Category Archives: Side Trips (Reviews)

Five Day Challenge

Forget the cleansing, healthy, lean green, raw and organic diets. I designed my own, original, personal five-day eating challenge in New Orleans last week – Gumbo Every Day for Five Days. Nah, too easy. I raised the bar, requiring gumbo … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Yard Art Scare You — It’s Louisiana

In the early seventies, front lawns in the New Orleans suburbs fascinated me with their ornate displays of yard. In a predominantly Catholic community, it’s no surprise that much of the statuary was religious. One motif of idolatry appeared at … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Gumbo

Tomorrow marks November first and I’ll begin my second annual writing marathon for  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The artwork above is clever, but misleading — this event is no vacation! It’s taken a year, but I’ve just about finished revising Fit for … Continue reading

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Gumbo and Antiques

A good thing about living in a coastal community is that a gumbo gourmand can order gumbo at the most unusual places. Who would imagine antique browsing on a Sunday in sleepy Milton, Florida, at the Old Post Office Antique … Continue reading

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Silver-throated sliders (Chet’s Seafood)

While the gumbo might not be remarkable, there’s one comfort food on the menu at Chet’s Seafood that deserves the gourmand’s attention. Continue reading

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Second Sense (H2O on Pensacola Beach)

  I know taste buds have a memory function. They make my mouth water when I think about brownies fresh out of the oven or my stomach growl when I smell fried chicken at WalMart. So I wonder — can taste buds get … 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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