I recently went to Birmingham to see Dear for a few days. I decided to drive, in part for flexibility in my return date, and in part because a full size rental car cost over $500 less than the airfare. It was a serendipitous decision. It was National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, so I got to experience first hand the Cutting into the Left Lane … Continue reading Bradley’s Pit Barbecue and Grill, Sweetwater, Tennessee
I enjoy the website, Atlas Obscura. It offers articles about little-known and quirky locations and phenomena around the world. You should sign up for their weekly newsletter. Recently they had an article about Barbecue Spaghetti. On the wildest of hunches, I googled “barbecue spaghetti” and, mirabile dictu, confirmed that it was an Elvis favorite and, like most Elvis favorites, remains a thing in Memphis. The … Continue reading Barbecue Spaghetti?
Work has interfered with my productivity lately, so I’m just getting round to posting a trip last January. Nancy and I detoured to Nashville on our way to warmer climes so that I could try Peg Leg Porker, which has been much ballyhooed, including in Garden and Gun. I had planned the trip down, as I explained to Liza — spend the night in Nashville … Continue reading Peg Leg Porker, Nashville, Tennessee
The Southern Foodways Alliance (click on the link) has made a film about Helen Turner, the pit master, owner, and everything else at Helen’s Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee. Ms. Helen makes barbecue the way barbecue should be made: in a pit over wood coals — hickory and oak, in her case. She serves pork shoulders, ribs, chicken, Polish sausage, and bologna. I’ve never been to Helen’s, but … Continue reading Helen’s Bar-B-Q, Brownsville, Tennessee
Did I tell you that Nancy is going to Vietnam in June? It’s another Operation Smile Trip. She’s been to Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Dominican Republic (twice), Honduras, Morocco, Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and Cambodia — I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple of places. On each mission, they repair cleft palates, split lips and other facial problems for about 125 children and adults, and in … Continue reading Barbecue Road Trip
We stopped in Knoxville on the way to Birmingham to see family. The older downtown office buildings there seem to be turning into lofts and the area has something of a college student/hipster feel, with a leavening of young professionals. The downtown is small and a self-guided tour points out interesting buildings and locations that helped make Knoxville the Cradle of Country Music. Downtown has … Continue reading Sweet P’s Downtown Dive, Knoxville, Tennessee