Raise your Glasses for the Bham Winter Beer Festival – Feb. 4th

My favorite time of the year just got better with the anticipation of yet another Birmingham, AL. festival.

Unlike many events in the Magic City, that simply offer craft brews for purchase, this one revolves around the micro-brewery scene for a fun filled day – in more ways than one ūüėČ

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“Think globally. Act locally.” Hand in Paw and Bham Now BOLD Series (slideshow)

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“Think globally. Act locally.”

Words to live by, and you can do just that, on Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30, at the Avondale Brewery by attending the Bham Now BOLD Series featuring Jim McClintock. (purchase tickets here)

Think Globally.

UAB world renowned explorer, researcher and author Jim  McClintock will be taking the attendees on a virtual tour of Antarctica.  He will bear witness to the rapid changes that are occurring in our southernmost continent and the living lab that is disappearing as a result of climate change.

Act Locally.

One of the Bham Now ¬†BOLD Series special features is the opportunity, for the speaker to choose a charity in which a portion of the proceeds will be donated. ¬†McClintock selected Hand in Pawone of Birmingham’s most amazing and kindhearted organizations. ¬†Checkout the slideshow above and the videos about this program that serves nearly 100,000 of our neighbors in the Birmingham region.

It will be a special night globally and locally.

Please join us!

Here are Hand in Paw’s ¬†Videos

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Do You Believe Birmingham’s Food Scene beat out New York’s and Chicago’s?


According to Zagat, Birmingham has surpassed the ranks of some top cities across our nation. In their most recent assessment,¬†“26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,”¬†they asked their editors around the country to “make a case” for a city with the biggest year in food. So, how’d we do?

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Swamp Monster BBQ – Brick & Mortar Finally Goes Up

“We Have Monster Butts” – SMBBQ Slogan

If you are new to the south, or just Birmingham for that matter, many local Bar-B-Que joints pride themselves on this saying. Vulgarity is not in question here, you know we southerns tend to have our funny sayin’s.

Photo By: Swamp Monster BBQ
Photo By: Swamp Monster BBQ – “Swamp Monster”

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When it comes to gift ideas, just say cheese!

Birmingham, the time is ripe for gift giving, and if you’re looking for something a little different, but with a personal touch‚ÄĒtry artisan cheese.

It’s one of those gifts that offers so much variety, and that may be overwhelming to some.¬†That’s where a local cheesemonger comes in handy.¬†Good thing Birmingham is getting one soon, thanks to all the culinary delights coming to the Pizitz Food Hall!

Pizitz Food Hall by Bayer Properties
Pizitz Food Hall by Bayer Properties

Busy Corner Cheese¬†will feature¬†“farmstead and artisanal cheese and related specialty items,” as well as a knowledgeable staff. Continue reading “When it comes to gift ideas, just say cheese!”

Try these updated recipes for all that leftover turkey

While you are gearing up for the Iron Bowl tomorrow and wondering what you’ll eat, we have a suggestion. ¬†Turkey! ¬†You know you have it. You know you are going to eat it. ¬†All that leftover turkey means so many recipe possibilities!

Good Gravy
In my family we have a turkey-sandwich making competition on the day after Thanksgiving. We take slices of bread and pile them high with our favorite concoctions: macaroni and cheese and gravy, dressing and cranberry sauce and gravy, green-bean casserole and mashed potatoes and cheese and gravy. All with turkey right on top. And more gravy. I cannot tell a lie.  We are gravy crazy.

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The new Western in Mountain Brook – a pleasant surprise

Western Market

After years of planning, in early October, the venerable Western Market on Culver Road, moved to its new home.

Perhaps, we were expecting the new Western Market in Mountain Brook to be much like the old one – a little cramped and small compared to most big box supermarkets. The old Western had that wonderful “neighborhood feel” without too many frills.

The new Western Market, which is located in the new Lane Parke development behind and near the old Western, is the exact opposite.  It is spacious and modern. It has an upstairs dining area, that will become a destination for friends, families and business people to meet. The murals and the signage are eye-popping.

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