Set your DVRs, foodies: Memphis will be featured on another food-related TV show Tuesday, October 23. Chuck’s Eat the Street on the Cooking Channel focuses on streets that are not in the tourist districts, but that have restaurants that capture the essence of the city. For their Memphis episode, they have chosen my street: Main Street. The Peanut Shoppe, Felicia Suzanne’s, Grawemeyer’s, Rock’n'Dough Pizza, and the Rendezvous are the spots the show will hit. Not sure why Rendezvous made it, since it’s not on Main. The Daily News has more details here.
I am extremely pleased to see The Peanut Shoppe getting some much-deserved recognition. The people there are SO nice and they sell much more than just nuts – popcorn, candy, chocolates, gift tins. If you’re working Downtown today, why not stop at the Peanut Shoppe in your lunch hour (on Main between Madison and Monroe) and pick up a treat to take home to your kids?
Central BBQ tweeted this morning that they are now pouring cold beers at their Downtown location. Previously it had been BYOB while they got their license straightened out.
Want a free Grizzlies hat? Memphis-area C-spire stores are giving them away today, while they last.
Elmwood Cemetery is having a “Spirits with the Spirits” Halloween party tomorrow night that sounds really cool. Details here.
Like fresh pecans? “Pe-can” is the theme of the Memphis Farmers Market tomorrow. 7 AM to 1 PM at the Central Station Pavilion, Front at G.E. Patterson.
Tube top news: Miley Cyrus wore a tube top and gave her audience quite an eyeful recently.
Stuff going on tonight: Sandlot screening at AutoZone Park, gates at 6, movie at 7:30; South Main Haunts, a self-guided spooky history tour of South Main, 6:30-8:30.
Last night I started the evening at the Flying Saucer as usual, but didn’t stay long. It became clear that if any of my friends came in, I wouldn’t be able to talk to them without someone hovering around and repeatedly interrupting our conversation. So I moved to the Blind Bear. Glad I did.
At the Bear I ran into a couple of people from Memphis Segway Tours. After a brief training session, you roll around Downtown on a Segway while a tour guide tells you about the Peabody, Beale, the river, the Civil Rights Museum, Cotton Row, and many more attractions. They told me that for people new to Downtown, it’s a great way to see everything quickly, and then you can pick and choose what you want to go back and spend more time seeing.
The Segways are said to be a lot of fun to ride. You control them with your body, and it’s easy once you get the hang of it. This being Downtown, someone asked, “can you bring alcohol on the tour?” Unfortunately you can’t.
One of my Facebook friends is posting that she’s all excited about the Hernando Water Tower Festival tonight. Makes me think… how many of you know what The Pineapple is? It’s a plant in a planter on Main and Union that looks like (but is not) a pineapple. It has become a popular Foursquare checkin venue for people who walk by. Maybe The Pineapple needs its own festival. We could do a Hawaiian theme and get Don Ho to perform… (checks Wikipedia) Oh damn, he’s dead. We’ll have to come up with a Plan B then.
My plan for tonight is to check in at The Pineapple, then decide between South Main Haunts and Flying Saucer Beer. I guess there’s time to do both…