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Yammin It Up-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday-MEGabite #45 try or #58 on the countdown of my quest of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

Once in a while travel puts you in the right place at the right time.  February is a month that is set aside in the U.S.A. and the U.K. to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in a hostile society.   On a random Sunday, I set out to eat yams at Dorothy’s Place in Tuskegee, Alabama and did not realize that I would get a history lesson and one fantastic meal.


Booker T. Washington Monument, “Lifting the Veil,” The inscription reads, “He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress through education and industry.”

Located on the beautiful and historic campus of Tuskegee University, Dorothy’s Place is found inside the Kellogg Hotel.


Booker T. Washington Monument, “Lifting the Veil,” The inscription reads, “He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress through education and industry.”

I visited for lunch on a Sunday when buffet is offered to visitors. Generally, I do not eat buffet simply because it is just too much. On this day, it was my only option and I thanked my lucky stars because I was able to get a great taste of the food served at Dorothy’s and I was thrilled with everything on my plate.


I ate every bite of my southern Cuisine choices. The yams are in the upper right corner

When I asked the friendly staff if yams were on the buffet the answer was “yes, it is the sweet potato soufflé.” The Anglicized word yams is from the African word “nyami,” brought to the U.S. from the Caribbean.


This sweet potato casserole was yamtastic. I absolutely loved this dish!   I can attest to the fact there is just the right amount of sweetness in this dish.

MEGastars 5***** I loved this sweet potato soufflé. It is definitely a treat that is not to be missed. I enjoyed having brunch on this historic campus and visiting the area. Truly, an event and not just a meal. Alabama food served with Alabama pride. Right on T.U.


  1. Save a little bit of room for dessert. I did not have any room for the dessert table which offered wonderful choices such as: sweet potato pie, lemon meringue pie, chocolate cake, cake with caramel frosting (This happens to be my favorite frosting and I took a crumb of this one-yum,) and peach cobbler.
  2. This dish is what I call a unicorn. It is a dish that you have to hit on the right day. It is served on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s. Plan your visit accordingly.
  3. Take some time to visit this beautiful and historic campus.
  4. The National Park office building is located outside of the T.U. gates. Hours need to be checked before a visit to this office. Thanks to Uncle Sam and budget cuts, I have to go back to get my National Parks passport stamped. Support your park systems. Tuskegee Institute National Park Service
  5. Even if you go on A Sunday, you may get a walking self guided walking tour. I picked mine up at the guard gate.
  6. No dogs are allowed on this campus. I found out the hard way with a scowl and warning from a security guard.
  7. Visit the monuments, museums and graveyard.


    Booker T. Washington Monument, “Lifting the Veil,” The inscription reads, “He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress through education and industry.”

  8. Do visit nearby Tuskegee Air Field, also a Nations Park Service.   This park service honors the courageous airmen who became our nation’s first African American airmen against the odds of the inequality in society. Having been told that they were not smart enough to fly in The United States Air forces.  I will be going back for a tour during working hours. National Park Servis Tuskegee Airmentuskegeeair
  9. Technically, a yam is not a sweet potato but these two root vegetables are often mistaken for each other. Even though the USDA requires that orange-colored sweet potatoes be labeled as such, they will be found labeled yams. A true yam is actually difficult to find and one may have to search in specialty markets. There are likely other blogs on the yam vs sweet potato subject, and for me the bigger question to ask is might be; is this deliciousness a dessert or a side dish? Is this a casserole or a soufflé?
  10. Last but not least.  Respect the hardships of man and never repeat the sins of our father’s.  As Oprah puts it.  If we know better, we can do better. Please practice unity in humanity.  We all came from one place.  Uplift all humans, practice this in our everyday lives starting with ending the cycle of division in our vocabularies, stop the labels that we give each other.  What will you do this year to uplift your fellow human?

“I Have A Dreamcatcher” Banksy er No? Montgomery, Alabama

The questions is as always, Is it Banksy at work? Did Banksy visit Montgomery, Alabama?   It may seem far fetched to some that famed British Graffiti Artist Banksy would visit little Montgomery, Alabama.

Consider this, there has been one prior visit to Alabama in 2008. The art suddenly appeared on an abandoned building in downtown area of Montgomery on March 26th.  This so happened to be the 50th year anniversary celebration of The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years prior.   A few people have been around the area for this celebration.  President Bush and Obama in Selma, Oprah Winfrey, Marvin Sappe, Patti LaBelle, Rev. Bernice King, U.S. Senators and so on.  No big deal just a few people popping into town.

Since hearing of this cool piece of street art, I had been wanting to go take a look myself.

“Everything about it screams Banksy,” Carolyn Wright, a local aficionado of the British street artist, told the Advertiser after examining the new mural. (Huffington Post-4-9-2015)

 A little bit about Banksy Art. You be the Judge.

  • Banksy, known for sometimes dark satirical graffiti/street art.
  • Political Activist
  • Unique Stencil Technique
  • Epigram style
  • Social commentary
  • Underground

I understand the 50 part and have to wonder what the artist meant by the second piece? More work to do? I love street art!  I vote Banksy.

MEGASTARS ***** I give this art work a full 5  MEGASTARS!

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