Dine In Take Out

The post earlier on the place that makes almost exclusively eggrolls got me thinking of Chinese restaurant signs…

China Chang, Bessemer AL

China Chang, Bessemer AL, 2005

This 2019 sign at Mr Wang’s in Birmingham AL asks people to not put food in their pockets or Tupperware:

Chinese Buffet Rules at Mr Wang's, Birmingham AL

China Garden, Marks MS

China Garden, Marks MS (love that G in the sign)

Chinese Sea Food Fast Restaurant, Yazoo City MS

In Yazoo City, Mississippi, 2019

China Pavilion, Tuskegee, AL

China Pavilion, Tuskegee, Alabama, 2020

Chinese Restaurant, Selma AL

Selma, Alabama, 2020

Doing (Pretty Much) One Thing

Mae Khan's Eggrolls, Gadsden AL

We found a place in Gadsden, Alabama called Mae Khan’s Kitchen that makes mostly just one thing: eggrolls. And they are really big, and really good. We got a variety so there were some we liked better than others (one of them really tasted like it had — I know this sounds crazy — creamy soup as an ingredient) but this was a fun diversion for something different.

Mae Khan's Eggrolls, Gadsden AL

One orders at the window, dairy bar-style, and it’s ready a few minutes later.

Mae Khan's Eggrolls, Gadsden AL

Mae Khan's Eggrolls, Gadsden AL


Not too far from Mae Khan’s Kitchen is Golden China — I took the kids and some of our friends there once when we were on a trip for some take-out lunch to eat at the river

Golden China, Gadsden AL

Golden China, Gadsden AL

There’s a sign on this pothos:

Golden China, Gadsden AL

Golden China, Gadsden AL

Halls Chapel Cemetery Graveshelter

One of my friends actually found this graveshelter by accident, and we rode out to visit: the Halls Chapel graveshelter in Weaver, Alabama:

Halls Chapel Church Cemetery, Weaver AL

Hall Chapel Cemetery Graveshelter, Weaver AL

It’s a carport-style structure. That’s over 60 cemeteries with graveshelters in Alabama that I’ve been able to document, and many more actual graveshelters, as some have multiple structures.  If you do come across one, please contact me so I can make a site visit. Thank you so much!

Cereal Love

Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati OH

Jungle Jim’s, Cincinnati, from a visit last year

I was thinking today about a super, crazy, easy little candy that I’ve done a few times just as a quirky kind of thing, and — some of you are going to be disappointed (others trilled, I’m good with either) in how little effort this takes but it’s actually fun and yummy —

Cereal bark.

Meecro-wahvay a tray of that white chocolate wanna-be almond bark, careful not to let it burn, then stir in whatever cereal you’re feeling, pour it onto a cookie sheet (covered in parchment paper or not, your decision) and let it cool, break into pieces, serve.

Froot Loop Cereal Bark

Cereal Bark

I’m not even a Froot Loops person, but I’ve done FLs because they’re colorful. You *know* Cinnamon Toast Crunch would be great.

I mean, let’s just go on a little cereal adventure today.

Next to Crave in Tupelo, which also has great desserts, I mean:

Pastry Case, Crave, Tupelo MS

Cake, Crave, Tupelo MS

Yes.
There was — I thiiiiink it’s closed now, but I’m not certain — an attached restaurant there called Cereal Killer:

Killer Cereal, Tupelo MS

Killer Cereal, Tupelo MS

This was their Bates’ Cuckoo Cocoa Bowl (Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, Krave Chocolate, whipped cream) 

We last went in 2019 as a little treat. I think that’s the point in time when cereal- and cereal-adjacent restaurants were really peaking: Milk & Cream Cereal Bar in NYC, Bol & Bagel in France, Bumsan Organic Milk Bar in LA, The Cereal Killerz in Las Vegas, and others (I saw somewhere that a Day and Night Cereal Bar is coming to Atlanta), but probably the one most of us think of that really popularized cereal in- and on- is Milk Bar. I’ve been to the one in Las Vegas:

Milk Bar at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Milk Bar at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie, Milk Bar, Las Vegas

Corn Cookie, Milk Bar, Las Vegas

corn cookie (not a huge fan) but the Corn Kid likely would 

Compost Cookie, Milk Bar, Las Vegas

compost cookie (better, but I sat there thinking we could probably make it better by playing around at home)

…and we did — we used the Milk Bar cookbook as a guide. There are actually a few Christina Tosi (founder) books now: the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, Milk Bar Life, Milk Bar Kids Only, All About Cake, and her latest, a non-cookbook, Dessert Can Save the World. Christina made popular the cereal milk ice cream, and the “naked cake” which is that category of cakes with the un-iced sides.

If you watch this video, she explains that the idea of not doing the sides comes from all the pressure in culinary school and seeing people spend incredible time on making absolute masterpieces in decoration, and she was really not into it. She says that this time should be put into other things and not the decoration because “for what? This isn’t a pottery class” but mmmmm if I’m having cake, I want alllll the icing, so that’s a pass for me, but she’s great!

BTW, have you seen the new Cath Kidston advertising campaign, for their partnership with The Great British Baking Show? It immediately made me think of that scene in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.

 

Making Milk Bar's Compost Cookies

Making Milk Bar's Compost Cookies

really, the compost cookie is all about (recipe here) putting cereal, M&Ms, chocolate chips, potato chips, pretzels…just annnything you think sounds good for snacking

Making Milk Bar's Compost Cookies

…and it did turn out better. Infinitely customizable.

Making Milk Bar's Compost Cookies

We’re really liking Mochi Donut at H Mart in Atlanta

Mochi Donut, H Mart, Atlanta GA

My fave is the one with the Asian version of Honey Crisp cereal:

Mochi Donut, H Mart, Atlanta GA


PS: prob not a huge surprise, but Kellogg’s and Post have recipes for their cereals, like Monkey Munch using Honeycombs, Grape Nuts granola bars, and Puffed Wheat Cereal Bars using Golden Crisps.

Cafeteria Deli, and fist-sized latkes

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Really enjoy Shapiro’s in Indianapolis, and so happy to get to visit this summer as part of our Ohio-ish trip, as we did last year as part of our Detroit-ish trip!  Both times, we’ve visited the downtown location — an old-school cafeteria line where one orders sandwiches made on the spot, and sides/salads/desserts ready for the choosing.

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Pics interspersed here are from both visits.

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Start with desserts and salads

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

This is how they do deviled eggs:

Deviled Eggs / egg salad, Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Cafeteria style, just sliding the tray down until it’s time to put that pastrami on order:

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

…they also other entrees, like orange roughy, stuffed peppers, swiss steak, short ribs, meatloaf, and lots more…

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Here’s where the entree ordering happens — sliced right in front, here

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

…and these are the latkes!

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

the requisite Cel-Ray

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

oh hi, black cherry

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

a Reuben with coleslaw instead of sauerkraut (so a Rachel  and still pastrami, but they call it a NY Reuben)

Reuben, Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Plain pastrami

Pastrami Sandwich, Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Reuben

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

They have other counters, for take-home. Meats and cheeses

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Breads

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Dessert

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Cakes, Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

Shapiro's Deli and Cafeteria, Indianapolis IN

It’s quick and yummy and we’re getting in the groove of thinking it’s a summertime thing now to go up there. Also, I’m completely in love with the museum of art in Indianapolis — Newfields — and that’s going to require a 1x/year visit. More on Newfields soon. xoxo!

Rewind: Don Coley and RoseLane in Marion, Alabama + Jerry Siegel

Doing a bit of a rewind on a post from 2009 because I was thinking of the late Don Coley, who passed away in 2013, and the magical world he created in Marion, Alabama:

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don was an artist and an encourager of other artists. He made what made him happy.

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

He sold other people’s art, his art, plants from the yard, and antiques and junk he’d found everywhere

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

It was a vibe.

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don:

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

…and one of his pieces showing the little town and the cotton fields all around

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

I actually bought my George Kornegay piece from Don

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don painted a lot, but closer to our visit, he’d been given a kiln as was digging clay, making his own pottery

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Another of Don’s ;arger paintings here.

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

I remember thinking I’ll just take this cabinet and everything inside it (and I think there was a Nicola Marschall painting in this room too

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

Don Coley and RoseLawn (closed), Marion AL

One of the funniest things is that Don sold a Venus de Milo statue to a gentleman who owns a gas station, and they placed it between the pumps (those old ’70s analog pumps: the numbers that roll). Av’s friend Al Benn did a story about it in 2007 because a woman would come by at night and dress the statue:

Perry County’s Venus de Milo lives between two gas pumps and has had her armless, near-naked body draped in everything from a colorful boa to a maternity outfit.

Unlike the original Venus, which is on display at the Louvre in Paris and attracts thousands of tourists each year, the one here is outside a convenience store where folks drop by to get some hoop cheese, saltines and RC colas.

The mystery clothier began adding some color to the gray statute about two weeks after her arrival, initially draping a pink-and-yellow boa around her neck.

After that, Venus wound up in a one-piece orange bathing suit. A few weeks later, she was decked out in a maternity outfit, complete with pillow. Soon, a larger pillow was added, apparently by someone who wanted to show her “progress.”

Then, the “blessed event” arrived — a “baby” with bright yellow hair, chubby cheeks and a green dress. She was carefully placed in a metal carrier and draped around Venus’ neck.

Jerry Siegel, a well-known photographer who grew up in Selma, took this image of the Venus de Milo, which is beyonnnddddd. I’m almost positive it appears in his Black Belt Color book, the works of which were an exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art at UGA.

Dog Trot, Faulkner and College Hill

There have been a couple of fires in the last week or so to historic buildings — one in Ashville, Alabama to the circa 1820, two-story (sooooo uncommon to see a two-story in this style) dog trot, called the Looney House.  It’s been on the National Register since 1974. The home, which was tended to by a county historical society, had previouly been open as a museum. It has half-dovetail corners pegged with dowels and Flemish-bond brick chimneys, and at one point the home was covered in some sort of siding.  Floors are heart pine.

Ashville, Alabama

From the historic marker:
John Looney and his son, Henry, served in General Andrew Jackson’s volunteer company which built Fort Strother on the Coosa River and later fought at Horseshoe Bend in 1814. Looney’s family of nine moved from Maury Co. Tenn. To homestead 1817 in St. Clair County. Land patent granted in 1822. The two story log house with double dog-trot is a rare example of pioneer architecture in Alabama.

These images are from a visit in 2011:

Ashville, Alabama

Ashville, Alabama

Donations for repair to the St Clair Historical Society, and they’re selling a special t-shirt as part of the campaign.


The other fire was in Lafayette County, Mississippi, at the 1844 College Hill Presbyterian Church, the church where William Faulkner married Estelle in 1929. Just a quick note since I’m a bit of a Faulknerphile ( #funfact, Merle Haggard was a fan): since they were both married, the wedding likely happened on the front porch of the church parsonage since they were both divorced. Only the minister’s wife and Estelle’s sister were witnesses to the event.

I don’t have an image of the church, but their website is showing drone footage of the damage.