Memphis Food Destinations For Travelers



A visit to Memphis brings several "don't miss" tourist site suggestions - Elvis Presley's Graceland, Sun Studios, Mud Island and Beale Street. Through media exposure, Memphis also has its share of destinations for food-loving tourists.

Also, from 4-7 at Rockfish you can also get all appetizers half off. Think of it like an awesome little "Happy Hour." While all the food at Rockfish is delicious, this week I recommend an appetizer that isn't on the menu anymore (but they'll make it if you ask!). Try the Brisket Nachos with your Lagunitas. The strong Belgian ale pairs really well with the smoky flavor of the brisket. The crispy tortilla chips are topped with slow cooked beef brisket slow cooker, ancho cream sauce, cheese, black beans, fresh jalapeno, and cilantro! And during the half price appetizer time, they're only $4.95! And if you don't like brisket, or don't eat red meat, Rockfish also offers some delicious other appetizers like Volcano Shrimp and Spinach Dip.

The second meal centered around slow-cooked beef ribs with potatoes accompanied by a lime and garlic tomato salsa. The wine was powerful, mouth filling, and long. I got tobacco and dark fruit. This Cab was chewy. With the somewhat spicy salsa the wine became peppery and didn't lose its force.

Aside from the effect on the food's taste, slow cooking briskets are also convenient to use. You can leave it unattended as you do your other chores. Most slow cooking brisket recipes take about 5 to 8 hours to cook; hence, you can just put the crockpot in low setting and let it handle the cooking.

Here are a few suggestions for bringing to life some of those empty flower pots. All you need to do is select one plant from the first group, one to two plants from the second group and one to two from the third group. Do be mindful of your selected colors when pairing though. Try to select plants with contrasting colors and textures for best results.

At the first sips the Sangiovese is wine showed a solid, nice acidity with a decent length. I first paired it with a Middle-Eastern specialty called kubbe (or kibbe), ground beef in crushed bulghar jackets in a tomato sauce accompanied by sliced potatoes. The wine tasted of tobacco beef brisket history black cherries. It didn't have much tannins but did have good acidity. This was a hearty wine for a hearty food.

At the first sips of this wine I got oak and dark fruit but the wine faded rather quickly. Its first pairing was with slow cooking beef ribs with potatoes in a savory sauce. This Cab was chewy and mouth filling. It was hearty with the taste of black licorice. I also enjoyed a salad composed of carrots, palm hearts, chickpeas, Lebanese cucumbers, red peppers, and canned corn. This fine salad softened and lengthened the wine.

With a sigh of relief, we took our drinks and trays with silverware to a darkened dining room and picked a heavy wood table tucked into the corner of the restaurant and waited for our first taste of barbecue to wash away the bad taste that had been left in our mouth by the semi-rude treatment at the counter. We waited. And we waited. A long time. But Kansas City barbecue is world famous, and Gates is some of the best, so it would all be worth it, right? Wrong.

Add twinkle lights to trees, fence or frame. The clear ones with a golden tint are almost like candlelight and a few well placed candles are a great touch. Put some tiny gravel or sand in the bottom of old glass jars and then steady some chunky candles in them. If becomes a little breezy, they won't blow out. The jars make excellent hurricanes and can safely double as walkway lights.