Memphis was a blast - ok Beale Street was a little dated and tawdry, but we were staying in the Peabody Hotel which is really beautiful and right downtown Memphis. There are definitely more modern hotels in Memphis, but the Peabody is still an old world hotel and mom used to go to dances there, so for us there was no other place to stay. After moving around so much it was nice to stay in one place a couple of nights and the lobby was really the place to be, have a drink and watch the people.
We had relatives meeting us both nights so we hung out in the lobby each evening waiting for them until dinner. Fortuitously, a brazilian churrasco, Texas de Brazil http://www.texasdebrazil.com/ was next to the hotel, I mean smack next to the hotel. In fact, the door to the restaurant opened to the valet parking of the hotel - pretty convenient and we figured that it would be an experience for our relatives so we ended up there both nights. As mentioned in a previous post, we are churrasco fanatics, so it was a real treat for us. It's not cheap - $39 per person and we never go there hungry enough to do it justice since it's all you can eat meat and salad bar, but we always go anyway.
There never used to be salad bars at churrascos in Brazil but then somebody got smart and realized there would be more of a profit margin if people filled up on lettuce rather than on steak. Thus began the new churrasco tradition of having a massive salad bar, usually including some kind of sushi, for some reason. I don't know - I'm ok with it - nice to have something other than just meat and the quality is high and the choice varied. Even better, the particular nights that we went, the soup of the day was lobster bisque - perfectly made creamy, luxurious lobstery heaven - oh yum.
One nice touch is that they bring out a basket of cheese bread - brazilian cheese bread is oh so good, you have to try it, so I've included a recipe below - very easy and super tasty. Recipe from allrecipes.com.
Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)
1/2 cup olive oil or butter
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp salt
2 cups tapioca flour (pretty easy to find in supermarkets these days)
2 tsp minced garlic
2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 beaten eggs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Pour olive oil, water, milk and salt into a large saucepan and place over high heat. When mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat immediately, and stir in tapioca flour and garlic until smooth. Set aside to rest for 10 - 15 minutes. Stir the cheese and egg mixture into the tapioca mixture until well combined, will be chunky like cottage cheese. Drop rounded, 1/4 cup sized balls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until tops are lightly browned, 15 - 20 minutes.
This is one of the most authentic recipes I've found for cheese bread and super simple - they would make a great appetizer.
Texas de Brazil cheese bread