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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Adventures in Memphis II

The Memphis adventure continues...

As I've mentioned before, that trip includes a lot of food binging. I wouldn't be surprised if I gained back the minimal amount of weight that I lost from our Philippines vacation. After all, it's easier to gain weight than lose it, right? Anyway, on Valentine's Day itself, we were supposed to do 3 things. Go mall shopping at Wolfchase Galleria and visit Pink Palace and National Civil Rights museum, but both museums open at 1:00 p.m. and close at 5:00 on Sundays so we thought we could only hit one museum when I'm done shopping and call it a day. But I lost track of time and didn't realize it was already 4 until it felt like I was literally ready to drop from exhaustion. Jeff was usually just seated in one corner reading a new book he bought at the mall, unmindful of his wife's predicament, haha! Well, that's way better than him hovering around, probably feeling silly standing in a women's intimate apparel section. I know guys normally don't go crazy over shopping so I'm fine with him just waiting on me somewhere in the mall.

Some of the stuff that I bought are hoodies and jackets from Aeropostale, Tommy Hilfiger cool pink sweaters, a pair of boots from Macy's, some colorful jammies, Victoria Secret garden collection for Mama and other good deals from JC Penney mostly winter clothes which I failed to take a picture of. The red love bug was a gift from hubby.

Since we didn't have time to do anything else besides shopping, we went straight to Bonefish Grill. We didn't make any reservations so we expected having to wait. It took an hour before we were ushered to our seats. Restaurants are crazy on Valentine's Day. It was raining so hard in Memphis that night but apparently, it didn't stop people from celebrating.

I ordered their specials for that night, Rockefeller Mahi-Mahi. It's wood-grilled and topped with sharp creamy spinach and lump crab served on Jasmine rice. It was excellent. Jeff had Lily's Chicken. It was chicken breast, goat cheese, sautéed spinach, artichoke hearts and a lemon basil sauce.

I have been told that barbeque in Memphis is excellent so we didn't miss the chance to try it. I did some research and found good reviews for Cozy Corner. I meant to take a picture of the food once served but it was only until after I ravaged most of my pork sliced bbq that I remember to take a picture so here it was. Sorry for the not so pretty shot, hehe. It was the best pork bbq I've ever tasted so far. I've had a few in Ozark but it didn't make my mouth water like this one, haha!

On our last day in Memphis, before we leave the Tennessee border, we had another barbeque stop at a different place this time. Central BBQ has raving good reviews from people but Jeff and I think it's only second best to Cozy Corner. I had smoked sausage that time, while Jeff had pulled pork sandwich.


This is me looking on the food intently

While driving out of Memphis, we saw this fully decorated, colorful tartanilya or horse and carriage ride as what Americans call it. Jeff asked me if I'd like to ride in one as it's supposed to feel romantic, but I readily told him no, thanks, because I've ridden in those thingy countless times in the Philippines, you know. It's one of my mode of transportation from home to school back when I was in high school, haha! So I'm gonna save you some bucks by skipping this one. He rolled his eyes and replied, "Where is the LOVE?" Hahaha!

I'm not sure if I had mentioned it, but Jeff has a younger brother. We couldn't see them as often as we would want to because we all live so far from each other. But I've met them on several occasions including their youngest baby's shower. Before heading home, we thought of dropping by at their place . But first we went to my DIL's house, returned the Dexter Season 1 dvds and borrowed more, then off to Jaime and Lisa's place.

They have 2 cute and adorable kids, Brad and April Genevieve.

I think I'm ready to be a mom, haha! See...I know how to hold a 10-month old baby.

I hope you enjoyed all the photos. Next time, I'm gonna take you to a tour to Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion. See you all there!

30 replies:

joy said...

hi jenn! nagutom ako sa post mo, now i'm craving for burgers and barbecues.

your right jenn, pwede ka nang maging mommy!

meretrisha said...

mommy jenn.. i like the sound of it.. sounds good on you! *wink*

Pearl said...

I enjoyed viewing your photos...

Jade said...

You do look great with a baby, I bet you'll be great with your own baby too:)

Bchai said...

Goodness, Jenn, you've made my mouth water describing all that FOOD. I'm a sucker for good food and BBQ!!! LOL. Makes me want to head to a local BBQ pit right now. Also, glad to see you had fun shopping! Vicky's (my nickname for Victoria's Secret) has the sweetest and sexiest scents. Oh, and those are some really cute boots there! ;)

scott and vikki said...

aww it looks like you both had a blast.. wow the food looked amazing! i listen to elvis a lot growing up since my mom liked it so much.. and your blog made me miss his music so i bought a cd :) LOL now thats what i listen to while working out! thanks for sharing your trip :)

Dhemz said...

oh my gosh...I am having a blast....thanks for sharing the photos....:)

korek, si hubby pod nako kay d mahilig mag shopping..mabuang nalang sya ug hinulat sa ako...ahhahhaa! that's a good idea...I'll tell him next time to bring a book...lol!

wow, nice man kaau inyong getaway jenn.... :) woi, as in! angyan naka maging mama...paghimo na lagi mo...hehehhehe!

thanks btw for the visit and for leaving a comment...korek, the virus is such a shame....some of those links are porn...waaaaaaa...makauuwaw kaau...ehhehe..thank God hubby and I fixed it lastnight....:) au-au!

""rare*jonRez"" said...

go, go, go jenn! you'll bve a wonderful mom, for sure!

teJan said...

wow! nice stuff jenn, grabe sad diay ka makashopping oi! i-itsa na diri ang uban kong pul-an naka ha! heheh..good day!

jenn_US said...

@joy
-hahaha! sowe for making u hungry. :)

jenn_US said...

@meretrisha
-mommy jenn...bitaw sah, nice ug dating, hahaha! hope pohon naa na unya mutawag ug mommy nako.

jenn_US said...

@pearl
-thanks pearl!

jenn_US said...

@jade
-haha! thanks jade. yeah hopefully angayan pud unta when its time for me to have my own.

juliana said...

I got so hungry just by looking at the foods more so because we're now back to our strict regimen. one week of reprieve obviously is not enough.

go, go, go for baby number 1!

jenn_US said...

@Bchai
-hehe. actually while im making this post, i miss memphis's bbq. same here im a sucker for good food. :)

my sister calls VS "Toyang", haha! mom likes to collect scents from Vicky's and Bath and Body Works, so when i shop i see to it that i stop by these stores. :)

thanks for dropping by. :)

jenn_US said...

@scott and vikki
-vikki, im glad my post had sparked the elvis spirit back in u, hehe. im not sure if he already died when i was born but as famous as he is, i am familiar with his music. legends like him are kinda immortal you know coz their music still lives on to be appreciated even by the younger generation.

jenn_US said...

@dhemz
-hay girl, mao jud ning mga bana nato dili mahilig magshopping. maau pud gani kay pasagdan ra pud ko nya patuyang sa gibati, hehe. o he would always read a book basta muingun na gani ko na magshopping ko kay he knows na it will take longer jud kay daghan kaau hapitan, hahaha!

im glad u get rid of the virus oi. makalagot kaau ning virus oi.

see yah around!

jenn_US said...

@recel
-hi sis. mao lage unta God willing. :)

jenn_US said...

@teJan
-oi jan, o panagsa ra man gud maka-laag ug mall kay naa mi puyo sa bukid, hahaha! mao if mulaag grabe pud ang shopping, dili mu-surrender hangtod dili hapit kakuyapon sa kakapoy, bug-at pa jud kaau ako gipangdala ana na time, pero bahala na lingaw man pud. :)

thanks diay sa comment oi. laag ko sa imo blog ugma na pud, take care.

jenn_US said...

@juliana
-hi jules. thanks for visiting. every once in a while i think about dieting but nah ive never been successful following my own planned regimen, hehe. besides following a strict diet can be expensive so i dare not try it, haha!

btw, i enjoyed the photos of the stuff u bake. i can't bake to save my life, hehe so i just savor the photos of friends who can bake. :)

survivor mom said...

Hello po. sasarap ang pagkain dito..
Wow!!Okay ang kalesa

pipay said...

nice to be here. Interesting to read

Clarissa said...

I bet you guys had a blast there!!Soo drooled over the food you got there!!YUM!

Scotty's Princess said...

Thanks for once again sharing these lovely pics, Jenn. I am sure you'll make a wonderful homemaker. Can't wait to see your own beautiful baby very soon! Made in Memphis na sya? Hehehehe!

Anne said...

It sounds like you had a great trip! Can't wait to see the baby once you decide to move ahead with that adventure.

Cacai M. said...

wow.. a lot of hoodies! I love hoodies and I have several of them.. and that TH and VS too.. wooohoo! you had a blast shopping Jenn and that's great! --- aside from having a blast in Tennessee. Awesome pics!

David Funk said...

Hi Jenn!

I agree with the previous comments about the great pics you shared here. And wow, you look so beautiful with the baby in the last pic, too.

I flew through Memphis on a couple of connection flights last year when I was on my way to Dallas, Texas in October.

Thanks for your comment on my blog, too! Best wishes my friend!

EastCoastLife said...

I would love a romantic ride on that horse carriage. :)

I'm putting on weight just looking at the yummy food. lol

Hazelicious929 said...

Ka nice sa mga photos Jenn. We always stopped at Memphis for a good BBQ too. Shopping galore jud ka ha... Nice photos, JEnn

shydub said...

I think im going gaga with all your shopping and adventures jenn. love it

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