Tuesday update

I learned a valuable life lesson yesterday. I got to work and realized I left my fob that I use to buzz into my apartment building at home. I had it on my keychain but after 17 years, it finally fell off and I’ve been too lazy to go by the office and get it replaced. So I ran back home (I live across the street from work, so it’s not a big deal to do that). I figured, it was no problem to get in without the fob – I’ll just call my own apartment number on the call box and use my phone to buzz myself in.

“Missed call,” my phone informed me, never ringing. “Hello, this is Paul. I’m not available right now, but if you’ll leave your name, number and a brief message I’ll call you back,” I heard from the call box speaker.

You may remember a few months ago I accepted the option to send calls from phone numbers not in my contacts straight to voice mail. AT&T offers it and I think other carriers do too. It’s wonderful. No more phone ringing 7 times a day from spammers who want to sell me a home warranty or tell me that my Social Security number has been “suspended.” But I forgot to add my own building’s call box to my contacts! Something to think about if you live or work in a controlled-access building.

Max’s Sports Bar is getting ready for its spring Tuesday night cornhole league. There are currently 4 spots for teams open out of 14, so if you want to enter a team get down to the bar ASAP and let them know. There will be specials for participants including

  • $4.24 Tito’s handmade vodka
  • $4.25 Jager
  • $12 buckets of Miller Lite

I guess the distributor has a deal with Max that Tito’s has to be cheaper than any other special.

In other Max’s Sports Bar news, they’re having the first crawfish boil of the season this Saturday, and Glaze Hardage and his team will be back doing the cooking. I have no problem saying Glaze has one of the BEST crawfish boils in town and you will not be disappointed if you are a crawfish lover. They have the perfect amount of spice, enough to make your eyes water a little as you eat, and they put corn, taters, and smoked sausage in the boil too. The first batch usually comes out a few minutes after noon. Get there early to get a seat (first boil of the season usually gets really crowded, no matter the weather) and tell Bjarni you want a box of crawfish as soon as they’re ready.

I discovered a restaurant Downtown that I did not know existed yesterday on Facebook. It’s called Downtown Soul, and it’s open 7-4 Monday-Friday, serving up daily soul food specials for lunch. Mmmm… neck bones on Thursday… may have to check that out this week. For those of you who are chitterling fans, they have them on Friday. The restaurant is at 200 Poplar Suite 105, an address that suggests it’s right across the street from Memphis’ most well-known address.

A permit has been filed for a truck called Axes on Axles to be parked outside 182 Beale, near Beale and B.B. King, today through Saturday. This is a truck where you can throw axes inside a closed trailer. Come check it out if you’re going to the International Blues Challenge that starts today, or even if you’re not.

There’s a bill in the Tennessee state legislature that would allowed tipped employees to earn minimum wage plus tips, as opposed to the current $2.13 an hour plus tips.

The Daily Memphian has a look at bracketology and where the Memphis Tigers stand in the hunt for an NCAA tournament seed following several losses this month. Sigh… this is not going to be fun, but we need to root for the Tennessee Vols for the remainder of the regular season, so Memphis’ road win against them will carry more weight. Visit bracketwag.com for more analysis of the Tigers’ tournament chances.

The Grizzlies host the Denver Nuggets tonight at 7 at FedExForum. Around the league, San Antonio lost a third straight game, giving the Grizzlies a full 2-game cushion for 8th place in the West.

Edible Memphis has a great story about Comeback Coffee in The Pinch. I’m going to have to take the laptop up there one afternoon in the near future.

The Washington Times has a report on our senator Marsha Blackburn’s behavior during the Senate impeachment trial. At times she has been seen reading a book as the trial was ongoing, and at times she slips out of the chamber to schmooze with Fox News. This woman is an embarrassment to her state. There’s nothing wrong with being conservative, but represent your state well, as our other senator, Lamar Alexander, does.

That’s the news. Back tomorrow.

Monday update

A big THANK YOU to one of my Facebook friends for sending me the photo below, proving that the King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room was charging nearly $14 for a Big Ass PBR on College GameDay, November 2, 2019. (Click the image to see it in a larger size)

I’m not going to speculate whether they upcharged for the special event, or whether this was an every-day price. I don’t go there enough to know. Nor am I going to tell you, do or don’t go to the Tap Room. That is for you to decide. All I am going to do is point out that the Tap Room has been known to charge nearly $14 for the same amount of domestic beer you can get for $6 not far away.

Got news on a couple of service industry open positions. First of all, Cafe Keough is hiring and is willing to train. That’s a neat job because you’d be part barista and part bartender. Also, Keough does not stay open late at night so you wouldn’t be getting home at 3 AM. It’s at its busiest during morning coffee time and at lunch. Cafe Keough is located in the ground floor of the Number 10 Main apartments.

Secondly, The Nine is hiring servers. This is the Thai restaurant on Union just west of Huey’s.

I went to the Silly Goose yesterday to hang out at B-RAD’s bar, and discovered that Dylan had been experimenting with sandwiches in the wood-fired pizza oven. He brought out a sample for Perjorie T. Roll to try.

This is the “Bitch, Please,” named for Tony, one of Brad’s Sunday regulars. It has Calabrese, pepperoni, mozzarella, house pickled peppers, olives, and mayo. Damn was it good! The potential of that wood-fired oven seems practically unlimited. They plan on doing some experimentation with pasta too.

The Grizzlies won their last two and the Spurs lost their last two, giving the Grizzlies a game and a half margin for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Full standings

The Daily Memphian has a really good piece on the history of the Bluff Walk, now beloved by Memphians but at one point a controversial proposal.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow with more news.

Sunday update: International Blues Challenge week

The International Blues Challenge returns to Beale Street this week. Hundreds of blues solo acts, duos, and bands will be in Memphis, hoping to win the competition, get signed to record labels, and network with people in their industry. Some of the best blues music in the world will be on or around Beale for five consecutive days.

The action kicks off Tuesday night with the International Showcases. The international night has been described as “the sleeper of IBC,” the night many people miss because they haven’t arrived in town yet. This is the night to hear people’s interpretations of the blues from around the continents.

Wednesday and Thursday are the quarterfinals. Buy a wristband and get access to all the blues you want in the clubs on Beale Street. Acts play quick sets so there is plenty of time to pick and choose.

Friday you can buy a wristband to the semifinals on Beale Street, and again hear multiple acts in multiple clubs. The finals are Saturday at noon at the Orpheum.

One other event I want to point out is the Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase at Kooky Canuck Thursday starting at 11:30 AM. Canadian blues musicians in town for IBC will perform. This is always a fun event and you can get some good Canadian dishes like poutine, maple flank steak, and the Yonge Street burger.

Complete schedule here. Some of the best music you will ever hear is right down the street, so don’t miss out.

That’s all for now. Back tomorrow with more news.


Saturday update

Well, I messed up. I had a news post ready to go yesterday morning, and I did everything except hit the Publish button.  When you get done reading this post, keep scrolling for day-old news.

Save the date: On Saturday, April 18 from 3 to 7 PM, Wiseacre Brewing Co. will hold their annual Taste the Rarity event. Described as a “weird beer fest for weird people,” this festival will have tastings from different breweries, live music, and food trucks. More details to come, but this is known to be one of the best brewery taproom events in the city, so go ahead and mark that date on your calendar. As soon as the link to buy tickets goes live, I will post it.

The Grizzlies got back to their winning ways last night in Detroit. At 21-24, they are still in 8th place in the Western Conference, holding off San Antonio by half a game. The Grizz are back home tomorrow, Sunday, January 26, with a 5 PM game against the Phoenix Suns. Be one of the first 10,000 in attendance and score a free Grizzlies rally flag.

As for Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers, they will host SMU in a Coaches vs. Cancer Game today at FedExForum at 3. They are looking to get back on track after this week’s blowout loss to Tulsa. Another loss and the Tigers will be on the NCAA bubble. The game will be broadcast on CBSSN.

River Time Market & Deli on Court Square has introduced a new sandwich, The Fourth Bluff.

It’s a roast beef sandwich topped with American cheese, pickles, red onion, and lettuce, with Thousand Island dressing. Think of it as a deli version of a Big Mac. I’m gonna have to give that a try next week.

The Yazoo concert series continues tonight in The Lounge in the Basement of 3rd & Court Diner with Outer Ring and Nettie Parr. Enjoy soulful jazz and Yazoo beer specials.

Bleacher Report has an update on the Andre Iguodala trade wars. It’s too bad that Iggy does not want to play for Memphis now that they are emerging as a possible playoff team, but it’s understandable that he wants to chase one more ring.

Yesterday I took advantage of the Silly Goose’s $10 happy hour pizza special to try one more of the new pizzas on the menu. This is the Fungus Amoungus.

This pie is a celebration of all things mushrooms. It’s topped with a mushroom medley, duxelles, bacon, herbs, and truffle oil.

(On a side note, I used the memory helper “there’s a fundus amundus” to remember one of the parts of the stomach in 12th grade AP Biology class.)

Mushrooms are a polarizing pizza topping – maybe not so much as pineapple, but most people either love them or hate them. I love mushrooms on pizza, so this was fine with me. Delicious, probably my third favorite on the menu after the Louisiana Saturday Night and the pesto shrimp pizza. (Sorry, Big Cheese, you’ve been bumped down to fourth.) But DAMN did it ever give me indigestion! I got in bed at 11:30 and it took me until 1 to get to sleep, then I woke up at 3 and still had it. I even felt it a bit when I rolled out of bed this morning, and had to make a Walgreens run for an emergency Mountain Dew to get me feeling better.

Between losing packages and putting mail in the wrong boxes, the U.S. Postal Service found time to create a St. Jude Forever Stamp.

Animal lovers: There’s a lattes for lorises event going on at Tamp & Tap until 3 today.

Royal Rumble predictions

Tomorrow is the Royal Rumble, the second biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year. The highlights of this pay-per-view are 30-man and 30-women battle royals, the winner of each getting a shot at the champion of their choice at WrestleMania. This year is unusual in that the WWE World Champion, Brock Lesnar, has chosen to enter the men’s Rumble at the number 1 spot to prove his dominance.

Men’s Rumble prediction: Drew McIntyre will eliminate Lesnar, turning face (good guy) in the process. However, McIntyre himself will be eliminated. The winner will be Tomasso Ciampa, who will raise the perception of the NXT brand by challenging its champion, Adam Cole, rather than challenging Lesnar or The Fiend, the Raw and Smackdown champions. With Lesnar coming out of the Rumble without a WrestleMania opponent, McIntyre will be built up for a title match.

For the Iron Man of the Rumble, who lasts the longest and scores the most eliminations, my pick is NXT UK champion WALTER.

Women’s Rumble prediction: Ronda Rousey will make a surprise comeback and win the Rumble. The only question is, will she come back as a face or a heel? If she’s a face, she will challenge Smackdown women’s champ Bayley. If a heel, she will challenge Raw champ Becky Lynch.

Universal Title match: The Fiend will beat Daniel Bryan in some nefarious way (lights going out, someone crawling up into the ring through a hole, etc.) Bryan will offer to put his career on the line for one more title match at WrestleMania.

That’s it for now. Keep scrolling to read the Friday news I forgot to publish. Back tomorrow with more.

Friday update

(Saturday, Jan. 25: Well crap I forgot to hit Publish before I left for work.)

The city of Memphis has announced that from Monday, January 27 to Monday, February 10, Beale Street between Front and Riverside will be closed daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. This closure will allow for sewer infrastructure to be installed for the One Beale project. Note that those of you who work 8 to 5 schedules will not have your commutes affected.

Blue cheese lovers, don’t forget that Wiseacre’s Bleus, Blues, and Brews pairing event is tomorrow. $20 gets you a whole lot of cheese samples paired with some of Wiseacre’s “weirdest and wildest” beers, live blues music, and a mini-tour of the brewery. They will also talk about fermentation’s role in making both beer and blue cheese.

In the next couple of days I’ll have a link to another upcoming Wiseacre event… for now, I am trying to gather additional info on that one… even though Wiseacre events currently involve a Lyft or Uber to Broad Avenue, remember, you are supporting a future Downtown business. Same goes for when you Lyft or Uber to Cooper-Young to support Memphis Made.

Last night I was watching one of the sports channels, and they said that the odds of New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson winning NBA Rookie of the Year dropped form 16-1 to 8-1 after Wednesday night’s debut. Fear not, though, Grizzlies fans: Oddsmakers still have Ja Morant as the ROY favorite at -700. If I’m doing the math right, that means they think there’s a seven-eighths chance Morant will win the award, a one-ninth chance Williamson will win, and a one-in-72 chance the award will go to someone else.

Redevelopment of Handy Park is underway, the Tri-State Defender reports. Good to hear! That open-air park, at Beale and B.B. King right at the center of Beale Street’s entertainment district, has so much untapped potential. The article notes that the Downtown Memphis Commission has recently raised its percentage of contracts awarded to businesses owned by women and minorities from 20 to 25 percent. That’s good to hear as well.

The Lounge, in the underground bar in the building that also houses 3rd and Court Diner and the Indigo Hotel, now has its own Facebook page. Tonight The Lounge has Funk Friday with drink specials and live funk music by the A-440 Band. Next Thursday Yazoo Brewery presents LAPD playing funk and soul as part of the brewery’s Concert Series. There will be drink specials that night as well.

Congratulations to Don Estes on winning Longshot’s first-ever shuffleboard league, going completely undefeated. Don was one of the first people to see potential in South Main many years ago. Haven’t been to Longshot yet? It’s in the Arrive Hotel building in 477 S. Main, with the entrance around the corner on Butler. Great food, five shuffleboard tables.

I know I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating: Chris Herrington’s weekly Grizzlies mailbag alone is worth the price of a $7/month subscription to The Daily Memphian.

Got a couple of pieces of Silly Goose news:

  1. Jessica tells me she’s close to talking the kitchen into doing an alternate cauliflower crust for their wood-fired pizzas. It has been requested several times and would allow for a gluten-free option.
  2. Come by there this weekend hungry for a special culinary treat.

Garry Goin Presents Road to Memphis at the Halloran Centre tonight. Tickets are $35.

Trolley Stop Market is in the final days of selling all its restaurant equipment. Everything must go, they say, and all offers will be considered. Give them a call at 870-815-9519 to find out what’s available, or come by Trolley Stop Saturday 1/25 1:30-5:00 PM or Monday 1/27 9 AM to 3 PM.

Eric Hughes Trio plays the Blind Bear tonight, 10 PM.

Devil Train plays bluegrass jazz jams tonight at Loflin Yard, 10 PM.

Tin Roof has a Resolution Ruiner Party tonight. Come try their decadent new Moon Pie Split dessert with banana pudding, butter pecan ice cream topped with bourbon caramel and chocolate syrup. Andrew Cabigao Trio kicks off the live music, followed by Chad Bearden and a special guest. DJ Epic spins in the Green Room.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow with more news.

Club Six-1-Six sold, a food rumor, and more Thursday news

As a former patron of legendary 1990s night spot Club Six-1-Six, and as your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, I am excited to link you to this Daily Memphian article saying that the complex of buildings that made up the nightclub has been sold. The new owners have already redeveloped other properties in The Edge. They are said to be excited about the future of the live-work-play potential of the neighborhood. The nightclub complex consists of four properties.

  • 598 Marshall. In Six-1-Six’s heyday this was a live music venue.
  • 600 Marshall. This was the main dance club.
  • 616 Marshall. This was Six-1-Six’s pool room. It shared a kitchen with 600 Marshall.
  • 631 Madison. This was “The Dungeon,” a smaller dance club accessible from 600 Marshall through a staircase.

Those buildings have all kinds of potential, and not just in their former role as a nightclub. I noticed that a Memphis chef I follow on Facebook seemed particularly excited about the sale, and seemed to have advance knowledge that it would happen. I wonder if that is a harbinger of things to come.

I knew there had to be one out there somewhere on the Internet… The Impeachment Drinking Game

Two places on Second Street where you can get steak are Texas de Brazil and Kooky Canuck. I heard a rumor yesterday that there might soon be another place on Second where folks can get steak, although not on the same block. If it happens, it would not be the first restaurant under its name in Memphis.

Even more Edge District news from your number-one source… this Saturday Evelyn & Olive will host Reggae Live beginning at 6:30 PM. All genres will be represented.

Bleacher Report released its NBA mid-season awards this week. If the season ended today, find out who they would name the Rookie of the Year.

The developers of the Snuff District have announced that the public will retain access to the Wolf River Harbor in that area, and intend to build a pedestrian path near where Keel dead-ends, providing river access.

Food truck New Wing Order is taking advance orders for wings for people throwing watch parties for the NFL championship game February 2. The deals include

  • 50 wings for $45 ($5 off)
  • 100 wings for $90 ($10 off)
  • 150 wings for $135 ($15 off)
  • 12 buffalo chicken tacos for $40 ($8 off)
  • 12 avocado tacos for $50 ($10 0ff)

Contact them at the New Wing Order website before February 2 to place your order. Orders can be picked up the day of the game at Redeemer Baptist Fellowship (5340 Quince) or for a fee, they can deliver.

Boozy gummy bears, a candy the Moody Ques BBQ team is all too familiar with, are in the news. Haribo, creator of gummy bears, has sued to block a Spanish startup from selling an alcoholic version of the product.

That’s the news for today. Already working on tomorrow’s post. See you then.

Wednesday update

A wild brawl broke out at the end of the Kansas-Kansas State basketball game last night.

Fights in college basketball happen from time to time, but this one was particularly ugly for a few reasons:

  • It spilled into the stands, particularly the area where people with disabilities sit
  • A Kansas State player who was not dressed out came off the bench to enter the fight, a scary situation because the Kansas players had no idea who was attacking them
  • A Kansas player picked up a stool and seemed prepared to use it as a weapon

Bleacher Report has a view of the brawl from a different angle:

My guess is the main instigator, the Kansas player who blocked a dunk leading to the entire fight, will be suspended for the rest of the season. The Kansas State player who came off the bench in street clothes might be gone for the rest of the season too. There will be multiple other suspensions, affecting Kansas’ record the rest of this season as well as its seeding in the NCAA tournament.

The Memphis Chess Club will soon open on the ground floor of the Press Box Lofts at 195 Madison, the Daily Memphian reports. This will be one of the few major-city chess clubs that will be open to the public daily. They anticipate tournaments once a week, with space to seat up to 100. The owners have made two hires. One is a chess manager who is one of the strongest players in the city and a former chess teacher in the Shelby County Schools. They’ve also hired a cafe manager, and among their food offerings will be classical pizzas. The chess tables are designed to have room for food as well as the board.

Both of Memphis’ basketball teams are on the road tonight. The Grizzlies take on the Boston Celtics (6:30, Fox Sports Southeast) and the Tigers will be in Tulsa for a Coaches vs. Cancer game (8:00, ESPNU).

The South Main Association will have a networking mixer tomorrow evening, Thursday, January 23, at Pontotoc Lounge from 5:30 to 7:00. Come get to know your neighbors.

J.D. Westmoreland, Randal Morton, and Kyle Tuttle play Bar Ware tonight.

Cossitt Library will host a Family Fun Night at Cordelia’s Market tonight from 5 to 7. Library card signup, games, activities.

It’s getting close to BBQ time once again. Moody Ques 2019 members, we will have an email out in the next couple of weeks about joining for 2020. Also, for those wondering, YES I plan to be on the team this year.

That’s the news for now. Back tomorrow.

Tuesday update

Yesterday I thought to myself, “What am I going to do with my day off? Also, I’m hungry.” I remembered that my visit to Slider Inn on Christmas Eve had been a success, so I decided to give it a try on another holiday. I considered ordering the Nachos For The People, add chili, but I didn’t feel hungry enough to finish an entire plate of nachos. So I picked the Reuben and Cuban instead.

Back: Cuban egg rolls
Center: Reuben egg rolls
Front: Perjorie T. (not an egg) Roll

At the time I ordered, I was looking forward to the Reuben egg roll a little bit more than the Cuban, but both were excellent, and the spicy yellow mustard that came with the Cuban roll was the hit of the day.

Due to the proximity to the MLK Day celebration, Slider Inn got busy, and the people around the corner of the bar from me ordered Nachos For The People. I’ll just say this – it looked like it was for at least THREE people! That plate was huge.

While there, I tried a sample of Shiner S’more chocolate marshmallow beer.

It was good, although I thought it tasted more like root beer or maybe sasparilla than it did a S’more.

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Chester’s fried chicken in Bluefin’s side bar, Thursday is the day. From that point on, you’ll be able to get Chester’s fried chicken without having to drive to the truck stop at Exit 272.

Memphis Black Restaurant Week returns March 8-14. African-American owned restaurants all over the city will have 2-course lunch specials for $15 and  3-course dinners for $25 to help raise awareness of their businesses. This is a great week to discover something new. As time draws closer I will compile a list of Downtown restaurants that are participating.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform Stravinsky’s tribute to a great Pontiac sports car of the 1960s through the 1990s. On February 29 and March 1, MSO will give performances of The Firebird Suite at the Cannon Center.

At this point in time I am ready to announce my pick in the March 3 Tennessee Democratic presidential primary. I will be voting for Joe Biden. He is not my ideal candidate, but this is a special election. More important than any single issue, more important than the candidate’s age, is that the Dems need to nominate someone who is appealing enough to the general public (not just their own party) to win in November and drive that fat, illiterate orange fuck out of the White House. America can’t handle four more years of this. I think Biden has the best chance to turn Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin back to blue. I also think we need someone with experience in the executive branch to repair all the damage that Trump has done.

The U.K. election is why I can’t support Warren or Sanders. Boris Johnson is not a likable fellow in the least, and he has some scary ideas, but Labour nominated someone who was so liberal that they scared the general public even more. I fear the same will happen here if either one of those two is the Democrats’ nominee. Also, if you’re a Sanders supporter, I encourage you to look up his record in the Senate on votes concerning Russia. It’s not good.

Back to work. I may take a day or two off from going out this week to work on my data science projects and also to offset some of the money I spent this past weekend. Back tomorrow with more news.

Monday news and a photo of Rahul in his stupid looking hat

Happy MLK Day everyone. I’ve got 30 minutes until Bardog opens, so let’s see how much news I can squeeze in.

Main and Union, 10:55 AM, Sunday, January 19.

If you look closely when walking down the Main Street Mall, there are markers indicating the path a person in a wheelchair should take. But how is a person in a wheelchair supposed to get by this? The thing that really infuriates me is that I don’t think these were parked by careless riders. They appear to have been parked by an employee of the scooter company for maximum visibility at one of Downtown’s most prominent intersections… but parked with a complete lack of consideration for everyone but those who might want to pay to ride on a bright red scooter.

I watched the Kansas City Chiefs-Tennessee Titans game at the Silly Goose. General consensus was that nearly everyone in the room was for the Titans. “I’m not for the Titans so much because I live in Tennessee,” I explained. “It’s more because there’s this guy who wears a really stupid looking Kansas City hat.” About half an hour later Rahul came in…

… and people were like, “Is that him?” Yes, that’s him. I guess Rahul is one of those people to whom the phrase “too many Chiefs and not enough Indians” doesn’t apply.

Indie Memphis will host a one-night-only international film screening of The Chambermaid Wednesday, January 22 at Malco Powerhouse on G.E. Patterson. The central character is Eve, a chambermaid who works long days at a hotel in Mexico City. The movie is said to be “a salute to “the invisible women caretakers who are the hard-working backbone of society.” The movie starts at 7:30 and you can purchase tickets here.

A construction worker was left hanging from a rope Friday at St. Jude after scaffolding collapsed. He was rescued without injury.

Spaghetti stuffed garlic bread. Yummmm.

All right, time to get out. None of the remaining news is time-sensitive so I’ll push it back until tomorrow.