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Culinard, I Miss The Old Vulcan, and Peony

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

We were in B'ham today so we had lunch at Culinard - the food is prepared and served by students. It was good - Av had a buffalo hamburger and I had a sandwich using brioche. We wanted to bring some goodies back to his office, so we stopped right next door at the bakery and brought this back:
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(I figured everybody likes cookies, plus Av got some sort of chocolate torte and I got a lemon square which was **amazing**.) Next time we should get everybody an assortment of their pastries, which I'm sure are just as good if not better!

When we went in, they had all kinds of really neat things on display in the work area. They had this chocolate wedding cake topper:
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...all these cakes:
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...and some sugar art creations:
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We chatted with the person at the register, and these are practice pieces for a show that's going to be on Food Network! How neat!

Right down the street from there, I spotted this in the parking lot of the Regions Bank training center - it's a replica of Vulcan, but it's the version of the 'old' Vulcan, where he's holding his popsicle:
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When Vulcan was renovated and went back to the original spear (or whatever he holds now), his popsicle was removed (the popsicle/torch was put in his hand in the '40s as part of a highway safety program - when there was a bad accident, it glowed red and when everything was fine it glowed green). When I was little and we drove to B'ham, it was *such* a big deal to see Vulcan and what color was glowing that night. Now that he has been renovated, I never even think about looking over to see him because his popsicle is gone! I know it sounds weird, but it was (obviously) something no other city had or did. Av took this picture of Vulcan before he was taken down for restoration:
Vulcan, 1999.  Birmingham AL

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I just have to show this - I noticed this morning that a peony in our side yard is blooming! So pretty!
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