To be perfectly honest, I do favor French style. After studying French for several years and living in Paris, I feel at home with the French style. The French are masters of mixing old and new, high and low and are able to come off more chic than anyone. I envy the ease with which they put things together as if they don’t care.
With markets and antique shows that are coming up, I have been getting notices from the showrooms and vendors. I could not help fall for these beautiful French inspired pictures that I am passing on to you…
The Best Steak In The Country! Yep, that's what I said. And the Best Hot Tamales East of the Mississippi too. James Beard American Classic winner, Doe's Eat Place is not your normal fine dining experience. Matter of fact, it is quite the opposite. Located in the Juke Joint section of Greenville, Mississippi, Doe's has seen celebrities of all kinds walk through it's screen-doored kitchen.
Doe's Eat Place was established in 1941 by Dominick "Doe" Signa and his wife Mamie. Doe's Father moved to Greenville in 1903 and opened a grocery store in the building that now serves as the restaurant. The family lived in a house behind the store. The grocery which the Signa Family called Papa's Store did well until the 1927 flood. After that, Big Doe Signa went into bootlegging to help the family get back on its feet. After several years he sold his 40 barrel still for $300.00 and a Model T Ford. Around 1941 Mamie received a partial recipe for hot tamales. She improved the recipe and began selling them. That was the beginning of Doe's.
At first Signa ran a honky tonk in the front part of the store. It was strictly for blacks. He had things like buffalo fish and chili. Ironically, the "carriage" trade arrived by the back door, like segregation in reverse. One of the local doctors began coming for a meal between calls. Big Doe would cook him up a steak and feed him in the back. Pretty soon the doctor bro ught another doctor then a lawyer and before he knew it Doe had a regular restaurant in the back. After calling in family and in-laws to help with his thriving restaurant, he eventually closed the honky tonk and focused on the eat place.
You have probably never thought about visiting Greenwood Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta. I was fortunate enough to grow up here, and if you are fortunate to make your way through this historical area of the South, you must.......I mean must, experience The Alluvian Hotel and Spa, and better yet, The Viking Cooking School.
The Mississippi Delta. The South’s South. This fertile land has been the muse of the great Southern writers. It is a mythic place with a powerful hold over locals and visitors alike. Here, within the historic Delta town of Greenwood, Mississippi is where you’ll find The Alluvian.
The hotel name has its roots deep within the region. The Mississippi Delta is considered an alluvial plain, a level land created by extensive amounts of mineral-rich soil deposited for centuries by the great Mississippi River. As lore would have it, Tennessee Williams once referred to the people living on this land as Alluvians.