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View From Your Table

Starhill, Louisiana [1]

Starhill, Louisiana

That’s my dashboard, parked outside of my church, after a long roadtrip. Is there any Southerner who doesn’t love a Moon Pie?

By the way, we’re in Holy Week in the Orthodox Church, and that means lots of church (Pascha — Orthodox Easter — is this Sunday). If your curious about Orthodox Christianity, and live in West Feliciana Parish, or even in the Baton Rouge area, we’d love to see you at St. John the Theologian, our country mission congregation, in the next few days. Check out the worship schedule at the church website [2].

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21 Comments To "View From Your Table"

#1 Comment By Michael Reneau On May 2, 2013 @ 12:07 am

Rod, just want to take a moment to mention that Moon Pies are manufactured in the great city of Chattanooga! Sorry, had to give my hometown some love. Also, I noticed after reading Little Way that Ruthie’s Dr. Tim did a residency in Chattanooga. Good things come out of Chattanooga, I’m telling ya.

#2 Comment By Evgeni On May 2, 2013 @ 2:26 am

I never have the right words for this, but seeing the Eastern lung of the Body of Christ flourish and breathe in the moist honeysuckle air of the South fills me with joy. I’m a Roman myself, but I pray that the glories of the Divine Liturgies of of Chrysostom, Basil, and James be more widely known and rejoiced in. A blessed and glorious Pascha to you and yours, Rod- and a happy feast of St. Athanasius from your Roman readers.

#3 Comment By MH – Secular Misanthropist On May 2, 2013 @ 7:42 am

This is a riot.

#4 Comment By baconboy On May 2, 2013 @ 8:27 am

Aren’t moonpies by nature required to paired with a nice bottle of RC Cola? And does RC Cola still exist?

#5 Comment By FatHappySouthernBoy On May 2, 2013 @ 9:14 am

Yes RC Cola still exists, though it is hard to find. And it should be purchased in a can, not a bottle, to truly enjoy it paired with a Moonpie.

[Note from Rod: You’re one of those Canners? Blasphemy! Everybody knows the One True Way to drink RC Cola is from a cold bottle. Repent, while there is still time! — RD]

#6 Comment By Bernie On May 2, 2013 @ 9:30 am

I join MH – Secular Misanthropist in saying that your photo of the Moon Pie wrapper is a riot! As a southerner, I know of no one who does not love these “down home” treats!

I also join Evgeni, as a fellow Roman, in wishing you, your family and your Orthodox community a beautiful and blessed Holy Week and Easter.

#7 Comment By Josh Sundheim On May 2, 2013 @ 10:03 am

Fantastic pic! I live in Chattanooga, and attend one of the two Orthodox churches here. I’ll make sure to have some Moon Pies, Double Cola and Krystal burgers for the Great Feast!

#8 Comment By EngineerScotty On May 2, 2013 @ 10:21 am

So, what day do Eastern Christians play the Super Bowl? 😛

#9 Comment By Pete S On May 2, 2013 @ 10:26 am

As a Northerner whose exposure to the South has been limited to the occasional trip to Florida – what on Earth is a Moon Pie? I’m serious about this. My wife and daughter and I will be driving south this summer and it sounds like this is something I have been missing out on.

#10 Comment By Brett On May 2, 2013 @ 10:27 am

I was about to comment about Double Cola, and see that Josh beat me to it. I grew up drinking Double Cola – I think it was cheaper than other brands.

Another great Southern soft drink is Sun Drop. I live near the AL/TN border. You know you’ve crossed into TN when you start seeing Sun Drop everywhere.

#11 Comment By Sands On May 2, 2013 @ 10:28 am

“Everybody knows the One True Way to drink RC Cola is from a cold bottle.”

If you can find a glass bottle, sure. Otherwise, the can is they way to go.

#12 Comment By Leslie Fain On May 2, 2013 @ 10:44 am

I have not seen a Double Cola since I saw one of their drink machines at a hotel in Huntsville in 1983. My parents, sister and I had just moved back to Alabama from K-town, Germany.

#13 Comment By JohnC On May 2, 2013 @ 11:21 am

Yes. RC Cola still exists, but it is difficult to find at a convenience store. The grocery stores carry it. The Diet RC flies off the shelf because it contains no caffeine or aspartame. It has Splenda. 2 liter bottle for 99 cents. You can save those calories for the moon pie. You can also get free moon pies at the Mardi Gras parades in Mobile.

#14 Comment By Doug W On May 2, 2013 @ 11:42 am

RC Cola, bleh. You mean an ice cold Ale-8-One.

#15 Comment By FatHappySouthernBoy On May 2, 2013 @ 1:03 pm


I will repent when I can balance my moonpie on the top of a bottle while pulling in bass from the end of the dock.

[Note from Rod: Touché! 😉 — RD]

#16 Comment By dhoff On May 2, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

Scooter Pies!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!

#17 Comment By Jack Ross On May 2, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

Moon pie? Oh my . . . what a time to be alive!

#18 Comment By Patrick Harris On May 2, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

I’m one of those heretical Southerners who’s never much cared for Moon Pies, though all this is starting to make me feel like there’s something wrong with me.

#19 Comment By LouB On May 2, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

Cheerwine, please. In a bottle – made with cane sugar.

#20 Comment By Turmarion On May 2, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

You don’t see Moon Pies as much in Kentucky, we being a border state; and though I remember it being commoner in my youth, you don’t see RC as much as the other colas. However, we do have our own pop, Ale 81, which I have to give a shout-out here. You’ve gotta love a drink that tastes like ginger ale (my wife says it’s more like ginger beer) and has caffeine!

#21 Comment By EngineerScotty On May 3, 2013 @ 12:48 am

RC must be a Southern thing–out West, we all pretty much agree that it’s piss-water; what restaurants serve when they’re too cheap to buy Coke or Pepsi.

But it’s entirely possible that the RC we get out here is piss-water, particularly the undermixed-fountain variety, and that like Mexican coke (the beverage), ’tis a regional difference and we left-coasters are getting the short end of the stick.