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International Flavors at D’Road Café in Montgomery

D’Road Café is a kind of crossroads of international flavor in downtown Montgomery. It’s billed as a Latin (and mainly Venezuelan) restaurant, but owner Janett Malpartida pays no mind to borders. South American cuisine is just the beginning of what she can do.  I went to D’Road with Brittany Faush for a story for Alabama…

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Fox 6 Books June: Gotta Get Away

Here’s what I took to WBRC Fox 6 Good Day Alabama this month: three works of fiction that are pure escapism. Get even farther away on your next trip away. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell This fantasy book, published in 2014 and on my really long reading list since then, is a bit of…

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Global Flavor at The Anvil

Chef Sedesh Boodram is from Trinidad and Tobago. He trained in France and has worked with some of the most celebrated chefs in the world. And he’s decided that Birmingham is home. For his first solo concept, The Anvil Pub & Grill in Hoover’s Village at Lee Branch, Boodram drew from both his life experiences…

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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…

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Small Town, National Audience

Kelsey Barnard Clark is a small-town girl at heart, but she’s also a big-city chef who has made a national name for herself. After winning Top Chef in 2019 and a subsequent splashy feature in Food & Wine magazine, people now come from all over the country to eat at her KBC restaurant in historic downtown Dothan. I recently…

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The Sweet Side of Olympic Competition

Alabama has had plenty of connections to Olympics competition over the years but perhaps none as sweet as what Susan Notter does. This pastry chef, who has worked all over the world but lives here in Birmingham, is a coach for the U.S. Culinary Olympics Team, and she’s a gold medal-winner, too. The IKA/Culinary Olympics…

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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…

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Fox 6 Books: Black History Month

Let’s enter Black History Month with these important reads—we have a thoughtful short story, a work of nonfiction with a personal approach and two meaningful educational books for young readers. I shared these with Good Day Alabama on WBRC Fox 6. Recitatif by Toni Morrison This 1983 short story, the only one Nobel Prize-winning Toni Morrison…

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Country Store 2.0

For more than half a century, Jefferson Country Store has offered grocery staples and a place to gather for the tiny community of Jefferson in Marengo County. Today, the store serves a much larger population – with people coming from miles away, and even other states, to enjoy a burger or some homemade pimento cheese or to…

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Delicious Dutch Baby

It’s a new year, so I thought I’d start it right by cooking something new. Maybe get outside my comfort zone but with comfort food. I am not a baker; I’m a pretty good cook, though. And Melissa Clark‘s recipe in New York Times Cooking for a Dutch Baby with Bacon and Runny Camembert sounded…

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Fox 6 Books and Friends Who Read

This fresh, new year of great books, which I first shared on Good Day Alabama on WBRC Fox 6, begins with some gifts from my reading friends. Menus:  A Book for your Meals and Memories written and illustrated by Jacques Pepin Remember dinner parties? I do, and I wish I’d had this book when we were…

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British Pub Food Finds a Permanent Home in Birmingham

The Duchess, Birmingham’s most whimsical and charmingly over-the-top food truck, was a vehicle (literally) for bigger things. The perfect ambassador for lots of tasty British dishes, the popularity of The Duchess and Little London Kitchen led directly to the creation of a neighborhood pub—unlike any other in town—that aims to be a catalyst for meaningful…

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