Iconic Alabama Barbecue with a Side of History

Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q is much more than a beloved family business. It’s a restaurant that honors a storied Southern culinary tradition of food and fire.   Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q also is a fixture in the greater Birmingham area and even beyond—bringing diverse crowds of diners from here at home, and all over the country, to Bessemer … Continue reading Iconic Alabama Barbecue with a Side of History

Good Books That Will Stay with You and Do Some Good in the World

Here are the books I brought to Good Day Alabama on WBRC Fox 6 this month. They include my new favorite novel, a way to help our planet, a way to help Ukraine and a novel about a forgotten part of our country's history. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Duerr This novel, by the author … Continue reading Good Books That Will Stay with You and Do Some Good in the World

A Mindset and a Menu for a Healthy Community

From mission to menu, Taproot Café in Hoover intends to make a difference in its community. That’s because everything here – from the wholesome foods to the friendly staff to the bright, comfortable setting to the people supplying local, fresh ingredients – is part of a larger intention. I wrote a story on Taproot for http://www.alabamanewscenter.comAlabama NewsCenter. … Continue reading A Mindset and a Menu for a Healthy Community

A quick but meaningful and memorable trip to The Big Easy

My trips to New Orleans always follow a few familiar patterns—habits we’ve formed over decades of visiting this beloved city. On the way there, we stop in East New Orleans for banh mi sandwiches at Dong Phuong Bakery, a James Beard Award-winning Vietnamese restaurant and bakery. This NOLA East institution has been around since 1982 and … Continue reading A quick but meaningful and memorable trip to The Big Easy

Hubbard’s Off Main is a Main Attraction in Oxford

Food brings people together. No question about that. And creating a gathering place for conversation and fellowship, as well as good food, was one of the reasons behind Hubbard’s Off Main in Historic Main Street Oxford. That’s because the restaurant’s owner, Charlotte Hubbard, is one of her city’s most steadfast champions. Hubbard has served on … Continue reading Hubbard’s Off Main is a Main Attraction in Oxford

Celebrate Mediterranean food with Birmingham Les Dames d’Escoffier

The Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international organization that supports professional women in food & hospitality, is coming to Pepper Place Market every week in September to spotlight some of Birmingham's female culinary superstars. This week, we're celebrating women food leaders who keep us connected to our culinary roots in the Mediterranean. Quite … Continue reading Celebrate Mediterranean food with Birmingham Les Dames d’Escoffier