Happy February 15th!
While I hope that all of your Valentines Days were incredible, I also hope that today is filled with just as much happiness. VDay isn't the only day meant for superfluous amounts of chocolate, love, and chick flicks, you know. ;)
My day is about to be full of Spanish homework and actual work later tonight, but me and the boy had so much fun yesterday in Memphis, that I just had to share!
It's about a three hour drive from where we live to Memphis, TN, so after class yesterday morning, I took an epically fast shower, got my hair done, ate with my parents - and we were off! He read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince while I belted Replay by Zendaya (and other songs, of course, though I do have a massive problem with repeating the same song for an hour). And our first stop was...
We completely happened upon this place by accident. and LOVED it. I didn't think to take a photo of the man playing piano and singing in the corner, because we were just enjoying it too much, but seriously, this place is a gem. All of the waiters, especially the bartender, were super friendly. They had the biggest selection of alcohol that I've ever seen (liquor, mainly), and from the outside, it looks like a tiny hole in the wall. On the inside, however, it stretches back much further than expected. It's got a quiet elegance about it, and though we didn't eat any of the food because we were just killing time before Wicked started, the menu boasted many different German specialties. I will absolutely come back here every time I'm in Memphis.
// The Orpheum
I feel like this one doesn't need much explaining. It's a beautiful old building, rebuilt in 1928, and boasts massive chandeliers, incredible architecture, and all the lights imaginable. It's not by any means the largest theatre or the most grand, but it is undoubtedly gorgeous. I loved everything about it. And aside from the building itself, the workers were extremely helpful, and they stationed merchandise and drink stands at the best places throughout the theatre. The staircases can be a bit of a maze (if you're trying to find the bathrooms, at least), but I have nothing bad to say about the theatre.
This place was also recommended by a friend who lives in Memphis, and I am so glad that we decided to try it! It's open extremely late (around 3 AM, I believe), so it was perfect for us to go to once we left the Orpheum around 11. The line can be long, but the owner was super polite and worked as fast as he could to both work the register and bring everyone their orders. We initially got ours to eat at the little corner shop, but the cheesecake was big enough that neither one of us could finish it, so we ended up getting it to go. I'm normally a fan of plain cheesecake, but since they were out, I chose the vanilla pound - and it was totally worth it! It's about as close to plain as you can get, and it is so delectable. The boy got chocolate chip, and I'm assured that he loved his as well.
Basically, everything about yesterday was perfect.
My only advice if you do decide to try any of these out?
Be careful. They're not in the best part of town and we had two different people come up and ask us for money. Just look like you know where you're going and do NOT stop for anyone and you should be just fine. Be smart about it and go try out some amazing Memphis food. :)