Friday 26 May 2006, 9:10 pm
"Is that where they make cast iron pigeons or something?"
~ A conversation I had once with Rob French.
Thursday, May 25
Today we spent a lot of time in the Pigeon Forge
and Sevierville area.
It's a tourist trap near Gatlinburg, but they really do have
the largest set of outlets we have ever seen. This is really a shopper's
paradise. Our truck bed is getting so full that we're considering
shipping some stuff home. But that doesn't stop us from looking.
We started our day at the Little Blessings
quilt shop in Crossvile.
The gals there were very friendly and joked with us a lot about their
accents (and ours). They suggested we try another store called the
in Sevierville. We got to that store just before they
closed, but I don't think we bought anything there. Mary did find
some special free-motion foot in the first store. I think it is
transparent and lets you see the needle while you're sewing.
At the outlets, Mary found a pair of Birkenstocks. She has been
looking for months. We also found a store with interesting kinds of
socks. If you're on our Christmas gift list, you might find a pair
... in your stocking ... this year. Mary also found a Scrapbooking
outlet where she bought some doodads. And we found a VF store with
the exact kind of pants I will need for the remainder of our trip
and for the Europe trip also. Mary got a few things there too.
We ate dinner at a burger place called
The name reminded me of the old
restaurant in Fresno (now moved to Clovis).
The advertisement for the 27-ounce burger was eye-catching. We had
only the 8-ounce model. Mine came with the bun, which I didn't order.
I took that as a sign and ate it anyway. Yummy! They put a little
pepper on the meat that gives it extra flavor. It can be ordered
with bacon, grilled onions, bbq sauce, and jalapenos.
In case I hadn't mentioned it before, we are trying to east some of the
20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die,
as compiled by GQ magazine.
So far, we have eaten only at the Bobcat Bite,
in Santa Fe.
But we would also rank Fat Mo's burger very highly. Look here
for more burger reports as we hit New York, Chicago, and Detroit.