Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mikie's Birthday, Judith Goes to the Splash Pad, The Birmingham List Contest AND Facebook Stuff (Eleven GREAT Mom and Pop Restaurants in Alabama)

Good Wednesday evening!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Mikie turned 55 Monday.

It's a big number, isn't it?

I can say that because I am only 54...

Which everyone knows is only a semi-big number.

Roxie had Auburn friends visiting from here and yon this past weekend, so when we ate with the girls at Habaneros after church Sunday, we decided to let the waiters put the big hat on Mike and sing him a pre-Happy Birthday song.

I think he wore the hat very well.

Later that afternoon, the family came over for cake and ice cream...

And presents.

It isn't a birthday without presents.

And a big birthday grin from Miss Judith!

RANDOMNESS #2 - Not only did Judith come to the party, but she spent the night!

Aunt Roxie and I took her to the Splash Pad for an hour before lunch, and great fun was had by all...

But mainly me, I think.

She preferred the "short" sprinklers at the pad.

And right after I took this picture, she wasn't allowed to partake of the Splash Pad water any longer.

After the Splash Pad fun, we headed home, dried off, changed clothes...

And I activated the curls.

The Little Chick is pretty in pink, isn't she?

The Birmingham List Contest

I told Roxie whenever she had girls home from college, I was going to have a list of fun Birmingham-type things to do for each one of them.

The goal is to visit The Faulkner House, AND cross as many items off the list in FOUR YEARS (or upon Graduation) as humanly possible.

The girl(s) who cross off the largest number of activities/places/restaurants, etc. in that length of time will receive special gift(s).

Our guests this weekend put a dent in the list of 99!

Susan, Roxie, Miranda and Julianna.

Visiting Vulcan...

AND picking fresh blueberries were just two of the things the girls did this weekend.

Going to the drive-in, shopping at The Shops at Grand River, eating Insomnia Cookies and trying a new breakfast restaurant were a few more.

Facebook Stuff

Eleven GREAT Mom and Pop Restaurants in Alabama

Alabama is home to several large restaurant chains, but there’s something very special about a local “mom and pop” restaurant. The owners/servers really go out of their way to make you feel at home. Also, their made-from-scratch dishes are incredible!

1. Giuseppe’s Cafe – 925 8th Street South, Birmingham - Giuseppe's Cafe is a casual cafe that serves classic Italian favorites, including lasagna, pizza and meatball subs. Delicious dishes, large portions and excellent prices keep customers coming back for more.

2. D’Road Cafe – 121 Montgomery Street, Montgomery - D'Road Cafe offers its guests healthy Latin comfort food in a welcoming environment. All of the dishes are homemade, and you'll feel right at home the moment you step through the door.

3. Old Greenbrier Restaurant - 27028 Old Highway 20, Madison - Southern-style cooking is what you'll get at this restaurant. Their catfish is some of the best you'll ever eat. It's DELICIOUS!

4. Kitty’s Kafe – 3800 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores - Take a break from the beach and grab a bite to eat at Kitty's Kafe. Kitty's Kafe specializes in country cooking and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served all day.

5. Mudtown Eat & Drink - 3144 Green Valley Road, Birmingham - For delicious Southern and Cajun cuisine, a visit to Mudtown Eat & Drink is a must. Their food is delicious, and their prices and service can't be beat.

6. Betty Mae's Restaurant - 1222 Grace Street, Northwest, Huntsville - Betty Mae's is your typical "meat and three" restaurant. If you plan to grab a bite to eat here during lunch, be sure to arrive early. This local favorite is very popular during lunch hours.

7. Jesse’s Restaurant – 14770 Oak Street, Magnolia Springs - Jesse's Restaurant is a wonderful steakhouse on the Gulf Coast. The chefs' innovative creations keep the customers coming back for more.

8. Uncle Mick’s Cajun Market & Cafe – 136 West Main Street, Prattville - Uncle Mick's serves authentic Cajun cuisine in a fun environment. All of their dishes are made from scratch daily, and they encourage their customers to sample a variety of their entrees before ordering to make sure they like them. After all, not everyone likes crawfish or alligator. It's great that they let you sample the food beforehand.

9. Capeside Fish Company - 726 West Grand Avenue, Rainbow City - At Capeside Fish Company, you'll be served only the freshest seafood that's prepared by using the finest ingredients. The dishes are made-to-order, and there's also a market if you wish to purchase fresh seafood to go.

10. Effina's Tuscan Grille - 501 Pelham Road, North - Jacksonville - Effina's Tuscan Grille serves authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. There's something on the menu for everyone.

11. Big Daddy's Real Pit Bar-B-Que - 205 North Rawls Street, Enterprise - Big Daddy's Real Pit Bar-B-Que is a family owned and operated restaurant that's known for its real pit barbecue (hence the name). In a welcoming environment, it serves up some of the best barbecue in town.

NOTE FROM ENCHANTING BELINDA - I have eaten at Effina's Tuscan Grille on more than one occasion, and it is VERY good. I will try to cross a few of these other places off the list in the near future.

Well, that's all I have this lovely Wednesday. I'll talk to you again in a few days.


The Enchanting Belinda

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