Huaraches and Tuesday news

This morning before work, I was re-reading Holly’s post about Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos and was looking over the menu. “I wonder what huaraches are?” I thought. Having not known what they were, and assuming they might be egg-based because “huaraches” starts with the first two letters as “huevos,” Spanish for eggs, I didn’t really consider them as something to order when I went in for my first visit Friday night. This morning I had a little extra time and looked them up.

A search led me to this post from Muy Bueno Cookbook, explaining that huaraches are a classic street food in Mexico, a flatbread made with masa, and which can have practically anything as a topping. Now that I know what this is, I can’t wait to try one. Maciel’s tops theirs with shredded beef, chorizo sausage, chicken, or bell peppers. Wikipedia says that huaraches are popular in American cities with large Mexican populations, but the dish has not yet spread nationwide.

You can watch today’s Grizzlies open practice here. Starts at 1 PM today.

Max’s Sports Bar is opening for lunch at 2:30 today, with Cardinals/Cubs at 3:30.

John Paul Keith provides this Tuesday’s live entertainment for $2 local beer night at the Silly Goose. He takes the stage at 10. Three beers from great local breweries only two bucks a pint. Can’t beat that.

If you want to check out the Chisca on Main, the historic hotel recently renovated into apartments and restaurant space, there’s a South Main Association meeting there tonight at 6. Free for members, $10 non-members.

The photo album for MIFA Feed the Soul at The Warehouse is now online.

Felicia Suzanne’s is having Wiseacre Wednesday tomorrow at happy hour, with a tasting of local Wiseacre beers and Felicia Suzanne bites for only $12.

Now that Steve Spurrier has retired from South Carolina, writers are speculating that the next football head coach should be an up-and-coming star. Uh-oh, Memphis head coach Justin Fuente is on the list. It gets worse: Fuente is listed as a possibility for the other USC coaching job too. It may be time for Memphis’ AD to open up the checkbook and start writing.

I got my ticket to the Sinners for Saints Halloween Ball at Stop 345 on October 31. Buy yours here. You’d think maybe I would have bought my ticket Sunday when I posted about the event, but I had other things on my mind, like “36 minutes until the Blind Bear opens……………. 35 minutes until the Blind Bear opens……….”

Speaking of Sinners for Saints, I need to give a shout-out to the South Main Dirty Dozen, one of the two groups presenting the Halloween ball. Last night I got invited to a friend’s private birthday party this Saturday at Earnestine & Hazel’s. It’s a masquerade party, and my first reaction was, “Crap! Where in the world am I going to get a mask?”

However, I then remembered the Dirty Dozen’s Carnaval de Panama party I attended at The Warehouse a year ago April. “Weren’t masks part of the swag they gave away?” I have a shelf in my kitchen pantry dedicated to Halloween costumes and Mardi Gras beads. I dug around and sure enough, there was a feathery orange mask. Looks like I’m good to go. Red Rover, Red Rover, Paul’s coming over!

I haven’t decided where to lead off for happy hour yet – Tuesdays are something of a wild card – but I am leaning slightly in the direction of the Flying Saucer. Blind Bear will be my second stop, although I probably will not play poker tonight. That’ll do it for now, and there may be a second post after work, so check back.