• James Polk: Living the Tiny House Life

    John Cougar Mellencamp sang about Little Pink Houses for you and me. 

    While the houses being built in an old warehouse in Prentiss are little, they aren’t pink. But they can be customized. Just ask James Polk of Tiny House Life Space. 

    With his factory an hour out of the Hub City, Polk, a Hattiesburg native and resident, first dreamed of tiny houses back  in the 1990s. The architect drew out plans and went out to manufactured home builders touting them as the way of the future and trying to get them to jump on his tiny house bandwagon. 

  • Old Fashioned

    While the origins of similar versions of this cocktail date back to the early 1800s, the moniker "Old Fashioned" is said to have begun its association with the now well-known bourbon-based beverage in 1881. Invented by a bartender at the gentlemen’s Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky, the recipe was said to have been invented in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper,  a prominent bourbon distiller. As the summer begins to slip away, we offer this updated take on the Old Fashioned.   

    ½ oz           JM Cane Syrup

  • tropical paradise

    Look, I’m a beer geek, sure. But I’m no beer snob. I like my hoppy IPAs, my big robust stouts and my cheap easy-drinking light lagers too. But I’ll admit that I’ve always had an aversion to putting fruit in beer. I just figured if the brewer wanted the beer to taste like oranges or limes then, by God, they would have put them in there in the first place. And thus, in the fullness of time, some extra-creative types over at Terrapin Brewery in Georgia decided to do just that.  

  • Chef Q&A: Taylor Hurt, Birdhouse Café

    Taylor Hurt, 28, born and raised in Hattiesburg, attended Oak Grove High School and jumped straight into culinary school after graduation. Her first job was cooking, on the line, at Seasons from the time she was 16 to 21. While there, she not only fell in love with the art of food but with the restaurant industry itself. Since Seasons, Taylor has worked all over Hattiesburg learning and perfecting her craft. As far as her future goes, watch out New York.

     

  • A little birdhouse in your soul

    Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  It’s easy to say this quote exemplifies Katie Dixon. Whether she is taking her kids to extracurricular activities, catering a party, running her restaurant, taking family trips to Chilé, or taping episodes of “Food Network Star,” she’s constantly moving and she finds a way to balance it all. 

  • The Signature Magazine Q&A: Harry Goff

    Harry Goff, 65, worked as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager for Chevron in Pascagoula before retiring after 36 years.  A native of Jackson County growing up in the Wade-Hurley community, he and his wife, Marcia, moved to downtown Hattiesburg five years ago after retirement.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Business. Harry is an active ambassador for downtown Hattiesburg and the Golden Eagles.
     

    What is your idea of happiness? 
    Hanging out and spending time with friends and family that I love.

  • Explorations in Photography

     Authentic storytelling doesn’t always need direction. For this year’s Photography feature, we let the professionals take the reins. We supplied a starting point with a list of themes and then allowed the artists to construct their own narratives. What we were given is a series of short vignettes that tell us not only about the theme chosen, but also the photographers themselves. 

     

  • DENIM DIVA

    After scrapping the idea of doing a coffee-based cocktail  in honor of one of the world’s greatest photographers, Yousuf Karsh, a Turkish Canadian immigrant, an old party favorite was remembered. Named in honor of Ben’s photographer friend who has a fondness for denim jumpsuits, July’s cocktail is nearly effortless. Don’t skimp on making your own honey lemon mix – it’s a small step that makes a big difference in this crushable summer beverage.

    1 oz          honey lemon mix*

    ½ oz        Giffard Passionfruit liqueur

  • Top Chef: Conway's Family Pub

    The Crew, Conway’s Family Pub

  • The Hub City welcomes an Irish take on Pub Grub

    It was a dreary and muggy Sunday afternoon when the Food with Friends team pulled into Conway’s Family Pub, and the rain made it the perfect weather to bond over some traditional Irish food and good company.

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