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Birthday Dinner at the Dry Cleaner’s

October 5, 2013

Birthday Boy and I hopped up to the Mountain to celebrate his crossover status into senior discount territory at Ace Hardware.

Birthday Boy wasn’t sure how he felt about earning the discount.

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We had dinner at Ivy Wild, Sewanee’s locavore “elegant casual” dining establishment. Mary Jane, our gracious server, explained that “elegant casual” means, technically, “You must have clothes on.”  This is, after all, a university town.

Ivy Wild is located in the space formerly occupied by the town’s laundry-dry cleaning facility. Eddie fondly recalled picking up his disinfected duds there as a Sewanee student in the days before coin-operated washing machines. This is what it looks like now:

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Inside, low lighting and lacquered wood tables take the edge off the industrial chic facade. Our delectable meals were  prepared from primarily local ingredients including a Hereford beef filet from Murfreesboro and Heritage pork bred on the Mountain by our friends the Barry family. Both were so fresh they tasted like they might have had names a week ago. We also sampled a wedge of Chocolate Lab cheese. (I tried not to think too much about the Chocolate Lab having a name.)

Ivy Wild is a BYOB restaurant. We brought with us an Australian cabernet we tasted on our first trip to Circa, the great new restaurant in Thompson’s Station managed by son Drew. Corkscrew Man was happy to get out of his drawer, and approved of our choice.

Corkscrew Man is happy.

Corkscrew Man is happy.

By the end of the bottle, homemade almond ice cream and fresh blueberry grilled pound cake, we were happy, too.

eddie and eve

Geezer Life has its rewards.

Today we were worthless, which is what we come up here for, after all. Tomorrow, it’s back to Memphis, with a stop at St. George’s in Nashville to worship and see chorister son Nelson. By happenstance, St. George’s is having their annual Blessing of the Pets tomorrow.  Gracie the demented lapdog is with us, so I’m wondering  .  .  . should I ask Father Spruill for an exorcism instead?

See you back in Memphis!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2013 2:11 am

    Look like you guys had a great time! Say happy birthday to the birthday boy for us!

    • October 7, 2013 11:31 pm

      Thanks, Millie! We are making our plans for the Big Event in January. Can’t wait to be with you both.

  2. November 13, 2013 8:46 pm

    I felt like I was there along with you guys. Enjoy your posts on the blog, Eve. Keeps me in touch with Memphis. If you guys are ever down Florida way, stop in for a visit. We are retired in The Villages, FL (between Ocala and Orlando off I-75 at north end of Florida Turnpike.) The “vacancy” light is on most nights at the Hicks B&B. By the way, love the bow tie, Eddie.

    Blessings, Bill & Mary Ann
    hicks930@msn.com

    • November 14, 2013 4:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Bill and Mary Ann! Eddie is never without his bow tie, now. It’s a Sewanee thing. We would love to see you guys. Should be a reunion coming up soon! God bless you both.

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