Memphis 2015 Highlights

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My main man and I recently took a belated anniversary trip to Memphis, Tennessee.

I feel lucky to have traveled all over with this guy. Seeing the world with one’s favorite person is such a special thing. All of the places I’ve visited with Robby leave me with memories that seem to be dusted with extra magic and bliss.memphis2

Memphis was no exception.

Highlights:

  • Beale Street. I had no idea you could walk Beale Street with drink in hand! Like a smaller Bourbon Street, but with a charm all its own. With margaritas in tow, Robby and I found one enchanting store full of eccentricities and a semi-secretive smoke shop in the back. They offered free condoms in a bowl, which hubs and I giggled about before taking two. Because we’re actually fifteen-year-olds trapped in twenty and thirty something year old bodies.

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  • The eats in Memphis were not only delicious, but also oh-so-fun. One of my favorites was The Beauty Shop, an actual old school beauty shop turned restaurant that Priscilla Presley once frequented. My food was devoured whilst sitting in an old-school bonnet dryer. How neat is that?! I was sold on the novelty alone, but their salmon sandwich and sangria left me swooning.

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Also worth mentioning is the queso and guacamole at Las Delicias (thanks to Memphis pal Rach for taking us here!), donuts at Gibson’s (And also here), the BBQ nachos at Rendezvous, (Thanks to Memphis pal Rach for the recommendation!) breakfast at Bryant’s and fried chicken at Gus’s Fried Chicken (Thanks most people in Memphis for this recommendation!) Robby isn’t a huge fan of fried chicken but said Gus’s was his favorite meal during our visit. The skin is perfectly crispy and just the right amount of seasoned and spicy. I’m salivating while writing this. I have got to cut down on the food porn.

  • Exploring Midtown
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After eating at The Beauty Shop, husband and I meandered the Midtown area. We perused through a quaint bookstore and happened upon the most adorable of coffee shops, where Robby attempted to teach me how to play chess. I say attempted because I was more interested in my delicious brown sugar coffee and quickly got my ass handed to me in the form of checkmate.

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  • We took the country’s tallest free-standing elevator to catch some pretty awesome views of the city. I’ve never been a big fan of elevators, and considering the record-breaking status of this one, I was feeling a little nervous on the ride up. But getting to the top to smooch with these Memphis views? So worth it.

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Chillin’ with cardboard Elvis and our awesome AirBnB host. Traveling just seems all the more authentic when lodging with the locals.

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  • The art and downtown vibes.

They were just my style.

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  • A quick photo taken next to Sun Studio. Downtown trolley rides. Making alcoholic root beer floats at our weekend abode. Listening to live Blues on Beale Street as the air grew colder and we cuddled closer. Walking hand-in-hand, not knowing where exactly we were even heading.
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Having the chance to travel regularly is one of things that makes me feel fortunate. The wonder of exploring new places will always be an absolute favorite of mine. But finding a lifelong someone to hold hands with in new places? That’s my favorite, most fortunate find of all.

Memphis, Part 1

My husband and I recently got back from an anniversary trip to Memphis, and the entire trip of celebrating another year of our love was delightful. I’ll get to said delightfulness on the next post, as this first post is actually not really about my husband at all. Sorry, hubs.

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On our very first night in Tennessee, I had the honor of meeting Rach over at This Italian Family.

Rach and I have been blog friends for close to four years, so I was giddy in hopes of meeting her on our trip.

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I snapshotted Rach’s Instagram post because I thought she captured the energy of our meet so well. We hugged in random parking lots, laughed a lot and just immediately clicked. That’s the beauty of blogging friendship, isn’t it? Without ever tangibly meeting, you can understand and adore each other just the same. It felt like we were just picking up wherever we had left off, even if where we had left off was exchanged over words on a keyboard.

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Her and her hubby Chris(topher) ((I was told I could call him either and couldn’t pick one so this is how I will always see his name now)) picked us up from our AirB&B lodging and took us to their favorite Mexican restaurant, Las Delicias, which definitely lived up to its name. But more on Memphis eats later. I knew I loved Rach almost the moment I met her. It was, in fact, the same moment hubby and I were being scolded. We were unintentionally exiting the wrong door and the homeowner was politely letting us know. Robby was chatting with her at the same time Rach walked up to hug me. I quietly murmured something about us being in trouble when Rach, seconds after I had officially met her, excitedly asked, “Oooooh. Why are you in trouble?!” I’m one to jump past small talk in the first place, and I feel like there’s definitely no need for feigning boundaries when you’ve been reading the other’s blog for years. So I’m glad Rach felt the same and we were able to immediately jump to the good stuff. The good stuff being blatant curiosity and fast friendship.

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From there, Rach and Chris(topher) quickly made our first night in Memphis the best first night possible. They paid for our dinner, took us to meander through the aisles of a grocery store and wine shop and even brought us to taste the Memphis-famous Gibson’s donut. Put simply, they were the sweetest. And I say this right after talking about scrumptiously sugar-laden donuts, so y’all know I’m not playing.

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Rach was outgoing and kindhearted and so fun to be around, just as I pictured she’d be, so I’m glad she thought I lived up to my blogging self too. I also appreciate that when mentioning “vivacious, funny and friendly” she left out “scatterbrained” and “slightly awkward”, which, believe me guys, she definitely noticed in the hours we spent together. I may or may not have tried to walk out of the wine shop without my wine, less than five seconds after purchasing it.blogbuds

In reading Rach’s comments on our photo she posted to Instagram, I got happy feels and decided that our little mutual friend blog circle needs to have a meetup in 2016. I also have to be a little sentimental and say that I’m forever thankful for the blogosphere and all of the wonderful things and people it’s brought my way.

Memphis Part 2, coming as soon as I can get past regression analysis in stats class! So probably never! Just kidding. I think. I hope.