The Mississippi Delta is known for blues, cotton and culture, but at Christmas time, this region of the South really lights up.
This Sunday, Travel Channel star and foodie Anthony Bourdain goes off the beaten path and explores some of the food and history of Mississippi on his award-winning CNN original series "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown." Bourdain admits the Mississippi Delta is a place he knows little about, but ambassadors John T. Edge and John Currence help fill him in along the way. Bourdain starts his tour in downtown Jackson, where he meets up with Edge at the Big Apple Inn to taste a pig ear sandwich. He then paddles the Mississippi River with John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Co., who cooks greens, sweet potatoes and pork loin over an open fire for dinner. Julia Reed and Currence meet him at Doe's Eat Place in Greenville for the famous salad, tamales and fried shrimp. Next, his travels take him to state Sen. Willie Simmons' The Senator's Place in Cleveland where he indulges in fried okra, mac and cheese, neck bones, rice and gravy and fried chicken before heading on to Lusco's in Greenwood, a "reliquary of indiscretions past" as described by Edge. No trip to the Delta would be complete without a stop in Oxford. A writer himself, Bourdain makes sure to fit in a
This weekend, the Southern Cross Music & Tamale Festival debuts in Jackson, Mississippi. Hosted by Southern Crossroads radio show, the festival is billed as "the epic music and culinary experience of the Deep South" and will feature tamales and other Southern food paired with drinks and music from some of the region's finest musicians.