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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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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9 places to find the best chocolate this Valentine’s Day

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Chocolate lovers, now is your time to shine. Photo via Sky Bear Confections’ Facebook

Psst. In case anyone hasn’t told you yet, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. If you still haven’t made plans, run don’t walk to these delicious Birmingham-area chocolatiers to get something sweet for your sweetheart.

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Get the royal treatment with King Cake from these 9 local businesses

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King Cakes at Edgar’s Bakery come with a baby on the outside. Photo via Edgar’s Bakery’s Facebook

February is a month of celebrations, including Black History Month and Mardi Gras, which falls on February 16th this year. Celebrating Carnival looks different because of Covid-19, but enjoying King Cake is still the same. Keep reading to see where you can get your King Cake in Birmingham and what other royal treats you can find, too.

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PHOTOS: An inside look at the Valley Hotel, opening in Homewood Feb. 16

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The Valley Hotel is Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We’ve been impatiently waiting for this moment for months, and it’s finally here—we toured The Valley Hotel and it’s jaw-dropping.

While still a work in progress, the opening date is set for February 16. So mark your calendars, Birmingham, and keep reading for a visual tour, plus info on how to book your next staycation.

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Downtown’s new wine bar named Aviné + Southside Cook Out opening Jan. 6 + more coming in Birmingham

You had me at merlot. Photo via Avine’s Facebook

Happy 2021, Birmingham. A new year calls for a fresh list of openings and there are a lot of developments to keep on your radar, including Cook Out’s second location, downtown’s new wine bar, O’Henry’s Coffee’s newest shop and more.

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Local coffee shop gets a shout out on The Kelly Clarkson Show

Local coffee shop, Bizarre featured on national TV. Photo via Bizarre: The Coffee Bar’s Facebook

On her show, Kelly Clarkson likes to shine a spotlight on incredible businesses who get creative to survive and thrive. This week the light was on local coffee shop Bizarre: The Coffee Bar. Check out the big moves this small business is making in Birmingham.

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9 Birmingham coffee shops to try this fall

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Planning your next caffeine run? These pumpkin lattes are calling your name. Photo via Seeds Coffee

There’s finally a chill in the air, so it’s officially Pumpkin Spice Latte season. Even if you aren’t a fan of the quintessential fall drink, there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy a cup of coffee! The next time you’re making a caffeine run, check out one of these 9 Birmingham coffee shops.

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Gatos and Beans, Casual Pint, Gus’s Hot Dogs received 95 and above food service scores in Sept.

Mural at Gatos and Beans. Photo by Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments including Chez fonfon in Five Points South, Hoover’s Casual Pint and the legendary Gus’s Hot Dogs in downtown Birmingham received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in September 2020.

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3 socially distant dates you can enjoy in Birmingham right now

Cheers to staying safe and having fun in our Magic City. Photo via @taylor_grote on Unsplash

Who doesn’t love a good date night? Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married, etc—we’ve all been cooped up for a while now. Here are a few ways you can hit the town in Birmingham, responsibly.

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