Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Because it's Christmas and This Shit is Funny


My gift to you ... the Christmas pictures/ memes/ quotes/ what have you that I've El'ed-oh-el at this holiday season. Enjoy!
 
 
I can't stop laughing at this and it's not even that funny! (Though totally punny!)
 
 


My all-time favorite Christmas movie quote:


My daughter's Santa pic this year. THAT STANK FACE!

And, because I never fail to crack myself up, I present to you this:

(But, first, back story) -- my friend Vanessa "accidentally" decapitated her elf on the shelf. She posted a pic on Facebook. And I'm still cracking myself up at my comment:

Monday, December 15, 2014

Babalu

Overton Square is located in mid-town Memphis and, in the past couple of years, has BLOWN UP.  I was down there for New Years Eve about four or five years ago and it was d-e-a-d dead.  No more.  It's where the Memphis locals go for barhopping (as opposed to the touristy barhopping on Beale Street) and it's just a really fun place.

Babalu opened an Overton Square location a few months ago. As soon as they were open for business, people were lining up for hours to eat there. Literally, hours. I've been wanting to try for a while but also wanted to wait for the hype to die down a little bit. I went last week and even at 8:00 on a Thursday evening, it was packed enough that there was a 20-minute wait for a table for two. On a Thursday!

Luckily, there were a couple open bar stools and we snagged those real quick. 

I didn't sample much of the food. It's mostly tapas style with shared plates and everything looked absolutely delicious. But we were there for more of a snack and a drink. We settled on the guacamole, decided to throw in the extra dollar for bacon and jalapeños. 

They make the guac right at your table. Or, in our case, right at the bar. The guy explained each of the ingredients, effortlessly hulled out the avocados, tossed and smashed everything together and - voilà! - guacamole perfection. 

 
(I didn't think to take a pic until we'd scarfed down half. Oops! And isn't it kinda funny how something that doesn't look all that great can taste so amazing?)

It was de.lish.  The bacon gave it a hint of smoky flavor and the jalapeños were a good idea as it was still super mild -- not sure how mild it would've been without them. It was also a huge - HUGE! - helping of guac. It could've easily fed four. 

I want to go back and try more of the Babalu menu but not just because I liked the guacamole. It was the ambience, mayne. I Love Lucy episodes were projected and played silently on a wall. We saw two birthdays being celebrated -- bottles of Patron were brought out with sparklers in them. The vibe was not-too-young but still hip. Yet not so hip you felt awkward if you're a suburban mom of three who drives an SUV. 

The staff was friendly. We inquired of the bartender about live music in the Square and another waiter who was close by offered suggestions as well. Much later, when we were actually leaving the Square, that particular waiter was standing outside. He recognized us, asked where we went, and how we enjoyed it. Very friendly guys. 

Babalu! I'll be back!

By the way, after we left, we headed next door to Lafayette's Music Room. We paid the $5 cover to hear the band (never did find out their name!) and snagged a table. This was my first visit to Lafayette's and, from what I understand, they're still very new so I'll just say this: the band was good. The people watching was on point. But the service was AWFUL. My friend ordered a Miller Lite, the waiter even came back to double check our order, then still brought out a Bud Light. One mistake is understandable but the waiter was also slow (again, I get it, they were slammed) and, frankly, kind of rude. It was disappointing to have such terrible service and what seemed like it could be a pretty cool place.  I might give it another shot but I just keep thinking if the service was that bad on a Thursday, what's it going to be like on a Saturday night?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wiseacre Brewery and Taproom

I make anyone who comes to Memphis try Ghost River beer. It's brewed locally, it's a good beer, and they offer it on tap at many local restaurants (and also sell 6-packs at places like Kroger.) It really is "THE" Memphis beer.

But then there's also Wiseacre. It's also brewed locally and I tried the Pilsner a few weeks ago when I was out somewhere that had it on tap. And Wiseacre? They also have a taproom and offer brewery tours and all that. Um, YAY!

I went to the taproom for the first time last Thursday. I played it safe in the beginning and went with Tiny Bomb (the Pilsner) since I knew it and knew I liked it.

My friend ordered the Lord Skylark and I decided to take a sip. It's brewed with Earl Gray tea and tastes AMAZING. I stuck with it for the remainder of the night.

  
Wiseacre brews a variety of beers (I really should've tried more options while I was there!) and tasters are just $1.75 so definitely an affordable way to try the different beers. The staff was super friendly. They have my favorite thing ever: a nice-looking patio. Of course, it's December so it was really too chilly to be out there. We stuck to an inside table. 

Now if there's anything to complain about it's this: they don't serve food. Like, there is literally only beer. There is a food truck outside and I noticed the girl who worked in it bringing in orders to people inside. So they do have that. Buuuut ... it would be nice to know you can order - right from your table - something deep fried, cheesy, and yummy when the beer munchies hit. 

All in all, I'm a fan of Wiseacre. I'll be back. 


(No idea what exactly this is but the bartender gave it to us as a "gift." It was strong -- definitely had rum in it. And check out that smiley face!)