‘Tis the season for ice cream, and the latest buzz is that Cammie’s Old Dutch is now being served in an ice cream parlor in a grocery store! Locally owned Food Champs at 2962 Dauphin Island Parkway has opened its own little ice cream shop serving Cammie’s in the supermarket, so shoppers can slurp down a scoop or two while they peruse the aisles of value.

Of course the Food Champs staff came by the corner of Old Shell and Florida for some training. Currently there are no tables and chairs, but it is rumored they’re coming. Hopefully this means we can lounge with a sundae or vanilla malt while our significant others check off the grocery list. Take a look at www.foodchampsmobile.com for weekly ads, coupons, food tips and recipes.

As for Old Dutch, the latest holiday flavors are in and I’ve already had a bite. Pumpkin, brown sugar, Snickerdoodle, bread pudding and eggnog should get you in the spirit, but hands-down the best new holiday ice cream is gingerbread. Little bits of gingerbread in every bite make this one a favorite.

Crawfish are back at Mudbugs at the Loop!
The months when crawfish are out of season are miserable around my house. Even my children tear up after the last batch of the summer are pinched and sucked. We rarely buy frozen tails. Where’s the fun in that? Well, I am proud to report the wait is over. This past Friday marked the first day of the season for crawfish at Cajun Mudbugs at the Loop.

With a really rainy August followed by a tremendous dry spell, the 2017 crawfish season could go either way. Fingers crossed that it could be anything close to the magnificent 2016 season we had. But no matter what, the good news is we can enjoy them right now.

Christmas at Oakleigh this weekend
It’s a tradition that has been going on for 60 years or more at the Oakleigh Mansion. Christmas at Oakleigh will be held this Friday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. with evening tours. Expect performances by local choirs, storytelling, food trucks and open house. Saturday, Dec. 10, will be an all-day Christmas market and more tours.

General admission tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Get yours now at www.historicmobile.org. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Whole Foods holds cookie workshop
Saint Nick will be making his way to Whole Foods market and setting up shop in Toyland to take pictures with all of the good boys and girls Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10-11:30 a.m. He’ll be reading stories at 10:45 and again at the close of the event. Children will be making cookies in the Community Room.

It’s good they are putting the kids in charge of the cookie making. Teach them young. He has a few recipes of his own.