June 14, 2010

South on Highway 61

Saturday we made a quick day trip heading South on Highway 61. Our final destination was Merigold but, when I noticed that Tunica was on the way, I decided we had to make a quick stop. Tunica has casinos. Lots of them. And I had never been to a casino. How could we not stop? Peter and I elected to go to the casino with the best slogan: Sam's Town. When we first arrived, we took a lap around the casino floor. Mind you, it was early. Before lunch early. But there were people on the slots and at the tables while waitresses offered free drinks to the gamblers. I didn't really see what all the fuss was about but I certainly wasn't going to leave without playing anything. My original casino budget was $20 but after my initial lap I opted to halve it to $10. I played a few slot machines and won enough to pay for our lunch in Merigold. As of today: Parker $39 vs. Casinos $0. After 30 minutes in the casino, we were ready to get back on the road. The long, country road. 100 miles South of Memphis we saw the exit for Merigold. We planned our trip with the goal of going to McCarty's Pottery. Peter and I first saw McCarty's pottery at a friend's house. We both were and are very fond of it. Despite the fact that we could buy the pottery in East Memphis, at Babcock, we wanted to go to the source. This is the source. McCarty's Barn. Through the bamboo is a shop, as well as a maze of gardens well deserving of visitors' attention. The McCarty's have three signature glazes: nutmeg, cobalt, and jade. Personally, I am very fond of the nutmeg. In addition, they have a trademark that can be found on many of the functional pieces; it is a small black, somewhat squiggly, line that represents the Mississippi River. After pursuing the pottery, making selections, and winding through the gardens we headed on to the Gallery Restaurant. The Gallery Restaurant is also owned by the McCarty's and can be found two blocks from the Barn. It is open only for lunch where an appetizer is brought to the table before you choose between a hot or cold entrée from the daily menu. We split the menu thus sharing a chicken salad plate {cold} and shrimp crêpe plate {hot}. For dessert, we ordered one larger-than-life chocolate cobbler. Everything, as you can see, is served on the McCarty's pottery. But why not? It is their restaurant. My winnings from Sam's Town certainly covered lunch. When we got home, I examined our loot and am presently in the process of trying to place it in the house.

5 comments:

  1. love this post! and your loot! :)

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  2. Love it! I know y'all will treasure those pieces/memories forever!

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  3. I found your blog post and was wondering if it would be ok for me to use your photo of the chocolate cobbler on my recipe on allrecipes.com. It's the actual McCarty Chocolate Cobbler recipe, so I'd love to have a pic of the "real thing" to go with it. Please please please! I promise to share the recipe with you if you say it's ok! :)

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  4. Thanks! Here's the recipe!
    http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63004338/mccartys-chocolate-cobbler/detail.aspx

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