Saturday update

I have figured out one of the secrets of life, how to get myself to go home early on a Friday night. The trick is to buy extra food from Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos and leave it in the refrigerator. As early as 7:30 I was sitting at the Blind Bear, Jeannette asking if I want another beer. I had to stop and think, “DO I want another beer? Or do I want Maciel’s…” By 8:30 I was home eating Mexican food. “I’ll eat, then a quick nap, then back out for late night.” A friend was coming in town for the weekend, but her flight had been delayed so that plan made perfect sense. However, when I opened my eyes, the first thing I saw was “3:47” in red digital letters, so that trip back out never happened.

There’s a cornhole tournament today at Loflin Yard. First Tennessee Bank Interns and the Memphis Young Professionals for the American Cancer Society are teaming up to present the tournament. Registration opens at noon and closes at 12:30. Prizes for best team name, best dressed, and first and second place. There is  no cost to enter but donations will be appreciated. Prizes include gift cards from some of Memphis’ best spots. Proceeds go to American Cancer Society – Memphis.

In addition, Loflin Yard will be rolling out a new seasonal cocktail menu this weekend.

Fun event coming up at Miss Cordelia’s and Cordelia’s Table Wednesday, August 3 from 5 to 8 in the evening. It will be a tap takeover by Memphis Made Brewing Co. Memphis Made co-owner Andy will be there to talk about the beers they brew. Hungry? The DeJaVu and Monkey Train Grazing Co. food trucks will be there, as will frozen pop vendor MEMPOPS.

In other Memphis Made news, their ever-popular beginner sushi class returns to the taproom on South Cooper Sunday, August 28. Birmingham Sushi Class will teach you how to roll sushi. $40 includes all food and supplies, and you get to eat what you roll. This will be the sushi class’s fifth time at the taproom, and the previous four have all been sellouts, so if you want to sign up, don’t delay. Sign up here (I have no idea why it says this is the Little Rock class, but I am pretty sure it is a typo.)

PRO TIP: Memphis Made is not far from Tiger Lane. What you could do is start that Sunday at Best Memphis Burger Fest, where my team The Moody Ques will be competing. For a small donation to animal charities you can sample our burger. Then you have a short drive or walk over to the sushi class. Sounds like a pretty good Sunday!

There is no place I would be but with my team that day, but the 28th will be bittersweet for me for a couple of reasons. First of all, it will be the first time in nine years that I have missed a Bardog alley party. But if YOU go, be sure to drop some money in the bucket to support my neighbor Kitty Wompas who is shaving her head to raise $20,000 for St. Jude. Secondly, it will be the first time since B-RAD took over Sundays 20 months ago that I will miss Hungover Like a Bear brunch at the Blind Bear. The streak comes to an end…

High Cotton is doing a Mango Pineapple Belgian IPA as its beer special in the taproom today.

Daniel is always coming up with new innovations to make the Silly Goose even better, so I have a request. Can you find some kind of white-noise machine that drowns out conversations about Pokemon? I am so tired of hearing about that stupid game. Last night I checked in at the Goose and commented, “This conversation about Pokemon is brought to you by the letters S, T, F, and U.”

There’s blues, swing, rock and funk at King’s Palace Tap Room on Beale tonight as Metropolitan Avenue takes the stage. They’ll be playing from 8 to midnight.

Time to get outside! The Farmers Market is first on my list today, followed by the usual Bardog visit at 11, rest of the day TBD. The rain has swept out of the area and I hope it took all the Pokemon with it.