If it has anything to do with more oysters coming to our area, then I’m in full support. For those of you thinking of getting into the oyster-farming business, this is your chance to listen in on some valuable information. On Wednesday, June 24, Bass Pro Shops in Spanish Fort is playing host to Adam James and Lissa James Monberg of Hama Hama Oyster Company as they share their family’s success story. These fifth-generation oyster farmers from Lilliwaup, Washington, know more than a little about oyster production and should be of great benefit to those in the local seafood business.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. You must register in advance by calling Beth Walton at 251-438-5690 or 251-654-5989. You can also email Beth at Bethany@auburn.edu.

This event is supported by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Auburn University Marine Extension Program, Alabama Market Maker and the Alabama Seafood Commission. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Bass Pro Shops is located at 20000 Bass Pro Drive, Spanish Fort.

For more information on the Hama Hama Oyster Company as well as purchasing opportunities, visit www.hamahamaoysters.com.

Where Wendy’s was, another Wendy’s will be
What? Fans of Biggie fries, Frosties and square hamburger patties may have panicked when the wrecking ball shattered the Wendy’s at Bel Air and Airport boulevards. But have no fear, lovers of the Dave Thomas franchise. They decided to fill the spot with … another Wendy’s!

Yes, the pigtailed namesake will be smiling upon us soon enough as a totally new facility is erected. Until then the closest place to quench your authentic Frosty thirst will be at Dauphin Street and Interstate 65. It is my hope that in this new facility they bring back the Super Bar, although I may be the reason they took it down in the first place.

Last Bottle a great way to find new wines on the cheap
Wine enthusiasts who have yet to hear about the web-delivery system Last Bottle are in for a treat. Visit www.lastbottlewines.com to see what all the fuss is about. In a nutshell, offers on overstock wines are presented daily, with specials in the 50-to-60-percent-off range.

These wines aren’t bottom of the barrel. Each description gives the member insight as to the notes of the wine and many of these are 92 points and above. Each delivery is safely wrapped in Styrofoam, but extreme temperatures may affect delivery times. They are doing their best to preserve your order.

Ground shipping to our area may take up to six days, give or take, but often there are specials such as free shipping on orders of six bottles or more. Check it out, but I recommend this one with a warning: It’s totally addictive and you must control yourself when ordering.

Gulf Coast Coney loving-up the Causeway
Just in time for Independence Day, Gulf Coast Coney opened on the east end of the Causeway right past Five Rivers. Only a couple of weeks old, it already has plenty of fans who make it a regular stop.

With quality products like Boar’s Head Meats for sandwiches (yes, a Cuban is on the menu), this place is more than just hot dogs. Ice cream may be as big a part of the menu as the Coney. People are going nuts for the banana splits and I hear the Sunday peach milkshakes are unbelievable.

This might be exactly what was needed at 5395 Battleship Parkway. But don’t believe everything I say. You should see for yourself. Remember, Gulf Coast Coney is closed on Mondays. Check out the Facebook page for daily specials and mouthwatering pictures.

The Most American Thickburger a bit scary
If your idea of celebrating your nation’s independence involves a picnic with potato chips, hamburgers and hot dogs, then Hardee’s has your number. If you plan on eating all of those things anyway, why not just pull up to the drive-thru and order it all on one sandwich?

The latest creation from what may be the least health-conscious fast-food chain is an artery-clogger known as the Most American Thickburger. A half-pound beef patty is supplemented with a hot dog, kettle-cooked potato chips and the usual trimmings on a fresh-baked bun, living up to its name. That is, if your idea of American is edible excess with little or no regard to longevity and a slimmer waistline.

This grandiose, gut-wrenching glutton-pleaser crosses the 1,000-calorie mark, which is probably more than the model in the commercial eats in a day. While I do enjoy potato chips on sandwiches and am as fine an example of a carnivore as you will find, I must admit this one scares me a bit.

I want a normal-size hamburger. I want a menu to tell me how much I should eat, within reason. I’m just dumb enough to believe a combo meal is what a normal person should eat for dinner. When I read the fine print I realize no one should make this part of their daily routine. With something as big as this I wouldn’t even think it’s a good idea on the first “cheat” day after a marathon.

Thousand-calorie burgers are not my idea of America. You should be able to drink and eat what you want, but promoting something at this level seems wrong. What if you ordered a draft beer and the bartender pours you a 120-ounce single serving of Bud Light? It may sound like heaven at first, but it isn’t a good idea no matter who you are.

I want giant burgers to go away, but they won’t because someone keeps ordering them. Who keeps ordering them? America.

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