5 unique ways college students can enjoy Thanksgiving break during the pandemic

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The holidays don’t have to be cancelled because of Covid. Photo via cutewallpaper

This virus may seem like old news. But Covid-19 is just as relevant now as it was when it first made headlines. With traveling and big family holidays, the chance for cases increases significantly. How can college students enjoy Thanksgiving break in Birmingham during the pandemic?

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5 Tea Shops to Get Your Boba Fix in the Magic City

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Bubble tea makes me smile like that too. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

With the weather getting cooler, hot tea might be on your mind. But with ThirsTea’s new fall flavors, it’s hard to give up boba tea! Boba tea, or bubble tea, is a popular Taiwanese street drink that’s found a home here in Birmingham too. You can get a black tea with milk, a fruit based tea, or a smoothie or slush with boba. Boba is either tapioca pearls (pairs best with milk tea) or bursting boba, which are pearls of fruit juice the burst when you bite them. There are so many different ways to enjoy bubble tea! Check out these five Birmingham based boba shops to find the best one for you:

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4 Birminghamians on Their Hispanic Heritage in the City

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Bright dresses, bright smiles. Photo via Candice J Parnell Photography

Sept 15th through Oct 15th is Hispanic Heritage month! Hispanic Heritage month is split between these two months to celebrate many Latin American countries gaining independence. Although some events have changed because of Covid-19, nothing will stop Birmingham’s Hispanics and Latinos from celebrating their heritage! I spoke with four Birmingham based Hispanics on what their heritage means to them. Here’s what they had to say:

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Scooters Are Back in Birmingham! Here’s What You Need to Know

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These guys are changing the way you experience Birmingham! (Left to Right: Ken Cadmus, Mike Caputo, Claire Kobza, Derek Nuwer, and Jason Kobza. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

We gave you a guide to the best craft breweries in Birmingham, and Birmingham Pedal Tours brought the best way to enjoy them. And now Birmingham Pedal Tours partnered with Ride Fiik to bring scooters back to Birmingham!

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The Grocery Guide to 3 Popular Cuisines’ Spices + Where to Find Them Locally

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So much to explore! Photo taken by Cheyenne Trujillo

We are so excited to see restaurants opening here again! But I am not ready for my newly refined cooking skills to go waste. I recently explored stores across Birmingham to stock up on spices for Latin American, Pan-Asian, and Mediterranean dishes. Here are the spices you need for the backbone of these 3 cuisines and where to find them locally! (Btw, garlic, onion, and cilantro are in all these cuisines so make sure to have plenty)

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Fiesta Birmingham Celebrating Virtually + 4 Other Socially Distanced Events

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30 Days of Fiesta via Fiesta Birmingham’s Facebook

Birmingham is adjusting to our new normal and still finding ways to support local businesses and causes. Many restaurants are reopening for dine-in (like Iron City Grill who got a menu makeover) and supporting events again—the virtual ones and the socially distant kind. Fiesta Birmingham, a personal favorite, will go virtual this year, expanding a one day celebration into a month long one. Here are five events to keep on your radar for the upcoming week and next to get you back in Birmingham!

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Creating Community: 7 Ground Floor Artists on the Art Scene in Birmingham

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“Gate City” – photograph on paper, thread, heart-pine 8.75” x 11.75” Photo by/via Tara Stallworth Lee


Many people are shuttered inside their homes now, but the murals in downtown Birmingham bring just as much life and color to the streets past the McWane Center and around the Lyric theatre. Pockets of color and life continue to create and contemplate on the world around us. Although many pastimes stalled in the past few months, our art scene is brimming with creativity. The art world is scattered throughout the Birmingham area, and right near the Magic City Rotary Trail is where you will find Ground Floor Contemporary art gallery.

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5 of Birmingham’s Most Interesting Tacos

Where to get an interesting taco
Gordos. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now.

You’ve eaten tacos before; you know the rundown—hard shell, soft flour, or soft corn. Of course there are white, yellow, or blue corn tortillas. You can get sour cream or crema or opt for pico de gallo over a hot sauce. That chicken taco cooked up in your mind before you even ordered it. That classic flavor of chili powder and cumin are essential to the dish, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shake it up. Try enjoying a taco that is authentic to the Birmingham area. I did some of that groundwork for you and here is a list of five spots where you can try some of Birmingham’s most interesting tacos!

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