When I got an invitation to visit Alabama in early August, it sounded like just the adventure we needed. So withIrma VothandThe Helpstuffed in my bag and two teenagers in tow, we set out. The moment we stepped from the plane, a heavy, humid heat greeted us. That sultry weather was the backdrop of a week of lazy poolside days and incredible southern cuisine. From basketsof beignets in the morning to baskets of deep-fried seafood at night, we were able to experience the warm culture of this faraway, yet somehow familiar, place.
Guiding us along the way was Joe Bob, a neighbouring condo owner who decided to take us under his wing. Our week culminated with a boat ride, which took us through the Bayou from Orange Beach into the Gulf of Mexico where we saw dolphins jumping all around our boat. Every few hours or so, Joe Bob would steer to shore, and we’d jump on the dock and head to charming restaurants where we had Royal Red shrimp straight from the sea.
This issue, as fall beckons us back into our kitchens, there’s more opportunity for amazing luck. I’m going to savour every bite. – Mari Loewen, founder