Author: Andy MacDonald

Mixed with soda, blackberry acid is perfect pick-me-up

Blackberry acid. It’s nothing like the dreaded brown stuff you were warned to avoid at Woodstock. It’s a Prohibition-era recipe (from what we can tell) that was a soda fountain mainstay as well as a home treat, usually kept under lock and key until the preacher or other important visitors made their way to your doorstep. This neat little charm is actually fermented and a touch fizzy but remains alcohol free. Think of Italian sodas. I love those things. This is a great way to have a DIY soda shop in your own kitchen, at a party or on...

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Cheryl’s Café expands, bolsters menu

Spanish Fort is fortunate to have one of my favorite lunch spots, and if you haven’t experienced Cheryl’s Café you should make arrangements to do so. Cheryl’s draws a dining crowd from Daphne, Fairhope, Stapleton, Loxley and downtown Mobile. Nestled atop the hill where the causeway becomes Highway 31, our groups of professionals on this side of the bay make the quick drive for incredible lunch items such as Parmesan-encrusted pork chops, fresh veggies and the ultimate Dream Pie. Often they find a packed house with no place to sit. Have no fear, young lawyers and business folk, you...

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O’Daly’s Hole in the Wall serves creative ‘drunk food’

Let’s talk about drunk food. There is a difference between bar food and drunk food. Bar food could be anything you serve in a bar, but drunk food is what you need after all that beer, wine and liquor gets the appetite rolling and that brain thinking it’s a great idea to power down chili cheese fries after midnight. We’ve all been there. A light dinner before a concert followed by one too many Andygators and you’re convincing yourself and your ride-hailing driver that a Big Buford and fries will right the listing ship, so to speak. Maybe Taco...

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Dream Dinners opening Daphne location

Fans of the originator of the meal assembly industry, Dream Dinners, will be pleased to know the grand opening of the Daphne location is set for July 13. The event is open to the public. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 6 p.m. The first 100 families in attendance will receive an herb-crusted flank steak to take home and enjoy. The 1,600-square-foot facility at 1539 U.S. Highway 98, Suite 302, in Daphne’s Shore Oaks Center is owned by former Mobile location employee turned franchisee Heather Chopin, who says, “Dream...

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First Father’s Day remembering dear old Dad

So here it is. This is my first year celebrating Father’s Day as top dog. After losing my dad last October, I became the eldest male in my immediate family, a position I neither applied for nor looked forward to but am doing my best to handle with grace. You can quote me when I say, “It is all bitter and no sweet.” Let’s not cry in our beer, here. He’d hate to ruin a good Busch (or Bushmills) with a weeping session. Instead, I have found these weeks leading up to this milestone a time to look back...

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