Playing Chicken, Getting Alligator



Today's downpours had a silver lining for me. I was playing chicken with the rain bands and trying to bicycle myself over to the post office near my house to mail out what will be a very late Christmas package. I was nearly there, the grocery bag-wrapped package balanced on the handlebars, when the clouds began spittling again and it looked like worse was imminent.

Fortunately, I happened to be close enough to Parkway Tavern and Bakery to smell the roast beef aroma. The bike was parked and I was in line at the kitchen window before the real rain could do much damage. To my surprise, I here discovered that Parkway is now serving gumbo, and not just any gumbo.

Theirs is made with roasted turkey and alligator sausage. It has a very dark, rich, country-style roux, but it also includes copious amounts of okra and chopped tomato. An unorthodox combination, but it all proved to be an extraordinary gumbo and it just happened to make a perfect snack on a rainy day. Best of all, the rain cleared almost as soon as I found a seat to eat. So tempting fate on a rainy day turned out a little wet but a lot delicious.

- Ian McNulty

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