Doing #LandmassEats a little different today because the gems over at @southport_line just posted about these cheese bombs.
So here we are, a little video and photos of an amazing appetizer. I am always on the hunt for the “perfect bite” where everything plays perfectly together.
These cheese bombs are just that. The bombs themselves are deep-fried little nuggets of pepper jack, mozzarella, jalapeños, bacon, and other goodness. If that wasn’t enough, it also comes with a marinara dipping sauce. The best thing is that the sauce is a little chunkier with the perfect level of acidity to cut through the creaminess of the cheese. To top that off, the arugula was a great topper to add a peppery kick with some ruffage. A perfect bite if I ever had one. 🤯
Spent the birthday weekend exploring close to home with my favorite person @smosels. We made first-time-ever visits to Homochitto National Forest and Clark Creek Natural Area in southwestern Mississippi, and a first-time-together visit to Natchez. All three are worthy of return trips, especially the former two for camping when the weather starts to turn in the Fall.
Guys! It’s the second Saturday of the month, so that means it’s Gautier Farmer’s Market Day!
FARM FRESH: You all know I dig a good farmer’s market, so I visited this market in Gautier in July. We were pleasantly surprised at their array of goodies to reflect this community. A few standards for markets, along with a few new things. Fresh scooped ice cream anyone? Last month there were a few homegoods in addition to delicious things to eat. The vendors are really nice and it’s fun to just look around. Even better, they open at 8- so you can beat the summer heat! (And I won’t judge you for getting a scoop of ice cream for breakfast)
PRO TIPS: Visit @butts_bees_wonderbee_organics for local honey and the cutest honey-based products. Grab some ice cream from @havensdownhomecreamery ! If you love a milkshake, grab their chocolate milk AND chocolate ice cream to make a milkshake out of this world. As with any farmers market, come without a full plan... Let what looks good and fresh guide your decisions. Local and fresh is where it’s at. And grab a small thing of milk and a snack for the road. 😉
But first, coffee. ☕️
COAST ROAST: So, I work remote and when I first started- I was so excited to have an excuse to work from a coffee shop. And from the beginning, my go to shop has been @coastroastgulfport. Even though this location is a good thirty minutes from my house, it’s worth the drive. Not only do they have my favorite coffee on the coast, but they have the perfect set up for remote workers. Like so perfect that they have great WiFi and strategically placed outlets. I am a creature of habit, and I get a whole lot of work done with a hazelnut latte to start and then an iced coffee. I make a point to come here once a week when I’m not traveling, and it’s always a highlight for me-and a great change of scenery.
PRO TIPS: Come ready to enjoy yourself. You can drive through, but there is so much to be gained for stopping in and enjoying the experience. They have a whole selection of teas for you non-coffee-drinkers, so you’re covered. This is also a great place to grab gifts, especially for out-of-towners. A bag of beans and a coffee mug, or a selection of teas is a welcome surprise! I enjoy their scones or cookies, but they do have other options. Recently they brought in @prepbykug, and I’ve witnessed them flying out of the cooler. I usually come in between meals l, so I haven’t had an excuse to try one yet.
Guess who has half priced buffets Monday-Wednesday with a player’s card?! If you said @silverslippercasinohotel you are RIGHT!
ALL THE CRAB: My husband has a lot of theories on how to “win” a buffet and most of them focus on just skipping the carbs and going for the protein. While we don’t actually try to win buffets, this is certainly the place to get your crab fix! Their buffet is full of the standard fare, with a few impressive additions. They have a fresh-made pasta bar where you can choose your pasta, sauce, and protein. 🍝 There is a huge salad bar that included salad fixings, cold salads, and cold boiled seafood. 🥗 At first blush they have a smaller dessert area, BUT when you see your new hero fresh frying funnel cakes- all desserts pale in comparison. 🤩 A note about our waitress. They were crazy busy, but she brought us extra sodas to start... That extra thought made our meal pleasant and she regularly cleaned our tables. We were impressed by the service during a crazy rush.
PRO TIPS: Be prepared to wait. We went on a weekend, but were warned that half-price days have an hour long wait. Be patient with staff and fellow diners on this fact. A general pro tip for buffets, take a look at everything and don’t commit to one dish. A taste of everything you might like could lead to a new favorite. I was super impressed with their chicken spaghetti. We all know that sometimes seafood can sit under the hot lamps a little long, so I tried the cold crab. It was SO good and it came out smooth. Their hot crab was also really good, so that’s a plus. When you have a lot of seafood flying out, you don’t have to worry about it sitting too long. And definitely save room for a fresh funnel cake. I’m salivating thinking about it right now. 😛 Bruce was my funnel cake hero that night.
This location was suggested to me by @kerri3kidslater! 🤩🤩