|Orville enjoyed the detour|
since it allowed him to see the Pyramid,
where I graduated,
up-close and personal.
|Wilbur was less interested in the sights|
but he thought the strapy things
on the trolley were pretty cool.
|Michael wondered if we would be stuck|
on Riverside Dr. for the rest of our lives.
|The Arcade Restaurant!|
It is the oldest cafe in Memphis, founded about 100 years ago. So, yes, it was in Memphis when we lived there, but neither Michael nor I had even HEARD OF IT! Granted, he rarely went downtown, and I only went there when on a teaching assignment. Whatever the case, it was new-to-us and, more importantly, right there in front of us (and that trolley wasn't going anywhere any time soon), so we stopped in for lunch.
|He's not mad, y'all.|
That's how he normally looks
when his wife is snapping his picture over and over again
while saying (in her best Elvis voice)
Thank ya, thank ya very much
after each click.
|Hey! I know who Elvis is now...|
But also because this school...
...the one where I taught before the boys were born, served the housing project where Elvis had lived before stardom. In fact, after completing 6th grade, my students went to Humes Middle School, which used to be Humes High School, which was where Elvis attended high school.
|This was my classroom the last year I taught.|
My first room no longer exists
because the building was remodeled
and the 3rd floor was removed
during the years I taught there.
So Elvis's history has intersected with our family's history and since our family history was the whole point of the trip we told the boys the story I just told you as we sat at Elvis's table and ate THE ABSOLUTE BEST SANDWICH IN THE WORLD!
It was so good that I had to recreate it at home.
The World's Best Sandwich (Absolutely)
1. Spread about 1 tsp each of pesto and Dijon mustard on freshly baked rolls.
2. Add ham- real, home-baked, glazed, yummy-rific, ham. Add as much as you want. I won't tell.
3. Thinly slice a pear and layer 2-4 slices over the ham. They used Bartlets at The Arcade, I think. I used Asian pears at home- mmm, yummy, nummy.
4. Spread cream cheese on the other half of the roll. The Arcade used melted Brie, which was divine. However, I planned to use cream cheese since Brie is pricey. Instead, I spread on some of this cheese ball.
|My family referred to this as the cheese BOULDER|
when I placed it on our Christmas table.
It is a cross between spinach dip
and a traditional cheese ball.
There's at least 50 servings of veggies in there,
so go ahead and spread away!
I guess it goes without saying there was A LOT of cheese leftover and I had to use it on my sandwich!
5. When everything is on, close the sandwich and eat up. Oh.so.good.
Sorry Elvis fans, but it totally beats fried PB and Banana hands down.
In fact, it's so yummy that I totally forgot to take a picture of the sandwich before
|We didn't get to see them march|
but did get to see them swim!
Happy Eating (sandwiches, y'all, not world-famous ducks)!