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Tanger Outlets, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Kilwin’s Ice Cream – Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN – Day 3

This morning, we headed over to the Tanger Outlets on the Parkway in Sevierville. What a “mob scene” the mall was! You’d have thought they were giving product away. I could not find a regular parking spot for the beast, so I parked in an alleyway between two buildings, backed up to a loading dock. A stealth spot I guess, albeit not completely legal.

Stealth Parking Spot - Tanger Outlets - Sevierville, TN
Stealth Parking Spot – Tanger Outlets – Sevierville, TN

We came home for lunch. We ate our Bistro MD food. Good stuff and colorful today too!

Our lunch today.  This is our Bistro MD food.  Good stuff!
Our lunch today. This is our Bistro MD food. Good stuff!

Our friends Dave and Amy G arrived at our place after lunch and the four of us headed over to Gatlinburg. It’s only 8 miles away but it took over a half hour to get there. Half that time was spent at the edge of town as the Gatlinburg weekend traffic, even in the off-season is crazy busy.

We walked around town, visiting small shops and seeing the sights. One area we walked around in was Village Shops. We stopped into a shop called Zi Olive. They carry many olive oils, vinegars and related items. We tasted oils and vinegars and bought some too.

Our purchases from Zi Olive.  Not pictured is some yummy looking tomato-basil-herb pasta.
Our purchases from Zi Olive. Not pictured is some yummy looking tomato-basil-herb pasta.

One of the sights we saw was The Mellow Mushroom restaurant. We decided we’d eat here later for dinner.

The Mellow Mushroom Pizza - We had Holy Shitake Pie - Gatlinburg, TN
The Mellow Mushroom Pizza – Gatlinburg, TN

We made a special visit to the Ole Smoky Moonshine “Holler”

Ole Smoky Moonshine - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine – Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine “Holler” – Gatlinburg, TN

We’ve never really tried moonshine before. The four of us sampled it all at the tasting bar. They gave us 12 tiny samples in all. Some good, some not so good.

Ole Smoky Moonshine - The Moonshine Sampling Bar - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine – The Moonshine Sampling Bar – Gatlinburg, TN

Nancy and I bought 2 jars of shine. One Apple Pie and one Moonshine Cherries. They also have a large selection of private labeled dips, salsas, hot sauces, jellies and pickled vegetables, plus a large apparel store.

Here's our purchases from Ole Smoky Moonshine.
Here’s our purchases from Ole Smoky Moonshine.

At dinner time, we headed over to The Mellow Mushroom. Nancy and I had the Holy Shitake Pie. Here’s what’s on it: Olive oil and garlic base, Shiitake, button and Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella and Montamore cheeses. Drizzled with garlic aioli and black truffle oil. Garnished with fresh chives and shaved Parmesan. It was amazing!

The Mellow Mushroom Pizza - Gatlinburg, TN
The Mellow Mushroom Pizza – Gatlinburg, TN

No pictures, but after dinner, we walked down to Kilwin’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop for some ice cream. I’d give it a 3 out of 5. Nothing great. Should have stopped at Ben and Jerry’s – you always know what it’s going to be like there 🙂

While we walked a bit more yesterday, we stilled walked over 10,000 steps today! Good stuff.

My Fitbit stats for today - 7-Dec-2013
My Fitbit stats for today – 7-Dec-2013

Today was another great day sightseeing with friends.

Las Vegas, NV Trip – Day 5 – New Breakfast Spot, Southpoint Hotel/Casino, King Crab Legs at Bellagio and Purple Reign

Friday, November 15, 2013

RePete’s Las Vegas Bar and Grill

Today we tried a different off-strip non-chain restaurant for breakfast. I chose one further south of the strip, south on Las Vegas Blvd, then west a block on Warm Springs Road. I also chose it for its proximity to Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort. If we end up having the North American Heartland Owners Rally here, I want to know what restaurants I can recommend based on personal experience. So, we’re at RePete’s Las Vegas Bar and Grill.  RePete’s has free WiFi – that’s a plus as I’m typing this blog post live from my breakfast table. We ordered their Corned Beef Hash and Eggs and the French Toast. We enjoyed it all. The hash was home made, the home fries were pan-fried and crispy. The eggs were poached just as we ordered them (no runny whites). The French toast was great as well.  We’d eat here again!

I dropped Nancy back at the hotel after breakfast and I went back to Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort for a meeting with a Caterer.  That meeting went well.  Things are looking up for a potential rally here.

Southpoint Hotel, Casino and Spa

I headed south on Las Vegas Blvd. after my meeting at Oasis.  I wanted to check out the Southpoint Hotel, Casino and Spa.  It’s possible we could use some of the amenities/services at this place during our rally.  Right away, I noticed it was less smokey.  I stopped by Sales and Catering to try to get an appointment with them.  I checked out their 64 lane bowling alley.  Very cool.  I took a stroll by their movie theater.  Also very nice to have at a hotel/casino.  This place has some potential.

Buffet at Bellagio

Well, I don’t have any of my own pictures to prove it, but I had two plates of really nice King Crab Legs at “The Buffet” at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.  We couldn’t get here earlier in the week, so we paid the weekend “Gourmet Buffet” price of about $40 each.  I felt with my 2+ pounds of King Crab, I got my money’s worth 🙂  I found this picture online of the King Crab here.  Nice and pre-split!

King Crab at Bellagio

Nancy at Bellagio
Nancy at Bellagio
Jim at Bellagio
Jim at Bellagio

Purple Reign

For entertainment this evening, we went to the Prince tribute show, Purple Reign.  Wow, what a great show (if you like Prince music).  The performer playing Prince had him down to a tee.  Looked like him and sounded like him.  The band was very good as well.

Purple Reign Ticket

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Purple Reign 1

Purple Reign 2

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