5 Days in Nashville: Day 3

We originally planned to begin day three in Nashville with a drive all the way to Southern Tennessee/Northern Alabama to hike the Walls of Jericho trail. It’s a tough hike rewarded with beautiful waterfalls, but with Wesley’s ankle, we decided to take it easy for the day.

So, instead, we visited Belle Meade Plantation, which was built by John Harding in 1820 on his family’s farmland. The property initially encompassed 250 acres and a single log cabin. Ultimately, Belle Meade grew to 5,400 acres, anchored by a Greek Revival-style mansion, and included a deer park, train station and rock quarry.

Harding also capitalized on slave labor to run his farm and eventually became one of the largest slaveholders in Nashville.

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Sunday Brunch at Rosendals Tradgard

Djurgarden, a green island near Central Stockholm, is part of Sweden’s Royal National City Park, but it’s much more than just a park. In addition to abundant green space, Djurgarden offers 22 museums and an amusement park, Grona Lund.

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It’s also home to a number of restaurants and cafes, including the beautiful Rosendals Tradgard. Beyond its cafe, Rosendals’ Garden Foundation also oversees lush gardens, an orchard, picnic grounds, an artisanal bakery – which provides all of the cafe’s bread and pastries – and a biodynamic farm – which provides organic, in-season vegetables and fruit also served at the cafe.

So on a bright Sunday morning, we took a ferry from our Airbnb in Sodermalm to Djurgarden to experience the incredible farm-to-fork brunch at Rosendals’ greenhouse cafe for ourselves.

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Brunch at Colonie

These days, it feels like we’re spending more time in Brooklyn than in Manhattan. From weeknight workouts at Brooklyn Boulders to weekend trips to Red Hook, we’re guaranteed to cross the Brooklyn, Manhattan or Williamsburg Bridge at least twice a week. We love that Brooklyn is so close (either a 30-minute walk or just one subway stop away), but still feels like an escape from our everyday city lives, thanks to the many diverse neighborhoods each offering a unique vibe.

Last weekend, we once again walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for Sunday brunch at Colonie in Brooklyn Heights. Opened in 2011 on Atlantic Avenue, the laid-back and friendly atmosphere is perfect for a long meal with friends. But it’s the farm-to-table ingredients that steal the show. You’ll be amazed at how much you crave the incredibly fluffy pancakes (more like cake than traditional pancakes) with homemade whipped cream, perfectly cooked eggs, and rustic, homemade sausages long after you scrape your plate clean.

I think it’s safe to say we’ve discovered our new favorite brunch spot–Brooklyn and beyond.

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B. Matthew’s Eatery, Savannah

No one does comfort food better than the South. Our first taste was Saturday brunch at B. Matthew’s Eatery in Savannah.

It’s a popular brunch spot in the city, serving up amazing biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, duck and waffles, and Southern twists on traditional eggs Benedict and omelettes.

The food is so flavorful, but doesn’t leave you feeling too heavy or greasy. It’s the perfect modern take on this classic cuisine–a must-visit on your next visit to Savannah.

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Johny’s Luncheonette

Growing up in New Jersey, our local diners were popular gathering spots for grabbing a meal with friends. The food wasn’t always the best, but the laid-back atmosphere and affordable prices more than made up for it.

It’s sad to see New York City diners slowly becoming a dying breed, though there are still a handful of great options left. One of our favorites is Johny’s Luncheonette, where we go whenever we get a craving for classic diner omelettes, pancakes and burgers.

We first discovered Johny’s two summers ago, when a particularly terrible hangover demanded simple eggs, bacon and toast. This tiny, quite literal hole-in-the-wall is the definition of no frills. Seating is limited to stools along a long counter and two tables squeezed into the back of the narrow restaurant.

The menu has all of your diner essentials, specializing in what their Facebook page calls “hearty breakfast and sloppy sandwiches.” Your orders are taken at the counter by the same man who served us during our first visit, and there’s only one cook who makes your food right in front of you.

In full disclosure, Johny’s is not where you go if you want the best brunch in the city. You’re better off waiting in the long lines at The Grey Dog, JaneLafayette, etc. But there’s something about Johny’s communal, down-to-earth and hectic environment that evokes a quintessentially New York feel that’s difficult to find these days, especially in this upscale neighborhood.

If you do go, we recommend trying their “Famous Creations,” particularly the “Delicious Doug”–grilled chicken, sautéed onions, melted swiss cheese and hot sauce on garlic bread. Order a stack of blueberry pancakes with a carton of orange juice on the side, and you have the makings of a delicious breakfast.

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