Art Alive!

Art Alive!

AIDS Alabama brings together local artists to create art and opportunities through an art auction with a real-time twist. AIDS Alabama does serious work, but the fundraisers this organization puts on tend to be lots of fun. On the heels of April’s successful Dining Out for Life, when AIDS Alabama teamed up with local restaurants [...]

(Leftover) Barbecue and Sheep Milk Fresca Quesadillas

(Leftover) Barbecue and Sheep Milk Fresca Quesadillas

I was at the farmers' market at Pepper Place on Saturday, wanting tomatoes and peaches and hesitating about buying anything with all the leftovers still in my fridge from our 4th of July family dinner. Then Ana Kelly, owner of Dayspring Dairy suggested quesadillas made with our leftover Full Moon Bar-B-Que pulled chicken and sliced [...]

Fox 6 Books: July

Fox 6 Books:  July

Here's what I brought to WBRC Fox 6  on July 2. These vacation-ready must-reads include a LOL trip around the world, a thriller from Down Under, an important story of self-invention and some easy-to-pick-up, easy-to-pick-up-later short stories. Less by Andrew Sean Greer is laugh-out-loud funny and poignant and important all at the same time. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is [...]

Automatic Hit

Automatic Hit

It’s easy to think of Automatic Seafood & Oysters as a singular kind of place:  It looks and feels like nothing else in Birmingham, and the menu is filled with adventurous approaches to familiar (and perhaps unfamiliar) foods. But what really makes it special are a few important partnerships:  between local and regional suppliers and [...]

Fox 6 Books: June

Fox 6 Books:  June

Here's what I brought to WBRC Fox 6  on June 5. These beach-ready reads include some inventive historical fiction and all will inform and entertain and take you places you didn’t expect—from the marshes of the North Carolina coast to the Oklahoma prairie, from Victorian-era London to frontier Illinois in the 1800s. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia [...]

Fox 6 Books: May

Fox 6 Books:  May

Here's what I brought to WBRC Fox 6 in May. Read and learn with some works of informative nonfiction. One is set right here at home. Then there’s some fiction … because fiction is awesome. Showdown at Rickwood:  Ray Caldwell, Dizzy Dean and the Early Years of America’s Oldest Ball Park by Art Black will surely [...]

More Than Just Sweet Treats at Big Spoon Creamery

More Than Just Sweet Treats at Big Spoon Creamery

The small-batch, artisanal ice cream at Big Spoon Creamery is every bit as awesome as people say. It’s deliciously inventive with quality ingredients:  goat cheese with strawberry-hibiscus jam, fresh mint chip with Valrhona chocolate chips. Many of these ingredients are locally sourced, supporting area makers and farmers like Stone Hollow Farmstead (where they get the [...]