Thursday, July 30, 2015

Red Robin in Farragut, Tennessee; Good Burgers Fun Atmosphere

The Red Robin in Farragut, Tennessee has some of the best gourmet burgers that you can find in the Knoxville area. My visit to this perky restaurant was enjoyable and the burgers were top notch. Here is why you'll want to visit Red Robin in Farragut and how to get there.
Because the Turkey Creek Shopping Center is referred to as either Farragut or West Knoxville visitors may sometimes be confused. The shopping area is so large that it covers parts of both cities. Off of I-40/75 the best exit to take is Lovell Rd. It won't matter if you are traveling east bound our west bound. Turkey Creek Shopping Center is along Parkside Drive. The signs will be apparent when you come off the interstate.
Travel west on Parkside Drive and go past the Regal Cinema. The Red Robin in Farragut, Tennessee is on your right. It's almost impossible to miss the big red building. If you should pass the restaurant it's no problem. Just pull into the next driveway and head east across the parking lot.
Don't worry about finding a space near the door. The Red Robin has plenty of parking. Don't worry about dressing up. This is an upscale family style restaurant so dress is casual or business casual.
Decor at the Red Robin reminds me of Fuddrucker's. Visitors don't have the option of an outdoor patio. Meals are either eaten inside or taken to go. The dining area feels more like a Denny's than a burger joint. The family style restaurant is retro but with a modern twist. I found eating here to be as fun as the dinning are is eclectic.
Gourmet burgers is the name of the game. Endless french fries comes with each hamburger. If you aren't in a burger mood don't worry. There are other sandwiches, salads, other entrees and vegetarian options to choose from. A children's menu has several suggestions that kids will like.
My Red Robin cheeseburger rivals any that I have eaten in quite some time. The cheddar cheese was nicely melted instead of just laying on the entree. It was seasoned well without being overly salty or overwhelming the burger. . Hubby enjoyed his meal. The crispy fries were the perfect complement.
Hubby reported that his 'Shroom Burger also tasted good. He said that the onions and mushrooms were both sauteed well and that the burger was served while hot. According to him it was the perfect combination.
For the two of us the ticket came to about $30. This was for the burgers, fries that come with it, drinks and tax.
Our visit to Red Robin in Farragut is one that we'll likely repeat. I've already suggested Red Robin in Farragut to friends. This is a visit that we'll want to repeat.
My rating: 4 Stars
Red Robin Knoxville/ Turkey Creek
11433 Parkside Dr.
Farragut, TN 37934
Phone: (865) 777-1112
Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm.
Friday - Saturday 11 am - 11 pm.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Alligator Tail at Uncle Bucks Grill

I couldn't resist playing a joke on Hubby when he I visited Uncle Bucks Grill a few months back. It's a good thing that he has a sense of humor! If he hadn't, then I might have been in trouble.

Our day out began innocently enough. We walked into Bass Pro Shops in Kodak, Tennessee to look around. Hubby announced that he was hungry almost the minute we walked in the door. He had to step away and asked me to order iced teas.

That's when the thought hit me. Why not order the alligator tail? We had been talking about trying it. I made our request to the server and asked him not to tell Hubby what it was when he brought the dish out.

When Hubby asked what it was, I told him it was chicken.

He took a few bites and said declared that the chicken bites tasted great. That meant that it was confession time.

"Honey," I said hesitantly, "Those aren't chicken bites. They're alligator."

It took a few seconds for what I said to kick in. Then, he laughed it off and shrugged his shoulders. He liked the alligator bites as much I as enjoy his sense of humor.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Montana mission trip reflections

It is with no small sense of regret that I prepare to leave the place that has been my home for the past week. The melancholy descends in waves upon my spirit. It has been a difficult week but a good one. Our team has perhaps not accomplished all that we had hoped to achieve. The reality that confronted us upon arrival was different than our (or at least my) expectations.

The task was to participate in a summer feeding program and then host a Vacation Bible School immediately after lunch. We had kindergarteners and pre-K through sixth grade.

My expectation was that the children would have already learned some basic behavior. Lessons like don't hit your neighbor and sit down for class were replaced by open defiance. Several of the kids were more proficient at acting out than at reading, listening or using inside voices.

Our real task was to provide positive adult interaction - behavior that many don't have at home. We were to provide a safe environment where the children learn, play and be cared about for awhile. This summer feeding program is a way for children to escape the realities of their home lives and made to feel special for a few hours.

We arrived at 9:00 am each morning to begin preparing lunch. I can't say how many potatoes were peeled on the day that meatloaf and mashed potatoes were on the menu! I can say that we sliced and diced in record time.

The food was served to kids who would then ask for hot dogs or chicken nuggets. For a lot of the kids that we served, homemade food wasn't in their life experience. Fast food and quick-cook foods seemed to be the norm for these children.

I think that most of the kids enjoyed Vacation Bible School. Several kids didn't want to listen during storytime and made their displeasure known. The kids would act out horribly and then give an impish smile that could melt the hardest of hearts. Seeing a glimpse of childishness amidst the angst that we were seeing was emotionally wrenching.

The situation improved dramatically by the third day. Behavior was better. There was more willingness to eat. By this time most of the kids had gotten used to us and us to them. That we had such a limited time with them was not lost on our group. It made the difference between these children and the ones that we had left at home even more stark.

Hungry Horse, Montana is a rugged, beautiful place. It is only a few miles from the vast natural wonders of Glacier National Park. The contrast of natural wonder with poverty (financial and emotional) was not lost on our small group. Our team spent every available moment decompressing in the park or exploring the area. The rich landscape provided and strengthened our resolve to work harder to bring light into the lives of children who are surrounded by encroaching darkness.

All too soon, it is time to say good-bye to the children, the landscape and all that is in this portion of Montana. When we return here, or if we do, is in the hands of a much greater power than I, my husband or any team member.

Nothing has changed, yet everything has changed. The children, and their plight, have touched my soul deeply. I leave with the comfort of knowing that we loved the children as much as we could while we were here.

Although I work with hurting children and adults at home, the experiences that I have had and the lessons learned here will always stay with me. They will serve to strengthen and guide me in the work that I do in my own back yard.

This is the purpose of a mission trip. No one who comes will leave untouched. We will forever carry poignant moments from the trip within our hearts.

We learned from the children and from each other. The experiences strengthen our faith and shape us into people who have more compassion for humankind. We leave with a greater understanding of who we are and how small our place is in the large world.

I depart with the knowledge that problems cannot always be fixed; but, that people can always be loved. Perhaps that is the greatest lesson of all?

Vesping GPS guided tours makes navigating Barcelona easy

Renting a Vespa from Vesping makes for an easy, efficient way to see Barcelona, Spain. Vesping is quickly becoming the go-to place for the young (and young at heart) to rent a Vespa. The scooters are an attractive way to see Barcelona because they are easier to park and operate than an automobile.  

With GPS Satellite Navigation visitors don't have to worry about reading maps. Ordering a GPS guided tour at puts the thrill of the city at the tip of your fingers. 

Visitors may not have to worry about missing an attraction they can't find. The Vesping GPS guided tour of Barcelona makes sure you won't miss a thing. Plus, the units can direct you back to Vesping, help you find a petrol station or take you anywhere else you want to go.

Vesping requires riders to have motorcycle experience before renting a Vespa. The scooters will seat two people. The link above has more information about Vesping and GPS guided tours.