• Jazz Brunch at the Purple Parrot Cafe

    I had never been to Purple Parrot in any capacity, and I’ve been missing out. Chef Jeremy Noffke and General Manager Dusty Frierson have created a brunch experience that is special and has a uniquely Mississippi feel. To complement the high-quality food they had for us, we were also treated to the soft Jazz stylings of a couple of local musicians. The entire restaurant felt warm and inviting as we set out on our latest culinary adventure.

  • Craft Cocktail: French 206

    A French 75 may date back to World War I (named such as the concoction was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun). Make your way no further than Front Street for a more festive take on the classic cocktail. Subbing rye whiskey for gin and grapefruit for the traditional lemon, a sweet Port wine replaces the champagne and balances out this smooth sipper. 

     

  • Celebrate the Season

    This month’s Signature Sip selection is Sierra Nevada Celebration 2018. This beer is among the most eagerly anticipated annual offerings from Sierra Nevada: a fresh hop IPA (India Pale Ale) in classic West Coast style. The malt backbone is classic Sierra Nevada, with just enough richness and sweetness to float the hops along. The hops are, of course, the big star, and this beer offers up the three Big Cs: Chinook, Centennial and Cascade.

  • Pumpkin Pie Martini

    This Thanksgiving, when it comes to dessert, give the oven a break and finish up dinner with a delightfully decadent take on a classic cocktail. Shawn McDaniel, twice-voted Best Bartender in the Pine Belt, mixes RumChata with a boozy kick of Plantation Rum. The sweet pumpkin-and-spice base of this creamy cocktail will have you convinced you’ve just devoured a slice of pie.

  • Best Wines for the Holidays

    It’s official: The holidays are here! As pumpkin spice “everything” lines the grocery store shelves, your neighbors cover their yard in flashing reindeer and the in-laws come to visit, we need wine more than ever. To prevent holiday cheer from becoming holiday madness when it comes to food and wine, I have some versatile pairing recommendations you can follow to make your celebrations more delicious. Here are some traditional American holiday dinner staples and the wines you can pair with them without breaking the bank. Cheers and enjoy the holidays!

  • Star-Worthy Beer

    Stella Artois was originally brewed back in the 1700s as part of the new wave of European brewers’ experimentation with this crazy new type of beer from Pilsen Germany. This “pilsner’ beer was radically different from the ales that everyone knew and loved. This new yeast fermented at much lower temperatures than traditional ale yeasts and produced a crisp, clear, and light-on-tongue beer. A beer you could see through! Shocking!  Damn near scandalous.  To say it took the beer world by storm would be an understatement.

  • Pop the top: Wines for Tailgating

    In the spirit of Southern Miss football and tailgating season, I decided to spotlight some interesting alternatives to bottled wine for taking to your next tailgate party, camping trip or pool party.  We all know October in the South can be super hot and humid and having a cold, canned wine can be pretty refreshing.  During the last couple of years, canned wines have really come on strong in the market, as well as canned cocktails.

  • Craft Cocktail: The Rock

    What has a sweet Eagle base with equal parts black and gold and a splash of bitter? Not the Nasty Bunch – it’s Jack Wolfe’s latest Southern Miss-themed concoction. Eagle Rare Bourbon (every bottle of which is aged no less than a decade) meets its match with the housemade Black Bean vanilla and Golden Twist (we hear the twist is citrus) honey syrups. Finished with a few dashes of bitters and basil for aromatics (and an ice cube as big as its namesake), this cocktail is the perfect addition to your game-day roster.  

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  • A Hop-Bomb For Fall

    ​VOODOO RANGER IPA
    NEW BELGIUM BREWING CO | FORT COLLINS, CO
    7% ABV | 50 IBU'S
    RECOMMENDED GLASSWARE: STEMMED GLASS

  • Tiny Bubbles

    “Come quick! I am tasting stars!” - Dom Perignon
     

    Ah, the lovely bubbles, so satisfying as they dance across your tongue. But is this Champagne? Cava? Prosecco? It's sparkling wine first and foremost. What you call it depends on the region where it is grown. 

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