• Holiday-Drink
    Food & Drink

    Holiday Drink: White Harvest Punch

    It was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except a couple drunk kids hopped up on the holiday punch. I hosted a small dinner with my friends last weekend before we all parted for our respective holiday plans. Joe Feys made his infamous short ribs with a cauliflower mash that will appear on Listen! It’s Vetrano soon, but when Cassadee Pope brought her favorite holiday drink I knew I had to share it with my ‘Listen!’ readers. So, after I consumed the rest of the bowl of delicious goodness and then cured my epic hangover, I bring you the White Harvest Punch recipe that…

  • national watermelon day
    Food & Drink

    National Watermelon Day: Yay for Frosé

    Happy National Watermelon Day! It seems there’s (quite literally) a holiday for everything these days. Listen, I’m always willing to splurge on tacos and margaritas on their official national holidays (October 4th and February 22 for the record) because “why not?,” but others I can’t bring myself to acknowledge. For instance, do we really need a National Stuffed Mushroom Day?! They’re little round nuggets of mold, filled with breadcrumbs… and yes it exists, every year on February 4th. Mark your calendars. Today though, is National Watermelon Day. It may be just as useless and silly as those mentioned before, I love biting into a crisp, sweet, perfectly juicy piece of…

  • Featured,  Lifestyle

    Priority Is Not A Plural Noun

    Listen, I get it. At the end of the year, we get so caught up with “priorities” and responsibilities that the holiday season brings… on top of our regular day-to-day tasks. Our growing to-do lists make us feel certifiably insane. Amirite?  Our engines are revving so loudly that we just keep nodding and smiling through the deafening sound of our own busy-ness! Gross! So, turn down the volume and give yourself permission to read some encouragement here and just breathe. First, I want you to remember how incredible of a life you’ve had so far. I know its not perfect, and neither is mine! You’re here though, you’ve made it this far. That deserves…

  • Collaboration

    Improve Your Favorite Cocktails With These Awesome Tips

    If you want to really wow your guests at your next dinner party, you might think that you need to go all out with the food you serve. That’s not always the right strategy, though. In fact, you might find that you can impress a whole lot more with the drinks. After all, who doesn’t love a classic cocktail with dinner?! However, if you don’t make your cocktails quite right, they might fall flat and your guests could be left disappointed. Thankfully, though, if you follow these next few handy tips, you can guarantee that your cocktail shaking will always go down well! Know Your Lingo First of all, you…

  • Lifestyle

    5 Cheap Date Ideas

    I get it — after a long week of deadlines, stress, and working hard for the money, spending time with your partner or friends feels long overdue. While dinner and drinks is a popular and easy solution to the weekday blues, it’s also the most expensive. Your relationships don’t cost a thing, so neither should your time spent on them. So ditch the “tradish” and check out these cheap date ideas that will keep your relationships as rock-solid as your bank account. Cheap Date Ideas 1. Become a tourist and explore your city Although you’re familiar with your surroundings, it’s surprising what you can find when you see your hometown in…

  • Entertainment,  Food & Drink

    Best & Worst of 2015

    Another year has come and gone. I don’t know about you, but 2015 was a crazy year for V for Vetrano. I spent most of it enjoying Nashville’s blossoming metropolis, continuing my fight to find balance between professional and personal and adding new faces to the growing LIV community. I learned a lot about myself this year [cue Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Changes”]. I started new jobs and ended old ones. Made new friends, while saying goodbye to others. And made life changing decisions that impact my future. While most of 2015 left me unsettled, hopping from one thing to another, the year’s final hours have turned out to be the best few weeks of the entire year and have…

  • Featured,  People

    Nashville Notables: Leslie Fram

    In Nashville, hit songs fill the streets like water on a rainy day and stars are easy to find in the city’s top establishments, but there’s more to Music City than might initially meet the eye. A leader in America’s professional landscape, Nashville is home to many start-ups, large corporations and crucial industries. And while it’s fun to learn more about our favorite celebrities; those that spend most of their time in front of cameras or behind microphones sharing their voices, it’s the people behind them that are making the difference. In an effort to give readers a well-rounded view of the city I call home, I am launching “Nashville Notables,” an interview series with…

  • Best-Of-2014
    Entertainment,  Food & Drink

    Best & Worst of 2014

    Another great year has come and gone. I don’t know about you, but 2014 was a great year for V for Vetrano. I spent most of it working in the music industry, managing artist’s unrealistic expectations, enjoying Nashville’s growing city and fighting to find the balance between professional and personal. Both done quite successfully, in my opinion. I learned a lot about myself this year, which led to the rebranding of my music blog Tragic Kingdom to Listen! It’s Vetrano, officially launching in the new year. But before I take you too far forward, I have to look back at the year of 2014. I’ve compiled my picks for the best & worst…