Experience celebrations from around the world as the 34th annual Mobile International Festival fills the Mobile Civic Center Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. One of the longest-running festivals on the Gulf Coast, its success can be attributed in part to its “dedication to educating students and visitors to the varied cultural world around them.”

Of course you will go there to learn. Of course, you will be entertained by the international musicians, folk dancers, Japanese drummers and much more from around the globe. But let’s face it, the real draw for this soiree and its continued success is the food.

For more than three decades, this event has transformed the Civic Center into the tastiest spot on the Gulf as food vendors from many countries share what we consider the most important part of their cultures. This is your chance to travel around the world in a matter of minutes and get full while you do it. That’s a pretty good form of education, right?

Tickets cost just $12 and can be purchased at www.mobileinternationalfestival.org or by calling 251-208-1556. Children 12 and under get in free! Eat ‘til you drop.

No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to dip!

(Photo | Facebook) Dothan wing chain Goldfingers opening soon next to Jersey Mike’s in Midtown.

I know 007 wouldn’t be too chicken to eat at Goldfingers, the soon-to-be wing joint located at 3151 Dauphin St. next to Jersey Mike’s. Expected to open soon, the latest facility in this chain that originated in Dothan looks ready to go. Chicken wings, tenders, nuggets and sandwiches decorate the menu. This could be a viable option for playoff takeout.

If you can’t wait for the Mobile location to open, simply take the short drive north to Saraland at 1020 Industrial Parkway.

Let Moe’s Original do the cooking
Not everyone enjoys the actual cooking on Thanksgiving. Take some of the pressure off grandma and celebrate the holidays Moe’s style. A 12-pound to 14-pound whole turkey smoked and ready to go with giblet gravy will run you $40, while an 8-pound spiral sliced ham with root beer glaze goes for $50.

Already have the turkey but your smoker is on the fritz? Moe’s will smoke it for you for $20. Rules are it must be less than 14 pounds and dropped off fully thawed no later than Sunday, Nov. 19. Pans of sides start at $15 and include cornbread dressing, mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole and collard greens. Call any Moe’s locations for more details or visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.

Old Shell Growlers soon to serve lunch
Just across the street from the Dew Drop Inn, Old Shell Growlers has been open for about a year now. Beer, wine, higher-end bar food and, of course, growlers have been the focus of this early evening/night spot. According to their Facebook page, lunch will be coming soon!

With a new menu on the way, stay tuned for a change in operating hours. Prepare to be wowed. They don’t take these things lightly.