It’s almost Mardi Gras, y’all! And I just can’t wait. From public intoxication and urination to indecent exposure and all high crimes and misdemeanors in between, I plan to dispatch all these shenanigans to you.
But before the first parade rolls, we have some pre-Gras business to attend to, so let’s get to it!
Much to the chagrin of area cardiologists, the Fourth Annual St. Mary’s Steak Out took place last Saturday night, and many a cow perished in a blaze of deliciousness.
Seventeen teams competed this year to earn the coveted Grand Champion’s cutting board. And they cooked for the largest crowd in this event’s history, as the St. Mary’s Catholic School parking lot was packed with steak-lovers testing all the creative ways the contestants chose to serve up their New York strips.
Boozie’s spies said some of the efforts were quite elaborate, with chimichurri sauces, infused butters and even bacon-wrapped shrimp included to turn the judges’ heads. In the end, though, the winners employed nothing more than a deft hand on the grill and seasoning that brought out the best in their meat.
Team “My Three Dads,” consisting of chefs Brandon Hambright, Archie LeGrone and Carson Strickland, were named Grand Champions, breaking their three-year losing streak. Organizers aren’t resting on their laurels, though. This competition has grown more popular every year and head beef rustler Joe Collins says there are plans to expand next year. Can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Local singer-songwriter Ryan Balthrop recently traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, to play at the multiple-Grammy-Award-winning Brandi Carlile’s “Girls Just Wanna” weekend. In addition to playing his own work, he also got to join Brandi onstage to perform her song, “Keep Your Heart Young,” and it was just amazing. The video has been floating around social media.
But Mobilians will really enjoy this part. There was a lady from Southern California introducing Ryan and she said, “This next singer/songwriter is from mo-BYLE” (like bile, the digestive fluid). She then said to the crowd, “Is that how you say it?” Then she tried to correct herself again by saying it like Mo-bil, the mobile phone way. But the crowd started screaming it the correct way: “It’s moh-Beel!” And even Brandi got on the mic and said, “It’s moh-Beel.” Ms. Carlile has played here enough to know. I remember seeing her play at The Bluegill a long time ago.
I just love that there are so many people at a festival in Mexico who know the proper pronunciation of our fair burg.
And just how cool is it that Mr. Balthrop got to do that? He is really helping put little ol’ moh-Beel on the map! Now someone send this lady a Mobtown Merch shirt so she’ll remember next time!
Getting gansta in OBA!
Things are getting a bit gansta in Orange Beach. It seems there is a new movie filming on location at one of our most beloved area beaches, where OBA plays the part of Miami Beach, and Harvey Keitel plays the role of gangster Meyer Lansky. I hear there is Oscar buzz for Orange Beach already! Best Adapted City?
But according to Variety, “Harvey Keitel will star as notorious gangster Meyer Lansky, a contemporary of Bugsy Siegel, in a biopic directed by Eytan Rockaway. Sam Worthington, Emory Cohen and Austin Stowell are also set to star in the picture, with Alexandra Daddario and Tony Danza in talks to join.
“The film centers on an aging Lansky living in anonymity in Miami Beach after being investigated and pursued for decades by the FBI. When he enlists a young journalist named David Stone (Worthington) to tell his story, the feds use him as a pawn to track down the hundreds of millions of dollars that the mobster has been suspected of stashing.
“Stone finds himself caught in the middle of a game of cat and mouse, uncovering the hidden truth about the life of the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate.”
Sounds really cool! Someone make sure Harvey Keitel tries some delicious Gulf Coast seafood while he is here.
Well kids, that’s all I got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ moh-Beel lovin’, I will be there! Ciao!
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