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Sombreros and Kilts

Updated on March 17, 2012

Sombreros and Kilts

You can keep your hat on.
You can keep your hat on.

Sombreros and Kilts

When Hurricane Katrina hit Gulfport, MS [It never hit New Orleans, but that's a topic for another article.], we had a house there about eight blocks from the water.  Our street dead-ended on the beach road and at that intersection sat our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Maguey.
El Maguey was already open when we bought our beach house and we fell in love with it the first time we visited.  The fact that they had really good margaritas didn't hurt.  Like many restaurants, we settled in with our favorite dishes and ordered the same thing almost every visit.  The owners were a Latino family that were active in the local community and had obviously been there for a number of years.  They had an established clientelle and numerous photos, clippings, and reviews framed and on display throughout the restaurant and bar.  Also in the lobby was a countdown-to-cinco de mayo clock that ran all year round.    The margaritas came out of one of those big machines like an Icee maker, but they were GOOD!


An old friend displays his heritage.
An old friend displays his heritage.

Margaritas and Guiness

After a few months, a new building went up across the beach road from El Maguey's and about a block down the street. On the ground floor, an Irish pub opened called, "The Irish Coast". Step through their heavy wood door and step into a New York Irish pub. The architecture, furnishing, decorations, and bar all screamed "IRISH PUB" and of course they offered Guiness Beer by the pint.

During the summers, our granddaughter Chloe and daughter Jen would come to the coast from New Jersey to visit. They loved the beach and the ambiance of the area. Often, while my wife spent quality time with our Chloe, Jen and I would do a Gulf Coast version of a pub crawl. Usually it was just to the pub and El Maguey. In addition to being just a block away from each other, both were just eight blocks from our house. If we got too plastered, we could crawl home -- but that never happened!

Que hace ese tipo aqui vistiendo una falda escocesa?

The first year we were in Gulfport, my wife (Miss Bob) and I made the short trip over to El Maguey for Cinco de Mayo. Wow! The parking lot was jammed! There was over an hour wait for a table and we had parked so far away, we had to walk right past the Irish Coast. So..........we just went back there. A tradition was born. The entire time we lived in Gulfport, we always went to El Maguey on St. Patrick's Day and to the Irish Coast on Cinco de Mayo. Both businesses were destroyed by Katrina and as far as I know have never returned. Years later now, it's a story we tell frequently and enjoy reliving the memories.

Irish Pub in North Carolina

Post script

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Two days after publishing the above article, it appears that we've started a trend!

Check out the photo to the right. ===>>


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    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great to have started a tradition, I am all for doing that.

      Alas the ravages of time and estrangements, these have fallen by the wayside.

      Except in my memories, when that nostalgia creeps in, like an unwanted fog on a long long journey.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      El Maguey sounds like our fave Mexican restaurant. Our friends from South of the border own and run it.

      I love a man in a kilt! Must be my Scottish heritage!

    • AnaKirk profile image


      8 years ago

      I live in Iowa and was here during the 2008 flood, walking distance from where the waters covered stop signs and traffic lights. I'm grateful our property wasn't destroyed as I met personally with others who lost their home and valuable possessions. Sometimes all we have are our memories.

    • stars439 profile image


      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice hub. Very sorry you lost a house in Gulfport, MS. So very sad what Katrina did to so many home owners, and everyone in general. The photos are superb. God Bless You.

    • FCEtier profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thanks Gypsy. We miss those places and the great days and will never forget them!

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Sad but enjoyable story. Guiness is one of my favorite tipples!

    • FCEtier profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thanks Joshua!

      I've been thinking about an article on Katrina for several years. I'll be sure and let you know when it goes up.

    • Joshua Kell profile image

      Levi Joshua Kell 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub! Sounds like a wonderful place to live. I am eagerly waiting for your article on Katrina. Thanx.

    • FCEtier profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Mattias, BJ, and U Neek, thanks for commenting!

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      U Neek 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great idea! I always like to follow the road less traveled. Fun hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • BJBenson profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I love a man in a kilt. My husband did brave heart one year for Halloween. It was great! I enjoy old pub stories.

      Wonderful story.

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      8 years ago

      Sombreros and kilts yes, the kilt reminds me about "Braveheart" directed by Mel Gibson where he also has one of the main characters.

    • Bob Etier profile image

      Bob Etier 

      8 years ago from Western North Carolina

      I'm not going to Mangham for the reunion unless Reese wears a kilt.


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