Local spots to get your grub on for National Chili Day

The Carolina Burger. Photo via Saw’s Soul Kitchen’s Facebook

We asked and you answered. We know Birmingham is filled with foodies, so for National Chili Day, we asked y’all via an Instagram poll for the best spots in the city to grab some chili. Whether it’s in a bowl or used as a delicious topping, here’s where you can celebrate this tasty occasion.

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Stop stirring! Bham’s Spoon & Ladle is ceasing its wholesale operations

Spoon & Ladle will cease their operations this month. Photo via Spoon & Ladle

We’re sad to say goodbye to local, family-owned specialty food company, Spoon & Ladle. You may be familiar with them from The Pizitz Food Hall and as a vendor at the Market at Pepper Place. Keep reading to learn all the deets.

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5 spots serving up mouth-watering banana bread in Birmingham

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert—banana bread is always a good idea. Photo via Unsplash

Banana bread-making was one of the most popular quarantine pastimes, and at one point last May, it was even the most-searched-for recipe across the US. Although the trend seems to have died down, we’re happy to report the buttery bread is still just as tasty—especially the banana bread treats from these local shops. And what better day to celebrate than today, on National Banana Bread Day?

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Hit Birmingham’s cupcake trail for the ultimate 4PM sugar rush

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Sweetz in Trussville is ready for your afternoon sugar rush. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The taste, decorative appearance and fun size. Not to mention that generous dollop of sweet frosting. Cupcakes have the IT factor. To satisfy that 4PM slump, hit the Birmingham cupcake trail for the ultimate sugar rush. It’s worth every bite.

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#DYK these 7 foods help fight respiratory diseases? A local doctor explains how

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Raw sushi is a great option for filling that vitamin D quota, sans cream cheese and tempura. Photo via Unsplash

We know social distancing, wearing a mask and staying six feet apart helps us stay safe from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. But did you know vitamins in our diet help fight diseases too? Dr. David Hardin, an internal medicine physician with TrustCare in Vestavia Hills, showed us a few foods he recommends we add to our grocery lists.

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Taste the tropics with takeout from these 6 Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham

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So much flavor in one photo. Photo via RowZac Caribbean Restaurant’s Facebook

I am so ready for the summer. Warm weather and getaways would be a nice break from running up my electricity bill. That’s still a few months away. However, you can get a taste of the tropics without traveling. Grab a meal at one of these six Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham. Plus, check out the impressive bonus spot here in the Magic City.

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Sip, sip, hooray! 5 of the coolest wine bars to check out in Birmingham

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Classic Wine Co. is a Birmingham classic. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

There are obvious circle-worthy holidays on the calendar: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. But, only a few days deserve a double circle. February, 18th—AKA National Wine Day—is one of them. If you also feel the irresistible urge to celebrate, this guide is for you. Here are five of the coolest wine bars in Birmingham to check out.

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The Washington Post gives a shout out to Birmingham’s The Essential + Bandit Patisserie

Can’t wait for patio weather in Birmingham. Photo via The Essential’s Facebook

Cue the delicious photos we all drool over on our Instagram feed. Local businesses and personal favorites, The Essential and Bandit Patisserie were recently featured in The Washington Post. Here’s why they were given a shout out by a national publication.

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How are singles meeting in a pandemic? We asked + you answered, Birmingham

Single and ready to mingle? Photo via The Pizitz’s Facebook

Meeting new people can already be complicated, but throw in a pandemic and it’s just downright confusing. We were curious about the methods people in The Magic City are using to meet and mingle nowadays so we conducted some fun polls on our Instagram and this is what we found.

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11 local farmers markets in Birmingham open now for tasty winter meal inspiration

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Can’t wait to see what April showers bring to the harvest at Birdsong. Photo via Birdsong Farmers Market’s Facebook

With the warm days from last week, it certainly felt like spring already. This weekend is proving that winter is not over yet 🥶. While we may be dreaming of the fresh food that spring brings, winter is not a dead season. Keep reading to see what farm fresh foods are in season as well as where to find these eleven farms and farmers markets in Birmingham.

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9 local spots to get wine + charcuterie for your Galentine’s celebrations in Birmingham

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It’s *almost* too beautiful to eat. Photo via Petal & Platter

You may not be able to gather with your gals this Galentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean the festivities are off. A good bottle of wine and a carefully crafted charcuterie board are a must for the occasion, no matter how you’re celebrating. Here are 9 local spots to get yours.

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What’s new at Nabeel’s Cafe & Market + Bham’s new brunch spot

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A Homewood classic got some upgrades you’re going to want to check out. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

Nestled in the heart of Homewood, Nabeel’s Cafe & Market has been whipping up authentic, Mediterranean dishes since 1972. Don’t let their age fool you, though. They’ve made some stellar upgrades you’re going to want to see. Check out what this Birmingham original has been up to.

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