Friday, September 7, 2012

Dauphin Island Lunch, and Dinner In Mobile

I am super happy to be able to drive several days a week right now. I was telling friends at dinner tonight that I pretty much define how well I'm doing, physically speaking, by whether or not I can leave the house on my own and go where I want to go. These days, it takes tremendous effort and is a real accomplishment when I come and go successfully (meaning without triggering an HKPP decline). Today was one of those days, and I'm very grateful.

I was antsy upon getting out of bed this morning, in spite of the usual weakness. I got in the car intending to go to the nearest souvenir shop for postcards (to send to a friend in Cali) and ended up making the spontaneous decision to drive to Dauphin Island instead.

It was a gorgeous, partly cloudy day.
Dauphin is pronounced DAW-fin.
It's French for the masculine word "dolphin".
It used to be the feminine word Dauphine (Daw-FEEN),
but the "E" was dropped and now it sounds Alabamafied.
I'm glad we had this talk.

I don't live far from the Island, mind you, but I had not been there in four years. I'm ashamed to say that. It's a lovely little seafood community, and a nice escape for anyone who wants to visit a beach town without being smothered by tourists or publicity. It's a very friendly, quiet getaway.

I went to the Lighthouse Bakery on the west end, and had the special on a large, fresh croissant. I don't have a photo of my lunch because I fail miserably at impromptu food reviews. It was a good sandwich, though, and the sweet tea was wonderful. My antsy feelings gone, my sanity was saved.

I will neither confirm nor deny obtaining pastries for later consumption in the privacy of my home.

Fast-forward six hours. Evening approached, and I met friends Stuart and Chelsea at True Midtown Kitchen for dinner. People, I am not kidding you when I say RUN, don't walk. It was amazing.

We started out with appetizers, including a block of cream cheese with red pepper jelly and whole grain crackers. The cream cheese was smooth as silk, and the jelly was the perfect balance of sweet and heat.

We also had boudin balls! I am French, live on the Gulf Coast, and have been in existence for 35 years, but I had never had boudin until this night. I am such a lowsy Cajun. They were flavorful. Party in your mouth. Don't miss out if you get the opportunity to try 'em sometime.

My dinner...BBQ Shrimp & Grits

I cannot put into words how Heavenly this was. My statement upon the first bite was "Oh my God. Lord, take me now." It is serious comfort food. Packed with a variety of flavors and textures and the smoothness of the polenta in roux...mercy. It was out of this world. I have had shrimp and grits before, but nothing comes close to this. NOTHING. It is my new favorite dish in the entire city of Mobile (that's "Mo-BEEL", not the word "mobile"). For the love of all that is right and good and holy in this world, order it!

Everyone at both Lighthouse Bakery and True Midtown Kitchen were sweet as can be. I love it when people like their job and do it well. Thank you, Mobile County, for a good day all-around.

I'm now home in my pajamas, recovering from this much needed outing with great food and great friends. Not taking a minute for granted, I assure you.