A moment in the sun…

For lunch today I dined on a helping of new music and Starbucks.

Upon first moving to Nashville my primary outlet for music purchases was CD Warehouse. Over the past year and handful of months I have moved lovingly over to Grimey’s. Now I feel like everyone there is an extension of my own family. Today I picked up Stars Set Yourself on Fire

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and Athlete Vehicles & Animals

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The Athlete album is amazing!!

Later, when I was leaving Starbucks with my iced-tall-vanilla-non-fat-latte I could smell the grill of Cheese Burger Charley’s. That smell made me crave a cheese burger (though I rarely eat them). This set my mind off a wondering….I actually preferred burgers from Fuddruckers. Then I sadly remembered that the burger joint is now closed…which reminded me of another beloved place that has since shut down…The Cooker.

I dearly miss The Cooker…it was the first place I ate at in Nashville. I can taste the warm potato cheese soup and soft cornbread now….ah. I didn’t even know it was going to close. I just drove by one day and almost wreaked when I noticed the lot was empty and my roommate informed me that is had closed the week before! No one had told me!! No last visit…no big ending celebration…it was just gone…

My heart will always go out to The Cooker…

5 Comments so far

  1. Bo Link (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

    The Cooker closing was a surprise to me too. I always enjoyed eating there. The food more than made up for the lack of quality service. It seemed to take forever when we ate there.

    As for “pre-loved music”, have you ever been over to Phonoluxe on Nolensville? They’re home to an enormous selection of used CDs. It’s great for me since it’s in the neighborhood. Grimey’s isn’t too far away either.

  2. Mary (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

    Nope I haven’t been there. I probably should since I do promo for shows from time to time. I don’t really go on Nolensville ever…

  3. Bo Link (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    You’re missing out by not going on Nolensville. Phonoluxe and La Hacienda are two places you shouldn’t miss.

  4. Mary (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    I’ll work on that….maybe I’ll explore a bit tonight…or next week…thanks for making me get out more.

  5. Jim (unregistered) on March 15th, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    I’ve got to “second” the recommendations for Phonoluxe and La Hacienda.

    At one time, probably half of my CD collection came from Phonoluxe. I don’t get there as often anymore now that I’m a parent.

    And once you’ve tried La Hacienda (I love their horchata juice) go further down Nolensville to Las Cazuelas – it’s next to the Post Office near Southern Hills Med Ctr. Great mexican seafood dishes.

    And if you REALLY want to immerse yourself in immigrant culture go to the K&S Internation Market across from Southern Hills. They’ve got food from all around the world. Weird (to most Americans) and exotice stuff. You want something like squid lips or deep fried whatever? They probably have it.

    Be prepared for the smell though. It’s like an open air market without the open air to clear out the many different pungent smells.

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