28 January 2015

Eating in Memphis: Belly Acres


The ever-growing Overton Square has another new restaurant... Belly Acres. Its atmosphere is just as cute as the name and it has a menu just as delicious as it sounds!

If you haven't been yet, I highly recommend it. There are burger places popping up all over Memphis lately, but this one is (so far) one of my favorites. I particularly liked the Build Your Own section of the menu where you have a plethora of meets, breads, cheeses, etc, to create your own amazing burger.

They boast that they are "Citified Farm Fresh" which essentially means they bring the farm to the city with fresh quality ingredients and adorable decor. I particularly like the bright yellow crop duster coming out of the building!

Belly Acres is an extremely kid friendly restaurant, so bring the whole family! They serve their kid's meals in frisbees that you can take home and there's a tractor when you walk in that the little ones can climb on. Even though we don't have any children, this is still a place I know Jeremy and I will frequent often. At Belly Acres you know you'll always have a delicious meal you will without a doubt enjoy.




PS. If you follow me on Instagram, Belly Acres is where this #whereinmemphis picture was taken!


Belly Acres on Urbanspoon

26 January 2015

Stay-At-Home Date Night


In just a few days, Jeremy and I will have been married a whole eight months. Eight months! I can hardly believe it. I'm sure I'm not the only one to say that now that we're married, we don't "date". What I mean is, we spend so much time together and do everything together but alot of time there are distractions or other things getting in the way of our time with the two of us.

Before we were married, we spent a lot of time together one-on-one. We didn't live together, so the times we saw each other were special and we were focused on each other. We weren't anxiously checking game scores or emails or twitter. I am a firm believer that you should be conscious about dating your spouse. We decided to do something different and have a stay-at-home date this weekend so.... we built a fort.

We had a crazy amount of fun going around the house gathering things that would make a cozy fort in our living room. We started by moving our coffee table and shoving some hockey sticks into our couch cushions. Then, we draped a sheet and some pretty table clothes over that to make the roof and walls. We took all the pillows off our bed and grabbed every blanket we owned to make fort comfy. Once it was done, we popped some Pop Secret popcorn and watch a movie. It was perfect.





Even our animals loved it!

Building a fort and watching a movie was the perfect stay-at-home date for us and I definitely encourage everyone to try it.

If you do build a fort, you should absolutely positively submit your photo to the Pop Secret Facebook page by using hashtag #PopSecretForts for a chance to win some fun mystery prizes and rewards.

Psssst here's a coupon for some Pop Secret!!

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Many thanks to Pop Secret and Linqia for sponsoring today's post! As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

23 January 2015

The Nashvillian

 
Happy Friday!! Today, Ashley is going to help me get out of this winter fog I'm in and share a little something about the otherrrrrr great city in Tennessee.. Nashville!!
 
 
Hello, Memphis! I'm Ashley and I blog over at The Nashvillian. I mostly blog about my life in Nashville, including restaurant outings and events. On top of that, I often post about travel, entertainment, fashion, and food. I'm excited to be guest posting for Alyssa today and thought I would share a post you're likely to see on my blog. 

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Saturday was a bit nippy in Nashville, so I threw on my old trusted Forever 21 turtleneck and set off in search of good food to satisfy my rumbling belly.

The Mr. suggested a new pizza place in Germantown, called 312 Pizza Company. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "why not?!" We then scurried off in the distance and somehow ended up in Chicago - well, not really, but it sure seemed that way.

312 is a Chicago-inspired pizza place specializing in that incredible, savory, messy deep dish pizza that the city is so very famous for. And it's not just the pizza that makes you feel like you've somehow magically teleported to the windy city, it's the ambience of the restaurant too - Blackhawks decor, a photo of Al Capone, and a comfortable atmosphere lacking "trendiness" (but in a good way). It really doesn't feel like Nashville at all. And as much as I love this southern city I now call home, I was happy to be back in the midwest even if it was only for a lunch.

We started off with pretty much the most amazing mozzarella sticks ever.





The best way to test for perfect mozzarella sticks is to see how far you can stretch the cheese. And these babies can really stretch!


I was so excited about my stretchy cheese that I knocked my water over right in my lap! Thankfully, the staff was nice about it and provided many napkins for me to clean my clumsy self up.


Looking around, you'll find a homage to all things Chicago.


And many TV's tuned into many sporting events, of course.


The pizza typically takes around 30-45 minutes, so you'll have plenty of time to fraternize with your date.

That's when I realized my incredibly charming husband can wiggle his ears. Being the super competitive girl that I am, I tried to beat him at his own game.



I tried really hard.


And even harder.



But it didn't quite work.



Before things could get too silly, our pizza arrived looking absolutely splendid.




Again, with that cheese. This place sure knows how to tug on my heart cheese strings.



Loaded generously with chicken and jalapeƱos, the sloppiness is fully welcomed.




And the taste is sensational - the way pizza should always be.





Definitely a very pleasant lunch spot, provided you have time to wait on the pizza. I believe they also offer pizzas by the slice during the week for all you working folks looking to grab a quicker bite. Check out their menu here, and follow them on Twitter here.

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Thanks to Alyssa for having me, and I hope to see some of you in my neck of the woods soon! :)

22 January 2015

Winter Blues



I am in a rut.

I blame the winter blues... tell me I'm not the only one going through this. I'm really struggling to stay motivated and inspired when it gets dark early and everything is cold and grey.

Even though Ten Feet Off Beale has been quieter than usual, there have been lots of good things happening behind the scenes. For one, have you noticed anything different around here? The lovely Danielle Burkleo created this new design for me! I am loving it!!

So, what are your tips for staying motivated and inspired during winter?


14 January 2015

Wayback Wednesday: I Love Memphis

Recently, I've been going through some old blog posts that I wrote. Did you know Ten Feet Off Beale will be four years old this summer?! That's nuts. Anyways, I was reading some old posts and stumbled across one titled I Love Memphis. At this point I had only lived in Memphis about a year and a half and was falling head over heels in love with this city... and with my tour guide (who is now my husband). 

I copied that post here exactly as it was (pictures, graphics, and all) so you can read what I wrote in January of 2012. When you see things in italics like this, those are notes I added just now.

I Love Memphis

How often do you spend a day exploring the city you live in? Memphis isn't a large city, but there's so much to see and do here. We took advantage of the sorta warm January weather and went sight-seeing.

First off, look this picture!! That Memphis sign to the left is no longer there!!! Also, at the time of this post, I didn't work at Raymond James yet which is the brown building a little to the right of center. I would start working there only a few months after I wrote this post.

U of Memphis

We started at the University of Memphis. This is where Jeremy went to school. I like seeing the buildings he spent time in and hearing the stories about going to college at a school like Memphis. It's so so much bigger than Villanova but there are still some aspects that are similar. It's fun being able to walk around a college campus.

The Shell

Levitt Shell is located in Overton Park which is right by the Memphis Zoo. It's an extremely old amphitheater. It's important to the city though because Elvis once performed here. I believe today there are concerts and things here during the summer.

Yes, there are definitely concerts... we actually have been to a few. Little did I know this would also be the exact place Jeremy would propose

Victorian Village

Creepy

I never knew Victorian Village existed until this weekend. There's a road of these gorgeous Victorian houses right near downtown Memphis. Nobody lives in them, but you can tour them. As we were driving by we noticed the super creepy statue in the attic of one of the houses. Why would anyone do this?! It's so scary!!

The house with the creepy statue? Yeah, I looked there to have our wedding reception. It's the Woodruff-Fontaine house. We ended up going in a different direction with our wedding (and not because of the creepy statue)... but man that house is gorgeous. 

Pyramid

It's hard to miss the giant pyramid on the banks of the Mississippi river. Before the city built FedEx Forum, the Pyramid was the home of the Grizzlies and the Memphis Tigers. It symbolizes Memphis' ancient Egyptian roots. Today, it is sadly just sitting there empty. They have decided to put a giant Bass Pro Shop there sometime in the future. That will be interesting.

Yes!! There WILL be a Bass Pro Shop!! It's set to open sometime this year. I sounded so skeptical then haha I'm actually pretty excited about it now. Also, that Ramsses statue isn't there anymore! You can now find it on the University of Memphis campus.

South Main

South Main is one of my favorite parts of downtown Memphis. The buildings have clearly been there for forever, it's right on the trolley line, and there are cute little boutiques and restaurants on every corner. If I was ever going to live downtown, this is where I'd like to be. I'd live in an old loft apartment with exposed brick walls. I'd walk to the Memphis farmers market on Saturday and take the trolley to go downtown.

You guys, I think I can predict the future. Or I just really know what I want. I had said that I wanted to live on South Main in an old loft with exposed brink walls... want to guess where I live now?? South Main is STILL one of my favorite parts of downtown... I might even say it IS my favorite part).

NCRM

South Main is also where the National Civil Rights Museum is located. I talked a little about this on Martin Luther King Day. Such a huge part of American history stuck smack dab in the middle of town.
 

Peabody

It started getting so cold as the sun went down so we went to the Peabody Hotel. This world famous hotel is well know for the ducks that live there. They march every morning to the fountain in the middle of the lobby where they splash and play all day until they waddle back into the elevator at the end of the day. It's a pretty cute thing to see.

The Peabody is so special to us now!! This was where we got married

Memphis Tigers

And of course, a day in Memphis, or a day with Alyssa and Jeremy, wouldn't be complete without some sort of Memphis Tiger sporting event. The Tigers played Marshall and it was a nail biter. The refs were a little whistle happy and called a whopping 64 fouls throughout the whole game. The Tigers ended with a victory so we left happy. It was a great way to end our "I love Memphis" Saturday.

The Forum looks a little more empty these days during Memphis basketball games. That makes me sad. Our seats haven't improved though.... hah.


Well, there you have it! I learned that alot has changed in Memphis in a few years. The city is constantly growing and improving and I fall more in love with it everyday... and with my tour guide  who still loves exploring this city with me.

12 January 2015

Easy Big Game Party Snacks

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias


When watching a Big Game and hosting guests, the last thing you want to do is spend lots and lots of time in the kitchen. You want to be cheering and socializing! Here's what I suggest: super easy snacks.You'll want to make things that take little prep time and things that everyone will love.

First, you'll want something savory. I suggest Hot Pockets. They take only a few minutes to prepare, they come in lots of different flavors, and they're a great source of protein. I also like that guests can snack on them as they please. When I serve Hot Pockets, I cut them in half to make them easier to grab and get back to the game. When the platter starts getting low, I just prepare some more. It's very very easy, delicious, and everyone is happy.



These are the Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets with Garlic Buttery Seasoned Crust and the Philly Steak & Cheese Hot Pockets with Seasoned Crusts. Yum yum yum!



In addition this savory snack, you'll need something for those with a sweet tooth. I suggest Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip made with Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis.

Something every Big Game gathering (dare I say every gathering?) needs is dip. People looove dips. They're (usually) easy to make, people can snack on them throughout the game, and you can make all sorts of different varieties. I whipped up this fun, verrrry easy, dessert dip using Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis. It's definitely a crowd-pleaser.





There you have it! Two super easy ways to impress during the Big Game. 


 By the way, everything is available at Walmart! (Does it get much easier than that??)




What are your must have Game Day dishes?