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The Best Bathroom in the USA Is …

28 Apr


We just spotted this story on the web — congrats to The Hermitage!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Hermitage Hotel has afternoon tea in the grand lobby. Down-filled duvets (that’s a fancy word for comforters). A presidential suite with 2,000 square feet. And a really nice toilet.

So nice, in fact, that it’s been voted (drum roll please) America’s best restroom.

Flush in the middle of downtown Nashville, the luxury hotel and its ground-floor men’s bathroom are definitely the head (so to speak) of the class.

The redoubtable restroom is art-deco style with gleaming lime-green-and-black leaded glass tiles, lime-green fixtures, terrazzo floor and a two-seat shoeshine station.

“You just can’t find anything like it anywhere else,” says Janet Kurtz, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.

The restroom won the honor in online voting sponsored by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp., which supplies restroom hygiene products and services. The company says “tens of thousands” of people voted over two months last summer. Precise numbers are kept, well, private.

Criteria were hygiene, style and access to the public. The highfalutin honor has earned the restroom entry to “America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame.”

“People see it and fall in love with it,” Kurtz said.

It has four stools, three urinals, four sinks, spotless mirrors and a Sultan telephone that connects to the front desk.

And, (how do you put this delicately?) women seem attracted to it.

Lita Esquinance of Bradley County, Tenn., guides friends to the restroom for a discreet peek just about every time she visits Nashville. One of them, Sonja Luckie, jokingly summed up her visit with this discerning observation:

“For men, it’s very stimulating.”

The hotel, built in 1910 and renovated in 2003, has 122 guest rooms and suites. The restroom, down the hall from the hotel bar and restaurant, dates back to 1939.

Do they leave the light on for you? Not necessarily, but the famous restroom is cleaned hourly.

In her six years at the hotel Kurtz has never used the men’s restroom. But just wait.

“I hope they have a ladies’ night sometime.”


Have a Goo Goo Christmas!

9 Dec


In 1912, Howard Campbell, founder of Standard Candy Company, had a dilemma. He had just invented America’s first “combination candy bar” – a delicious concoction of caramel, marshmallow and roasted peanuts, hand coated with rich milk chocolate in an unusual round shape …

And he didn’t know what to call it. A friend suggested the name Goo Goo as it described the rich, chewy consistency of the candy bar and because “It’s so good, people will ask for it from birth.”

Today, the great taste, unique shape and name of the Goo Goo Cluster and related products are an American Tradition and Howard Campbell’s dilemma is your delight. 

Those of you who grew up in and around the Nashville area will certainly be familiar with the almighty Goo Goo Cluster. If your taste buds haven’t yet met a Goo Goo, you are really in for a treat. So why delay the inevitable any longer? It’s simply too good to resist.

The fine folks at Standard Candy, loyal sponsors of the Grand Ole Opry,  have long been a featured product on our web site at www.dixiedining.com .  And every year about this time we receive a big shipment of their products at our home office. This, I might add, is always a highly anticipated event. The year we received a generous supply of what is known as the Goo Goo Supreme. Man, this Supreme is even sweeter than the singing of Diana Ross and the girls.


The Goo Goo Supreme is a spinoff of the original Goo Goo recipe and is made with Georgia Pecans, Caramel, Marshmallows, and Milk Chocolate. It’s an oooey, gooey bundle of joy … that is for sure! I can’t imagine a better stocking stuffer for youngsters sure to crave something sweet this Christmas. Just make sure Great-Grandma has her Fixodent handy before she attacks one of these babies. They’ll give your mandible a real workout.


Merry Christmas, all … now it’s time to get yourself some Goo Goo’s!