24 February 2015

Memphis Type History



Blogging has opened some pretty great doors for me. I've had the opportunity to go new places, experience amazing things, meet incredible people, and document each step of the way.

With that being said, I have some news. I am now a contributor for the Memphis Type History blog! It's a space where writers and artists share stories, off-beat history, and amazing typography... all about Memphis!

Soooo, about the picture on this post. Do you want to know why there's a building in downtown Memphis with a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (yes, as in MGM the film studio) nameplate? Go check out my first Memphis Type History post to find out!

 

17 February 2015

Yogurt Covered Strawberries



I'm not sure if it had to do with Valentine's Day or maybe it was the crazy ice storm that we got, but while we were iced in this weekend, I really wanted to make chocolate covered strawberries. The problem? I didn't have any chocolate. Fortunately, I did have some yogurt in the fridge so we whipped up some frozen yogurt covered strawberries.

It was so simple that I almost didn't share this here, but I can't keep all this goodness to myself.

Here's what you have to do:
- Take some Liberté yogurt (might I suggest the Cappuccino or Caramel flavor?)
- Stir it up real good
- Dip fresh strawberries
- Put them in the freezer for a few hours

They were delicious! Definitely a healthier alternative to chocolate covered strawberries and deffffinitely just as delicious.

Talk about #YogurtPerfection! There are just so many different varieties you could make. Liberté yogurt comes in nine captivating flavors. Right now, we have some cut up bananas in our freezer dipped in Caramel Liberté yogurt. I can't wait to try it!



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The information, products and gift cards were provided by Publix and General Mills through Linqia. All opinions are my own.


Ice Storm of 2015



At least once each winter Memphis gets a crazy ice storm. No snow... just ice. The city shuts down. I'm not complaining! I'm glad people stay off the slick roads, plus, I think Downtown Memphis is so beautiful covered in icicles. Jeremy and I bundled up and went for a walk yesterday. Yes, it was cold, but oh so pretty!


11 February 2015

Best of Downtown: Milkshakes



Valentine's Day is this weekend! If a fancy dinner isn't really your thing, might I suggest sharing a milkshake with your sweetheart? Or maybe even after a night out on the town, stopping into one of these places for a nightcap. Here are a few of my favorite places to get milkshakes in Downtown Memphis:


- Oshi ---> Oshi is a relatively new burger place right on Main Street that is one of my new favorite places to eat (read my blog post about it here). This is the type of place where you know you're going to get good service and good food all the time. They have a pretty solid selection of milkshakes on their menu that can be made with alcohol or without. My favorite is the Godzilla.

- A. Schwab ---> When Memphians hear A. Schwab, most of them think general store. In addition to being a great shop to find something interested located on Beale Street, they also have a (relatively newish) turn of the century soda fountain (read my blog post about it here)! The perfect place to stop in with your Valentine.

- The Arcade ---> Milkshakes and diners just go together so it's no surprise that The Arcade, Memphis' oldest restaurant, has amazing milkshakes.

- Dyer's Burgers ---> Dyer's is known for their burgers made in 100 year old grease (yes, you read that right), however, their milkshakes are delicious and (as far as I know) no grease is involved.... thankfully.

- Aldo's Pizza Pies ---> Ok, hear me out... this last one isn't a milkshake BUT it's similar. Aldo's has the best root beer float that I have ever had. I think it has to do with the fact that their root beer comes out of a tap. Amazing. We've been known to stop into Aldo's just for floats.


Now, I realllly want a milkshake.

03 February 2015

Love Pop Soda Shop


I love living in the South Main Arts District of Downtown Memphis. There's a plethora of restaurants and bars within walking distance as well as the FedEx Forum and the Orpheum. Now, we have a new player in our neighborhood. A place that is unlike anywhere else in all of Memphis: Love Pop Soda Shop.

The concept is really pretty simple, but it's completely brilliant. You don't need to order a meal, it's family friendly, and it's definitely a fun time.

Love Pop Soda Shop has hundreds of unique flavored sodas for you to choose from. When we stopped in a few weekends ago, we each chose a bottle that looked good to us and they gave us some ice so we could sip on our pop strolling around South Main and enjoy the sun. You can also build your own six packs and I've heard they have ice cream so you can make floats.

See what I mean? Brilliant.

02 February 2015

Bee Mine



Happy February! I stitched up these little Valentine's and now have them listed in my shop :)

So far, 2015 has been one for the books. There are some pretty awesome things happening behind the scenes around here that I cannot wait to share!! February is looking like it will be one very love-ly month.


 

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!


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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.

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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 jalapeños, 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! :)