Monthly Archives: December 2010

Gumbo DNA

My great-great grandmother was full-blooded Choctaw, and she taught my great-grandmother who taught my grandmother to make filé from the leaves of the sassafras tree. Filé runs in my blood – just like gumbo. Gumbo is a Creole dish, and … Continue reading

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China Doll goes with gumbo in Paradise (Capt. Joey Patti’s)

I was afraid my gumbo would be served in a Styrofoam bowl when I saw the waitresses serving the orders at Capt. Joey Patti’s Seafood Restaurant in Pensacola. Everything from po boys to cole slaw was being dished out in a plastic … Continue reading

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The gumbo tree

The Flight Deck, the gift shop at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, decorates miniature Christmas trees to display on the counters next to the cash registers for the holidays. The artificial green trees, which each stand about twenty-four inches … Continue reading

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Afloat with flavor (Marina Oyster Barn) Closed Feb. 2021

Marina Oyster Barn is an interesting spot on the gumbo map. Nothing chi-chi about this place located on Pensacola’s Bayou Texar. It’s a testament to how good cooking can overcome the wrath of hurricanes, from Frederic in 1979 to present day. While … Continue reading

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