Family has always been so important to me. My mother and grandmother have always been my rocks — truly, the strongest women I know. Watching my mother suffer from stage IV lung cancer and my Mama Jo decline due to Alzheimer’s has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But they continue to be strong and have hope, so I’m trying to do the same from their examples. I have the two of them - Rinda Jo and Betty Jo to thank for so much, including my middle name and my love for dining out. 🍽 Dining and family are also important to @viveksurti — and that’s so evident in every stitch of a detail at his first restaurant @tailornashville. The name, every dish thoughtfully included on menu, and the decor all have a story, which Vivek shares passionately at the start of each course (shown here is the sweet potato with tahini, golden raisin, pistachio, and preserved lemon). Dining out when it means something absolutely speaks to my soul. 📖 We all have a story — and the world becomes a little less bad when we share them. ❤️💜💗I’d love to hear your favorite memories associated with dining out.
🍕This week’s #OtherPeoplesPizza collaboration at @nickysnashville is one for the books. The Nicky’s team hosted chef @kahlilarnold from another Nashville essential — @arnoldscountrykitchen for a meat-and-three crowned pie available only this week. It’s splashed with white bean bechamel and topped with Arnold’s collard greens, mozz and grana 🧀, pickled red onions, Tennshootoe ham, then finished with spicy cornbread crumble and pepper vinegar. #eaternashville #eater #nashvillefoodfan #diningwithdeliajo #meatandthree
All my hometown Huntsville friends know ‘bout this Stanlieo’s kitchen sink sub. 💯 #diningwithdeliajo #huntsvillealabama #stanlieos #sandwiches #huntsville
Current situation: hot mess. 💆🏼♀️My reality this Sunday a.m is sitting in a hospital room, surrounded by beeps and breathing tubes, with my mother who is fighting for her life. Cancer, in addition to several other things, has turned our entire family upside down for the last 10 months. There is nothing to prepare a person to watch a loved one suffer in this manner. Some days all we can do is wake up, down some coffee, and breathe. (And force ourselves to eat when appetites have been zapped by stress 😬.) But that doesn’t make a very pretty picture for Instagram, now does it? 🍽A happier version of a “hot mess” (super smooth segue right? ) - that’s the name of this Dallas iconic dish from @pecanlodge. I admittedly haven’t been very hungry lately, but this one is hard to refuse — a massive sweet potato is crowned generously with Texas barbecoa, bacon, cheese, green onions, and chipotle cream. 💕 Here’s to hot messes. May we eat them but not be them. But if we are some days, that’s okay.
Liberty Common is downtown’s new Southern brasserie, and there are a number of exciting things happening, from the French and Southern plates to the 100% biodynamic and sustainably-grown wine list. 🍷 Shown here are the pickled duck eggs, but you also shouldn’t miss the beef tartare, country pate, grilled trout amandine, or pappardelle. It’s such a gorgeous space, tucked just across from @ascend_amphitheater. Have you been? Share first impressions below. 🍽
New year, same diet. 🌶 🧀 🌮 🍜 🍕 🍔 No thoughtful resolution post here, I’m just grateful I survived 2018, y’all. Cheers to whatever is next.