Chris C., I think a *lot* of us hung out at those places! Thanks for the name Fat Tuesday--it sure rings a bell. And Nicki, thanks for Ciraco's - yes! Now that you've both opened the time machine, did anyone else go to Cajun's Wharf? I don't remember the food but I'll never forget the way Joe Savage rocked the house there.
Correction to my post above. I should have referred to the Mellow (not Magic) Mushroom's location when trying to remember its predecessor. Sorry, MM. Blame it on all the granola I ate from the Sunshine Grocery. That's the ticket....
Dim sum at the Peking Garden. Any of the Laughing Man's sandwiches, but especially the cream cheese/date/walnut one. Vizcaya's paella a la Valenciana, and the never-equaled flaming coffee there. Beer-cheese soup at the 101st Airborne. Can't remember the name of the restaurant where the Magic Mushroom is now, but they did a memorable sausage-pepper-and-onion sandwich.
My next eatery is in a different class altogether, but was I the only person who ate at the D'Lites on White Bridge Road? Their shtick was healthy fast food, an idea way before its time.
And did anyone else go to the Whistle Stop Pop Shop (or maybe Shoppe?) in a strip mall way out on Murfreesboro Road? They had wild flavors of cola that no one else could match, all in returnable glass bottles. And that reminds me of a nightspot on the lake in MetroCenter (yes, actually over the water) that had colorful frozen alcoholic drinks in rotating drums set in the wall; anybody remember its name?
"I mean, I roll my eyes when Indiana is all, "Abraham Lincoln lived here," as if it counts and Abraham Lincoln actually lived there."
Right, he only lived there from ages 7 to 21--during which time his mother died--so that time wasn't formative at all! I'm surprised Lincoln bothered to include them in his memoirs--"I mean," give him an eye-roll, too, Betsy! And don't read the next paragraph.
It was during those Indiana years that 17-year old Abe Lincoln had his first court case when he lived in Perry County, IN; he was the defendant, and he won. The story: Abe made his first money by ferrying Indiana people to steamers on the Ohio River. Two brothers who held the ferry rights between IN & KY objected, and Lincoln was charged in Lewisport, KY with operating a ferry without a license--a fineable offense. Young Lincoln argued that he didn't carry his passengers all the way across the river--just halfway across--and the judge agreed with him!
I'll bet Mark Twain enjoyed that story--but no, I don't even want to comment on the rest of Betsy's article, except to paraphrase her: most of all, has she ever actually read any history?
I was glad to see this reminder of our terrific zoo -- sometimes we forget that it's there. I'm a member and I don't get there often, but what is great is that the membership pays for itself on the second trip (2 visitors). So while normal entry fees are expensive, yearly membership is a bargain!
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