Memphis: One and Only BBQ

I’ve been there one and only time but I’d definitely return. Tennessee boasts of barbecue joints. A friend of mine local to Memphis suggested One and Only BBQ.

One and Only BBQ has four locations, three are in Memphis and one in the neighboring community of Southaven, Mississippi.

While we waited for our main order, we munched on the delicious crispy fried pickles. This was a great moment for me as my first time trying fried pickles was disappointing at some joint in upscale La Jolla, California. But the South rose to the occasion proving nobody does fried better than them.

As crazy as it may sound, I was at the end of vacationing and I couldn’t stuff much more in my stomach so I ordered the New Brunswick stew. It took quite some time for it to come out. Given that it was July, they probably didn’t have many people ordering it.

As for my dining companions, their food came out in a timely manner. My friend ordered a starter, the bbq nachos. One can order chicken or pork, no matter what it is a bbq dry rub, and cheddar cheese slathered.

I believe my mother ordered the pulled pork shoulder sandwich. If you recognize the sandwich and I am wrong then feel free to leave a message in the comments.


Destin, FL: Crackings, A Superb Breakfast and Brunch Experience

Bananas Foster French Toast

Expect a long line and know that it’s worth the wait, Crackings offers creative and tasty breakfast options. I’ve been three times and it hasn’t disappointed once. I’m all about the breakfast and brunch but they do offer lunch too.

Featured in the first image is a cross between a croissant and beignet. Destin is located in the Panhandle and love for the gulf cuisine spills over into this part of Florida.

The second is image features cheesy gouda grits.

This last montage image features a dish comprised of fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, bacon and crawfish.

Morning cocktails are available too!

Crackings location in Destin

979 US -98 E

They also have a location in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.


Written by MCCN Editor, Crystal Johnson


Hattiesburg, MS: Mo’Bay Beignet Co

In an article by the Thrillist, Mississippi ranked as the 13th least visited state in the US and then the article proceeded to tell why you should visit the state. Blues history, Elvis and soul food are the standouts but Mississippi shares a border with Louisiana and some passion for some of the same cuisine from the savory crawfish to the sweet beignet. In the city of Hattiesburg you’ll find a bakery/cafe where the star attraction are those delectable fluffy fried sweet treats covered in snowy confectionary sugar, the beignet.

Parents helping your college kid, get settled at University of Southern Mississippi don’t miss this spot located across the street from the campus. College students, get your coffee and sugar fix all in one place. Mo’Bay is located 2902 Hardy St.

When in NOLA: Empanola Bakery

When one thinks of New Orleans, Spanish style cuisine probably doesn’t come to mind; however, Spanish influence is a rich part of the New Orlean history. In the past few years Magazine Street in New Orleans has become a popular tourist spot and there you will find a bakery called Empanola. Yes, the title is quite clever embracing the nod to the classic empanada and the location of New Orleans which is often called NOLA.

Empanola is features non traditional filling flavors in their empanadas and they stamp the kind of empanada you’re eating. The petite snacks are great little nibble and at the time that I went, each was under $5 bucks.

The South American bakery has two locations:

3109 Magazine St, New Orleans

7321 Freret St, New Orleans

Tex-Mex One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

The term Tex-Mex stands for Texan and Mexican, and describes a type of popular cuisine which originated along the southern border states of the US. Basically, it defines a blend of Mexican, Spanish and American cuisine. The term was first used in print during the early 40s, but only gained wider popularity in the 70s.

Comeback Sauce or Remoulade Recipe?

Mississippi Comeback Sauce

“Oh, I forgot the remoulade sauce,” I thought after leaving Fin’s Seafood in Laurel, Mississippi. I’d brought home a Po’Boy, requested sauce on the side but it didn’t make it in the bag. Accustom to having the sauce on my sandwich, I googled a recipe and easily made the sauce. Now it was dinner time. Upon serving the sauce for my Mississippi native friend , he inquired, “Did you make that comeback sauce?” I looked perplexed for minute then quickly figured a rose by another name is still a rose.

If you’ve never heard of comeback sauce, it’s similar to a Cajun remoulade or Southern yum yum sauce. It’s mayonnaise based, and the ingredients typically vary in amounts from one cook to another. Mississippi Comeback sauce is a classic Southern sauce that originated in Jackson, Mississippi. … The name comes from the traditional goodbye in Mississippi. Anytime you leave a place, people don’t say “goodbye” or “see you later.” Instead, they say, “y’all come back.” This tasty sauce is definitely a good way to seal the deal.

Comeback sauce and remoulade ingredients vary little. All remoulade are based on either oil or mayonnaise, and most Louisiana remoulade also have mustard, garlic, paprika, and Cajun or Creole seasonings. While spending summers in the south my grandfather would always whip up a similar concoction before we sat down to eat steamed crabs. We’d dip our precious pieces of crab meat in the cream pail coral sauce. Dip fried green beans in it. Slather or drizzle on your Po’Boy with it. These dipping sauces are a southern thing!

Mississippi Comeback Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 
  •  2 tablespoons ketchup 
  •  2 tablespoon hot sauce (like Texas Pete) 
  •  1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  •  1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  •  1/4 teaspoon black pepper

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Mississippi Mason Jar Sangria

On this website, we have many recipes for sangria and now we have another, a fun little creation by MCCN editor Crystal Johnson called Mississippi Mason Jar Sangria. To many who know her, she’s known as a socialite and professionally has been working in television for over 20 years which brings to her latest television assignment in Laurel, Mississippi. Mason jars are a staple of the south, she learned that early on when she spent summers with her grandparents in Virginia. She also learned about being social with family and having gatherings.

Sangria is one the most festive drinks. It looks festive with the fruit floating around. People in the south are not a stranger to a mason jar being used to can, pickle or used to instead of a traditional drinking glass. The mason jar and the Spanish drink seem like an unlikely pairing but oh what a match. Sangria is not a complicated drink to make. It usually entails three key factors, wine, fruit and hard liquor (pick one: brandy, triple sec, whiskey, or tequila). Additionally, you may want to add juice like a sparkling cider or maybe club soda. Add your favorite fruits, refrigerate and let the concoction sit for a few hours and serve.

Watch Video of How to Make Mississippi Mason Jar Sangria

Just What is Mega Purple 13

The next time you pick up a glass of inexpensive red wine, you might look at its color. Is it a little too dark? When you swirl it, does some purple legs remain on the glass?

It could be the natural color of the wine. Or it could be something a little more artificial.

A widely used product in the American wine industry is called Mega Purple. It’s a product made by Constellation – the world’s second-largest wine producer – and it is made by concentrating the juice from a variety called Rubired, using grapes grown primarily in California’s Central Valley. READ MORE

About British Foods

Traditional British dishes include full breakfastfish and chips, and the Christmas dinner. People in Britain, however, eat a wide variety of foods based on cuisines from around the world. British cuisine has distinctive national varieties in the form of EnglishScottishWelsh and Northern Irish cuisines.

From Scotch Eggs to Black Pudding to Shepherd’s Pie to Trifle, check out Florence Pugh eating British foods.