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Brunching at Aldo’s

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           Aldo’s Pizza on Main is petty much always in play for my Sunday Funday brunching adventures. They have this amazing cheesecake that I absolutely have to get every Sunday. It’s literally become a thing for me. I decided to go for something other than the cheesecake on this adventure and was pleasantly surprised. 

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          Now Aldo’s doesn’t technically have a brunch menu, but they have a couple items that can be brunchy....Hold up. Is that even a word? Whatever. I went with the shrimp and polenta. What’s polenta? I had the same question as well. The best way I can describe it is polenta and grits are pretty much the same thing expect polenta is made with yellow corn. Polenta is a bit creamier to me than the rougher grits. Trust me, it’s very good. It comes with either a vodka or poblano sauce. I’m fancy so I get both! Pair it with a mimosa or a their house made Limoncello and you’re brunch goes to another level! 

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Michael B.  

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$25 For A Medium Pizza!!

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$25 For A Medium Pizza!!

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            See that pizza up there? Yeah, that one. Looks delicious, right? Would you pay $25 for a medium pizza? Yeah me neither, but I somehow managed to. How? Well, here we go. 

            I took the day off from work to hang with Maddy the Great. We went to see Hotel Translyvania 3 and decided to grab a bite to eat. I always look for local establishments first and decided on Broadway Pizza. I’ve had Broadway pizza years ago, so I was kinda excited to have it again. I ordered a half cheese half, Broadway Special along with 2 sodas. We finished and received our bill.  $32.23  

             There had to be some mistake. This couldn’t have been my bill. I had a medium pizza and 2 sodas! I look over the receipt and see the horrible news. This pizza costs $25! This pizza was in no way worth $25. I won’t go into how the crust tasted frozen and the toppings just slide right off with each bite. Heck sodas at $2.25 each is a tad excessive. I could have bought a couple 2 liters or a shopping cart full of Faygos! 

           I feel like I was gotten over on, played and pimped. For the first time ever, I wished I hadn’t eaten local. I’m already not a huge fan of pizza and this one was surely not the best I’ve ever had. Granted it wasn’t the worst, but it definitely wasn’t worth $25. $25 for a medium pizza. Geesh.   

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Michael B.  

              

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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            Yes I said it. Cordova, you really don’t deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones. Better yet, Jerry’s you’re way too good for Cordova. I know you’re wondering why I say this. Let me break this down for you. 

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          I never ever ever ever go to the burbs, but I recently made an adventure to Cordova to visit the new Jerry’s Sno Cones. It’s not that the new Jerry’s is not great -hell they have a sitting area- it’s the residents of Cordova that are the issue. In line I heard nothing but complaints from people getting sno cones after someone that ordered before and the long lines. I'm thinking to myself, "These are all normal Jerry's Sno Cone operating procedures." Try standing in 100 degree heat waiting for your Supreme John Deere amongst a crowd of 50 people. Cordova you'll never know that struggle. 

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          Jerry's, you're a Memphis treasure and way too good to be in Cordova. They will never appreciate you the way us nonsuburban dwellers do. We know the rules and have embraced them as law. Here's a potential new rule; You can't go to the new Jerry's without first going to the original location 3 times. I think that's fair. Maybe the residents of the burbs will come around and learn to enjoy their enclosed patio that the original doesn't have. Maybe they will chill out. Probably not, but we can all be hopeful. 

 

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Michael B.  

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I Had My First Vegetarian Meal!

           Yep! I did it! My first vegetarian meal! Only took 35 years to finally try it. Before I go into my thoughts, I would like to thank Kim Thomas (@kpfusion), Justin Fox Burks (@TheChubbyVegetarian), and his lovely wife Amy for making this all possible. I was totally hesitant to try something drastically new, but they assured me I would enjoy it. So what did I have? 

 The Vegetarian BBQ “Boss Man” Salad with Yogurt Ranch Dressing  

The Vegetarian BBQ “Boss Man” Salad with Yogurt Ranch Dressing  

             The Chubby Vegetarian whipped up his Vegetarian BBQ “Boss Man” Salad recipe along with oven roasted potatoes and banana pudding. You can check out the recipe HERE.               

             So, how was it? The “BBQ” didn’t taste like pulled pork, but it was oddly similar. Maybe my eyes and tastebuds were playing tricks on me. I’ve never been a huge fan of eggplant, but this was very good. I’m thinking the BBQ sauce helped make it more enjoyable for me. I could definitely have it again. I have to say the yogurt ranch dressing was absolutely amazing! OMG! I want a bottle of it! Now, let’s talk about this super crazy dope banana pudding for a second. Now, that I could eat every single day. You know how hard it is to keep the cookies from being soggy at the bottom? Those cookies were super crispy! Shout out to Amy for that banana pudding. You’re the real MVP!

           For a person that’s never eaten vegetarian food and has always been very resistant towards it, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the food. Now before everyone starts planning the parade for vegetarianism, I want to say that I totally couldn’t change completely over. I love my meat way too much, but I could definitely incorporate some of the dishes into my diet maybe twice a week. I want to thank The Chubby Vegetarian for not only being a super cool guy, but for not forcing any food on me. Sometimes people who are vegetarian or vegan want to change the lives of us or shame us about eating meat. Justin never did that and I totally appreciated that immensely. Go check him out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more vegetarian dishes. There’s also a matter of a Carrot-Dog that I need to explore! Also check out KPFUSION.com as well. She’s so freaking fashionable! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

          

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Flava House Quick Review

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           I want to start off by saying I’m always more lenient with Black owned businesses. Always. Why? Well, I don’t think Black owned businesses always get a fair deal in most cases. They are constantly judged by past bad experiences at entirely different establishments. Some of that is accurate feedback and some is just a crazy customer. Yes, there is a such thing as a bad customer. I want to see all Black owned businesses flourish and thrive. 

THE BAD 

         Ok, the service is pretty bad. Before I get any backlash, I must explain that I went on 3 different occasions just to give them the best chance possible to change that opinion. That’s the reason I held off this review. Be prepared. It’s definitely not the worst I’ve ever had but its pretty common in that area. I want so much more for Hickory Hill. They are also pretty pricey and the menu isn’t clearly defined. 

THE GOOD 

         The food is awesome! Omg! Those jerk lamb chops are some of the best I’ve ever had! I believe they are made to order, so there will be a little wait. With that wait you’ll be rewarded with pure excellence. I paired mine with fried okra, which also was very good. I actually love the fact they are located in Hickory Hill. That part of town needs all the love it can get and for that I thank establishments like Flava House and The Wing Guru for servicing those areas. 

 

         In closing, I will say I recommend you going to check out Flava House, but with some concessions. I’m willing to overlook service for exceptional food. Hell some places with bad service have the best foods. I will say it’s more than worth it to try it out. 

 

Life fe is for Living, 

Michael B.  

           

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I Finally Went To Hattie B’s

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I Finally Went To Hattie B’s

           So, I finally went Hattie B’s Nashville Hot Chicken. I put aside the Memphis/Nashville beef, which is totally a real thing, in the name of trying new food. See, that’s growth y’all. 

          I must say I was very impressed with the interior. It definitely vibes with the area it currently resides in. The patio is top notch and it’s covered!! It’s the perfect patio for brunching. I did notice Hattie B’s offers chicken and waffles on Sunday. I need to check to see what the mimosas situation is like. I pray they have mimosas. I need that patio in my life. 

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           So back to the chicken. I ordered the large white, which comes with 2 sides. It came with 2 huge breasts with the wings attached, which is way more than I was expecting. You can also choose the level of spiciness when ordering. There are levels to this mane. The chicken is pretty good, but I wasn’t overly impressed. I wasn’t disappointed either. Its kind of a toss up for me. Not great, but not bad either. If I could use an analogy it would be that Hattie B’s is kinda like the city of Nashville; very nice place but lacks soul. For the sides, I went with baked beans, southern style greens, and pimento Mac and cheese. Yes, my inner fat kid came out. Mac and cheese was kinda blah, but the baked beans were crazy good! Greens are one of those polarizing dishes. Everybody can’t make them and there are lots of variations. They were better than I expected. Someone knows what they’re doing. Did I mention the beans are amazing?

           Would I recommend Hattie B’s? I wouldn’t say don’t go. It’s pretty good chicken and the prices are very good. It lacks a little in the seasoning department outside of just being spicy. I would probably go back if I’m in the area. I will certainly see what’s up with the brunch situation. I still think Gus’, Uncle Lou’s and Jack Pirtles are better options. No, I’m not just saying that because they are local. They just have a bit more of that soul that Hattie B’s lacks.


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Michael B.

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I Judged A Gumbo Competition!

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I Judged A Gumbo Competition!

           Yep! You can add food judge to my resume! I was given the opportunity to judge the gumbo competition for the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest over the weekend and it was definitely a unique experience. The weather was absolutely dreadful! It was unsually cold in Memphis and the river was surging. 

          As far as the gumbo? Well, let's just say you can't go around eating everybody food. I tasted about 7 and none were anything to right home about. The first was the best but it needed some seasoning. One tasted like Lysol. Seriously, Lysol. I am thankful I got the opportunity to judge in spite of some not being very good. I met some really cool people. 

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Michael B.  

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Overton Square's Newest Edition: Hopdoddy Burger Bar!

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Overton Square's Newest Edition: Hopdoddy Burger Bar!

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         I had the privilege of attending the Hopdoddy Community Mixer last night and it was awesome! Of all the people I could have heard about Hopdoddy from, Maddy gets the credit for putting me on game. She speaks very highly of Hopdoddy in Houston and joked that Memphis didn't have one. Well, she's wrong because Overton Square's Newest Edition is Hopdoddy! It's located at the corner of Cooper and Madison in the same strip as Lenny's Subs. Parking will be a huge challenge but Overton Square does have the new multi level parking garage. 

            You don't care about all that. You want to know about the food. Well, I will say that what we were provided last night was very good! We sampled the ahi tuna burger, the impossible burger and the breakfast burger. I give my nod towards the breakfast burger and the ahi tuna burger.  The impossible burger is very different. It was my first ever vegan experience and it was interesting. Not bad at all, just different. 

            We also had margaritas (lots and lots of margaritas), whiskey Long Island teas, and boozy shakes. Nothing was watered down and you felt that liquor in every sip! Death to watered down drinks! They also will have a daily Happy Hour from 3-6:30 PM featuring $5 drinks! 

         Should you try out Hopdoddy? I would say yes! Will their burgers take the crown from Roxie's Grocery? Nope, but it's a very good burger and a welcomed addition to Midtown and Overton Square. 

          Hopdoddy officially opens to the public on April 2nd.  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Maciel's on Highland

           Have you tried the new Maciel's on Highland? Before I ask that, have you tried the original Maciel's on Main St? If not, try them both now! The new Maciel's is less just taco business and more family and hang out oriented. Same great food, like the garlic shrimp taco and Huaraches, but with a crazy dope patio, that's half covered, and a really modern interior with a crazy cool mural. Taco Tuesday is coming up fast! Where will you be? 

 Check out that mural!

Check out that mural!

 White Sangria. It was so good. Watch out! It made with gin. 

White Sangria. It was so good. Watch out! It made with gin. 

 Chicken fajita taco

Chicken fajita taco

 Hey it's me and my sister Kelly!! 

Hey it's me and my sister Kelly!! 

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Michael B.  

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Review - Papa Bear Skins

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Review - Papa Bear Skins

I'm switching things up a bit over here at one901.com. I decided I needed a little bit of camera time from time to time. Not sure why anyone would wanna see my mug, but hey that's not the point. 

I'm here to tell you guys about Papa Bear Skins. I've always liked pork rinds and thought they were pretty basic. Well, Papa Bear Skins has changed my mind with their awesome selection of flavors. They have the standard BBQ and Hot and Spicy, but they also have Ranch and Lemon Pepper. Yes, lemon pepper! There are also other flavors as well. 

Here's my 1 min review of Papa Bear Skins! Excuse the focusing issues. Still learning the habits of this new lens. 

You can find where Papa Bear Skins are sold and updates on their Facebook and IG pages

 IG: @papabearskins

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Michael B.  

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A Trip to Whole Foods for Lunch

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I've never really gone to a Whole Foods store before, but a coworker convinced me that it's a great place to grab lunch. I've always assumed it was way more expensive than I could afford, but peer pressure is insane and I folded. I also took this opportunity to shoot more with my iPhone 8 Plus. My motto has always been the best camera is the camera the that's with you. I also wanted to test out the RAW capabilities of the iPhone. 

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I will say that Whole Foods is by far the cleanest grocery store I've ever been inside. It was so clean that I swore I could eat off the floor. Seriously, it's that clean in there. I also knew instantly I couldn't afford to shop at this place either. I walked in to see Mandarin oranges for $3.99 a pound. Yeah, I ain't no baller like that. 

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Whole Foods literally has everything. Oven fire pizza, an Asian bistro, taqueria, a bomb ass bakery, a buffet and they even sell gelato! We went for the buffet because the lines at the other eateries were kinda long. People are willingly paying these high prices it seems. 

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I piled my plate with smoked chicken, baked whitefish, Mac and cheese, herb roasted potatoes, collard greens and peach cobbler. I know, I know. Thats the craziest lunch ever. I just couldn't decide what I wanted, but I know it wasn't about to include tofu. This plate was decent. Not great but not bad either. I was pleasantly surprised that the greens were actually pretty good. Not everyone knows how to make greens. The biggest let down was the peach cobbler. I was expecting something with more sugar. It wasn't awful but not what I'm used to. I paired my lunch with a bottle of Vitamin Water. 

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If you're like me, you're probably wondering how much did lunch cost? It was a total of $11.50. Definitely not the most expensive lunch I've ever had. I normally average from $10-15. Would I go back? Probably so because I really want that gelato and I want to try their sushi. 

I also think the iPhone 8 Plus held it's on as far as pics go. As long as you shoot in RAW and know how to edit, it's a great little camera. It just won't take the place of my Sony a7ii anytime soon. 

Do you have a Whole Foods adventure story? What do you think about the photos I captured with my iPhone? Drop me a comment! Share this if you like it!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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