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The Things I Do – Bacon Coffee Edition

I called my mom this afternoon to tell her a story about how Eat Local Memphis has affected my life. I had just finished a marathon lacrosse coaching session from 8-12 this morning, and I zipped over to Poplar Perk’n to get a hot drink. Without looking at the menu, I just ordered up a latte, got my drink, paid, and started to walk out when I looked up on their special board and saw this:

I had never seen this on TV, as I typically only watch TV in bunches on Netflix or when I’m trying to watch the Tigers, Manchester United, or basically any football game that is on the channels that my antenna picks up (yes, I use an antenna for TV). Buuuuuutttt, I do read a lot of blogs, so I know that bacon has been at an all-time popularity high lately, like Clark’s desert boots and old-school, non-automatic coffee brewing techniques.

Thus, the bacon mocha coffee has made it to Memphis. Sounds like something that Zoolander would get. I asked the nice ladies behind the counter about it, and they confessed to never having tried it, although they assured me that at least two or three people do like it. I also found out that they ended up with the bacon-flavored syrup, because a customer brought it in for them to try out. So, I did what a food blogger does, and I said (internally of course) “screw it” and ordered one.

Next thing I know I have two coffees, one that I wanted and one that I was compelled to order. The International Bacon Lobby will be pleased that their guerrilla marketing has done a number on me.

How was it you ask? It was like a regular mocha with a hint of smokiness. It was more aroma than flavor, and it was like the inference of their being bacon in my drink, more than the idea that there might be some thick sliced Benton’s floating around in there. What was my experience, it was like drinking a mocha that made me think of bacon, and as a man, bacon is one of those things that has never really let me down. So the smell of bacon is somewhere up there with the smell of freedom and the smell of a game winning shot. If that makes sense to you, then, I guess we are kindred spirits. If it doesn’t, then don’t worry, you are probably much more normal than me anyway.

Go try one, or just take my word that it was interesting. Either way, I guess it is nice to know that it is there, just like freedom.

-Thomas

PS. I didn’t take a picture of the coffee, because it just looked like every other coffee in a to-go cup.

Poplar Perk’n
4610 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
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Lattes and Lights on the Tree (Perk’n Edition)

Put em up!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I can hear you now:

“Thursday is your favorite day of the year? Weirdo, Seinfeld isn’t even on anymore” – nope

“December 2 is your favorite? What’s up with that?” – nope, although I will give a high recommendation of the December 2 1995 Phish show for the Tweezer. Legendary.

This is one of my favorite because it is Decorate the Christmas Tree Day. Some people out there, like a certain someone that works in the cube next to me, can totally understand the joys of decorating the tree. In case the rest of you don’t get as pumped as I do, this is for you, from one of my favorite Christmas albums.

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Voodoo is what I do at Poplar Perk’n

Salt-n-Pepa (just in case, you didn't know!)

“I don’t know how you do the Voodoo that you do…” -Salt-n-Pepa*

I drink coffee a lot.  French press, espresso, drip, work coffee, house coffee, latte, au lait, americano, columbiacano, whatever, it is all right with me.  But I really have two go-to drinks when it comes to coffee.

I also like to make arbitrary statements like “K, there are only two types of people in this world: the people that drink coffee with milk and the people that don’t.”  In my heart of hearts, I do know that there are actually (earth to brent, earth to meekus) more than 2 types of people, because I am the type of person that takes milk with coffee on a sometimes basis.

The unofficial eat local Memphis Q+A session:

Random Rando – What coffee do you drink, Mr. Type 3?

eat local Memphis - Glad you asked! Like I said, I think of coffee with milk and without.  When I want it black, I drink Americanos (Shots of espresso with a little hot water). When I want milk in there, this is when things get crazy. I go to my nearest barista and ask for a “Voodoo.”

2 Iced Voodoos

Random Rando - What on earth is a “Voodoo????” You mean like voodoodolls? I’ve never seen Voodoo on a coffee menu in my life. I am about to call shenanigans…

Not this kind of voodoo

eat local Memphis - A “Voodoo” is an off-the-menu item at Poplar Perk’n on Poplar and Perkins. It has also gone by the alias of “Dirty Chai.” I first found this drink at Mugs, my favorite coffee shop in Fort Collins, CO (see THRjr, The College Years).  It is a mashup of a Chai Latte and 2 shots of Espresso.  This is rated E for Extreme.  I think that the coffee makes the tea less sweet, more robust, and also way more caffeinated.  So there you have it, I like Americano’s and Voodoos, depending on my mood.

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Lumberjack Baristas Love Muddy’s

K and I walked to Poplar Perk’n from Davis Kidd, where we picked up a couple copies of Taste of the South, which had a feature on Memphis. K’s little bakery Muddy’s Bake Shop is mentioned as a place to check out. Warning – There is going to be some nostalgia in the next few sentances - It is always cool for me to see how many people agree with me that she is doing a fantastic job over there.  I remember when Muddy’s was just an idea that we were talking about on my mom’s porch over coffee. It is amazing what it has become in just over 2 years! Nostalgia over.

Our plan was to order some iced voodoos, sit on the patio and check out the articles before she headed into the bakery for the day/evening/weekend. When we popped into the shop, our (alliteration addiction) barista buddy/bro Brock, was sporting my favorite of the Muddy’s t-shirts, the Lumberjack.

14 of 13 lumberjacks agree, Muddy's is legit

We checked out the articles, and as usual, they were very complimentary of Muddy’s, the food, and the atmosphere.  Next time you’re in there, give the people behind the counter some love, because they are the ones that make it so enjoyable to me. Well, them and the Salty Sweet Cookie, which is incredible (more on it in the future).

K checking it out...

...Woo!

Nostalgia pt. II – I remember when MTV played music videos…

*Salt-n-Pepa – The group, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”, now Cheryl Wray), Sandra DentonDeidra “Dee Dee” Roper (Spinderella), (“Pepa”), and has sold over 15 million albums and singles worldwide. Salt-N-Pepa is the best selling female rap act. Six of their single releases have been certified either platinum or gold in America by the RIAA.

For everyone that watched MTV in 1993, that thinks of this famous line every time they hear the word voodoo: “ I don’t know how you do the voodoo that you do so well, it’s a spell, hell, makes me wanna shoop”

So, head over to Poplar Perk’n sometime and ask Brock, Bill,  Jimmy, or Brian for a Voodoo.  Why do I mention their names? Because I’ve gotten to know them since the store opened, and that is what makes a local business special to me. I’ll see you there, I’m sure!

-Thomas