Oct 132014



The Nuh-Uh Girl wrapped up Sunday Fun Day at poker last night at the Blind Bear. Of course, she was eating. I wonder whose bowl of crawfish mac & cheese that was?

Once or twice a year, an absolutely epic Sunday Fun Day happens out of nowhere. Yesterday was one of those days. We were joined at Bardog by a burlesque dancer who performs in shows around town. She told us that Thursday is Burlesque Bingo at the Mad Earl at 8 PM. After she showed us a few videos of her dancing, we were all convinced that Burlesque Bingo is something we need to attend.

Kooky Canuck is celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving today. They will be serving turkey and dressing with all the trimmings.

Tweet from MemphisWeather.net (@memphisweather1): “Primary threat still damaging straight-line wind with a secondary tornado threat this afternoon. ” Yep, I’m very happy I have the day off and will not have a commute home from Horn Lake this afternoon.

My prediction that the Memphis Tigers football team would run the table on the remainder of the AAC schedule did not come to pass. The Tigers lost to the Houston Cougars Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. Whoever wrote this article for WREG: The plural of Cougar is not Cougar’s. Geez.

What to do on my day off… hmmm… lunch with Jeannette at the Blind Bear sounds like a good start. I will probably spend some time at Pint Nite at the Saucer this afternoon. I haven’t been spending much time at the Saucer since mid-July. However, as of yesterday I plan to spend considerably more time there. For happy hour I plan on hitting the Silly Goose, because Shorty is taking his pasta bar on another test run. Put some money in the man’s tip jar and he’ll cook you a fine plate of pasta with whatever toppings and sauce you want. Evening plans are kind of a wild card today; normally I’d be at Melissa’s bar at Bardog but she’s out of town. Weather may affect my plans too. In any event, I plan on making the best of this day off. Time to get started!

Oct 112014

Downtown has no shortage of big events happening tonight. One of the biggest is Stevie Wonder performing at the Cannon Center tonight at 8. Not only will Stevie be performing, but other artists will pay tribute to his works including India Arie, Ledisi, Sharon Jones, and Jordin Sparks. It ain’t gonna be cheap to see him, boys and girls. Tickets start at $70 and go up to $265. Think of all the music you might get to hear though… “I Was Made to Love Her”… “Superstition”… “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”… and of course, “Upright (Everything Is All Tight)”.

Wait, did I get the words wrong there?

Fun fact: Stevie Wonder performed “Superstition” on an episode of Sesame Street in 1973.

There’s also some basketball going on tonight. The Memphis Grizzlies host the Atlanta Hawks in their first pre-season home game at the FedExForum at 7.

Ginuwine, Lyfe Jennings and ‘112’ perform at the Orpheum tonight on their “Ladies’ Choice” tour. Memphis singer Ashton London will be on stage too.

If you own a restaurant, you usually don’t want to be featured on Andy’s Scorecard on WMC Channel 5. However, downtown Cuban restaurant Havana’s Pilon was recently covered by Andy in a positive light. It’s around the corner from me at Second and Madison. Delicious food and easy on the wallet. If you’ve never had Cuban food and aren’t quite sure where to begin, I recommend the ropa vieja with sides of Congri rice and boiled yucca.

MBJ article: Just how full is South Main’s development pipeline? (with database)

Plans for today: This will surprise you, but I am not going to the Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival. It’s tbe best beer festival in Memphis, with great beer, great presentations and great food, but for some reason my intuition told me “take this year off.” I’ve learned to always trust my intuition, and listened. Looking at the forecast today, I made the right call. I’ll lead off at Panda’s bar at Bardog as usual, then proceed from there.

Oct 102014

Whew! Busy morning. Trying to get stuff wrapped up at work so I can take a four-day weekend with Monday and Tuesday off, and I have about 41 different things to get done. The last time I took vacation, Hanin from the Blind Bear took a video of me dancing in my chair and posted it to Facebook. But that’s OK because I own my behavior and am not afraid to laugh at myself. After all, I did it. It’s not like I have the right to completely flip out on her and scream, “How DARE you post that HORRIBLE video of me???!?!!?!!!!” Some people would though.

Jeannette has promised good chair dancing music when I come to the Bear for lunch on Monday.

The Flying Saucer’s annual Oktoberfest is tonight starting at 6 PM. For $20 you can sample 12 Oktoberfest and pumpkin seasonal beers. There will be music by the Oom-Pahsters, a brat-eating contest, and a stein-raising contest.

The movie Spider-Man will be shown at Beale Street Landing tonight at 7.

The Ride to Fight On benefitting the West Cancer Center departs from the FedExForum at 8 AM tomorrow.

The annual Fall into Art contest happens tomorrow at the Memphis Farmers Market. Submit your paintings, sculptures, photographs, and any other medium by noon tomorrow at the market. Art will be judged by an MFM committee with the top pieces on display at the market next Saturday for voting. Winner will be announced at the Barnyard Ball on November 1. Live music tomorrow by Jon Dillard at 7:00, Bean at 8:30, and SwampKatz at 11. 7 AM-1 PM, Front at G.E. Patterson.

Monday, October 13 is No Bra Save the Tatas Day for breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer research is very important and I encourage all women to take part in this. PRO TIP: Tube tops are great to wear on No Bra Day.

From the MBJ: St. Jude’s fundraising arm ALSAC plans to restore a 1911 building across from BRIDGES on A.W. Willis.

Insane Clown Posse plays the New Daisy tomorrow at 6 PM. Remember when they were on WCW for a brief minute?

All right. Time to eat the Triple Layer Nachos I brought back from Taco Bell. There is not enough Fire Sauce in the world to make these things taste good, but what can you expect for a dollar, I suppose. (Inside joke: Some people would expect a bowl of pasta for a dollar) I’ll be out after work to kick off my four-day weekend. The “mayor” of the Silly Goose has to be away tonight, so perhaps I will go there and fill in for him.

Oct 092014

For those of you who remember the early years of the Silly Goose when Shorty had his pasta bar, there’s good news. It is probably going to be coming back during happy hour one night a week. He did a test run last night and it went really well. It works like this: Shorty has the toppings laid out on a table. You pick out what you want, what type of sauce you want, and what type of pasta you want. Shorty cooks it up and brings it to you. DELICIOUS. I’ll have more details after they finalize plans.

Spreadable beer. Awesome.

Baaaaaaddddd news: TDOT may shut down the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River for up to two years. This would double traffic on the I-40 bridge.

Ever wanted to act in a film or be part of a film crew, but didn’t know how to make that happen? Come to Take One Weekend – Filming in The Edge, this weekend starting tomorrow at 6 PM. Over 48 hours, five short films will be shot. Cost is $40 to participate. More info on FuelFilm’s website.

Pretty cool article: The music geek’s travel guide to Memphis

Best Memphis Burger Fest is considering adding a 5K race the evening before the Sunday festival for 2015. They’re thinking of having live music and beer after the race. Those who show a race bib would get into the festival for free.

Church Health Center Christmas cards are back for the 2015 holiday season.

I’m in a great mood today and am thinking this is going to be an unusually fun night. I’ll start off at Jessica’s bar at the Silly Goose for happy hour, then over to Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe for Winn’s 8:30 Texas Hold’em game upstairs. Hmmm the Saucer is on the way there so I might have to make a stop… I don’t want to be late though, because Winn gives extra chips for being on time. As I’ve said before, life, like poker, is a game of incomplete information, but today I am sitting on the dealer button and have more information than most do. See ya tonight, poker players.

Oct 082014

As I was waking up this morning, I thought to myself, “You know what I need to do? Go back and re-read the works of Shakespeare.” They’re available online for free and it would be nice to read Shakespeare’s plays when I am not being forced to read them and write book reports and take tests. I especially want to re-read his tragedies. In the tragedies, most of the main characters get themselves into trouble because they possess a character trait called hubris.

From Wikipedia: “In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance. Hubris is often associated with a lack of humility, though not always with the lack of knowledge.”

Damn. Almost 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s works are still relevant. By the way, I wonder if anyone is going to do anything special in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death?

On to the news… Kevin Cerrito hosts “The Walking Dead” trivia tonight at Tamp & Tap at 7. Also, don’t forget that tomorrow is PRO WRESTLING TRIVIA!!!!!! (with six exclamation points) at 8 at the Green Beetle.

Tomorrow at Central BBQ downtown starting at 5, you can go snipe hunting. Help Memphis Made kill its last keg of Snipe Hunter. There will be snipes hidden around the restaurant and if you find one, you will be rewarded with T-shirts or free beer.

The Plan B Comedy Tour is coming to the Brass Door Saturday night at 9. Seven comedians will perform, including Jamie Ward who was recently on Fox’s “Laughs.” These up-and-comers have been touring all over the Southeast, so come check them out.

The monthly South Main Association meeting is next Tuesday at 6 PM at the Memphis College of Art grad school, 477 S. Main. Six MCA students will present their concepts for crosswalk art, with installation planned for next spring. Cash bar, SMA members free, $10 non-members.

Follow @kookycanuck on Twitter for info on when the restaurant will re-open after Monday’s fire. They’re shooting for dinner tonight if all the equipment gets there on time.

Check out A Taste of Wellness, the Church Health Center’s new healthy cooking blog.

I’m getting my first haircut since Memorial Day week after work, so I’ll be late getting to my usual Wednesday Silly Goose stop after work. Time to run some errands and then get back to a fun afternoon of tracking down missing semicolons in PHP code.

Oct 062014

There was a fire in the kitchen of Kooky Canuck this morning. A friend of mine who lives nearby in Van Vleet Flats shot some photos:

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The fire was put out quickly and all staff are safe. The restaurant will be closed today for cleanup.

Memphis Magazine has an interview with Tad Pierson of American Dream Safari. You may have seen Tad cruising around town in his 1950s Cadillac. He can put together some really cool custom tours of Memphis and the region around it.

From the MBJ: A $3 million renovation will soon begin on a building in the Front Street Chicken District. It will be converted into lofts. (Credit @kerry901 for the district name)

The Nuh-Uh Girl

The Nuh-Uh Girl

Hide your food! The Nuh-Uh Girl is back in Memphis and will be here until next Tuesday. For my newer readers, the Nuh-Uh Girl was a fixture on this blog from 2006 up until March of this year when she moved to California to go to sommelier school. She was known for showing up at events where there was free food and helping herself to multiple plates. She was also known to frequent Costco on days when a lot of free samples were out. If she sat next to you while you were eating at a restaurant, she’d say “That looks yummy! Can I have a biiiiiiite? :) ” and then the next thing you know, half your food would be gone. She’s staying with her family out east but I’m sure she will be Downtown some. Her favorite hangouts where she ate other people’s food included Silly Goose, Blind Bear, and Local, so especially watch out if you have dinner at any of those places.


That’s it for now. I’ll be out at Melissa’s bar at Bardog for happy hour after work. Not many places in Memphis offer a view of a hearse.

Oct 052014

What an exciting day of college football yesterday. As you all know, Ole Miss has not exactly been my favorite school over the years. However, there is absolutely no way I can detract from what Ole Miss’s football team accomplished yesterday. They earned and deserved their win over #1 Alabama. Great game. Congratulations.

Also, congratulations to the Memphis Tigers football team on their 41-14 win over Cincinnati. Wasn’t Cincy favored to win that game? I bet the Tigers will get votes for the Top 25 this week. They won’t get enough votes to crack the Top 25, but they will get some votes. Looking at the Tigers’ schedule and seeing who the remaining teams to play are, is it possible they could run the table from here on out, finish with a top 20 ranking, win the AAC, and be invited to a damn sweet bowl? None of the remaining opponents are football powerhouses. The Tigers are lucky to not have to cross paths with nationally-ranked ECU in the American this year.

Right as I was typing about the Tigers going to a bowl, 92.9 PM’s John Martin (@JohnMartin929) tweeted a list of AAC bowl affiliations.

#15 LSU got clobbered by #5 Auburn 41-7. One of my favorite sports writers is not going to be too happy to see me post this, but I think LSU is Arkansas’ best shot at getting a win over an SEC West team this year.

The big event Downtown today is Katy Perry in concert at the FedExForum at 7 tonight. The singer was in Oxford for yesterday’s game and appeared on College GameDay.

If you work Downtown, you can spend your lunch break with the Grizzlies tomorrow. They will host an open practice at 12:30 PM.

Save the date: The weekend of October 24-26 will be a huge Grand Reopening weekend at Hard Rock Cafe. I will have more details in the days and weeks to come, as management is still finalizing the lineup. I can tell you to expect live music from some well-known names.

Pet peeve of mine: People who say “the Twitters,” “the Internets,” or worst of all, “the Intarwebs.” I need to write a widget that automatically unfollows accounts that use any of those.

All right, time for Sunday Fun Day. I’ll start out at Bloom’s bar at Bardog at 11 and end up at poker at the Blind Bear at 6:30. Stops in between TBD.


Oct 042014



Every year Bardog Tavern raffles off a hearse at 11:59 PM on the night of Halloween. Aldo has purchased the 2014 hearse and it is here and will be parked outside of Bardog all month long. This hearse appears to be a Lincoln Town Car, whereas previous hearse giveaways have been Cadillacs. Also, this hearse appears to be a newer model than previous ones that have been given away. Ask your bartender or server how to purchase tickets for the raffle. You must be present at the drawing to win.

Developer Billy Orgel has revealed some of his plans for the Tennessee Brewery which he is purchasing. The building will likely be residential with a small amount of commercial space on the ground floor. Orgel said that one of the potential uses of the commercial space could be a microbrewery. How cool would that be? Brewery Untapped will not be coming back, but Orgel admitted that Untapped helped make him aware of the building’s potential.

If you were planning to run in the Tap ‘N’ Run this afternoon, the event has been cancelled.

The Blues Ball is tonight at Gibson Guitar Factory. Lt. George W. Lee Avenue will be blocked off for the event.

There’s a band called Foxtrot Union playing Huey’s tomorrow night at 8:30. Great name. Foxtrot Union. Get it?

For my readers who are WWE Network subscribers: I highly recommend the Monday Night Wars series of videos. I’ve watched the introductory episode, the nWo one, the Bret Hart one, and the Mick Foley one so far. All of them are excellent.

Any of you ever have a flashback to a childhood experience, when you’re drifting right on the border between dreaming and being awake, and it gives you clarity on a situation that is happening in your contemporary adult life? I had that happen this morning.

All right. Time to get to Panda’s bar at Bardog and help control the PBR population. Should be an excellent SEC football watching day.



Oct 032014

This weekend is Central Station’s 100th anniversary. The celebration lasts all weekend and tomorrow there will be an official ceremony at 11 AM and free admission to the Railroad and Trolley Museum all day Saturday. There will be tours of railroad cars, a live recording session, vintage photos, railroad collectibles, and a lot more.

Men in Black will play on the big screen at Beale Street Landing tonight. Movie starts at dusk.

High Cotton’s Oktoberfest is tomorrow from 12 to 7. Tickets are $40. Learn more about the festival here.

WREG Live at 9 has video of Peabody Chef Konrad Spitzbart giving his recipe for southern buttermilk pie.

In case you missed it: You’ll have to pay to attend Memphis Madness this year. The Tigers’ open practice is October 18 this year and Rick Ross will be there.

The MBJ has a good report on the state of Downtown that is well worth a read.

I went to the first Thursday night poker night at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe last night. It was upstairs in the elegant Twelve Bar and they had specials for poker players while they were playing. They had six food specials for players for $6. I didn’t eat, but one of my opponents had a huge plate of Buffalo chicken bites from the menu, and another had a huge plate of nachos. It was a good time and I wish I could have stayed longer but I needed to get closer to home due to the approaching storm.

When I got to poker, one of the people at the table shouted out, “It’s The Intimidator!” Then I had someone ask if I planned on intimidating the entire poker table. So it looks like that nickname is going to stick. I can think of worse nicknames to have. I don’t watch a lot of NASCAR but wasn’t that the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s nickname?

Time to go intimidate some people. The weekend is here!