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09/18/14 – Do What IU Love!

Posted on September 18, 2014


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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting my good friend Laura Iu (pronounced “you”) in her natural element: the kitchen! Laura is on her way to becoming a registered dietitian, and she is blogging/instagramming her journey. Her blog, Do What Iu Love, is filled with healthy, yet amazingly tasty, recipes, from her signature smoothies to vegan baked treats. Be sure to check it out!


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laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

laura iu dowhatiulove

For more inspiration, follow Laura on instagram at @dowhatiulove!

09/15/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: TN to NJ

Posted on September 15, 2014


This is the last post from mine and Henah’s southern road trip. We decided to make the drive from Nashville to New Jersey in one day, a total of 14 hours. We planned a few stops along the way, because 14 hours of straight driving is enough to make anyone insane.

abe lincoln birthplace kentuckyOur first stop off was Hodgenville, Kentucky, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. The thing about Kentucky is that it’s really quite beautiful, but it’s literally just farm after farm after farm.

abe lincoln birthplace kentucky

abe lincoln birthplace kentucky

abe lincoln birthplace kentucky

abe lincoln birthplaceThe log cabin that Abe Lincoln was *born* in, a tiny one room structure. It was preserved in this beautiful marble structure. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the cabin or touch it.

abe lincoln birthplaceI wonder why they changed the sign from “Please refrain from touching the cabin” to “Please do not touch the cabin.” I guess a sterner warning was necessary.

loretto kentuckyOur second stop was in the tiny town of Loretto, Kentucky…

maker's mark tour kentucky…the amazing and wonderful Maker’s Mark Distillery aka the adult Willy Wonka Factory.

maker's mark distillery

maker's mark distilleryThe whiskey is aged in these charred oak barrels.

maker's mark distillery

maker's mark distilleryThe bottles are all hand-dipped in wax.

maker's mark distilleryThe best part: a tasting of four different types of Maker’s Mark.

maker's mark distilleryGlass ceiling by Dale Chihuly.

lexington kentuckyOur third stop: Lexington, Kentucky for lunch.

hot brown lexington kentuckyAnd that lunch was an incredible Kentucky staple: the “hot brown.” It’s an open faced sandwich, with turkey and ham, covered in some sort of gravy sauce, smothered with cheese, baked in the oven, and topped with a fried green tomato. It’s only fitting that this was my last meal in the South.

west virginia sunsetAnd a beautiful West Virginia sunset to end one of the greatest road trips.

09/10/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: nashville, part 2

Posted on September 10, 2014


We started our second day in Nashville touring the Parthenon. No really, it’s a full scale replica of the Athens Parthenon, except it’s in the middle of Tennessee.

parthenon nashville

parthenon nashville

parthenon nashvilleNashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway locomotive at Centennial Park.

parthenon nashville

peace love little donuts nashvilleDonut heaven at Peace, Love, & Little Donuts in downtown Nashville.

peace love little donuts nashvilleI got chocolate chip cookie dough, samoa, and maple bacon mini donuts. Mini donuts mean I can eat 20 and feel ok about it.

loveless cafe nashvilleThe famous Loveless Cafe. The wait was TWO AND A HALF HOURS, so we just stopped, took a picture, then bounced.

loveless cafe nashvilleA wall of famous celebrities and country music stars who have visited the Loveless.

jeni's ice cream nashvilleDessert that night from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, a place known for its innovative flavors and insanely creamy ice cream.

jeni's ice cream nashvilleI got “Bangkok Peanut,” which was an elevated peanut flavor with thai spices and basil, and “World’s Milkiest Chocolate,” which tasted as decadent as it sounded. These two little scoops cost $5 but the ice cream was so rich, it was the perfect size.

pancake pantry nashvilleBreakfast the next morning at Pancake Pantry, arguably Nashville’s most famous breakfast spot. This was the line at 7am.

pancake pantry nashvilleAt least they provide coffee for the patrons.

pancake pantry nashvilleHenah’s nutella crepe. It was delicious, but nothing we couldn’t find at any creperie in NYC.

pancake pantry nashvilleMy sweet potato pancakes, however, were something really unique. They come with cinnamon cream syrup, a sugary milky housemade concoction. The pancakes had an interesting sweet & savory flavor, and mixed with the cinnamon cream syrup, they were extraordinary. Also, we shared a plate of the homefries, which were insanely good. This place is delicious but really only worth it if you get there early and beat the line!

09/09/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: nashville, part 1

Posted on September 9, 2014


Next stop, Nashville! The first spot we visited here was Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore that’s considered one of the best in the world.

Parnassus Books Nashville

Parnassus Books Nashville

Parnassus Books Nashville

Parnassus Books Nashville

nashville donut shopAmazing glazed donut from Donut Den, right around the corner from Parnassus Books.

downtown nashvilleBroadway, aka “Music City,” is the most lively/touristy spot of Nashville.

downtown nashville

downtown nashville

Rocket Fizz Candy Shop NashvilleRocket Fizz Candy Shop in downtown Nashville.

Rocket Fizz Candy Shop Nashville

downtown nashville

downtown nashville

downtown nashville

downtown nashville

henah parikh

marche nashvilleBrunch the next day at Marche Artisan Foods.

marche nashville

marche nashvilleCroissant french toast. Mhmmm.

09/08/14 – #southernfriedtour2014: memphis

Posted on September 8, 2014


Next city on the road trip, Memphis. It’s a city known for its legendary music history and insanely tasty ribs. Our first stop was the National Civil Rights Museum, an extremely informative and moving experience.


lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.It’s built at the Lorraine Motel, the site where Martin Luther King Jr was shot.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.Room 306, the last place MLK Jr. stayed.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.

lorraine motel memphis martin luther king jr.

central bbq memphisRight across the street from the museum was Central BBQ, arguably the best ribs in all of Memphis.

central bbq memphisOh yeahhhh.

beale street memphisBeale Street.

beale street memphis

beale street memphis

beale street memphis jazz

cat airbnb memphisAirbnbs are so much better when they include cats.

off the hoof burgers arlington tennesseeAt this point, I had spent a week in the south but I’ve yet to eat a really good burger. After some googling, I found Off the Hoof burgers in Arlington, Tennessee, about a 40 minute drive east of Memphis.

off the hoof burgers arlington tennesseeThis is the Pat LaFrieda Chopped Steak burger, topped with habanero jack cheese and served on an 81-layer croissant bun. This perfectly cooked medium-rare burger was, hands down, the best I have ever tasted.

off the hoof burgers arlington tennessee

off the hoof burgers arlington tennesseeSweet potato waffle fries. Yes.