Stacey Wallace

Stacey Wallace

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Stacey is a writer for The Observer

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

Melt Auburn OPINION — Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Boy, my husband Mike and I pulled a doozy a few weeks ago.We traveled to Willow Point Country Club in my hometown of Alexander City (“Eleck” City to the locals). There,...

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Making the Grade | June 27, 2024

Making the Grade | June 27, 2024

On the road to Dadeville OPINION — When I was growing up in Alexander City (“Eleck” City to the locals), there was a big rivalry between our city and Dadeville; our cities were and still are, separated by the Tallapoosa River Bridge.Unfortunately,...

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

Alabama Fried Chicken & Fish OPINION — Last month, Mike and I went on our dream vacation: We spent two weeks in Scotland, the land of our ancestors. Mike is a Wallace (you can’t be more Scottish than that) and my sweet Mama was a McEachern; we...

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

Bunkers OPINION — Way back when I was 18-20 years old, I was mildly addicted to video games such as Galaga (my personal favorite), Ms. Pac Man and Dig Dug.I used to go to my bank’s drive through, where I would cash a three-to-five-dollar check....

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Making the Grade | May 16, 2024

Making the Grade | May 16, 2024

Tiger on the Green OPINION — Do you enjoy playing golf? Now, that probably sounds like a strange introductory question for a restaurant review column; however, it will make sense in a few paragraphs.My husband Mike and I admire the physical...

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On the road to SpringHouse in Alex City

On the road to SpringHouse in Alex City

OPINION — Back when I was growing up in Alexander City (“Eleck” City to the locals), there was no special, elegant restaurant at which to dine. We mainly had fast food establishments, and my friends and I frequented Hardee’s, Pizza Hut and Sonic.In...

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Lunch is served: The Grille at Botanic

Lunch is served: The Grille at Botanic

BY STACEY WALLACE OPINION — If you are like most people, you have a number of restaurants where you regularly dine. Since Mike and I moved to Auburn in November 2015, we have enjoyed a variety of great restaurants.One restaurant in Opelika, The...

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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

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

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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