During a recent conversation with friends I realized that I had never seen the duck mar5ch at the Peabody hotel. Kinda crazy considering I've liv3ed in Me phis half my life. With the bf being new in town seeing the duck march turned into we should spend a tourist day around town, and thus the Memphis day concept was born.
Since the bf and I had both had long,. frustrating weeks at work we decided to let ourselves sleep in before heading out on our adventure. After a quick stop by the pink door so I could get the bf opinion on the fall looks and so he could see the store for amusement we went to Brother Junipers for breakfast.
The BF chilling on the "I want it" couch giving outfit opinions
Visited by Rachael Ray back when she did her $40 a day show this east Memphis breakfast spot is very popular, as evidenced by the 45 minute wait. This gave us time to explore the tiger bookstore and tiger gift shop. My intention had been for the bf to pick out a shirt to wear to football games but he didn't like any in the selection at either store. I meanwhile got Gamma Phi Beta cookie cutters, found a glitter sign I want to order and a cute tshirt - the pic doesn't show the cute phrase in the back so I'm leaving that out, but trust me, it's cute)
Cookie Cutters, I was excited
Meanwhile, the football helmet excited the bf
After shopping we waited in the coffee bar area for about 15 minutes before being seated. I took advantage of this time to order a hot chocolate, yum! I got the open face san diegian omelet (what Rachel got) for my meal and was too busy enjoying it to notice what kind of omelet the bf got, but here's my delicious breakfast
Our next stop was the pink palace museum, the intention had been to see a planetarium show as the bf is an astronomy nerd but the projector was down :(, so we decided to visit the exhibit instead - which turned out to be good because it gave the bf a little history lesson of his new hometown. Call me nerdy, but every time I go I still love the replica of the original Piggy wiggly (the museum is the home build by the grocery store founder clarence saunders).
Nerding out in the replica
Next, we headed downtown where I had told the bf I had a surprise for him. We passed through the Peabody lobby to see the ducks and take a photo by the fountain and then 10 steps to the surprise . . . afternoon tea at Chez Philippe. (Ok, so the reason this was a surprise was because at the last foodie event some of the girls and I made plans for afternoon tea in September and it hurt the bf's feelings a bit when I said he wasn't invited, it's a girl thing. So, I decided to take him for a more romantic tea outing).
Even our seating was romantic, a cozy couch for two
Tea at the Peabody I must say is quite fabulous and comes in three courses. The savory course is five little tea sandwiches.
Seen here is salmon on top, the middle has crab and a tomato and cucumber, the bottom tier is chicken salad croissants and proscutio with melon.
Next is the scone course, which is a large scone (apricot) severed with cream and jam. I LOVED scones so I was a little to excited to take a picture before eating. The final course is sweets, again five mini treats served on a tiered tray.
Excuse me but I forget the fancy names but we have from top to bottom a delicious scone/ cake thing with chocolate cream, chocolate boat with key lime, strawberry shortcake, carrot cake and raspberry cheesecake. Yum!
We spent about an hour and a half having tea and they were tables there that were clearly taking longer, it s a very leisurely elegant meal. After, we looked at he gift shop and Lansky Brothers , which I knew is the bfs style the way Lilly is my style. Per our waiters reommendation, we headed up to the mezzanine for the actual duck march - they are marched down to the lobby at 11am and back home at 5pm so we saw the going home march. After taking a few more nerdy pics we headed back to my place for a nap and Haley time.
Although our Memphis day was quite successful the night was not so much. I had heard about an arts Memphis party that evening and we decided to check it out. It was . . . interesting. Just so really my scene nor the bfs, very hipster. But we had a drink, saw some art, listened to the band for a little bit and then headed out since the scheduled food truck was a no show. I attempted to take the bf for authentic tacos by sadly las delicious closes at 9, boo! We went to el porton instead which I love but the bf hated, being form California he's used to real good Mexican and apparently el porton did not make the cut.
All in all it was a fun filled day and we plan on doing further Memphis days, so comment if you have any suggestions. :)