Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Barton Flats and a blue light martini/champagne glass say goodbye 2008 and hello 2009!
For a list of Downtown NYE parties and events, see the Center City Commission website http://www.downtownmemphis.com/
The Best Bet in my opinion is the Bluff City Ball at The Orpheum, or you could crash a private party or have your own party.
Since tonight centers on toasting in the New Year, you may find that you drank too much and feel pretty sorry in the morning. Here is some preventative wisdom:
- Don't mix the grape and the grain. Keep wine/port/brandy separate from beer/whisky - English folklore
- Beer then wine, I feel fine. Wine then beer, I feel queer - English folkore
- Don't get drunk - Memphistanista
If you missed the preventative wisdom tips and ended up with a hangover here are some ideas*:
In author P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster series we meet Bertie and his stunningly clever valet, Jeeves. When Bertie has a hangover, Jeeves appears with his miracle cure of raw egg, Worcestershire sauce and pepper, commonly known as a Prairie Oyster. An excerpt from the first time Jeeves gives Bertie the concoction: "It is a little preparation of my own invention. It is the Worcestershire Sauce that gives it its colour. The raw egg makes it nutritious. The red pepper gives it its bite. Gentlemen have told me they found it extremely invigorating after a late evening."
The following possible cures were taken from a New Yorker article on hangover remedies. For the full article click: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/05/26/080526fa_fact_acocella?currentPage=all
Drink lots of water
Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins
Bloody Mary - a hair of the dog that bit you remedy
Italians say drink strong coffee with lemon
French say drink strong coffee with salt
Alcohol researchers say don't drink coffee, it will make you more dehydrated
Germans eat pickled herring
Moroccans chew cumin seeds
Drink sports drinks
*Disclaimer - this is a blog not a medical resource. I take no responsibility for any ill effects caused by you trying any of these. Generally, if you're feeling ill effects from drinking it's your own fault. You cannot drink all night and wake up feeling tip top now can you? As my Dad says, "You can't stay up with the owls at night if you want to soar with the eagles in the morning", or something like that. I'm sure I'll be corrected if that's wrong.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Again, the Edge Neighborhood extends it's message for the New Year just as they did for Christmas, on a tire. Naturally, the New Year's message is on a Goodyear tire.
Poppy also hopes everyone has a Happy New Year. You can pop champagne bottles open all night but she knows she's got the better end of the deal with her chewy treat.
The Horizon on Riverside Drive - 155 condo unit tower (first phase)
According to this week's Memphis Business Journal, 2009 will be the Year of the Crane for downtown as we see condo, apartment, and mixed use projects continue and some new ones get underway. It seems everywhere you look there's housing to accomodate any lifestyle.
MBJ also reports the University of Memphis Law School is slated to open in the fall of 2009; the building will include new features such as a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and a Starbucks.
one room glass house, very minimalist
Monday, December 29, 2008
See: ( Hoppin' John, Southern Living, Jan 2005, by Jones, Scott.)
So, what if you're not sure of your Hoppin' John cooking skills but don't want to miss out on all that good luck and wealth for 2009? Try calling these downtown spots ahead for Hoppin' John to go:
Miss Cordelia's, 901-526-4772
Frank's Main Street Market told me their deli will make anything anyone requests but I would call ahead anyway, 523-0101
You'll also need to get some champagne to bring in the new year. This month's Bon Appetit magazine is touting the virtues of Rosé Champagne. The Corkscrew downtown carries a few varieties of this pink bubbly.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
While at the Trolley Tour this past Friday night, my sister and I saw this new art installation going up at Talbot and S. Main, replacing the previous multi-colored one. Unlike yesterday, which entailed a lot of running around town, today is very subdued and relaxed as we gear up to head back to work for what will be a two day work week for most people. Not much is going on tonight which is just as well as I'm sure most people have food/drink/party hangovers anyway. In case you just haven't had enough, the Soul Shockers are playing tonight at Huey's downtown, 77 Union, 8:30pm. http://www.soulshockers.com/Soul_Shockers/Home.html
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Too much to do today and not enough time to blog. I see this wall everyday but just noticed it and really looked at it today. It's in General Washburn's Escape Alley ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Memphis) and the colors and textures struck me. So, a picture from a downtown detail will have to suffice for today.
Friday, December 26, 2008
New Year's Eve Party The Peabody Hotel. 149 Union
New Year's Eve Party Rumba Room. 303 S Main
First Kiss NYE 2009 Quetzal. 668 Union
New Year's Eve Guitar Drop Hard Rock Café. 315 Beale
New Year's Eve Encore Restaurant. 150 Peabody Pl.
New Year's Eve Party Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. 130 Peabody Pl.
NYE Bluff City Ball. Orpheum Theatre. 203 S Main. 6pm. North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, and Amy LaVere.
Countdown on Beale. Beale Street.
New Year's Eve Bash Hollywood Disco. 115 Vance.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Some local (downtown) shops to search for last minute gifts:
It's Ladies Day at the Corkscrew - 10% off wine for ladies. Yippee!
St. Blues Guitar Workshop http://www.saintblues.com/ - up to 70% off sale
Gestures Flowers and Gifts http://www.gesturesgifts.com/ - 40% off Christmas items and remember the Cash and Carry Flower Happy Hour
Also, if you'll be in Memphis this week, go to the Memphis Restaurant Association website to see a list of downtown (and around town) bars and restaurants that will be open on Christmas.
Monday, December 22, 2008
New Bars/Nightclubs/Restaurants in 2008: Calhoun's (might have opened the very, very end of Dec. 2007 but it's too close to call in my memory), Red Rooster, Ground Zero Blues Club, Blue Monkey, Bardog Tavern, Rumba Room, Orleans on Front, On the River, Onix, Sole
New Retail in 2008: Divine Rags, Strut, Red Fish Gallery and Gifts, Nail Bar, Big Ono Bakery, Frank's Market, Le Tre Salon, The Salon, Harbor Town Coffee, Delphinum expanded, Lansky's 126 expanded, FedEx Office
Closed in 2008: Roma Pizza, Dan McGuiness, half the remaining shops in Peabody Place to make way for more hotel space, Track Couture, Lolo's, McAlister's Deli, Hoop's, EP's Delta Kitchen, The Daily Grill
2008 Downtown Festivals/Fundraisers/Events: The National Civil Rights Museum marks the 40th Anniversary of the assasination of MLK with various events, Africa in April, Crawfish Festival, Zombie Walk at April's Trolley Tour, Memphis in May honored Turkey (BBQ fest, Music Fest, Sunset Symphony, Canoe & Kayak race), Gibson 5K, Harbor Town 5K, Blues on the Bluff, Red, White and Blues 4th of July celebration in Tom Lee Park, Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, National Ornamental Metal Museum Repair Days, Fire Museum's 10th Anniversary, River Arts Fest, Duck Race on Mud Island, Downtown Alive Fall Concert Series, Cyclocross in Greenbelt Park, Downtown Memphis Holiday Parade, St. Jude Memphis Marathon
2008 News: Sadly, Isaac Hayes dies as do Silver of Silver Salon and Sam Zambelis of Bon Ton Cafe, Memphis Mayor aka King Willie annnounces his resignation but then withdraws it, work begins on Beale Street Landing, Lincoln American Tower renovation completed and leasing begins, construction on various large projects continue including Court Square Center, U of M Law School, and The Horizon, construction begins on Courtyard by Marriott
That's it, my brain hurts now.
What can I say? I was out running yesterday and parked in front of the Peabody was an Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile and a second one had just pulled off and was driving down Union. Someone told me there had been a Mini-Cooper Wiernermobile parked there as well. Too bad I missed all of them together.
Here's an interesting bit of Wienermobile information from Wikipedia:
"The most recent version of the Wienermobile, built in 2004, has been updated to include a voice activated GPS navigation device, an audio center with a wireless microphone, and a horn that plays the Wiener Jingle in 21 different genres from Cajun to Rap to Bossa Nova, according to American Eats. There are seven Wienermobiles in existence." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar-Mayer_Wienermobile
Saturday, December 20, 2008
1/2 gallon "Growlers"- $10 for the beer - $3 deposit on the container
Ghost River Golden
Ghost River Glacial Pale Ale (I'm not a beer drinker but I love this one)
Ghost River Brown Ale
Ghost River Wee Heavy
Currently available Boscos styles in growlers are:
Boscos Famous Flaming Stone Beer
Boscos Bombay IPA
Isle of Skye Scottish Ale
Check out their website for details about growlers, kegs and cost: http://boscosbeer.com/brewery/docksales.htm
Friday, December 19, 2008
The Grizzlies play the Bobcats tonight at FedEx Forum, the Lakers on Monday the 22nd and the Pacers on Friday the 26th.
Brunch with Santa at the Majestic Grille, Saturday, December 20, 11am - 2 pm. 901-522-8555
Applause for the Cause featuring rapper Al Kapone at Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street. Proceeds benefit WHY (www.worldhungeryear.org) Saturday, December 20, 10pm.
Sunday Supper and a Movie at Majestic Grille, Sunday December 21st, 6:30 pm. Movie: The Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life". NOTE: Tables are already totally booked, I just got two seats at the bar, so they may have more places at the bar, call 901-522-8555.
Rapper T.I. at FedEx Forum Sunday, December 21st.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tuesday, December 23rd at the FedEx Forum.
Trim the Tree at Bardog Tavern, 73 Monroe - Wednesday, December 24th - Bring an ornament.
Duwayne Burnside (blues), at Ground Zero Blues Club, 158 Lt George W. Lee St., Friday night, December 26th
Go to the Center City Commission website for a full listing of events http://www.downtownmemphis.com/domain/news/html/thisweek.html
Thursday, December 18, 2008
You may find yourself downtown on Christmas and in need of dinner or a drink or both. The following is a current list of downtown bars and restaurants that will be open, according to the Memphis Restaurant Association website http://www.memphisrestaurants.com
The Blue Monkey
The Flying Saucer
Capriccio (inThe Peabody)
Sole (Westin Hotel)
Grill 83 (Madison Hotel)
The Inn at Hunt Phelan
Downtown will be the place to be on New Year's Eve. Here's what's happening:The Peabody New Year's Eve Party: Featuring live music throughout the hotel on three different stages. Bands include Lord T. & Eloise and Gabby Johnson. 21 years or older. December 31, 2008, 6:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. $35.00 per person. www.peabodymemphis.com
Countdown on Beale: Live music at Handy Park and in the clubs, as well as fireworks, a countdown to the New Year, and a champagne toast at midnight. December 31, 2008, 6:00 p.m. Beale Street. www.bealestreetmerchants.com
Bluff City Ball: North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Amy LaVere, Jim Dickinson, 7pm. Tickets $30- $45 www.orpheum-memphis.com
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Italy: Ribbons for typewriters (where can you even buy ribbons for typewriters, or typewriters for that matter?)
Ecuador: All maps showing the territory of Ecuador with incorrect boundaries
Iran: Fashion magazines
Scotland: Horror comics and matrices
Albania: Extravagant clothes and other articles contrary to Albanians’ taste (???)
One of the businesses in Downtown' s suburb The Edge Neighborhood wishes you a Merry Christmas via a painted tire. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Speaking of auto related recycled items, Delphinium at 107 G.E. Patterson has some really cool items made out of recycled street signs. Visit their website to see their selection: http://delphiniumboutique.com/store/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=3&Itemid=7
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is exciting news! North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Amy LaVere and Jim Dickinson at the Orpheum on New Year's Eve. I saw the North Mississippi Allstars on New Year's Eve a couple of years ago at the Orpheum and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. This should be great way to usher in 2009.
North Mississippi Allstars website: http://www.nmallstars.com/
Lucero website: http://www.luceromusic.com/site/index.php
Amy LaVere: http://www.archer-records.com/?page=artist.asp&sub=y&aid=5
Jim Dickinson: http://www.popculturepress.com/jimdickinson.html
To buy tickets: http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/index.cfm?section=comattrac&page=details&showid=611
The good news for girls is that it is Ladies Day at the Corkscrew which means a 10% discount on wine for ladies. They have a Spanish wine in stock I can recommend, Viña Borgia 2007, which is already inexpensive so with a 10% discount you can't go wrong. This might make the perfect wine to bring to a party or to give as a host/hostess gift :
By the by, the Corkscrew also has Averna, a Sicilian digestif, which is hard to find around here http://www.averna.it/en/averna.htm.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I love to go driving around at Christmas time to look at Christmas lights. Some neighborhoods go all out and decorate every yard and house. There are always certain houses as well that everyone knows about to specifically go to because they go over the top with lights. Think of this post as a drive through downtown to look at some of the lights.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Hello. Do you want to see our new super fine home? It's so much more refined than that garish gingerbread house in the lobby.
In my chestnut cake recipe from a couple of days ago I mentioned that Mantia's on Poplar was the only place in Memphis you could buy chestnut flour. Since then I heard Mantia's is closing (they may already be closed by now). I'm sorry to hear that as they had the BEST selection of cheese in the city as well as all kinds of hard to find, high quality food. So now, if anyone knows where to get chestnut flour please let me know.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Also tonight admission to the Rumba Room (303 S. Main) is free with the donation of a toy worth $5-10 for the MIFA "Hope Chest". Each year MIFA’s Holiday Hope Chest provides gifts for over 400 children in various MIFA programs.
Saturday night December 13th the Downtown Neighborhood Association is having their Holiday Party at First Alliance Bank, 464 N. Front from 7 - 10pm (donations of canned goods or cash required).
And don't forget Majestic Grille's Sunday Supper and a movie this Sunday featuring the movie "The Thin Man". Dinner starts at 7pm and movie starts at 7:30.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Chestnut Cake (Castagnaccio)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It was a gloomy, rainy day out today. My mood has matched the weather. This afternoon I went by Miss Cordelia's to provision as my cupboards were bare and had a good lunch in their deli. Since it's on Harbor Town I rarely think of going there for lunch but I should make a point of it more often. There are quite a few lunch options in their little commercial square now including the River Inn restaurants Currents and Tug's, Harbor Town Coffee shop and Movie & Pizza Co.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The Majestic Grille has been hosting a Sunday Supper and a Movie. Where else can you have dinner and a show in the same spot? The movie is accompanied by a dinner special appropriately coordinated with the theme of the movie. On December 14th the movie is "The Thin Man" and December 21st will be "It's a Wonderful Life". They will also have a special movie night on Thursday December 18th showing "Christmas Vacation". For movie times and menus visit www.themajesticgrille.com/events
Sunday, December 7, 2008