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Daydreaming: Daydreaming about Memphis...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Daydreaming about Memphis...

Hi everyone!
Just back from Memphis. We left last Tuesday and returned late Saturday night to a 19 year old son who pretended not to have missed us and a small Maltese baby girl dog that almost hyperventilated because she missed us so much.  I'm thinking there might be a little something wrong with the way this all played out.

I was in Memphis for a Realtor Conference so it was more or less mostly a working vacation. Is there such a thing?  I had classes and my husband vacationed.  We mostly slept and ate.  Hubby loves to watch the Man vs Food show on the Travel Channel so he already had a list of eating establishments we HAD to try out.  So...he reported back to all his Facebook friends his opinion of the various restaurants we visited. 

I have to say that all in all we had some really good food. There was one night we were disappointed, but since we heard from various "home folk" that we HAD to try this place and that it was awesome food, I guess I understand even more how some readers can LOVE a book and others can HATE it.  Personal taste is definitely a factor. 

If you are ever in Memphis, visit the Blue City Cafe, Mike had ribs and I had a seafood gumbo. The ribs were saucy and fallin' off the bone. My gumbo was spicy hot but worth the sting. I really enjoyed it.

We had breakfast at the Blue Plate Cafe. It was awesome and we both ate for a little over $13.00. We had biscuits and gravy, 3 pancakes each, I had scrambled eggs and Mike had some bacon with his.  This was one of the best meals I had.

We love Mexican so we looked up a downtown Mexican place called Rio Loco.  The Fajitas were excellent. They were fresh and more than we could eat.

The Flying Fish was also awesome. It's sort of like fast food and you get your own drinks, but Crab Legs for $14.95 is not a bad deal. I had plenty to eat and it was delicious.

The one let down for us was the Rendevous.  Others loved it and it can highly recommended, but the dry rub on their ribs just wasn't our cup of tea.  Not sure if it was an off night or if it was just our taste.

The first two nights we tried Priceline.com and ended up staying at the Mariott Downtown. It was very nice with a large room, Bath & Body soaps and shampoos, a shower with terrific water pressure and excellent staff.  We were so impressed.

The last two nights we were at the Peabody. It's a local landmark.  We watched the Peabody ducks walk the red carpet and take their place in the lobby fountain.  The Peabody is more nostalgic.  It exudes an elegant grace, but if you are looking for spacious guest rooms, it's probably not for you. The room we were in was very expensive and very small. The bathroom was barely big enough to turn around it.  Very classy and historical.

We enjoyed riding the Trolley throughout downtown and it was fun to watch the different drivers and how they dealt with the passngers.

We also took a ride on the Monorail over to Mud Island Park and visited the Mississippi River Museum. It was very neat.   Worth a look.

Well, I just thought I'd share some of our experiences.

Tammie

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