We're finally done with the longest, coldest, and most dreaded month of the year, and I couldn't be happier! If we can just get through February, the hope of March is waiting just on the other side, and then the whole world will be reborn with the arrival of springtime. The Bannisters had a pretty good weekend, all things considered. Thanks to everyone who came out to Oak Court Mall Saturday to support the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee at the Chocolate Fantasy. It was Savannah's first one, and she was SO excited! Not only did she get to eat all kinds of chocolate goodies, she got to meet Elmo too! Back at home we were sad to discover the beloved Bannister family microwave oven had passed away after 3 years of faithful service, so it was off to the store to get a new one. Don't you just hate those unexpected expenses that seem to pop up from time to time? Wasn't it a great Sunday, though! And we got the kids out of the house for some fresh air at the Zoo. I can't say enough about what a treasure our Zoo is. We're just a couple of weeks out from Valentines day and we've got your chance to win tickets to the Memphis Symphony's production of Romeo and Juliet at the Cannon Center, PLUS an overnight stay at the Peabody Hotel. Register here on our website. I thought I'd share an authentic Louisiana recipe that'll start your morning with a high octane buzz. It was passed on to my grandfather by Earl K. Long way back in the day. Put a large buttermilk biscuit (or two) in a bowl. Pour in hot black Community dark roast coffee until the biscuits totally absorb the coffee and there's a bit left over at the bottom. Pour on Steen's Blue Ribbon pure cane syrup( You cann find it at Easy Way) until biscuits are covered. Add a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy. Try it one morning this week, and drop me an e-mail if you think it's as awesome as I do. Have a great week, and Keep the Faith baby! Bill
This time of year when the weather is most often cold and yucky, the Banns try to find fun things to do indoors. This weekend we spent our Saturday mid-morning browsing the aisles of Costco in Cordova. I am amazed at all the giant screen TVs there are to choose from, and even more amazed that a 50 inch screen is considered medium size today! As the winter wind whipped around us at the entrance, I couldn't help thinking that if I had the extra bucks required to buy one of those bad boys, it would probably be better spent on a flight that ended up somewhere sunny and warm, complete with a beach and some tropical drinks, but hey, that's just me :-) Little Kate napped in her stroller while Savannah marveled at all the things she saw as we wound our way through the enormous cornucopia of consumer temptations, taking advantage of all the tasty food samples along the way. We took home a jumbo jar of garlic stuffed olives, which are sinfully delicious, and a snack the whole family loves! Speaking of indoor family fun, you can't possibly top what's coming to Oak Court Mall this Saturday. It's the 27th annual Chocolate Fantasy to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of west Tennessee. Chocolate is everywhere in this deliciously sweet fundraiser .Cookies, brownies, ice cream, strawberries, coffee, and more are ready to taste, surrounded by music, entertainment, games, and a live auction. It's from 11a–5p, tickets are $18, and I'll have your chance to win 'em all this week! Call the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee at 683-6185 for tickets. Don't forget, Ce Ce's got Grizzlies ticket all this week too as you listen at work, so when it comes to indoor family fun, we've got you covered! :-) Bill
1. The British Navy is said to have built a ship named Friday the 13th, or the HMS Friday, which on its maiden voyage left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again. As LiveScience readers pointed out, however, this story seems to be a legend. The Royal Navy Museum states on its web site that this story, which has been told before, is a hoax. "There has never been a Royal Navy ship named HMS Friday – or after any other day of the week for that matter," the museum states.
2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.
3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor.
4. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
5. Quarterback Dan Marino wore No. 13 throughout his career with the Miami Dolphins. Despite being a superb quarterback (some call him one of the best ever), he got to the SuperBowl just once, in 1985, and was trounced 38-16 by the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana (who wore No. 16 and won all four Super Bowls he played in).
6. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.
7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.
8. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
9. Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
10. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12."
11. Woodrow Wilson considered 13 his lucky number, though his experience didn't support such faith. He arrived in Normandy, France on Friday, Dec. 13, 1918, for peace talks, only to return with a treaty he couldn't get Congress to sign. (The ship's crew wanted to dock the next day due to superstitions, Fernsler said.) He toured the United States to rally support for the treaty, and while traveling, suffered a near-fatal stroke.
12. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.
13. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and 13 leaves on the olive branch. So far there's been no evidence tying these long-ago design decisions to the present economic situation.
1/14/12 -- MLK Youth Day 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for kids ages 6-13. Kids can enjoy art, music, and educational games. Reservations required by calling (901) 521-9699 ext 239.
1/16/12 -- MLK Day Celebration from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Includes special $3 admission to the museum, live music, speeches, drama performances, and more.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at MIFA:
Each year, MIFA hosts a Day of Reflection and Service Celebration to honor its staff, volunteers, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be held at MIFA headquarters at 910 Vance Avenue on January 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. It will featurs speakers, exhibits, awards, and a birthday cake.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Party:
On January 16, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Children's Museum of Memphis will hold a special birthday celebration featuring arts and crafts, a "Peace Quilt," songs, and birthday cake.
Angelina Jolie has agreed to talk live with fans live on Marie Claire's website later this week. The January cover girl will be available for questioning -- about her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey -- on January 12th at 8 pm EST.
Greetings my fellow Memphians!
Well, it's officially what I like to call the dead of winter, and I'm finding myself daydreaming of long summer afternoons standing over my backyard grill listening to the singing of the cicadas, or maybe sitting on the front porch in Aruba, feeding lizards with scraps of cheese, while looking out at the wind surfers as the warm trade winds blow through the palms. But no, I'm in Memphis, and it's a long wait for summer. Until then, we'll just have to make the best of it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I was wondering, am I the only one who holds on the their Christmas tree this long, cause we just put ours on the curb over the weekend. We also checked out a really great spot for our Saturday lunch expedition, Stone Soup at the corner of Young Avenue and Felix. We shared the Moussaka with a very unique take of Guacamole on the side. It was yummy! For lunch Sunday, the Banns went to Jason's Deli on Highland and had a muffaletta. Folks, I'm from New Orleans and I can tell you with some degree of authority that it the only muffaletta in the city that meets my standard for authenticity. Check it out for yourself soon.There are some really neat things to look forward to, such as The Chocolate Fantasy January 28th at Oak Court Mall, and of course Soup Sunday, February 19th at FedEx Forum. Listen to win tickets to both these great events! I want to thank everyone who came out to Booksellers at Laurelwood Friday morning to get tickets to the "Million Dollar Quartet" at The Orpheum. That's going to be a GREAT show.
Greetings my fellow Memphians!
Hope you had a safe and fun New Year's Eve! Amanda and I had dinner at my favorite mid-south restaurant, Fairbanks Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino. Friends I'm not exaggerating when I say that Fairbanks is simply divine. I started with the cornmeal fried oysters with remoulade which were just indescribable. Amanda had the pan seared crabcake with corn succotash and lemon beurre blanc with fried green tomatoes which she thought was heavenly. My entree was the pan seared sea bass. It was like my old friend Werner Lechner said, "fluffy like a cloud" and absolutely mouth watering with a flavor that burst gently upon the tongue like a gossamer blanket of buttery ecstacy. My better half had the chicken marsala resting on a bed of sun dried tomato grits. It was out of this world! That's the thing about Fairbanks. I have been eating there since 2002, and have been knocked out by every meal I've ever had there. It was good to see my old friend Charlie Brown too. After this incredible meal, we headed back to Memphis to ring in the New Year at The Peabody Hotel. My thanks to Kelly Earnest at the Peabody for her hospitality. Click the link to check out photos of the party. http://s1096photobucket.com/albums/g323/BillsBlog/NYE/