Sweet Home … Mississippi

Next week, my grandmother will be 80 years old. So last week, I went to Mississippi to help her celebrate. And instead of a map, I let food dictate my time there. I flew into the Memphis airport and started my journey there.

Central BBQ rib combo plate
Central BBQ’s rib combo plate with ribs, sausage, brisket, turnip greens, green beans and potato salad.

First stop, Central BBQ in Midtown Memphis. Neither me nor my sister had eaten the entire day, so this was a welcome lunch. Look at these smiles.

Crystal and Christina

Next stop, Northeast Mississippi for grandma’s birthday. All my nieces and nephews were in the house (all five of them – wow. I have five nieces and nephews. When did I get old?)

grandma's birthday
This awesome lady is 80 years young.

After the party, Mom and I hit the open road (see pic above) to head to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Before we even unpacked the car, we went to my favorite Po’ boy spot for a shrimp po’boy with cajun fries and a sweet tea. Yaaasssss, this hit the spot.

I get this meal every time I go to Gulfport. Can't mis it.
I get this meal every time I go to Gulfport. Can’t mis it.

The next day we had homemade Thai food at a graduation party for one of my mom’s neighbors. I, um, ate the food so quickly there was no time for a pic. I can’t say I knew what it all was, but it was delicious. But I did catch a pic of these trees we were sitting underneath. Beautiful.

It was a stormy day, but the rain held off during the party.
It was a stormy day, but the rain held off during the party.

We woke up early Monday – Memorial Day – to honor our fallen service members. It was the same, I’m sure, as many other ceremonies across the country. The bells, the 21 gun salute, bag pipes, Taps. I didn’t cry this time. 

They were handing out these bracelets before the ceremony. I brought mine home to give to my kids. #NeverForget
They were handing out these bracelets before the ceremony. I brought mine home to give to my kids. #NeverForget

After the ceremony, we starting visiting – my other grandma, old friends, more family. We worked up an appetite and I decided to go for broke. We went to a place aptly named The Dock. Where I proceeded to order all of the seafood. Well, a picture says a thousand words.

A cup of seafood gumbo, while sitting next to the lake, hit the spot.
A cup of seafood gumbo, while sitting next to the lake, hit the spot.
Fried green tomatoes with crab, shrimp and a remoulade sauce.
Fried green tomatoes with crab, shrimp and a remoulade sauce.
They called these Ruby Reds - fresh peel and et shrimp, doused in butter, served with butter on the side.
They called these Ruby Reds – fresh peel and eat shrimp, doused in butter, served with butter on the side.

We didn’t have dinner planned the next night, because I was scheduled to fly home. But I guess God had other plans. My flight was canceled and all flights were sold out the next day. My mom cooked for me both nights.

We both got hit by the humidity. Natural hair curls and humidity are not a good mix.
We both got hit by the humidity. Natural hair curls and humidity are not a good mix. Oh, if you can’t tell, I’m the one on the right. #twinning

In all, a great trip. My only regret? I wish I’d eaten more food. Next time, I’ll start with crawfish.

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