Shopper's Paradise

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 Cherry Pit, 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 Fat Mo's. The name reminded me of the old Fat Jack's 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.