Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
When I see fellow bloggers' stories about planting a few annuals here and there I get just the slightest urge to plant something. There are some large street planters in front of my building that have some rather boring evergreens growing in them; there are two to a planter. If they were surrounded by some color or trailing vines they would be much more appealing. One pair of them died about two years ago and the planter has been empty ever since. One of my fellow residents got tired of it being used as a trash can and weed incubator so she planted some sweet potato vine, a few herbs and some coleus. So far so good, they are all doing well even though it looks like the odd man out in a line of other planters with evergreens. But it's an interesting experiment at least and she got a gardening fix. I never really attempted a rooftop garden though I have talked about it before. There are a multitude of reasons why I think that would be a disaster on my rooftop the main reasons being the wind (14 stories up) and full sun.
Memphis City Gardens at Central Station gives those of us who live in a hardscape world a chance to dig in the dirt. Here's a little information from their website:
"Memphis City Gardens at Central Station will launch in May 2011. In cooperation with the South Main Association, MATA, and the Memphis Farmers’ Market, four prototype bed gardens have been built near the south parking area of Central Station in downtown Memphis.
A committee was formed in early 2011 with a mission to promote urban garden education, to contribute to the beatification of Memphis, and to grow healthy food in the Memphis community. The urban garden is non-profit, and in its first stages of implementation.
Additional information will be forthcoming as the prototype garden mission continues. Information will be available on the Memphis City Gardens website at www.MemphisCityGardens.org, on Twitter at @MemCityGardens, and at Facebook.com/MemphisCityGardens."
Apart from a few house plants, here are some of my inside "gardening" ideas...
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
What to do this Saturday afternoon? Int'l Blacksmith Day info at: http://www.metalmuseum.org/
What to do this Saturday night?
The Sunset Symphony this year brings the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Bar-Kays together for "The Bar-Kays: A Soulful Symphony, A Tribute to the Timeless Music of Stax Records", Saturday, May 28th, Tom Lee Park, www.memphisinmay.org/sunsetsymphony
As Memphis in May comes to a close and we say goodbye to Belgium, remember to check in with
Sarah Has Moxie to see what Sar-ha is up to in Brussels.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
New to the 2011 lineup is the addition of a month long Memphis Film Fest which features movies that have a Memphis connection. The Memphis Film Fest, which will take place during the month of July, will include pre-show talks and special guest appearances by some familiar faces in the Memphis film scene. In addition to award winning, critically acclaimed classic films, The Orpheum offers pre-show activities such as trivia contests, fashion shows, dance lessons, themed costume contests, vintage film shorts, and even a mini-concert on The Orpheum's own Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before each feature film.
THE 2011 SUMMER MOVIE LINEUP
7:15 p.m. Friday 6/3 Breakfast at Tiffany's
7:15 p.m. Thursday 6/9 To Catch a Thief
7:15 p.m. Friday 6/10 The Big Lebowski
7:15 p.m. Thursday 6/23 An Affair to Remember
7:15 p.m. Thursday 8/4 Beauty Shop
7:15 p.m. Friday 8/5 Gone with the Wind
7:15 p.m. Thursday 8/18 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
7:15 p.m. Friday 8/19 The Wizard of Oz
7:15 p.m. Friday 8/26 Casablanca
8:00 p.m. Friday 9/2 Rocky Horror Picture Show
Memphis Film Fest
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/1 Hustle and Flow
7:15 p.m. Thursday 7/7 The Firm
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/8 Last Picture Show
7:15 p.m. Thursday 7/14 The Rainmaker
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/15 The Blind Side
7:15 p.m. Thursday 7/21 Great Balls of Fire
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/22 Memphis Heat
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/29 Walk the Line
Tickets are just $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at The Orpheum Theatre Box Office two hours prior to movie start time. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for pre-movie fun. A 10-ticket pack is available for $50 in advance at The Orpheum Theatre Box Office or the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and may be used in any combination for any movie in the series. For more information, please call (901) 525-3000 or visit http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/
Today's Lunch Special at McEwen's: Tomato-Soy Bisque, Grilled Rainbow Trout served w/Spicy Honey Vinaigrette over Summer Vegetable Salad http://www.mcewensonmonroe.com/
INDIAN WEDNESDAYS at City Market : Vegetable Korma, Okra Masala and Cumin Rice.
LOCAL offers free lunch delivery 11-2pm http://www.localgastropub.com/
The Trolley Stop Market's Wednesday Lunch specials:
Salmon Patties & Herb Roasted Pork Loin
Sides: Italian Green Beans, Collard Greens, Glazed Carrots, Beans & Rice, Mac & Cheese, Potato Salad, Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw, Fruit Medley.
Desserts: Choc Chip Pound Cake, Simple Sarah Cake, Strawberry Pound Cake, Dutch Pumpkin Cake, Mixed Fruit Cobbler, Spiced Coffee Cake, Dreamsicle Cake & Choc Chip Cookies!
Miss Cordelia's and Cordelia's Table Soups of the day: Red Beans and Rice, Roasted Red Pepper Bisque
Rio Loco's Wednesday lunch special - Chalupa Falisco & Chicken Quesadilla
Flying Fish has all you can eat catfish every Wednesday
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Main Street looking south from Union.
Snagged this Architecture Inc. rendering from http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=52670
That's going to be one handsome public house. The last time I darkened the brass door of this place it was the Tobacco Bowl so it's exciting to see this beautiful building come to life again.
Remember that Tuesday is Ladies Day at the Corkscrew = 10% off all wine. I just noticed that the Corkscrew website has a Wine Advisor application. You can enter in information about what you're having for dinner and it will tell you what type(s) of wine to serve. Probably not an exact science but here's how it works:
If you can tell us what you are having for dinner we will suggest a wine to pair with your dinner.
What type of food are you having? : My answer: Pasta
What type of sauce does it have? : My answer: Tomato sauce
Result: Try an Italian red such as a Sangiovese, Valpolicella or a Super Tuscan.
That's all there is to say about this situation. (Hilarious! It actually says that - that's not my two cents!)
Here's another one:
If you can tell us what you are having for dinner we will suggest a wine to pair with your dinner.
What type of food are you having? : My answer: Chicken or Turkey
How is it prepared? : My answer: Roasted
Do you prefer a sweeter wine? : My answer: No
Result: Try a Pinot Noir or a white Mertiage, Viogner or Sancere.
That's all there is to say about this situation. Love that.
But there is a way to disagree as it gives you the option to Create Special Case .
Friday, May 20, 2011
The die-lemma laid out: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/19/136018514/mississippi-losing-the-war-with-obesity
Five Favorite ways to solve the die-lemma:
South Memphis Farmers Market
Urban Farms Market
Community Gardens in Memphis
Church Health Center Farmers Market
A Bonus Favorite!: see This Post from the la dilettante blog about a food columnist who apparently doesn't seem to know about the die-lemma.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Visit http://memphisbeersandwines.com/beerevents.html to see a list of all the Belgian beer dinners planned for this month. Cafe Society in Midtown is hosting one TONIGHT.
It's hard to see this graphic even if you click on it so here's the MENU :
Reception ~ Palm Pale Ale – Belgian Pale Ale
1st course: Duck and Waffles
Barbecue duck confit, caramelized onions, house-made BBQ sauce and Anaheim chile relish
Paired with ~ Chimay White – Belgian Tripel
2nd Course: Seasonal Field Greens Salad
Chilled broccoli, roasted shallots, field radishes & candied macadamia nuts with a witbier vinaigrette
Paired with ~ Blanche de Bruxelles – Belgian Witbier
3rd course: Smoked Short Ribs
Black-eyed pea polenta & Chimay Blue reduction
Paired with ~ Rodenbach Dark Ale – Belgian
4th course: Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
Paired with ~ Lindemans Kriek – Cherry Lambic, Belgium
But this time it's Venice. Venice keeps throwing itself in my face and I'll admit it's not an unpleasant thing to think about. I've never been to Venice and it is on my list of places to go. It started with a book my friend Dan lent me called "The Bellini Card" by Jason Goodwin. It is set in Venice in 1840 and I'm learning a lot about Venice at that point in history. At the same time I lent Dan the book "The City of Falling Angels" by John Berendt set in modern day Venice. I am a Netflix subscriber and the movie that came over the weekend was "The Tourist" set in, yes, Venice. I just load up my queue with enough movies to keep them coming. When they show up in the mail I vaguely remember choosing them to begin with so it was funny that this one showed up just now. On Saturday I went to Fresh Market to buy some pasta and tomatoes with the idea of making a very simple, very good pasta dish. I bought the Cipriani tagliarelle that's super thin, oh so delicate and I could swear it was fresh pasta. And at $7.99 a package it ought to be this good. And where does it come from? Venice.
I don't know. Maybe it was watching the Mississippi River slowly creep up Riverside Drive that made me subconsciously envision navigating watery canals through downtown Memphis as a gondolier. But back to reality: the preferred mode of transportation on the high and dry streets of downtown will be the bike this week. This Friday is Bike to Work Day and today there will be a bikestravaganza in Court Square at lunch time. Fix Memphis will keep you well informed on all bike-related matters.
I haven't mentioned it in many Tuesdays but today is Ladies Day at the Corkscrew - ladies get 10% off all wine. Wine, Venice, pasta and bikes seem to somehow all work together. I think today in honor of Venice I should pick up a Soave, no? By the by, the Corkscrew sells a Bulgarian Sauvignon Blanc that is outstanding and worth a try. I do realize how all over the place this post is. It's just like this sometimes. The Bulgarian label:
Friday, May 13, 2011
1. The Bastey Boys
2. Tangled Up in Que
3. Right on Q
4. The Pit and the Pigulum II
5. Born in the Que S.A.
The clever and quirky names that the BBQ teams come up with reminded me of some other funny names. Since the Kentucky Derby last week a friend of mine has been going on and on about the name "Pants on Fire" so, I thought I'd throw in my five favorite Kentucky Derby contender names (from various years) :
1. Mr. Hot Stuff
3. Mister Frisky
4. Supah Blitz (Poppy's favorite as well)
5. Lemon Drop Kid
Five Favorite Things About Attending a Grizzlies game at FedEx Forum:
1. Being in a "grindhouse"
5. Grizz love
Lots of Belgian flags are flying at Tiger Lane today
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It appears that I will be entangled with BBQ Fest this year in a capacity beyond merely being in attendance. I'm psyched, but more on that later.
And for some other events beyond BBQ... Indie Memphis is presenting a series of Belgian films throughout the month in collaboration with Memphis in May. Next up...
The Barons (Les Barons) 7 pm Thursday, May 12 @ Studio on the Square
From the Indie Memphis website.... "Presented on 35mm film, The Barons tells the story of, Hassan, Aziz and Mounir, three friends who lead a life of pleasant apathy in modern-day Brussels. Calling themselves ‘The Barons,’ they spend their days loafing around in unhurried torpor, bantering between each other and adhering to a curious theory which postulates that the fewer steps one takes in a lifetime, the richer and more satisfying one’s interior life. When real life crashes unpleasantly into their dream world, the three are forced to deal with life, love and the future."
And a couple of upcoming Belgian food and drink events are a Beer Tasting at STAX and a Belgian dinner with Chef Felix Alen at Grill 83
How could a Belgian beer tasting at STAX be anything but cool? Le plus cool, no?
Monday, May 9, 2011
The Tom Lee memorial in Tom Lee Park yesterday...
And from drier days...