Author: Andy MacDonald

A salt for all seasons

Ever get lost in the seasoning aisle of the grocery store? I get lost in my own spice cabinet. I have jars of seasonings I don’t even know how they got there. It can be a little intimidating for an untrained home chef to be inundated with plastic containers of cream of tartar, marjoram or turmeric, knowing fully well he or she has been through every recipe filling 10 different cookbooks and never once has been required to use any of these foreign substances. If you really want to get into that we can, but I’m pretty sure you...

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Windmill Market to host ‘Plate + Gather’

The pop-up dinner concept is still a hot trend across the United States and Fairhope’s Windmill Market is getting into the game with its latest “Plate + Gather” series. The inaugural event will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. with Chef Wade Price, sous-chef at Ox Kitchen. The Mobile native will bring a wealth of Asian influence to this dinner stemming from his time spent living in China from age 8, when he moved there with his family, the youngest of a team exploring the ancient form of kung fu known as gor chor. All grown up...

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Looking for lunch downtown? Mama’s has it

Downtown is my favorite. Downtown gives you a feeling like you are a part of something much larger than yourself. It puts you in your place when you see how much is going on in a bustling few blocks. For a pretty big city, Mobile ranks among those on the somewhat smaller side. I often forget there is any sizable difference between Mobile and a small college town — say, Hattiesburg — until I’m standing near Bienville Square on a weekday during lunch. I’m guaranteed to run into someone I know, which is the mark of a small town....

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Weeks Bay Plantation hosts oyster roast, concert

It will prove to be a shucking good time at Weeks Bay Plantation’s Oyster Roast featuring Willie Sugarcapps this Sunday, Sept. 10. Tickets are $50 per person and include roasted oysters prepared by Chef Randall Baldwin (of Dyron’s Lowcountry in Mountain Brook) and a live musical performance by our buddies in Willie Sugarcapps. What’s better than Gulf Coast oysters and Gulf Coast musicians? The event runs 3-6 p.m. and tickets are limited. I know what you’re thinking. You don’t like oysters. It’s OK. For those of you who do not partake there is a “concert only” ticket for $30...

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Saisho no longer serving

In an awful turn of events, downtown favorite Saisho has closed its doors. The gastropub first came on the scene two years ago with exceptional food often described as Asian fusion, with an emphasis on small plates and a nice wine list. I last visited Saisho during Mobile Restaurant Week and it still seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Owned by chef extraordinaire Chakli Diggs, the food was always top notch, from the appetizers to the desserts. I’ve had quite a few stellar experiences in that building. So the question is whether Mobile wasn’t ready for such a...

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Football gumbo, luck of the Creole

Hot weather be damned, football is here and there is no way we can’t cook gumbo. Yes, I love it in the cold, grey days of January. I order it in restaurants all summer long because someone else is cooking it. I love it with turkey, seafood, duck, chicken and sausage, dark roux, light and caramel colors with just about any kind of white rice. Just don’t give me too much of that rice. I want it runny. Both sides of the bay embrace this soup that eats like a meal. The greater Mobile metropolitan area can certainly brag...

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Feast on Mediterranean specialties at Taziki’s

I’ve really just been waiting for an excuse to review Taziki’s Mediterranean Café. Located at Legacy Village in the former Zoe’s (which is now at Pinebrook Shopping Center on Airport Boulevard), I wondered if this place would be more of the same. Certainly there are similarities between the two. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I’d prefer a little variety rather than just a turnkey building and a different brand of rice. I finally got my excuse when the private schools went back in session. Rob’s kids were both dreading and looking forward to their new year moving...

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Alabama Chef Challenge coming to Fort Whiting

Feeding the Gulf Coast’s 19th annual Alabama Chef Challenge is set to dazzle taste buds Thursday, Aug. 31, 6-9 p.m. at Fort Whiting, 1630 S. Broad St. This is the annual fundraiser to increase awareness for those struggling with hunger along the central Gulf Coast. Every year this event marks the beginning of September as Hunger Action Month, with Feeding the Gulf Coast leading the charge. Guests will enjoy tastings from local chefs and restaurants, ultimately voting on their favorite dishes. The overall winner will qualify for a spot in the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, so vote...

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