It’s coming, it’s coming! Not just the holidays but so many other great things! Well, of course we first have Thanksgiving; I’ve already stocked up on enough wine to survive that day and all the family questions. Then we have Black Friday; I’m not interested in getting involved in the shopping madness, plus I’ve been kicking Christmas shopping’s butt this year, only three gifts left!
The main excitement for Friday is the long-awaited soft opening of Serda Brewing, with the public opening on Saturday — hip hip hooray! Then add Lagniappe’s move just a few buildings away from Serda, plus this cool weather and you have one heck of an upcoming week! But first let’s recap this past weekend’s happenings.
O Christmas tree
Mobile and Fairhope are more in the Christmas spirit than me. I only have a wreath on my door, and they’ve already done their Christmas tree lightings!
This past Thursday night was Fairhope’s tree lighting. The streets of downtown were packed, I’m talking thousands of people. It’s just something about all those trees covered in white lights that draws people in. Much as I hate to admit it, I can’t blame them — the trees are beautiful and make we want to cover everything in white lights. They even had fake snow. It was magical and probably the only snow we will get, so we’ll take it.
Friday night Mobile kicked off the holiday spirit in Bienville Square with its annual tree lighting. Bienville Square was packed, just not as packed as the streets of Fairhope. But that’s OK, there was more room for the petting zoo, storybook reading, face painting, pictures with Santa, dancers from Mobile Ballet Nutcracker and more!
We are Mobile, so we are born to celebrate, so of course our tree lighting was quite festive. Mrs. Claus and the elves were there, along with Santa. Of course, Mayor Sandy Stimpson was in attendance, sporting a red Christmas sweater vest as he flipped the switch.
Mobile even had fake snow as well. Guess I could stop saying fake snow, like obviously y’all know it didn’t snow while it was 70 degrees! I mean, we have crazy weather but not that crazy. Well, ho ho ho, Merry Thanksgiving!
Brunch so hard
While on the topic of Bienville Square, we can’t not mention the inaugural Bay Area Brunch Fest! I mean, if the name doesn’t have you already drooling, then everything else will!
First, we need to thank Lifelines Counseling Service for the most amazing idea ever. I mean, if you are anything like Boozie, you live for brunch. Maybe it’s just the basic betch in me but brunch is my jam! So I was heartbroken when I learned I would not be able to attend this event. Based on everything I heard, I missed out big time and so did you!
More than 700 people gathered to get their brunch on. There were 13 different vendors ready to serve anything from beignets to shrimp and grits. People sipped mimosas and bloody marys while enjoying the tunes of Yo Jonesy and the Crowned Jewelz. Not to mention the weather couldn’t have been better. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect day, I don’t know what does.
Boozie’s spy reported that all the food was perfect and she loved it all, but her faves were caramel apple beignets, avocado toast, shrimp and grits, macaroons and the breakfast pork tacos. Another spy reported Five’s beignets were on point, the Crowned Jewelz killed it and that Carpe Diem was her favorite booth. (She is a coffee lover! Can we get a midtown branch of Carpe, please?)
While my spies had their favorites, the people of Bay Area Brunch Fest also picked their favorite. Who took home the award for People’s Choice? That would be Water Oak Events, who served up pulled pork with a pineapple habanero jezebel sauce on a buttermilk biscuit. Umm, yummm!
As hard as this is to admit, I believe there may have been a group of ladies that love brunch more than Boozie. This group called themselves the Champagne Campaign and all wore matching T-shirts! My spy said they were having a good time and had more than a mimosa or two. But hey, who’s counting? Ladies, sounds like we would have gotten along just famously!
If you had enough brunch food, you could have enjoyed the band, played corn hole or Connect Four. Like, could this sound any better? Boozie also heard nothing but positive things and everyone is wondering, what’s the date for next year?
Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ brunch lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!