ theme for the weekend and ordered something I wouldn’t normally choose. The Pimento Cheese Sandwich instantly caught my eye on that matter. I had never seen the option on a menu before and knew I had to give it a try.
Admittedly I was a tad disappointed when it first arrived. It was cheese and bread. Nothing else. (minus the turnip greens that were really good)
A quick request for tomato, lettuce, pickle, and a squirt of BBQ sauce instantly spiced the sandwich up and brought it from a little on the boring side to pretty tasty.
It wasn’t anything I would order it again (next time I’d get Ben’s Shrimp Po Boy – that looked tasty!), but it was fun to try once.
After lunch we took a mini walking tour of downtown
And made our way to the race expo!
Nothing like heading to a race expo to make me wish I had signed up for the race too! I wanted to save a little money, so I’m sitting this race out, but the expo had me uber excited for when ever my next race will be.
In typical Rock and Roll fashion everything was very organized. Kelly and Ben moved swiftly and smoothly through check in.
They had their bibs in a matter of minutes without any problems
And Ashley and I took our role as race spectators very seriously.
The marathon has the perfect course for spectators. We have a plan to see them at least FIVE times tomorrow! Fingers crossed!
Then we got our shop on. Expo style.
Weirdest (but tastiest!) expo sample snack ever
Oh, and I may or may not have signed up for another marathon today.
See you in Savannah in November 2011! (I got a free shirt for registering today too!)
We eventually stumbled upon KARA GOUCHER answering questions at Stage B!
My running idol in flesh and bone! She was just as gorgeous and sweet in person.
We did a little exploring after the expo and headed to Centennial Park where Ben and Kelly will be starting the race tomorrow.
Everything was already set up and ready to go!
Thanks to your great suggestions we found the perfect place for a pre-race dinner – Bella Napoli Pizzeria.
And we had a special guest!
I’ve been a fan of Heather’s blog Heather Eats Almond Butter for far too long! When I knew we would be in her neck of the woods I was determined to at least enjoy one meal with her. She was so sweet and so friendly, it was a pleasure to finally meet her in person. Love, love Heather!
While we chatted up a storm, Kelly and I split a house salad. An amazingly delicious, fresh salad full of mozzarella, tomatoes, and plump kalmative olives. Yum!
And the vegetarian pizza with eggplant, peppers, broccoli rabe, and fresh mozzarella.
The pizza had a melt in your mouth soft, flaky, and buttery crust. I couldn’t of asked for a better meal!
Heather led us to her favorite nearby frozen yogurt place for dessert.
Self serve Coffee, Red Velvet, and Cake Batter loaded with toppings.
I have a toppings problem. Clearly.
We’re all settled in and ready for our 4:30am wake up call!