It’s so much fun to go to different parts of the country—and revel in the regional differences. Our Gumbo Cove hideaway in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi is only 6 hours away from the Northwest Houston area where we live, but it seems like a whole new world in some ways.
We were in Bay St. Louis earlier this month, and the run-up to Mardi Gras was evident everywhere. Folks were lining the main street on a gloomy and very wet day to watch a parade that we were sure would be rained out. That’s how much we city slickers know about parades and Krewes and the people of Bay St. Louis and Waveland! The show did go on, and the Shoofly Magazine has the photos from Lionel Haynes, Jr. to prove it; a few of his shots are below.
Unlike these intrepid party people, we weren’t prepared for a parade in the rain, but we will be next time now that we know how this stuff works! Our mission that rainy day was to get grits at the grocery store to go with the shrimp we had picked up at Kimball’s Seafood the day before. The shrimp and grits was to be our reward for a day full of little fix-it chores that had piled up. I’ll share the recipe another time, once I’ve written it down. The Grill-Meister says I’ve perfected it, so I need to remember what I did!
So, with the grits in mind, we took the detour around the folks who were gathering for the parade and made our way to the grocery store, which is in neighboring Waveland. Claiborne Hill Supermarket had everything we needed, plus a coastal-Mississippi-right-before-Mardi-Gras culinary cultural tour. Check it out:
I had such a good time taking it all in, and nice conversations with folks who wondered why I was taking pictures of the goods. One lady really got it, saying: “I know, I just moved down from Montana and it’s sure not like this there!”
It’s not that we don’t have some of these items in Houston, or that we don’t do Mardi Gras or have seafood boils, it’s just that there isn’t such a joyful focus on them. That’s why I’m sharing these photos with you. Happy Mardi Gras, and be safe!
Oh, and if you’re in the mood for a seafood boil but have never done it, we’ve gotcha covered! There’s a recipe right here in Glover Gardens.