Welcome to Mobile Bay Blog!

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Dedicated to all the things that make you say, “That’s SO Mobile.”  We are excited to launch this blog, a first-hand experience of Mobile straight from the people who know it best, the locals.

From behind-the-scenes at local events to the flavors that go into some of the tastiest dishes around, this blog is all about the Mobile experience.

So, follow us as we share the sights, sounds, smells and the traditions that make our city so unique.

Events You Can’t Miss

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From bird watching to catwalks, the upcoming weeks have you covered on events and things to do in the bay area.

Jerusalem IMAX® Film –  Now until April 4, 2015

This National Geographic film is REALLY cool and debuts alongside Voices of Jerusalem and Cultural Artifacts from the Holy Land.

Mobile Fashion Week – Sept. 21-27, 2014

Fashion Week brings every factor of Mobile’s fashion industry together to support a local charity, from models to designers and from make-up artists to hairstylists.

Bragg – Mitchell Mansion presents: “Vintage Inspiration: The Brides of Downton Abbey”

Spend time at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion on September 23 for a morning coffee or afternoon tea to enjoy the wit and wisdom of Amazon bestselling author and former Vogue magazine associate editor, Cornelia Powell. Ms. Powell will combine behind-the-scenes stories of the Downton Abbey designers with stories of wedding folklore, tiara legends and intriguing bits of fashion history.

Annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest – Oct. 1-4, 2014

Experience nature at its finest with guided birding tours along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.

Annual Taste of the Bayou – Oct. 4, 2014

Dozens of chefs from around the Gulf Coast face off to see who can prepare the best seafood dishes around using the freshest ingredients harvested in our own backyard . . . the Gulf of Mexico.  Kay Robertson, the star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, will be the celebrity guest speaker.

 BayFest 20th Anniversary – Oct. 3-5, 2014

Three days of nationally-recognized and local Rock, Country, Jazz, R&B and Gospel acts performing on multiple stages.  Downtown Mobile.

Eastern Shore Art Center – Grand Festival of Art – Oct. 4-5, 2014

Over 100 artists exhibiting in beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama.  Sat./Sun. 10am – 5pm.  (251) 928-2228.

Brunch the day away.

Brunch isn’t just a meal in Mobile, it’s a sport.

Spot of Tea

Mobilians take their Saturday and Sunday mornings pretty seriously. On any given weekend, you will find downtown filled with people on a mission for Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp and Grits or Spot of Tea’s Almost Famous Eggs Cathedral. Whether it’s open-air courtyards, laid back pubs, fancy dining rooms – whatever your pleasure, Mobile has it.

Callaghan's Brunch photo

Bloody Mary bars with every spice and topping you can imagine compliment the delicious entrees. Or, if champagne is your thing, we have you covered there too. Meet the Champangel from Cafe 615. She personally delivers your bottomless mimosas, keeps you happy and ensures your glass is never dry.

Champagne Angel

To top it all off, most establishments have live music – it’s no wonder why Mobile brunches can last well into the afternoon.

For a complete list of where to do brunch – visit http://www.mobilebay.org

Mobile on the Half Shell

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Scavenger Hunt. Two words that immediately take you back to your youth. Seriously, who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt?  We love them almost as much as we love oysters. Thankfully, the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program does too. So, the Oyster Trail began.  

To many in Mobile and coastal communities, the oyster is a seafood favorite. A project of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program, The Oyster Trail is a fun, educational and public art trail throughout coastal Alabama.When you’re in Mobile, look for the large fiberglass oysters (you can’t miss them) that have been painted by artists throughout the area. You’ll find them on street corners, in parks, in lobbies, and many other public spaces – there are now sixteen of them!  

Downtown Mobile Oyster Trail Map

Each oyster has a fact plaque that includes important information about the oyster’s ecological and economic benefit to Mobile Bay.  Try to visit all of them and post your pictures to The Oyster Trail on Facebook. We’ll watch for them and then send you a prize for following the trail.

We’ve given you the Oyster Trail map, now here’s a sneak peak of two of the oysters you’ll be searching for throughout Downtown Mobile!

Happy hunting!       

Mobile on the Half Shell represents all things that make Mobile unique and special.

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Everybody say ‘BEER FEST’

It’s August and we know it can only mean one thing. It’s BEER FEST time.  On August 23rd the streets of downtown Mobile will be taken over by hops enthusiasts as they set out to “Drink Globally, Think Locally.”

This widely-popular event turns 17 this year and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. And this year, it’s all about craft beer—IPAs, Lagers, Stouts, Hefeweizens, Ciders, and beyond! Over 30 venues will be along the hops trail with over 100 different microbrews and imports from all over the world.

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Tickets are $25 at any participating venue for three hours of sampling.  However, here’s the kicker: tickets sell out. You don’t want to be the one left out.

The night of Beer Fest, patrons will be equipped with their souvenir tasting mug and a listing of all participating venues, and set free in search of their favorite craft beer, cider and other specialty brews.

For additional information including how to purchase your tickets, visit www.facebook.com/DauphinStreetBeerFestival.

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Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo: MUST-DO’S

July brings the heat – in more ways than one. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) is July 17-20 on Dauphin Island, and if you aren’t familiar with the event you should know, it’s a pretty big deal. The ADSFR, just so happens to be the largest fishing tournament in the world and is the opportunity to hang out with 75,000 of your closest friends. But, that’s just one of the many cool things that make this annual event so popular.

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We’ve polled a couple of veteran rodeo-goers to bring you the ADSFR MUST-DO’s in preparation for this year’s event.

Attend the Liar’s Contest.  Have you ever listened to a bunch of men sitting around telling fishing stories about THE biggest fish they ever caught? You know the ones that seem so far-fetched that you had to ask yourself, “Is this actually true?”  At the Liars Contest – you’ll be asking yourself that all night. This hilarious contest brings out the best story-tellers to win the grand prize. However, everyone wins because it’s just THAT funny.

Watch a friend at the friend weigh-in station. Evidently, seeing your name on the leader board and seeing a friend’s name is one in the same. Seeing a friend’s face beaming with pride as their name is written on the leaderboard is pretty spectacular.   

Check out the Fish Ice Box. Over a hundred different species of fish will be on display throughout the weekend in a giant ice box. The undergraduate students working at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be on-hand, teaching and entertaining the crowds about the different species.

Catch the Contender Boat Drawing. This is serious business. Each angler that weighs in a fish in the ADSFR is entered into the drawing the win the 21’ Contender. For the one drawn, it’s like Christmas morning…. in July.

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Be Present for the Cannon Blast. At 5 p.m. on Sunday, ADSFR President fires the cannon to signify the rodeo’s end. This quickly turns into a big party with a great deal of celebrations, live music and countless amounts of “I can’t wait until next year.”

We Have Penguins!

Many animals have visited Mobile Bay over the years but there is quite a buzz for our four new friends that are here now. Four African black-footed penguins now reside at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and will remain until January 2015.

The exhibit, entitled Penguin Planet, features a cool viewing tank created to replicate a penguin’s natural habitat. Penguin Planet will include hourly talks from special trainers educating you on all things penguins as well as interactive activities and much more. Kids and adults will love it and you’ll definitely walk away a penguin expert.

Plan your trip to Penguin Planet at www.exploreum.com today! In the meantime, check out our photo album.

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