Monday, June 29, 2015

Remembering Joy Young's Chinese Restaurant

Back in the 1960's and 70's, or as my children would say, "When the world was black and white", my family would occasionally splurge and go to Birmingham for a weekend. This was a big, dang deal! We would dress up in our best clothes to go to the big city. Once, my family planned one of these trips because How the West Was Won was making its debut at the Alabama Theater. We were especially excited because the movie was filmed in Cinerama. I had no idea what Cinerama was and can't say that I understand even now, but we were really thrilled about it at the time. My memories of that particular trip are pretty much limited to how excited I was to be going.

Another thing about traveling to Birmingham that I found exciting was that we would be eating out. Birmingham had restaurants that were completely amazing to me, fancy places with white tablecloths and linen napkins. Birmingham was where I was introduced to my first ethnic food. At home, the most exotic things we had to eat were spaghetti or pizza that my mom would make from Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Complete Pizza in a box, which she would top with browned ground beef.

The first Chinese food I ever ate was at a restaurant called, Joy Young's, which was on North 20th Street in downtown Birmingham. This was no ordinary Chinese restaurant. It was as fancy as any restaurant in Birmingham, complete with the aforementioned white table cloths and linen napkins. There was nary a chopstick in sight, but polished silverware and fine china. The decor was unlike any other Chinese restaurant as well. With curvy balconies, tall white columns and sky blue and cream walls, the general impression was the 1960's version of upscale. Chinese motifs were limited. My own opinion is that the four Chinese American businessmen who started Joy Young's made a conscious effort to attract Birmingham's more affluent citizens with the understated and elegant decor as well as the Americanized menu, which featured both Mandarin and American choices.

To begin with, diner's were greeted with delicious homemade yeast rolls and real butter, while they perused the menu. I always ordered the same things, egg rolls and butterflied shrimp. The egg rolls were delivered in groups of three. They were crispy and stuffed with chicken, pork, shrimp and veggies. I would mix sweet plum sauce and spicy Chinese mustard to get just the right combination for dunking my egg rolls.

The savory butterflied shrimp was amazing. Large shrimp, butterflied and paired with bacon was battered and fried, covered in a Chinese brown sauce and sprinkled with chopped green onions and toasted almonds. The flavor combination was perfect and I thought Chinese food was divine.

Joy Young's closed their downtown location around 1974 and moved to another location near Brookwood Mall. They were at the new location for a few years before shutting those doors and opening a take out restaurant on Green Spring's Avenue, after which they finally closed for good. Lucky for me, The Birmingham News did a special about Joy Young's sometime before they closed and printed the recipe for butterflied shrimp. I saved that recipe and pull it out every now and then when we start needing a Joy Young fix.  It has been a long time since I last made them, but tonight I made these wonderful shrimp and thought you all might like the recipe as much as we do.

Here's what you need:

1 dozen large, fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined and butterflied, with tails off.
4 slices of bacon
Iceberg lettuce
1/2 c. toasted almonds
1 bunch sliced green onions

Foo Yung Sauce
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. cornstarch

1 c. flour
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1/2 t. salt

Start with the prepared shrimp. Joy Young's applied a piece of uncooked bacon to fit the pasty side of each shrimp. I find that I am unable to get the same amount of crispiness to my bacon as Joy Young's did if I don't cook the bacon first. I'm not sure why, but it might have been the equipment they used to cook their shrimp. Anyway, I cook the bacon first and then apply a piece of the cooked bacon to each of the uncooked shrimp. Set aside while you prepare your batter and Foo Yung Sauce.

Foo Yung Sauce:
Combine 2 T. soy sauce and 2 T. cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Add this mixture to 1 1/2 c. chicken broth in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and keep warm.

Combine 1 c. all purpose flour, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 c. milk and 2 eggs. Stir until smooth.

Heat vegetable oil (about 1/2" deep) in large skillet until shimmering. Dip shrimp/bacon pieces in batter and place in hot oil. Brown on both sides and remove to a rack to drain.

To serve:
Line a large platter with torn iceberg lettuce leaves. Place shrimp on top of lettuce. Pour Foo Yung sauce over shrimp and sprinkle green onions and toasted almonds over all. Serve with hot cooked rice.

I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane and I hope you love Joy Young's Butterflied Shrimp.

You can download a printable version of this recipe HERE.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Easiest and Best Ever Shepherd's Pie

This recipe for my mom's Shepherd's Pie was originally published on my severely neglected teaching blog, Ribbons, Recipes and Rhymes, but I decided it was time to include it here at Three Friends and a Fork. When we were little, we simply called it Hamburger Pie, but as I got older, I realized it was just another incarnation of Shepherd's Pie.  It is a wonderful way to get your kids to eat some vegetables, because anything is more yummy if it is covered in mashed potatoes, right?  This recipe is so easy and you can make it at the end of a long hard day or you can make it the day before. It is really hard to mess up.  Add a little more onion if you like onion.  Leave the onion out if you don't like onion.  If you like it saucier, add a little more tomato sauce.  If you are like me and mashed potatoes are your thing, then by all means, double up on the mashed potatoes! You don't like cheese?  Don't put the cheese on the top!  I put an extra large can of tomatoes because I like tomatoes.  You can use a smaller can if you don't like tomatoes as much as me.  You can add an extra can of beans or corn if you like.  Just make it your own, but do make it!  And let me know what you think!

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, diced fine
1-2 cloves garlic, diced fine
1 can tomato sauce, 8 oz.
1 can petite diced tomatoes, 28 oz.
1 can green beans, 14 1/2 oz., drained
1 can shoe peg corn, 11 oz., drained 
Ore Ida Steam and Mash Potatoes, 24 oz.
Cream Cheese 4 oz.
Sour Cream, 4 oz.
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, 6 oz. , finely grated
Salt and Pepper to taste

Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish by spraying with non stick spray.  Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.  I always get ground sirloin, so I usually need to add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to the pan because the meat is so lean.  When the meat is mostly brown add the onion and garlic and cook until the meat is brown and the onion and garlic are translucent.  Add the tomatoes and the tomato sauce and stir to combine.  Now put the meat mixture into the bottom of the 9x13 pan and spread it evenly over the bottom. Spread the green beans over the meat and then sprinkle the corn over the beans.  Make the potatoes according to package directions or, if you like you can make your mashed potatoes the old fashioned way, by peeling, dicing and cooking your own.  Either way, doesn't matter, but you will need enough potatoes to spread over the entire casserole, so don't skimp!  Mash the potatoes with the cream cheese and sour cream.  If your potatoes are too stiff, add a little hot milk or some extra sour cream, but don't over do it. You want the potatoes to be fluffy, not runny.  Spread the potatoes over the top of the casserole and sprinkle the cheese on top.  Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, covered with foil until the casserole is bubbly and heated through.  Take the foil off the last 5 minutes of cooking time.  Serve with hot rolls and maybe some fruit and you have a complete meal.  Enjoy!  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Leatha's Bar-B-Que Inn

I am going to admit something here that I probably should not. I find myself weirdly interested in those stupid Facebook quizzes that promise to tell you everything from which famous person you were in a previous life (Cleopatra) to what what your nickname should be (call me, Honeybear, by the way). Ok, some of them I can resist. I had no interest in taking the Rachel Dolezal Skin Test. But, the other day Gun and Garden had a test called, How Well Do You Know Southern BBQ? I assumed this one was a no brainer, so I dove right in. FYI, I was wrong! I made an embarrassing 70 on the test. In my defense, there were some highly regional questions! I had no idea about Oklahoma prime rib, what meat part is slow cooked at a barbacoa or what ingredients go in a South Carolina hash. If I am honest, it is a true miracle my score was as high as it was, considering I guessed at least 4 of the other questions. Thank goodness there was a question about smoked chicken with white sauce. I totally aced that one! No matter, I still know good barbecue. How could I not? I have grown up around delicious barbecue all my life.

But back to the test. As I finished the test and got my pitiful score,  I noticed another article called, The Barbecue Bucket List. I clicked on the link to find out which establishments made Gun and Garden's list. The list highlighted restaurants in the southern states of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Florida and even included Washington DC, Maryland and Oklahoma, which are borderline Southern, at best. As far as the Alabama picks were concerned, I have been to only 2 of the 4 listed. Saw's in Birmingham and Big Bob Gibson in Decatur. I am adding Archibald's in Northport and Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q in Vestavia Hills to my must visit list. As far as the other states go, in my defense, I do not go to Louisiana or Florida for the barbecue. If I am in Louisiana, I am eating Cajun and Creole cuisine and if I am in Florida, it is seafood all the way. Actually, if I stop to think about it, we have such great barbecue in Alabama, I find little reason to go somewhere else for my barbecue fix. But just because I am nosy,  I looked down the list of remaining states.When I came to Mississippi I noticed 3 restaurants,  Abe's Bar-B-Q in Clarksdale, Lamar Lounge in Oxford and Leatha's Bar-B-Q Inn in Hattiesburg. There was something about that list that rang a bell. Then I remembered...JD and I had visited Leatha's last summer! The rest of the summer had been so busy, I had come home and forgotten all about Leatha's!

JD and I were returning from a trip to Houston and were traveling through Hattiesburg on our way back to Scottsboro. It was getting close to dinner time and we had no idea where to eat. I pulled up my Around Me app on my phone and the app indicated that Leatha's Bar-b-que Inn was very close by. It was right on US 98 about 2 minutes from where we were. We decided to give Leatha's a shot and headed that way.  We noticed a gray looking shack sitting by itself in the middle of a gravel lot. The shack turned out to be Leatha's.  Honestly, I was a little unsure as we pulled into the parking lot, but we were tired and hungry, so we went on in. 

The first indication that Leatha's might be taking eating pork seriously was on the front porch. Pigs were everywhere! The second we noticed as we walked in. There were wash cloth napkins on the tables. My first thought? This is going to get messy!

There was nothing fancy about Leatha's. The vinyl table cloths were mismatched, the floor was raw plywood, the air conditioning units were hanging on the walls, cords exposed, and the place wasn't full yet, but it was still early. 

We were seated at a table near the front door and our drink orders were quickly taken. We studied the menu and had our choices made by the time the server returned with our drinks. JD chose pork ribs and I got the pulled pork plate. We both had potato salad and slaw with our meals. 

So, what did we think about this Mississippi barbecue? It was good. JD's ribs were falling off the bone, smoky and meaty. My pulled pork was tender and plentiful and the sides made a good accompaniment, especially the mustard slaw which I happen to like. The potato salad was a little more smooth than I prefer, but it was still tasty. The sauce poured over my pork was too sweet and too much for me and I would have been happier without it. It was also smothering JD's ribs. JD finished up with a piece of pecan pie. He said it was good, but since I do not care for pecan pie (I know, weird), I just took his word for that. 


The bottom line is, for someone who never gets barbecue, Leatha's would be a find, but those of us who have grown up with some of the most amazing barbecue in the world are a little more discerning. Growing up in Alabama, I have developed distinct preferences.  I like my barbecue less wet with more of a mix of inside meat and "bark". I also prefer a vinegar based sauce over a thick sweet sauce, which is what was poured over my pork at Leatha's. JD and I both thought his ribs were better than my pulled pork, but I still would rather have ribs with a dry rub as opposed to a wet sauce. The mustard slaw was good, but it is not as good as the mustard slaw right here in Jackson County. Mud Creek and Triple R make mustard slaw that is hard to beat. 

I understand, barbecue is very polarizing. Everybody has an opinion about what to barbecue and how to barbecue and what to serve with barbecue. I think the best barbecue in the world is right here in Alabama and, of course, north Alabama is home to one of the best condiments in the world...Alabama White Sauce! I know most people like white sauce with their smoked chicken, but I like it on my pulled pork, too. Here in Scottsboro, KC's and Carlile's are great places for delicious smoked chicken and white sauce.  

So, to sum up, Leatha's Bar-B-Que Inn in Mississippi is good, but if you are like me and have grown up with the Gibson's barbecuing in your back door and inventing that heavenly condiment, Alabama White Sauce, you might not be quite as impressed as someone else who hasn't been as fortunate. 

Three Friends and a Fork gives Leatha's Bar-B-Que 3 Mississippi Yums UP. But if you are in Mississippi and you can wait a bit to eat, drive on over to Alabama and help yourself to the best barbecue in the world

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Introducing Just Another Magic Monday: Olive You So!

I am always on the lookout for new products, tasty ingredients or things that make life easier or better in some way. My friends are the best about updating me about products that they love and I love trying the products they recommend. Most of the time I love the products recommended by friends. Every now and then you get that one friend who likes something like pickled eggs and I just cannot go there...Sorry, Kelli! I am really just kidding, well, not about the pickled eggs part, but Kelli does have some other great product suggestions that I would recommend. I'm thinking there are lots of people like me, who love that personal touch in a product review, not from someone who regularly dines with Tibetan monks in Nepal, but someone just like them, who runs to the Piggly Wiggly on a regular basis. Not from someone who eats uni (sea urchin) for an afternoon snack, but someone who actually likes that green bean casserole made with (whisper) canned cream of mushroom soup. Ok, I may have just lost a ton of readers, but I am guessing those folks probably weren't going to hang around here very long anyway.

Anyway, I have decided to highlight products that I have found and love, or products that have been recommended to me by my friends, in a recurring post called Just Another Magic Monday. Here you will find tasty ingredients, great products, and super duper finds, personally recommended by Three Friends and a Fork or one of our discriminating friends.

The first Magic Monday honoree is Galli Italian Olive Hot Pepper Salad. I have been using this product for the better part of thirty years. We first came across it when we visited Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. There is a little country store located on Highway 27 just outside the gardens, called, appropriately enough, The Country Store. We decided to check out the store one day after we had visited the gardens and happened to find a jar of this spicy olive salad. I am not quite sure why I first picked up the jar, because I have never been a huge fan of olives. I like olive oil, but the texture of olives has never been my favorite. As a child I wouldn't touch anything that had touched an olive. I have gotten over that, as long as the olives are finely chopped and not too abundant. Oddly enough, I do like a muffaletta sandwich, so maybe that is why I bought my first jar these peppery olives. Whatever the reason, I am so glad I did!

I can't really tell where Galli Gourmet Foods is headquartered. I think they are located in Destin, Florida, but I notice there is also an Atlanta address. The online store of Galli Foods has a huge array of tasty sounding products and now that I am thinking about it, I need to get busy trying some of the other products. They have several fruit flavored balsamic vinegars which sound delicious.

As far as the hot pepper and olive salad is concerned, we use it on everything! No, seriously! We put it on tuna salad sandwiches, on top of bruschetta spread with hummus, in potato salad, on pimento cheese...the possibilities are endless. Now we order our hot olive salad by the case, because we are so afraid we might run out.

If you are bustin' down highway 27 near Pine Mountain, Georgia, wheel in to the parking lot of the Country Store and see if they still carry Galli Gourmet's Italian Olive Hot Pepper Salad. If they do, scoop up a jar or two. If not, get on line and order yours directly from Galli Gourmet. You can thank me later.

Three Friends and a Fork gives Galli Italian Olive Hot Pepper Salad 3 Hot and Spicy Yums UP!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Louisiana Lagniappe at the San Roc Cay Marina

It has been a nostalgic and emotional week. My youngest son graduated from high school, so I have found myself looking through old pictures, remembering what was. It isn't that I wish it otherwise. I feel very fortunate to have reached this milestone and I am proud of the young men my children have become, but I think it is also natural to feel a little wistful about the times that have come and gone. 

As I was taking my little trip down memory lane, I found some pictures from the last trip to Gulf Shores I took with Sherri. It wasn't a normal trip, because multiple myeloma had begun to tighten its ugly grip. Still, it was a precious time that we had together in the little time we had left. Luanne didn't get to go with us, because she had just started a new job, but our friend, Merri, joined us for part of the week.

It was October, still warm but headed toward the cooler days of fall. Merri, Sherri and I spent the first few days of our trip hanging out on the beach...talking, reading and enjoying the beautiful sunsets. It was also the week that Sherri and Merri introduced me to The Voice. I had never watched before, but I quickly became hooked, anxious to see which artist would win the competition. That season the Jamaican born recording artist, Tessanne Chin won, but we wouldn't know that until a few weeks after we returned from the beach. 

The Shrimp Fest was going on that week as well. Sherri and I tried to check out the vendors, but the heat and the exertion were too much for her, so we only went one afternoon. We did, however, visit one of our favorite restaurants in Orange Beach, the Louisiana Lagniappe. 

Located in the San Roc Cay Marina, Louisiana Lagniappe is the fine dining establishment in a complex that houses other restaurants, shops and even a spa, as well as a full scale marina. Louisiana Lagniappe is located on the upper level of the complex, so there are a few outdoor steps to climb to get to the entrance. Once inside, you are met with these beautiful metal palm sculptures, which also serve to light the way to the tables.


Overhead, starfish lights twinkle across the ceiling, providing soft, romantic lighting and happy seaside ambiance.


Sherri, Merri and I started our meal with beachy cocktails. This one was an amaretto sour.


Then we enjoyed one of our favorite items on the menu, the Lagniappe house salad. That salad is so good, with spicy pepperoncini peppers, briny black olives, freshly grated parmesan cheese, crispy greens and a tangy vinaigrette. Simple, but delicious!

I, predictably, chose a shrimp dish. This time it was blackened shrimp with a pineapple, butter, rum sauce. It was accompanied by grilled slices of pineapple and a corn relish. I loved the smoky shrimp with the tangy, citrusy sauce.

Sherri, ordered a jambalaya of chicken, Andouille sausage and shrimp. It was spicy and filling and came with a twice baked potato. She must have been low on starch at the time. Even so, it was too much and she could not eat it all. 

Merri got what she always orders when she goes to the Lagniappe, Grouper Pecan, which is a pan sautéed fillet of grouper, topped with toasted pecans and a Meuniere sauce. I know why Merri always chooses it, too. It is absolutely delicious. She also had a twice baked potato and some of the bright corn relish. 

We were too full for dessert, so we passed on that. After we finished our meal, we headed back to our condo for Merri's last night on the beach. It was a great way to end Merri's visit with us. 

The views overlooking the marina as we left the restaurant were spectacular, with the setting sun splashing golden puddles of light across the still water. 

Beautiful boats were parked for the night in the San Roc Cay Marina, waiting for their next sailing adventure. 

The rest of the week, it was just Sherri and me. It was a quiet end to what would be our last beach trip together. We sat on the beach, talked, watched the waves and the birds and I even read a little. Sherri had a hard time concentrating, so she didn't do much reading on this trip. This was one more thing the disease had taken from her. She always loved to read and, in the past, we spent lots of time discussing books we loved, so it was, I think, frustrating for her not to be able to enjoy her books. Luckily, she could still take pleasure in her music, so we listened to her favorites, Bruce Springsteen, Michelle Malone and Alabama Shakes, among others. She took this picture while we sat in the sand, watching the waves, listening to music and, since Shrimp Fest was now over, enjoying the deserted beach. It is the only picture taken of us that week. 

This was October 2013. We didn't know it at the time, but Sherri had less than a year left.  It would be her last trip to the beach. We also didn't know that the new job Luanne had just accepted would soon have her moving away. I had no idea that I would soon be separated, in one way or another, from two of the best friends I have ever had.  

I continue this journey that Sherri, Luanne and I started as a tribute to the great friendship we shared. I miss the laughs, heaven knows we had lots of them, and I cherish the memories. The walk is lonelier now, but I wouldn't take anything for the times we had together. Like the ever-changing shoreline, life keeps moving forward, always shifting, taking some things with it and leaving other little bits behind. That's just the way it is.

Three Friends and a Fork gives Louisiana Lagniappe 3 Nostalgic Yums UP. 

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

It is no secret that I love Mexican food. Seriously, if my penchant for fish and shrimp tacos didn't give it away, my love of chips and salsa would. I have said many times that if I had to choose a last meal, it would involve chips and salsa.A good day is one that starts with salsa for breakfast. 

Lucky for me, we have a couple of really good Mexican restaurants in Scottsboro, Alabama. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina is one of them. Located near Foodland in the County Park Plaza Shopping Center on the John T. Reid Parkway, Margaritas is one of my favorite places to get my Mexican food fix and it is (for me) conveniently located. There are several reasons why I love Margaritas.

First of all, Margaritas has excellent salsa, cheese dip and guacamole. I could make a meal with these three dips and a basket of Margaritas' salty tortilla chips. The only thing that could make these better would be if Margaritas started making the guacamole table side. I do love that little ritual of ordering guacamole and having it made right before my eyes. But I am still happy with the freshly made dips at Margaritas. The cheese is white and velvety, the salsa, spicy and smooth and the guacamole is creamy but still with chunks of avocado, peppers and cilantro. 

One thing that Margaritas has that my family really enjoys is a huge buffet. The bountiful buffet includes everything from sauces, salads and fresh fruits to entrees, sides and desserts. We often hit up the buffet at Margaritas on Sunday after church. We know we can get in, choose from a wide array of dishes, eat, and still get out quickly to enjoy the rest of our Sunday afternoon. I don't know what half the dishes on the buffet are called, but I have enjoyed every single one I have tasted. I especially love the churros, sopapillas, and cinnamony Mexican donuts.

The other thing I love about Margaritas is the staff's willingness to accommodate special requests whenever possible. For instance, they have never batted an eye when I ask them to make my grilled shrimp taco with only lettuce, pico de gallo and sliced avocado. And they always get it right, no matter how odd my request might be. 

Finally, for those of you who think you can't get a Mexican dish to fit with your low carb diet, you obviously have not seen this beautiful creation from Margaritas. It is called Guacamole Margarita and is made with grilled jumbo shrimp, chopped and combined with shredded pork, avocado slices, and pico de gallo. I even asked if I could have it with lettuce and they graciously served it all on a bed of chopped lettuce. The dish was then topped off with fresh slices of lime and orange. It was gorgeous and healthy. 

If you happen to be near Scottsboro and have a hankering for some delicious Mexican food, I urge you to give Margaritas a try. I think you will be happy you did. 

Three Friends and a Fork gives Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina 
3 Muy Delicioso Yums UP!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Menopause the Musical!

Have you ever seen Menopause, the Musical? If not, you are in luck, because the hysterical musical romp through menopause is making it's way to Birmingham, Alabama and, good news, Three Friends and a Fork has four tickets to give away! That's right...FOUR! You and three of your best girls can make plans for a fun night in the Magic City. I promise you, it will be one of the most therapeutic nights of your life. If laughter is the best medicine, Menopause the Musical is a miracle drug! 

Don't get me wrong, you can take your man if you like, but, unless he is a gynecologist, he is probably not going to be able to "get it" like your sisters will. 

A few years ago, some of my best friends and I had the opportunity to see this ingenious production and it is no exaggeration when I say that we laughed until we cried. The tale of four middle-aged, menopausal women on a shopping trip to Bloomingdale's hits all the low points of menopause in the most hilarious way possible. As the four baby boomers, the Housewife, the Soap Star, the Earth Mother and the Professional Woman, plow through the department store in search of lingerie deals, they cover everything from hot flashes to low libido. The musical numbers are even more fun because they incorporate familiar tunes with new words and meanings. For instance, the old Bee Gee's song Stayin' Alive becomes Stayin' Awake as the cast of women commiserate about the difficulties of getting a good night's sleep. The old Peter, Paul and Mary folk song, Puff the Magic Dragon becomes a side-splitting rendition of the lack of energy some menopausal women face in Puff, My God, I'm Draggin'. One of the funniest scenes in the entire play is when the ladies turnTina Turner's classic, What's Love Got to Do With It, into an insanely funny acknowledgement of the helpfulness of certain devices in dealing with lagging libido. Let's just say the "microphone" is quite a prop in this number. 

There are three ways to enter the contest and score tickets to a hilarious girl's night out. You have between May 13 and June 8 to enter the contest by, (1)visiting our Three Friends and a Fork Facebook page and (2) following us on Google + and/or (3) leaving us a comment below telling us where you plan to eat out in Birmingham if you win the tickets (you know, we are always wanting to hear about dining adventures). The more you do, the better your chances of winning. We have set up Rafflecopter to help us manage the whole process and we will have the name of the winner on June 8. So, good luck and mark your calendars! Our tickets are for Friday, June 12 at 8:00 pm. We can't wait to announce our winner!

You are going to love it!

Three Friends and a Fork give Menopause the Musical 3 Side-Splitting Yums UP!

Menopause the Musical will play the BJCC Theatre in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North) for three shows only. Tickets are on sale now for performances on Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are available at,, or by calling 800­745­3000. Groups of 10 or more can save $10 by calling  (205) 458-8449.

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