Journey Across the U.S.: The Allergic Foodie Visits Memphis Tennessee

10 Aug

Journey Across the U.S.: The Allergic Foodie Visits Memphis Tennessee

 

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Stop number 4: Memphis, TN

Reluctantly, we headed from Nashville to Memphis (only because the KOA cabin was so nice) and the weather that morning was stormy. Last couple times we’ve left one place to go to another we wait to get coffee on our route. Bad decision. As we travel South West coffee (that we want) becomes harder and harder to find. Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks become few and far between. After driving for an hour or so (without coffee, ugh) we finally catch up to a decent coffee spot.

We made it quickly to Memphis and got settled into our new cabin at the Graceland RV Park and Campground. Thankfully it was right across from the bathrooms and showers (which was great considering it was our first stop without a bathroom inside our room).

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“Before Elvis there was nothing.” –John Lennon

As soon as we got settle in we walked over to Graceland where Elvis lived. Tickets were a little expensive, but they do have military discount, which we are always thankful for.

Niah wasn’t enjoying the tour, which in turn made us not enjoy it as much. Maybe it was too much time in the car… His favorite part of the tour, of course, was the room where all his records were and they were playing his music. He was dancing like crazy in his stroller. Too cute, that kid has some moves. It took us about an hour to walk through the tour.

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It was a little weird to walk through their house as a museum. It was very unique, each room, and seeing how they used to live back in his time. I am glad we were able to go and see the home. After growing up listening and seeing my Uncle Jimmy impersonate Elvis it wasn’t as foreign as you may think. When I was little he would let me hoola-hoop on stage to “Ain’t Nothing but A Hound Dog.” We were pretty bummed we couldn’t see his perform on stage for Elvis week, which was going on the Monday after we left (we missed him by two days).

Later that night we were able to cook out on the grill they had at the cabin. Although it was very hot we ended up cooking and eating outside.

Grill cooking, Pineapple and Ham Skewers, Memphis, TN | Journey Across the US: The allergic foodie visits Nashville | theotherspoon.com

Grill cooking, Pineapple and Ham Skewers, Memphis, TN | Journey Across the US: The allergic foodie visits Memphis | theotherspoon.com

 

Ham & Pineapple Skewers w_ Pasta Salad | Campfire cooking, grill cooking | Journey Across the US_ The allergic foodie visits Memphis, TN | theotherspoon.com

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Pineapple Ham Skewers

Ingredients

Ham slices

Pineapple

Red onion

Red peppers (or any color really)

Skewers

Tin foil

The How-to

  1. Cut up all veggies you will be using for your skewers.
  2. Cover your grill with tin foil. Poke holes in the foil.
  3. Heat your grill or start your fire.
  4. Make a pattern on your skewers of Pineapple, Ham, Peppers, Onion. You should be able to fit this three times. You can also mix this up for any combo of veggies.
  5. Let sit for about 5 minutes then rotate so they brown easily.

*variations*

You can coat the skewers with allergy safe BBQ sauce or any sauce of your choosing.

We found that the grill dried the ham out a little by the time the veggies were cooked through. We complimented dinner with a basic pasta salad.

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Pasta Salad

Ingredients

Small pasta noodles (can substitute gluten free noodles)

Black olives

Tomatoes

Annie’s Tuscan Italian dressing

Red onion chopped small

Pot with water

The How-to

  1. Boil the water over the fire.
  2. Add in pasta noodles and cook according to package or till tender.
  3. Remove from heat and drain water. Let cool.
  4. While cooling, chop up the peppers, onions, black olives and tomatoes.
  5. After about 30 min (or while the rest of your food that you’re eating for dinner is cooking) add all your chopped ingredients to the noodles and add in the Tuscan Italian Dressing and mix.
  6. Serve hot or cold and enjoy.

 We started our pasta as soon as the grill started. This way it could cook and cool before I put the skewers on. It gave it time to cool while the skewers were cooking quickly. We enjoyed the pasta salad slightly warm and even though it was hot out it was still really good and light.

Internet here wasn’t the best and it made it a little hard to get you guys out new content! Thankfully, the washroom had a stronger signal so off we went to wash clothes and update you guys on our trip!

The next day went to Avenue Coffee for some local coffee.

The Only Coffee Shop You have to stop at in Memphis, TN | Journey Across the US_ The allergic foodie visits Nashville | theotherspoon.com

Avenue Coffee, TN | Journey Across the US: The allergic foodie visits Memphis | theotherspoon.com

I’m starting to get spoiled with these awesome local coffee shops. Their coffee is just so amazingly rich and really tastes like good quality coffee. Anthony and I both got a cup of their house coffee made the pour over way. You can read more about our Avenue Coffee shop experience here.

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Have you ever seen the Mississippi River? I was really hoping to see the Mississippi River and didn’t think we would be able to, but we DID!!!

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(We walked down to the water of the Mississippi)

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(Niah trying to take pictures like Dad)

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We found a park called Beale Street Landing that sat right on the Mississippi River. After melting in the 109 degree heat walking up and down the waterfront area we stopped to let Niah play in the water park area.

Memphis, TN | Journey Across the US: The allergic foodie visits Memphis, TN | theotherspoon.com

Memphis, TN | Journey Across the US: The allergic foodie visits Memphis, TN | theotherspoon.com

We took a quick walk up to Beale Street, but the heat wiped Niah out so we headed back to the cabin. (Niah took a 3 hour nap!!).

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Each spot brings with it its own adventure, its own unique vibes and landscapes. As we document this trip with our Polaroid pictures, GoPro recordings, and 5 million digital pics we have taken it will be great to reflect at the end of this trip. Each new cabin we stay at we try to take a family picture. So after the rain we spent some time taking family pictures and playing around the campground. It rained while Niah was napping and when you walked outside it was still so extremely hot that the water created steam on the roads.

Dinner

Another long day and we were all a little exhausted. Call in the pizza! Can you believe there was only like one open local pizza spot? The Pizza spot was called Exlines “Best Pizza in Town.” My husband and I ate an entire 16-inch cheese pizza by ourselves. I would say we were a little hungry. I wouldn’t recommend eating here unless you really wanted pizza like we did. They didn’t have any allergy friendly options, but they were ok for peanut allergies.

 Made Just For You, Memphis Pizza | Journey Across the US_ The Allergic Foodie Visits Memphis, TN |theotherspoon.com

 

Next stop, stop number 5.

I bet you’ve never heard of our next stop! Find out Friday what little town we ended up spending our rest day at. *Hint…Somewhere between Texas and Arkansas.

 

All pictures taken in this post were by using a Polaroid Mini Camera, Iphone, or Sony a6000 cameras.

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The Allergic Foodie here! Right now you can probably find me in my test kitchen (i.e. my house) or traveling to a local coffee shop where they're serving me awe-inspiring coffee (sorry, I would share but). I'm kind of a coffee junkie. Yes, I'm a food-allergy overcomer, Mompreneur, and military spouse and I love pushing boundaries especially in the kitchen. So hold on to your taste buds and let's get to cooking!

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