Memphis Greenline, Gardener Road Shelby Farms, Photo Enforced Traffic Camera Shelby Farms, New Art, Memphis Events, Oktoberfest Memphis, Best Memphis Burger Festival

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Thirsty Thursday Memphis. Here we go…

Bike ride to work yesterday was great. Here is a view of my commute.

Memphis Greenline

Beautiful day for a ride.

For a long while, I have wanted to check out Gardener Rd. The small road runs south and east of the Shelby County Detention Center.

Greenline Gardner Rd Shelby Farms 2

Better yet, Gardener Road empties out into the NEW entrance to Shelby Farms. Perfect! I timed myself this morning using Gardener Road. My trip down the road clocked in at 8 minutes without riding hard. There are a couple of places the road is spotty. The street has been paved over in spots numerous times, but this new route works for me.

The intersection at Walnut Grove Road and Farm Road has a new traffic camera installed.

Photo enforced

Do you believe this will slow traffic down and stop red light runners? Not a chance. Motorists were flying through the intersection today; running red lights. The only thing that will slow motorists down are additional lights on Walnut Grove Road.

You can see my total route using the Greenline to take me to work.

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Every day. Once I get to the Greenline, the ride is smooth sailing.

Oh yes. We purchased some art at the Cooper Young Festival. Cornman is the artist.

Cornman art Cooper Young

The art makes our dining room brighter.

Get ready for Memphis events.

Saturday is Tour De Coop. I signed up, for the long ride.

Tour De Coop Memphis

Now I just have to roll out of bed at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Best Memphis Burger Festival is this Sunday. I hope the rain stays away. Here are a few photo’s from last years event.

Best Memphis Burger BIG Burger

best memphis burger festival

Wiseacre Oktoberfest September 27th 11-6.

wiseacre taproom

wiseacre ty and maggie

Wiseacre knows how to throw a party, THAT’S FOR SURE. And I expect the joint to be packed.

High Cotton Oktoberfest Oct 4th 12-7.

Yes, I have been to the brewery. I may or may not attend this event. I am sure the occasion will be great. And yes, High Cotton produces some GREAT beer.

High Cotton Brewery Patio

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Cooper Young Regional Beer Festival Saturday October 11th.

Been there, done that, over and over. Easily the BEST beer fest in town, for a very different reason than you think. This festival is about the people who attend. Everyone ends up talking with everyone else. Not so much of a drunkfest, more of a “hanging in the neighborhood, talking with some cool people” kinda event. Love it!

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COOPER YOUNG REGIONAL BEERFEST

Lastly, there is a website YOU should see. MemphisCyclist.com. I haven’t had time to look the site over properly, but I did add the site to my favorites.

Done. So many events in Memphis, so little time. See YOU back here for more beers, bikes and the Greenline.

Journey Memphis 2014, Cooper Young Festival 2014, Short Bus Car, Save The Coliseum

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And that was the weekend Memphis… What a weekend.

Although I wasn’t going to take the bicycle to work Friday, in the end I did. You want high water in Memphis? You got it.

Wolf River Memphis Flood

For you red light runners out there, I also noticed that traffic cameras are going up at the intersection of Walnut Grove Rd. and Farm Rd. Will the cameras help decrease traffic accidents? Some. The better option would have been to place traffic lights east and west of the intersection on Walnut Grove Rd. to slow traffic. Yes, SLOW traffic on Walnut Grove Rd. If you cannot go the speed limits and cannot obey traffic laws, then slow the traffic down with red lights. That will take care of the car accident problem at the bottom of Shelby Farms.

Busy day Saturday. I worked from 8-1. Then it was off to Cooper Young Festival 2014.

Cooper Young Festival 2014 photos

Cooper Young Festival 2014 Cupcake

Cupcake? Yes. Along with pizza and egg rolls.

Along the way, I saw “the short bus”.

Short Bus Car Memphis

You see it all, especially in Cooper Young.

Save the coliseum Memphis

People still want to save the coliseum? DO you realize how OLD the thing is? Saving old building is good. But how up to date is the building? And you have to think about what the building would be used for. The internal technology for sound and light is ancient now for the building. Who would use it?

After seeing many people we knew, it was time to head home to change for the Journey concert downtown at Mud Island. The weather was perfect for a show. We had drinks and dinner at Tugs and then walked over to the show. Thousands of 40 somethings were packed into the venue.

Journey Memphis 2014

Journey Memphis 2014 (2)

A couple of 40 something year olds enjoying the show. Don’t stop believin’.

Journey Setlist 2014

As you can see from setlist.com, Journey played the classics. Neil Schon clearly showed who the leader of the band was. Even though the band is considered “classic rock”, they didn’t show their age. Journey rocked Memphis and a bunch of “older” fans.

My only issue for Saturday? Work plus Cooper Young Festival, plus a concert makes for one busy day. Tired. Me. Out.

Done. See YOU back here for more festivals, concerts and red light runners.

Cheers.

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Tour De Coop, Ray Ban Glasses, Janis Joplin Stamps, Journey Memphis, Greenline Extension

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Waffle Wednesday Memphis. Get some.

More events for Memphis? Okay. How about Tour de Coop?

Tour De Coop Memphis

“The Memphis Tour De Coop is a guided and self-guided bicycle tour of urban chicken coops, gardens, and beehives benefiting GrowMemphis. We will also include a Tour De Coop map with the stop locations for any person who registers and would like to walk or otherwise participate in the tour.


The 2014 event will showcase urban chickens, gardens, and beehives in new innovative ways to inspire the Yard to Table approach of creating healthy, fresh, and sustainable local food production back into our yards, homes, lives, and community.

Registration Fee: Suggested donation of $10.00 per person to benefit the work of GrowMemphis. Registration will be available August 3rd – September 17th.

Tour Location: South Memphis, Midtown, and Binghampton Neighborhood

Distance:
Mini Tour: Approximately 2 miles round trip

Short ride : Approximately 10 -11 miles round trip

Long ride: Approximately 15 miles round trip

For more information please see the link below.
http://growmemphis.org/tour-de-coop/ “

I heard about this event last year. The details sound very interesting. Tour the neighborhood and see how people are growing veggies, raising chickens, and keeping bee’s on their property. Plus the bike ride would give me a chance to take a picture or two.

Saturday September 20th 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Go!

Speaking of bicycles; The Greenline is getting longer.

“For the west end of the trail, Memphis officials have received a $375,000 grant to fund the design of a bicycle-pedestrian bridge over the CN railroad near the Poplar viaduct. The span would open the way for an approximately half-mile westward extension of the Greenline from Tillman to Flicker, just north of Tobey Park and the Fairgrounds.”

FANTASTIC news! Do you know how many times I am stopped by a train on a weekly basis?

Trains, you block my path!

Trains, you block my path!

I find this news particularly interesting because last Monday I took my bike out for a ride near the skate park. Because of a train, I had to wait with 6 other cyclists. SIX! There was a group of 3 cyclists, a single, 2 others and myself. And we were at least a mile from the Greenline. The new Greenline extension will give better access to the Greenline from Midtown. Can’t wait. Read the story here.

More bikes? I ordered some spoke lights, and an ankle light for my soon to be night rides next week. I also ordered up some new tires. Bigger, thicker tires. Instead of cutting through Shelby Farms at night, I plan to use the roads on the western side of the park. And I expect these roads (trails) will have lots of gravel. The tire reviews are good, so instead of using a different bike to get to work, I can use the same, just slightly wider, tougher tires.

Stamps. I find it amusing that you have to be DEAD in the United States in order to be on a stamp. Rush is on a stamp in Canada. Rush isn’t dead. Ummm….. we need to change that rule. And put some classics Americans on American Stamps. Just sayin’.

Janis Joplin Stamp

“Take another little piece of my heart now, baby.” Time to get THAT song on my music list.

Are we cool?

Ray Ban Classic

Ray Bans. Happy Birthday to me, and it is not my birthday yet. This would be set number three? I had some when I was 18. Lost. Those lasted a couple of months. The next set, I purchased in New Orleans in 2003? I forgot my glasses and purchased a pair on the street after a long night out and needed some shades. Those lasted a few months. I was working a show with the glasses hanging from my pants pocket. I was leaning over a concrete table when I noticed my glasses were completely scratched up from the concrete. Great. Those glasses were toast. So from then on, I have purchased the $5 cheap knock offs. Why? Because I ABUSE THE CRAP OUT OF MY GLASSES. Especially when riding my bicycle.

Done. Remember; “Don’t stop, believing.”

Journey Band

Saturday night. Go!

Done. See YOU back here for more bikes, chickens, and Memphis events. Cheers.

 

Memphis Beer Events, Journey Memphis, Bike Rides, Greenline Graffiti, Memphis Library, Cooper Young Festival, Eggs in a Basket, Oktoberfest Memphis, Memphis Ribs

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Weekend Memphis. Get out!

Me? Busy, busy, busy. A few bike rides during the day, and a ride at night. Bored in Memphis? Not for long. There are MANY events coming up soon.

I took the bicycle to work several days last week, using the Greenline to get to work and back. I forgot about the sun setting sooner lately, and then it turned into a “night ride”. I was prepared though. I have a bike light, lights for the frame of my bicycle and tail lights, so I am pretty well covered.

(The above photo was an older bike with the frame lights, so you get the picture. Pun intended). I also have a light on the back of my helmet. I have discovered lights that you attach to your ankles, making the rider more visible to motorists at night. I must look into these.

I also noticed new graffiti along the Greenline.

Memphis Greenline Graffiti

Nice. Good work idiot. You take a can of spray paint to promote your local business. Someone inform Microsoft, Google and Coke that they are doing it all wrong. Why invest millions into advertising a company website, when the only thing you need is a can of spray paint. Idiots.

The rides I did last week were hot. I came in Friday evening with a soaked shirt, shorts and helmet. But the temperature is about to turn cooler. Thankfully. Here come the 70’s! Long. Sleeve. Shirts.

I started this morning with “eggs in a basket” at Republic Coffee.

Republic Coffee Eggs in a Basket

So what’s up with eggs in a basket? An egg is baked into the toast. Awesome! The story behind the new-ish dish at the coffee shop (and this is what I was told) was that there was too much bread ordered and they needed a way to get rid of the slices, so the shop listed “eggs in a basket” as a special. Pretty smart. Now I am addicted to eggs in a basket. Love it!

Yes, I am reading MORE library books. LOVE the Memphis Library.

My new library card

And I never have to stop in to check a book out or return a book. All of the books I read are the digital version of the books. Best thing ever. Ever.

Events in Memphis? Get ready.

Cooper Young Festival September 13th all day. I will work in the morning, then head over to the festival in the afternoon.

Cooper Young Festival

Food, drinks and lots of people. Go!

Journey, Mud Island September, 13th 8:00 p.m.

“Don’t stop, believin’.” Although the original singer is no longer with the band, Journey will play the hits you grew up with in the 80’s. I will be there, singing along with everyone else in my age group.

Journey Band

Wait do you need beer Memphis?

gordon biersch wheat beer

Here it comes.

Wiseacre Oktoberfest September 27th 11-6.

wiseacre taproom

wiseacre ty and maggie

Wiseacre knows how to throw a party, THAT’S FOR SURE. And I expect the joint to be packed.

High Cotton Oktoberfest Oct 4th 12-7.

Yes, I have been to the brewery. I may or may not attend this event. I am sure the occasion will be great. And yes, High Cotton produces some GREAT beer.

High Cotton Brewery Patio

High Cotton Brewery Memphis 2

Cooper Young Regional Beer Festival Saturday October 11th.

Been there, done that, over and over. Easily the BEST beer fest in town, for a very different reason than you think. This festival is about the people who attend. Everyone ends up talking with everyone else. Not so much of a drunkfest, more of a “hanging in the neighborhood, talking with some cool people” kinda event. Love it!

cooper young regional beer festival 2013

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COOPER YOUNG REGIONAL BEERFEST

Hope you are thirsty Memphis, because it appears week after week, Memphis will become beer central shortly.

Ribs are waiting patiently in the fridge for the grill. They should turn out something like this:

memphis ribs

Why ribs? Just leave them on the grill for 3 hours and they are done. Nothing to it. I use Central BBQ rib rub and jalapeños for some extra kick.

Done. Got to get the fire started. See YOU back here for more books, ribs, and BEER. Cheers.

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Grocery List For Men, Strano Cooper Young Memphis, The Kraken Project, Coffee Memphis

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Holiday weekend Memphis. THREE days of things to do. Let us begin.

My wife is out-of-town for a couple of days, so of course I went to the store for supplies.

beer ribs and bacon

The grocery list I compiled is made up of beer, chips, doughnut holes, bacon and ribs. Oh and a couple of movies. That should do it.

Last night we stopped in at Strano! in Cooper Young. How was it? Very, very good. You like salad?

Strano Memphis Salad

The salad is as good as the photo looks. Delicious. Really. I LOVE a good salad and Strano delivers. We shared a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

Strano Memphis Spaghetti and meatballs

Again, the dish was very good as well. The sauce, pasta and meat were flavored perfectly. And if you are thirsty, have Trevor make a drink for you at the bar. He knows his drinks.

tennessee water strano memphis

margarita strano memphis

The bar also serves local beers as well.

strano memphis beers

The service was also very good. If you have yet to try out Strano, you are missing some great food. The restaurant is located at the corner of Cooper and Young. Go!

The rain today kept me from my bicycle ride. But if the streets dry out tomorrow, I will jump on the bicycle and have a go.

Need a GOOD book to read? If you like mysteries, computers, & A.I., you will enjoy “The Kraken Project” by Douglas Preston. EXCELLENT book. And better yet, the book is on loan from the Memphis Public Library. I have a digital version of the book. Ironic since the book deals with computers and the digital world.

Oh look, hell has moved into my work place for a week.

Fair Memphis

This is what my work week will consist of Tuesday – Saturday. Security – “Stop. Where are you going?” Me – (sigh) “To work.” Every. Single. Day….

It’s good to know your barista. I walked into Coffee Town today, knowing that the best barista had already ended her shift. I was surprised that she was still working when I arrived. Although she was finishing up, she saw me and poured my coffee without even asking what I wanted. No waiting, no fuss. That is what I call great service.

Love in a cup.

On the menu this evening? Beer, movies and maybe Cooper Young. See YOU back here for more coffee, beers, and books. Cheers.

 

 

Midnight Classic Bicycle Ride 2014 Photo’s, Angry Orchard Cider, Shelby Farms Construction, Shelby Farms Bike Lane, Patriot Lake, Coffee Town

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As promised, photo’s from the Midnight Classic Bicycle Ride 2014.

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Midnight classic bike ride 2014

 

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Waiting (for the ride to begin) is the hardest part. The starting gate is wayyyyy up there.

After the ride, I replenished fluids lost with alcohol. Not the smartest idea in the world.

angry balls

Angry Balls. I accidentally got the “balls” in front of the “angry” in the photo. Ooops.

And… Angry Orchard also has a cinnamon product out now.

angry orchard cinnamon

I tried the new beverage out. The flavor was okay. Not my favorite. There appeared to be an odd after taste each time I took a drink. My wife also commented on the after taste.

I’m not sure if I have posted this photo in the past, but this is the new Shelby Farms bicycle trail.

Shelby Farms Bike Lane

And here is what Patriot Lake looks like now. Not much water left.

Shelby Farms Patriot Lake construction

So I tried out my new bicycle tire with the “old” bike tire liner. How was it? The tire made me put more effort into my ride slightly. I was worried about my speed this morning, so I kept a close eye on the time. I actually made it to the top of Shelby Farms 4 minutes faster this morning. Although heading back in the opposite direction this afternoon seemed to feel more difficult.

As I was heading to work this morning, I decided on a cup of coffee at Coffee Town. I haven’t been to the coffee shop in weeks. Work, work, work. Well work be damned this morning. Work can wait. I stopped in, read the news and had my coffee. It’s the little things in life.

Love in a cup.

Love in a cup.

Done. See YOU back here for more coffee, bike rides, and alcohol. Cheers.

Midnight Classic Bike Ride

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Midnight Classic Bike Ride. It went down. Last Saturday night.

What about last Friday? Friday was good, until the last two miles from home. Flat tire. That sucks. I could have changed out the tube, but I only had 18 minutes to walk the bike. Bah!

To make matters worse, I found THREE NAILS along the Greenline at the 40 / 240 intersection last week.  THREE NAILS at the construction site. Bah!

Back to the Midnight Classic Bike Ride. I worked morning to afternoon Saturday. Went home, took a nap for an hour, and then I began the process of getting things ready for the ride. Lights. Lots of lights. Water. Batteries. Lots of batteries.

At 10:30 p.m. I headed to the Liberty Bowl. Bicycles everywhere. Everywhere. And I am supposed to find a few people I know who are participating in the ride. So I ride around, in the crowd. Round and round. I did find a few people I was looking for. We chatted about the night for some time. Then it was nearly midnight. Time to ride.

I lined up near the back of the pack. (Count? The word I heard was 1000 people pre-registered and approx. 600 registered that night.) I planned to take the night easy. I even used my camera to video the entire ride. Since I have been on the ride three years in the past, I knew the route by memory. Easy ride west, then back east, then north. We cruised down Madison and Overton Square where people cheered us on. Then we headed north to North Parkway. By the time we reached Poplar, I decided to ride a bit faster. The bridge at Poplar and the viaduct was easy. At the University of Memphis, I picked up the pace.

A few small hills heading east along Central and then the ride was over. I finished in a little over an hour. Good ride with good people. There were big people, small riders, newbies, and pro’s. It didn’t matter if you were young or old, black or white. We all had our bikes and we all fit in.

Sunday. I slept in. Big time. The idea of replacing fluids at the end of the ride with alcohol is not the best idea.

As I walked outside Sunday, I found my SAME back tire flat AGAIN. I did ride a bit hard Saturday night and took some hits to the bicycle tires. Checking the tire today, the tube was punctured in a different place than the tube on Friday.

I had an idea I wanted to attempt for some time. Can I take an old tire, cut out the center strip of the tire (where the tire meets the road), fill the tire with an old tire tube, then place the whole thing in the new tire. Basically you get double the protection from punctures. I have also read that the tire would feel rather solid with less air in the tube. After I inserted the old tire into the new tire, I checked the pressure. The tire almost felt as though it was only a little low in air. And I had yet to put any air into the tube yet.

I pumped a small amount of air into the tire and that thing was SOLID. I put the tire back on the bike and gave it a try. I did notice a slight difference in the weight of the rear tire. Very minor though. I am anxious to see how the tire works on daily commutes. From what I have read on the internet, cyclists go a year without a flat by using this “double liner” in the tire.

I do have photos from the Midnight Classic Ride. But not enough time to download, edit and name the photos. Either I will add photo’s to this post, or add the photo’s to a new post.

See YOU back here for more beers, bikes and bicycle tire experiments.

 

Post 1000, Central BBQ, Doctors Visit, I 40 240 Construction, Shelby Farms Lake Expansion, New Bike Lanes Shelby Farms

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Post #1000 Memphis. Let the party begin. Really, has it been 1000 posts? It only feels like a mere 960 posts.

Since I took the day off for a 4 day weekend, I attempted to make the most of it. The day started with a visit to the doctor’s office for a checkup. “You are disgustingly healthy”, he said. Well better than the opposite I guess.

Next on the list? Lunch. How about some Central BBQ Nacho’s.

Central BBQ Nachos

Can’t go wrong.

Next on the list of things to do? A bike ride to Shelby Farms. I want to check out the new bicycle trail around the expanded Patriot Lake. It was hot outside. HOT. As I approached the I-40 and 240 interchange, I see that the construction project is stillllllll….. on going.

40 240 construction Greenline

When will the “progress” end? I appears to be a big mess to me.

Onward, to Shelby Farms. I rolled through the park, getting closer and closer to Patriot Lake.

Shelby Farms Park

Can you imagine commuting through this park (TWICE!) daily? Beautiful. And the state wants to put a highway through it. Makes you wonder.

I finally reached the northern part of Gate 1.

Shelby Farms Gate 1 closed

The above photo is looking SOUTH at the very low Patriot Lake. From here you have to turn right (west). But… use the bike lane on the southern edge of the drive around the lake. At first it was very confusing. The lanes for motorists and bicycles have yet to be added. None of us knew where we were going. (Hint. Paint the lanes BEFORE you open the road and bike lane to park visitors.)

Shelby Farms Bike Lane

I guess the BLACK stripe is supposed to mean “bike lane”. I’m kidding, slightly. If you are going to paint a bike lane, paint it PRIOR to opening the road around the lake. And there was only ONE bicycle lane symbol painted when I rolled through. No, that is not a “small car lane”, it’s a bike lane.

Shelby Farms Patriot Lake Expansion

The lane meanders along the park on the western side. Some grass is already growing on the new hillsides.

Shelby Farms Bike Lane 3

The above photo was taken near the NEW park gate. The path circles around back east again.

If you are heading from Germantown TO Shelby Farms, you will find this sign below next to the old park entrance.

Shelby Farms Bike Lane 2

The above photo looks to the north, cutting off access to the older, eastern section of Patriot Lake. The new section of the bike path is nice. More signs are needed at the center of the park though to point out the bike lane. As one cyclist commented as I was riding the path back, “They sure messed this up”. And motorists were travelling well over 20 m.p.h (posted speed limit) on the new road circling the lake. Maybe the sheriff’s department can take care of that.

Good day to be off from work. And I have 3 more days off in a row to enjoy.

See YOU back here for more bikes, bbq and 1000 posts. Cheers.

 

Second Line Memphis, Memphis Ribs, The 80’s

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11 weeks of our summer program at work has come to an end. 55 days of hard work is now complete. Lately I have worked weekends and evenings. But this week I will have a 3.5 day weekend, which is very much-needed.

Mid-morning we headed over to Second Line for brunch. Arriving 15 minutes to 11:00 a.m., our first thoughts were “we have gotten here to soon”. Doors open up at 11:00 a.m., but there was already a line of a dozen people waiting to get in. The staff member at the door joked that people would soon be camping out over night just to get in the door Sunday morning.

This would be my FIRST visit to Second Line, but not my last. After looking over the menu, I decided on the chicken gumbo, with cornbread PLUS a side of red beans and rice.

Second Line Memphis

So how was the brunch? I was not a fan of the corn bread. The flavor of the dish was overwhelmed with “butter”? The chicken gumbo? Good. I am a big fan of gumbo. Nice flavor, although our friend said she thought the gumbo was thinner this time around (the gumbo was thicker in the past). The red beans and rice? ORDER THIS! Delicious! Overall the service was very good as well as the food. I’m sure we will return in the future.

Like ribs? These are the ribs I cooked on the grill last week.

Memphis Ribs

And yes, these ribs turned out great. I used Corky’s rub on the ribs, plus crushed red peppers and crushed jalapeno. Heat to go with the meat.

Lastly, I discovered some old photo’s from the 80’s.

High School 1980's

Funny thing is, all of the these guys are friends of mine via Facebook. Guy on the far left is an accountant. Next up is myself (second from left). When I turn my head sideways and point to the camera, that’s when things get out of hand. The fourth guy from the left is in a band that tours the world. The guy second from the right became a drill instructor in the army. And the guy on the far right is an IT administrator. None of us knew what we would become. Nearly 30 years later, we still remain in contact. Yes the 80’s were a fun time.

Maybe I can get in a bike ride this week. Maybe. Cross my fingers :)

See YOU back here for more Memphis restaurants, the 80’s and Memphis bbq. Cheers.

Strano Restaurant Cooper Young, Mojito, Margarita, Memphis Beer, The Secret Island, Journey Memphis 2014, French Press

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And… I’m back. A very busy work week, combined with family in town, left me with little time to post items. After 52+ hours of working… I’m exhausted. The plan for today? Do nothing.

I have posted about Strano in Cooper Young in the past. Good restaurant at the corner of Cooper and Young. And… they have happy hour prices from 5 -7. My former barista Trevor is now bartending at the joint. He makes some very good drinks. We walked in and sat at the bar. First up? A margarita.

margarita strano memphis

Good drink for a hot afternoon. Beer on your mind?

strano memphis beers

Strano serves local and regional beers. Need some High Cotton? They have it. Strano also serves Wiseacre and Memphis Made beer. I wanted a Saison by High Cotton, but the bar was out of that particular beer. I ordered the Yazoo Hefe instead. Very good beer.

How about another drink? Tennessee Water was next on the list.

tennessee water strano memphis

Beautiful! The drink is made from watermelon. Try one. You will like it.

Next up? Mojito.

Mojito

Delicious. ORDER THIS. Really.

If you like fresh herbs used in mixed drinks, these herbs are grown at the restaurant itself. Can’t get fresher than that. We also ordered something to snack on while having a few drinks. Goat cheese and bread.

strano memphis

For the record, I am not a fan of goat cheese (or any other kind of cheese). This plate was good. Last week we tried the pizza at Strano. The pizza was good too.

In an attempt to make better coffee (instead of pre-ground coffee), I purchased a coffee grinder AND a French press.

French Press

How do I make FRESH coffee? The process took some experimentation. The first attempt was a failure. The beans were not ground up enough. (The beans are meant to be ground “course” whatever that means.) My second attempt was much better. I ground more beans slightly finer and added more near boiling water. The concoction was left steeping for 4 minutes. The second attempt made a much better coffee.

coffee

Now I need to find the perfect bean.

Books. Not enough time to read lately. I need a good book that is an easy read. A new book comes out next week that should fit the bill. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are back with a new novel. “The Lost Island” PREVIEW is available for free at Amazon.com. After reading the preview, I know I will buy the book. Can’t wait. I have yet to read the first two books in the series; I may have to go back and explore those. (I’m not one to read a series of books in order. I like the challenge of reading the books out of order.)

That 80’s band Journey is coming to Memphis soon. If you like the hits, check out this show. Total “sing-along” festival. I remember working a Journey show many years ago. Back then it was a “sing out loud” show. If you grew up in the 80’s, you know all of the words to all of the hits. I checked out setlist.com and the show consists of one hit after another. I’m in. Mud Island, Saturday 9/13/2014, 8:00 p.m.

Journey Band

Done. I’m beat. My bike ride to coffee shop? Done. Laundry? Done. BBQ Ribs? Working on it. See YOU back here for more books, bikes, classic rock and drinks. Cheers.

 

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