Ad Spot

CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — What’s in your summer lunch box?

What are you packin’ for park excursions, bike rides and office lunches?

The “same” works in a rush.

If your summer season is slower, experiment.

Spread the love

Remember that sandwiches can be for supper and even entertaining.

Our musician friend continues to perfect a bean burger with thin slices of purple onion, avocado spread evenly all the way to the sides and dashes of hot sauce on sprouted Ezekiel-type breads.

Salads make cool sides.

Make that sandwich mindfully and contemplate all the efforts made to grow the food, get it to the market and into your home to nourish you. Prepare, dine and enjoy with gratitude.

What are they smoking in Iowa?

You’d think pecan wood smoked sweet black peppered ham would be my favorite. Maybe next week.

I’m committed to brown sugar ham for today. Hormel Natural Choice chose applewood to flavor garlic and ham turkey breast and ham.

Your mind went to sandwiches, right?

But it’s easy to whip up ham salad from these guys, packaged in a box. They’re minimally packaged with no nitrates, preservatives, artificial ingredients or added hormones.

That’s what they’re smoking in Osceola, Iowa, and it’s what’s for lunch.

The Cheese Guy

Gouda with a smooth soft touch is from pasture-Raised cows that are doing a great job, from the taste of it. Torio is a new one for me.

Sheep and cow milk cheese is semi-hard and didn’t even need a cracker. I enjoyed it on its own.

Parmesan is aged three years and has a just-right bite. It’s so rich.

Now, for the Ghost Pepper Jack… Some heat is coming through in these colorful specks. I like it. is rocking it.

Almonds make yogurt

Toss an Ayo almond milk yogurt into your portable feast to keep your lunch box cool in two ways: temperature and hip, smooth, flavorful treats.

It’s yogurt made personal and delicious, makers say, as every single organic almond comes from their family orchard.

Check out, which will fill you in on this smooth stuff, flavored with berries and vanilla.

Eat a treat and feel healthy.

Darragh Doiron is a Port Arthur area foodie eying the clock for lunch time. Share your sandwich tips with her at


COVID concerns increase as cases spike, school year looms, town hall planned


Tax office opening plans for Mid County, Port Arthur following COVID cases


Port Arthur delays cited in termination of LNG customer agreement; major project decision set for 2022

High School Sports

Check out Nederland’s new volleyball uniform & schedule


New trial date set for suspect in 2018 killing of Floyd Dergent in Port Arthur


Problems with vacant Renaissance Hospital detailed; Groves seeks answers from property owner


Port Neches speeding concerns lead to $33K traffic study; see what roads are targeted


South County Physical Therapy shares story of success more than 50 years in the making


Nederland business robbed at gunpoint Monday morning; shot fired to open safe


CHRISTUS helps seniors in need keep cool; now you can too


Area anesthesiologist named Texas Medical Association Trustees vice chair


COVID cases rising locally, across county. More than 50 diagnosed since Friday.


2019 fatal hit-&-run “person of interest” taken into custody Monday morning, Port Arthur Police say


Health department details 20-plus new COVID cases for Mid & South County residents


See where gas prices are headed after 2021 U.S. gasoline demand hits new high


SEE THE LIST: Drug possession, burglaries & forgeries lowlight indictments


CHRISTUS to announce support for summer fan drive & reach out for public participation


Nederland voters elect new councilman


PAISD transportation department prepping for new school year


Port Arthur man reportedly injures 85-year-old family member; also faces sex offender registration charge


STEPHEN HEMELT — House Bill 4545, Senate Bill 1697 upping demands on local school districts

High School Sports

Local company to stream Bulldog football games


PHOTO FEATURE — New Port Arthur Fire Chief meets with community members


PHOTO FEATURE — Contractor completing water tower artwork