There are not many photos here. Unbeknownst to me, the whole week I was coming down with a pretty good cold which I am still feeling two weeks later and that sapped my motivation to do anything. I barely remember the first three days down there. Here are the best 20 of the mere 99 frames I shot during the week: most of what I shot on the iPhone didn't turn out: there must have been grease on the lens. :(
|Sandwiches for the Road|
|5:10 AM The Brown Dog is not to be Left Behind|
While we were stowing the final things in the car in preparation for leaving, Grace decided that she was going to go with us and hopped right in the car. She wasn't at all happy that I pulled her out.
The temperatures were in the low 40's as we left and when we arrived in Alabama, in the 80's. At home, we had no leaves on the trees, but the trees were leafed out by the time we hit the North Carolina border. And towards Charlotte, it looked like mid-summer. South of Atlanta into Alabama, thunderstorms were starting to build in the afternoon sky. We had a bit of a blow during the night, but nothing compared to what was coming the next night.
|After a Day of Travel: Gumbo|
And what does mom feed her chef son for dinner? Something delicious and comforting: a big bowl of gumbo.
|This Clematis Blossom is as Big as a Dinner Plate|
|Stunning Bearded Iris|
|She Didn't Share with Anyone!|
|Carolina Wren, So-Called Loud Mouthed Yankee, Building Nest|
|Phoebes are Nesting under the Deck|
|How Can You Tell We're in the South?|
|Pimento Cheese and Ham with Lime Pickles: It's What's for Lunch|
|A Taste of Home: Shad Roe with Surry Sausage, Capers, and Lemon|
|Ann Cajoled Mom into Making Biscuits|
|Mr. P., Hardly Working as Usual|
|Acre Restaurant: Roscoe and His Doughnut Holes|
When we arrived at Acre, it was like a circus. Three or four valets were scrambling to park the cars and the one that came up to our car asked if we had a reservation (because we weren't getting in otherwise). Apparently the weekend was getting started early.
We ate nearly the entire appetizer menu in our best restaurant meal so far of 2014. Unfortunately, the light was too dim and none of the food pictures were decent enough to use. We ate a terrific shrimp and grits with a deep-fried grits cake, bresaola, lamb chorizo, cotechino meatballs, spicy mussels, and lamb fries. At one point, Chef David Bancroft mentioned to me that they had Rocky Mountain oysters as a special and I heard Ann pipe up behind me, "Oysters! I love oysters! We've got to have some!" And so I let him put the order in for us. Only after the order was back in the kitchen did I tell her what she really ordered!
In total, we spent about a half an hour chatting with David Bancroft. He tries to source his ingredients locally just as I do and we really enjoyed his food. Sitting at the Chef's Bar facing the garde manger station, we also got to chat with the two garde manger cooks all night. It's a great restaurant with a crew that really appreciates where they work and the products that they serve.
|Niece Rachel and Sister-in-Law Laura|
|Hors d'Oeuvres at John and Kathy's|
|Steak and Grits|
|Play Ball! Auburn vs. Mississippi State|