Thursday, August 28, 2014

Have a Flashback with Wiles-Smith Drugstore.

Wiles-Smith Drugstore is the oldest drugstore in Memphis! They are located on Union Ave. 

When you think of a drugstore you think of something     like Walgreens, but Wiles-Smith Drugstore is just the opposite.

Its an old timey mini diner that serves American classics like club sandwiches, BLT's, and milkshakes!
Logan Guleff at Wiles-Smith Drugstore MasterChef Jr 2 USA
I shared a BLT with Mama that was made with Joe's special bacon. The bacon lived up to its name and the BLT was awesome. We both got Joe's special extra thick malted chocolate milkshake, they are too yummy to share!

This is not your fast food milkshake but a real one with real ice cream. The Old Joe is upgraded and thicker and a bit more expensive. It is worth it though.

So have an old timey afternoon with a milkshake at Wiles-Smith Drugstore!

Love the Cabbage, Leaf


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Monday, August 18, 2014

On the Tour Corky's a Memphis Classic

Memphis BBQ Tour Logan Guleff MasterChefYou might know that the BBQ tour t-shirt my Dad and I dreamed up finally got printed and so now I am on "The Tour" to be a Q king.

 I started at Corky's a Memphis icon of great Q. Robert Boyd told me about running the pit long ago and how the business has grown to more restaurants, cookbooks, stores and QVC. 

I mean these folks know BBQ and sell BBQ. 

 Now, I have had Corky's ribs many many times and I can tell you they are very good. They have a great smokey taste and just fall off the bone. I like them dry, of course - I am a Memphian! But the wet are pretty darn tasty too. I like the pulled pork it has a perfect BBQ flavor. The onion loaf, cheese plate and tamales are all good. I just noticed they are selling a cat fish so I ordered that even though I was on the tour the allure of something new could not be passed up. It came out hot and fried. I liked it but the sauce was just a bit too pickley for me. My Mom tried the turkey club also new to us and it looked good. 

 They just put up a new wall decoration and it really has brightened the place up. I loved the coke bottle cap detail.

 If you are from Memphis you have already tried Corky's if your from out of town and think QVC has given you the Corky's experience- try them anyway cause no one tells you about the toasty, buttery sourdough rolls almost the best part of eating there !  

Logan Guleff with Corky's Pitmaster

I also got to meet the Pitmaster Mr. Robert Boyd!

 Love the BBQ,

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Taste The Love at Alcenia's

On a warm July afternoon what is better than Tasting the Love??? Nothing.. Alcenia's is tucked into the north end in a small little building. My Mom thought she had a Groupon for them but she got it wrong so there we were at lunch time. I have to say I was skeptical- I mean the place looked festive with all kinds of colors and chairs but it was a bit empty and I felt almost like I was in someones home. 

We ordered the food and it really took awhile to come out of the kitchen but when it did- Wow was it good. Everything was served on picnicware but the portions were pretty generous and after the first bite I was not complaining. The fried chicken was fresh fried for me and tender. It has some nice spices, The yams were sliced fresh and cooked with some karo syrup cinnamon in and butter. The black eyed peas, one of my favorites were spicy, fresh, flavorful and perfectly cooked. They had some little something in them I have not had before perhaps hominy or ... I just don't know. 

The chicken wings had
a karo syrup hot sauce with some nice herbs and hot peppers mixed in. They were not too hot or too vinegar. The lovely lady there said she hoped I tasted the Love and I did! So if you need a bit of love in your day go fill the place up. 

 Love the Cabbage Leaf, Logan

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Monday, August 4, 2014


My birthday is in July, so you're probably wondering where a food blogger goes for his birthday celebration dinner, I went to Tsunami.

It's an older restaurant, so it has stood the tests of time. The decor is contemporary hip and still trendy. The menu is exciting and cool and changes a lot based on the seafood available.

I ordered an appetizer of wasabi deviled eggs. Tsunami took the humble deviled egg and made it an amazing dish topped with exotic Japanese rice seasoning.
I also ordered some fried calamari, which came with a chipotle dipping sauce which was quite tasty. I liked how Tsunami did not include any tentacles in the calamari. It may be in style to add them but I would rather not eat them.

For my main course I ordered the pan seared tuna with cajun shrimp, with a spicy sauce ,I can't remember what it was called but Chef Ben Smith made sure that it was fabulous!
The tuna was seared perfectly to a medium-rare, the sauce was a little spicy and a bubbly feta cheese and some olives in it. It was a little too spicy for me but the flavors were well worth the kick. It also had some jasmine rice which was nice to temper the heat.
My Grandma ordered the scallop dinner. It came with 4 scallops and a sweeter sauce. She thought maybe they used only one master sauce but nope, hers was different and paired well to make another nice dish. The scallops were cooked just to her specifications. She liked it. 

Mama had a flank steak with mashed potatoes some sauted mushrooms and a horseradish sauce. Mama just plain out Loved it.
Dad ordered a fillet 
with sauteed squash and mashed potatoes. He ate it really fast so he enjoyed it. 

Dessert was Grandma's choice and she chose giner donuts with a coconut ice cream. They were heavenly! Just light and cakey and crispy the ginger went well with the coconut too. All in all it was a great celebration dinner from a fantastic local chef. Chef Poseidon may have the best seafood in Memphis!

Love the cabbage Leaf,

P.S Chef Ben Smith has taken the time to teach me how to cook seafood. He is a great mentor and has earned the name Chef Poseidon.

Logan Guleff at Tsunami  Chef Ben Smith MasterChef Junior Season2


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