More than Just a Game

So most people head to FedEx Forum to watch the hometown  Memphis Grizzlies take on the best of the best of the NBA, but I decided on this trip that I would check out a few of the food offerings. Of course I wanted to see the Grizzlies play the San Antonio Spurs, but food is my life! I think there's a few people that aren't as interested in the game, but are more interested in the food and bars. 

Please excuse the flash lol.

My first stop was to the Draft Room, which is located on the Club level.  What better way to start my adventure than to go to a bar for a quick cocktail? The bar area features ample seating and some of the better views of the arena. The server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the local brews. I always test the servers! 

I ordered a whiskey and Sprite. Very original and not a drink that's hard to make. It came in a plastic cup, which was a bit disappointing since this was the Club Level, but I do understand it was more than likely for safety reasons. Can't have people dropping glasses all over the place. The drink was made with Sierra Mist instead of Sprite and was more Sierra Mist than whiskey. It was a different taste than I was used to. Not bad, just very different. 

My next stop was the 4/4 Grille, which is also on the Club Level.  I spoke with the manager and asked her what the specialty was. In unison, all the staff yelled out the Buffalo Chicken Fries. I must say this was very much worth it! It was a bed of waffle cut fries topped with buffalo chicken strips, cheese, onions, and bleu cheese crumbles! This is something you must get!! It's pretty spicy, so get something to cool your mouth off. It's enough for 2 people as well!

Buffalo Chicken Fries from 4/4 Grille

Buffalo Chicken Fries from 4/4 Grille

The next stop was to Memphis' own, Rendezvous. Come on people. There's no way you can go to any arena in Memphis' without getting some BBQ nachos! It's a rite of passage! You haven't experienced an event without them. It's pretty much a law. Don't break the law people!  

The BBQ from Rendezvous was good as always. As a true Memphian, I opted for the pork, but they also offer chicken as well. I also stuffed my face with a sausage and cheese plate. Something so simple, yet so fulfilling! 

At this point, I was completely stuffed, but I'm no quitter and I had to keep pushing! I ended up on the Event Level and stopped by the Horseshoe Club featuring Kelly English. Now this is the spot that amazed me the most! The atmosphere was incredible! I will let the pictures do the talking for this spot. One of the walls has windows that look out the the tunnel leading to the locker rooms! That was the most amazing part of it all! I was briefly here for a quick cocktail and a parfait! 

I found my second wind after I left the Horseshoe Club and ended up at Jet's Pizza! I'm not the biggest pizza fan, but the smells were intoxicating. Jet's is on the Plaza Level. The pizza was decent, but again I'm not the biggest fan of any pizza. Trust me, I get funny looks whenever I mention that I don't care for pizza! 

Next up was another quick cocktail! I probably didn't need it because the Uber driver got to hear my rendition of Prince's Purple Rain! Nevertheless, I had another! I stopped by the 901, which is also on the Plaza Level. 901! How fitting!!

At this point, I decided to call it a night, but I had one last stop to make! I had to go by The Creamery! You can't wrap up dinner without any dessert. I couldn't muster the energy to eat the ice cream, but there was a little kid that gladly took my ice cream off my hands for me. 

It was time to go home at this point. I didn't want to see another plate, cup, or even fork! It was time for some sleep! While I love sports and the FedEx Forum is an awesome place to watch them, there's a lot more going on than just the game. It's more than Just a Game! It's actually a really cool place to hang out with friends at a bar or for a different type of date night. I really enjoyed my experience and the opportunity to be able to try most of the spots out. Yes, I only tasted the tip of the iceberg! There are lots more places to eat and have a drink. 

I encourage you to go to the FedEx Forum and make it a day! Go cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies to victory and also enjoy some good food and drinks! Also, it's a great place for people watching! You're sure to see some of Memphis' finest!!

I want to give a special thanks to the Grizzlies PR department for helping make this story possible!! You guys are great!!! It was the opportunity of a lifetime!!

Life is for Living, 

Michael B. 

Already thinking of the weekend

Most people wonder what is happening over the weekend or what I will be doing. Honestly I rarely plan things out, I just let life and the night lead me. So here are a few things I'm considering and maybe you can join in as well.  

Cognac, Cars, & Cigars 

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There's a 3000% chance I will be here! Come  on it incorporates 3 things I really, really like! Plus, a portion of all tickets sales go to Make-A-Wish Mid South! So you get to enjoy yourself while also supporting a great cause. It's a no brainer and a win win. There will be food provided by Sweet Potato Baby, Three Guys Pizza Pies, Chef 4 ADay Catering, Li’Dora Desserts, and Jim & Samella’s House. 

You can get tickets and more info by clicking --------HERE!  

Night Shift: 80s in the Air 

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I went to check out Weightless Aerial last month and it was amazing! They are having another show Friday at 1130pm at Theater Works on Monroe. This one is 80s themed!! And you can dress up!! What!! Might have to pull out my white blazer for this one. Plus I simply adore Callie Compton and Katrina Coleman! 

I would describe it as a circus and a theater had a baby and that baby went on to have a great and prosperous life and then the baby decided to do something epic and boom!!! Weightless Aerial was that epic thing! Get tickets------HERE

  

Wine Tasting at Quench  

Theres a free wine tasting at Quench Downtown Friday from 530-730. Keywords are WINE and FREE!!  Quench is located at 99 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

 

#5FridaysofJazz @MemphisLibrary

The Levitt Shell is helping you get into the spirit of International Jazz month with 5 FREE Friday's of Jazz in the courtyard of the Memphis Main Library. Did I mention that it's free??!! There's really no excuse you can give not to go. 

 

Grizzlies Vs Jazz 

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Going to see the Memphis Grizzlies play the Utah Jazz on Friday. My friend Mikey decided he wasn't going to pay me back for the Birmingham Bowl ticket and offered great seats to this game...depending on how close we sit, it could be a great swap. Hopefully he comes through in the clutch, but then again it's Mikey! Lol.  

 

 Ok so that's the things I've planned on doing, but I'm sure other things will pop up like a Sunday Funday outing or randomly crashing a party. Who knows. What are your plans for the weekend? Drop a comment to tell me what you have going on or an event I could come check out!! 

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

Taco Tuesday without tacos

The horror!! I missed my first Taco Tuesday for the first time in....well I don't really know how long, but it's been a while! Contrary to the song, the club didn't go up on a Tuesday either. No tacos and no clubbing. Must have been a boring evening in Memphis. Nope!! Let's recap the adventure. 

Put me in coach!  

Put me in coach!  

I'm a member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and we held our monthly meeting in the Horseshoe Lounge of the FedEx Forum. The guest speaker was Memphis Grizzlies President Jason Wexler. I tried my hardest to get tickets to tonight's game; Kobe Bryant's last in Memphis. I was unsuccessful, but I did get to go out on the court! 

Grizzlies President Jason Wexler and Memphis DNA President Mickell Lowry

Grizzlies President Jason Wexler and Memphis DNA President Mickell Lowry

Jason Wexler  

Jason Wexler  

From there I won this pretty cool BMW Championship cap. It's fitting because I actually drive a BMW. Don't know why but I felt like wearing it all night to gloat in my victory! Lol. 

What a snazzy hat!  

What a snazzy hat!  

As I was leaving the meeting in my newly acquired hat, I got a Facebook Message from my good friend Michael Gross about a stand up comedy show at Brass Door. Gross said he would send ninjas if I didn't go, so I really had no choice!  It was hosted by Doug Gillion with Kyle Kordsmeier and let me say this, it was funny as hell and only a $5 cover!  That means more money for drinks!!! Or food, if you're into that sort of thing. 

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My guy Matt Quinn aka Matty Ice and Feeny Ali

My guy Matt Quinn aka Matty Ice and Feeny Ali

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Who has only 1 beer?  

Who has only 1 beer?  

The comedy show line was Mark Brimble, Beth Poppins, Brad Sativa, Josh Wagner, Ron Love( winner of 2013 Funniest Person), and Mary Jay Berger  

Brad Sativa

Brad Sativa

Josh Wagner 

Josh Wagner 

Rob Love

Rob Love

Rob Love killed it! This was my first time hearing of him and I was crying laughing. He will also be performing at Chuckles Comedy House on Thursday if you want to check him out!  You definitely should. 

And that was it. Fin. I had a really fun evening even though there was a raging monsoon outside.

The next stand up show at Brass Door is March 29th and will feature Sammy Anxer, Kate Lucas, Wes Corwin, and Katrina Coleman( founder and CEO of Memphis Comedy Fest)  

fyi I'm still a bit sad about not having tacos..... 

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B