This June, Rachel became the newest member of the splitsecnd team, joining us as our Full-Stack Marketer. We asked her a few questions to learn more about her background and what she loves about living and working in Nashville.
Tell us your narrative. What brought you to Nashville? If you could have brought one thing from your hometown to Nashville, what would it be?
I moved to Nashville in the fall of 2010 to begin college at Vanderbilt. I’d fallen in love with the city long before, however, from visiting my aunt as a child who lived and worked here as a bluegrass musician. Actually, one of my earliest memories is of getting bitten by chiggers at a fiddle contest in Montgomery Bell State Park. Compared to the relatively small population and very flat terrain of Shreveport, Louisiana where I grew up, I’ve become spoiled by the diversity and excitement of a growing city like Nashville, as well as its proximity to excellent hiking and climbing locations. However, there is no amount of hot chicken that could ever satiate my hunger for the traditional Cajun cooking I was raised on. I’ve tried just about every gumbo or jambalaya I’ve come across, none ever tasting quite like home, but if there’s some secret place I’ve been missing out on, please let me know!
What’s your favorite hidden gem in Nashville?
I’ve been introduced to many lesser-known gems since I’ve lived here, but a favorite that’s hidden in plain sight is Davis Cookware & Cutlery Shoppe in Hillsboro Village. Hand-written cardboard signs on the front door, kitchen gadgets in the window whose packaging has long been faded by the sun, pillowcase-sized bags of loose tea piled along one wall – the place looks like it hasn’t been inventoried since it first opened in the 1970s. But if you’re like me and are amused rather than filled with anxiety by such a chaotic shop, and have some time to spare chatting with the very knowledgable, helpful and talkative sons of the original owner, I highly recommend stopping by next time you need some fresh coffee beans, a new filet knife or a healthy dose of Nashville history.
If you were moving away from Nashville tomorrow, where would your last supper be?
If I had to say goodbye to Music City tomorrow, I’d have to have my last dinner at Rolf and Daughters in Germantown. All of the pasta is handmade and the chef incorporates lots of seasonal and local ingredients into the constantly changing menu. Half the time I have no idea what to expect from a dish based on its description, but the staff is wonderful with spot-on suggestions, and everything is delicious so you really can’t go wrong. With long, picnic-style tables and most plates designed to be shared, it’s the perfect restaurant to spend several hours enjoying the company of friends and family.
Say your car broke down in the middle of nowhere and you forgot your splitsecnd device (gasp!), so help wouldn’t arrive for weeks. You have ample water and food, so what three things could you not go without? Why?
If I were stranded in the middle of nowhere without my splitsecnd device, but had a car for shelter, plenty of food and water and knew help would eventually arrive, I’d be pretty content! I’d want my notebook to journal about my experience and my iPod to listen to music – both pretty necessary to maintaining my sanity for a few weeks without social interaction. I can’t go too many days without picking up a book, so this would be the perfect opportunity to finally crack open the copy of Infinite Jest that’s been sitting idly on my bookshelf for years.