How I Gained 5 Lbs. in 3 Days in Montgomery

Oh, it was easy. Too easy. The only thing easier would have been to gain 10 lbs., but I exercised a little self-control. That WASN’T easy.

I blame Cahawba House. We went there and dived right into all the southern goodies one would expect at breakfast: flaky biscuits with homemade strawberry jam, ham, bacon, and then — a plate of the most fabulous beignets in the world! Even though the plate was set in front of ME, I grudgingly shared them with the rest of our group, and my kindness was rewarded: they brought out more! And the weight gain began.


And I blame her! Janett of D’Road Cafe. We went to this Venezuelan restaurant where Janett brought out plate after plate of traditional Latin foods. We ate until we couldn’t eat any more and were so foolishly full that we could barely eat lunch a few hours later. I gained at least one pound here.

Mayor Todd Strange met us for lunch at Central. It was a fantastic restaurant that puts a modern twist on southern favorites. I tried chicken gizzards that were out of this world! And topped that off with pimento cheese with flat bread. Definitely worth another pound.


Vintage Year in Cloverdale didn’t make it easy, either. This fine dining establishment boasts steaks, seafood, cocktails and desserts, and I enjoyed them all. Add another pound.


Wagyu Flat Iron Steak

But I think the Capitol Oyster Bar is what pushed the scale over the top. I cannot resist fried oysters. Especially when you eat them outside next to a river as you listen to great live music. I ate more oysters than anyone has a right to.


But really, who I should blame is E.A.T South (Educate. Act. Transform.). This community garden project on donated land near an old train yard grows many of the ingredients found at each of these restaurants. They’ve made the farm-to-table experience too good to pass up.

Southern cooking is too good to resist. I’ll consider myself lucky that I escaped Alabama with only five extra pounds. It could’ve been worse.

Do you have a favorite southern dish?



35 responses to “How I Gained 5 Lbs. in 3 Days in Montgomery

  1. Haha! This was too good. It’s definitely way too easy to put on the pounds in Montgomery!

  2. That’s really cruel, Juliann, since I have been out backpacking and living on freeze dried food/instant foods. Just add boiling water! If you want a solution to your weight gain, I have one. πŸ™‚ –Curt

  3. Fried green tomatoes. Fried okra. Fried zucchini/squash. Fried, fried, fried! LOL Zucchini bread. (Some of these may not be southern, but we ate them all the time as kids.) Grits drowning in sugar and butter.

  4. I grew up in Auburn Alabama before moving to Columbus Ohio. We had all kind of good southern cooking (and some not so good). Fried chicken gizzards, hearts, okra, zucchini, basically anything deep fried was good. I am a sucker for a good bowl of grits. Pimento Cheese was a favorite too. I never was a fan of pork brains and milk gravy but mom would have to cook it every now and then.

    • I think I’m glad I wasn’t served pork brains and milk gravy. The pimento cheese was great! My mom makes that every year. My brother practically salivates just hearing the words.

  5. It’s easy to see how you put that weight on in just a few days — looking at the food, it would have been almost impossible to say no!

  6. You had me at beignets. I also love a good biscuit but unfortunately (or fortunately?), it’s difficult to find a really good one in Southern California. All that fantastic food is definitely worth the five pounds I’d say. πŸ˜‰

    • Very true. The beignets were out of this world! I usually gravitate toward more savory things, but I ate three or four beignets at Cahawba House and didn’t think twice about it. They were fantastic.

  7. I never thought I’d see “chicken gizzards” and “out of this world” on the same sentence haha. I am so glad you are well in Montgomery! That’s what vacations are for πŸ™‚

  8. With so much good food, I would have easily gained 5 pounds as well! I have never tried Venezuelan before so I am really interested in knowing what you’ve tried!

  9. I love Southern food! Biscuits are my jam, haha. I think I gained 5 pounds eating my way around Savannah and South Carolina a few years ago. πŸ™‚ Those beignets look delicious!

  10. I’ve actually never had Southern food but I’ve only heard good things about it so I don’t blame ya! I would’ve easily put on not 5 but 10 pounds haha I have no self control when it comes to delicious food.

  11. Never had oysters fried, only fresh. Other than all of Route 66 the only other bit of the US I’d want to visit is the Deep South for its culture, music and food.

  12. Favorite sourthern food(s)? – gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, shrimp & grits, she-crab chowder, any kind of stewed greens . . . . . so much good food to choose from! You did well only putting on 5 lbs!

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