Connie Pearson

Connie is a native Alabamian with a veterinarian husband, 3 married children and 14 grandchildren. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and around the world and lived in Ecuador for 4 years. She loves eating where the locals eat, interviewing chefs, photographing beautiful food presentations and learning new preparation methods, ingredients or flavor combinations. Connie's book "Telling It On The Mountain: 52 Days in the Life of an Unlikely Missionary" was published in 2016 and is available on Amazon. In addition to her blog, www.theregoesconnie.com, she is a regular contributor to The Yums, Trip101.com, The Alabama Baptist weekly newspaper, Senior Scene Magazine (Athens News-Courier) and other print and online travel publications.

Blue Dog Cafe: Art and Awesome Dishes in Lafayette, Louisiana

Which came first, the art or the restaurant? Guests at Blue Dog Cafe in Lafayette, Louisiana, will enjoy fabulous cuisine while they learn the answer to that question. During this time of social distancing and isolation, we still have to eat. And we still want to patronize local restaurants that we love, helping to keep …

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D’Road Cafe: Venezuela Meets Montgomery, Alabama

Venezuelan cuisine in Alabama’s capital city may seem like a strange idea, but it has proven to be both popular and successful. Location: D’Road Cafe, 121 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, Alabama Menu: Owner and Chef Janett Malpartida, native of Venezuela, doesn’t have a menu, nor does she want one. Instead, her desire is for people who …

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Bluegill Restaurant: Seafood on the Causeway in Mobile, Alabama

Bluegill Restaurant may be best known for its flaming oysters, but there are other menu standouts served along with live music and amazing sunset views. Location: Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, Alabama Menu: Diners enter the weather-beaten eatery beside the busy oyster shucker with dozens of plump beauties on the grill. It’s hard …

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Waffle topped with crispy fried chicken and a perfectly fried egg then topped with savory chicken gravy

Brunch at Whisk’D Cafe in Decatur, Alabama

Situated in the middle of a long-established residential neighborhood, Whisk’D Cafe is the perfect gathering place for friends to share an early breakfast or brunch in an informal setting with an intriguing menu. Location: Whisk’D Cafe, 1051 Grant Street SE, Decatur, Alabama Menu: Many of the usual breakfast items, such as eggs, waffles, bacon, biscuits …

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Warm, cheesy bread covered generously with fresh crawfish is a favorite among the appetizers at Luna Bar & Grill in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Cajun Dishes and Music: Luna Bar & Grill, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Chef/Owner Dave Evans dreamed of opening a 100% Cajun restaurant from his IT desk job, and the dream became a reality in October of 2013. His ideas and recipes have been so successful in Lake Charles that a second location will open soon in Lafayette. Location: Luna Bar & Grill, 719 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, …

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smoked brisket sandwich, a jaw-dropping creation of Chef Lyle Broussard at Jack Daniel's Bar and Grill in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill: Lake Charles, Louisiana Gem

Chef Lyle Broussard’s award-winning skill is showcased in this fabulous restaurant inside L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The flavors and dishes he learned from watching relatives during his childhood have been fine-tuned, and diners at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill are eager to devour them. Location: 777 Ave L’Auberge, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Website …

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Malia’s in Aiken, South Carolina: Locally-Sourced Deliciousness

For 30 years, Malia’s has maintained a standard of excellence and support for local farmers while the chef/owner partners have created a loyal following. Location: 120 Laurens Street, Aiken, South Carolina Menu: The lunch menu at Malia’s changes daily to reflect seasonal availability and the best sources at the time. A recent lunch menu featured …

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Manuel’s Bread Cafe: French Bistro in North Augusta, South Carolina

A French-born chef blends the best of Southern culinary specialties with his European training and background at Manuel’s Bread Cafe at the main crossroads of Hammonds Ferry, a planned development in North Augusta, South Carolina. Location: 505 Railroad Avenue #100, North Augusta, South Carolina Menu: With its location near the state line between Georgia and …

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