Nearly Native’s Guide to This Weekend (6/9 – 6/11)

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017

SATURDAY, June 10, 2017

SUNDAY, June 11, 2017

Nearly Native Eats: Little Octopus

Have you ever set out to have an epic night, complete with dinner and drinks out on the town until way past your bedtime, only to have it foiled by the unanticipated post-heavy-meal “food baby” weighing you down? You started out with conviction, telling yourself you’ll avoid eating the entire basket of chips or finishing off that molten lava cake, but how could you resist? Everything was just SO delicious, but the more you stuff yourself the more your bed and some stretchy pants sound better than getting your groove on. There are times for these indulgent meals, but there are also times that you want to feel invigorated by your meal and ready to take on the night. Little Octopus is here to serve up some seriously tasty, fresh food to power you up for more than a post-dinner date with your couch.

No longer just a temporary resident at POP Nashville, Little Octopus has moved its fresh and colorful menu to a convenient Gulch location for those Nashvillians that appreciate eating robust, yet healthy eats to get their sustenance. For the skeptics: Just because it’s “healthy” doesn’t mean it tastes like cardboard. Comprised of a wide variety of small plates and entrée dishes to share, this modern Gulch mainstay showcases unique lunch and dinner options. The majority of the menu is noted with a combination of Gluten Free, Pescatarian, and Vegan labels, but this shouldn’t scare the meat and potato loving masses. Lunch features hardy dishes like the Cuban sandwich, while dinner has chicken, scallops, and oxtail. Of course, with a name like “Little Octopus” the seafood selection is scattered throughout and is designed for enjoying among friends, so order up! You could even be adventurous and try the steak tartare or cactus. And of course, they’ve got signature cocktails and other drinks to compliment your many dishes.

Beyond the menu that makes it stand as innovative and distinctive among the competitive Nashville dining scene, Little Octopus keeps its seating limited and the ambience intimate. The venue is fit for conversation, whether it’s a first date or a group hang, allowing for you to hear yourself without intense music or the latest game blaring in the background. It’s the perfect place to test your taste buds and trade plates without loading up on anything deep-fried or greasy.

Regardless of personal dietary directives, meat lovers and vegans can find common ground at Little Octopus without feeling full to the point of immobility. Skip the cheese fries and fried chicken for a night and fuel up with flavorful food that won’t leave you wanting to be horizontal on your couch instead of out on the town. Grab your friends or your favorite date night companion and get yourself to this healthy hot spot today!

Check out their website on the Eat Like a Native page!

Nearly Native’s 5 Things to Know: Going on a Nearby Hike

Warm weather has returned to Tennessee and that means residents and visitors alike can embrace the abundant outdoor activities that are only a short drive away. While there are tons of ways to bathe in the sun and navigate the many lakes, sweating it out on one of the state’s many hiking trails is a select style of exercise that many Tennesseans take part in on a daily basis. However, embarking on one of these picturesque hikes isn’t a simple walk in the park, so it’s important to prepare! Here are Nearly Native’s 5 things for going on a nearby hike:

  1. Do your research –  Before you set out on your hiking adventure, make sure you research your hikes. Pick something that’s perfect for your desired level of activity. It can be disappointing to travel to a hike and it be significantly easier than you wanted it to be. Visit the Tennessee State Parks website to review trails, maps, and lodging.
  2. Gear Up – Just because your thermometer says it’s going to be a warm day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring layers for your hike. Make sure to wear clothes that you can feel comfortable being active in and shoes that will help you get a good grip as you navigate the trails. It can’t hurt to bring a change of clothes too in case you encounter a spotty shower or trip into a muddy spot. What you wear can seriously change your experience, so it’s important to pay attention to!
  3. Fuel Your Energy – Not only is your gear important, packing up ample water and some energizing snacks is important to keep you moving. Dehydration, especially in high elevations, can come on quickly, so sipping on water regularly is key. Plus, if you bring a snack, you’ll have an excuse to stop at a waterfall or a nice overlook to take in the scenery will you have a quick bite.
  4. Capture the Moment – As you adventure out to these many beautiful places, be sure to bring your camera to capture your memories. Who doesn’t love an Instagram-worthy (or perhaps just frame-worthy) picture of a great day outdoors? A quick note though – many of these hikes can fall out of range for good cell reception, so be sure to use airplane mode to avoid draining your battery searching for service.
  5. Know Your Surroundings – This may go without saying, but when you’re out on the trails, don’t venture down an unbeaten path. There’s a reason for the trails – to preserve the nature around you and help you avoid pesky things like poison ivy. Also, be mindful of the time of day that you go. If you’re caught out on a trail after the sun goes down without and gear to keep you moving in the dark, it could be difficult to navigate.