Author: Andy MacDonald

Downtown Cajun Cook-Off returns Saturday

It’s time for the 3rd annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off this Saturday, March 18, at Cathedral Square. If you ever attend one of these you won’t miss another. More than 20 teams will be cooking up a storm and competing for bragging rights while you, the ticket holder, get to reap the benefits — tasting their creations, listening to live music and enjoying a cold beverage. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cacmobile.org for $13 (advance) or $15 (day of the event). Grab an advance pair at Bugmaster locations, Mellow Mushroom...

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Kazoola is one cool place — for food, drinks and jazz

There aren’t enough places in Mobile to catch live jazz. There is some jazz here, just not enough. Last Thursday night I picked up Catherine and we headed to Dauphin Street in search of something to eat, drink and listen to, and thankfully ended up at Kazoola. I’d heard a little about this place, mainly that it was a jazz bar and right up my alley, but until recently I was unaware they served food. We entered somewhere around 8 p.m. to a sparsely populated bar and plopped down for a Hendrick’s and tonic, just taking in the scene...

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Chefs gear up for ACS Chili Cook-Off this Saturday

Saturday, March 11, is the day chili lovers have been waiting for. It’s the 28th annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off coming to The Grounds. Four hours of fun-filled chili eating as teams compete for fabulous prizes will surely brighten anyone’s day. On top of scoring several bowls of red, your $10 ticket affords you live entertainment from two of the area’s favorite bands, Peek and Stereo Dogs. Proceeds from the event will be used for local educational programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention, patient services such as transportation and life-saving research. Last minute advice...

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Let the Lent begin!

I grew up in a small church just outside the city limits of the charming little town of Laurel, Mississippi. The First Baptist Church of Shady Grove was where I spent my Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, while on weekdays I wandered through the halls and playgrounds of St. John’s Day School, whose affiliation with the Episcopal Church often sent mixed signals during the structuring of my formative years. I’m certain both of these molded me for the better in some way, but to add more confusion, the youth group of First Presbyterian joined forces with the Episcopalians and...

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Wine tasting a smash hit

This past week Red or White hosted an amazing wine tasting featuring samples from 10 different Oregon wineries, proving that pinot noir from the Willamette Valley is nowhere near losing steam. There were several rosés that held our attention as well, and it was nice to get a tour of the “other” wine country, all in our own backyard. Did I mention the food? There was a Mediterranean table with hummus and amazing lamb, another with Murder Point oysters and shrimp, Nashville-style hot chicken on a stick and some incredible donuts and indescribable cookie bits for dessert. Any or...

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