I tried Mountain Dew Ice so you don’t have to + Tuesday news

Most of you know that I’m a big fan of Mountain Dew, an even bigger fan of Mountain Dew Throwback, and a big fan of Mountain Dew energy drink Kickstart, particularly the orange, black cherry, and lemon-lime flavors. It’s almost impossible to find the lemon-lime anymore though. I think they discontinued it. So when I saw the rollout of Mountain Dew Ice, a lemon-lime drink with a hint of Dew, I thought, maybe that’s the second coming of Mountain Dew Kickstart.

It’s not. It tastes like Sprite with four times the sugar. I made it through half a bottle and threw the rest away. Don’t bother with Dew Ice.

Time for “where’s Paul eating on his lunch hour in Germantown.”. Yesterday’s trip was to Garibaldi’s Pizza out in Saddle Creek for a Versuvian Steak sandwich.

This is their special recipe hamburger steak prepared with parmesan and onions cooked ’til piping hot, topped with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and mustard. They asked if I wanted cheese, which seemed like sacrilege since I never ordered the Versuvian steak with cheese at the Walker location when I was a graduate student. However, yesterday I decided to experiment. Verdict: Get the cheese. A side of tater tots rounded out my lunch nicely.

I also learned something valuable: There are ZERO traffic lights on Poplar Pike between Kirby Parkway, where my office is located, and West Street where I turn to go to Garibaldi’s. I am going to use Poplar Pike from now on to get to the heart of Germantown for lunch, even when the restaurant I am going to is on Poplar Avenue.

On Saturday, April 14 there will be a Downtown Lifestyle Tour presented by the Downtown Memphis Commission, a tour of 10 homes in the Downtown core and the north part of Downtown. It will be from 1 to 6 in the afternoon and ticket holders can tour the homes in any order, and the DMC will have a free shuttle service for those who choose to use it. The tour also includes a walk through a model home that is going to become one of America’s first homes to be AIA2030 Challenge, Zero Net Energy [ZNE] and LEED Platinum certified. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door.

If you’re impatient and can’t wait for the new Hattie B’s location to open on Cooper, head to Wiseacre Saturday night for your Nashville hot chicken fix. The Hattie B’s food truck will be on site 3-9 PM or until they sell out. Crystal Shrine will open for JEFF the Brotherhood from Nashville at 7:30.

Starting today The Dirty Crow Inn will have smoked bacon wrapped shrimp.

Read about Rebecca Dull, the new executive director of the Memphis Farmers Market. Two more Saturdays and the Farmers Market will be back! At the request of their vendors, their hours this year will be 8 AM to 1 PM.

The Memphis Tigers baseball team hosts #5 Arkansas at AutoZone Park this evening.

The SneakFest Sneaker Expo comes to FedExForum this Saturday.

Job news: Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Advisors is looking to hire a Marketing Coordinator/Graphic Designer.

Some of you heard fireworks last night and wondered what was the occasion. It appears that it was for a private party on the terrace of Bass Pro.

Dress as a bunny on Easter Sunday at Loflin Yard and you’ll get an extra card for Cerrito Bingo.

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