Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs, AR | Places To Visit

We took a spontaneous side trip to Hot Springs on our way home to Dallas and were delighted to pop in to Superior Bathhouse Brewery.

They are actually the first brewery in a U.S. National Park and the world’s first to utilize thermal spring water as their main ingredient.  It’s definitely a cool place to visit when you are in Hot Springs.

I’m not a beer drinker so we opted for their homemade root beer floats which really hit the spot.  They do offer a great selection of beers and typical pub style food.  They also have a friendly atmosphere and sell artisan products such as soap that is locally made.

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I definitely want to come back when we have more time to experience the food and maybe even sample a beer!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

At The Corner in Little Rock, AR | Where To Eat

Oh how my tummy misses the wonderful Christmas is Coming brunch we had at @ the Corner in Little Rock. This wonderful little spot prides itself on being locally grown, made from scratch and seasonally fresh.

We checked them out as we were leaving Little Rock to head back home to Dallas.  We love trying out local spots especially where the person helping you is the business owner.

It was a bit odd when we first walked in as they don’t want you to sit until after you order.  I was worried we wouldn’t find a spot but one opened up quickly just as we finished ordering.

I ordered The Sampler which came with scrambled fresh farm eggs, Arkansas apple-wood smoked bacon, cheese grits, #browns, seasonal fruit and a freshly baked biscuit served with housemade Arkansas honey butter and jam.

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It all was so delicious and I especially liked the fluffy biscuits and the jam….oh my goodness that was good!

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If you are in town you should definitely check them out! You can find them at the corner of Markham & Scott in Downtown Little Rock.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Where To Eat When In Memphis: 2 Not-to-be-missed Restaurants

We have a tradition of taking a trip over the Thanksgiving holiday.  This year we chose Memphis and Little Rock as our destination of choice.

Before we left home, I did my typical research for restaurant reviews.  Since we were traveling over a holiday, I called ahead to inquire about the prices, reservations, etc.  I called The Cupboard Restaurant and the kind woman that answered the phone confirmed that they would be open Thanksgiving Day and that they had a meat and three veggie plate for $11.51.  I asked if that was the price for Thanksgiving and she said yes.  I remarked that I expected it to be more since it was Thanksgiving and she said if it was good enough to charge in May then it was good enough to charge in November.  I knew we had to visit.

We arrived and Memphis from Dallas and went straight to the restaurant.  There was a line out the door but everyone coming out was saying it was definitely worth the wait.  They also had someone come out with some warm cornbread muffins to whet our appetite and they were yummy.

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The Cupboard restaurant has been a Memphis tradition for 70+ years.  It has a down home diner feel where you would expect all the locals to hang out.  It is a Memphis’ favorite casual home-cooking eatery. They will not accept reservations, but are always popular, so keep that in mind when planning your day.

I ordered the turkey, stuffing, cucumber and tomato salad, cranberry sauce and macaroni and cheese.  I skipped dessert as we were planning on eating again later but it was all delicious and the wait staff was very friendly.

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If you enjoy down-home cooking and are okay with a no-frills atmosphere then you will love the great food and great prices at The Cupboard.  I would definitely try this again on my next visit to Memphis.  Find out more by visiting their website, The Cupboard Restaurant

The second place we tried on our weekend stay was Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.  We did have two recommendations to go there and one person said, don’t go there if you don’t want to get fat so I’m assuming it must be good.

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But y’all I have a confession. I am not a fan of fried chicken.  GASP!!

I know, I know…

I live in the south so it should just be like a regular staple of my diet, right? I mean in general I do like it but it’s not necessarily my favorite.

But that may have changed….I need to tell you about my recent experience at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. It was A◦M◦A◦Z◦I◦N◦G and you should run (not walk) to Memphis and get you a bite! Their hot and spicy chicken was just the right amount of heat without being overpowering. In fact, it was so good that our daughter and son-in-law went back later that night for MORE chicken and sweet tea!

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Gus’s offers spicy, crispy chicken fried to order in peanut oil.  Served on simple Styrofoam plates with beans, slaw and bread it’s been around since the 1950’s.  It has a “hole in the wall but you know it’s going to be good” vibe about it and it did not disappoint.  I ordered my meal with an extra side of mac and cheese and it was all very good.  We also ordered pecan pie for dessert and they warm it up and serve it with ice cream and it really was delicious.

They do have a location in Ft. Worth that we’ll be trying soon but we definitely recommend trying it out if you are in Memphis.  You can check out their website, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.

Have you visited either of these restaurants?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Eagle Creek Pack-It System Starter Set

We loved the Eagle Creek Pack-It System Starter Set so much…we bought another one!

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Eagle Creek Pack-It System Starter Set

The starter set comes with a garment folder (M), a half cube and a cube.

The half cube is great for smaller things like underwear, socks, bras etc.

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Half Cube

The full cube is awesome for things like t-shirts, night clothes, swimwear etc.

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With all the cubes you can either roll or fold the clothes and you can compress them when you zip it up.  They really help you maximize space.

The garment folder or envelope, is probably my favorite thing!  It comes with a plastic board that guides you on how to fold the clothes and then you are able to compress the items very neatly for packing.

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Garment Folder | M

We were able to pack 12 shirts in one folder and they only needed a light pressing when we got to our destination.

The system helps us not only keep our clothing organized and compact, it also helps with other items too.  We use a smaller cube, the quarter cube, for our essential electronics accessories like our phone chargers, camera battery chargers etc.

The cubes come in a variety of colors and while the packing cubes are a little expensive, they really are worth the investment.  They’ll help make your traveling life easier by saving you space in your luggage and keeping your items organized.

Hope this helps y’all as you plan your next adventure!  We’ll be posting a video soon on how we use our packing cubes.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

The Fremont Troll

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One of my favorite websites (and apps) is RoadsideAmerica.com.  I love visiting odd and unusual roadside attractions and the website has tons of them!

I’ve visited the Freemont Troll before but it’s always fun to see.  Have you ever been?  Do you have any pics?  What things do you like to see when you visit a city?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

The Gum Wall in Seattle

This might be gross for some but I think it is awesome.

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All these pieces of gum represent folks that have put a piece of gum in their mouth, chewed it for a bit and then stuck it on this wall.

Okay.  Maybe it is a little gross.  But we did it too.

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Awwwww – he made the letters M and L.  Our initials.  That’s pretty much true love, right?

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(((hugs))) ~lisa

A Visit To 1912 Pike Place

I’ve visited Seattle several times but this time I was making a point to visit 1912 Pike Place.

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Without googling, do you know what this place is?  Can you guess?  I mean if you know me and know what I drink most mornings….was that a big enough hint?

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Yes.  I made a trip to my hot chocolate motherland.  Now I know Starbucks didn’t invent my hot chocolate but it is oh so good there!!

There was a bit of a line to get in but it moved quickly enough.  I got up to the counter and was able to order my venti hot chocolate. 🙂

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I don’t know the girl in the background but I am sure that she enjoyed the whole Starbucks experience too!  haha!!  Have you ever visited the original store?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

My bathroom obsession

I’m not sure why or even when it started, but I have an obsession with bathrooms.  Particularly cool  or interesting looking bathrooms.  Like the ones below.

This restroom is inside The Salt Lick outside of Austin.  I’m thinking that the multiple rolls of toilet paper and the plunger might be necessary items as The Salt Lick is a bbq joint.

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This volcanic restroom is located in Granger, Washington at their dinosaur park. 

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This restroom was in Seattle, but it no longer exists.  When inside you could see outside while you went.  A little awkward.

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This restroom was in the Spokane, WA MEPS.  It took me a second to figure out how to flush it.  Can you figure out how?

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Have you seen any cool bathrooms lately?

Next time you are in a restroom, you’ll think of me. 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Keep looking up…

One thing that I like to do is take pics of the things I see when I look up.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever given it much thought but I have.  I am five foot tall so I tend to look up…a lot…haha!

Here are some things I’ve seen.  Let me know what you see the next time you look up!

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A quote that morning show DJ Kidd Kraddick used to always end his show with before he passed comes to mind. 

“Keep looking up ’cause that’s where it all is!” – Kidd Kraddick

(((hugs))) ~lisa

So we tried a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli…

And it was pretty good.

We definitely either wanted to try Katz’s Deli or Carnegie Deli.  We didn’t necessarily have a preference but a scene from, “When Harry Met Sally” was filmed at Katz’s Deli so that won out.

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Here are some shots of the inside.

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It was definitely crowded and lots of customers coming in and just picking up food to go. 

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Very close to our table was this pic of Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe.  Yes, I know that is their name on the show and they are just actors but that’s how I know them.

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Here’s the menu and when we walked in we were given this blue ticket thing.  The blue ticket thing wasn’t ever clearly explained to us but we were told to hang onto it.

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The waitress brought to the table a plate of cucumbers and pickles.  And even though they were basically the same size, the cucumbers tasted like cucumbers and the pickles tasted like pickles.  I’m assuming there was some different process or pickling involved but either way they both tasted good.

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So the waitress comes up to the table and said, and I quote, “Whaddya want?”.  And that’s how she took our order…haha!!  We asked about the pastrami sandwich and since we’d never had one she brought us a sample.  She let us know that one sandwich was more than enough to share so that’s what we ordered.  At $18.75 for one sandwich I sure hope it was big.

And it was.

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That’s just my half of the sandwich!!  Loaded with meat…actually a little too much meat but it definitely filled us up.

On our way out I had to take a pic of “Where Harry Met Sally”.  In case you aren’t familiar with the scene, CLICK HERE.

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A close-up of the sign.

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I also saw some vintage looking signs on the way out.

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I’m curious to know what liver puffs are.  I may have to google that.

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Not sure what the “No Connection with any other store” means but I’ll assume there is some drama and you can just save that for your mama.

Back to the blue ticket that we were told to hang onto.

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Apparently it had something to do with paying for our meal as this was written on the back.

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And a super important thing to note is they only take cash!

After our meal we decided to try and find a place to have a cannoli.  We found a quiet little place and shared a vanilla and a chocolate one. 

And yes, they were yummy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you ever been?  What did you order?  Did you have what she had?  😉

(((hugs))) ~lisa