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Author: Andy MacDonald

Go forth to the fourth Brick & Spoon

Sundays in Mobile are full of breakfast and brunch options, good and bad, but what about the rest of the week? Those that roll out the red carpet during “church hours” don’t usually serve the Benedicts and mimosas in the working mornings. If you crave better breakfast and brunch offerings on unholy days, then you will be more than satisfied with Brick & Spoon. Located at the eastern end of the Yester Oaks Shopping Center, the Mobile Brick & Spoon is the fourth location after Lafayette, New Orleans and Orange Beach. Yes, it’s a franchise, but not the cookie-cutter...

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Bay Area Brunch Fest debuts

I was just talking about brunch! Get ready for Mobile’s first Bay Area Brunch Fest, coming to Bienville Square Saturday, Nov.18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Twenty different vendors are coming together to provide samplings of one of our favorite weekend pastimes. Advance tickets are a steal at $15 in advance and ramp up to $25 the day of the event. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $50 and include entrance to the VIP area with swanky seating, a VIP bar, a special brunch vendor, private bathroom and two drink tickets. Hosted by Lifelines Counseling...

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Hangout Oyster Cook-Off in its 10th year

Hard to believe it has been a decade since the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off cracked open its first shell, but the festival will be at it again Nov. 3-4 on Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores. This event has become nationally recognized as the premier celebration of the pearl producer, with chefs of great merit coming from all over to assist as we honor the bivalve. We’ve come to know this as a place to sample oyster dishes, rub elbows with Food Network celebs and take in as much craft beer as we do live music. You don’t mess with that...

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Wahlburgers hits OWA

You may not be familiar with Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, but I am willing to bet a triple-decker hamburger you know his brothers Mark and Donnie. The Brothers Wahlberg just opened the newest branch of Wahlburgers in OWA, Foley’s 14-acre amusement park, shopping and dining destination. “At OWA we are always seeking new ways to bring a complete experience to our guests, whether it’s the largest theme park on the Gulf Coast or now the largest Wahlburgers in the U.S.,” said Greg Rawls, OWA’s business development director. “Our research shows that dining is just as important to our guests...

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The Halloween Pinterest antithesis

So you’re having a Halloween party. It was the biggest bash of the year at my house when I was growing up. The street was packed with trick-or-treaters, the house was packed with older kids too cool to dress up, and adults who were too cool to not dress up. It was a real spookfest, and my dad would scare children (often to tears) as he took the task of dressing up very seriously. Once he was a witch with a cast iron cauldron of some dry ice elixir. Another time he was a very convincing gorilla. The devil...

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Three Georges celebrates 100 years of candy making

It’s Mobile’s oldest confectionery, responsible for satisfying the sweet tooth of more candy-cravers than any other establishment in our town. Three Georges Candy Shop is cracking the 100-year mark of serving our fair city some of the best candies, nuts and sweet treats and shows no signs of slowing down. Opening in 1917, this Mobile mainstay was founded by, you guessed it, three Georges. George Pappas, George Pope and George Spero were Greek immigrants with a vision for a soda fountain/candy store. Twelve years of success ended with a fire in 1929, after which Pappas bought out his partners...

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‘B’ stands for ‘Bayou’ and ‘brisket’

Brisket. It’s not the most common menu item at our barbecue restaurants. Good brisket in Mobile is a rare find, which usually leaves us with pork, chicken and occasionally turkey. Even home cooks shy away from brisket, maybe because of the patience it takes to smoke this cut of meat. Low and slow is the usual name of the game for most smoking, but especially brisket. The pectoral muscle of the cow is what we are dealing with here, and that comes with a lot of connective tissue. The trick is to melt this tissue (slowly) without drying the...

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Get Halloween treats going with ghosts on a stick!

It was premature. It was too much. It was absolutely delicious. The boys and I were visiting Khaki last week, and when we left she sneaked a treat into each of their backpacks. It was just a little happy from Laurel, Mississippi’s Sweet Somethings, the latest treat-making facility in my hometown. Easy to replicate, it was nothing more than a ghost-shaped Rice Krispies treat dipped in white chocolate on a stick. We have been feverishly working on perfecting the treat here at the MacDonald Test Kitchen Lab. So far we have made ghost rectangles. The white chocolate is the...

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