So long to the South


Shrimp and grits at Southern Gourmasian

By Katherine

Greg and I have spent most of this year in different time zones. We didn’t plan to be apart so long, but it turns out moving cross country (which we’d done twice before) is a lot harder when you’re selling a home. We drove our Honda Civic — loaded down with all the essentials of a dorm room and one very sedated dog — 2,208 miles from Sherwood, Arkansas to Oregon in early April. After a few days, Greg returned home to Arkansas to finish some house repairs and wait, and wait, and wait, for the house to sell. Over nearly four months, we had too many meals apart and too many conversations on the phone. Even worse — we woke up in separate beds. He had some good friends to keep him company and I had our mutt and some amazing new coworkers, but we were pretty miserable without each other. He was finally able to move out for good in late July. So we’re no longer Southerners, not that we ever really were. Neither of us can muster a “Bless her heart” with any sincerity. Before we get cooking in the Pacific Northwest (OK, we obviously already have but unpacking has also trumped blogging) we thought we’d share a few of our last Southern dishes from in and around Little Rock.


Chicken livers and waffles at South on Main

South on Main's cheeseburger

South on Main’s cheeseburger

Spaghetti with meat sauce from Ira's

Spaghetti with meat sauce from Ira’s


Fried catfish at The Flying Fish

Candied pecans and fried black-eyed peas from The Capital Hotel

Candied pecans and fried black-eyed peas from The Capital Hotel

Smoked duck over spoonbread at South on Main

Smoked duck over spoon bread at South on Main


Cocktails at Raduno


Rabbit with pork belly at South on Main

We’re ready for new adventures and after a pretty long hiatus we’re eager to blog again. We’ve already picked wild blackberries and taken some apples and pears off a coworker’s hands. We’re buying wild mushrooms like candy and Greg is fretting over how to grow hot peppers in a much cooler climate. And of course we have a few salmon recipes in the pipeline. Even our dog is thrilled with the move.


Mingus in March, Oregon bound


About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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21 Responses to So long to the South

  1. Glad y’all (yes, deep southern) are okay and congratulations on the new job and successful house sale and move. Oregon is an exciting place and I look forward to seeing what you guys cook up there. Cheers!

  2. Gerlinde says:

    Congratulations on your move and welcome to Oregon!

  3. Tammy says:

    Glad to have you back – love the amazing shrimp and grits photo. You will love Oregon.

  4. cigarman501 says:

    Sorry to lose you but love the shrimp and grits photo. Good Luck!

  5. Sandra says:

    Contrats, good luck, and glad you’re blogging again.

  6. Kristy says:

    Congrats and good luck guys!!! Looking forward to your new adventures. 🙂

  7. Is your move the reason why I never got any notification of your latest posting or like in the case of some other blogs the fault lies with WP, who have been playing up a lot recently. So, I started following you once again, I really missed so many of your lovely postings. And btw, congratulations on your move. I wish you good luck and success in your new job and happiness in your new home.

  8. Congratulations and good luck with this new chapter in your lives together!

  9. Sid says:

    YAY!!! missed your posts and happy to hear you’re back to blogging. And envious you’re in Oregon. I used to live slightly north of there (British Columbia) and miss the climate like crazy. BTW, you can grow hot peppers just fine up there. Just start a little earlier and transplant them outside when they’re a bit bigger. They’ll do fine.

  10. Oh wow, big move! And culinary-wise too, a whole other cuisine to explore and excel at for you both. Congrats!

  11. Eva Taylor says:

    I wondered what happened to you guys, congratulations on the move and selling your house. Hope you are all settled in and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Looking forward to resuming reading your regular blog posts.

  12. What a fun little restaurant that must have been and I hope you guys have a great time in the NW! Mingus is adorable! What a handsome fellow!

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