I recently returned from a trip to the southern portion of the US. Specifically the gulf coast. Warm weather, friendly people and good eating. Guess what my favorite thing to eat was?
Yes, I did sample some of the culturally unique seafood dishes but I mostly stuck to my veggie lifestyle with sweet potatoes and hush puppies! Oh man are those hush puppies delicious. Those were my fave!
A question to my readers from the south: “Why didn’t you warn me? I’m hopelessly addicted to these savory morsels of fried dough!”
I couldn’t eat enough of them and I’m compelled make them myself.
As a vegetarian it was challenging to eat in the local restaurants. But I didn’t suffer much…cole slaw,fried pickles, baked yams, and those hush puppies kept me happy.
In short, I had an amazing foodie journey and these few photos are just a scratch of the highlights.
I wish I had taken more, but some of the places were too dark or I just plain forgot!
But what I missed with my camera, I will keep in my memories…
Our server Sachiko, the Japanese expat working at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Mississipi of all places! She was awesome and kept the sweet-tea flowing.
I caught a HUGE throwed roll from halfway across the restaurant then slapped some apple butter on it! This was at Lambert’s (of the Food Channel fame) in Alabama. What a fun place to eat.
Drank the best cup of coffee ever at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter, New Orleans. The most delightful staff there too.
Sat at an oyster bar and chatted with the lightening-fast shuckers as they deftly remove fat oysters from their shells. Loved the way they expressed pride in their culture and community. Adored their accents too.
The iced cafe au lait at the Cafe Du Monde. Perfection on a hot and humid morning.
All in all I was impressed with the gulf region’s food and charm. Southern hospitality tasted so good.