Things will be a little different this year for Girl Scout cookie sales. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have lifted a previous media embargo and this season (which begins Dec. 22, 2014 and runs through March 8, 2015) the organization will be offering online sales.
Let us not forget that the near-century-old cookie drive is a contest for troops to raise money, promote social skills, money management and advancing the entrepreneurial spirit of our budding females as individuals and their troops compete for prizes and bragging rights. An Internet embargo was put in place after a daughter of a computer savvy parent had a fairly sophisticated web sales portal complete with youtube promotional videos. She was 8. And you thought they frowned upon parents selling cookies at the office!
The Girl Scouts stepped in and put an end to the site, banning online sales completely. Now the ban has been lifted with the aid of their Digital Cookie site.
This year you will be able to find booths in our area, locate a seller and even buy cookies direct from your favorite scout and have them delivered straight to your door just by pointing and clicking. There will even be an iPhone and Android app. The playing field has been leveled.
Thank goodness the Girl Scouts of South Alabama have joined in the embrace of the new system. Keep an ear out for all your scouting needs and cookie information by logging onto www.girlscoutssa.org. Send all frozen thin mints to Rob Holbert. I will take any surplus of Samoas.
Fairhope Inn holiday dinners
It could easily become a holiday tradition. The Fairhope Inn is now taking reservations for their Christmas Eve dinner so mom and dad can rest in bliss while Santa Claus fills the stockings. With one less thing to worry about on Christmas Eve you’ll be able to keep the kitchen clean and ready for your Christmas Day feast.
Of course there is early seating for their New Year’s Eve dinner. The three-course meal will include a complimentary glass of champagne and will cost $70 per person. The 5:30 p.m./6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m./8:00 p.m. seating choices will have you out on the town early and ready for that midnight kiss.
For the foodie who has everything, he or she could always use a Fairhope Inn gift certificate. They will be happy to fill out and mail the document to your lucky holiday recipient. I hope my family reads this issue.
Cream and Sugar and Kitchen on George celebrate anniversaries
Congratulations to Susan Carley and the team at Cream and Sugar for five years of tremendous service. This December marks the half-decade milestone for our Oakleigh coffee house with the cake balls and gumbo over grits. It may be no coincidence that at this point in their timeline Cream and Sugar is offering a new Muffaletta sandwich. This one is served on ciabatta bread, which isn’t technically muffaletta bread but it’s a lot closer to the real thing than French bread. They make their own.
The next door neighbor at Kitchen on George is closing in on three years and is marking their celebration by serving lunch Monday through Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. This is one more reason the Oakleigh Garden District is your favorite neighborhood.
Best Bites goes to fire-grilled oysters at Original Oyster House
It was truly a nail-biter, but the winner of Mobile Bay Magazine’s inaugural Best Bites Challenge out of 32 local dishes was Original Oyster House’s fire-grilled oysters. This was a reader’s choice poll including must-try food and drinks from different local establishments. The whole thing was set up like a football playoff bracket that culminated into a semifinal round where Callaghan’s LA Burger beat out Spot of Tea’s Monte Cristo while the oysters overtook Panini Pete’s beignets.
In the final showdown Original Oyster House had the votes to overtake Callaghan’s, but it was a close race.
“It’s a great honor to be included on this list of Mobile and Baldwin counties’ best cuisine and our area’s favorite restaurants. We were very excited to be chosen for the challenge and it was a wonderful affirmation to see how much people like fire-grilled oysters. The last two rounds of the Best Bites Challenge were extremely competitive. Fire-grilled oysters received 1,054 votes in the championship round placing it with 55 percent of the votes to win the challenge,” beamed co-owner Joe Roszkowski of the Original Oyster House.
I rather enjoyed the amount of social media trash talk from all the establishments and their fans urging loyal diners to vote for their item. It was all fun and showed a great deal of passion. Be passionate about your dining, Mobile, and congratulations to Original Oyster House!
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