Week 4: What’s at the top of Bham Now team’s to-do list post-quarantine.

This picture of our content producer, Irene, and her cat, Theo, just made my day 1000x better.

Anyone else in need of a little pick-me-up? We are trying to think positive thoughts, which includes daydreaming of all the things we will do once we can leave the house. Here are the activities the Bham Now team is most looking forward to post-quarantine in Birmingham.

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10 restaurants in Birmingham where you can get Mexican food curbside

Quarantine nachos or nothing. Photo via Tostadas on Homewood

Look, everyone has their go-to comfort food. For some it might be chicken and dumplings, or their grandmother’s mac and cheese, or maybe even a Big Mac combo. For my family, it’s Mexican food. If you’re in the same boat and feeling a little stressed lately, never fear. We’ve got your curbside + delivery Mexican fix right here.

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Looking on the bright side of social distancing in Birmingham

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downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via @dyoungblood71

For the first time in years, social distancing is allowing us to slow down. The pandemic has broken every barrier and shown that we are truly all in this together. It’s the perfect time to reflect and refocus our thoughts on the bright side of things. Here are a few examples of the sunny side of social distancing.

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3 Birmingham stories that will put a smile on your face today

We’re pretty good at that around here. Photo via Unsplash

It’s no secret to any local that Birmingham is the Magic City in more ways than one. In the wake of a global pandemic that’s put our whole world on pause, neighbors and strangers alike in Birmingham are being as generous and kind as ever. Read about three of them and focus on the good today.

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The Town of Spectre: Adventures with Adamson Ep. 1

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Abandonded movie set? Check. Sweet ride to get there? Double-check.

Did you know there’s a movie set on an island in the Alabama River that was abandoned after shooting wrapped on a blockbuster film? We wanted to check it out for ourselves, and our friends over at Adamson Ford got us there in style. Come tag along on our latest adventure!

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Single and can’t mingle? Dating in Birmingham during a pandemic + 3 virtual date ideas

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Honestly might just be content with a cute little dog by my side during the quarantine. Photo via The Pizitz Facebook.

Just when we were getting into the swing of a new decade, COVID-19 halted things in the blink of an eye. There’s nothing we can really do about it besides practicing social distancing and slathering on gallons of hand sanitizer. Whether you’re just getting to know someone or social distancing from your long-time partner, there’s still hope. You can still strike up a romance. It just requires a little creativity.

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Do you have the goods? Bartering is making a comeback in Birmingham

Toys for pets and kids seem to be some of the most in-demand items in Birmingham. Photo via Unsplash

While it used to be the foundation of most economies, bartering has become fairly outdated in recent decades, particularly in the states. With many incomes slowing down, the practice is gaining traction. Check out the details + learn how to barter in Bham.

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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Bham Now’s “Quarantunes” playlist to get you through the week

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Dance the day away, Birmingham. Photo via Sloss Fest.

One week of quarantine down! No idea of how many to go. Now that we’ve got some free time on our hands, what better way to get through another week of social distancing than with some tunes. Check out a few of the songs that made the list. There’s something for everyone.

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Quarantini, anyone? We’re getting creative with Birmingham spirits

Ahh… Bring the island escape to your living room. Photo via Campesino Rum

Week one of social distancing down and we need a drink. Y’all know Bham Now loves supporting local business, so we’re mixing our cocktails with spirits made right here in the Magic City. Check out our top three quarantini recipes and learn how you can make your own!

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