Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Land of the Delta Blues

{I'm still having problems uploading pics from Wayne's i-phone from Memphis, so I'm just going to roll with it. I realize my posts are out of order and its killing my OCD/Type A self, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do}.

Someone asked me why we like Memphis. And I really don't know how to respond to that other than the typical, "there's so much more to do there." And truly it is, but not that we do all of it every single time we go. For instance, someone reminded me before we left, "Eat lots of bar-be-que while you're there" and well, you just don't eat bar-be-que in Memphis in January. You have to eat bar-be-que when it's 100 degrees outside! So depending on the weather and what kind of mood we're in really determines what all we do. We kinda fly by the seat of our pants while we're there. Here are my bags packed and ready to go Thursday night. We left at 6:30 Friday morning.

In Cleveland, Mississippi, we stopped at a red light and I just happened to look over and see this sign. It made me smile. Cupcakes do make the world alot nicer!
And coming in to downtown Memphis, I saw this sign. Jim Henson, Kermit's creator, is from Leland, Mississippi, and we pass through there on our way to Memphis. We never go 1-20 to Memphis because it takes for-evah! We thought about stopping at some pawn stores in Tunica {where the casinos are}, but our tummies were beginning to growl and we were ready for lunch. The outlet mall in Tunica has gone downhill. Most of the shops are closed. We stopped for a potty break there {instead of the pawn shops. Wayne's been watching too much Pawn Stars!}.

And here is a drive-by shot of the Fed Ex Forum on our way to downtown.

And THIS is our favorite burger joint in Memphis! Huey's! Right on the corner of Union Avenue and the heart of downtown. The service is wonderful and the food is delish. And while you're waiting, you can flick a toothpick or two in the ceiling! It's Huey's tradition {I actually have a pic of the ceiling, but you can't see the toothpics, so I decided not to post it here}.

Here is a framed copy of the Memphis newspaper the day Elvis died. It's in the waiting area of Huey's.

And THIS is what I had for lunch. Three mini burgers and fried onion sticks. One burger was swiss and mushroom {which I did not eat}, one was cheddar and the other was jalepeno with jalepeno cheese. It was my favorite.

After lunch, we did something that we've never done, and that's tour the Gibson Guitar Plant. It's located a block from the Forum. Wayne was in heaven! We took the tour and saw how they actually made the guitars and that was really neat. Those suckers are expensive, too!

We hung out the rest of the afternoon on Bealle Street and goofed off. Here is my husband sporting a pair of Elvis sunglasses! The price tag kept getting in the way of the pic. We visited the Peabody Hotel, but didn't stay long enough to see the ducks. It was a little too cold to go on top of the hotel that day.

We shopped at Saddle Creek in Germantown. Wayne had a few i-phone "lessons" at the Apple store and I closed down Vera Bradley. Then we went back to the room and changed for dinner at Abuelo's - my favorite Mexican restaurant. I may or may not have had too many margaritas and forgot to take a picture of my food. But here's a smaller version of Wayne's. See the mashed potatoes?! Too. die. for.

On Saturday morning, we slept in and then had lunch with my blog friend, Leigh Anne! I was SOO excited to meet her and she is the nicest person in the world. It was as if we'd known each other our whole life. I got to meet Baby Sloane, too, but I forgot to take pics of her. She was SOO stinkin' tiny! Leigh Anne introduced Wayne and I to the wonderful world of Panera Bread - not necessarily the food, but the BAKERY!!! It was delish! And oh-so good that we went back a second time before we left town on Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon, we shopped some more and debated on whether or not to see a movie, but figured we could do that in Monroe, so we didn't bother. And all I have to say is, "STILL no bar stools." The man is driving me cray-zee over bar stools! Been to Memphis TWICE and STILL no bar stools. Get ready barstools.com because I'm coming for ya and money is no option!!

Saturday night, we made reservations at The Melting Pot, our favorite restaurant in the whole. wide. freakin'. world! We had the four course meal and ate and fondued and ate and fondued some more! We didn't leave the restarant until nearly midnight! It was fabulous!

For starters, we had the spinach artichoke dip. We usually get the fiesta cheese dip and both are fab so you can't go wrong there. Just be careful around the sides and bottom of the pot because they tend to get very hot!

Then we had salads, to which I don't have a picture of, but suffice is to say that I DID bring home a bottle of blueberry dressing. Fabulous!

Main course was steak, chicken, shrimp, and pork, along with a side of veggies. The meat is raw in this picture, because, of course, you cook it yourself!

And THEN, it was time for my favorite course...dessert! There are tons of chocolate fondues to choose from for dessert, but we stuck to our same ol' one: the flaming chocolate turtle fondue. I think it's the flame that gets us! Ha!

We slept late again Sunday morning, made a last stop at Panera, and then headed home. Home to no milk or bread and lots of laundry. Yes, definitely home.


  1. Yay! So glad you posted this:) I felt like we had known each other forever haha! Hope you come back soon!

  2. That sounds like so much fun! We love Memphis too! There is so much to due there. They have the best zoo!

  3. due, really. Sorry girl, I know it is do. Not sure what was going on there. LOL