3 spots in Birmingham that serve life-changing hot cocoa, plus some honorable mentions

What’s hot cocoa without the toasted marshmallow? Photo by Hilary Meares of Bham Now

When the weather outside is getting chillier by the second, there’s no better way to keep the cold at bay then our favorite winter beverage, the hot chocolate. Nothing warms our hands (and hearts) quicker than a hot cup of cocoa, and these spots happen to serve some of the best cocoa in town.

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The opioid crisis in Birmingham: ways you can help slow the epidemic

Opioid crisis in Birmingham: poppies
Did you know that opioids derive from poppies? “Poppies,” by Susie Tremmel. CC BY 2.0

The opioid crisis in Birmingham is real, just like it is across the United States. Actually, did you know Alabama has the highest prescribing rates in the nation? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alabama’s prescribing rate was 121 per 100 people in 2016.

Given how common these drugs are, we all need to know what we can do. To find out more, I talked with three Alabama experts:

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An updated guide to The Pizitz Food Hall

The Pizitz Food Hall is located in Downtown Birmingham and features a variety of great food options. Photo via The Pizitz Food Hall

In 2017, we released our first guide to The Pizitz Food Hall, which you can find here. Since then, there have been a few changes to Birmingham’s first food hall, and it’s our duty to keep you in the loop. Without further ado, let’s get into it: the updated guide to The Pizitz Food Hall.

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Construction on 17 story student living building in Birmingham’s Five Points South to begin

Screenshot of the rendering of the 17 story student residential building on the corner of 10th Ave. and 20th Street South. Screenshot from the Opus website

Earlier this week, The Opus Group (Opus), headquartered in Minneapolis, in partnership with The McKinney Fund & Company announced the start of construction on a new 17-story, mixed-use student living community on the edge of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus.

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13 local Etsy shops in Birmingham that will land on your favorites list

Midnight swirl round handmade ceramic ring dish. Photo via susangordonpottery on Etsy

Finding a new favorite Etsy page is always exciting. Especially when the seller turns out to live in your very own town. Here are 13 local Etsy shops in Birmingham that are sure to make it onto your favorites list.

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2 New exhibits to arrive at Vulcan Park and Museum in celebration of the Alabama Bicentennial

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One example of the art from the talented class at Ramsay High School for Vulcan Park’s exhibit. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

Vulcan Park and Museum has partnered with the Alabama Bicentennial to bring 2 new exhibits to their Linn-Henley Gallery. Beginning on January 11, the gallery will showcase “Sharing Our Stories Through the Arts” which features art from Ramsay High School Students. Starting February 15, the exhibit will present “Alabama Justice: Cases and Faces That Changed A Nation,” which focuses on supreme court cases and justices based in Alabama that affected the nation.

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Mile End Deli: a Brooklyn favorite coming to Birmingham will be opening soon

 

Downtown Birmingham has a new deli offering all three delicious meals of the day. Photo provided by Mile End Deli’s instagram

Mile End Delicatessen serves Jewish comfort food including Brooklyn bagels and so much more. Popular in New York City and most recently in Nashville where they opened a new place in spring of 2018, Mile End Deli will be setting up shop near Railroad Park within the month.

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Whole30 in Birmingham: your guide to where to shop, eat out, or get takeout

A guide to where to shop, eat out and get takeout for people who are doing Whole30 in Birmingham
Paleo Diet—Day 12,” by Mark Bonica. CC BY 2.0

Whole30 is a 30-day challenge designed to re-focus your eating. On it, you eat nutritious, real food, and then see what you might feel better keeping out of your diet for good. For those of you doing Whole30 in Birmingham, we’ve put together a guide to where you can shop, eat out, and get takeout to make the month a fun excuse to explore some new places.

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Via Airlines adds non-stop flights at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, including Mobile & Austin

Photo courtesy of Via Airlines

Florida based Via Airlines announced today that they are entering the  Birmingham airline market adding new nonstop service between Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and the cities of Mobile (MOB), Austin (AUS), Pittsburgh (PIT), and Raleigh (RDU).

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Abhi restaurant plans to expand into former Avo and Dram building by Spring 2019

Chef Abhi Sainju will be expanding his popular restaurant, Abhi Eatery and Bar, to Mountain Brook village. Photo via UAB

Chef Abhi Sainju is expanding his popular restaurant, Abhi, to the former Avo and Dram space in Mountain Brook Village. Abhi Eatery and Bar, which originally opened at The Summit, serves a menu featuring sushi, ramen, curry bowls, momos (dumplings) and more.

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Birmingham Audubon and Cahaba Brewing launch Goodwill Game Nights with Rock’em Sock’em

Cahaba Brewing Company Goodwill Game Night holding Rock’em Sock’em tournament benefiting Birmingham Audubon. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Let’s get ready to rumble Birmingham!

Every Wednesday during the month of January, the Cahaba Brewing Company will be holding Goodwill Game Nights benefiting  Birmingham Audubon.

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