•August 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a barbecue connoisseur, but I do love good barbecue. In every town I’ve ever lived, I have a favorite BBQ joint. In Pensacola, Arlene Williams Bar-B-Que is hands down my favorite.
It’s on Mobile Highway in Brownsville and not too long ago the best way to find it was look for the smoke coming from the back or follow your nose toward that hickory wood smell. Pretty much the most common way to find a good BBQ place. But Arlene and her husband have made it much easier to find with a bright red paint job. (Arlene is originally from Miami so the color scheme is based on a certain World Championship basketball team. Heat is kind of appropriate for a BBQ joint. )
The inside is covered with photos of people who have been to Arlene’s including people from the community and local celebrities. There’s an entire WEAR news team section of photos.
It’s a take out place for now but they’re working on renovating the building next door and turning it into a sit down and special event space.
I’m not sure what their secret is. They keep it a secret. But Arlene’s South Florida influence, mixed with her husband’s Honduran roots, blended with a touch of deep South soul food know-how, make for a magical, unique style of Pensacola barbecue.
And it’s not just the barbecue. The sides are great too. I mean, they have cracklin’ corn bread for crying out loud. Love it. It’s as good as my mom’s.*
(*It actually may be better than my mom’s but I can’t say that because my mom may read this.)
•July 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Airstream at alFresco Pensacola
al Fresco Pensacola
We had dinner at al Fresco in downtown Pensacola last night. Cool little outdoor eating area (ah, alfresco:) at the corner of Palafox and Main. It’s a line of Airstream trailers serving various kinds of food, plus the new brick and mortar location of longtime Pensacola favorite Jerry’s Cajun Cafe.
It’s a lovely little laid back place to grab a bite. The sandwiches from Gouda Stuff were yummy and we LOVED the fried avocado appetizer at the taco trailer. Barbecue, tacos, sandwiches, Cajun and salads on a palm tree lined patio all in walking distance to everything downtown including Bayfront Stadium. We had dinner then walked down to Maritime Park where the Wahoos were playing. Just a beautiful Summer evening downtown.
•March 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment
DeLuna Fest, Pensacola Beach (Image by Brian L Butler – Click for Larger)
Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction at DeLuna Fest
A music festival smack dab in the middle of Pensacola Beach?! Sign me up. For the past few years, DeLuna Fest has given us a Summertime beach party. Three days and nights on four outdoor stages. From big names to local bands, from has-beens to hoping-to-bes, and everything in between.
It’s anything but a relaxing weekend at the beach. It’s loud, it’s crowded, it’s expensive, and it’s hot. Which, depending on your point of view and personal taste, makes it either heaven or hell. For me it’s been heaven. I love live music, I love photographing live music and did I mention, it’s on the beach! I mean come on, dancing in the sand to the Zac Brown Band?! They’ll be plenty of time for relaxing later.
But the future of the festival seems to be in question. Organizers have had some, shall we say, “issues” in the past couple of years and there’s competition down the road from Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores (also pretty cool) so I’m not entirely sure DeLuna Fest will be back.
We used to have Spring Fest in downtown Pensacola a few years ago and I had a good time there but it didn’t last. Putting on an event this big with this many moving parts is a huge challenge. But hopefully DeLuna Fest will be able to work out the problems and find a way to stick around.
Staying cool at DeLuna Fest
Foo Fighters at DeLuna Fest
Fans at DeLuna Fest
Zac Brown Band at DeLuna Fest
Big Boi at DeLuna Fest
•March 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Pensacola Beach at Night
Just a little reminder that the beauty doesn’t disappear when the sun goes down.
(More after sundown images of the Gulf Coast and beyond over at Panhandlin’ Nights.)
•February 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Screen Capture from Trip Advisor
Well that’s pretty cool. Trip Advisor’s list of the Best Beaches in the World just came out and the Gulf Islands National Seashore in beautiful Pensacola, Florida checks in at number 18. That’s right. WORLD! But of course we already knew how great our beaches are and would probably bump ourselves up a few notches on the list.
The full list is here.