Wednesday, June 30, 2010
"Egyptian Pharoahs fell from the sky, fell from the sky and played the Blues... Pyramids and Pharoahs the River Nile is like a disco..."
Also, as an aside, notice the soccer ball icon on the menu bar at the bottom of some YouTube videos. Click it and you get the vuvuzela sound on top of the audio. Those crazy vuvuzelas.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Join the running group, The Salty Dogs, every Monday night at 7 pm or Wednesday mornings at 7 am at Bardog, 73 Monroe. The runs start and finish at Bardog. It may be easier to stay motivated in this heat by running with a group. Have a look at a list of all area group runs.
Yesterday's post about the St. Jude Garden and today's Salty Dogs reminded me of the upcoming Firecracker 5K benefitting St. Jude. It's this Saturday, July 3rd, 7 pm at The Racquet Club.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I have only been to the Memphis Farmers Market once this year but I'm going to start making up for lost time. Last week when I posted about the labneh sandwich I did not mention the other two items I bought at the Mediterranean Grocery, dried fava beans and dried giant lima beans. I never cook dried beans so I've been spending quite a bit of time soaking, blanching, shelling and simmering and still have yet to get it right. On top of that my neighbor runs a farmers market in Arkansas and their child has been regulary selling me a dozen fresh eggs. Frittatas, quiches, and deviled eggs have been the result of those purchases. So you can see why I've been too distracted to make it to the farmers market though this past Saturday I ran past. I waited until 10 a.m. to run, so as I ran past the market with hot sweat pouring down my brow and stinging my eyes, it appeared that the market has grown even larger this year with vendors set up deep into the parking lot.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Labneh is my new favorite thing. This Middle Eastern yogurt-cheese spread , which I had never heard of prior to visiting Lebanon, became my choice for lunch in Beirut at a place near our hotel called La Maison du Café, a great spot for lunch, coffee and people watching. There is nothing terribly exotic or exciting about labneh but the timing of the discovery could not have been better. Before I left for the trip the weather here was hot but not unbearably so. The temps in Memphis started climbing ever higher as I was gallivanting about the globe. Upon my return to Memphis I was greeted by the humid heatwave as I came off the plane. Native Memphians all too familiar with the blanket of sweltering heat would fondly say, "I am definitely home", as beads of sweat form on their brows. This brings me back to labneh. It's cool, light and creamy, the perfect ingredient on a sandwich in summertime.
Simply, it consists of lettuce, kalamata olives, tomato, and labneh mixed with finely chopped cucumber and mint on toasted grainy/seedy bread. Last night, I got pretty darn close to making a sandwich that tasted exactly the same as the one I had in Beirut. Ok, their bread was way better but I used a close runner up - La Brea seeded wheat bread. La Brea also has a kalamata olive bread that would be great for this sandwich. I bought the labneh at the Mediterranean Market at Highland and Park.
Speaking of cooling food...
Frix-Jennings' gelato bar, Besso's at 59 S. Main, is still not open but they plan to get it up and running at some point in the future. A year and a half now I've been waiting for the gelato. Please bring the gelato. Seriously, people have left comments about the one in Jackson, TN and how great it is so I am looking forward to being a customer.
I forget about it, but Maggie Moo's Ice Cream is still in Peabody Place.
On Wednesday nights, Sole offers Jet-Fresh sushi flown in fresh from Honolulu Seafood Company.
And of course, you can always head to Bluff City Coffee for an iced coffee or iced blended drinks.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Those looking for designer clothes and accessories made in Memphis need look no further than SACHË a new shop coming to 525 S. Main.
South of Beale is building a patio...
I spotted another one of those cut-out squiggly-tailed cats...
The urban garden on Huling is coming along quite nicely...
Don't forget today is Ladies Day at the Corkscrew - 10% off all wine for ladies.
And Mona Spa at the Envision training and fitness center in the Cadre Building, is offering Ladies Nights with the Memphis Redbirds.
Suddenly, pizza seems to be everywhere, a happy circumstance:
Ferraro's Pizza at 111 Jackson in the Pinch will be having their soft opening tomorrow and their Grand Opening this Friday.
Also, another new pizza place has opened at the corner of Peabody Place and Third called Italia Pizza, I think. It's where the Ben and Jerry's used to be.
Aldo's Pizza Pies in the core on Main St. between Union and Monroe should be coming along soon as well.
Lastly, the stray dog has been on my mind. Maybe you've seen her trotting along Main Street. She's a black dog with a little brown in her coat, friendly, she somehow stays clean and looks like she eats fairly well. I've seen her around now since December and am amazed that she is still alive. This morning on my run we encountered each other and I bent down to scratch her ears. She then ran along behind me for about six blocks. I would love to take her in but the Queen (aka Poppy) would surely not approve of an interloper in her castle, albeit a diminutive one it's her kingdom nonetheless.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
One of the many gargoyles perched high atop the Sacré Cœur Basilica on Montmarte, the highest point in Paris.
And my personal favorite is a photo on a street called Rue de Silly with a marker sign for the Hotel Tryp. I have obnoxiously circled the signs in yellow. I know, it's like pearls before swine with me. Click the image to enlarge...
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010