Blog Wars: Fashion Bloggers vs. Food Bloggers

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October 2011

Food trucks, specialty cocktails, farm-to-table restaurants and delectable desserts are among the current culinary trends making Nashville’s food landscape deliciously interesting. We’re fashion bloggers, but that doesn’t mean we’re not aware of what’s happening with Nashville’s food movement. Au contraire! We’re enjoying brunches, lunch specials and happy hours just as much as the food bloggers, which led us to ask ourselves: Do the food bloggers really know more about Nashville’s food scene than the fashion bloggers?

We asked some of our favorite local food and fashion bloggers to settle this score. We may be biased, but we’ve got a pretty good shot on the fashion side: We’ve got two Italians and a feisty Indian whose epicurean brother is on Team Food Blogger … a little sibling blogger rivalry, right?  It’s showdown magic!

THE CONTENDERS
Fashion Bloggers:
Aria Cavaliere – Parlour Vintage parlourvintageclothing.com
Elise Yetton – Pennyweightpennyweightonline.com
Sierra Jacobson – The Lookbookthelookbookmag.com
Zarna Surti – Zarna’s Runwayzarnasrunway.com
Carla & Mizzie – Stella Shopsstellashops.com

Food Bloggers:
Amy Donovan – Fearless Homemakerfearlesshomemaker.com
Beth Sachan – Eat Drink Smile eat-drink-smile.com
Lesley Lassiter – Lesley Eatslesleyeats.com
Tabitha Ong Tune – Life a la Modelifealamode.com
Vivek Surti – Vivek’s Epicurean Adventuresviveksepicureanadventures.com

FAVORITE FOOD TRUCK: 
Fashion Bloggers:
Aria: I really dig Mas Tacos. It’s the only truck I seem to be able to catch.
Elise: Taqueria el Recodo on Nolensville Road. The carnitas are heavenly!
Sierra: Grilled Cheeserie
Zarna: Grilled Cheeserie
Carla: Mas Tacos — the skillet chicken tacos are muy bueno!
Mizzie: Of course, Mas Tacos. Quinoa tacos … so yummy.

Food Bloggers:

Amy: Riffs is by far my favorite. Their Caribbean burger, grilled salmon and Thai noodle salad are all fantastic.
Beth: Riffs Fine Street Food
Lesley: It’s a tie between Grilled Cheeserie and Fleur de Lis Flavors
Tabitha: Grilled Cheeserie
Vivek: Grilled Cheeserie

NASHVILLE’S BEST KEPT FOOD SECRET
Fashion Bloggers:
Aria: Jamaica Way is extremely underrated.
Elise: Siam Café has the greatest Thai food in town.
Sierra: Boxwood Chips with blue cheese sauce from Boxwood Bistro in Franklin
Zarna: Pimento Cheese at Puffy Muffin (OMG AMAZING!)
Carla: Savarino’s Cucina is the closest thing to my mom’s Italian cooking I can find in Nashville.
Mizzie: Mas Tacos! I am on a mission for everyone that comes to Nashville to taste those incredible tacos.

Food Bloggers:
Amy: Everyone thinks of Marché as a brunch place, but I think the dinners are even better.
Beth: Fido has some of the best food in Nashville, particularly the chef’s specials.
Lesley: I really love The Produce Place in Sylvan Park and McNeil’s Produce Stand about a mile west of the Loveless Cafe.
Tabitha: Golden Coast Chinese buffet on the weekend for authentic Chinese food.
Vivek: Braised Lamb Shank with Barberry (yellow) rice at House of Kabob

FAVORITE MIXED COCKTAIL:
Fashion Bloggers:
Aria: The Summer Sazerac at Holland House
Elise: The Clapless Belle at Patterson House. Get the donuts while you’re there, too.
Sierra: Classic Whiskey Sour at Whiskey Kitchen. So refreshing.
Zarna: Something Sexy at Whiskey Kitchen. It’s not on the menu, but bartender Riley Graham made it for me one day and I get it almost every weekend.
Carla:  The Spicoli and the Monster Kazoo at No. 308
Mizzie: The Pomegranate Margarita at Jackson’s is super yummy goodness.

Food Bloggers:

Amy: The Gin Gin Mule at Holland House is amazing!
Beth: Moscow Mule at Patterson House and Serpent’s Wall at Holland House
Lesley: I love the Caipirinha at Rumba.
Tabitha:  The (nonalcoholic) Hibiscus Honey Punch from PM — it’s yummy, refreshing and pink!
Vivek: Mickey Finn at No. 308

FAVORITE BRUNCH:
Fashion Bloggers:
Aria: MacK and Kate’s in Franklin
Elise: Marché in East Nashville. The croissant French toast is to die for.
Sierra: Marché. It’s the perfect start to any lazy Sunday.
Zarna: The beignets and grits at Germantown Café.
Carla:  Cha Chah. The Valdeon and bacon stuffed dates are a savory delight.
Mizzie: Sky Blue Café. Stuffed French Toast Pancakes.

Food Bloggers:
Amy: I hate to vote for the same thing twice, but I’m going to give this one to Marché, too.
Beth: Tavern
Lesley: Germantown Cafe. Great food and it’s family-friendly without feeling like a zoo.
Tabitha: Copper Kettle
Vivek: Marché

FAVORITE MIDNIGHT SNACK:
Fashion Bloggers:
Aria: The Avgolemono soup at Athens Family Restaurant
Elise: Hermitage Cafe. I love a good greasy spoon breakfast late at night.
Sierra: The French fries at Jackson’s
Zarna: Grilled cheese and tomato soup or tater tots at Patterson House
Carla: Anything chocolate, but preferably the Hot Chocolate Pot from Cha Chah.
Mizzie: The Skinny Wrap at Cafe Coco.

Food Bloggers:
Amy: You can’t go wrong with Waffle House after you’ve had one drink too many!
Beth: Patterson House – tater tots and donuts!
Lesley: Suzy Wong’s. Great small plates for snacking, excellent cocktails, and fantastic people watching.
Tabitha: A pint of Bravo Gelato or Jeni’s Ice Cream.
Vivek: Cheeseburger at Paradise Park

We know we can’t really pick a winner here, but it is satisfying to see the fashion bloggers hold our own against the foodies. And looking back at the lists, we could make quite a day out of these blogger favorites. Breakfast at Marché, lunch at Grilled Cheeserie, dinner at Mas Tacos, drinks at Holland House and late night at Patterson House. Buon Appetito!
Photo by Eric England
 

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Hellen's picture

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The wines, the drinks can easily be found elsewhere, too, but the food comes along with the chief. If a restaurant has a good wine, that doesn't necessarily mean you'll enjoy your meal, as well! As for this little "dispute" you seem to have, one doesn't need a light bulb from http://www.lighthousesupply.com/light-bulbs/ to see that fashion bloggers know the best restaurants, from the point of view that they know where the food has less calories. How else could we afford to look so good in those clothes?

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