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New Experience-Southern Cooking

Posted on November 25, 2011 by Debra

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.

Fried Okra!

All in all I was impressed with the gulf region’s food and charm.  Southern hospitality tasted so good.



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  1. Heather says:

    Aaaahhh!!! You came to my neck of the woods! My family is from North Florida right on the Gulf and raw oysters, fried okra, and hush puppies are daily occurrences. My mom and I moved down south a bit but she still tends to cook a pretty traditional southern dinner. It’s funny that you talk about the hush puppies because they are so normal to me, lol. But when done right, they are brilliant.

    I’m glad you had a good time. Come back soon!!!

    • Debra says:

      Such a fun area to live in. My trip started and ended in Pensacola, Florida! White sand beaches!

      I will be back as I just love those hush puppies.

  2. Chantale says:

    Now why in the world did I have to see and read this post?! My mouth is watering now.. Incredible feast!! I know what you mean about the hush puppies. I ate them for the first time this year! And mmmm… wish I could get some here. What a terrific trip you had!

  3. These pics explode with yumminess! Worth the five pounds I gained just looking at them :) Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, Debra!

  4. I love hush puppies!!! And yes they are in the highly addictive category!

  5. What yummy foods! It looks like you enjoyed many delicious meals on your trip.

  6. AikoVenus says:

    It sounds like you had a great (and delicious) time! ^^ Hush puppies are my favorite too – every holiday we always seem to have a surplus of them and all of the above foods.




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