Author: Andy MacDonald

Let them eat King Cake

So you’re in town visiting for Mardi Gras. You grab a few throws, down a few corn dogs, maybe take in a museum tour, but in restaurant after restaurant, bakery after bakery, you keep hearing about King Cake. Indeed, if you are not from the stretch of coastline that crowns the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to Florida, you have good reason to take interest. It is a regional confection that remained fairly standard in its preparation until about 20 years ago, when variations on a theme sparked a powder keg of a trend that had every bakery from...

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Newly opened Chuck’s Fish offers sea fare, both cooked and raw

This has most certainly been the busiest week I’ve had in the past couple of years. I am not complaining. The MacDonald family has been blessed/slightly cursed with too many birthdays in the month of February and as I age we meet more who join our extended family. It’s uncanny. The month begins with my Aunt Lynn. She’s a fave. My brother-in-law’s brother Wally is Feb. 11. Then it’s my sister, Andrea; her birthday is Feb. 12. My old man would have been 63 on the 13th. Valentine’s Day was its usual 14th. My birthday was the 15th. My...

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National Chili Day is here

Thursday, Feb. 23, is National Chili Day. It’s a little early for the days we regularly celebrate, given the Mobile American Cancer Society’s chili cook-off is Saturday, March 11, and the South Alabama College of Medicine’s Gumbo Chili Showdown is Saturday, April 8. Chili, however, is special any day on my calendar. With Mardi Gras in full swing, the best we can do is incorporate chili into our festivities. Dreamland BBQ is selling bags of its secret-recipe chili seasoning so you can bring the magic home with you. Get a little practice in before you sign your team up...

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You be the judge

In my eight years or so of typing away on this laptop that has seen better days (not the same one I was originally using), I always stop to think how lucky I am to have this job. It’s a great gig. Almost daily someone says, “Oh, you’re so lucky to have that job as a food critic. I wish I could do that!” For the most part they are right. Everyone loves to eat. The modern-day foodie loves to brag about which trendy restaurant they hate and which New Orleans hotspot you should have tried. The food, the...

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P.F. Chang’s opens at Bel Air

By the time you read this, P.F. Chang’s will have had its grand opening in the Shoppes at Bel Air. The Feb. 13 opening date has been heavily anticipated by those who crave the farm-to-wok cooking they’re known for. It’s been 15 years since I last enjoyed P.F. Chang’s food, so I am as excited as anyone. This 6,000-square-foot restaurant is the first P.F. Chang’s in our area and, as far as I’m aware, is (along with soon-to-be neighbor Grimaldi’s Pizzeria), the only restaurant at Bel Air that features outdoor seating. It’s also a great place to have a...

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