Sat update: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, college football, new time for Sunday brunch at the Majestic

Today’s the first day of the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. It’s on Main Street Mall between Union and Gayoso and is free. Nearly 50 bands will perform on five stages, two of which are inside the air-conditioned Center for Southern Folklore. The music schedule is here.

There are cooking demonstrations as well, with samples at the end of the demos. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up. They still have not posted the cooking demo schedule yet, so I can’t link to it. Tell ya what I’ll do… when I get down there, if I see the schedule I’ll snap a pic and post it to Twitter. Follow me on Twitter at @paulryburn. I have one of the best Twitter accounts in the city. Well, not really, but the Memphis Flyer thinks I do.

With the temps headed to the upper 90s, I will pretty much make the Blind Bear my headquarters this weekend, stopping in there to cool off throughout the day. They will be open at noon. If you rarely get Downtown and aren’t familiar with the Bear but will be down here today for the festival, stop in and try their pepper jack mac & cheese. It’s really good. I hate to give away info from a future Paul’s PBR Review, but the pepper jack mac & cheese pairs really well with PBR.

One other food recommendation: Ella Kizzie’s hot water cornbread and greens. It should be for sale at the Folklore Hall to the left of the stage.

I hate to make music recommendations because all the bands are good… but here are a few. If you’re down there in the afternoon, check out the interview with Joyce Cobb in the Folklore Hall at 2:15, then go outside to see MouseRocket at 3. If you’re down there at night, Hope Clayburn & Soul Scrimmage performs at 9:15 in the Folklore Hall, and then reggae band Exodus performs outside at 10:15.

What if the music festival isn’t the main event of the weekend for you? What if today is all about college football and you’re looking for a place to watch? I have an answer for you: MAX’S SPORTS BAR. It’s in the South Main district, same building as the Arcade, all the way to the east on G.E. Patterson. It’s small and it tends to get loud on game day, but they have all the games on and there are a lot of good people there.

The Majestic Grille has announced a new start time for their Sunday brunch: 10:30 AM, half an hour earlier than before. I certainly don’t blame them for making this move. There was always a line waiting at the door when they opened at 11. This lets people get a half hour more patio time in before the Orpheum or whatever their plans for the day are.

That’ll do it for now. Going to kick it off at Panda’s bar at Bardog as usual at 11 then head to the festival. Hope to see you there!

Fri update: Important PBR update, Shelton Clothiers, soul food Dishcrawl, Cochon Heritage BBQ, Trolley Night, Rebel without a Cause, Say Cheese, beer tasting tickets

IMPORTANT PBR UPDATE: My source who told me about the PBR at Gus’s went back yesterday and sent me a correction. The 16-ounce PBRs there are $2.00 + tax, not $2.75 as I previously reported. That’s such a good deal that it’s worth going there even if you don’t eat chicken.

Home from work early today. They let us leave after a company picnic at noon. We had two seating options: outside (95F, bugs) or inside (72F, no bugs). In retrospect I’m pretty comfortable with my choice of “inside.”

I have someone looking to rent a condo Downtown, at least 1500 SF and 2BR/2BA, that allows two old small dogs. They’ve been searching but the dogs have been the sticking point. Can anyone help?

Shelton Clothiers is going out of business. They will be closed for Labor Day weekend and then will have a liquidation sale Wednesday-Saturday of next week. Prices will be reduced 30-60%, and even the Pink Pig line, never before marked down, will be 20% off. Read Tom Shelton’s letter to his customers here.

Dishcrawl has announced its next event, and this sounds like a really good one. It will be a soul food crawl, on which participants will board a motor coach and visit some of the best soul food spots in Memphis. The event will be hosted by Ms. Tonya Dyson and will include a performance by her. Sign up for the soul food crawl here.

The Cochon Heritage BBQ event kicks off tonight at Beale Street Landing, 5:55 PM. Five chefs compete, each utilizing one whole heritage-bred pig to create four entrees and two sides. That means there will be 30 dishes to sample. Tickets are $125 general admission, $200 VIP. Ticket information here.

SOCIAL MEDIA ALERT: Look for “Does anyone have a Cochon BBQ ticket they’re not going to use? :) ” posts from the Nuh-Uh Girl on Facebook and Twitter today.

Tonight is South Main Trolley Night, with many of the area’s shops and galleries open from 6 to 9. There will be artists and vendors along the route including Miss Birdsong’s Sweet Tooth, Bonnie Simmons McAdams, BobX, and Isis Dance Academy. There will also be music by Chelsea Chandler, Rice Drewry, Donna Staub, Nick Black, Steve Reid, and Yancy and Yancy.

Rebel without a Cause starring James Dean plays on the Orpheum’s big screen tonight at 7.

Say Cheese is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market tomorrow, Front at G.E. Patterson 7 AM-1 PM. Pick up some locally produced cheese from a market vendor, or get cheddar bread, spicy cheese sticks, or cheese crisps. From 10-11 there will be a Book Brigade for kids, with reading aloud about farmers and food. Music by Abbye Pates West, 8-9:30; Pageant, 9:30-11; Screaming Eagles, 11-12:30.

Tickets are now available for Bluff City Oktoberfest’s beer tasting. It will be from 2 to 6 PM Saturday, October 5. Get tickets here.

That’ll do it for now. I have a lot to get done on my afternoon off. Most of what I have to get done involves drinking beer at the Flying Saucer. No better time to start than the present.

Thur update: Blind Bear, poker run, Bluff City Oktoberfest, Wiseacre tour, Abita Amber @ Cash Saver, Manna House, Tamp & Tap

The Blind Bear will open early this Labor Day weekend. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, August 31 and September 1-2, the speakeasy on the Main Street Mall will open at noon and will remain open until its normal closing time of 3 AM. Of course, Saturday and Sunday the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival will be happening outside. The Bear will be a great place to duck into to cool off and to enjoy a $2.50 PBR draft.

A friend of mine who is a member of Ptolemy Memphis asked me to mention that they’re having a poker run in South Main Saturday, September 14 from 3 to 6 PM. $15 for one hand, $40 for three hands. You crawl from bar to bar and get a playing card at each bar. The best poker hand at the end of the crawl wins prizes. All proceeds go to children’s charity.

The Daily News has info about Bluff City Oktoberfest happening October 4-5.

Couple of pieces of beer news today: The Memphis Flyer has a virtual tour of the new Wiseacre Brewing Company now open on Broad Avenue. Their tap room will be open tomorrow 4-8 PM. Yesterday I was at the Flying Saucer and there was a sign above two taps saying “Local Beer Coming Soon.” I believe that will be Wiseacre beer.

The Cash Saver on Madison will have an Abita Amber sampling from 5 to 7 PM today and will have 12-packs of the beer on sale for $9.53.

Manna House, a hospitality hub for the homeless in Midtown, offers showers, coffee, conversation and laundry services. However, since St. Vincent de Paul nearby closed in June, Manna House has taken on the additional task of feeding the homeless. More info in this Flyer article. This isn’t a Downtown thing, but I want to mention it because two of my readers are big fans of St. Vincent de Paul and I’m sure they would want me to. Manna House could use monetary donations to help pay for the turkey sandwiches and bananas they are serving.

The Flyer’s Hungry Memphis blog has a photo gallery of what’s for lunch at Tamp & Tap.

It’s College Football Thursday with two big games on ESPN: North Carolina at South Carolina at 5, and Ole Piss at Vanderbilt at 8:15. The bars will be crowded tonight with people watching the games. I’ll lead off at Silly Goose about 5:30 and figure out the rest from there.

Paul’s PBR Review: Aldo’s Pizza Pies

Aldo's Pizza Pies
Aldo’s Pizza Pies

Downtown has lost a couple of its best places to get pizza over the past decade. Joey’s Pizza, in the 99 Tower building on North Main, was an institution Downtown for years. It had fabulous pizza and a great window to sit in that overlooked the Main Street Mall. However, about six years ago it closed its doors. The Black Diamond, a little dive bar on Beale that stayed open until the wee hours, had unexpectedly good pizza that went well with an ice cold can of PBR. However, it closed so Tater Red’s gift shop could expand. Ferraro’s Pizzeria and Pub opened a few years ago, but it is in the Pinch District, a trolley ride away. For years the Downtown core went without a true pizzeria.

SIDE NOTE: Ferraro’s will likely be the subject of a future PBR Review. However, I will go ahead and mention that during Tuesday trivia, hosted by Kevin Cerrito, at Ferraro’s PBR is only $1. Trivia starts at 8 PM.

On Saturday mornings, I like to hang out at the bar at Bardog Tavern with my “DAWG” John D and whichever other Downtown regulars show up. One Saturday in early 2012, Aldo came over to say hello. At the time Aldo was the proprietor not only of Bardog, but another very successful bar in Midtown called Slider Inn.

An Aldo's pizza, my own personal creation with extra cheese, sausage, and black olives
An Aldo’s pizza, my own personal creation with extra cheese, sausage, and black olives

SIDE NOTE: Both Bardog and Slider Inn serve PBR and will be the subject of future PBR Reviews.

“Paul, are you going to be around for a minute?” Aldo asked. “I have something I want to tell you that I think you will be very excited about.” I assured Aldo that I would stick around and ordered another PBR from bartender Amanda “Panda” Parks. I knew that the news was likely about Aldo’s third venture, Aldo’s Pizza Pies. He wanted to bring Downtown Memphians something they had never had before, true New York-style pizza like he had growing up in Jersey. Thin, big slices of pizza that you could fold over and eat. He showed me a building just north of City Market the summer before, which he intended to be the location. However, when ground-floor space came available in the new Barboro Flats apartment building, Aldo relocated there before the pizzeria even opened its doors.

“I know you’re a fan of beer, Paul,” Aldo said when he came back. “Now, the new place is going to be a restaurant more than a bar, unlike Bardog and Slider. It’s going to be family-friendly, with less of an emphasis on shots and mixed drinks, other than classic Italian mixed drinks that go with the theme. But we are going to be a restaurant for beer lovers. I plan to put a tap wall in with 20, maybe even 25 beers.”

I asked if one of those beers would be PBR. “I’m not sure we’ll have it on tap, like we do at Bardog,” Aldo said. “But I can promise you we will have it in some form.”

Tap wall
Tap wall

In summer of 2012, Aldo’s Pizza Pies opened its doors in the Barboro Flats location, and Aldo was true to his word. There was a 16 ounce can of PBR waiting for me. Aldo had also gone above and beyond his promise: There were not 20 or 25 beers on the tap wall, but 30. In addition, there are another 30 beers in bottles or cans, for a total of 60. Or as I like to refer to them, “PBR and 59 more.”

As Aldo said, the space is mainly a restaurant, with lots of comfortable booth seating. The booths and tables have elevated stands on which your pizza sits as you eat a slice and sip on your PBR. The bar area and the window seating behind it seat about 20. The bar area is nearly always full, no doubt due to the fact that Aldo’s carries PBR in cans. The windows overlook the Main Street Mall, giving customers an excellent view.

At the front counter Aldo’s has pizza slices to go. The “Grab & Go Lunch” is quite popular. For $5, you can pick any slice from behind the counter and get it with a drink to go on weekdays 11-2. For people who need to get back to their desks, but who don’t want to miss out on lunch altogether, this is a great idea.

SIDE NOTE: If you have the time, though, I recommend that you dine in and have a PBR with lunch. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss.

Patio dining at Aldo's
Patio dining at Aldo’s

Aldo’s has one of the best patios in Memphis. It’s a large patio that seats about 60, and is a great place to drink a PBR and people-watch as folks walk up and down the Main Street Mall – or, as the night gets late, stumble up and down the Main Street Mall. You also get a view of Local’s patio across the street, which can be unintentionally entertaining at times. This summer Aldo put in considerable effort to cover the patio, shielding guests from unexpected rainfall and the hot summer sun.

Aldo’s sells whole pizzas in 12-inch and 18-inch sizes. There are about a dozen pizzas on the menu to choose from, or you can build your own. Pizzas sell for $14-17 in the 12″ size and $21-25 in the 18″ size.

SIDE NOTE: I’m looking at a menu that is about a year old, so prices could have risen a bit. I suppose I could walk down the street and get a new menu, since I live two blocks away. But I just popped open a PBR and I don’t want to get written a citation for walking down the Main Street Mall with it.

This was one of the first Slices of the Day I tried at Aldo's: The Button Man (tomato sauce, mozzarella, black olive, red onion, green pepper, mushroom) with pepperoni added.
This was one of the first Slices of the Day I tried at Aldo’s: The Button Man (tomato sauce, mozzarella, black olive, red onion, green pepper, mushroom) with pepperoni added.

SIDE NOTE: Or I could just look at the menu on the restaurant website. (Hey Aldo, maybe it’s time to get “Coming Soon” off the site landing page now that you’ve been open for over a year?)

If you don’t want a whole pie, Aldo’s sells your choice of a cheese, vodka, pepperoni, sausage or veggie pizza by the slice. They also have a $4 Slice of the Day which changes daily. This is a good way to try all the different pizzas at Aldo’s while still having money left over for PBR.

One pizza that I have not had a chance to try yet, but can recommend anyway, is The Lombardi with tomato sauce, meatballs, and ricotta. How can I recommend something I haven’t had yet? Because it is made with Aldo’s famous meatballs, which are served at Bardog by themselves and atop hoagies and spaghetti. In the past 5 years “Grandma’s Balls” have become famous in Memphis.

SIDE NOTE: Every year Bardog has an alley party, and one of the events is a meatball-eating contest. Participants get a T-shirt that reads. “I busted Grandma’s balls.” I’ve never participated but if they add a PBR-drinking contest, I’m in.

Grandma’s balls also come on one of six sandwiches on the menu, The Grand Mother. Other sandwiches include The Sardo, an eggplant hoagie; Uncle Carmen, a sausage & peppers hoagie; The Trenton Makes, a classic Italian sub; The Florentine, a chicken and spinach sandwich on ciabatta; and The Balboa, a steak & cheese hoagie.

Goat cheese stuffed peppers
Goat cheese stuffed peppers

One of my favorite appetizers on the menu is goat cheese stuffed peppers. This is pretty much what the name says, peppers stuffed with goat cheese with bread and marinara for dipping. The garlic knots with marinara are another classic Italian appetizer that should not be missed.

The restaurant has salads as well. For some reason I didn’t get a photo the day I tried it, but I have had the antipasto salad and can tell you it’s very good, and about as classic Italian as salads get. The Caprese salad with mozzarella di bufala, tomato, basil and balsamic reduction is another salad that will make you feel like you are in Italy.

All right, it seems like it’s been far too long since I mentioned PBR, so let’s get back to the beer. I mentioned that Aldo’s has 60 beers in bottle and on tap. One thing they started doing fairly recently is a new beer club. If you drink all 60 different beers, you become a member of the club. One of the managers who works there, Findlay, was telling me about it one night. “It’s a really good deal,” he said. “Once you finish your 60 beers and join the club, you get a dollar off any beer for life.”

“Does that include PBR?” I asked, and he replied that it indeed does.

aldostvsIf you’re looking for a place to watch the game, Aldo’s has two TVs with giant 70-inch screens that overlook the bar. I remember being in there one day on a Monday, and they had the Grizzlies on one TV, Monday Night Football on the other, and I had a PBR in my hand. Could it get any more perfect than that?

Speaking of Mondays, it’s Pint Night at Aldo’s. Starting at 5 PM, any pint on the draft wall can be had for the low price of $3, the same price as the regular price of a can of PBR there. Personally, I’d just stick with the PBR on Mondays too, but if you’re looking to get half your 60 beers done for the club as cheaply as possible, that’s the way to go.

As I mentioned earlier, Aldo’s is family-friendly and is a good place to bring kids. Because Aldo’s is an open space, the kids can watch the kitchen staff make the dough and prepare the pizza.

The Gina Bellina
The Gina Bellina

SIDE NOTE: I remember having this experience myself at Shakey’s when I was a little kid. I was too young to drink PBR at the time though. And besides, I don’t think Shakey’s even served PBR.

The kids will appreciate the dessert menu, which includes an Abita root beer float, poured from the tap wall. There are also mini-canellonis, New York cheesecake with strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and lemon sorbet. Just don’t try to buy a PBR for the kids because they card at Aldo’s.

It has been said that beer pairs with food even better than wine does, and in each of these posts I try to spotlight a few of the restaurant’s offerings that go well with PBR. It took me a minute to figure out why the Gina Bellina tastes so good when complemented with a PBR. I tried this pizza on the patio with friends not long after Aldo’s patio first opened. It comes with tomato sauce, goat cheese, mozzarella, spinach, sundried tomato, and black olive. After a few bites and sips, I realized that PBR together with the sundried tomatoes on the pizza made for an excellent dining experience.

Bring Out the Gump
Bring Out the Gump

Another outstanding PBR pairing is the Bring Out the Gump. This pizza has a poblano cream base, with sundried tomato pesto, grilled shrimp, mozzarella, red onion, and basil. Usually I write how PBR brings out the flavor of a dish. This time, however, it was more that the Bring Out the Gump brought out the rich, full taste of the PBR, with the basil and the PBR performing an intricate dance of flavor.

The poblano cream base, by the way, is a fantastic starter for a build-your-own pizza. Other bases include tomato sauce, vodka cream, and garlic & oil. Toppings include bacon, banana pepper, basil, black olive, broccoli, caramelized onion, extra mozzarella, green pepper, ham, jalapeno, mushroom, pepperoni, pineapple, red onion, roasted red pepper, roasted tomato, sausage, anchovy, artichoke heart, BBQ pork, capicola, eggplant, feta, fontina, goat cheese, gorgonzola, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, jerk chicken, mango chutney, meatballs, mozzarella di bufala, ricotta, spinach, and sundried tomato.

The Memphis
Two slices of The Memphis

SIDE NOTE: I have thought about trying a pizza topped with anchovies, but I’m worried I’ll turn into one of those food bloggers who is constantly complaining about food being too salty.

Another of Aldo’s offering that is a natural fit with PBR is The Memphis, which is Aldo’s take on BBQ pizza. The pizza has a BBQ sauce base and is topped with mozzarella, red onions, and pulled pork from one of Memphis’ finest BBQ restaurants, Central BBQ. The pizza also comes topped with slaw, for the experience of a pulled pork sandwich on a pizza. No explanation should be necessary why this goes well with PBR. After all, few foods are more American than BBQ, and what beer is more American than PBR?

Since this post is going up the week before Labor Day, I want to mention an event that will be happening right outside Aldo’s on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1, 2013: The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. Dozens of bands on multiple stages, cooking demos, dance demos and more make this festival a lot of fun. Beer is sold at the festival, but it’s not PBR, so if you want a PBR Aldo’s will be a convenient place to go. Those window and patio seats will be premium people-watching real estate for the upcoming weekend.

Give Aldo’s a try and pair the best pizza in town with the best beer in the world: PBR. I’m sure you will agree that Aldo’s is one of the best places to drink PBR in Memphis.

Wed update: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival music schedule, Syria/RealClearDefense, Green Beetle menu, Downtown’s Dirty Dozen properties, RedRover hiring, Redbirds catching up

The music schedule for the Center for Southern Folklore’s Memphis Music and Heritage Festival has been posted. This FREE festival will be on the Main Street Mall between Union and Peabody Place, and will have nearly 100 bands and performers on five different stages over two days (Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1). The cooking demo schedule has not bee released yet but I will link to it as soon as I see it. Check it out for something fun to do this weekend.

Over the years I’ve linked to RealClearPolitics a few times. It’s a nonpartisan site that aggregates political articles on both sides of the aisle, and is especially a good read in presidential election years. Well, today I was trying to get up to speed on what is happening in Syria, and I discovered that RCP has a sibling site, RealClearDefense, which links to many good defense-related articles.

The Green Beetle has rolled out a new menu.

The Downtown Memphis Commission has released a Dirty Dozen list of Downtown properties it would like to see redeveloped. Most of all I agree about 107 S. Main, between Main Street Flats and Yao’s. In 2001 I toured that property and was told it would be available for rental the following year. 12 years later it still sits vacant, which is sad.

RedRover is hiring for two positions: Creative Director and Sales Trainer/Coach. Great place to work and you’d be able to walk to Gus’s and the Blue Monkey for lunch.

The Redbirds have moved to within one game of PCL American Northern division leader Omaha. The ‘birds will be playoff bound if they can overtake Omaha by season’s end.

Time to head out for lunch, which will include a large order of tater tots so I’m pretty excited. It’s possible I will get the next PBR Review online after work.

Tue update 2: PBR news, King Kong/50 cent admission, Green Beetle to support St. Jude, food truck rodeo, new Memphis craft brewery

In my lunchtime post, I blogged that the next installment of Paul’s PBR Review might be posted tonight. However, that post is going to have to be delayed, because there’s enough news for a second Tuesday post.

The first piece of news, ironically, is PBR news. Some friends of mine were in Bardog for happy hour last night, and they report that the tavern is taking PBR off draft for a while and selling cans instead. They were finishing up the final keg about 6 PM. That’s actually fine with me, because I like PBR equally well draft or cans. I wonder if they did the switch because it’s easier to order cans for both Bardog and one of its sibling restaurants, which will be the subject of my next PBR Review.

On Friday, September 6, The Orpheum will show classic 1933 movie King Kong, personally selected by Orpheum exec Pat Halloran. In a tribute to movie prices of that era, tickets will be only 50 cents. Cash only at the ticket window that night. Concessions will be available at regular Orpheum prices. Show time is 7 PM.

On Wednesdays in September, the Green Beetle will donate a portion of its proceeds for the day to St. Jude. In addition, on those days St. Jude employees will get 25% off any meal or $2 off delivery.

On Thursday of this week there will be a food truck rodeo in Court Square. Six to eight food trucks will be there from 11 to 2.

The Fuzzy Brew blog has a look at Wiseacre Brewing Company, a new craft brewery opening in the Broad Avenue Arts District this week.

Meant to post this around 5:30 before going out. Instead it’s 10:45 and I’m home eating Dill Keema from City Market. Not a bad way to end the evening. If news comes in I’ll do a lunchtime post. If not maybe the PBR post will go up.

Tue update: Lamar Odom/Westin, Bloody Mary judges sought, Neighborfood recap, changes at Corked Carrot

A Memphis hotel is in today’s celebrity gossip. Sources told TMZ what they found after NBA player Lamar Odom checked out of the Westin after his team played at the FedExForum. The carpet was so badly burned that it had to be replaced, white powder was found on a desk, and the room smelled of noxious smoke. More info here.

Best Memphis Burger Festival is looking for Bloody Mary judges. Info can be found on the festival’s Facebook page. Judging starts at 9 AM, which pretty much guarantees I won’t be volunteering. Of course, judges have to be 21 or older, and IDs will be checked.

Here’s a link to a really good recap of the Downtown Neighborfood event held by Dishcrawl this past Saturday. Upcoming events are listed too. There’s a taco crawl Downtown next month that I wasn’t even aware of, and it’s already sold out!

The MBJ reports that The Corked Carrot has a new menu and direction. Based on feedback from customers, they’re getting away from the concept of being a cupcake bar and are moving towards being a bistro with wine and small plates.

I’ll be out at the usual places tonight including Blind Bear poker at 8. I’ve got a new Paul’s PBR Review almost ready to go and I may finish it after work, so check back.

Katie Mac wins Bluff City Poker final table

The final table of the Bluff City Poker league was tonight at the Silly Goose. It was a 9 handed table with the 7 top point earners and 2 satellite winners. It got down to heads up between these two:

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Congratulations to Katie Mac (left) on winning it. New poker league starts now for the next 16-week prize. Games are Double J, Wednesday, 8:00, Jerry Lee Lewis, Thursday, 8:00, and Silly Goose, 8:30 Monday. Weekly prizes plus points toward league total. Katie Mac won a $400 Amazon gift card.

Mon update: IMPORTANT PBR NEWS, Belle Diner lunch menu, The Geoff Calkins Show and more

As I start off this Monday blog post, I realized that I posted some IMPORTANT PBR NEWS to Facebook and Twitter this weekend but the news never made it to the blog. Gus’s is now selling 16 ounces of Pabst Blue Ribbon for $2.75. So now you can enjoy the world’s finest beer while eating Memphis’ best chicken.

Belle’s Diner posted a pic of its new lunch menu today. The diner is in the former Rio Loco space on Union.

The Geoff Calkins show premiered this morning on FM 92.9. If you missed it, executive producer John Martin posted a podcast in two parts: hour 1 and hour 2. Calkins’ first guest was Memphis Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner. Catch the show weekdays 9-11 AM on 92.9.

Thanks to those who came out for my 8th plate party at the Flying Saucer yesterday. For my 8th trip through the Ring of Honor, I got a $150 party for myself and my friends. I also have a stein coming. If you’re interested in getting your own plate, ask a server or bartender how to sigh up.

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Plans for tonight: I’ll work on three beers toward my 9th plate at the Saucer, where it’s Pint Nite and almost all drafts are $3 all day. Then I will head over to the Silly Goose to watch some of my friends play in the Bluff City Poker league’s final table with a $400 Amazon gift card to the winner. If you’re interested in earning points toward the next final table, show up for games at the Silly Goose 8:30 Mondays, Double J Loft Bar 8:00 Wednesdays, or Jerry Lee Lewis Honky Tonk and Cafe 8:00 Thursdays.

And now it’s time for a quick Target run. I guess there are a few advantages to working in suburbia. Sure wouldn’t want to live here though. I’ll be out about 5:30 tonight.

Sunday update: Police cameras, Triple H, General Tso’s Shrimp, Arkansas Razorbacks football

Eight new police cameras are being installed along the riverfront as part of a port grant. Two are on the bridge to Mud Island, one is on Riverside Drive, and five are on President’s Island. More new cameras are already installed elsewhere including South Main.

If you’re a WWE fan, this interview with executive Triple H is a must-read. Trips discusses at length how he went from being a main-event level talent to a key figure in the WWE corporate office, and it was a lot more than just marrying the chairman’s daughter. He also discusses the creation of the new WWE Talent Development Center in Florida, and how important it is to have the center now that the territory system no longer exists. Triple H is the likely successor as the head of the WWE once Vince McMahon steps down.

Yesterday afternoon I was trying to figure out what to have for dinner, and I talked to a friend who had tried Yao’s China Bistro for the first time on Friday. He had the General Tso’s Chicken and really enjoyed it. So I ended up getting on Yao’s website and ordering the General Tso’s Shrimp. Ten minutes later I walked over and my order was ready. It was very good, with lightly breaded shrimp and a sauce that was HOT. They really weren’t afraid to load it up with hot peppers. I love spicy food and it hit the spot.

I want to take a minute to apologize to the person who sent me information about an Ole Miss watch party Downtown. I appreciate the info, but I do not post offensive material to my blog. However, I will comment that the Arkansas Razorbacks open against Louisiana at 3 PM on Saturday, August 31, and Max’s Sports Bar is a great place to watch. ┬áThis is a game that will be carried on FSN, not a pay-per-view game, so Max’s should have no trouble carrying it.

I’ve been typing a Paul’s PBR Review post for the past hour, and now I am super hungry because the place I’m reviewing has really good food. Ready for the Majestic to open at 11, and today I will most definitely be getting food with my mimosa. Stops at Silly Goose and Flying Saucer after that. If I’m still standing by 6:30 – and it’s questionable whether I will be – I’ll play poker at the Blind Bear. This is the last real summer Sunday Fun Day. Next week is the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, and after that it will be NFL season which will cause a re-shuffling of my Sunday stops. For now, though, I’m ready to get this day started, and since the Majestic is still 48 minutes away from opening, it’s time to hit the fridge and pop a PBR open.