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I Heart Halloween

These guys attended Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ annual Spooktacular Costume Party. The pair are dressed up as Prince Akeem of Zamunda  in his McDowell’s uniform (check the pompom on his hat) and Darryl Jenks, Prince of Soul Glo, in his buppie douche uniform (complete with two tickets for the Jets game and a strawberry milkshake).

This is why I *heart* Halloween. It brings out the best in people.

Me with the Spooktacular poster I designed.

Who was I? An ’80s aerobics instructor. I had fun putting on all that blue eyeshadow. Then I had a hell of a time taking it off!

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Walking in Memphis #2: Burger Time

I got BYB & you can't have none!

It happened quite by accident.

I was writing a list of potential blog topics for my Memphis Connect posts when I realized I’d never had a burger from Backyard Burgers. I’ve long been a chicken sandwich sort of lady ever since Rally’s started serving up one of the tastiest fast food versions in the late ’80s, and upon discovering BYB’s honey mustard incarnation in high school, I’ve never looked back.

When I moved back home from Maryland in September, my mom and I stopped at the first BYB we saw as soon as we crossed into Tennessee. I was saddened to find out chain’s waffle fries and honey mustard chicken sandwich were axed from the menu during my tenure in the D/M/V. Alright, so the honey mustard chicken sandwich had been obliterated years ago, but you could always special order it. And seriously, what is Backyard Burgers without waffle fries?

In an effort to give them another shot and to fulfill my charbroiled chicken jones, I decided to stop at a nearby BYB to order my first Hawaiian chicken sandwich, sans pineapple, since something like 1996. I planned save that first burger for a day when I could sit down inside the restaurant and take lovely pictures and marvel over free refills, if those still exist. Instead, my order got mixed up, and  a double hamburger with lettuce, mayo, red onion, mustard, pickles and ketchup was delivered unto me sooner than I intended.

Yeah, I had to take off one of the thick beef patties in order to even eat the thing and yes it was cheeseless, but it was actually pretty good. I didn’t really savor it the way I would’ve liked since I hadn’t eaten all day, but I’d be willing to give it another shot with an order of seasoned fries. I never thought I’d see the day when I’d order seasoned fries from BYB, but suppose I’ve got to meet them where they are now. And while it’s got nothing on a Huey’s burger with bacon or a Happy Daz #5 (what’s up, Lima, Ohio?!), it’ll do in a pinch.

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Walking in Memphis Vol. 1: Lit Jr.

On a whim, I agreed to go to a local restaurant/catering/baking supply warehouse with Jackleen and my Aunt Tricia so they could pick up supplies for an upcoming catering gig and for the holidays. {A bit of background before I go further: my brother Tyrone and I don’t call our parents “mom” and “dad”; “dad” has never been an option because our father insisted on being called “Pop”–getting into that story is going to take too long. Instead, we call our mother Jackleen (spelled phonetically, it’s the way Grace Jones says it in Boomerang–Tyrone’s idea) and our father Old Dude (my idea ’cause, well, he’s old and he spent some time growing up in Oakland, so I feel the Cali nod is appropriate). Now back to the story already in progress.} Located on Summer Avenue, Lit Jr. is the satellite location of a larger warehouse on Union Avenue. This big red box had to be one of the most  fantastical, random places I’ve ever been in my life. I felt like Mitchell from Modern Family on discovering the joys of Costco (it’s really worth watching the entire episode; the show is that good).

It must’ve been kismet that I brought my camera with me, and I’m so glad I did. I realize this post is so far and away from the purpose of this blog, but I had to share. Below are some of the snaps I took while exploring the aisles at my new favorite foodie supply joint.

Faded glory: the façade of Lit Junior taken from the parking lot.

Faded glory: the façade of Lit Junior taken from the parking lot.

While I appreciate it there being zero trans fat, where's the girl version?

While I appreciate you looking out for my health with the zero trans fat thing, where's the girls' version?

Random fact: I loved cafeteria trays as a child. Now I know where to get my own. These might be nice for crawfish boils, too.

Random fact: I loved cafeteria trays as a child. Now I know where to get my own. These might be nice for crawfish boils, too.

Is Uncle Ray doing "Beyond Good!" or what?!

Is Uncle Ray doing "Beyond Good!" or what?!

So this is where Craig Brewer got the insulation for his Hustle & Flow recording studio!

So this is where Craig Brewer got the insulation for his Hustle & Flow recording studio! I honestly thought he went to McDonald's and begged them for every cup holder they had.

Yep, you read my mind right: Jell-O shots!

Yep, you read my mind right: Jell-O shots!

Now I know where to go when I need ambient lighting for my pizza parlor.

Now I know where to go when I need ambient lighting for my pizza parlor. OK, that was snarky, but I will probably buy a couple to put on my patio table in the summer.

Whoomp! There it is!

Whoomp! There it is!

The most frustrating, cute, pointless gum ever made.

The most frustrating, cute, pointless gum ever made.

And that’s all folks. I got too caught up in filling Jackleen’s basket and coming up with ideas for the wares in the store to take anymore pictures. I’m seriously thinking about investing in a set of melamine diner dishes for everyday use. Hey, they’re simple, sanitary and virtually indestructible.

It’s too bad I missed out on the opportunity to get a shot of Tricia in her berét and cape, though. The Cecil DeMille-ness of her attire would’ve added to the randomness of the day.

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