Stacey Wallace

Stacey Wallace

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Stacey is a writer for The Observer

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Taste test hosted by Lee County Schools

Taste test hosted by Lee County Schools

BY STACEY WALLACE OPINION — What do you remember about the food served in your high school lunchroom? Was the food good, or did it include mystery meat and surprise casserole?Back in 1978-1981, my good friends Amelia, Leigh Ann and I attended...

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Sabor a Mexico Mexican Grill

Sabor a Mexico Mexican Grill

OPINION — Back in 1990, when I was a first year English teacher in LaGrange, Georgia, money was tight, to say the least. After paying my rent, car payment, utilities, groceries, gas, etc., my wallet echoed.My sweet parents helped me out a lot, and...

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On the road to Alex City: Wharf Casual Seafood

On the road to Alex City: Wharf Casual Seafood

OPINION — As I’ve mentioned many times in this column, Lee County has many wonderful restaurants to enjoy. I’m grateful for this, not only because my husband Mike and I love to eat out; the large number of restaurants has allowed me to write my...

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Making the Grade | Corner Office

Making the Grade | Corner Office

OPINION — Early August 2019. My husband Mike and I got up at about 4:15 a.m. central time, and we had a little spring in our steps despite the incredibly early hour. Why? Because it was the first pre-planning day of our 30th year of teaching, our...

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Making the Grade | Don’t walk, run to Donut Worry

Making the Grade | Don't walk, run to Donut Worry

OPINION — “If it tastes good, spit it out!” said the humorous, older lady at Kroger in LaGrange, Georgia, many years ago. Unfortunately, she was giving me good advice. At the time, I was looking at a food item which was unhealthy for diabetics such...

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Lucky Pot lives up to hype

Lucky Pot lives up to hype

BY STACEY WALLACE OPINION — As I have probably mentioned before in this column (It’s hard to remember because, unbelievably, I have written for The Observer for almost three years), my sweet Daddy LOVED to eat Chinese food once a week. Therefore,...

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Making the Grade: On the road to Columbus, Georgia

Making the Grade: On the road to Columbus, Georgia

BY STACEY WALLACEPHOTOS BY MIKE WALLACE OPINION — As I have mentioned many times in this column, I dislike and distrust most technology. However, even I have to admit that some technology has made life much easier for me. For example, back when I...

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Hector’s Cantina & Grill

Hector's Cantina & Grill

BY STACEY WALLACE | PHOTO BY MIKE WALLACE by STACEYPATTON WALLACE Last month, on Sunday, Nov. 5, our good friend Jack had a very bad day. He stepped wrong and fell in his backyard, breaking both the tibia and fibula bones in his ankle. Even so,...

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Wild Flour Bakery & Espresso

Wild Flour Bakery & Espresso

by STACEYPATTON WALLACE As I’ve mentioned many times in this column, I am the “Queen of the Klutzes.” When I go anywhere, I’m apt to drip, slip or trip. In an earlier column, I wrote about a time when my lack of gracefulness was really on display...

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Making the Grade:

Making the Grade:

Conquistador lives up to its reputation BY STACEY WALLACE Yo hablo español un poquito. That is Spanish for, “I speak Spanish a little.” I took one year of Spanish in junior high and a second year at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City. I...

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

On the road to Florence, Alabama BY STACEY WALLACE OPINION —One of the greatest blessings that Mike and I have ever received from God would be our loving, Christian parents. If 30 years of teaching have taught us anything, it was that there is no...

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Making the Grade | Don’t walk, run to Donut Worry

Making the Grade: Mr. Gatti's Pizza

Get your money's worth at Mr. Gatti's in Opelika BY STACEY WALLACE / PHOTOS BY MIKE WALLACE Have you ever noticed that the food you love the most is usually the kind you’re not supposed to eat? As a diabetic, I am supposed to watch what I eat...

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Making the Grade: Foodies Gourmet Café & Bodega

Making the Grade: Foodies Gourmet Café & Bodega

BY STACEY WALLACE As I’ve mentioned before in this column, I am incredibly clumsy. In fact, if you still have a good, old 20th Century dictionary, and you look up the word “clumsy,” my picture will be there. I am always tripping, dropping or...

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Making the Grade: Amsterdam Café North Auburn

Making the Grade: Amsterdam Café North Auburn

BY STACEY WALLACE /PHOTOS BY MIKE WALLACE FOR THE OBSERVER Unbelievably, my husband Mike and I will soon celebrate our 8th year living in Auburn, and it has been such a blessing. As I may have mentioned before in this column, Mike, out of the blue,...

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Making The Grade: On the Road to Alexander City

Making The Grade: On the Road to Alexander City

BY STACEY WALLACE As I mentioned before in my last column, recently my much older brother Mike (As the youngest Patton child, I love saying that.) and my sister-in-law Sandi visited my husband Mike and me for a few days before they went back home...

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Making the Grade: A Taste of Asia

Making the Grade: A Taste of Asia

BY STACEY WALLACE / FOR THE OBSERVER PHOTOS BY MIKE WALLACE / FOR THE OBSERVER Spring rolls from Taste of Asia in Opelika, located at 3750 Pepperell Parkway. As I have mentioned before in this column, I have two much older brothers named Jim and...

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Making the Grade | Don’t walk, run to Donut Worry

Making the Grade: Mellow Mushroom

The Chicken Jerk Hoagie served at Mellow Mushroom in Auburn.  Way back on June 8, 1990, I received my master’s degree in english education from Auburn University. Around that time, Dr. Terry C. Ley, my professor, adviser, and the best teacher...

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Making the Grade: Staks Pancake Kitchen

Making the Grade: Staks Pancake Kitchen

On Nov. 5, 2005, Mike and I were married at Orr Street Baptist Church in my hometown of Alexander City, (“Eleck” City to the locals). We married fairly late in life for most people: Mike was 46, and I was 42, almost 43. I may have mentioned this...

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Making the Grade:  On the Road to Orange Beach

Making the Grade: On the Road to Orange Beach

By Stacey WallaceAs I have previously mentioned in this column, my husband Mike and I love to travel, and visiting all 50 states is on our bucket list. Also, we wanted to take an Alaskan cruise because we had heard that it would be a lot of fun....

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Making the Grade: Mochiatsu

Making the Grade: Mochiatsu

Mochiatsu, located at 132 N. College St. in Auburn, opened last March serving Korean hot dogs, donuts and bubble tea. Mochiatsu's donuts and Korean-style hot dogs come in a variety of flavors. I am certainly a creature of habit in most things,...

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