This past week my parents celebrated their anniversary, and Scott and I got to be part of the fun. We began the evening with a lecture by a favorite author of mine, Rick Bragg. He recently published a biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, but you cannot go wrong with any his other books. Ava's Man and All Over But The Shoutin' are two of my favorites. His storytelling is beyond measure. He writes about real people, his people, who made their lives in the foothills of the Appalachians in North Alabama. Their stories are raw and gritty, and he does not sugarcoat the bad stuff. Life was hard in the those parts, but the people were triumphant in their own way. They were cotton pickers and mill workers and guitar players and mamas and daddys, and through his books you come to love them for all their strength and in spite of their weakness.
Obviously, I could go on and on about his writing, but after the lecture, we went to dinner downtown at Restaurant Iron. It was a Tuesday night so it was not packed as I would imagine it is on the weekends, but the crowd was just enough to give it atmosphere. Since it was Fat Tuesday, I opted for the fried Grouper, which was very good, but I have to admit, I was jealous of my father's choice of the chicken and dumplings. It was a not a traditional chicken dumplings, but rather a quarter of a chicken stuffed with boursin and served with dumplings on the side. It was delicious, and I cannot wait to go back just to try that.
|Clockwise from the top: Bourbon Cider Brined and Panned Bone-in Pork Chop, Southern Fried Grouper Goujonettes, Brown Butter Rissole of Wild Salmon, "Chicken & Dumplings"|
Here's what I wore...
Sweater: Theory (similar) | Pants: Vince | Boots: Prada | Sunglasses: Prada | Bag: Gryson (similar) | Necklace: old
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