Memphis Burgers

12 03 2012

On another street adjacent to The Peabody is Kooky Canucks, famous for their burgers. Some of us went there on Sunday night. I had the burger with bacon and blue cheese — this was a BIG burger, cooked as I wanted it (medium rare); however, I was good and removed the top of the bun and almost all the fries and gave them to others at the table, which meant I just had the protein and salad veges. It was GOOD. One of the other Aussie ladies had the fried green tomatoes — like me, she’d only heard of them via the movie of the same name. I tasted them, but they didn’t hit any notes for me.

None of these animals was harmed in making the burgers!

None of these animals was harmed in making the burgers!

My burger with blue cheese and bacon

My burger with blue cheese and bacon

Fried green tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes

It was dim, so Sue used her phone's flashlight to illuminate her menu

It was dim, so Sue used her phone's flashlight to illuminate her menu

Kooky Canucks is famous for its 'challenging' meals

Kooky Canucks is famous for its 'challenging' meals - none of our group took on any of these challenges

And then there were the S’Mores…

We had four Aussies at our table and none of us had tried (or had hardly heard of) S’Mores, so we got a lesson in them! There are called S’Mores, ‘cos you can’t stop at one and want ‘some more’.

So here’s how you make them — they are basically marshmallow toasted over a flame, then placed on a Graham cracker with a piece of chocolate on it (Hershey bar in our case), then squashed down with another Graham cracker. They are VERY sweet, and I found even one quite sickly sweet — there’s no way I could’ve eaten another one. But at least I can say I tried it.

Toast the marshmallow

Toast the marshmallow

...until it's nice and golden brown and soft inside

...until it's nice and golden brown and soft inside

Place the hot squishy marshmallow on the chocolate on the bottom Graham cracker

Place the hot squishy marshmallow on the chocolate on the bottom Graham cracker

Place the other cracker over the top and carefully pull out the wooden stick

Place the other cracker over the top and carefully pull out the wooden stick

The hot marshmallow should melt the chocolate and form a squishy inner layer

The hot marshmallow should melt the chocolate and form a squishy inner layer

Goopy!

Goopy!

Very goopy!

Very goopy!

And now it's ready to eat -- BIG sugar hit!

And now it's ready to eat -- wait for the BIG sugar hit!

 





Memphis BBQ

12 03 2012

On Saturday evening (early — about 5:30pm) some of us went to Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous BBQ restaurant in the alley opposite The Peabody. Mmmmmm…. ribs!

It was HUGE and PACKED, but we got a table. By the time we left, there was a long line of people waiting to get in which snaked all the way along the alley.

Here are my pork ribs (small rack) after I’d eaten two of them, then a picture of my friend’s rack after she’d finished (mine looked the same but I forgot to take a picture of them!) Oh, and the baked beans were awesome — I suspect they’d been made in-house as they had a nice hint of molasses. The coleslaw I hardly touched as it was a bit vinegar-y

My half rack of ribs with a spicy dry rub

My half rack of ribs with a spicy dry rub

Finished ribs!

Finished ribs!

 





The Peabody, Memphis

12 03 2012

Some more photos from The Peabody in Memphis… This is a grand old hotel, in every sense.

Sunrise from hotel room at The Peabody, Memphis

Sunrise from hotel room at The Peabody, Memphis, Sunday 11 March 2012

Duck motif in the tiles in the elevators

Duck motif in the tiles in the elevators... duck motifs are everywhere!

Lobby fountain where the ducks spend part of their day

Lobby fountain where the ducks spend part of their day (too early for them when this photo was taken)

Lobby roof above fountain

Lobby ceiling (glass?) above fountain

Lobby ceiling edge detail

Lobby ceiling edge detail

 

Lobby ceiling -- cornice detail

Lobby ceiling -- cornice detail

Marble corridor to function rooms on the mezzanine floor above the lobby

Marble corridor to function rooms on the mezzanine floor above the lobby

Room number/knocker

Room number/knocker (blurred for privacy reasons)

And even though we’re not getting a morning paper, they are delivered to the room by hanging them in a special bag on the doorknob, not tossed ‘somewhere near the door’ as in other hotels.