Most folks don’t drive through the Spring Hill area without paying a visit to Old Shell Road’s Carpe Diem. After all, they were the first coffee rock stars of Mobile and with roastmaster Alan Tolson cooking up the beans, there is no reason for them to cease being part of your daily caffeine routine.

I recently got word Carpe Diem is expanding its summer food menu to include more hot sandwiches as well as salads, wraps and the like. As it rolls out, patrons can beat the heat with the latest iced coffee flavors. Apricots and cream may be my favorite, but the sweetness of blackberry crumble may tickle your fancy. The featured coffee is a Bali Kintamani Organic, which Tolson describes as having a nice, full body with sweet, juicy strawberry notes for the summer.

Carpe Diem is now serving a signature flavor of Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe’s Mexican vanilla. Made by Cammie exclusively for Carpe, this Melipone vanilla is perfect for sundaes and handmade ice cream sandwiches, or as an affogato (ice cream drowned in espresso).

I didn’t think things could get better there, but they just did. Visit Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. at 4072 Old Shell Road. Open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Costco opens at McGowin Park
I remember my first trip to Costco. It was 14 years and 11 months ago. I was living it up on the Left Coast and went on a grocery run with my bestie, Jan Fulkerson. When we walked through the door of that giant building in a small California suburb, it instantly took my breath away. This was grocery shopping on a level I had never experienced.

A decade and a half later, we have one here in Mobile at 1450 Tingle Circle W. near Hank Aaron Stadium. This past Thursday’s opening was such an uproar the news channels covered it. I, no kidding, got up to watch people enter a giant, membership-based center of commerce as the rest of the world went about its regularly scheduled procedures. The disturbing thing was it didn’t feel weird at all.

The hubbub about this grandiose opening isn’t just about the deals on food, housewares, appliances and clothing. The real excitement is that Costco is selling hard liquor! The first of their Alabama stores to do so, we finally have a giant supermarket that also sells the hooch. Maybe it’s a giant liquor store that also sells groceries. Either way, I am thankful to have the opportunity to get it all under one roof. If you’ve ever lived elsewhere, you will realize how ridiculous the Alabama liquor laws are.

Business and household memberships are $55, with executive memberships fetching $110. For the particulars, visit

Chicken Salad Chick clucks her way across the bay
With 15 original flavors to choose from, how could we not share with our friends in Baldwin County? Chicken Salad Chick is expanding to Daphne and plans to open its doors at 1802 U.S. Highway 98 on Tuesday, June 30.

With the popularity of the Hillcrest location in Mobile ,those of us around the office knew it was only a matter of time before the Eastern Shore was ripe with the now famous salads, sandwiches and soups. The current owners of the Mobile location, Misty and Heath McClure, are also behind the newest store to grace our area.

“We have absolutely loved getting to know the guests in our current store, and I’m so excited to be able to serve the best chicken salad in the South to a whole new community in Daphne!” said head chick Misty McClure.

But it gets better. There are plans to open another location near the University of South Alabama later this fall. How about we cross our fingers for a Midtown store?

Bacon My Day off to oinking start
The latest news in the food truck craze involves the other white meat. Bacon My Day is a new food trailer serving the greater Mobile area with a menu of tasty treats, featuring bacon burgers, pulled pork, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and quesadillas loaded with everything from beef, pork and chicken to shrimp. Don’t forget the bacon.

You’re bacon me crazy with Mobile’s newest food trailer.

You’re bacon me crazy with Mobile’s newest food trailer.

Pecan-smoking the pork and chicken seems to be the secret to their flavor. Daily specials and sides such as beans, pasta salad and fries add to the options. Don’t forget the key lime pie, though I don’t think it has bacon on it.

Check them out on Facebook for daily specials and locations or to book them for a catering event. And just in case you’re wondering, to my knowledge there is no connection between Bacon My Day and the bakery Bake My Day.
But I welcome all things bacon.