Poke Salad Revue — Issue #20

It’s wild. It’s Southern…and it grows anywhere there’s sun! Stay tuned each week for new episodes with Shawn and Kelly and the Poke Salad Podcast at www.pokesaladpodcast.com


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Most Googled Super Bowl foods (by state) — www.msnewsnow.com

I have lived in Mississippi over 45 years. I have never seen sweet potatoes or Shepherds Pie at ANY Super Bowl Party ever.

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Ocean Springs approves film locations for “Mississippi River Shark” movie — www.wlox.com 
 It’s the small town feel, the locally-owned restaurants, and the beautiful scenery that attracted the producer of an upcoming shark film to shoot in Ocean Springs.

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Historic grocery store reopens as museum near Woodville — www.natchezdemocrat.com 
 Jacqueline Arbuthnot reopened the Arbuthnot Grocery Store in Pinckneyville, approximately 10 miles west of Woodville, was the center of life in the community. Because of its cultural and historical significance, the store was placed on the National Register of Historic places and received a restoration grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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Table 100 named the Best Farm to Table Restaurant in Mississippi — www.foodandwine.com

Eat Jackson recommends the seared thick-cut pork chops with a Delta Blues rice grit cake, herb roasted baby carrots, and balsamic red wine gastrique.

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New Businesses at Metrocenter Mall and The District at Eastover — www.jacksonfreepress.com 
 Freshii, a restaurant franchise dedicated to using entirely fresh ingredients with nothing fried or frozen, is one of several businesses opening new locations at The District at Eastover.

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Grammy Award Winning Vocalist And Gaither Vocal Band Member Set For Area Concert — www.wcbi.com 
 David Phelps expected to draw audience from area, and across state lines.

The South


Musicians’ advocates: Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s security plan a threat to New Orleans culture — www.theadvocate.com

An advocacy group for musicians and other performers in New Orleans came out swinging Monday against Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s proposed security plan, arguing that it would open the door to racial profiling and “unconstitutional surveillance.”

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Cause of mysterious ‘booms’ across town still isn’t clear, but some have theories — www.wwltv.com

More mysterious ‘booms’ are being heard around the city, but still there are no answers as to its source.


Society of Women Engineers Launches Section in Memphis — www.memphisdailynews.com 
 For more than 60 years, the Society of Women Engineers has worked to help given women a voice in the male-dominated engineering industry, and now one of the organization’s newest local “sections” has been formally launched in Memphis.

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Haslam proposes tuition-free community college for all Tennesseans — www.fox13memphis.com

Tuition-free in Tennessee

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Sandestin Gumbo Festival — www.sandestingumbofestival.com 
 The Sandestin Gumbo Festival has been known as one of the largest & most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Kick-off the weekend Friday, Feb. 17 with a delicious Seafood Boil from 5–7pm at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grill. On Saturday, Feb. 18 from 12–4 p.m. guests will enjoy live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities & the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast.

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Highball — www.high.org

Spend an evening, Feb. 18, watching some friendly competition among some of Atlanta’s best mixologists. Fifteen bartenders will strive to win the top prize, and guests can enjoy the cocktail creations as well as some light bites, music and more.

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Gulf Breeze man says he’s “lucky to be alive” after bear attack — www.msnewsnow.com 
 A Northwest Florida man and his dog came face to face with a big black bear over the weekend right outside their home.

The Chitlin’ Circuit Still Exists


And artists like Raheem The Dream are living proof of the continuing power of this Southern tradition


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N.O. Saints’ Tim Hightower’s bison meatball recipe — www.nola.com 
 Tim Hightower and his wife, Rikki, enjoy cooking together, swapping out ingredients to make dishes more healthful.

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N.O. Saint Zach Strief’s Arancini recipe reflects his heritage — www.nola.com 
 The football players likes to kick back in the kitchen.

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FOX will broadcast Super Bowl in virtual reality for first time — www.geekwire.com 
 If you won’t be in Houston for the Super Bowl next Sunday but want to feel like you’re there at the big game, new technology is helping make it happen. For

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Villagers Knit Giant Sweaters For Chilly Elephant Neighbors — www.goodnewsnetwork.org 
 These rescued pachyderms have been appreciative for the Jumbo Jackets since India was recently hit with a bitter cold snap.


French Town Needs Help Restoring Van Gogh’s Grave — mentalfloss.com 
 The artist’s headstone was damaged last year after a stormy spring.

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‘Titanic’ director James Cameron: Rose and Jack could not have survived together on the raft — www.today.com 
 It’s the mystery that never seems to go away! But “Titanic” director James Cameron has some thoughts.

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Hottest boy and girl baby names of 2017, predicted — www.today.com 
 You may have not heard of many of the baby names on this list. But experts predict that will soon change.

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You Can Now Wear the Eyes of Famous Portraits As You Sleep — mentalfloss.com 
 The project is called “Masterpieces Never Sleep!”

Walmart Drops Rival to Amazon Prime, Offers Free Two-Day Shipping On Some Orders


Walmart started offering free two-day shipping on orders from an assortment of 2 million items, with a focus on every day items like baby products, dry foods, pet products and electronics, for orders of $35 or more. That is down from the previous minimum threshold of $50. There is no minimum for orders shipped to a store rather than a home.

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