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Who Doesn’t Love a Good Franzia from Time to Time?

December 6, 2010

Who doesn’t like getting a good deal? It’s always a thrill for me to get something for less than I thought I would have to pay. One thing I particularly enjoy getting deals on is wine. I have only been drinking legally for a year, but I have had a few bottles since then.

It seemed very daunting at first to try to pick out a wine that I would like. Going into the store and staring at all of the different bottles was overwhelming, and still can be.

Kimbrough Liquors, 1483 Union, is a place where I can indulge in my ‘cheap wine’ guilty pleasures. It’s a small store, but an adequate one. You can find most anything you’re looking for (or not looking for). The employees are very friendly and willing to help you.

A couple of my favorite cheap wines can be found there at Kimbrough. The first, and probably my all-time favorite, is the Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc. A friend of mine brought it over one day because she liked the label. We tried it, and it was very refreshing and full of flavor. I am not normally a white wine drinker, but this one is vibrant without being too sweet. You can get it for a cool $10.99 at Kinbrough.

Another is Altano Douro from 2006. The blend is 80% ‘Touriga Franca’ and 20% ‘Touriga Nacional’, making it 100% AWESOME! This Portuguese wine is $9.99 at Buster’s and is spicy and fun to drink.

Another favorite of mine came as a suggestion from a work friend. She said ‘Lucky Duck’ Cabernet Sauvignon was a great wine, and for $6.00 a bottle, I was doubtful. I had it recently at a wine/cheese party, and it was great! Definitely a good buy for what you get. I have not been able to find it here in Memphis, but you can order it online, sometimes cheaper than that.

I hope that’s enough to get you started on your own ‘cheap wine’ adventure. Are there any suggestions on other great cheap wine?


Irish Mac ‘n Cheese? I think so!

December 2, 2010

My love for macaroni and cheese started as a kid. On the nights my mom had to work, my dad would make dinner. These dinners usually consisted of hot dogs cut up and placed on top of a portion of Kraft mac ‘n cheese. Not the most nutritional meal, but it definitely was a hit at our house.

What is it about those curved noodles, covered with butter and cheese, that makes me swoon? Well, it’s the noodles, the butter, and the cheese! If Wikipedia is right, I would love to go back to 1802 when Thomas Jefferson first served the dish in the White House and shake his hand. (He’s always been my favorite President, and this just confirms my thought.)

 Celtic Crossing is one of my favorite bars in Memphis, and it is conveniently located VERY close to my house. It may be bad that this wonderful place is so close to me, especially for the fact that there is a Pint Nite, Trivia Night, AND……drumroll  please……….the most amazing, delectable, calorie-laden macaroni and cheese on Earth. EVER!

It took me a while to discover the mac ‘n cheese at Celtic. I started going there just to drink socially with my friends, never to eat anything. But, eventually, I got hungry one night. I checked out the menu, which I must say, is fairly extensive for an Irish pub. I spotted the macaroni and said, “I’ll take the mac and cheese.” Boy am I glad I did!

It’s a nice sized portion of macaroni, served with vegetables (green beans, carrots, red pepper, broccoli, and cauliflower) and a piece of soda bread. The best part, in my opinion, is the goat cheese ‘globs’ on top of the macaroni. Goat cheese is so tangy, and it makes this dish that much better. Just look at it!

The first thing I do when I get this dish is silently thank the cook in the back that prepared it, then I take my knife and spread all the goat cheese goodness over the rest of the macaroni. And the rest is history! It’s so delicious, and you should definitely try it if you’re there. All you need is one time to be hooked on this mac ‘n cheese.

I would share the picture of the plate after I was done, but I’ll spare myself from seeming like a complete hog for eating EVERY bite of it….

Does anyone else share in my guilty pleasure of mac ‘n cheese? What are you’re favorite food guilty pleasures?

Guilty As Charged

November 30, 2010

I would be lying if I didn’t say that I had NEVER snooped before. Snooping is a guilty pleasure of mine, as hard as it is to admit. Knowing that I know something that other people don’t know I know is kind of exciting! Now, there are exceptions, and I don’t snoop often. But when I do, it tends to be the “Just Busted” newspaper.

The “Just Busted” newspaper has everything you could want, mainly the mug shots of all the people arrested in the last week in the Memphis metro area and their charge, along with ads for lawyers and bondsmen. The picture below shows the cover page of the Thanksgiving edition from November 23rd. All 25 pages of it.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think that 25 pages for just ONE weekly issue is quite a bit. All the bases are covered though: The DUI’s, Mug Shot of the Week, Deadbeat Parents, Sex Offenders, Wanted Fugitives, the list goes on. Strategically placed ads for bond companies and criminal defense lawyers take up a significant portion of those 25 pages.

The main reason for reading this paper is for the pictures of the people arrested, and their charges. Sometimes they are comical, sometimes serious. People can get arrested for so many different things! The funny part to me is when someone takes a bad mug shot, or does something funny in the picture. Putting up a peace sign in your mug shot probably won’t help much, but it is funny!

You can get these papers at numerous gas stations around town, and I happened to get mine at the Exxon on Poplar near the Oak Court Mall. They are $1.00, a small price to pay for a few minutes of entertainment, in my opinion.

Has anyone else looked at this paper? What do you think?

He is still alive!

November 28, 2010

 What do you think when you hear the name Elvis? Iconic musician? Drug user? A good dancer?

When I think about Elvis, I like to think about how he changed the musical world with his presence. You can’t live very long in Memphis without hearing about another celebration of his life and music. We in Memphis celebrate his birth, his death, his first concert at the Levitt Shell, ANYTHING! You can see Elvis impersonators pretty much any day of the week on Beale Street. People from all over the world still come every year to visit Graceland, his home, and to pay their respects to the King of Rock and Roll.

I think Elvis could be considered a guilty pleasure. It’s hard to not appreciate at least one thing Elvis did during his life, or even after his death.

Recently, a friend of mine decided to dress her dog up as Elvis for Halloween. I must say, she did a fantastic job with the costume, and it doesn’t hurt that Sunny is a very photogenic dog! As an animal lover, I enjoy doggies dressed up (maybe a little too much…) in cute outfits, with their big eyes and funny expressions. With permission, here are a few photos of Sunny as Elvis, courtesy of Laura M. Enjoy!

How ADORABLE is that?!?!

As I said, she is very photogenic!

Definitely one of my favorites, complete with the bridge in the background.

What do you think?

Kickball, anyone?

November 11, 2010

Who doesn’t love a rousing game of kickball?!?!

Kickball is one of my guilty pleasures. I play on a league team here in Memphis, and I always have a great time. It reminds me of being a kid again, playing the game at school during recess. If you want to know more about the league, go to Facebook and search ‘Memphis Kickball League’.

Our last game of the season was last night, and we won 8-2! The video below is of me kicking and getting on to first base. Enjoy!

Is this thing on yet?

November 7, 2010

Just making sure my blog was up and running. Be sure to stick around for some interesting blog posts!