This week I've been trying to be intentional about having fun with the kids outside of the house since next week will be all about The Move. Last night I was browsing online and noticed that Dixon Gallery & Gardens offers Food Truck Fridays. A free, shady outdoor picnic amongst the butterflies--what more could you want?
We went earlier this afternoon, and it was just beautiful. I can't remember the last time I went to Dixon Gardens, but I don't remember it being quite this lovely. The grounds were in full summer bloom, it was maybe 75/80 degrees in the shade (unheard of in Memphis in July), and the kids and I just had a ball.
Enough of all that--Little Foot is ready to get a-picnickin'! :)
Every Friday (April to September), Dixon Gardens offers free shaded seating on the grounds during food truck hours (11:30AM-1:30PM).
I mean, how gorgeous is this?? Under the blessed shade of the umbrellas, we enjoyed a 100% sweat-free lunch in the beautiful outdoors (again, unheard of).
The gardens, the butterflies, the shade...it was just a perfect little picnic spot.
After polishing off our lunches, we toddled over to the food truck area for some refreshments. On this particular day MarksGrill and The Dog & Slaw were cooking up some delicious-smelling sandwiches and hot dogs. I made a mental note to check them out soon, but the kids and I had something a bit "cooler" in mind ;)
Ah, here we are: Mama D's Italian Ice!
Apparently Queen Elizabeth has started a photobombing trend amongst the 60+ crowd.
Mama D's offers both Italian ice and ice pops, both for $3.00.
Little Foot of course requested "pink" (a.k.a. strawberry lemonade), while I went for the hibiscus mint. Oh my goodness y'all.
The strawberry lemonade (background) reminded me very much of the strawberry fruit bars you can get at Disney. Cool and refreshing, perfect for a summer day. Perfectly frozen, too--not too hard, not too soft. Little Foot loved it :)
And mine? Without a doubt, one of the single greatest frozen treats I've ever enjoyed. The hibiscus and mint flavors just complimented each other beautifully; like a perfectly-iced fruit tea. I will most definitely be back!
Dixon Gardens hosts Food Truck Fridays every Friday (April through September) from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Admission to the gardens is free during food truck hours and (shaded!) outdoor seating is available.
Bottom line: Would I eat there again? Yes to Mama D's, and yes to Dixon Gardens :) A new favorite kid-friendly lunch spot is born!