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Bike to Lunch {95|365}

18 Jun

Hubby and I just love our retro blue/green Bianchi Milano bicycles.  Well, upon exiting the River Street Deli on Wednesday, we thought we had entered into bicycle heaven.  Outside were several bicycles just like ours!  Same model, same color, everything.  We stopped to ask the 2 guys sitting with the bikes what was going on, and they happily explained.  An outfit called Outdoors Chattanooga provides these bikes in a program called Bike to Lunch.  They load up the bikes and take them to a local business that opts to participate.  The two guys guided employees as they rode these bikes to a local restaurant for lunch, ate lunch, and then rode back to work.  On Wednesday, a group of TVA employees had ridden from near our hotel, across the river and to the River Street Deli for lunch.  By my estimate, it must have been about a 2 mile ride from TVA to the deli.  The program hopes to encourage others to embrace a bicycling lifestyle by showing them the benefits of riding a bicycle vs. a car.  What an environmentally friendly idea!

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Sights from the Bridge {94|365}

17 Jun

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The Walnut Street pedestrian bridge across the Tennessee River in Chattanooga is such a gem for the city.  Just a walk across the bridge in either direction will allow wonderful views of downtown on one side and the Northshore area on the other.  The overcast morning on Wednesday did allow for some respite from the heat so we could enjoy our stroll across the bridge and back.  The view of the Hunter Museum high atop the bluffs is an impressive sight.  The Delta Queen riverboat, a fixture on the Northshore, has been converted into a hotel.  Coolidge Park is a beautiful place along the Northshore with biking paths, green lawns and water features where children can play.  Fabulous condos line the bluffs in the downtown area with an unbelievable view of the river.  Hubby and I had so much fun picking out which one we would like to own.  We can dream can’t we?

Down by the River {93|365}

16 Jun

Sadly, Hubby and I headed home today, but not before we had one last look at our favorite places in Chattanooga.  After packing up, we made our way down to the riverfront for the trek across the Walnut Street pedestrian walking bridge (more pictures of that tomorrow).  We met Eldest Son at one of his favorite lunch places, River Street Deli.  The deli is owned by a native New Yorker and is right below Good Dog.  In fact, the Good Dog owner suggested that we visit, especially on Wednesday, for the Yankee Pot Roast Sandwich.  The pot roast sandwich and tomato basil soup was wonderful and a hit with the locals as evidenced by the business lunch crowd that began lining up while we where there.  After saying our goodbyes to Eldest Son, we began our trip back to the old homestead.

The Terminal Brewhouse

15 Jun

After walking back to the hotel from Ben & Jerry’s we were still too wired to wind down (guess it was from the Bonnaroo Buzz!).  One of our favorite places in town is The Terminal, a microbrewery next to the Choo Choo.  They make their own beer and have great food.  We went over to see what was happening & enjoyed some time on their upstairs patio as it began to cool down for the night.  As you can see from the picture here, the Choo Choo sign is visible from the patio through the awning.  It was a relaxing end to a very busy day.

Bonnaroo Buzz {92|365}

15 Jun

Tuesday was a busy day at the convention with seminars, a luncheon and then the final banquet.  After the banquet was over, Hubby and I rode the electric shuttle down to the river where RiverBend Music Festival was just gearing up.  We stopped in at Ben & Jerry’s for a cool dessert that helped to offset the scorching temps we had been experiencing.  Hubby went for the Bonnaroo Buzz flavor and it was delish!!

Alleia

14 Jun

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Had another great meal tonight with Eldest Son at Alleia, a new Italian restaurant nearby. New experience sitting at the community table since we didn’t have reservations. Should have seen the look on Hubby’s face when they sat us at the long community table. But we all agreed it was the best meal we’ve had in a while. Divine all the way from appetizers to desserts!

Terra Nostra

14 Jun

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On Sunday evening we took Eldest Son to dinner at a Spanish tapas bar on the Northshore. We had lots of small plates so we all got to sample a bit of everything. Salmon, beef tenderloin, beef tips, among other things. Great food and wonderful visit with Eldest Son.

More Good Dog

14 Jun

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This was just too much. Special tables have 2 holes in the top so you can put your paper cone of fries and they don’t tip over. Yes, you just see one cone of fries as Hubby made us share a small order. The seasoning that goes on the fries is called Dogdust. We did each get a cupcake, but not as good as Muddy’s. Talked to the owner for a long time. Such great people here.

Really Gotta Go!

14 Jun

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Restroom sign in Good Dog.

Good Dog

14 Jun

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Had lunch at Good Dog on Northshore. Just for the Auntie I had Pimento Cheese Dog. Hot dog with pc & tomatoes. Hot dog Holiday Ham style!