Sculpey Apple Magnets and Thumbtacks
Happy Birthday, World! Cakes
We have some great ideas for this year and can't wait to show them after the holiday!
The last time we stayed overnight in Montgomery, we decided to stay at the Renaissance Hotel (it's one of the Marriotts that the RSA has) because I'd heard it had been completely filled with art curated by Nall.
We had a great view of the depot and the Alabama River.
One of the big pluses of staying here is that at night you can walk down to the riverfront through the tunnel that's lit with differently colored lights (another Bill FitzGibbons work? I don't think so, but it's definitely inspired by him if not). Here's Shug running through it:
We walked all over downtown, then came back to the hotel to see the art. These pieces behind check-in are by Mary Catherine Watson:
Av and the people in The Middle Feast food truck from Food Network's 'The Great Food Truck Race' were talking when they were on their way to Mobile, and Av helped get the word out in the community. We went down to Mobile that weekend to meet them, and it was really neat. I haven't posted this before because I didn't want to mess things up for people who are watching the show, but the Mobile episode came on tonight, so here we go!
All three trucks -- Texas, Bacon, and Middle Feast, all set up in downtown Mobile, and there were long lines for every truck:
Tyler Florence came around at one point and met people in the crowd:
Here, explaining some change-up in the show:
Av had the chicken shawarma, and I had the Israeli nachos:
(Have to say, those chips themselves were awful -- I bet if they had sprung for falafel chips it would have been much better -- but the chicken shawarma was great!!)
'This Week's Various' will be back next week.
This is a farm stand not far from the home I grew up in, in rural Cullman County, Alabama. There was nothing for sale there this day, but we used to stop and get beautiful tomatoes and other produce, putting money in the honesty box.
Have a beautiful week, friends!
I am so thankful to have been asked to join a group of women who go out every week and do something adventurous! We just started for the year, and our first week was hiking, then the following week was horseback riding, and this week, I got on a paddleboard for the first time (it was fun and I only fell off once!).
The farm we went to for horseback riding had this pair of 'gypsy horses' -- developed by the Roma in Europe to pull the vardoes:
Over the weekend, we were treated by friends to an Alabama game! Av and I have been to games since the boys have been born, but this was their first and they *loved* it! Shug even made his own sign!
And these two very cute about-to-go-swimming brothers wish their niece B a happy first birthday!!
Paper cranes at the Birmingham Museum of Art children's section:
Earlier this year, I visited the Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Montgomery:
We were able to get in for lunch at Miss Mary Bobo's in Lynchburg, Tennessee earlier this year. It seems that reservations are requested days or weeks in advance, as the setup is family-style dining, with each table having its own host. We called about a week before our visit, left a message preferring the earlier of the day's two seatings, and they confirmed our reservation. Lunch is $20.
Hi, I'm Ginger, a 7th-generation Alabamian.
I am married to the best person I have ever known, and we are just smitten with our two sons -- who are just 15 months apart!
I love to travel, cook, read (nonfiction), and study folkways.
I enjoy self-taught / vernacular art, bottle trees, dioramas, chenille, seersucker, toile, Indian mound sites, WPA books, letterpress, gardenias, camellias, orchids, festivals, handmade things, and Southern traditions/culture/folklore.
I care for our cat named Eugene Walter, five bantam hens who go by Tallulah, Zelda, Nelle Harper Lee, Noccalula, and Julia Kathryn, and about a thousand red wigglers in a compost bin (each blessed with the name of an outstanding landsman).
I am a graphic designer. I like to make things look pretty.
I try to be a curator of kindness, goodness, and interesting experiences.
And I'm so happy you're here.
You can email me at:
ginger [at] deepfriedkudzu (dot) com
1. The cover of Juke Joint Soul CD
2. Courthouse protest in Harvard College Economics Review
3. Archibald's BBQ in Southern Belly
4. Katrina pics in Louisiana PBS documentary, Surviving the Storm
1. Home pics in an urban design and architectural pattern book for Michigan City, IN
2. Perry County Courthouse pic in Thicket Magazine
3. Boll Weevil Monument pic in the French Journal Insectes
4. Bryant Store pic in the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, magazine OnStage
5. Boll Weevil Monument pic and Coldwater Books pic in Thicket Magazine
6. Talladega Courthouse pic in Thicket Magazine
7. Various pics, Encyclopedia of Alabama
8. Several pics of Joe Minter's art environment for exhibit including him at Vulcan Park and Museum
9. Organizing feature at Apartment Therapy
10. Doe's Eat Place tamales at Gourmet.com
1. Mississippi Amish community pic in the Jackson Free Press
2. Interview with me about DFK in Thicket Magazine, Summer Issue
3. Several pics of B'ham and Alabama for an exhibit at Vulcan Park and Museum
4. Causeyville General Store pic used in web interactive game 'Adventure A-Go-Go' for Starwood Hotel's new brand, Aloft Hotels
5. Oxford Mound pic in the Indian Country Today newspaper (and a hundred other places)
6. Monroeville Courthouse / Mockingbird pics in Good Reading Magazine
7. Pensacola Futuro house pic used by New York Daily News
8. Benjamin Butler pot in the National Park Service's literature at Lowell National Historic Park
9. Moundville pics in educational film on indigenous people by University of Chile
10. Slugburger at SeriousEats
11. Oxford Mound for the Institute of Southern Studies
12. Indian mound pics used in the movie The New Daughter
13. Gift wrap station idea produced for Lowe's Creative Ideas Magazine
14. Snowman cutout for yard fun idea produced for Lowe's Creative Ideas Magazine
15. Star of David idea produced for Lowe's Creative Ideas Magazine
16. Dreidel pad game idea produced for Lowe's Creative Ideas Magazine
1. Several pics in the book Alabama's Civil Rights Trail: An Illustrated Guide to the Cradle of Freedom
2. Article featuring Deep Fried Kudzu in Exodus, the Samford University Magazine
3. Contributor, Best Road Trip Ever! iPhone App
4. Peaches Cafe pic for Barefoot Workshops Documentary
5. Poster in Crit Architecture Journal
6. Consultant on MS Culinary Trail for MS Tourism
7. Stone bath mat idea produced for Lowe's Creative Ideas Magazine
8. W.C. Rice's Cross Garden image at Art21
1. Crawfish boil pic for Avia Boutique Hotels
2. Feature about DFK and making Easter baskets for children in homeless shelters, with a tutorial on naturally-dyed eggs, for the Publix Supermarket FamilyStyle magazine
3. Interview with me about DFK and travel in Alabama on the arts program, Tapestry, on the Bham public radio station, WBHM
4. Cover photograph of All Saints Chapel at Sewanee for UDC Magazine
5. Pics of Julia Tutwiler's church and monument for Escambia County Historical Society newsletter
6. Photograph of J.W. Renfroe building for company literature
7. Pic of American Village sounding board for Society of Colonial Wars book
8. Adjudicated grant applications for folk art fellowship, apprenticeship and roster for the Mississippi Arts Commission
9. Pic of a Koolickle for FoodandWine.com
10. Pic of Vincent Oliver's Hippodrome for Black & White
1. Gee's Bend Quilt Mural pic for Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement book
2. Rural Studio Animal Shelter pic in Moundville Times
3.More images at Encylopedia of Alabama
4. Koolickle image at the BBC
5. 'I Heart Alabama Gulf Seafood' feature for Alabama Gulf Seafood promotion
6. Featured article about Deep Fried Kudzu in Sunday Anniston Star: Deep Fried Kudzu is Alabama Blogger's Love Letter to the South
1. Koolickle image for Scholastic's Action Magazine
2. Image purchased by McDonald's for local imagery in Tennessee
3. Source for 'Legends, Lore, and True Tales of the Chattahoochee'
4. Speaker, Alabama Community Scholars Institute, Alabama Folklife Association
5. Quoted, images for Yahoo! Shine feature on slugburgers
6. Consulted, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods America for Birmingham show
7. Monroeville, To Kill A Mockingbird images for Australia's Good Reading Magazine
All-Time Favorite Shows:
1. Commander's Palace, New Orleans LA
5. Root, New Orleans LA
8. Ninfa's on Navigation, Houston TX
9. Lusco's, Greenwood MS
10. Ezell's Fish Camp, Lavaca AL
11. The Dinner Bell, McComb MS
12. Walnut Hills, Vicksburg MS
13. Niki's West, Birmingham AL
14. Bob's Clam Hut, Kittery ME
15. Faidley's, Baltimore MD