Brother Juniper’s & Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous

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Brother Juniper’s
3519 Walker Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 324-0144
www.brotherjunipers.com

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Pacific Northwest Open Face Omelete [a bed of sour cream & home fries topped with portobellos, spinach, tomatoes, & green onions, feta and cheddar cheese served with cheese grits, toast, or biscuit]

So huge. That was our first reaction when the plates landed on our table. So worth the money however much it cost … because I don’t remember.

I didn’t eat the toast like usual. My mum ate that. I scrapped some of the cheese off. But yes, it was so good. Portobellos and spinach makes me happy.

Later that night we went to:

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Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous
52 South 2nd Street
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 523-2746
www.hogsfly.com

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Rendezvous Special [ham, cheese, salami, sausage, pickles, peppers] | $12.95

Weird … I am sure we ordered that but I don’t see any ham, salami, or cheese? Maybe it’s in there and I am just blind.

Too salty. I kept chugging water and kept thinking to myself, “I hope my ribs don’t taste this way either.”

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World Famous Rendezvous Charcoal Broiled Pork Ribs [served with beans and slaw – full order] | $18.75

But I was wrong. It was salty.

I mean, I know Memphis is known for their ribs and dry rub but … geebus! I tried scraping parts of the rub off. Thank goodness I was sharing this with my mum else I think I would have had  a salt overload.

The beans were really good though! My mum and I fought over who gets to eat more. But luckily my dad doesn’t really like beans and gave us his. Thanks dad!

The coleslaw was a little dry. I remember none of us ate our coleslaw.

I know this place is very famous but I don’t think I would come here again because of the saltiness. I felt very bloated on the long drive we had. Disappointed smile

Whitfield’s Restaurant and Bar

The family Spring Break trip’s most fanciest meal.

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Whitfield’s Restaurant and Bar
106 Harding Place
Nashville, Tennessee
(615) 356-5450
www.whitfieldsrestaurant.com

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Free Bread

The bread was very delicious but because I wanted to save my tummy for the appetizers and main meal.

Their butter was different. It was mixed with other things.

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Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps [with jicama and apple slaw] | $8

Yum. I love anything wrapped in lettuce … lettuce wraps. The jicama was so so but the meat was so juicy. $8 for three measly lettuce wraps sounds a bit costly so if I was ever to come back here, I think I’d pass.

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Buttermilk Fried Oysters [Polenta sweet corn cake, roasted corn salsa topped with Meyer lemon aioli] | $11.50

Mmm … THE BEST appetizer out of all the ones we tried. Our family LOVES oysters and fried in polenta sweet corn cake … even better. I think if they just served polenta it would be great. I love polenta.

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Fried Green Tomatoes [Parmesan and panko crusted, housemade mozzarella, pickled red onion and red pepper coulis] | $8.50

I’ve always wanted to try fried green tomatoes. And finally I got to try it. It wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. But if you eat it together with the mozzarella it gives it a different taste. Since we were sharing I accidentally got the green tomato but it was still good. I don’t think I would want to waste money on fried green tomatoes in the future though.

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Corn and Crab Chowder [rich and creamy corn broth finished with lump crab and roasted corn] | $9

A lot of places tend to skimp on the crab.  But they were very lenient. Every bite I pretty much had crab. Worth the money.

I was already full during this point but … my main meal!

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Shepherd’s Pie [braised Painted Hills top sirloin with winter vegetables and a savory pan sauce topped with sour cream mashed potatoes] | $18

Oh geebus. Loads of meat and potatoes. I loved it. My mum thought it tasted a little “sour” I only ate four of those squares. The rest I had to give to my dad. Too filling.

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Trio of Seasonal Brulees | $8

Tammy loves Crème Brule so we ordered this for dessert – which our family rarely do. If I remember correctly it was Cinnamon Crème Brule, Mint Crème Brule, and Regular Crème Brule. I’m not a fan of mint desserts unless it’s in chocolate but this Mint Crème Brule was the best out of the three.

The ambience is very romantic. Very dim lights. We had to take out our cellphones to read the menu. Maybe turn up the lights a little or light up a little more candles …

I would come here again … when I make some money and find a significant other to go with.

Penn State: Day 5

Time to head home.

But before home, where else would we go for breakfast but to The Corner?

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YUM!

We headed back to the hotel. Finished packing. Then went on our 3+ hour bus ride to Baltimore Airport. Where we had lunch and then we waited for 2+ hour before boarding our airplane.

Funny story: I thought I lost my ticket so when I got to the table, the lady told me I had to find it or buy another ticket. I freaked out, everyone called our advisors, and in the end … I found my ticket. And then the lady said it was a joke and she could of fixed it for us. Jerk much? Anyway, I got made fun of the rest of the trip which I don’t mind because it was a little funny and I feel a whole lot of stupid.

We were on the plane for a good 1+ hour until we landed in the Tennessee Airport. Waited for people to board on and then we went on our 2+ hour trip to San Antonio.

Coming back was a relief. I was so tired sitting down. But now I’m so tired all around.

Going on this trip was a privilege not many people have. If you ever get the chance, I advise you to go and have fun! It’s seriously a great experience and it will change your life.

I didn’t want to come home because things up there were simpler. And let’s not forget, not having to study was a plus though maybe I should have. I also didn’t want to come back because of some things that I’m scared about and that now I have to take care of.

It’s been a great trip and I wouldn’t of had it any other way. Some of the people I went with are amazing. They love and live for things like this. I’ve made new memories and bonded closer to some friends. Unforgettable.

Tonight,
We are young.
So let’s set this world on fire.
We can burn brighter,
Than the sun.