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To Spud Or Not To Spud


By Gini Rainey

Take if from this Norwegian/German girl who really knows her spuds, there’s some mighty good eating out there if you are looking for variety and great tastes – not to mention the terrific nutritional value of the lowly potato. Did you know the average-sized potato only has 110 calories and is absolutely sodium, fat, and cholesterol free? It’s all the yummy stuff we pile on them that add the calories, etc.

regio baked potato tyler txHowever, when lunch time rolls around our office, the usual question is, “What’s for lunch?” Well, at least once a week or so, Regio’s pops up as the definitive answer. This franchised chain, started in Austin by Juan Bazaldua, has 47 locations across Texas, and Tyler’s restaurant is located at 614 Valentine Street – basically a block from where Gentry Parkway dead-ends into Beckham/271 N. Although their main claim to fame is their grilled chicken, our favorite remains the Papas Regio – Regio’s baked potato. Loaded up with your choice of carne asada or chicken, they also make sure you have plenty of butter, cilantro, onions, sour cream, cheese, and one big ol’ grilled jalapeño. There is also a side of crème y jalapeño just in case you need a little more fire to go with your potato.

If BBQ is more up your alley, you might want to stop by Rudy’s Country Store and BarBQue. Rudy’s got its start in the Texas Hill Country and our location in Tyler is at 1410 SSW Loop 323. Although primarily known for excellent barbecue, you really need to try their Jumbo Smoked Potato. Smoked right in the pit with the meat, these babies are filled through and through with a good old smokehouse flavor. Topped with your choices of butter, chives, cheese, and onions, you can also have your pick of smoked beef, pork, or chicken added on top.

stanleys bbq tyler tx baked potato brisketNot to be outdone, Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q at 525 S. Beckham in Tyler, has a baked potato offering, too. This baby, over-stuffed with brisket, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, and butter, is just one more way you can enjoy their melt-in-your-mouth pit-smoked beef. Take a seat in their unpretentious joint and dig into some good eating.

Alongside these unusual choices in baked potatoes, you can also get some mighty fine eating on with one of the many choices at McAlister’s Deli, 4325 Old Bullard Road. Their Spuds menu has so many choices on it, from Spud MaxiTM to Justaspud©, you might have a hard time trying to decide which one you want to try first. One thing is for sure – when you sit down to one of these babies, you aren’t going to go away hungry.

A long-time favorite in Tyler, Jason’s Deli, located at 4913 S. Broadway, has a couple of good potatoes on their menu: The Plain Jane – which isn’t so plain, and the Pollo Mexicano. Although Jason’s generally cuts the ends of two potatoes and merges them into one ginormous tater, it does make it easier to ask for a lighter portion and be accommodated.

Daniel Boone’s at 1920 ESE Loop 323 in Tyler has a mucho grande potato on their menu that would stop a bear in its tracks. The Big Stuffed Baked Tater is a “might-near one pound tater that is topped with butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, ham, & bacon.” If that’s not enough to fill your tummy up, for a buck more you can have grilled chicken or seasoned ground meat added to the top.

Perhaps you would prefer to have a nice, quiet sit down meal in a pleasant atmosphere with your friends and would like to add option of great salad bar to your lunch potato. Then The Potpourri House would be the place for you to go. Located at 3320 Troup Highway in Tyler, The Potpourri House has been serving great meals to Tylerites for decades. Not only can you enjoy a quiet lunch, but you can also shop in their unique boutique for gifts, jewelry, clothing and more.

If you’re looking for a baked potato that’s not too hard on your calorie intake or your wallet, try one of Wendy’s (several locations in Tyler) spuds on for size. From the Sour Cream and Chive Potato on their value menu to a plain baked potato or the Broccoli Cheese Potato, you can hardly beat the tasty, light fluffiness of these spuds. For a bit of an extra kick, get a small chili and pour it on the plain baked potato – it will definitely kick it up a notch.

So, why are you just sitting there? Why don’t you help yourself, please, to some good nutrition and yummy eating by picking up a spud for lunch today?

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Festival of Fruit: 34th Annual Tomato Fest Saturday, June 9th

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34th Annual Tomato Fest Saturday, June 9th

Welcome to Jacksonville – home of the best tasting fruit – tomatoes!

Local farmers are busy getting ready for the upcoming 34th Annual Tomato Fest in Jacksonville, Texas by planting acres of the best tastin’ tomatoes. Join the celebration Saturday, June 9th in downtown Jacksonville for a BIG day of activities that will be happening all day long. Over 200+ vendors and all kinds of festival food, including the famous fried green tomatoes, Farmers Market, $500 Got Talent Contest, Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Tennis Tournament, Soccer Tournament, Softball Tournament, Entertainment, Kidz Zone, and so much more will cover 5 blocks downtown. Tomato events include Salsa Contest, Tomato Eating and Peeling Contest, Tomato Archery, Tomato Shoot, Best Home Grown Tomato Contest, Tomato Packing Contest and tour the Tomato Shed. Saturday evening, Chili’s Street Dance will take place featuring Brian Chance Band and Lady Chazz and the Tramps. 

Activities kick off on Saturday, June 2nd with a 5k run sponsored by All Smiles. Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th is Family First Clinic’s corporate challenge Dodgeball Tournament. On Wednesday, June 6th, a Gospel Concert sponsored by Whataburger featuring, The Group, will perform at Central Baptist Church. New this year on Thursday, June 8th  is the Farm to Table dinner event that will take place at Castle on the Lake on beautiful Lake Jacksonville and will be catered by Rob Gowin, Sadler’s Kitchen & Catering. A 4 Man Scramble takes place at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Club on Friday, June 8th. The final Tomato Fest week celebration ends at Lake Jacksonville with a Ski Show on Sunday, June 10th.

Taste for yourself the best tomatoes and fun festival packed with lots to do for everyone.  For additional information, contact Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at (903)586-2217, or go to or


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East Texans Learn to “Live Healthy”

This Month at Integrative Health Matters:

Integrative Health Matters offers a healthy alternative to losing weight.

“Food is the real medicine. Through our innovative, hands-on programs, we aim to inspire healthy change through education. Diseases, chronic conditions, inflammation, and immune system disorders are often attributed to diet. Food is the medicine that can fix the problem. Integrative Health Matters is lifestyle medicine. It’s not about drugs and doctor’s appointments. It’s about how to eat right, how to think right, and to understand all the things we have to do to stay healthy,” said neurosurgeon Guy Danielson, medical director and founder of Integrative Health Matters. “This is root cause (medicine), not covering up symptoms with something from the pharmacy. The pharmacy is out in the garden.”

The public has opportunities to visit Integrative Health Matters at any of these classes:

  • Every Wednesday (12:15-1:15pm) – Mindful Movements ; (5:15-6:15pm) – “Just Breathe” Meditation
  • May 4th (10-11am) – Functional Food Friday: Detoxing
  • May 8th (6-7:30pm) – Kitchen Talk: Tabbouleh with Karol
  • May 11th (10-11am) – Functional Food Friday: Eating Seasonally
  • May 21st (6-7:30pm) – The Good News About Type 2 Diabetes
  • May 22nd (6-7:30pm) – Kitchen Talk: Raising Healthy Eaters
  • May 25th (10-11am) – Functional Food Friday: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Cooking classes offered twice monthly are in-depth health and cooking presentations. These “Kitchen Talks” invite the public into the IHM instructional kitchen to learn to cook tasty and nutritious meals and create a healthy home environment.

Integrative Health Matters is located at 419 WSW Loop 323 #400 in Tyler, next to La Madeleine. For information about Integrative Health Matters, contact (903)595-8077 or visit

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Pure Bliss at M6 Winery

M6 Winery:

Celebrating Life & Good Things

Written and Photographed by Barbara Greenbauer

Take some time to wind down, breathe, and enjoy a superb glass of wine at M6 Winery & Tasting Room and Gift Shop in downtown Bullard. Owners Joe and Anne Moody set the pace as the charming and affable owners who greet you at the door and welcome you inside.

The atmosphere is palatable the minute you arrive, inside the front door is a Texas trove of hand-made one of a kind wood pieces that can either house your own wine collection or accent it. Move along into the inner room and you will feel right at home as you order wine, food, and listen to live music.

Joe Moody is in his element and passionate about his foray into the wine business. Relying on his business background and his interest in the wine-making industry, he has developed an inventory of his own, a grand selection of whites and reds that will be taste bud treats to either the wine connoisseur or novice.

“Wine is about celebrating life and the good things,” explains Moody. “Anne and I have traveled from California to Italy and experienced multitudes of vineyards and tasting rooms.  We were ready to bring all of our experiences to East Texas.” M6 derives its name from the Moody’s family of six, including the four grown children who were a piece of the business from its infancy. M6 Winery & Tasting Room is nestled on a corner of downtown Bullard, a piece of property Joe Moody has owned for over 20 years that has served as his office for both an oil/gas and real estate business over the years.

“Creating a good wine is an act of love and patience,” explains Moody. “Grapes cannot be rushed and in the process, you have to be aware of what you are looking for in a flavor profile. It takes a lot of planning and preparation; blending is like art with different aromas, colors, and flavors.”

The tasting room is an experience in itself, from the beautiful front and center bar fashioned from the ribs of wine barrels to the tin roof and rough cedar ceiling accents. Choose your wine and sit back while local musicians entertain.

There’s another great space outside that the Moody’s affectionately call The Vinery, a vine-covered patio with plenty of room and great furniture to sit on while you  enjoy the Texas weather.

Your palette will applaud you when you sample an M6 original wine. White wines include the Blue Norther, an aromatic semi-sweet Riesling with hints of apples and stone fruit. The Bluebonnet is an off-dry white blend, perfect for poultry, fish, and pasta dishes. Or try the Sweet TexAnne, named for Mrs. Moody, with sweet honeysuckle and strawberry overtones. This wine is perfect for summer salads and cheeses and is sweet enough to serve as a light dessert wine.

The Texas Viognier is an unoaked, medium to full-bodied dry wine, with notes of pears, honeysuckle, and tangerine. It pairs well with roasted poultry, orange chicken, seafood, apricots, fennel, capers, or pumpkin.

M6’s Rosé wines include the Blushing Texan, a semi-sweet Rosé wine blend with a light pink color. The appropriately monikered Tyler Rosé is a dry blend with a touch of High Plains Zinfandel. This blend was created especially for our local Tyler market and its famous association with roses.

If red is more your thing, there are lots to choose from. Friendship Red is made with the hearty Ruby Cabernet grape. It is a great compliment to all things pasta, as it goes great with all sauces, from marinara to Alfredo.

The Moodys very first Signature Blend is Vintner’s Touch, a bold red blend that pairs well with roasted meats. This blend is made from grapes grown both in Texas and California.

Red Texana is great with Texas BBQ or Tex-Mex dishes. It is full-bodied and made from the Ruby Cabernet grape. It has a spicy finish.

Feel free to pair your wine with meat, cheese, or combo plates, olive oil with bread and spices, or a slider plate. Paired flights include a chocolate or cheese, and of course, you can do a Tasting Flight of five different wines and keep the signature M6 tasting glass. M6 wines range from an affordable $18 to $28 a bottle.

Be part of the family and join the M6 Wine Club to experience the best of their offerings with five special wine shipments annually. When it’s time to get your selections, M6 offers a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres to members at pickup parties.

M6 can host your private party and create personalized wine labels to commemorate any event from birthdays to anniversaries.

Joe has nothing but compliments for the wine-growing community in East Texas, saying “We are all very supportive of each other and share resources and information.”

Mark your calendars for the Piney Woods Wine Festival, running May 11th-12th and join M6 and the other 18 wineries on the trail for a spectacular weekend of music, art, and of course, lots of wine to taste.

Lauren and Bobby Grounds from Tyler wanted a new destination and searched the internet for wine and live music and found M6. “We love this venue,” said Lauren. “It’s very different and fun, and the wine is fantastic.” They were trying the Blue Norther and the Blushing Texan with a cheese plate and Billy said “We will definitely be back. We like the atmosphere here.  It’s very welcoming.”

Joe is thrilled that M6 wines are featured at favorite Tyler restaurants, including Rotolo’s, Dakotas, and the Grove. “Mention that you would like to try an M6 wine and you won’t be disappointed,” he said.

The Moodys welcome you to experience M6 Winery & Tasting Room. “We want everyone who visits us to feel like they are our honored guest,” said Joe Moody.

M6 is open Saturdays from 1-6:30pm and is located at 201 W. Main St., Bullard. They can be reached at (903)360-0369, by email at, or on Facebook at M6Winery.

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