This week was a little tough. Between rehearsals, shifts with Postmates, eating terribly uninspiring healthy food, and the band preparing to leave for a weekend run of shows up north, I was really in the mood for a colossal artery-clogging breakfast as my cheat meal of the week. So I decided to head to one of my favorite breakfast spots in town, Noshville in Green Hills, TN.
They fancy themselves as an “authentic New York Delicatessen”, which as a native New Yorker made me laugh. When I walked in there the first time, it was nothing like a New York Deli — it’s more like a diner that’s not open for 24 hours. Which I always thought was part of the definition of being a diner; but hey, what’re you gonna do?
Next I sit down at the counter and take a gander at the menu even though I already know what I want. I’m fairly addicted to their breakfast bowl – a great medley of corn beef hash, hash browns, bacon, two eggs, two slices of cheese, and topped with diced tomatoes and jalapeños. This is going to be my cheat meal for the week, so I figure why not go all out and order it “dare-sized” which means exactly what you think – make it gigantic.
They pretty much double everything and put it in a massive bowl that makes you feel ashamed of yourself when it’s right in front of you. But if you leave that bowl completely empty at the end…. well you’re pretty much still ashamed of yourself.
I’m a bit of a savage when it’s time to get dirty and eat, so I take my fork and mash the crap out of it. The yolk from the eggs over easy envelops everything, including the American cheese and crispy bacon, and transforms this breakfast bowl into a delicious orgy of proteins, fats and carbs. I know some people get grossed out by runny egg yolks but I love ‘em. And even more so when it cascades over a mix of salty meat and potatoes. Well that’s just the kinda stuff that give me a little tingle down south.
I proudly left the bowl clean. Not “just finished doing the dishes” clean but definitely along the lines of “dog licking the plates while you load the dishwasher” kind of clean. I got the impression that this doesn’t happen very often based on the waitress’ expression when she came to take the bowl away. I definitely didn’t mind because I earned this food coma after a hectic schedule.
Time for another week of kicking my ass in the gym, kicking my drum set’s ass in rehearsal, and kicking my stomach’s ass with healthy food. Feel free to follow myself or the band on Twitter and Instagram, we’re @Joey_Doino and @ArcAndStones on both and you can also find us on Facebook.
Until next week…
I’m Joey, a New York drummer living in Nashville, playing with the band, Arc & Stones.
I LOVE FOOD! Right after college, I gained a lot of weight and hit a whopping 267 lbs. Terrified that I could hit 300 lbs before I hit 30 years, I decided to take control of the foods I was eating and started taking the fitness thing more seriously. I keep a very strict diet, making sure I hit my macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) each day. I hit the gym six days a week.
But once a week I cheat and treat myself. Food is one of my favorite things in life. This regime allows me to have my cheese-stuffed, deep-fried cake and eat it too. My column will focus on these indulgent treats.