Friday, April 6, 2018

Tales of the Traveling Tote Swap - The Taste of Alabama...

Last month some of the Tales of the Traveling Tote bloggers participated in a swap called "The Taste Of....." where we exchanged gifts that included "flavors of our area".  My swap partner was Emily, of The French Hutch.

Emily is from Alabama and sent a fabulous gift box from Dreamland in Tuscaloosa.


 Dreamland Bar-B-Que is a barbecue restaurant chain based in Alabama. It was founded by "Big Daddy" John Bishop in the Jerusalem Heights neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1958, but has since franchised, opening Alabama restaurants in Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile, and Northport.



Spring still hasn't arrived in central NY, so we haven't started grilling, but we were anxious to try the BBQ sauce, so we tried it on chicken strips the other night.  It is a light, delicious, tangy sauce!  Later this week I am making oven baked french fries and plan on trying the "Dipping Sauce"!


I am so anxious to try this on some large chicken breasts and ribs on the grill, as well as the other products in the generous gift pack!!!

If I ever get to Alabama, Dreamland will be on my list of places to visit!!

Thanks, Emily, for sending the "Taste of Alabama" up to Central NY!


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16 comments:

  1. Wow... those sauces and rub look positively delish!!! Good job on the chicken. Have a great weekend, Patti.

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  2. Yum! These gifts from the South are really whetting my appetite...not only for the food itself, but the weather to enjoy that food in!
    Patti, this was a great idea. I'm really enjoying all the posts from various regions. Thank you for organizing another fun way of getting to know our tribe mates!
    Happy a good weekend.

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  3. Everyone in Alabama knows and loves Dreamland Patti, it's positively an institution, and you will have a lot of tasty meals in the days ahead! I do hope your snow will finally quit so you can try these things on your outdoor grill! Thanks again for putting this fun swap together!
    Jenna

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  4. Patti, you are going to have a tasty summer with treats from your grill. I hope the snow STOPS soon so you can get out and do some grilling. The chicken strips looks delicious.
    Thanks for organizing this fun swap. I'm off to visit the others. Have a great day, our fearless leader!

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  5. Time for grilling with that wonderful gift package from Emily. Those Southern sauces sound amazing! Such a fun swap and great idea Patti. have a great weekend and I hope the snow has finally ended so you can enjoy some spring weather.

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  6. Hi Patti, I am looking forward to enjoying more of my "Taste of NY" this weekend with the delicious treats you sent. We recently enjoyed the wine on a glorious afternoon on our veranda. Hope you will see some spring weather and temps soon. Your chicken looks delicious, one of my favorite meats to use with the Dreamland rugs and sauce. Thank you sweet friend for organizing this fun swap. Have a great weekend.......

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  7. What fun,and delicious sounding gifts you received from Emily, Patti! Foodie gifts are always appreciated.

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  8. Wow, what a nice swap! It's fun to get foods from other areas in the country. Now for that grilling weather.....

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  9. I'm sure those sauces are awesome!Great swap!

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  10. I feel the same - I want to go to Alabama now! What yummy flavors. We always grill year round - sometimes in a foot of snow! I just put my boots on and go outside - I know - I am crazy. Great swap Emily!

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  11. Yum! I am itching for BBQ season. This swap was so much fun, and it took my mind off of winter for a few days. LOL Emily picked a great swap item for you. Hurry up Summer! I think we have skipped Spring.

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  12. What fun to get that package. I love southern BBQ...the sauce is completely different from what you get here. I hope you have a wonderful week, Patti! xo Diana

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  13. Dreamland is very well known in Alabama. You got a generous sampling of those products. I'm sure you will be a fan now.
    Sounds like your swap idea was a great success.

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  14. We had Dreamland ribs yesterday. When I was a student at the University of Alabama, I went to Dreamland often. You could only order ribs, and they brought Sunbeam bread to the table with the ribs. There was plenty of BBQ sauce for dipping the bread (and for the ribs, too) and they had sweet tea and beer...yes they had both kinds (according to them) Bud and Bud Lite! One of my hometown friends owns the company now, and she's done an amazing job with it. ;D

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  15. Patti, Imagine that restaurant--it sounds like Dreamland is a good name for it based on the tempting sauces and the others comments here from all the southern ladies who know it and love it! I think we are missing out up here! What a great package from Emily! Enjoy! Linda

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