Two Food Friday’s in a row have gone by and I didn’t get a chance to post! Bad Shayla! Welp, welcome to Food Saturday! This is the first and hopefully last one because I’m a fan of alliteration and “Food Saturday” just doesn’t do it for me. Anyway, although I didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday, I did get a chance to cook! Continue reading
Happy February! I’ve decided to write a new weekly post about my second favorite love (after travel): food. In my opinion, food can be just as transporting as travel and is often times an integral part of learning about a destination. Unlike some avid eaters, I like to eat AND cook so I’ll be not only posting about amazing dining experiences but some of my own successful and not-so-successful cooking experiences. Over the years I’ve had a great time learning, usually self-taught by following a recipe, how to cook different cuisines and different cooking techniques. Usually it’s a great experience, other times it ends in tears, but it’s always a story! On this first Food Friday, my mind is completely on New Orleans. The Super Bowl will be taking place in New Orleans this Sunday AND the biggest portion of Mardi Gras is next weekend. Talk about a city that knows how to throw a party!
I just happened to be flipping through one of my favorite magazines and I decided I’d like to pay homage to it on this Travel Tuesday. I’m always shocked by the number of people who are unfamiliar with Garden & Gun because I think it is the only publication that covers all aspects of Southern culture from food, music, and travel to sporting life, fashion and the arts. While magazines like Southern Living and Country Living focus on the South as well, Garden & Gun differentiates itself by turning its attention to the lesser known artisans, chefs, and community leaders that are really making a difference in the South.
As I’ve noted in past posts, one of the reasons I started this blog was because I consider myself to be a Southern woman and I’d like to help shine a light on all of the great things about this region of America. More importantly, as a black woman, it’s very important to me to highlight all of the progressions made down South. That said, in an attempt to be as transparent as possible, I will document personal experiences where it seems the South has not progressed as much as I’d like to think. In my life thus far, the Southeastern United States has provided me with nothing but the kindest people I’ve ever met, delicious food, endless culture and a history that is far too interesting to be left up to interpretation by someone else. I want you to experience the South for yourself!
Here’s where Garden & Gun can help. I consider myself to be a bit of a Southern culture connoisseur yet I have learned so much from this publication. Beyond delicious recipes from iconic restaurants and legendary hole-in-the-wall joints, Garden & Gun has turned me on to Southern women redefining the term Southern Belle, where to get my gun engraved, and how to take a road trip. Additionally, I think G&G features some of the best photography in the biz. Check out a few of my favorite covers below as well as some great articles.
The Southern Agenda: Oct/Nov 2012 – great events and happenings down South this fall!
All images from www.gardenandgun.com