Well, last week I was just telling y'all about driving up the Natchez Trace and eating at the wonderful Council House in French Camp, Mississippi. We really had fun on the Natchez Trace, but after a long day of not camping, we were pretty worn out. So when we finally rolled in to Nashville, we got a room at the Hermitage Hotel. It was beautiful and after we rested up, we were back on the road to meet my brother in Lexington, Kentucky. My brother loves horses and horseracing, so, this year and another one, he's been getting us all tickets to the Kentucky Derby. We were excited to meet up with him, but on the way, we got a little hungry and stopped here:
Wow. Just wow. We really like ice cream and the listeria outbreak at Blue Bell has pretty much broken my heart. Thankfully these guys are still up and running! Chaney's Dairy Barn makes all their ice cream from scratch, right on sight-- by that I mean that they do everything from milking their cows to churning up the ice cream right there on a farm just outside Bowling Green! They also make this:
They call it a "Moo Pie." It's a cookie baked all warm and tasty in that little skillet and topped with the creamiest, most delicious ice cream ever! I told Better Half that I had some of those tiny skillets at home and now he wants me to try to make our own little "Moo Pies." Maybe we could top it with some of that Best Ever Banana Ice Cream we made all last summer! That sounds pretty good now that the temperature is well into the 90's!
Oh, and Chaney's is kind of a Kentucky cultural icon. It was even mentioned on Justified! My daughter loves that show! Here's the clip:
Better Half and I recently took a trip up the Natchez Trace. Things got a little scary, but you can read about that here. Today I wanted to tell all y'all about the spectacular lunch we ate on the Trace.
If you read the last post, you know that the Natchez Trace isn't exactly flush with cell service, but before it conked out completely, I was able to get to my trusty trip advisor app to find the Council House Café. The restaurant is run by the French Camp Academy, a private Christian home and school for abandoned and orphaned children. It operates the restaurant, gift shop, and a bed and breakfast. Student residents work at these businesses as part of their job training and the profits fund scholarships for the graduating students. The whole set-up is, frankly, awesome.
Plus the food is amazing!
That's homemade bread stuffed with 10(!) slices of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy mayo, or, as Better Half dubbed it, the best BLT ever. And Better Half knows BLTs!
After we ate, we went to pay our bill and were directed to this sign:
Curious, I asked how many people skip out on their bill. The woman in charge told us that never happens!
With our bellies full and our faith in humanity restored, we got back on the Trace for our trek to Nashville!
More on our stay in Nashville coming up!