Thursday update

Got a couple of scam alerts to start of this Thursday post. The first one is a bar scam that I personally witnessed. A guy will come in and say that the night before, he and his wife had been in there and someone had spilled a drink on his wife’s very expensive jacket. He will say that the manager told him to bring in a receipt to be reimbursed for the dry cleaning bill. This is totally false. Don’t fall for it.

The second is an email scam that is affecting Gmail users. You will be sent an attachment in an email that appears to be from one of your contacts. When you click on the attachment, you’re directed to a fake Google login page. If you fall for the scam, the hacker will have access to all your email.

The Memphis Redbirds announced a rebrand yesterday that is, in my opinion, gorgeous. The new logos still make it clear that the St. Louis Cardinals are the ‘birds parent MLB team, but at the same time are a nod to nearby Beale Street and Memphis’ rich music history. Among the new uniforms are powder blue ones that were inspired by Cardinals uniforms of the 1980s. You can buy merchandise with the new logos in the online store.

For those of you who haven’t made it to Belle Tavern yet, I snapped a photo of their cocktail menu last night when I was in there. (Click photo to see larger size)

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Thanks to Luluemon, the flow is free at a 5:30 PM class at Downtown Yoga tomorrow, Friday, January 20. YOGA!

Fish & Associates, a holistic wealth management company, is going to be buying some beers for people at the High Cotton taproom tonight around 6:15. The Gourmade food truck will be parked outside.

I want to remind everyone to walk where it is well lit and well traveled after dark. Don’t walk down alleys as a shortcut! A woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in the alley between AutoZone Park and Downtown YMCA Sunday at 1:35 AM.

The CA’s Jennifer Biggs reviewed The Dirty Crow Inn on E.H. Crump Blvd.

Renovations are almost complete on the food hall and event space at 409 S. Main.

Small Shop Saturday is your chance to get to know a local vendor while enjoying Ghost River beer in the brewery taproom. The vendor this Saturday from noon to 4 is Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies. The cookies are made with 100% pure butter, and the freshness and highest quality are guaranteed.

The Trumpster is preparing major budget cuts for after he takes office, including the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. However, The Orange One does plan to spend money on military parades. You know, the kind of parades they have in great countries like Russia and North Korea.

There used to be a website called Television without Pity that would feature snarky reviews of popular television shows, particularly reality shows. Guess what… it’s coming back.

From ESPN: Meet Amara Baptist, the Grizzlies’ social media manager. As part of a four-person crew known as Grind City Media, she manages the team’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts.

There was an incident while the WWE Smackdown roster was in the area this week. Randy Orton got into an altercation with a fan at a gym in Jonesboro. However, as retired wrestler Lance Storm writes (if I can be serious for a minute), the altercation was not Orton’s fault. The fan interrupted Orton while he was resting between sets, a violation of gym etiquette. If the fan had waited until Orton was done with his workout routine and then approached him, that would have been fine.

A second story: AJ Styles had cash and belongings stolen while performing in Jonesboro. His bag had $1000 in American dollars and $7000 in Japanese yen in it, along with an iPhone and some Xbox 360 stuff.

That’s it for now. I’ll be out at the usual spot after work.

Wed update: Elite birthday, zip lines and fire, Save the Pennies and more

Congratulations to Elite Total Health Downtown Memphis, celebrating its 2-year anniversary this month. People said, “A clinic will never work Downtown, you should open it out east.” However, Elite proved them wrong! To celebrate two years, they are offering buy-1-get-1 Lipo shots this month. Bring a friend and help them start their weight loss journey. Several of my friends have raved about the weight loss success they have had at Elite.

The city has unveiled a transformation plan to complement the investment St. Jude is making in the Pinch District and to transform the experience motorists have as they arrive in Memphis via I-40. Zip lines and fire, you can’t make this stuff up!

If you want a sneak preview of Old Dominick Distillery, don’t forget that the Memphis Flyer’s 20 Under 30 party is tonight and the public is invited. The distillery is on Front Street near Gus’s.

The Memphis City Council has passed a resolution related to MLGW’s Save the Pennies program. Those enrolled in the program have their MLGW bills rounded up to the next whole dollar, with the difference in cents going to keep the lights on for those in need who can’t pay their bill. The program is currently opt-in, meaning you have to ask to join Save the Pennies. The resolution changes the default to opt-out, meaning you automatically get your bill rounded up unless you tell MLGW you don’t want them to. This will help a lot of families in poverty. Please don’t un-enroll from Save the Pennies unless you are in dire financial straits.

Soccer on the river! There will be a league competing for the Memphis Riverfront Soccer Cup Sundays from March 5 to April 9. Sign your team up to compete.

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers perform at the Halloran Centre Saturday, February 4. Saxophonist/vocalist Abair has collaborated with Stax legend Booker T. Jones on two of her albums. She was the featured saxophonist on American Idol, she has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, and she joined Aerosmith for their 2012 tour.

My home state of Arkansas is voting on whether to ban junk food purchases with food stamps. I have mixed feelings about this. Some areas of the state simply don’t have easy access to healthy food choices. I would rather see programs to encourage healthy choices when available rather than a ban on unhealthy ones. On the other hand, it bugs me when I see a sign reading “THIS ITEM CAN BE PURCHASED WITH EBT” hanging next to a king size Snickers at Circle K. I’d be in favor of a ban on such signs, for sure.

It’s Bestie Day at the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink. Buy one admission, get another half off. There will be $1 funnel cakes from 5 to 8 PM.

Jim and Carrie Brock play The Dirty Crow Inn this Friday night from 9 to midnight.

One of the latest exercise crazes to hit the area is to have a yoga class at a brewery, then socialize over beer. However, there’s a new trend that takes the idea one step farther. Over in Germany, students in BierYoga classes drink beer WHILE they are doing yoga. The concept is spreading internationally and has reached Australia. YOGA! BEER!

Russians have minted an In Trump We Trust coin to honor the incoming president of Russia’s newest vassal state.

If you didn’t make it to FedExForum last night, here are the results from WWE Smackdown Live broadcast from the arena. “The Lass-Kicker” Becky Lynch made the rounds yesterday doing interviews with local radio hosts and podcast hosts, as she prepared to challenge Alexa Bliss for the Smackdown Women’s Championship inside a steel cage. Unfortunately the cage did not prevent the mysterious La Luchadora from interfering, allowing Bliss to retain the championship. After the match Bliss and La Luchadora beat down Lynch, and then La Luchadora unmasked to reveal that she was returning superstar Mickie James.

In addition, here are the results from 205 Live, the cruiserweight show which was filmed last night at FedExForum. There was also a dark match following 205 Live where John Cena and Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz and Baron Corbin.

That’s it for now. Family medical situation is improving, for those wondering. Probably out at Silly Goose happy hour after work.

Tuesday update

Hi everyone. Please forgive me if my updates are bit sparse and if my wit is not as sharp this usual this week. I have a family medical matter going on that is consuming a lot of my thought.

Next Tuesday, January 24, will be the grand opening of Hotel Napoleon. The boutique hotel is at the corner of Third and Madison in the former Press-Scimitar Building, built in 1902. There will be a reception at the hotel from 4:00 to 6:30 PM.

Country singer Scott Southworth performs at the Green Beetle tonight 6:30-8:30. All tips will benefit MIFA’s Meals on Wheels program.

The Flying Saucer will have its annual Beerknurd Appreciation Party Thursday evening. Just show them your UFO card (or MOU card, if you’ve made it to that level) and have a plate of BBQ and a beer on the Saucer.

You might have free money coming your way if you received a robocall from one of several companies named in a class-action lawsuit.

I don’t know if I have any readers who do yoga and also run, but if I do, Downtown Yoga has a class for you that will help you get in shape for summer running.

There will be a Memphis Women’s March down Second Street (sidewalks and crosswalks) from Adams to Huling between 10 and 12 AM Saturday. The purpose is to promote women’s rights.

I see in my daily wrestling news email that Jerry “The King” Lawler is getting ready to open a second restaurant. This one will be in Cordova, at 465 N. Germantown Parkway. By the way, the Downtown location on Beale Street is probably the best place to see WWE wrestlers after Smackdown Live from Memphis is over tonight.

If you’ve thought about volunteering and want a little inspiration, Mayor Jim Strickland has been volunteering one Sunday a month at a soup kitchen for decades. The WMC-TV cameras caught him serving food at St. Vincent de Paul on Monroe in Crosstown recently.

Loflin Yard has started opening on Mondays from 6 PM to midnight.

Memphis Made will host the the 3rd annual Tilted Hearts pinball tournament from 2 to 6 PM on Saturday, February 18. The tournament is IFPA endorsed, three-strike knockout, $10 entry but no coin drop.

That’s all for now. Apologies if typos.

Coming soon to a calendar near you: President Trump Day

Yesterday I predicted that President-Elect Donald Trump’s Twitter account would be a dumpster fire on MLK Day (I mean, even more so than it is every other day), as Trump appropriates MLK’s legacy to make the day all about himself. We shall see what happens, but would anyone really bet against me that this will happen?

Now I have another prediction: On April 4 of this year, whoever turns out to be Trump’s biggest lap dog in the House of Representatives will introduce a bill. The bill would make it illegal for any U.S. citizen, under penalty of fine and jail time, to observe the third Monday in January as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In its place a new holiday would be added to the calendar, President Trump Day, to be observed every year on January 20.

On to the news… if you’re an animal lover, you were probably sickened by photos and videos of dogs and cats being abused on their way to being put to sleep at the Memphis Animal Shelter a few years ago. Thankfully those days are behind us, thanks to Mayor Strickland throwing the bums out. Do you want help make sure that animals are treated humanely there? There are volunteer opportunities at MAS, several different positions. The first step is to attend the volunteer orientation at MAS on Saturday, January 21 at 10 AM at 2350 Appling City Cove.

Did you buy milk or milk products anytime in the past 14 years in Tennessee? You’re owed cash back because of a class-action lawsuit against milk producers. There’s a form you have to fill out to join the lawsuit as a plaintiff. Some of you are probably thinking, “Is there any Tennessee resident who has NOT bought milk in the past 14 years?” Actually there is. Me. I don’t cook, and I don’t like the taste of milk besides. I was the kid in kindergarten who wouldn’t touch his milk carton that was handed out as an afternoon snack. I guess I could fill out the form anyway and get some free money; I can’t imagine them requiring receipts. However, I am not the type of person who would ever commit perjury on a court petition. So, no free money for me.

Here’s a look at the MLK Day celebration events with the Grizzlies leading up to tonight’s 8 PM tipoff game as the Grizzlies host the Chicago Bulls.

Zeke Johnson will bring the blues and stories about bluesmen and blueswomen to the Center for Southern Folklore store today from 3 to 6 this afternoon.

Kooky Canuck is hiring for both the Downtown and the Cordova location. Good people to work for.

Jerry “The King” Lawler has announced that The King’s Court will return to WWE Smackdown this Tuesday night, broadcast live from FedExForum. Smart move by the WWE to put Lawler on the show.

The International Downtown Association and Springboard for the Arts has awarded the Downtown Memphis Commission a $5000 grant. The grant will support the DMC funding buskers, street musicians, to fill one of 50 slots performing on the streets of Downtown Memphis in April and May of this year.

Arf… for Art happens this afternoon from 2 to 6 benefiting Dogs 2nd Chance, a rescue organization. Come take a look at original artwork and adopt a castaway that needs a home.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow.

 

Monday is MLK Day. And Donald Trump has a Twitter account.

Surely the successor to the highest office in the land wouldn’t take a day celebrating the life of a civil rights icon and make it all about himself, would he?

Would he?

Today on grizzlies.com, there will be a live stream of a discussion on the intersection of race and sports by National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award honorees Grant Hill, Steve Smith and Lisa Leslie starting at 5 PM. The panel will be hosted by ESPN’s Mark Jones. The discussion will follow a invitation-only 4 PM tour of the museum led by the honorees. The honorees will be joined for the discussion by Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, Marc Spears from ESPN’s The Undefeated and other special guests.

This sign was found on the door of Oshi Burger this week:

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Oshi is rebranding as a new restaurant, although I understand some of the concepts of Oshi may be retained. Sad news for people who loved meeting on the patio for group lunches in the warm months. They won’t be able to do it when it warms back up in 2017, at least not under the Oshi banner.

The Memphis Tigers host South Florida this afternoon at 5 at FedExForum.

There’s a “Memphis vs. Everybody” dance competition featuring 15 elite dancers at Hard Rock Cafe tonight from 7 to 11. The event was founded by a “So You Think You Can Dance” season 12 contestant and founder of “Memphis Jookin,” Montrell Britton. Dancers will have a chance to visit different parts of the city and taste the food to get that Memphis authentic feel. Donations will be collected for the Hard Rock Heals Foundation.

Job news: Latino Memphis is looking for a full-time Events Planning and Production Manager.

Childsplay Theatre brings its smash hit musical Rock the Presidents to the Orpheum’s Family Series Friday, February 3 at 6:30 PM. It’s a high-octane, multimedia musical review looking at the 44 people who have held the nation’s highest office. There will be songs like “Sons of Washington” celebrating our greatest presidents, as well as numbers like “Who in the World is Millard Fillmore?” to salute the lesser-known ones.

The MBJ reports that the original Raiford’s location at Vance and Mulberry is being remodeled to prepare for a showstopper upscale restaurant and bar concept. The owners have been approached with several ideas, and are determined to choose the concept that is the right fit for the space and the neighborhood.

FedExForum has a look at the matches planned for Tuesday night’s WWE Smackdown show broadcast live from FedExForum. The main event is scheduled to be Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and the returning John Cena facing off in a tag team match against The Miz and WWE World Champion AJ Styles. In addition there will be a cage match for the Smackdown women’s championship as Alexa Bliss defends against former champ Becky Lynch. Will the cage keep the mysterious La Luchadora from interfering once again? Also filmed that evening will be 205 Live, the weekly WWE Network-exclusive show featuring WWE’s cruiserweights. Note that the card is subject to change.

 

The Grizz beat The Beard on The Beard’s home court in Houston last night. Can you believe there are analysts who, pre-season, predicted the Grizzlies would win 38 games and end up in the draft lottery? The fact that Tony Allen is getting minutes at point guard shows what a fantastic player development coach Fizdale is.

All right. Time to go out and do things. Back tomorrow.

Friday the 13th update

I hope Friday the 13th doesn’t live up to its reputation in your life or mine today! I have several really interesting events to write about in this post. Hopefully one of them will bring you luck.

Before I got on to them though, one announcement – Friday the 13th has already affected one event today. Unfortunately bad weather in the St. Louis area has caused the cancellation of Cardinals Caravan tonight at AutoZone Park. An ice storm is headed toward St. Louis and travel in and out of the area is dangerous.

Coffee lovers, there’s an event coming up for you on Trolley Night Friday this month. On Friday, January 27, Memphis’ first latte throwdown will take place at 387 S, Main. This will be a bracket-style latte art competition between baristas. For each head-to-head competition, a panel of three judges will pick the best creation made with steamed milk and espresso. Prizes of $400, $100, and $50 to the top three finishers.

In addition to the competition, Memphis roasters will be serving up their favorite roasts for free. Roasters confirmed so far include Dr. Bean’s, French Truck, and J. Brooks. These latte throwdowns are common in other cities, and are a phenomenal way to bring coffee professionals together for a day. The latte throwdown is free to attend. If you want to compete, signups are at 6 PM with a $5 fee to enter. The first pour will be at 7. This event is open to all.

Holy handstands, Batman! There will be a hand balancing workshop with Laurie Jean (“LJ”) at Downtown Yoga Sunday, January 22, from 1 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Course fee is $40. Since I don’t speak the language of yoga, I’m just going to paste the course description from Facebook.

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of hand balancing, beginning with Bakasana (Crow or Crane Pose). We will progress from this pose into other arm balances, in order to explore and build strength in the shoulders, upper arms, and core. These poses will allow us to explore taking the weight of the body into the hands, building strength, balance, and confidence. From there we will move into inverted poses. We will spend time discussing proper form, alignment and breath, as well as different ways to enter and exit these poses.

Mix-Odyssey IV will happen on Saturday, March 4, on the second floor of 88 Union from 7 to 10 PM. This is a competition among the city’s finest mixologists to see who can craft the best cocktail. The event benefits Volunteer Odyssey, whose mission is to build pathways to volunteering that enriches our lives and communities. Learn more about Volunteer Odyssey’s programs here. The all-star lineup of mixologists competing:

Justin Dobbs & Grant Whittle
Vincent Hale, Bari & Dodici
Aaron Hanna, Hog & Hominy
Colbie Jones, Catherine & Mary’s
Dan Price, Proper Cocktails
Andrew Ratts & Matt Lexow
Cady Smith, Cafe Pontotoc

Save the date, because early bird tickets will go on sale the first of February.

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink will be back in business today after being closed Tuesday and Wednesday (wind) and yesterday (too warm). Hours will be 2 to 10 PM with Brennan Villines performing 5 to 8.

What a classy move by President Obama to surprise Vice-President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biden may have said he didn’t deserve it, but many Americans including myself would disagree.

The city has been awarded a $400,000 grant by the National Park Service. It will be used for the renovation of Clayborn Temple, an important site in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. It served as a starting point for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign in the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike of 1968. The grant was secured with the help of a recommendation by Congressman Steve Cohen.

Congratulations to Congressman Cohen, by the way, on being appointed to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Netflix users: There’s a pretty sophisticated phishing scam going around. You may get an email saying you need to update your customer information. If you click the link, you’ll be taken to a fake login page that looks like Netflix’s login. Somehow this login page is flying under the radar of web browsers’ phishing detection ability, so be careful.

That’s all for now. Back tomorrow.

Beef sliders and caipirinha @ Belle Tavern

Wednesday night, I was in the mood for a late-night snack, having had a light lunch and no dinner that day. I remembered that Belle Tavern had several new menu items, and decided to give one of them a try. In the mood for something hearty, I ordered the burger sliders, three of them for $12.

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These are not just your typical sliders. When I think of burger sliders, I tend to think ground beef shaped into a small patty. When they came out, I was pleasantly surprised to find thinly shaved loose beef on my three sandwiches. It was a nice touch that felt like a bit of an upgrade.

Also, when I think sliders, I think of small square buns. These came out on what appeared to be half hoagie rolls. Again, a different take on the slider that makes the dining experience feel a touch more upscale.

The beef, which was quite juicy, came on the rolls with white cheddar and ketchup. On the side were cups of caramelized onions and Southern chow chow. My troll was especially a fan of the chow chow, so much so than when I got ready to take a picture of my food, she jumped onto the plate. Definitely don’t miss out on adding these delicious sides to your sliders! Try them separately or together, they’re good either way.

$12 is the upper end of what bars can reasonably charge for sliders in Memphis, but in my opinion Belle’s sliders are a good value for the price. They will satisfy your appetite even if you come in hungry, and they are a step above the average burger slider.

Thursday night I went back for happy hour. I had been advised I should ask Chris to make me a caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil. I’m not normally a mixed drink person, but that was good! “If you like margaritas, you’ll probably like caipirinhas too,” Chris told me. “Cachaça (the main ingredient) is similar to tequila.” I got that from the taste, for sure. However, because the caipirinha is made with sugar cane, the taste is primarily sweet rather than sour.

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For those of you who haven’t found the place yet, Belle Tavern is in the alley running from Main to Second half a block south of Union. Open 4-1 Monday-Saturday and noon-10 with brunch noon-3 on Sunday.

Thursday update

The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring their tour to FedExForum tonight, supported by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jack Irons. Show starts at 7 PM.

Trying to figure out where to pre-game for the Chili Peppers? The King has a suggestion:

High Cotton posted that there will be no Bendy Brewski Yoga tonight because so many of the regular participants are going to Red Hot Chili Peppers. NOGA! The brewery is rolling out High Gravity Imperial Stout and Belgian Strong Ale in the taproom.

The MBJ reports that the first part of the new ServiceMaster headquarters, in the old Peabody Place Mall, will be ready for occupancy in the second quarter of the year. The first occupied part will be a technology and innovation center.

There will be a dog adoption event called Personal Trainers & Running Buddies at The 101, 101 S. Main Street, on Saturday, January 14 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Memphis Animal Shelter will have dogs there who would be an excellent fit for people with an active lifestyle; dogs that would do best in a home where they’ll go for regular walks and runs or other physically and/or mentally challenging activities. Adoptions will be $35 (nearly half off usual adoption fee, and include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, customized ID tag (to be picked up at the shelter), and collar/leash, as well as a goody bag from Hollywood Feed. Not a bad deal at all!

By the fall of 2018, you will be able to arrange your FedEx package drop-offs and pick-ups at Walgreens. Very convenient for people who don’t want packages left at their door where they could possibly be stolen.

Growing up, in the winter I would read the weather page every day and see, “Yesterday produced an energy demand equivalent to ___ HDD.” HDD stands for Heating Degree Days, a measure of how hard your heater had to work to keep your home comfortable. You take the average of the day’s high and low and subtract it from 65 to get this measure. So if the high was 50 and the low was 34, that’s an average of (50 + 34)/2, or 42, and 65 – 42 = 23, so the day would have produced an energy demand equivalent to 23 Heating Degree Days.

Yesterday produced an energy demand almost never seen in January. With a high of 72 and a low of 60, that’s an average temperature of 66. 66 – 65 = 1. so yesterday produced an energy demand equivalent to 1 Cooling Degree Day (CDD), a measure of how hard your air conditioner had to work to keep your home comfortable. In this climate you normally don’t see Cooling Degree Days until about March.

FedEx is hosting a job fair Saturday to fill positions throwing boxes at the hub here in Memphis. The positions guarantee at least 17.5 hours a week, with hourly rates starting at $12.62. Now, why would you want to consider a part-time job involving physical labor that pays a couple hundred bucks a week? Because these jobs are the keys to the kingdom! FedEx is well-known for hiring from within. If you stand out as a hard worker, you’re probably going to be promoted in 12-18 months. You will also have the opportunity to bid on corporate jobs within the company. In many cases the fact that you already work for FedEx is more important than having a college degree or years of experience relevant to the position on which you are bidding. Want to build a future? Go throw some boxes!

Great cover story in the Memphis Flyer this week about the musicians who earn their living on Beale Street.

Recommended footwear if you’re attending Trump’s inauguration:

From the Huffington Post: Alabama wins Electoral College, declared national champion. Disregard all those fake sports news sites like ESPN that reported Clemson won.

That’s it for now. Maybe a second Thursday post after work. Downtown’s gonna be hoppin’ tonight because of the Chili Peppers!

Wed update #2: More yoga news, Small Shop Saturday and more

This weekend, yoga comes to the Downtown core. There will be classes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at The 101, 101 S. Main. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, Jan 13
Wine Down with Libby & Leah
6:30 – 8 pm

Saturday, Jan 14
Rock & Roll with Leah
7 – 8:30 pm

Sunday, Jan 15
Restore with Libby
9:30 – 10:30 am

Renew with Stephanie
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cost is $14.99 for yoga and wine, $9.99 other classes, or get a 3-class package for $24.99. Visit www.yourinneryogi.com or call 470.344.YOGA for more information.

This is, what, the third piece of yoga news I’ve had in four days? Yogis love my blog!

Small Shop Saturday happens once again this Saturday, January 14, from noon to 4 at the Ghost River taproom. Every week a vendor sets up shop, and you can learn about their craft while drinking Ghost River beer. This week’s vendor is Cosgrove and Lewis Luxury Handmade Soaps, produced with organic, natural, and free-trade products free of animal products and harsh chemicals. The soaps are made at a home in Eads, TN, where they have chickens, dogs, birds, and a herd of semi-tame deer. Their gardens and greenhouses in Eads supply many of the ingredients.

Are you a fan of Felicia Suzanne Restaurant? Would you like to learn to cook some favorites from the restaurant at home? If so, shoot an email to felicia@feliciasuzanne.com. She’s hosting a pop-up cooking class on January 19.

A very happy birthday to The Grindfather, Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Tony Allen, who turns 35 today.

My friend Michael B. of One901 thinks that the Shepherd’s Pie at Brass Door is the best Shepherd’s Pie he’s ever had.

Help make the Memphis Farmers Market even better! They are inviting 2016 Market shoppers to fill out a survey giving feedback about their experiences. One of the questions is, “other than our awesome vendors, what else did you enjoy about the Market?” They forgot to add “yoga pants” to the dropdown list of answers.

The Rusty Pieces will take a break from recording their debut album at Royal Studios for a performance at the Blind Bear this Friday, January 14, from 10 PM to 1 AM.

In case you missed the press conference: President-Elect Cheeto refused to let CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent ask a question, saying “You’re fake news.” He’s still not going to release his tax returns. He said he’ll be the greatest job producer God has ever created. He ended the news conference with his reality show catchphrase, “You’re fired.”

Taco Bell is going national with a fried chicken taco shell. It’s coming January 26.

That’s the news for now. I plan on hitting the Silly Goose happy hour after work as I usually do on Wednesday. This is my second post today, so keep scrolling for more Wednesday news.

Wed update: King’s Palace Tap Room, Memphis Brewfest and more

Monday night, I was watching the national football championship game at the Blind Bear, when a friend of mine checked in at the King’s Palace Tap Room on Beale Street. “Dollar PBR on Mondays,” she posted. Back in my early days as a Downtowner, I would go there every Monday night and drink dollar PBR and watch wrestling with NightHawk, the bartender at the time. Around 2005 the Saucer became my main spot and I started going to the Tap Room less frequently. I was happy to hear they still had dollar PBR on Mondays, and when my friend said “Come on down,” I decided I would.

A couple of things about the Tap Room haven’t changed. For one, they still had wrestling on one of the TVs! That was excellent, because I was much more interested in Roman Reigns’ U.S. Title defense against both Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho than I was watching the team in orange and the team in white.

Also, the Tap Room still has its mug club, where you buy a beer mug, decorate the bottom to make it your own, and then ask for it every time you come in. You get discounted beer prices, and your mug holds more beer than the standard pint glass. The mug I bought in 2004 still hangs on the wall, with “#52 Professor Paul” decorated in green on the bottom. Since it has not been washed in many years, I didn’t want to drink out of it, but I asked if my troll and I could see it.

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By the way, my buddy Shane owns mug #1 in the mug club. There are now several hundred mugs.

One thing has sure changed though. They said, “another 25 minutes or so and we’re going to do last call.” I don’t remember the exact time, but wrestling was still on so it couldn’t have been after about 10:10! (Monday Night RAW officially ends at 10, but they do an overrun to make wrestling seem less fake.) Back in the day, I remember being out at the Tap Room playing pool til 1:30, sometimes even 2 in the morning! Shane, what happened to our bar?

Congratulations to Clemson on a shocking come-from-behind victory. I was rooting for Bama because they are SEC, but Clemson earned that one. Also, congratulations to Chris Jericho on becoming the new WWE United States Champion. And of course, congratulations to the University of Tennessee football team on being Champions of Life.

On to the news… Memphis Brewfest returns to AutoZone Park Saturday, April 22. This is one of Memphis’ larger regional beer festivals, with attendance capped at 2100. There will be beer sampling stations in the ballpark concourse, and they are really good about bringing in beers not normally found in our city. ’80s hair band cover band Aquanet will provide the live music. 100% of net proceeds go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Miss Cordelia’s is changing its store hours. Beginning this week, the Mud Island grocery store will be open 7 AM to 9 PM.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies Downtown is hiring hosts, counter staff, and delivery people. They have full-time and part-time positions. Apply in person between 2 and 4 in the afternoon Monday to Friday.

This is BRILLIANT:

If you have any friends who visit Memphis and are into yoga, Downtown Yoga has announced that they have travelers’ packages for those who want to maintain their practice while in town. Travelers can purchase 4 classes for $45, or unlimited classes for one week for $60.

Thanks to Daniel from Silly Goose from sharing this Buzzfeed article: How “stouting” whiskey is changing the game

Popular women’s-only event Cupcakes, Cocktails and Cursing returns to The 101, 101 S. Main, tonight from 7 to 9 PM. Enjoy cocktails, cupcakes and talk to ya girls about women’s issues, relationships, or whatever you want. Admission is $8.

The Downtown LYFE Kitchen, currently under renovations, will be the first in the country to go full-service when it reopens. There will be some menu changes but they will stick to the overall concept of healthy eating.

That’s it for now. Off to work. Possibly I will do a midday post.