Sunday November 30, 2008 cont.
Being a history lover, I had to visit Vicksburg National Military Park,
where a significant battle during the civil war took place.
Lots of beautiful monuments here, dedicated by different states.
One really cool feature here is they have the U.S.S. Cairo, a Union ironclad on display.
I would have enjoyed spending more time here, but it was very windy out and I wasn't dressed as warmly as I should. I made the short drive to Jackson and checked into my hotel, hoping to see the Steelers game. But, they were showing the Broncos-Jets instead.
Roadfood poster mbrookes
and I had exchanged emails about possibly getting together for a meal while I was in Jackson. So, I called Marilyn and we agreed to meet at Sal & Phil's
When Marilyn and her husband Sam showed up, they had a present for me.
It is a gift basket full of Mississippi treats, like Pecan Turtles, a Pecan Log Roll, Southern Praline Pecans and more. That was extremely generous of them! Sal & Phil's
is a seafood restaurant. Because Sam and Marilyn eat here regularly, they helped me decide what to order. I started with a fine cup of gumbo.
A shrimp Po Boy
was my entree. The fried shrimp were quite tasty, but the bread was especially good. Sam mentioned that it is brought up from New Orleans.
Marilyn got a fish dinner, but I can't remember what kind it was. Hopefully, she will post more info.
Sam got the fried shrimp, with a side of pasta.
Everybody seemed quite happy with their meals.
Sam and Marilyn were extremely easy to talk to. He is an archaeologist, which has always been an interest of mine. And they are both art deco lovers and they gave me good tips of some buildings to see. And, we may have talked a little food, too.
Here are the three of us, with me holding up the gift basket.
I didn't even realize until seeing the picture that all three of us had on light blue!
Anyway, it was a genuine pleasure to meet this wonderful couple. We talked about me coming back to Jackson next year for a weekend and Sam taking me to the Onward Grocery Store
for a great cup of gumbo.
On the way back to the hotel, I spotted a frozen custard stand called Bop's
I ordered the Katie's Crunch concrete, which was heath bar, butterscotch and roasted pecans.
Since they are called concretes, this made me think of Ted Drewes
in St. Louis. So, I asked the girl handing me my concrete if she would pose holding it upside down. She was shy, but this girl with a pretty smile stepped up and did it for me.
I went back to my hotel for the night.
Much more to come.....
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