Patrons of the Front Door-Back Door restaurant have reasons to celebrate. First, far from closing Sept. 8 as had been originally announced, the doors of "the Door" -- one of downtown Columbus' most popular eateries since 1996 -- remain open. And second, even as departing owner and chef Sarah Labensky turns over the keys to new proprietors Jim Lewis and Steve McLemore, she has released a much-anticipated cookbook.
Dads love grilling. Dads love burgers. Trouble is, good burgers don't always love Dad back.
For those of you who haven't kept up with Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer-actor has had a whole lifestyle thing going on.
Last week our daughter, Sarah, flew into Columbus with our granddaughter for a visit. One afternoon I found myself reading "The Glass Slipper" and "Sleeping Beauty" out of the book "Grandma's Old, Old Fairy Tales" to my granddaughter. Karen, Sarah and cousin Ashley were there and commented that the stories were not exactly like the Disney movies.
"There's a funny story about that ... " Blewett Thomas said more than once during a recent afternoon of reminiscing about his old friend, Big Joe Williams. There would be. Stories, that is. Gleaned from 1975, when a younger Blewett drove from Columbus to Crawford to seek out one of the few living purveyors of old country and delta blues, to 1982, when Williams died.
Once, there was a time when most people had a bit of anonymity. Personal lives were just that -- personal. It did not matter if you were rich and famous or an ordinary sort. Romantic affairs were kept secret, asides "off the record" were never revealed, and our private history remained in the closet, where it belonged.
The Downtown Branch of the Frank P. Phillips YMCA will host a community Health Fair Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its facility at 602 Second Avenue N.
The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you're on the road, these might pique your interest.
Let's talk about glaze. No, not the kind you find on that favorite donut when the "hot now" sign is glowing, and not the kind of finger-licking-good glaze on homemade cakes. The glaze I speak of is indeed a topping, but for the hair.
As much as I love summertime in the South, with its bikinis, tanlines and quality river time, I cannot lie: I'm pretty giddy over the early crispness in the air.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Mississippi University for Women join forces on Wednesday, Sept. 26, to preview MUW's upcoming Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. The theme of the 2012 symposium, "'River the Color of Blood': Crime and Passion in a Gothic South," is inspired by Welty's novella "The Robber Bridegroom."
The flavors are Greek; the cooking method is Chinese. The fusion results in a dish that is full of flavor. It's a good way to use up late-season green beans, which can be a little tough.
It would be hard to compose a more elegant, colorful and texturally interesting salad in such a short amount of time. You'll probably have smoked trout left over, which can be coarsely chopped along with fresh horseradish and a few swipes of lemon zest on a Microplane grater, then stirred into sour cream or creme fraiche.
A CD release in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday boasted a local connection. Montgomery musician Terry Faust launched his CD, "The Grave Tender," produced by Allen Delk of Allen Delk Management in Columbus.
University of Mississippi Professor of Southern Studies Charles Reagan Wilson is the upcoming speaker at Wednesday's Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Table Talk. Dr. Wilson will explore the prolific creativity of Southern writers, artists and musicians.