Corndogs and Beer
I spent the weekend immersed in good music, good food, and mud.
The Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, AKA Memphis in Mud, has become something of a tradition in our family. The youngest kid is a musician and music lover so for her last 4 birthdays, she’s been given tickets to take a friend to BSMF and an all inclusive parental chaperone package of hotel accommodations, transportation and food. Eating well is not always my biggest goal for the weekend, but I have to admit that $6 corndogs and $5 Bud Lights are not part of my plan either. This year the man went to a mountain bike festival (yes I’m a bit jealous) while I took my girl Sarah Smiles and the young ones for the music, food and fun in Memphis where the temperatures were going to set records on the low end, and the forecast called for rain. Shock. It’s a rare year that the weekend goes by with no precipitation but the 40 degree temps were unparalleled. There was much less skin showing this year.
On Friday we treated ourselves to one of our favorite Memphis restaurants, Blues City Cafe. The four of us shared a sausage and cheese appetizer plate, a 3 tamale plate, and a rack of ribs.
It was not a $6 corndog meal. Sarah and I also enjoyed a brew not distributed in Arkansas, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Ale. Not a $5 Bud Light. I assumed that we would be spending the remainder of the weekend choosing to starve or eating fair food but I was wrong. This year there was a stand with grass fed organic burgers, veggie burgers and locally sourced salads. The longest line in the row of food vendors hawking rubbery pizza, corndogs, and various other fried stuff on a stick was a wood fired wok stand making Soba noodles with fresh veggies.
We watched them toss whole peppers, squash and baby carrots into those ginormous woks to roast before chopping them and adding to the noodles. The fair food powers that be have heard the voice of the people! If you have healthy options, people will choose them. Okay maybe not everybody, the lines at the Pronto Pup and the SoCo drink stands weren’t empty, but the healthier options were getting their fare share and then some. And I needed those healthier choices because I also chose to eat one meal a day at my favorite Memphis haunts and wouldn’t waste more of my calories to eat corndogs and drink bad beer. I’d much rather have the crawfish eggs benedict and $2.50 Mimosas at Automatic Slim’s brunch!
So come to Memphis and Put Some South in your Mouth!