On a recent trip to San Francisco, I sat down for breakfast at the justifiably heralded Boulette's Larder. The place is the jernt when it comes to breakfast: crazy view of the Bay Bridge and food on the highest order. I was the first person in the door. If you don't know already, you should wear a goddamn Stax hat everywhere you go. Everywhere. Here's why:
When I sat down and ordered black quinoa with chickpeas and poached eggs (best breakfast I've ever had), my waiter casually mentioned that he had been Isaac Hayes' personal vegan chef. Holy freaking smokes.
Elijah Joy is a vegan food power house. He's cooked for the Hot Buttered Genius, for Moby, and for B.B. King's Blues Clubs. It's no wonder to find him at Boulette's, which could not be any better. Joy and I discussed how important Isaac was to the world and how saddened we were by losing him so early and unexpectedly. Here is his Wikipedia page, which you may read after you've finished all the Flyer copy and patronized a handful of advertisers.
Memphis moves in funky ways, even on the west coast.
Think that's enough? WRONG!
Later that day, a Flyer colleague and I took a cab to the Flower Conservatory. On the way, the cabbie was listening to a wicked soul station. Carla Thomas came on the radio. I mentioned that we were from Memphis, and the guy lit up like a Chicks Stadium fireworks display. He CARED about Carla. Our music is a precious export and something for which I will always have unlimited pride.