Indie/Soul Singer-Songwriter, Kylie Odetta, is lighting a fire within the underground music scene. Her Simpsonville/Greenville, SC southern roots make for a unique twist in her vocal character as she emits an iconic sound that is refreshing, original, and emotional. Kylie has become a seasoned performer opening for music artists Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, Mat Kearney, Austin Mahone, and Kelly Pickler, as well as 100’s of her own shows. We are excited she took a break in her busy summer tour schedule to chat with us about her favorite places and things to eat!
Good Afternoon Kylie! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! Being an Southerner from Simpsonville/Greenville, SC area, where are some of your favorite places to get southern classics?
Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Greenville does a great job with southern cuisine. They provide a warm buttermilk biscuit rather than bread before the meal comes out, and I LOVE a good biscuit.
What is your favorite food to cook for your friends?
I love to make breakfast for dinner, so if I am cooking for friends that’s usually a go to. There’s a dish that I throw together that includes turkey sausage, bell peppers, home style potatoes, an over-easy egg on top, and a little A1 sauce drizzled. It is easy to make and so delicious. I also love to get together with friends and have cinnamon roll parties. Everyone brings a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll dough and we just hang out and eat cinnamon rolls, haha.
Where do you find your recipes?
I typically find them online.
What does your cooking music playlist look like?
I love listening to jazz when I cook, it takes me back to another time and I feel like it’s just creates a very relaxing atmosphere. So, a lot of Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, as well as, Jamie Cullum.
You have said that your career goal is to “create art that moves people deep inside their souls,” do think this also relates to food and cooking?
Most definitely! Culinary art is a form of expression just as much as making music or painting. I certainly think that great food can move you!
I know you enjoy the outdoors, especially the beach. Do you plan a lot of picnics or just enjoy local fare and seafood?
I eat a lot of fresh fruit when I’m at the beach. So although I don’t pack a picnic, I will pack some fresh snacks and granola bars when I’m outdoors. For actual meals, I love going to local restaurants (especially love a good brunch out!) I am actually not a fan of seafood.
What’s a typical day like for you (food-wise) when you’re at home and how is that different from when you are on tour?
When I’m home I usually start out with having a banana and a granola bar or a bowl of cheerios for breakfast. I’ll either meet a friend for lunch or make something simple at home like chicken, peas, and sauerkraut. (A bit weird, I know.) But I’m lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, and have acid reflux so it limits what I can eat on a day to day basis. I still indulge when I can, but I try to stay simple throughout the week so that I can have something I really want on the weekend or if I’m out with friends. For dinner, I love to cook at home with my family. The dish usually ends up being some type of meat (most of the time chicken), a veggie, and potatoes. I absolutely love potatoes. When I’m out on tour that diet changes quite a bit. Breakfast is most likely a hotel breakfast and along the same lines as when I’m at home, except add in eggs and sausage if they have it. Lunch would be either fast food like Chick-fila, Subway, Taco Bell, or some type of wrap that we packed in a cooler. If the venue that I’m playing that night has a bar tab with food, then I will eat off the menu there, which pretty much always includes a side of fries.
Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels.
One meal that I really enjoyed and found unique from anything else I’d seen before, was at a restaurant called The Flipside in Nashville, TN. The decor of the place was very retro with white, red, and light blue accents. They take chicken and pound it thin almost like a schnitzel, bread it, and sauté it in extra virgin olive oil. They have many different topping options but I had the “Greenway” which included arugula, avocado, and a red wine vinaigrette. It came with tater tots as my side (I love potatoes as mentioned earlier so… YUM) and it was absolutely delicious.
You have spent some time in Nashville, are you a fan of the “Nashville Hot Chicken” or where is your favorite place to eat and what do you order?
I am not a huge fan of spicy food so I’ve never tried the hot chicken. There’s way too many awesome restaurants for me to pick a favorite, but if I had to pick a go-to, one that I stop in every time I’m there, it would be Peace, Love & Pho. There’s no good pho restaurants in Greenville, SC so I look forward to it every time I’m in Nashville. I order the grilled beef traditional Vietnamese noodle soup (pho).
What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining?
Honestly I am such a huge fan of breakfast foods (Pancakes, eggs, hash-browns, sausage) that I am constantly dreaming of eating anywhere that serves those foods all day. There’s nowhere specific in my mind but I am always dreaming of an excellent warm, buttery, doughy breakfast meal. Any recommendations that I should check out? 🙂
If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?
See above answer. Lol. Eggs & hash-browns.
After playing a late show, what is your guilty pleasure food?
Krispy Kreme hot & ready donuts.
What about a crazy cooking incident?
Recently I was making zucchini bread in someone else’s kitchen, I went to turn on their kitchen aid mixer and unknown to me it wasn’t connected at the bottom where the bowl latches onto the machine. I turned it on and it started spinning and the bowl flung out of the machine and the batter sprayed all over myself, the kitchen, and the woman next to me.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could have your favorite tea with anyone, who would it be and what would you drink?
I would have a caffeine free peppermint tea with almond milk & honey and I would have it with Vance Joy because, HELLO handsome. Jk, sort of. I would have it with him and we would talk about songwriting and life and discuss all the simple joys of it as he falls in love with me. I’m allowed to dream aren’t I?
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