A Weekend in Jackson Mississippi

Photo Credit: wtcmsra

Photo Credit: wtcmsra

Traveling on business to Jackson Mississippi? Hopefully, you’ll have the weekend to enjoy this incredible Southern city. While a weekend isn’t enough to see and do everything in Jackson, we’ve picked out some of the highlights that you shouldn’t miss. These suggestions will give you a true taste of the city has to offer.

1. The Mississippi State Capitol
We highly a stop by the Mississippi State Capitol building. While tours are only given on weekdays, we think it’s worth a visit to snap some photos of one of the most beautiful buildings in the state.

2. Fondren District
Shopping in one of the city’s newest hotspots, the Fondren District. This area of Jackson is full of local shops, antique stores, gourmet food shops and restaurants. After an afternoon of shopping here, we recommend stopping at one of the bakeries in the district and picking up a couple of pastries to take back to your room for a late-night snack, or for the next morning’s breakfast.

3. Jackson Zoo
Get up close and personal with over 750 animals at the always entertaining Jackson Zoo. You’ll come face to face with animals from all over the world including giraffes, endangered white rhinos and the human-like orangutans. This is the perfect place to spend a sunny, Sunday afternoon.

4. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
Many of the great players in American sports history have come from Mississippi, so it’s no wonder that the museum dedicated to the players is a must see.  While the Sports Hall of Fame covers all types of sports, their Baseball section is truly spectacular. There are lots of interactive exhibits to keep you busy for an afternoon. The entrance fee is a steal at only $5.

5. Hal and Mal’s
On weekends at Hal and Mal’s you can get both dinner and a show. First head to the restaurant section of the building for delicious, Southern-style comfort food. They serve up mouth-watering po’ boys, and chicken fried steak among other items. After dinner, one of their other rooms is almost guaranteed to be putting on a live musical performance. The bands change from week to week, but a good time is always had.

Did we forget to include your favorite spot in Jackon? Tell us what it is in the comments.

One Pot Meals Ready in Less than 30 Minutes – Part II

You’ve been asking for more one-pot meals that are easy and fast to make in your InTown Suites kitchen, so we’ve written another blog post giving away some of our favorite recipes. These meals are delicious and will leave you with money in your pocket, compared to eating at restaurants all the time.  These recipes are made for one, but can easily be doubled to serve two.

Fancy Friend Ramen
Everyone makes fun of college-students for living off of ramen, but if you use it as a base, it can actually be the start of an easy and tasty lunch or dinner. This recipe includes some protein and vegetables for added nutrition.

Olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 package of ramen instant noodles
1 zucchini, grated
1 large carrot, grated
½ bag of baby spinach
1 egg
Soy Sauce
1 green onion, sliced

1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, sauté the garlic in a little olive oil.
2. Once you can smell the garlic, add 3 cups of water to the pot and bring boil over medium heat.
3. Once the water is boiling, add the ramen noodles and half the ramen soup base to the pot.
4. As soon as the noodles start to soften, add the grated carrot, zucchini and half bag of baby spinach.
5. After another minute, turn the heat down to a simmer and using a spoon or ladle, make a well in the pot.
6. Crack an egg into the well and gently let it simmer until cooked.
7. Once the egg is cooked, add a splash of soy sauce and sriracha until it’s spicy enough to your liking.
8. Empty the contents of the pot into a bowl and garnish with the green onion.
9. Eat and enjoy!

Peasant Potato Soup
This soup make seem like it’s too simple to be good, but it’s delicious comfort food that’s perfect for a cozy winter’s night, snuggled up watching television.

Olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 large potatoes, either baking or waxy* (see note)
½ cup of half and half
1 green onion, thinly sliced

1. In a pot over medium heat, sauté the garlic and olive oil.
2. Once the garlic beings to smell, add the broth and bring to a boil.
3. While waiting for the broth to come to a boil, peel the potatoes and dice into small chunks.
4. Once the broth is boiling, add the potatoes, cooking until the reach your desired consistency, about 15-20 minutes.
5. Lower the heat to a simmer and add the half and half.
6. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Empty the contents of the pot into a bowl and garnish with the green onion.
8. Eat and enjoy!

Note* Baking potatoes will break down easier and release more starch into the soup, while waxy potatoes are firmer and hold their shape better. Use whichever variety you prefer, or use one of each.

Try out these recipes the next time you stay at InTown Suites, and let us know what you think!

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