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True Destination Dining

The entire country knows that Birmingham is a destination for dining. And young, local chefs like Abhishek Sainju, the Nepalese chef-owner of Abhi Eatery + Bar in Mountain Brook Village, are an important part of the reason why.  Abhi (as he’s known to everyone) is one of several restaurateurs who have made the Magic City…

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Taking a Few Bites from The Big Apple

I went to New York City recently for the Les Dames d’Escoffier International conference. I’ve learned from past conferences to see the city when I can because I barely see the light of day during the actual conference. So, we took the first plane in, the last plane out and here’s what we did in…

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Thinking About Book Gifts

Here are three books I brought to Good Day Alabama on WBRC Fox 6 this month—a thriller, an impactful book for very young readers, and a special book for nature lovers—and all are gift-worthy. Ripper by Isabel Allende It’s a race against time in this fast-paced, twisty thriller set in San Francisco (where the city is…

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Raise a Glass to Destination Dining

Kristian Denis created her own domain, and she has downtown Huntsville covered.  This restaurant owner grew a tiny wine shop (400 square feet in a former lumberyard switch house building) into two different dining destinations: Le Petit Bijou Sandwich & Wine Bar and Domaine South. The complementary restaurant concepts, just a stone’s throw from each other…

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Scary Good

Here are a few slightly spooky novels I took to Good Day Alabama on WBRC Fox 6 this month. Also, there’s a link to a book-related way to do some real good. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs This actually is a book for young adults, and interestingly, it’s one I recommended…

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Sol y Luna Tapas & Tequilas Satisfies Year After Year

Sol y Luna did it first. This restaurant, when it originally opened in 1998, introduced Birmingham to an elevated version of Mexican cuisine. Beautifully plated, delicious, imaginative dishes were served alongside premium tequilas meant to be sipped and savored in a sophisticated space that celebrated an ancient culture and encouraged a true dining experience.  This same…

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Hispanic Heritage Month and Honoring a Monarch

Here are the books I brought to Good Day Alabama on WBRC Fox 6 this month. They include a couple of books in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and one in honor of the late Queen. Just Ask!:  Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor The first…

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Champagne & Fried Chicken is Back!

Champagne & Fried Chicken, the annual drive-through, pick-up picnic fundraiser for the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, allows us to award grants and scholarships to women pursuing culinary careers across our state. To date, we’ve given more than $120,000 to women of all ages to help them grow their businesses and continue their…

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Sweet Home in Alabama

Kristal Bryant’s sweet success is absolutely made from scratch.  The chef-owner of K&J’s Elegant Pastries & Creamery, a custom cake shop in downtown Birmingham that specializes in cakes for all occasions, including weddings, started her business in 2010 in her home kitchen making sweets for friends and family. She outgrew that space and opened a shop…

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Let the Learning Begin

Here’s what I took to WBRC Fox 6 Good Day Alabama this month: some smart books to get us all back into the groove of learning new things … plus one more vacation read for that last little bit of away time. Wonder Drug:  7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others is the Best Medicine for…

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Fuel Up Deliciously at Bayou Fresh Seafood

The very idea of gas-station sushi is so incongruous that it was lampooned in a memorable Esurance commercial. The ad was funny. Zhu Jianjun thinks so, too. And he talks about it, and laughs about it, even as he proudly serves colorful rainbow rolls and beautiful salmon nigiri to customers – familiar and frequently new – in his…

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Cheers to the Teams!

Few businesses offer a truer flavor of a place—and its people—than a local brewery. With their egalitarian crowds; beers named for cultural landmarks or reflecting the local history or flora or fauna; multiple televisions tuned to what matters right here, right now; and enough space to host a team or two or three, breweries always…

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Food Truck Vendors Add Local Flavor to The World Games

Some of Birmingham’s most beloved food vendors are offering local flavors from our Magic City, tastes unique to the South and dishes from other parts of the country to the international visitors at The World Games 2022.  All our guests need to do is walk up and order. Here’s a list of the vendors who…

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Local Flavors in Birmingham

Whatever your sport—and whether you’re competing or cheering—everyone at The World Games 2022 is a winner when it comes to eating in (and around) Birmingham. There’s something tasty near your venue. Guaranteed. And some of our favorite food trucks are coming straight to you. Want barbecue? We have some of the country’s best. Need a…

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Vacation or Staycation. Here’s What to Read Right Now

Here’s what I took to WBRC Fox 6 Good Day Alabama this month: two buzzy works of fiction and a new (technical) barbecue book. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab This New York Times bestseller and National Indie bestseller and USA Today bestseller offers a tour of the world (and many of its significant moments in…

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