Goodbye to a true patriot / Sunday news

America lost a true hero, a man of service and principles yesterday, as Senator John McCain succumbed to brain cancer. McCain was a man who always put America’s best interests ahead of his own, in an era where too many politicians do the opposite. The Daily Beast has an excellent tribute to McCain’s life of service.

So now the Republican governor of Arizona will appoint someone to fill the seat until the next election cycle. Seems to me that the perfect way to honor The Maverick would be to appoint his daughter, Meghan McCain. Only thing is, I’m not sure she’s a resident of the state of Arizona.

Minh Nguyen has been named the new chef at Bleu, the restaurant in the Westin Hotel. Minh has some exciting ideas for “new sushi,” rolled with African couscous rather than traditional white rice. He also has ideas for cooking fish sous vide.

901 Day will be celebrated a day early at South Main Trolley Night this Friday. Come out and hang with your neighbors as most of the shops stay open until 9 or later.

The DNA is having a party on the Mississippi Sunday, September 16. From 3 to 5 there will be a day party on Beale Street Landing with a DJ, a drumline, four food trucks and a mobile bar truck, and a silent auction. At 5:30 there will be a riverboat cruise. $25 in advance until September 15, $30 at the dock.

There will be a Double J reunion Sunday, October 6 at The Vault. The Facebook post linked here is public, so please share with anyone who worked at, or was a regular of, the Double J.

After a year off, it’s back – the Memphis Grilled Cheese Fest will happen at the Hi-Tone starting at noon Sunday, November 4. Teams will compete to see who cooks the best grilled cheese sandwich in Memphis. In a year in which several food festivals have fallen by the wayside, I’m glad to see this one back on the calendar.

Definitely not a trend in which I will take a part, but there’s a company that makes lingerie for men. I remember how excited my friend Mary got when I told her about the upcoming Memphis Yoga Fest a couple of days ago. I bet my friends Rahul and Tony get equally excited about this piece of news.

I was surfing Kooky Canuck’s menu online yesterday and noticed that you can get beef stroganoff as a side. Not too often do you see a dish with meat in it offered as a side at restaurants.

That’s it for now. Going to work on my non-blog writing project for a bit then head out to brunch at 11. Back tomorrow with more news.