This summer I checked something big off my life-list…The Dirty South Road Trip: a lazy drive from Chicago, to Memphis, to New Orleans, and back. I went with one of my best girls who happens to be an epic travel companion and I think we did it right (further research is needed, obviously). Here are some highlights:
–Jacques-Imo’s: Here we filled up on traditional ‘Nola cooking. Hello butter. I’m Maddie.
–Jaun’s Flying Burrito: We broke our own rules and ate here more than once. We couldn’t even walk by it a second time without going in. Cucumber Margs. Fish Tacos. Money cheese sauce. Why fight it.
–La Boulangerie: We may have gone here multiple times as well. But it’s a bakery, so the same rules don’t apply. Blue cheese bread. Olive bread. We were in such a frenzy eating a loaf in the car that marmalade was spilled all over my stick shift. It was so good, worth a sticky shifter.
-Greenwood Cemetery: Not food related but such a beautiful cemetery. We could have spent much more time wandering around this place. Around every turn there was something to marvel at.
-The Cheesecake Corner: Cheesecake and coffee by candlelight at a table for two.
–Drive-In Movies: I LOVE drive-in movies. LOVE THEM. I’ve never been to one like this though- open 7 days a week with three screens running simultaneously. We were so giddy even Snow White and the Huntsman was a wonderful experience.
–The Stax Museum of American Soul Music: The last day of our trip was a dreary one. We were starting to look forward to being back at home, sleeping in our own beds, cooking in our own kitchens. We were a little too close to finishing on a note resembling the drizzly weather…but we decided to spend the day at the Stax Museum. Such a great decision. This museum takes you through the history of soul music from its roots in country, gospel, and blues, through the civil rights movement, and a bit beyond. Stax Records brought Memphis talent out of the woodwork and was a truly incredible place to be in the ‘60’s. I ate it up. While we were walking around I kept a list of artists I already liked/wanted to learn more about and made a mix for our listening pleasure…here you go:
- Get Out of My Life Woman– The Mad Lads
- Summertime– Sam Cooke
- Stand By Me– Sister Rosetta Tharpe
- You’ll Lose a Good Thing– Carla Thomas
- Who’s Lovin’ You– The Jackson 5
- Hold On I’m Comin’– Sam & Dave
- Green Onions– Booker T & the MG’s
- I’ll Take You There– The Staple Singers
- Walkin’ the Dog– Rufus Thomas
- Try a Little Tenderness– Otis Redding
- I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)– Aretha Franklin
- Hoodoo Lady Blues– Memphis Minnie
- Knock On Wood– Eddie Floyd
- Tell Me Something Good– Rufus ft. Chaka Khan
- (Night Time Is) The Right Time– Ray Charles
- Sex Machine– James Brown
- Can You Get to That– Funkadelic
- Shaft– Isaac Hayes
- Proud Mary– Ike and Tina Turner