A Southern favorite—15 spots to grab shrimp and grits dine-in or curbside

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Who can resist? Photo via Saw’s Soul Kitchen Facebook

I bet if you dug up the oldest menu in the South, shrimp and grits would be right at the top. It’s a classic—starting with humble beginnings to becoming a staple served at 5-star establishments, including here in Birmingham!

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1 dozen places to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day in Birmingham, including Church Street’s “Breakup Cookie”

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This is the personal pan size right? Photo via Cookie Fix’s Facebook.

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day? Say no more! It’s not like we needed an excuse to enjoy chocolate chip cookies, but this day makes it even easier to do so. Check out these local spots perfect for celebrating the holiday and those tiny bites of chocolaty goodness.

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7 Birmingham restaurants opening for in house + patio dining this week

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Sad to see Mile End Deli go from the corner across from Railroad Park, but we’re happy to see Hero Doughnuts expanding. Photo via Hero Doughnuts on Facebook

With an amended order from the state allowing on-premises dining at restaurants, bars and breweries that can follow social distancing guidelines, some Birmingham area restaurants have started to reopen their doors. Here’s a list of 7 we know of so far.

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7 Birmingham nonprofits providing shelter for those in need + how you can help

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There’s nothing quite like coming home. Photo via Habitat for Humanity

How easy is it for us to take for granted having a safe place to lay our heads at night? For many members of our Birmingham community, that is not part of their reality. Here are seven local organizations helping to provide shelter and care for those who need it most.

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Jeans are out. Joggers are in. Here are 7 local shops selling fun + comfortable loungewear.

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Since most of us are at home for a majority of our days, loungewear has become our new uniform. Might as well be comfy and fashionable while we’re at it. Here are some local Birmingham shops that make it easy to do just that with unique loungewear options.

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12 Birmingham Thai spots with 5-star reviews offering curbside + delivery

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Lunch, dinner, or breakfast I’ll eat Thai three meals a day. Photo via Taste of Thailand’s Facebook.

Thai is my definitive go-to comfort food. You can’t tell me there isn’t a single problem Panang Curry can’t fix, or at least alleviate for the time being. Birmingham has some hot spots around the city for swooping up a Thai meal curbside.

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Stay safe + protect your face! Shop these 9 Birmingham Etsy shops selling masks.

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My mask from FifthAndMill. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

Social distancing and staying home are the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. But if you have to leave the house, it’s a good idea to wear a face mask to protect yourself and others. Where can you find masks to wear? These local Etsy shops in Birmingham have you covered—literally.

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Celebrate National Foster Care Day by supporting these 4 Birmingham nonprofits

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Family means something different to everyone, but the people who do their best to provide it for children in need are heroes in my book. Photo via Gateway on Facebook

May is National Foster Care Month is the U.S. The first Tuesday of the month (May 5 for 2020) is recognized as National Foster Care Day. If you’re looking for a way to support foster children and families, check out four Birmingham nonprofits dedicated to serving these communities.

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12 spots to get Chinese takeout in Birmingham—now that’s a good fortune

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Chinese takeout is the original American to-go food. It’s perfect for every single social distancing scenario: solo movie night? Check. Friday afternoon Zoom happy hour? Check. Comfort food in times of stress? Check. Here are a dozen spots you can find those little Americanized boxes of deliciousness right here in Birmingham.

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3 ways to make a no-sew face mask on the fly using household objects

“We want to say a BIG thank you to Bham Face Masks for supplying us with these lovely face masks!” Photo via Cookie Fix’s Facebook.

You’ve heard the news, Birmingham is requiring all residents to wear a face-covering while out in public. Luckily, there are so many ways to fashion a mask it’s not much of a burden, or financial strain, to pop one on before heading out on essential errands.

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How to support 100+ Birmingham nonprofits + more ways to give for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5

All smiles + thumbs up to BHMCares for delivering meals to healthcare workers. Photo via @BHMCares on Instagram

We’re gearing up to give this Tuesday, May 5, for #GivingTuesdayNow , a new day to give locally as a response to increased need due to COVID-19. Keep reading for ways to participate and give in Birmingham.

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10 questions. 6 minutes. Billions at stake for Alabama. It’s that simple!

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This only comes around once a decade, which means the future of our state is on the line. Photo via Alabama Counts

Anyone else been shocked by your “screen time” report in recent weeks? Us, too. If you’re venturing into the realm of serial scroller, pause that double-tap for six minutes or less and do something that could change our schools, roads and healthcare in Jefferson County for the better. It’s a once-in-a-decade opportunity. Check it out!

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