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Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee + Best Coffee in Nashville

Coffee… the motivator that gets many of us to finally put on feet on the floor and get out of bed each morning. Other than being a delicious source of energy and caffeine, coffee is actually amazing for your brain, skin, and body. Read on for many of the amazing health benefits coffee has to offer + our picks of where to get the best coffee in the Nashville area!

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Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter.

Coffee (obviously) helps people feel less tired and increases energy levels due to its caffeine. Many controlled trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function!

Coffee can help you burn fat.

Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have been proven to aid in fat burning. Several studies note that caffeine can boost metabolic rate by 3-11%! Other research indicates that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.

Coffee is loaded with essential nutrients.

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
  • Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.

Although this may not seem like a big deal, most people are drinking more than one cup per day. If you drink 3-4, then these amounts quickly add up.

Coffee may protect you from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia. While there is no known cure for the disease, several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier

4.1% of people in the U.S. currently meet the criteria for clinical depression. A Harvard study published in 2011 found that women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee each day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed!

Coffee Can Lower Risks of Some Types of Cancer

Liver and colorectal cancer are the 3rd and 4th leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer, and a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer!

The Best Coffee Shops in Nashville

Now that you know the health benefits of coffee, here are our picks of where to grab an amazing cup of joe around town! These local shops have some of the best baristas and brews across the globe.

 

The Williamson County Fair

This coming weekend is the last weekend of the Williamson County Fair! This weekend the fair will be open on Friday from 6pm-1-pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 12pm-10pm. Beat the lines and buy your tickets online!

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Friday’s schedule is action packed with rides, farm displays, music, firetruck displays, balloon magic, livestock, and more! Saturday’s schedule is also full of fun that the entire family can enjoy — including fireworks! This website does a great job showcasing all the attractions, celebrities, and events this amazing fair has to offer.

We hope to see you and your friends and family out at the fairgrounds this weekend soaking up the last days of summer fun!

Nashville Fourth of July Events

Independence Day is right around the corner, and with this celebration comes many fun and exciting activities in Nashville! We’ve put together the who, what, when, and where of the best events taking place in Nashville and its surrounding areas this weekend and Fourth of July. Check it out and let us know which celebrations you plan to attend!

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  • 2016 Music City July 4 Celebration
    • Taking place downtown, this 2 day celebration takes place on July 3 and July 4 and includes family fun, fireworks, and free live music from Sheryl Crow, Maddie & Tae, the Nashville Symphony, Ruby Amanfu, Erin McCarley, and Andrew Combs! For the full event schedule and information, click here.
  • Music City Hot Chicken Festival
    • This free event is held in East Park at 700 Woodland Street and brings together the community to celebrate one of Nashville’s signature dishes, hot chicken. The Fire Truck Parade starts at 10:30am, followed by free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Festival gates officially open at 11am, and you can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo Brewing Company, and other delicious treats from local vendors. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Music City event without some live music which you can enjoy all day long!
  • Music City July 4th 5k/10k
    • All ages and fitness levels are welcome at this race! Run or walk past local landmarks, free live music, and start your Independence Day off on the right foot!
  • The Kadillacs Concert and Fireworks
    • Bring your picnic and blankets and head to Crockett Park for the weekly concert series. On July 4 at 7pm the Kadillacs will take the stage at Eddy Arnold Ampitheater at Crockett Parkto celebrate Independence Day – fireworks will follow!
  • Andrews Cadillac Firecracker 5k/10k
    • Runners and walkers can kick of the Fourth of July with this tradition in Brentwood. The race includes a costume contest, special appearances from Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty, food, drinks, and more.
  • Franklin on the Fourth
    • Festivities run from 10am – 8pm and focus on family fun, live music, food, crafts, antique cars, and a large kids zone in the heart of downtown Franklin. Fireworks start around 9pm at Harlinsdale Farm.

Which of these events will you choose to ring in the Fourth of July?

Best Family Friendly Activities in Nashville This Summer

As many schools are letting out for the summer, we wanted to provide our readers with a list of some of our favorite family friendly activities in town this summer. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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CheekwoodCheekwood offers amazing art, breathtaking gardens, and incredible exhibits that the entire family will love. Their International Playhouses exhibit opens this Saturday, May 21, and is an interactive instillation of 6 new playhouses, each inspired by the global travels of the Cheek family in the 1920s and 1930s.

Adventure Science Center:  The Adventure Science Center is full of exhibits and hands-on experiences that everyone will enjoy. Check out the adventure tower, beekeeping exhibit, tinkering garage, planetarium, and more!

Nashville Sounds BaseballTake them out to the ballgame and root for the home team at a Nashville Sounds baseball game this summer! What says summertime more than baseball, an ice cold drink, and some ice cream?

Strawberry Picking at Green Door GourmetDuring the month of May, on Wednesdays – Sundays, from 9am to 1pm, head on out to Green Door Gourmet to pick fresh, local, organic strawberries. Guests can choose a hayride or guided walking tour to the strawberry fields where they can pick their own berries, then head back to the farm for arts and crafts, games, product samples, and more.

Cumberland Park Splash PadOpening Memorial Day, the Cumberland Park splash pad is a must-do this summer. It’s FREE, has fountains, waterfalls, and shallow water for kids (and adults) to enjoy, features play areas for kids, a large sand box, and more. Pack a picnic and head down for the day to soak up the sun and play at this park.

Nashville Zoo at GrassmereVisit the Nashville Zoo to see its latest renovations, pet kangaroos, brush the goats, watch the monkeys swing from the trees, look up at the giraffes, blow off some energy at the amazing playground, and more!

 

What are you favorite Nashville summer activities? Let us know in the comments below!

The Healthiest Places to Eat in Nashville

The South is synonymous with good barbecue and southern home cooking. However, that doesn’t mean we’re lacking in healthier options as well. Nashville is home to a host of great restaurants that offer healthy options without sacrificing anything in flavor. Here are some of our favorites:


Sam & Zoe’s

More than just a coffee shop, Sam & Zoe’s also offers smoothies as well as a breakfast and lunch menu that includes healthy wraps, sandwiches, salads, and more. What really makes their menu special (and lands them a spot on our list) is that their deli meat is free of nitrates and preservatives, they use organic and sustainable ingredients as much as possible, and all unused food is donated to the homeless shelter. (Healthy, and philanthropic! What’s not to love?)

This healthy spot also happens to be the second oldest coffee shop in Nashville, automatically making it worth a visit!

http://www.samandzoes.com/home.html


Sloco

This 12 South lunch spot tells you everything you need to know in their slogan – “Local. Organic. Quick.” Their delicious sandwiches are served up with organic and locally sourced ingredients, and they’ll never serve you produce that’s not in season. It’s all part of their mission to provide real, affordable food to the people of Nashville.

https://slocolocal.com/


 

The Silly Goose

The Silly Goose is an East Nashville favorite – offering a healthy selection of locally sourced entrees that are packed with flavor. With everything from sandwiches, salads, and couscous at lunch, to crisp duck confit, sunburst trout, and a multitude of other options at dinner (not to mention their Sunday Brunch offering), you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

http://sillygoosenashville.com/


The Wild Cow

Located in the heart of East Nashville, The Wild Cow serves up Vegetarian and Vegan fare that is mostly locally sourced and cruelty free. Even better, they make nearly all of their dressings, sauces, soup stocks and more in-house, and they boast a kitchen with no freezer or microwave, so you know you’re eating fresh, wholesome, and healthily prepared food!

http://www.thewildcow.com/twc/


Khan’s Desserts

What meal would be complete without a little dessert to finish things off? Fortunately there’s Khan’s Desserts to the rescue with sweet treats that you can feel good about eating. This vegan bakery features a high percentage of organic materials and has crafted an assortment of delectable desserts that are rich in texture and flavor, but are free of bleached flour or sugar, artificial color or flavors, and preservatives. What’s not to love?

http://khansdesserts.com/

Weekend Getaways To Explore This Summer if You Live in Nashville

CSC-12If you’re itching to explore somewhere new and find yourself with open weekends this summer, you’re in luck! Nashville is perfectly situated with a huge variety of opportunities to venture out, even just for the weekend, and to plan a memorable experience with friends and family.

Not sure where to start? Here are our top picks for weekend getaways to explore this summer:


Atlanta, GA

4 hour drive from Nashville

Living in Nashville, you’re just a short drive away from Atlanta, which offers a ton of options for some weekend fun. Shop the seemingly endless offerings available at the IKEA store, explore the World of Coca-Cola, or catch a Braves game at Turner Field. There’s enough to do and see to plan a week-long trip, but it’s close enough for just a fun weekend away.


Fall Creek Falls, TN

2 1/2 hour drive from Nashville

If some time in the great outdoors is what you’re after, then a trip to Fall Creek Falls is what you need! Camp out all weekend, traverse their various hiking trails, and take in the sight of their beautiful waterfalls. You can even go zip-lining, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, and more, all depending on how much you want to spend and how active of a weekend you desire.


Chattanooga, TN

3 hour drive from Nashville

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Chattanooga, this should definitely be added to your list. Take a stroll along the 13-miles of paved Riverwalk, lined with various shops, restaurants and attractions that are sure to keep you busy. There’s also always the Aquarium (a fun stop for all ages), The Hunter Museum of American Art, as well as various caves and caverns, including Ruby Falls, to explore!


Blackberry Farm, TN

3 hour drive from Nashville

If you’re looking for a sophisticated setting with ample opportunities to indulge and relax, look no further than Blackberry Farm. Located in Walland, TN, this luxury 1870’s estate includes a farmhouse spa, delectable meals (they produce their own eggs, cheese, honey, fruits and vegetables!), as well as impeccable accommodations, two ponds and a stream for fishing, and so much more. Although your stay will come at a cost, it certainly won’t disappoint.


Louisville, KY

3 1/2 hour drive from Nashville

Louisville is another great option if you’re looking for a change in scenery without the long travel to get there, and there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Catch a game at Slugger Field, and take a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory to see where the famous bats are made. Bourbon drinkers won’t want to miss a tour on the Urban Bourbon Trail, and adventure-seekers will love taking on the Louisville Quest – and “Amazing Race” style scavenger hunt where you compete against other teams while visiting historic sites throughout the city. And of course, there’s always Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.


Gatlinburg, TN

4 hour drive from Nashville

Gatlinburg is a great destination for friend, family, and romantic getaways alike. The Smoky Mountains offer a serene setting to relax in your own private cabin, or you can venture out and explore the hiking trails. Gatlinburg also offers Hillbilly Golf, Moonshine tastings, and a plethora of novelty stores and other attractions to explore. Dollywood Amusement Park is also just a short drive away for anyone wanting to catch a thrill on one of their roller coasters.

Ready to choose your own adventure? Then pick a weekend and book your trip to check out one of these great summer getaways!

Fun Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day In Nashville

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Nashville is full of great date opportunities for you and your special someone. Whether you enjoy fine dining, music, or trying something new, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy on our list of Valentine’s Day date ideas.


 Live Music

Considering that Nashville is Music City, there’s never a shortage of amazing live music to enjoy.

If a night of singing along to your favorite songs is your ideal V-day, then you’re sure to find something you and your date will love.


Good Eats

Often times the way into the heart of the one you love is through their stomach. If you’re looking for a great place to dine, may we suggest:

  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – A 4-course meal, champagne, and live music for two for $140 (including tax and a 20% service fee)
  • Puckett’s Grocery on 5th and Church – A delicious dinner and live performance by Dave Barnes, starting at $100 per person
  • B.B. King’s Blues Club & Restaurant – Serving a specialty menu and featuring live music by The Charles Ray Jazz Band – all for $65 per person
  • Chef’s Market Cafe and Takeaway – If a private dinner at home without the stress of cooking is your ideal Valentine’s Day, you can take home a gourmet dinner for two and a continental breakfast, all for just $95

For even more options, and to make your reservations now, check out these Valentine’s Day specials on Open Table.


 Performances

If you and your date want to sit back and be entertained, here are some performances you may be interested in…

  • If you want a good laugh, you should plan a date to check out Nashville Improv Presents To Nashville, with Love in the Bongo after hours theatre. Show starts at 7pm and they recommend purchasing your tickets early as this show has sold out 3 years in a row!
  • Another great performance option is Nashville Ballet presents Attitude at TPAC – February 13-15 (including a Valentine’s Day performance at 7:30pm)
  • If you’re in the mood for some 1940’s Big Band classics, you’ll want to check out In the Mood: A 1940s Big Band Musical Revue at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on February 15th

 Activities

If you and your Valentine prefer to get out and try something new, there are lots of great options available to you this Valentine’s Day.

No matter how you and your special someone like to celebrate, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day here in Nashville.

Local Spotlight: Fall in Nashville

Fall is upon us, and there is more to look forward to than just pumpkin spice lattes and the return of football! Nashville is packed with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to get out and explore this fall. Here are some events you won’t want to miss:

Cheekwood Harvest

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.55.35 PMHead over to Cheekwood between September 27th and October 26th for their annual Cheekwood Harvest. Pick a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch, and try to spot all the scarecrows hidden throughout the Turner Seasons garden.

They also have many different kid-friendly art projects, story time in the garden, and live music for you to enjoy.


 

Musicians Corner

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.56.42 PMOf course it wouldn’t be Nashville without live music to enjoy. This fall, you can check out live music at Centennial Park every Saturday (Sept 20th-Oct 25) from 12-5pm. The best part? It’s completely free! There is something for the entire family here, including “Kidsville” and “Dogville,” which include craft projects for the kids and free nail clipping for your four-legged family member, respectively.


 

Fall Foliage Tour

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.58.19 PMThe Tennessee Central Railway Museum offers numerous excursions throughout the year, with their most popular being their fall foliage tours. Hop aboard a train and ride through the rolling hills of Tennessee as you enjoy a prime view for the amazing colors of the changing leaves. There are only three of these excursions offered and they do sell out, so if this is something you want to do you’ll want to book it as soon as possible.


 

Oktoberfest

1484323_349560561866772_4938531119963569152_nThis year marks the 35th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest, which fittingly takes place in Germantown. This event is packed with food trucks, delicious brews, and of course…live music!

If you want to get some exercise before indulging in brats and beer, there’s even a 5k that you can partake in. General admission is free, so head out to Germantown October 10-12th and plan to join in on the fun.


 

Nashville Flea Market

017_17Although the Nashville Flea Market takes places all year long, it is well known for having “The Big One” every fall. This is the weekend that all vendors try to get a booth, so it is packed with even more to offer (they don’t call it The Big One for nothing!) Shoppers can stock up on all of their holiday necessities, and even find some early gifts as well. “The Big One” is the weekend of October 24-26th, so mark your calendar and make sure you don’t miss it!


 

The Frist

frist-ext-front-fallAs the seasons change, so do the exhibits at the Frist. This year there will be 5 new exhibits, including over 80 paintings from Kandinsky, as well as light installments by Helen Pashgian for her exhibit, “Light Invisible.”

To celebrate the opening of these new exhibits, there is a community opening on September 26th that is free and open to the public. The Frist also features free live music every Thursday and Friday evening, and youth 18 and under always receive free admission to their gallery. There are many special events being offered throughout the fall, so check their schedule and plan a fun day at the Frist!

Labor Day Spa Special!

The kids have gone back to school, summer is winding down, and you deserve a relaxing long weekend. Celebrate by having a labor-free Labor Day, and treat yourself to a massage! Our friends at Warrior Massage and Wellness are offering a special for our clients.

This Labor Day weekend, enjoy $10 off a 60-minute or 90-minute massage. Print or show this special coupon at the time of your service in order to redeem this offer.

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Warrior Massage and Wellness specializes in Sports and Deep Tissue Massage.

They cater to professional and amateur athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone who wants to increase and maintain mobility, decrease pain, and stay healthy and active.

Both Kelly and Karen are athletes in several sports and have the experience and knowledge to relate to the fitness community.

At Warrior Massage and Wellness, they are dedicated to providing you with the most professional and skilled Massage Therapists in Nashville, and looked forward to becoming a crucial part of your regular health, recovery, and injury prevention regime!

 

Local Spotlight: 4th of July

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The best places to celebrate our independence in Music City

The 4th of July is this Friday and if you are without plans and wanting to stay local, there are plenty of options for celebrating our Independence.

Here are some of the highlights for what will be going on in Nashville and its surrounding areas this 4th of July:

Franklin on the Fourth

Historic Downtown Franklin will be full of activities this Friday, including live music, vendor booths, crafts, a petting zoo, and much more. It is the perfect family-friendly plan for the 4th, and will be going on from 10am – 8pm.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

If your favorite thing about the 4th of July is the food, then you’ll want to check out the Hot Chicken Festival in East Nashville. You be the judge in the amateur cooking competition, cool off your taste buds with some Yazoo Brew, and don’t miss the fire truck parade! The fun starts at 10:30am and goes until 3pm (plenty of time to eat some good food and then go catch some fireworks later on!)

“Red, LIGHT and Blue!” at Cheekwood

If fireworks aren’t your thing, then head over to Cheekwood for Bruce Munro’s LIGHT installation. There will also be a magic show and live music, so it’s fun for the whole family from 6:30pm – 11pm.

Music City July 4th – Let Freedom Sing

If you want to be right in the middle of the action, then head down to The Lawn at Riverfront Park for a full day of live music and fun activities. Then, finish off the night with a spectacular fireworks display that is choreographed to music by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, because this event goes from 12pm – 10:30pm.

Whether you’re looking for good food, live music, low-key, or action-packed, there’s something for you to do this 4th of July!