Feature Friday: Meet Danielle T.

Ever wanted to visit Memphis, TN? Take a peek at what our guest, Danielle, has to say about the city!

When I hear the word ‘Tennessee’, I think of country music, Nashville, Vanderbilt, The Blind Side, and the place where my first college friend lives. Of course there’s more to the state than the random thoughts scrolling through my head, like the city of Memphis! I’ve never been, but after reading Danielle’s interview, I definitely want to take a trip, especially for the food! Check it out to see what Danielle has to say of what the city has to offer:

1. What is your name and age?
I'm Danielle Towner and I'm in my early 30s (that's close enough, lol)

2. What country do you call home?
My home country is the USA.

3. Which city{s}/country{s} did you recently travel to?
My last road trip landed me in Memphis, Tennessee. Still in the US.

4. How long was your journey?
I stayed in the city for two weeks. 

5. Why did you travel to this city?
Mainly to clear my head and refocus. I also wanted to spend time getting acquainted with family and meeting new friends.

6. What native dish was your favorite to eat?
Wow. That's a tough one. The city has so many different types of food, and most of them aren't native. I guess it would have to the Sesame Salmon, Yukon Mashers, and Sauteed Veggies from Steak by Melissa. Oh, and the sweet potato scone with house made butter was absolutely delicious.
7. What was the most unique thing you ate?
This one's easy. I had Mango Custard from Curry Bowl, a local restaurant serving Indian Cuisine. It was delicious! In fact, everything I tried at the restaurant was the best I'd ever had. 

8. What was your most unique mode of transportation?
 I drove there, but the most unique transportation would probably be the trolley downtown. 

9. What was the weather like during your trip?
There were multiple types of weather during my stay. Some days it was chilly, while other days were sunny and warm. Also, some days had light rain or even stormy weather. It's typical for the area. 

10. Where was your favorite place to go in the city? Why?
My two favorite places were midtown and downtown. Midtown had a string of restaurants and shops that could take up the entire day. They also had several nice coffee houses. I'm into that kind of thing even though I don't like coffee. The nightlife downtown was also interesting. Most people hung out on Beale Street, which is where I connected with new friends.
Beal Street Downtown
Beal Street Downtown
11. What was the funniest thing that happened to you on this trip?
One of the funniest things was me trying to order an Angry Orchard drink and calling it a Mad Apple by mistake.

12. Did you learn anything during this trip?
I learned more about navigating around the city on my own. I also learned more about the city's history of civil rights and music. In addition to Memphis, there were a few neighboring cities that I was able to familiarize myself with.

13. What was the best part about your trip?
As with any trip, the best part was making connections with people, new and ones I previously knew. 

14. What was the worst part about your trip?
I wouldn't call this the worst part, but the most challenging part was having to balance work at some points during the trip.

15. What is the favorite picture you took during your trip?
Since cupcakes are my favorite, the best picture was of the Lemon butter cupcake with lemon buttercream frosting from Muddy's Bake Shop.
16. How does this country compare to your home country? Were your expectations met, or did they differ completely?
Memphis, Tennessee is in my home country.

17. If you were to go to this country again, what would you do differently?
Next time I visit Memphis, I would like to get more familiar with what the locals do and where they hang out so that I can explore more attractions. I also have to taste the barbecue spaghetti. A few people recommended it to me, but I never got around to trying it.

18. If someone else was to go to this city, what advice or tips would you give them?
Embrace every part of it. Learn and enjoy. Food, culture, music, and history are relatable things that connect us all.
19. Do you have any more travel plans lined up? Where to next?
Hopefully somewhere with a beautiful beach, but I haven't made definite plans yet.

20. Anything else you want to share about your trip?
You can find the full details on all these local favorites on my website under the Memphis and Southaven reviews.

Thank you, Danielle for sharing your time in Memphis. Glad to have you be a part of Feature Friday!

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Danielle of The Taste TeamDanielle is a freelance write and owner of The Taste Team, LLC, a platform for travelers and foodies to publish about local dining, travel, and entertainment. She’s a free spirit who’s passionate about being able to do what she loves, which is traveling and writing. When she’s not on the run or stuffing her face, she’s somewhere reading, spending time with loved ones, working out, catching sun at the beach, trying new foods, or walking the aisles of the health food store. Visit The Taste Team’s website and follow them on social media to see all the team’s travel adventures and foodie finds!

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