I haven't updated this blog in a bit… so here are my last few great eats in Nashville. Firstly, I feel like this is important enough to talk about… I do not know how to ride a bicycle. I just wanted to get that off my chest. Now, I would very much like to learn. If I did know how to ride a bike, I would have gotten to Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes much faster. I absolutely loved this joint. It was small, friendly, and entirely welcoming to all who passed by. The community-seating allowed for a lot of both awkward and fun interactions with fellow coffee-goers. This place specializes in it's namesake, coffee and crepes. Luckily, that is exactly what I was in the mood for. It's facade looks straight out of Willy Wonka (the book), and is (of course) painted red like Alice's roses. GET AT ME LITERARY REFERENCES.
After perusing the menu my eyes fell upon the great Funky Monkey. This crepe consisted of peanut butter, nutella, walnuts, and bananas. Add some bacon and honey and you have one hell of an Elvis. I don't believe that those last two ingredients were an option but maybe one day they could be. The crepe was delicious and their medium columbian house-brew was great. Here is a picture before I totally demolished my dessert breakfast.
This is just a little bragging moment because I am so proud and happy to know Sebastain Handley. He is a wonderful person, musician, and poet that I was lucky enough to become close with during my graduate school experience in England. I fell in love with a performance collective known as GYPSY. This group is made up of all kinds of artists, actors, writers, poets, stand up comedians, and musicians from all across the UK. I met Sebastian during one of our GYPSY gatherings in London. One of his projects that I learned about was his micro-library in Lewisham. I had no idea what to expect! Sebastian had created London's smallest library; an entirely free literary resource near his home in south-east London. Here is a link to his Facebook page to learn more about the library and how maybe one day you could create your own! It's about 200 books all in a little telephone box just like the one at the Red Bicycle!
Alright, now back to the Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes. I was lucky enough to meet some aspiring photographers (mostly students at MSU) and they asked if I would be a subject for their shoot that day! I had the greatest time and was shown around parts of Nashville I would never have gotten to see, from train stations to forgotten cookie factories. I had an unforgettable time and I am counting down the days until I can go back and explore even more.
The coolest thing about this coffee shop was their micro-library. Yes, a micro-library made out of a model of a british telephone box. This, I absolutely adored. I believe they got the idea from my friend Sebastian, who opened the first mini-library in Lewisham, England. You can take out any book that you like, and even leave some you want to donate! I hope this catches on in more cities across America.
I also could not forget to post the RB daily special… my absolute favorite drink.
Make sure you check out Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes!