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Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrating Valentine's Day @ Dauphin's Restaurant in Mobile, Alabama

Eric's Valentine's Day surprise for me is reservations for dinner at Dauphin's Restaurant in downtown Mobile.





Dauphin's is on the 34th
floor of the RSA Bank
Trustmark Building.




This beautiful display
greets visitors as they
exit the elevator.













Tables for two are placed for guests viewing enjoyment.
I go straight to the windows to start taking pictures...  






Eric gets a shot 
of me.






Eric chose an early dinner so we could watch the sunset and Mobile skyline light up.....




Eric & I arrived a few
minutes early...

We can have a seat
in the lounge....




.... or get a drink at
the bar.
 

Eric & I enjoy Top Floor Margaritas
made with Herradura Reposado,
Fresh Lime Juice, Splash of
 Sugar & Salt Rim.

Delicieux!





The Piano is beautifully
arranged.












Samantha is our Server.  She will be guiding us through Dauphin's carefully selected menus.





Our table...







Dauphin's has a great Wine List....  I chose Chardonnay to go with my dinner.  Eric's Merlot 
is velvety smooth. 





Eric's OUCH! gives
him a rugged look.



I steal a peek out the
window...

guards Mobile Bay.





Warm rolls with house
made Savory & Sweet
Butters
Eric and I share Appetizers...





Nuts & Raspberries




Fried Alligator with
Remoulade Sauce










Mobile lights up for
Valentine's Day
evening.



Eric knows how to show this girl a lovely time.

Our Entrees arrive...




topped with Lump Crab
served with Brussels Sprouts 
& Mashed Potatoes.





 Marinated, Crusted with Pistachio
 Nuts & Sesame Seeds, Seared &
 served with Brussels Sprouts
 & Mashed Potatoes.





Including the years Eric and I dated, this is our 42nd Valentine's Day together.






Eric's Creme Brulee served on
an Alabama Lace Cookie











A smoking dish is
brought to the
table...



Eric spoons out a Chocolate
 Truffle, then another.

A lovely, beautifully
 presented surprise.









We received a card....





It was from Samantha wishing
Eric & me a Happy Valentine's
Day & thanking us for choosing
Dauphin's for our special dinner.





It may take a few years, but the next time Eric and I are in Mobile, we will return to Dauphin's to make more memories over another impeccably prepared meal.

Thank you, Samantha and Dauphin's for making our 42nd Valentine's Day so special and memorable.

One Day's Haul From Mardi Gras Parades in Mobile, Alabama
























All of this fit into two backpacks....

This is our haul from two Mardi Gras parades, The King Felix III, Floral Parade and the The MLK Business and Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics & Northside Merchants Parade.  Besides the beads, Eric and I caught toys, including a small Billy Club, a flute, a pig, a colorful stuffed fish, a knife in a scabbard, cups, a book on fishing, snacks.....

We gave all the multi-pack boxes of snacks to children who were standing near us at the parades because lots of snack food is not a great food choice.

So, how much did the Mardi Gras Bead weigh?   8 Pounds

Laissez les bon temps rouler!  Let the good times roll!

Coffee & Jerk Chicken Nachos @ Wintzell's Oyster House & Restaurant in Mobile, Alabama





Wintzell's Oyster House &
Restaurant is nearby....







Let's warm up before calling for an Uber to take us back to Meaher State Park Campground.





The History of the Oyster
& Lists of Champion
Oyster Eaters greet
diners.









The restaurant is decorated
with witticisms.






Marriage ain't all moonlight and roses.  It's also diapers and runny noses!





The Bar




Oyster shells are nailed
to columns.







Two coffees &...





... Jerk Chicken Nachos
We are warmed, fed and ready to return to our motorhome.  I want to find out how much our haul of Mardi Gras Beads weighs.

The MLK Business & Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics & Northside Merchants Parade

The MLK Business and Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics & Northside Merchants Parade that starts at 3:00 pm.  Eric and I are standing near the end of the parade.  Locals told us that this is a good place to stand because Krewes throw everything they have left at the end of the parade.  The crowd expects LOTS of beads, toys, snacks....





Mobile City Council's
float







Riders on horseback




The youngest rider is
sitting tall in the
saddle.
This is a long parade.... Over two hours....  These are my favorite shots...





entertain the crowd.










Holly Golightly from
Breakfast at Tiffany's 










Margarita!!!!!!





Mystic Riders 







Mr. Spock pilots the
Star Trek float.





Excellent...... 






The Seahorse is
beautiful!




looks conflicted, as usual.

Mr. Hat is  always at his side.





Mr. Monopoly rides high
on the Monopoly float.







The sun sets as the parade rolls on....






I have fond memories of The Planters Peanut Store in downtown Schenectady.  It went out of business about 40 years ago.






Max from Where the Wild
Things Are by Maurice Sendak




The Krewe on Mystic Moonpie
unloads armloads of snacks
on the crowd.





The blur in this photo is
one of the last set of
beads to be thrown
near Eric & me .









The parade's over &
there's a few things
to pick up........





Eric and I filled our backpacks with "loot" and gave the boxed snacks to children standing near us at the barricades.  We are chilled to the bone from standing in windy, damp low 50s Mobile.  It's time to find a hot drink, and maybe a nosh.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Late Lunch @ Moe's Original Bar B Que in Mobile, Alabama





Moe's Original Bar B Que
is next to Parade Route D.

It has high ratings on Yelp.





The MLK Business and Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics & Northside Merchants Parade that starts at 3:00 pm.






The counter





The backroom can seat
at least 100 people.




Entertainment sets up on
the stage in the corner.




Eric & I peruse
the menu.















Eric's choices are: Ribs with
with Macaroni & Cheese
& Beans.

His beer choice is Abita's
Mardi Gras Bock.











My choices: Pulled Pork with
the Bun on the Side, Marinated
Slaw & Macaroni & Cheese.

I enjoy Abita's Andygator.





It's after 3:00 pm and time to find a spot to stand at nearby for the next parade.