Article and photos by Kathleen Walls
Guests enjoying their bibical dinner
Biblical dinner in
The Explorations in Antiquity Center
in LaGrange, Georgia has to rank as number one in the unique
category. LaGrange's history goes back to the Revolutionary war but this
local museum will take you even farther back. The Center, a unique
attraction about anthropological finds in the Holy Land, has guides dressed
in biblical costumes to explain life in that time frame. You can even enjoy
a "Biblical Meal" served in a realistic setting. The museum offers two rooms with reclining
tables where you sit on cushions on the floor to eat just as people in the
first century would have done. The “Jerusalem Biblical Meal Room” is a copy
of one discovered at Pompeii. The “Mount Zion Biblical Meal Room” is a
replica of one discovered at Herculaneum.
Be prepared to eat
as people then did with no silverware. Not as messy as you might think.
It was a lot of fun and really delicious. The meal was a recreated
Passover with chicken; unleavened bread; nuts; olives; sun-dried
fruits; “bitter herbs,” such as radish, parsley and onion. There were
several Middle Eastern dips all served with wine or water. The server
explained each course as it was served.
Afterwards, a walk around the museum offers a lot of insight into the way of
life of people of the era. Authentic Bedouin tents, replicas of tombs
and many other exhibits usually only read about in biblical literature.
The beautiful tinkling fountain at the Court of Two Sisters
Court of two Sisters Jazz
brunch combines the highest culinary art with musical talent to create a
uniquely New Orleans experience. In New
Orleans, food is considered a deity and food preparation a mystical
experience. To say the least, the art of fine dining has been taken to a new
high in the Big Easy. At no place is this more true than at the Court of Two
Sisters. I experienced one of its Jazz Brunches and have to agree this place
is first-rate even in a city known for its over-the-top dining.
When you step through the huge double doors leading to the largest
restaurant courtyard in New Orleans, you are transported to a different
realm. It would be so easy to believe you stepped back to the late 1800s
and were visiting the home and notions shop of two aristocratic Creole
sisters, Emma and Bertha Camors. With just a bit more imagination, you
might feel you had stepped back even farther into the home of Sieur
Etienne de Perier, royal governor of colonial Louisiana between 1726 and
1733. The history of this upscale eatery is impressive, but the
present-day food and service live up to the legendary past. The premises
served as home to these and many other historical personages before
finding a niche as a fine-dining establishment.
Drop in any day and sample the famous Jazz Buffet. More than 80 items,
many unique to New Orleans cuisine, fill the buffet boat. If this isn’t
enough, you can order specials, such as their own version of Eggs
Benedict that never fails to please.
The quality and quantity of the food will guarantee you will linger for
a leisurely meal, but the icing on the cake is the trio of jazz
musicians who add to the ambience.
Whether you dine indoors in one of the three dining rooms or in the
courtyard letting the tinkling fountains compete with the soul-stirring
music, you will know you are in New Orleans. Only here could history,
music and food combine into such a perfect package.
Gil Logan is might proud of his train cusine
toasted bread topped with a generous portion of roasted turkey breast,
covered with mornay cheese sauce and topped off with bacon and tomato.
It is baked until it is bubbly and golden brown and garnished with
For dessert try the Chocolate Choo Choo, A chocolate engine filled with
Chantilly cream and dark chocolate mousse riding on a chocolate
matter what you try, there are no wrong choices here. It's a train ride
made in culinary heaven.
Troy and Cindy prepare to
serve some hearty chow
South meets Old West when Troy and Cindy Reddick bring their Skillet and Spurs
Chuck Wagon Meals right to you in the Vidalia/Statesboro area. I was
attending a Georgia Media Marketplace in Vidalia and Statesboro and had the
good fortune to enjoy one of their meals. They served the best flank steak I
have ever eaten cooked in a truly unique way. All their food is cooked over
an open fire in black cast iron pots.
add to the ambiance, Troy and Cindy are dressed in authentic 1880s
period costume. Their "kitchen" is an authentic looking chuck wagon from
the days of the cow drives.
Although this was a unique experience for me., I was pleased to learn
that there are actually chuck wagon cooking competitions. Recently, the
Reddicks entered two such competitions. One in Pigeon Forge, called
“Saddle Up” Tennessee and a second in Cartersville, Georgia. Called
In both competitions, the Reddicks won First Place in the Meat Category.
They took Second Place in the
Dessert Competition in Pigeon Forge.
I'm not surprised. Any cowboy worth his spurs would have been clamoring
to be first in line when the Reddicks are rustling up the grub in their
little covered wagon.
The WhistleStop Cafe stays busy all the time
Whistle Stop Caf�
is a movie legend but it's also a real working restaurant. I never ate on a
movie set before and will never forget the experience. Of course, fried
green tomatoes are the thing to order but there is a lot more good simple
food on this menu. And you are not limited in your fried green tomato
choices either. They offer Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches or a Fried Green
Tomato Salad which had your traditional salad with ripe tomatoes topped with
fried green ones.
Even the menu is unique here. On the bottom it has a
notation "Please, do not steal the menu." There is a reason for this
notation. Their menu is cut as a country bunny. It is filled with unique
items such as "Rooster Strips" and "Biddie Bites" which are none other
than chicken strips and
nuggets just cuteied up a bit. Then there is the "Yard Bird Fillet,"
none other than a fried or grilled chicken sandwich on a bun. This one
alone would make it worth stealing the menu: "Chicken Delight" Noted,
Janet washed the greens. Granny fought off the gators for these fresh
green, we added tomatoes, carrots, Vidalia onions, cheese, cracked bread and your
choice fried or grilled chicken tenders. And where else can you order a
The building was originally built in 1927 by Edward L. Williams, Sr. He and
his wife, Miss Lillian, ran a general merchandise store there for 45
years until 1972. After the movie, Robert Williams, who had inherited
the building, decided it was perfectly cast as a cafe and formed a
partnership with friend Jerie Lynn Williams and started the "Original
Whistle Stop Cafe."
The entire main street of Juliette is a postcard
from the past. There are antique stores, boutiques and even an old Opry
House where musicals are held on the first Saturday of the month. In
October, there is a Fried Green Tomato Festival with
Street vendors, live music and great food both days.. The entire town d�cor is perfect small town
Deep South. The atmosphere is perfectly friendly Old South. Need I say
The cameraman gets a close up on Secrets of Louisville
Although eating on what was once a movie set was fun, dining on a television
show live was also a really different experience. I already wrote about Secrets of Louisville Chefs Live in Louisville, Kentucky
in a past issue but it's worth rereading as a unique place to dine.
See the article here
A guest hops off of the City Taste Tour bus for a quick photo
Who would have ever thought eating and drinking on a bus could be
something special but when our
Louisville, Kentucky hostess introduced herself, "I'm Leslie, a happy,
fun-loving woman who decided to take my love of eating,
drinking and Louisville, and create a new venture called 'City Taste Tours'. I'm having
the time of my life!" and so were all her guests. We saw many of
Louisville's historic, cultural and food related destinations while sampling
an appropriate beverage or nibbling on a tasty treat.
Leslie began her
tour on the Indiana side of the river with an antique candy factory
called Schimpff’s Confectionery. This family run candy store has
been making unique candies since April 11, 1891 and in the Louisville
area since the 1850s. Of course we got to sample the goodies.
stops include Churchill Downs, Old Louisville, Germantown, the
Highlands, Butchertown, Thomas Edison House, Cavehill Cemetery, the
Victorian Mansion neighborhood, St James Court, the Cast Iron District,
the world tallest baseball bat, downtown Louisville, the Ohio River,
Whiskey Row the grave of Kentucky Fried Chicken magnate, Colonel Sanders
and an African cookie shop whose owner visits her native land regularly
and returns with some delightful treats and more!
The tour will stops at many of these spots so you can do a little
tasting and shopping.
While in route, you'll get to taste the Modjeska, Benedictine, the Mint
Julep ,the Kentucky Hot Brown, a Bourbon Ball and even a few surprise
City Taste Tours was voted #1 Attraction in Louisville
by both TripAdvisor.com and the City of Louisville Tourism website.