Monthly Archives: September 2010

Dippity Roux Da (Wintzell’s Oyster House) – Closed in Pensacola

It’s going to require more than a cupful to find the best gumbo. With two restaurants advertising their gumbo as world famous, one advertising its gumbo as Gulf Coast Voted #1 and a third billing its gumbo as Best of … Continue reading

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Perfect rice at 3 a.m.

Wolfgang Puck is selling rice cookers on QVC. He and his rice cookers were the most interesting thing on at three a.m. the other morning when the operative extremity (arm) refused to find a comfortable sleeping position. I’d never heard … Continue reading

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No oil in the gumbo, please (Old Bay Seafood) – Closed

Today the gumbo diaries ran amuck in the oil spill. A few weeks ago, before the Deep Water Horizon was capped, we headed for Fairhope, Alabama, with our friends from Texas for antique shopping and gumbo. We’d heard about Guy’s … Continue reading

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Great Gumbo Escape

During my post operative confinement, I keep remembering one particular gumbo I tasted at the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club gumbo cook off. It didn’t win the vote-with-most-money competition or people’s choice award, but its flavor won my soul. It had … Continue reading

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Sweet Smell of Gumbo

I tried to slice little green onions with my working arm this morning. I thought, for some insane reason, I could make an omelet left-handed. I cut one and a-half onions, but gave up, a little afraid I might lose … Continue reading

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Filé for Free

Most folks who like filé in their gumbo add a sprinkle just before the first bite. And, good filé can make a mediocre gumbo great. The best filé I’ve ever tasted comes from Kreole (yep, with a “K”), a hamlet … Continue reading

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Carry In, Castaway (Castaways)

The first bite of the gumbo surprised me. The coarse vegetables hadn’t been chopped fine enough to suit me, but something else was wrong — the okra.  I don’t mind okra in gumbo, but this okra caused me to laugh, … Continue reading

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