Wednesday, January 31, 2007
After being well supplied with Tastykakes and other provisions we left Lubbock and headed into New Mexico, passing Albuquerque and ending up in Gallup. Along the way we passed the Continental Divide, which is the separation between the watershed of the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
As we headed out of Maryland on Sunday The Splendid Table was on NPR. The Road Food segment described a steakhouse in Oklahoma City where breakfast is served starting at 6 am so that cattlemen at the stockyards can broker their deals over steak and eggs. Of course we had to stop by! The steakhouse is, predictably, named Cattleman's, and is decorated with large 1950s photo murals of suit-clad cattlemen overseeing cows. We sampled the steak soup, chicken fried steak and filet mignon - all worth trying, although the filet mignon was definitely the best. From Cattleman's we headed into Texas and down to Lubbock to visit Lisa Patrick who is currently stranded there in grad school. After getting lost in Lubbock, Lisa made us exceedingly welcome, even to the extent of stocking up on some Dogfish Head brews.
We kicked off Monday with a stop at Monell's in Nashville, Tennessee for an early lunch. We got there at half past ten, and were the first guests in the door. Seating at Monell's is communal but we ended up at a large communal table alone while it filled up with food. Particularly noteworthy were the peach preserves, biscuits, and meatloaf. Highly recommended!!! Stuffed to the gills we continued on to Memphis and Graceland!
Graceland was surprisingly modest on the outside, however, this was more than made up for by the king's fabulous 70s interior decor. Our favorites were the yellow and navy blue TV room with mirrored ceiling, the fabric covered pool room, and of course the famous Jungle Room. In addition to the mansion we checked out other Elvis memorabilia including stage costumes, cars and airplanes. Now we finally know what to do with a bedazzler.
For some reason there was a Weinermobile parked in the Graceland parking lot.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Twizzlers, the all American snack, right? Well I've never been a fan but in hunger jam I wouldn't turn one down. Not so with Twizzlers Rainbow pack, yuk, completely disgusting, the texture is all wrong and the flavors weird. Buried under a snow storm in the Blue Mountains of Tennessee I'd rather eat cardboard. Luckily we brought Pringles!
Today, we're making the pilgrimage to Graceland. Nuff said.