the 12 hours to KC to visit dad for Thanksgiving was made better, obviously by all the food that i got to eat. first stop was in memphis, for what else? bbq! this place was visited by guy fieri on DDD, and also named one of the top 10 places you have to eat. yums~ their sandwich had this amazing coleslaw on it, and they had the big fat french fries, my favorite kind! and of course the potato salad, but you all know about my love affair with potatoes, so i’ll leave it at that.
up next is oklahoma joe’s in KC. i mean, look at those onion rings. i dare you to find a better one, oh, cuz you can’t. it’s like a heart attack in a bag, but who cares. i had just the normal pork sandwich, which is what they’re known the most for, even though KC is supposed to be all about the beef bbq. i digress. the other sandwich is called “hog heaven,”which is pork and sausage all on the same sandwich. they also have this sandwich called the “z-man,” and it’s brisket, with provolone topped with two onion rings. nom nom.
the last place is called Flying Saucer, and it’s more of a bar than anything else, with lots of beer! it’s down in the power and light district, and don’t know how it got missed the first trip to the district. by this time, i was semi tipsy…..
hence the tater tot photo shoot…but in all fairness, these things are probably the best thing i have ever put in my mouth. they are cheese and pepper tater tots with habanero sour cream dip. rocket tots rule.
try all of them. but really try the tater tots. i can’t stop dreaming about them.
Our first plate of BBQ nachos of the trip. These are from Alfred’s, which is on Beale Street. And please let me tell you that these were as good as they look. Pork BBQ with Rotel cheese all over. A side of jalapenos and sour cream = perfection!!
The view down Beale Street after 9 p.m. If you do ever go to Memphis, make sure you get to Beale before 8 p.m., so you don’t get the pat-down and the wand. Yes, they wand you down before entering this street. We stood in line for 40 mins to get on a street.
- 1/2 oz. Curacao, blue
- 1/2 oz. Gin
- 1/2 oz. Rum, white
- 1/2 oz. Tequila, white
- 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz. Vodka
- Fill with 7-up
- 1 oz. Sour Mix
Mix all ingredients together in the blender with ice (duh). Enjoy!
Oh, the duckies!! We woke up in time on Sunday to go to the Peabody Hotel to see the ducks. At 11 am, ducks march out of an elevator and into this fountain that’s in the middle of the hotel. They even had duck security! No joke! There were three guys walking around with headsets on making sure people didn’t interfere with the March of the Ducks. Click on the link above to read the history of the March.
Before we went home, we knew we had to try some Memphis dry-rub ribs, so we went to this cute little dive called Central BBQ.
Have I mentioned that Memphis is not a safe city? Well there were policeman everywhere. And not just any policeman…super hot ones!! I have never seen so many attractive police officers in one city. These 3 were no exception. I’m sure they would have let me take their picture if I would have just asked, because not only were they the hottest ones ever, but they were always talking to regular people.
So if not for the BBQ and music, take the trip down to see the hot policeman! Oh yeah, there’s some history there too. You can see the Civil Rights Museum, where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot, and where he was shot from. This, unfortunately didn’t make it into our trip, but we only live 4 hours away, so we’ll be back.
I will post pictures and possibly video from the ballroom portion of my trip tomorrow. I need to gather all the courage in the world to be able to put those videos up!
The Four Queens Casino.
The view down Fremont Street. You can see the dome-like thing built above. They did a light show on this at some point in time during the night. It was neat, but I really wish they would have left this street alone. They also pedestrian-ized it, so you can walk up and down this street with no fear of getting hit by cars.
The cowgirl. I can’t find out where my picture of the iconic cowboy went. I’m a little upset about that, too. Hubs has a black and white that was taken by his grandpa from back in the day downstairs, and it would have been pretty awesome to have those side by side.
Some other fun things about Fremont Street:
- You can zipline straight through the middle of it. We didn’t do it, mainly because it cost a pretty penny, but it did look fun.
- Miller Lite Cans, 2 for $4.
- Street food vendors. Yummmmmm.
- Cute little street vendors with little treasures to sell.
It was so much fun. A trip to Vegas should definitely include a trip to Fremont Street!!