Seems as if Santa has already made his list and checked it twice for some. Who made the nice list? The Alabama Crimson Tide. Who made the, umm, other list? The Auburn Tigers. Talk about a whirlwind of a week for the Tide and the Tigers, one minute you’re up and the next you’re down, and vice versa. I think it’s safe to say New Orleans is going to be wild for New Year’s Eve.

Enough about football, though — it’s about to be Christmas party season, time to brace ourselves. I don’t know about y’all but I have something every single weekend for the rest of this month. Luckily my winter cold came this past weekend. Yeah, I missed out on some goodies but it could have been worse. Luckily, the spies were out in full swing, so I’ve got the latest gossip all wrapped up for you in a nice box with a pretty Christmas bow. You’re welcome.

Last week’s shenanigans
Last Thursday night, downtown was hopping! Boozie is so proud: On a Thursday night, Mob-Town had two sold-out concerts within a block of each other! You go, Mobile, with your bad self!

First up, Marc Broussard at The Steeple. Y’all already know my love for The Steeple so add in “Bayou Soul” artist Marc and you’ve got one heck of a combo! My spy said it was a great show and that Marc really knows how to pick a bass guitar. My spy also mentioned that the crowd was singing along and pretty chill, but her favorite part was when Marc did a cover of “Cry To Me” from “Dirty Dancing.”

Just down the street, the Saenger was packed with a sold-out crowd for the Avett Brothers. My spy in attendance said the crowd was a little tame at first but once people got into the groove and loosened up, everyone was dancing and singing along! The Avetts put on an incredible show, playing many of their hits, starting out with their latest “True Sadness” and finishing up with “I and Love and You” and “Kick Drum Heart.” They also had covers of Jim Croce’s “Operator,” which was just perfect for them and “Jump in the Line,” made popular in the movie, “Beetlejuice.”

We are so very lucky to have the Saenger and man, have they been bringing in some incredible shows? You guys keep ‘em comin’, and we will keep ‘em sold out!

Come Friday (a new Buffett song?), it was the grand opening of Serda Brewing! Mayor Sandy Stimpson was there to cut the ribbon and drink beer from his personalized mug. It was 4 p.m., so Sandy kept his beer drinking to a minimum. Boozie won’t be able to do the same when Lagniappe World Headquarters moves to our new location just a few doors down. Danger! Serda gift card for Lagniappe’s Dirty Santa? I think so!

Tube catch-up
While I was out sick this past weekend, I was able to catch up on a few recorded shows I’ve been meaning to tell y’all about. Like I’ve said before, I don’t watch a whole lot of TV (too much time in the bars) so sometimes I fall behind, but not to worry, there’s still plenty of time to plan for the reruns!

HGTV’s “Beach Hunters” was first on my list, and I’m glad I got that one out of the way. Great show, but just slightly inaccurate. This episode is about a couple who is looking to buy a house on the “sugar sand shores of Fairhope, Alabama, for a Gulf Coast getaway.”

Like most HGTV shows, they look at three houses and here is the kicker, not one of them is in Fairhope. They must have skipped their geography class, because Fairhope is much farther north than all three properties and probably about a 25-minute drive from the closest. Maybe they’re from a big city and don’t think twice about 25 minutes.

Anyways, one house was around Mullet Point, the other on Weeks Bay and then one seemed to be in the Bon Secour area. I say “area” because they didn’t show a detailed map, but regardless, it wasn’t Fairhope. However, the houses were all nice and they found the one they were looking for! You can catch the rerun on Christmas Day at 5:30 p.m., that is if you are lame like me and watching HGTV on Christmas.

Next up was the Travel Channel’s “Ginormous Food.” This did not disappoint, and only made me hungry! Josh Denny stopped at Von’s Bistro, LoDa Bier Garten and Thyme on Section Street (in Fairhope). Y’all, just thinking about these dishes makes me want to run and eat at these restaurants.

Since I don’t want to ruin too much for y’all, I suggest ordering from at least one of the restaurants featured before settling in front of the TV on Saturday, Dec. 23, for the rerun. If you don’t your mouth will be watering for one of these dishes! Umm, I think I’m about to order something now!

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