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A Stop in Memphis

I was expecting to have a more organized visit to the great city my sister and brother in law call home, Memphis. I wanted to see a few touristy spots I had not yet seen and just visit the city that is growing by leaps and bounds. But, on my way out of Korea’s door I got word that my grandmother was about to have open heart surgery and I needed to get to Jonesboro (Arkansas, about an hour outside of Memphis) the day after I flew in.

It was a bit of a mess but everything worked out well. Grandma had her surgery and is now comfortably resting in her home. My sister and brother in law had to work for most of my visit, it was inhumanly hot and I had deep jet lag, so being a tourist wasn’t really on the cards. But I did manage to see a few spots that I know I want to return to on my next visit.

Giant Wind Chime

Giant Wind Chime. Memphis Tennessee. 2013. Artists Anne Froning and Sean Murphy.

Giant Wind Chime Memphis

On South Main in Memphis. They have some adorable boutiques and some thought provoking historical landmarks.  This is just a sample of what’s on offer in Memphis.

Hoot and Louise Boutique

Vintage Clothes Boutique Memphis

My cute sister in a cute boutique at Hoot and Louise, South Main.

Boutique Vintage Memphis

Loads of curated vintage clothing!

Stationery Boutique Memphis

Of course, my favorite part, stationery!

Stationery Boutique Memphis 2

Stationery and handtowels.

Boutique Memphis

Vintage costume jewelry on a vintage dresser.

The Arcade Restaurant

The Arcade Memphis

The Arcade is Memphis’ oldest restaurant and just happens to be the place Elvis got his fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

Lorraine Motel 

Lorraine Motel Memphis MLK

A place I have been wanting to go for a long time when I can visit longer and take my time. The hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated which is now a civil right’s museum.

The trip was short and slap shot but my sister did a great job taking me to some amazing restaurants on my visit. As we well know, the food is always my favorite part! Full reviews soon!

The Second Line 

Second Line Memphis Outside

An amazing little restaurant by chef Kelly English who also owns the Iris, which is right next door. It’s more casual than the Iris but the food is outstanding.

Crystal Hot Sauce Second Line Memphis

What looks like an hommage to me, is actually an hommage to the chef’s New Orleans roots. 🙂

Gus’s Fried Chicken

Gus's Memphis Logo

After seeing this restaurant so many times on a variety of Food Network shows, I was so excited to go to this very famous Memphis restaurant!

Jodie Aaron at Gus's

My hosts, Jodie & Aaron, who after a long day at work would take me out at night to show me around.

Memphis has a reputation for being in a lag and I can firmly say that it is just not true anymore. Memphis is rising and has so many things for tourists and residents. This is such a small portion of everything this city has to offer. (Just think, I didn’t even talk about Sun Records or Graceland!) I can’t wait to go back!


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