May 2, 2008

Submarines and Aunt B's, St. Marys, Georgia

Right next to St. Marys, Georgia is Kings Bay, home to a Naval Submarine Base known as SuBase Kings Bay.

Near one of the base entrances sits the USS George Bancroft SSBN 643 Sail Exhibit. George Bancroft was the founder of the United States Naval Academy and this was the fourth ship named after him. In commission for 27 years from 1966 to 1993, the ship entered the Ship and Submarine Recycling Program and ceased to exist on March 30, 1998.

This exhibit of the sail is part of the St. Marys Submarine Museum collection.

Aunt B's Homestyle Buffet is part of the St. Marys restaurant collection.

You come to "get your fatback at Aunt B's."

What is fatback, you ask? It comes from the layer of fat along the back of the pig. Gee, that's what it sounds like. Here at Aunt B's it is deep-fried and heavily salted. Used for cracklings, it seems to be a pork rind to us. We tried it once and probably won't again.

Being basically bacon fat, it is also used to flavor stewed vegetables and is a traditional part of southern cuisine and soul food.

Be sure and tell Sonya hello for us. She has been working at Aunt B's since a few days after her family opened it 6 years ago.

For a few more pictures, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/may/eatingatauntbsstmar/ .

To be continued...

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