As I waited for Carla to arrive, I had a Mocha Latte from the Empire State South coffee bar (photo below). It was gorgeous and wonderful on such a rainy and chilly day. I loved the environment in the restaurant, and I am already planning a trip back there for a bologna sandwich or catfish po'boy. I was also impressed by a lady experimenting with some very complex drinks. She was like a mad scientist of some sort and was very interesting to watch.
Carla arrived and everyone had a turn to speak with her. She was so kind and took time to converse with everyone. It was truly like speaking with a friend. Carla had just gotten an order of rice grits as I approached. She asked if I had ever heard of them. I hadn't, and I told her that I had not even tried regular grits. She was rightfully appalled and threatened to take away my Southern card. I will try them...one day. I am now referring to Carla as my new best friend. I have a friend who met Jack Welch once and refers to him as her boyfriend, so I don't think I'm stretching it as far as she is. I will review Carla's Comfort Foods soon. In the meantime, if there is a book signing in your area, go out and meet her. I think you will be pleased and will enjoy the experience.