Busy, busy, busy. Those are three words to describe last week. I mean, I had something every night, then it was the weekend and time to party! Once we got over the rain Friday we had the most beautiful weekend, so of course on Sunday we had to celebrate mom in the best way, drinks and a boat ride. Let’s just say it was more Sunday funday and mom was just along for the ride, but don’t tell her that. So cheers to sunny blue skies and surviving another week!

Cheese, please
The inaugural Mobile Grilled Cheese Meltdown was held on Thursday, May 11, in Cathedral Square. With tickets costing just $5, the people flocked like seagulls at the beach (or rats to a cheese factory?)! The Downtown Mobile Alliance said it never expected so many people, with an estimated 300-400 in attendance! With the surplus of people, it meant longer lines and some competitors running out of grilled cheeses, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind since they still got to enjoy the nice weather.

Boozie got there a little late (Sorry – I was getting my own cheese (board) on at Red or White) so I didn’t get to try that many, but that was mainly because I didn’t want to stand in line. Between the two grilled cheeses I did try, I know why one won and the other didn’t. The one I didn’t care for had brie on it, which I feel is risky move. People either love brie or hate it, so my advice would be: skip the brie.

The other grilled cheese I had was from the Battle House and after one bite, I understood why they won first place in the People’s Choice category. They served up their grilled cheese on Texas toast with multiple cheeses, a sauce that gave it a kick and maybe some meat. To be honest, I ate it so quickly I didn’t examine the contents. A few of Boozie’s friends said it was a little too spicy for them, but it perfect for this ol’ gossip gal.

A crowd favorite from my group was Moe’s Original BBQ. They said Moe’s’ grilled cheese had some type of jam with pimento cheese. I didn’t get the chance to try it but I do love a good grilled pimento cheese sandwich.

Now that I have told you one winner, I might as well tell you the others! For the Classic category in third place was The Cheese Cottage, in second place was Newks and in first, which the announcer said was surprising since it was a non-food venue, Heritage Homes was the winner. For the Gourmet category, in third place was The Cheese Cottage, Heritage Homes in second and Brickyard in first! For People’s Choice, we had Noble Events in third, O’Daly’s in second and Battle House in first.

Heritage Homes kept their grilled cheese simple with a smoked cheddar cheese with grilled Conecuh sausage. In my book, anything with Conecuh can’t taste bad, even all my Yankee cousins love it! For a home builder to place first and second, it sounds like their new name could be Heritage Home Cookin’!

Now, I am sure you are wondering what this Cheese Cottage place is? I sure was; I mean, I love cheese and if I had been missing out on a cheese store I was going to be mad. Anyways, The Cheese Cottage is new to downtown, they expect to open their doors in August or September and will serve cheese boards, cured meats, sandwiches and, of course, wine, umm yum! Can you say girls’ night out!

If you missed this first Grilled Cheese Meltdown, don’t whine about it, The Urban Emporium said they will for sure be hosting a second and maybe even something in the fall! So get those spatulas ready and find the perfect recipe!

Going to the chapel
Wedding season is full swing. I swear every weekend there are more and more weddings. While at O’Daly’s Friday night, Boozie spotted two different couples celebrating their upcoming nuptials. One couple must have just had a party because they were wearing bride and groom headbands.

The other couple was getting married on Saturday so pianist Gene Murrell also of 92 ZEW fame invited the bride to the stage so he could sing her a “special love song.” He started off with “Chapel of Love,” and the crowd loved it as they sung along, but then they started noticing Gene changing the words! I don’t remember it exactly, but something along the lines of “everyone thinks you’re getting married because you’re pregnant.” The bride was a good sport and laughed it off.

Next, Gene invited the groom on stage and sang “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini,” once again changing the words and emphasizing the words “teenie weenie.” Like his bride, he laughed then got to dancing. Congrats to both couples! Maybe one day I’ll find love in a bar! And I’ll definitely have Gene play at my reception.

Party on
The TenSixtyFive Party Animal has once again been spotted! This time he comes bearing news of TenSixtyFive’s 2017 lineup! This is going to be the year you don’t want to miss, with bands including Cage the Elephant, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Blackberry Smoke, Judah & The Lion, Wet Willie, Riley Green, Riverbend, Muscadine Bloodline and more! Oh, and it’s still free! Not much to complain about since you get to see great bands at no cost to you. So mark your calendars for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, when it will be time to party!

Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or just some plain ol’ grilled cheese lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!