Food truck munchin’ & yoga pants watchin’

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May 032015
 

Yesterday I started off the day with some food truck munchin’ and yoga pants watchin’ at the Memphis Farmers Market. Once again I returned to the tandoori truck, and this time I didn’t want just a snack. It was getting close to 11 and I was ready for lunch.

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I got the chicken curry over rice, with a side of vegetables with yogurt sauce for dipping. An enormous serving of food for only $7.  Delicious, and the gentleman who operates the truck takes great care to make sure that your food is exactly the way you want it.

I’ll say it one more time… if you live within walking distance of this fabulous market and you don’t go there at least a few times during the season, you are missing out. Even if you don’t buy anything from the vendors, there is still live music, food trucks, and the chance to mingle with your neighbors. I have been to 4 of the 5 markets this year. Next Saturday is probably a week off, though, given that it is load-in and you know what a workhorse I am during that time of year. Hey guys, can I be the one to carry in the flamethrower?

(I mentioned the flamethrower :mrgreen: )

Residents of the Wm. Farrington building on South Main: Did you notice a puddle near your sidewalk entrance yesterday morning? Yeah, I can explain that. I was walking back to the Downtown core about 10:45 after leaving the market. Two women were about 100 feet ahead of me. One of them dropped her drawers and proceeded to urinate on the sidewalk right there in public, not caring if anyone saw. Yep, it’s Music Fest weekend.

Do girls still use “tinkle” as a synonym for “urinate”? I remember watching the Match Game in the early 1980s with Gene Rayburn as host and Brett Summers and Charles Nelson Reilly as regulars, and the word “tinkle” was used all the time.

At 11 it was time for a BBQ planning session at Bardog with head cook Frank, vice-president Clay, my “DAWG” John D, and team workhorse “Mr. Load-in.” We discussed last minute entries to join the team, our shopping list, and recent media coverage our team received.

While we were meeting, a girl came in to retrieve her credit card that she left at Bardog Friday night. Before I continue this story, let me point out that she violated a cardinal rule: If you leave a credit card at a bar, and you’re female, and you come in the next morning to pick it up, you MUST have your hair in a ponytail. That is a requirement. But chicky was from out of town and I guess she didn’t know. Anyway, while she was there she decided to order food to go as well. She signed her receipt, grabbed her bag, and walked out… and left her credit card again.

You know, I really didn’t think that story was all that funny, but when I posted it to Facebook it got 53 likes. That’s approaching hot girl post territory. Do you know what I mean when I say “hot girl post”? For example, my friend Jessica who bartends at Silly Goose can post “I just microwaved a piece of pizza” and it will get 50 likes. 150 if she attaches a selfie to the post. 350 if she’s wearing a bikini in the selfie.

After a stop at Blind Bear to see my favorite pair of librarian glasses, I wandered down to the brewery. The Pranom Pop-Up booth was open and serving drunken noodles. Even though I had already eaten a few hours before, I couldn’t resist.

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All the chili pepper you see on top there was added by me after the noodles were served. I love spicy food. Very tasty and I see why this guy has become a national sensation. He will be back at the brewery today. May be your last chance for a while to try Pranom Pop-Up.

It’s Sunday Fun Day. After more than a month of absences, brunch with Bloom at Bardog is back on the agenda as the first stop. Mid-afternoon I will relocate to the Blind Bear for D-RANKS with B-RAD, the weekly episode of the Rahul and Tony Show, and the Grizzlies game (2:30 tip-off, ABC). Happy Sunday and try not to wear out your vocal cords going “Wooooooooooo!!!!!!!” if you go to Music Fest.

See the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight at the brewery

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May 022015
 

This weekend’s highlights in the Screening Room:- Kentucky Derby, Saturday- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight, Saturday- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors Game 1, Sunday

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Several times yesterday I was asked the best place Downtown to see tonight’s fight. For a while I had no answer – Hooters will show it but that’s not really a place I recommend. However, about 5 yesterday the post above went up on Facebook. Well, there’s your answer. The brewery is showing it for FREE. Why would you go anywhere else if you live down here?

Man. The brewery is KILLIN’ IT this year. Last Saturday I got a Revival growl towel (which if you’re viewing this on the web, you know that I made it my profile pic on the blog, first profile pic change in 7 1/2 years) and tonight the fight. I can’t wait to see what they do next. I kinda hate it that I am going to have to spend a weekend this month (BBQ Fest) away from the brewery.

Speaking of the brewery, last night BBQ team president Moody and workhorse “Mr. Load-in” ventured up there, where we met teammate Otto. I went to the bar and got a PBR. “You know all the beers are $5,” Moody commented. “You could have a better quality beer for the same price.” Does anyone understand what Moody is talking about? I don’t.

Pranom Pop-Up was there serving huge boxes of Pad Thai for $10, and I understand the pop-up will be back up there today. I haven’t tried the Asian dish yet and may have to get down there at some point this afternoon. Might be back for the fight too. It is bound to be a long day.

Jeanne Bogino, author of Rock Angel, the story of a 1990s guitar goddess and her romance with a bandmate, will be at South Main Book Juggler to sign copies of her book at 1 today. The shop is at 548 S. Main in the Arcade building, across from Central Station. If you haven’t figured out a game plan for today, a noon trip to the brewery or Farmers Market followed by a short walk over to the book signing might make for a good early afternoon.

Tonight is the annual Speakeasy fundraiser at the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum. There will be Gatsby-esque entertainment, dancing under the stars, and 1920s-era cocktails and decorations. $25 donation goes toward the continued preservation of the museum. Starts at 6 PM.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Ninth tonight at the Cannon Center at 7:30. With Music Fest going on and Bass Pro open, Symphony fans will be lucky to find a parking spot in Frayser tonight.

Moody Ques members: We have secured a spot for you to pick up your team bags, which should be available by the middle of next week. I won’t reveal the location quite yet, but a word of advice: Come hungry and order food while you are there. One of the best chefs in town is at this location. If you like healthy food you are especially in for a treat.

(Why am I talking about healthy food to people who stick a damn pig in a smoker for 16 hours?)

(By the way, we light the smoker with a flamethrower :mrgreen: )

That’ll wrap it up. Plans for today are wide open. I probably am not going to Music Fest but I love Music Fest people-watching. Sitting on the concrete blocks outside of Silky’s and drinking a Call-a-Cab watching the world go by will probably happen at some point. I need to make the most of this weekend, because next weekend is load-in and that means nothing but hard work.

Friday update 2: Lesser-known Memphis in May events, Orpheum summer series, new liquor store and more

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May 012015
 

Today is not only the first day of Beale Street Music Fest, but the start of Memphis in May in general. There are a few lesser-known Memphis in May events going on today.

At the National Civil Rights Museum, there is a “Human Rights and Struggle – Polish Transformation and the Art of Posters” exhibit going on. It displays posters as a method of communication and catalyst for change in Memphis in May’s 2015 honored country.

The Metal Museum has an exhibit of metal artifacts by the well-known Brothers Lopienska firm, founded in Poland in 1862.

Mud Island River Park has an exhibit from the Chopin Museum in Warsaw, displaying an unconventional look at the pianist’s artistic process and personality.

The Orpheum has announced its 2015 Summer Movie Series:

  • Thur 6/4 7PM – Top Gun
  • Fri 6/5 7 PM – Back to the Future
  • Thur 6/11 7 PM – Grease
  • Fri 6/12 1:30 PM – Family Matinee: Space Jam
  • Fri 6/12 7 PM – Casablanca
  • Thur 6/25 7 PM – Clueless
  • Fri 6/26 1:30 PM – Family Matinee: James and the Giant Peach
  • Fri 6/26 7 PM – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Thur 7/9 7 PM – The Wizard of Oz
  • Fri 7/10 7 PM – Airplane!
  • Thur 7/23 7 PM – The Sound of Music
  • Fri 7/24 7 PM – Double Feature: Nightmare on Elm Street/Friday the 13th
  • Thur 7/30 7 PM – Hook
  • Fri 7/31 7 PM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Fri 8/14 7 PM – Young Frankenstein
  • Fri 8/28 7 PM – Gone with the Wind

A new liquor and wine store called Quench will be coming soon to Second Street. It will be operated by the people who own City Market. Finally, a decent liquor store in the Downtown core! We have needed one for years.

Remember Pranom Pop-Up, the traveling Thai street food pop-up that did nights at High Cotton Brewery and Silly Goose a while back? You can find it at the Tennessee Brewery today. Thanks @ilovememphis for tweeting that info.

High Ground News had a list of 10 obscure sites to visit in Memphis. One of them is Downtown: the art gallery in the main First Tennessee branch at Third and Madison. Agreed, absolutely worth a visit.

Less than four hours until the weekend. I really hope I get a spot in my parking garage before Music Fest-goers take them all. I really don’t want tonight to be a late night, but due to people outside my building going “Woooooooooo!!!!!” in the wee hours of the morning, it will be whether I like it or not.

 

Meat, salad and more: Your tasty Friday update

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May 012015
 

Rare early-morning post. Woke up about 4, couldn’t get back to sleep…

If you need a break from the craziness of Music Fest this weekend, or if you need an alternative to Music Fest, don’t forget that Tennessee Brewery Revival is ongoing. This week’s musical entertainment includes Side Street Steppers from 3 to 7 PM Saturday, May 2; and Artistik Approach 3-4 and Delta Cats 4:15-7 Sunday, May 3. There are always food trucks (crawfish on Sundays too) and lots of regional craft beer, Brewery staple Goldcrest 51, and the Cadillac of beers, PBR.

I got an interesting little tip last night that I thought I would pass on: There’s a bar menu at Texas de Brazil. For around $12 you get six pieces of meat, mashed potatoes, and bread. The only catch is, you don’t get to pick the pieces of meat. When you order, the bartender goes to the back and gets you three pieces of meat, then when you’re ready the bartender gets you three more. Six pieces is enough to fill up someone with an average-sized appetite, and for the price I could live with not being able to pick my pieces. The deal is only available if you sit at the bar.

Various puns involving lettuce (Lettuce Eat, Lettuce Toss It Up A Bit This Week, Lettuce Turnip the Beet) are the theme at Memphis Farmers Market tomorrow. It’s the beginning of National Salad Month and the market has everything you need to make the perfect salad, even toppings you might not associate with the market including artisan cheese, croutons, and seafood morsels. From 9 until noon you can get your blood pressure screened for free courtesy of UT College of Pharmacy. Live music by The Three Kings 8:30-10, Ashlee K. Thomas 10-11, Eric Crays 11-12:30. Downtown bike ride departing from the Market at 9 (must wear helmet). Pet adoptions too. 7 AM to 1 PM tomorrow at the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. PRO TIP: If you must drive a car to the market, come as early as possible, preferably before 11 when the Music Fest crowd will begin to converge in the South Main area. Walk, bike, or ride the green bus that sounds like a trolley if at all possible.

There’s a Groupon for Flynn’s, the karaoke bar on Beale Street, currently ongoing. $14 for $25 worth of American food.

Over on Mud Island tonight at 5, there’s a Kentucky Derby Dinner at Tug’s. Menu features bourbon salmon, Kentucky Hot Browns, and mint juleps.

For the first time for any BBQ team I have ever been on, our team T-shirts were ready before May 1. I saw them last night and they look awesome. If you need shirt printing done, be sure to talk to Josh at Winfield’s at 2 S. Main, across the street from Walgreens. Moody Ques team president Moody, vice-president Clay, and workhorse “Mr. Load-in” met last night to discuss a plan to get team bags together. We hope to have them ready to distribute by about Wednesday of next week.

If you live in the core or South Main, it might not be a bad idea to leave work early this afternoon (I am). Parking is going to be crazy down here with Music Fest going on. I am about to leave for work 30 minutes early so I can check out early this afternoon. Happy Music Fest if that is your plan this weekend.

Majestic to stick around for a while/upcoming dinner with Oaxaca, Mexico cuisine plus more Thursday news

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Apr 302015
 

Congratulations to the Majestic Grille, which recently renewed its lease for another 10 years. Glad the restaurant will be sticking around, but not surprised. Speaking of the Majestic, its next dinner in its Ten til Ten series will be held on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, and it will feature dishes from the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Chef Patrick Reilly will be joined in the kitchen by longtime Majestic Chef Luis Reyes, a native of the region. Here’s the menu.

While we’re on the subject of events with a Mexican menu, there will be a Mexican buffet at the Peabody rooftop party tonight (sorry, I don’t have exact details on the food that will be served). The Brad Birkedahl Band will headline (you may remember Brad from my favorite Memphis band ever, The Dempseys) and special guest Cash Cash will also perform. $10 cover, doors open at 6, ladies free until 7, and you can purchase season-long VIP passes with lots of special perks at the door.

The Grizzlies closed out Portland last night at home, and will get a few days’ rest before their Western Conference semifinals opener at Golden State on Sunday. I had heard the game was going to have a 12:30 start time, but ESPN’s NBA schedule is showing a 2:30 tipoff with the game on ABC. That works perfect for my schedule. That will allow me to hit brunch with Bloom at Bardog when that bar opens Sunday at 11 – Bloom is regaining her spot on my Sunday agenda after having not had it for several weeks – then over to Blind Bear for D-RANKS with B-RAD to watch the game. With a Grizzlies game midday, I definitely won’t be going to Music Fest on Sunday.

Speaking of which, here are the Music Fest performance times and stage information. I usually don’t do Music Fest, but with gorgeous weather all weekend long I haven’t totally ruled out going Saturday.

Several Downtown restaurants are participating in Dine Out for Life today, donating a portion of their proceeds to Friends for Life, an organization that supports those with HIV, AIDS, and their caregivers. Downtown restaurants include Rizzo’s Diner, Silly Goose, McEwen’s, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Blind Bear, eighty3, Grawemeyer’s, and Chez Philippe. It would be a good night to not deal with cooking and washing dishes and eat out at one of these restaurants instead.

I Love Memphis is throwing a party in Court Square Wednesday, November 6, from 11 to 2:30 at lunchtime.

Bass Pro Pyramid got tons of media coverage, but Gizmodo is not a fan.

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

Finally! Bass Pro opening day

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Apr 292015
 

Today’s the big day. Bass Pro at the Pyramid has its grand opening this evening at 6. Can’t make it in person? The Memphis Flyer has a video tour as well as a guide.

The Grizzlies have Game 5 against Portland tonight at 8:30. Between that and Bass Pro, expect extremely heavy traffic Downtown this evening.

The Tennessee Brewery is open 4-8 tonight for people who want a spot to pre-game for the Grizz.

The man who stole Elton John’s glasses from the Rock & Soul Museum is now in custody and the glasses have been returned.

Forecast is looking mostly excellent for Music Fest this weekend. The only negative is that low near 50 Friday night. Don’t let that stop you from wearing those tube tops though. The thing about good weather for Music Fest, is that it’s often a sign of bad weather for BBQ Fest two weeks later. I hope I don’t find myself walking home in the 52 degree rain again.

Reminds me: Moody Ques, check your email. Head cook Frank sent out the menus and shopping lists for each day, along with requests for a few items we need in the booth. Of course, a flamethrower is not on the request list because we already have one. I’d post the menu here but it might attract freeloaders, so check your email and let me know if you did not receive an email.

(I mentioned the flamethrower :mrgreen: )

The Flyer’s Hungry Memphis blog has a report on Oshi’s Danger Dog. Bacon!

The Flyer is having a margarita fest Saturday, June 27 out in Overton Park.

I’ll be out at the usual spots after work, and will stay up to see the end of the Grizzlies game.

Tuesday update

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Apr 282015
 

Wow, I just looked at my traffic counter. As usual, my blog traffic more than doubled the day after Wine Race. Welcome to all my new readers, and feel free to stick around.

Bass Pro at the Pyramid has its grand opening tomorrow evening at 6. There will be free parking and shuttles to alleviate congestion in the area. Here’s a map.

Part of the reason Downtown will be congested tomorrow is that Portland beat the Grizzlies last night, forcing a Game 5 which will be played at FedExForum. Game 5 tickets are now on sale.

One of Downtown’s kindest, most wonderful people is Suhair Lauck, affectionately known as “Miss Su” to the Downtown community. Miss Su operates the Little Tea Shop on Monroe, and she has never met a stranger. This past weekend, whether an accident or intentional vandalism, one of the two benches outside the front of her restaurant was destroyed. Her friends have started a GoFundMe account to raise money to replace the bench.

Last week I posted that a Chili Cheese Fritos taco was spotted at the Taco Bell at Third and Crump. It’s now official: Memphis is a test market for the new taco.

I tried the build-your-own nachos at the new Mexican joint at 154 Beale yesterday for dinner.

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I chose to have mine topped with Peppadew pepper beef brisket. This was a whole lot of food at an inexpensive price, and it was very good.

The Daily News has coverage of the first mayoral forum of the season, held yesterday at the Tennessee Brewery.

A new thrift shop has opened on South Main.

That’s all for now. Back at it after a three-day weekend. Will be out at the usual places after work.

This chick pretty much owned Wine Race

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Apr 272015
 

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For the second event of Wine Race, the Queen of the Vine competition, our crew assembled at the Handy Park stage. We had the Saucer girls, Bad Shane and 10-ounce Talley from Squeal Street, and “Mr. Load-in” from the 2014 award-winning Moody Ques BBQ team. The girl pictured above didn’t win Queen of the Vine but we all agreed she pretty much owned that damn stage.

I led off the day with D-RANKS with B-RAD at Blind Bear, where Colin gave me my team T-shirt. Due to photographer duties I didn’t get to march in the parade with the team.

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Prior to the parade I started off my day with one of these:

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For those of you who don’t know, this drink is a Call-a-Cab. Wet Willie’s, across Beale from Handy Park, sells them and they are made with 190 proof PGA. A large Cab has almost as much alcohol as a six-pack of beer. Definitely not recommended if you’re driving. Definitely not recommended that you have more than one. I had two.

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Several of the teams threw beads in the opening parade. Jack Binion’s restaurant in Horseshoe, however, threw candy bars. Yes I stood there and ate a candy bar off a garbage can like a damn bum. I have no shame at all.

PRO TIP: If you want to take photos of an event on Beale, stand next to a garbage can. That way there’s not a person next to you blocking your view. Seriously, this works and I learned it years ago.

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Green Beetle team

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New entry to Wine Race this year: Lafayette’s Music Room

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Saucer girls

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Squeal Street BBQ, reliving that moment in 2014 when they watched the Moody Ques walk up on stage at BBQ Fest to collect a trophy.

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QOTV contestants shakin it

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“I hate to see you leave, but I sure do love watching you go” guy interviewing the contestants

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Blind Bear QOTV contestant Mandy Marie

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Suzy is unimpressed with the QOTV interview responses.

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So, yeah, this happened.

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The man, the myth, the legend, Jon Roser, ladies and gentlemen. Roser has chosen wisely on his selection of beverage.

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Mandy and Dirty B getting down on stage

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A member of the crowd just figured out why I call it “Debauchery Day”

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False advertising. Love ya to death Godsey but you are NOT a double D.

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Getting set up for the grape stomp

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Teams from the first heat get ready to measure. Whoever produces the most grape juice in two minutes wins.

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Michael Bean and Jamie from Blind Bear doing grape stomp

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Buddha doing his best impression of “Well, you know, I’m totally not part of this conversation, but I’m going to twist and turn and lean in and listen anyway, because what else do I have to do, watch porn on a tablet in a room in my dad’s house” guy

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Street food. Pizza at Jerry Lee’s. It’s the same people who run Ferraro’s. Really good. I had a slice of pepperoni and a slice of sausage.

 Full photo album (239 photos) here. I had to delete an additional 32 photos due to wardrobe malfunctions.

Day three of a three-day weekend and I see no reason to hang out at home. PBR at Bloom’s bar at Bardog as soon as I hit Publish and get dressed. Anyone else who took a Wine Race recovery day is welcome to join.

Saturday recap/Debauchery Day is here

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Apr 262015
 

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Yesterday was the completely awesome day that I expected. Start to finish, I enjoyed every minute of it. Well, maybe not the minute where I banged my big toe against a temporary traffic sign on Beale and split my toenail in half, but all the other minutes. My right foot looks like something out of a horror movie today.

I started off the day at Panda Time at Bardog. Wing Fest was down the street on Riverside, and people kept coming in asking to use the restroom without ordering anything. “There’s a restrooms for customers only sign around here somewhere,” Panda said, but she couldn’t find it. She called someone, presumably Aldo, to ask what to do. “There’s a computer downstairs with Microsoft Word on it,” she was told. “Find someone tech-y (Panda pointed at me) at the bar and have them print you out a new sign.” Panda took me down to the office and I made her a sign.

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Type four words in a document, change the font to 60 point Arial Black, hit the Print button, get bought a beer. I can live with that.

Friends of mine were at Bardog pre-gaming for Wing Fest. They left, then came back 10 minutes later. “There were at least 60 people in line to get in,” they told me. “And it’s a $12 cover, and you have to pay even more to eat or drink anything.” I must admit, I don’t understand Wing Fest. I mean, I get it that it’s a fundraiser, but when it costs more to get in Wing Fest than it does BBQ Fest, it kind of makes me not want to go.

While at Bardog I got a Facebook message, alerting me that not only was the brewery staying open late to show the entire Grizzlies game, but they were handing out blue “Revival” growl towels at 9:15, 15 minutes before the start of the game. I immediately knew what my game watching plans for the evening would be.

My second stop was Blind Bear. “I read your blog,” Mandy Marie said. “I’m the one working the double,” taking over for my favorite pair of librarian glasses who was working the Memphis Made party out in Midtown. Mandy totally rocked it and did an awesome job. Class clowns Rahul and Tony were there. Tony was playing with his stick – his new selfie stick, that is.

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Next stop was the brewery, where my friend Bad Shane offered me the chance to buy a $5000 painting. Unfortunately I was about $4960 short and had to decline.

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It was a beautiful day and Bella was hanging out in the beer garden.

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By about 5:30 I was getting hungry. I went to Central BBQ but it appeared that every table in the house was full, so I started walking, looking for a place to go. As I walked past South of Beale, I saw that my friend Kaylea (who told me to “eat a dick” in response to yesterday’s post) was bartending and the place wasn’t busy. So I went in and took a seat. Remembering that I had heard good things about the duck patty melt, I ordered it for dinner.

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My friends weren’t lying about the patty melt. REALLY good. I recommend it if you find yourself at SOB. I let Kaylea pick my side and she picked mac & cheese. It was good too.

Finishing dinner around 6:30, I realized I might as well stay in South Main to ensure I would be at the brewery for game time. I paid a visit to Max’s Sports Bar then wandered over to the brewery around 7:30.

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At 9:15 the growl towels came out. I got not one, but two. I might be willing to give away the second one if the right offer comes along.

Here are some pictures of members of Squeal Street BBQ posing with their growl towels with 2014 award-winning Moody Ques team member “Mr. Load-in”:

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Thanks to shots of Fireball throughout the day I gradually started to go downhill.

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On a side note… I hear that one of the biggest imbeciles in Memphis doesn’t understand why my BBQ team uses a Van Halen logo when our team name is a play on the Moody Blues. Hey, there are all things we don’t understand. For example, I don’t understand why you’re almost 50 and still living in a room in your dad’s house.

The brewery stayed open through the end of the game, but their beer permit cut off at 11, so at halftime I walked north to the Saucer to watch the rest of the game. Nice to see the Grizzlies looking good. I hung out until about 1, and I heard some of the girls talking about Purple Haze after-hours. I considered it but realized that was a sure way to sleep through Wine Race today.

Oh, speaking of Wine Race… IT’S DEBAUCHERY DAY!!!!!! If you are a prude or a teetotaler I would recommend staying the hell away from Handy Park this afternoon. Wine Race has taught me many important lessons. For example, it taught me that 4 Call-a-Cabs from Wet Willie’s in one afternoon is not a very good idea. The BBQ team definitely shouldn’t let me operate the flamethrower after drinking Call-a-Cabs.

(I mentioned the flamethrower :mrgreen: )

D-RANKS with B-RAD at 11 where I will pick up my Blind Bear shirt for Wine Race. Over to Handy Park around 12:45 and I have all three batteries charged up for the Tube Top Cam. Rest of the day TBD, but I have tomorrow off so I do not plan on making it an early night.

Saturday update

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Apr 252015
 

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Traffic on Riverside is being re-routed not only for Memphis in May, but today, also for Wing Fest. This sign looks like it’s telling drivers to turn right on the pedestrian Main Street Mall. City traffic engineers might want to re-think that one.

I saw the sign on my morning walk to City Market. The past two weeks, I have gotten smoothies from the juice truck at Farmers Market. This morning I am not heading that far south, but City Market has smoothies too. I thought to myself, “I could totally get a cup filled with mango and strawberry and blueberry goodness.”

Then I thought, “City Market also has Mountain Dew.”

I totally got a Mountain Dew. :mrgreen:

(I used the Mr. Green icon I use when I mention my BBQ team’s flamethrower :mrgreen: )

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In a rather silly mood this morning… It’s the first day of a three-day weekend for me and I am rather happy about that. There are a ton of things going on this weekend. But first, a look at the other product I bought at City Market.

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New product called Mountain Dew Dewshine. 12 ounce glass bottle, made with real sugar. Being a lover of all things Dew (except Diet Dew, which tastes like cat piss) I had to try one. Tastes like halfway between a Dew and a Sprite. Not bad, although I prefer regular Dew.

In case you didn’t know, Mountain Dew is a nickname for moonshine. I think George Jones used that term in “White Lightnin'”. It got its name in the ’40s when backwoods moonshine stills were still common.

Dammit, I miss The Dempseys. Half their songs were about moonshine.

Memphis Farmers Market is going until 1 and this week’s theme is Give Peas a Chance. Kinda makes me want to go down there and sing a duet of “Give Peace a Chance” with someone. Robo?

Wing Fest starts at 11 today. Good luck to my buddy Seth who writes the Best Memphis Burger blog. “Mr. Load-in” is rooting for you!

(If you’re playing the drinking game, today’s post is probably gonna get you pretty drunk.)

Out in Midtown, there’s a celebration called Hopped going on at Memphis Made Brewery today. The brewery is on South Cooper just south of Central.

Hmmm… I assume my favorite pair of librarian glasses is working Hopped… wonder who will be day bar at Blind Bear today. Pretty much anyone else to fill in would be working a double, and no one wants a double the day before Wine Race.

The Redbirds are back in town tonight with a 6:05 game against Round Rock. Fireworks after the game.

Blind Mississippi Morris plays Tennessee Brewery Revival from 3 to 7 today. Beer, food trucks, art, good people.

The next concert in the River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater is tonight at 7. Jack Oblivian and The Sheiks will play.

There are two upcoming special events at the Tennessee Brewery this month. On Monday there will be an Infor Memphis mayoral forum at 5. All declared candidates for mayor of Memphis have been invited. The forum will be moderated by Kyle Veazey.

Thursday the 30th the brewery will host Drink-n-Draw from 5 to 8. It’s described as a game show, karaoke, and art class all rolled into one. Learn drawing tricks, play games, win prizes.

WREG has an article about the “trolley” at South Main Trolley night last night. Wish the city would contract with this company and get those ugly green buses off Main.

I found a few pics on my camera from last weekend, also a three-day weekend. Let’s have a look shall we?

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If this not how your BBQ team does meetings, you’re not doing it right. (or “your not doing it right” as my friend Kaylea would say). So, let’s see… so far this year we’ve had a special Saturday happy hour at the Goose, a backyard cookout with two High Cotton beers on draft, and a rooftop party overlooking Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest. I dare say there is not a team in all of BBQ Fest who has had a better pre-season than the Moody Ques.

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Takin’ out my big weiner at Rajun Cajun. (I could so make a second story BBQ booth reference here, but maybe I better not.)

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Three-day weekends are rough. It’s important to pace yourself and nap throughout the day as needed.

Can you tell I’m in a fabulous fuckin mood today?

All right. Panda Time at Bardog at 11 is my first stop, but after that the day is wide open. Hop a Lyft to Midtown for Hopped? A possibility. Blind Bear? I’ll probably at least stop by because I’m curious who is day bar. Brewery? An option, for sure. Max’s? If I go to the brewery it would be rude to not at least stop by and say hello. Wing Fest? Might happen, you never know. Saturday evening service at Hope Church? Yeah, wouldn’t count on that one.

Got a little time to kill before Panda Time, so I’m going to get back in bed and take a nap. And I’m not going to wake up until I understand women! …So, when you find me and bury me, I’d like “Inventor of Tube Top Month” on my gravestone, and please mention the Moody Ques’ flamethrower in my eulogy.

(I mentioned the flamethrower again :mrgreen: )