About Eric Velasco

Eric Velasco is a freelance writer based in Birmingham. He has written for local, regional and national publications for nearly four decades, and was a longtime contributor to Birmingham Magazine. When he’s not cooking, he’s eating.

Here are the food festivals you need to attend in Alabama in October

2021-09-28T08:56:26-05:00By |Food & Drink|

The Greek Festival, Birmingham’s longest-running cultural affair, highlights a busy month of culinary events across Alabama in October. Cooking started during the summer for the spanaokopitas, baklava, and other Hellenic treats that will be served at the 48th Greek Food Festival, held Oct. 14-16 at the Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Some 30,000 are expected to attend over the three days.

These are 6 cocktail bars you must try in Mobile, Alabama

2021-09-20T20:34:24-05:00By |Food & Drink|

Modern cocktail culture satisfies the old-school and new-school alike. Bartenders pay homage to the classics and play new riffs on those themes, creating delicious drinks that also happen to sparkle (sometimes literally) on social media. A good drink is mixed with precision and care, the result is refreshing and balanced. The best drink has a good backstory. And it should reflect the atmosphere where it is served.

The story behind Church Street Coffee’s famous “Breakup Cookies”

2021-09-14T12:25:43-05:00By |Food & Drink|

This could be a story for the ages: Girl meets boy. Girl dates boy. Girl bakes very yummy cookies. Those cookies help ease the blow when she breaks off the relationship. Actually, it’s the real story behind The Breakup Cookie, the confection with a cult following that’s the signature sweet at Church Street Coffee and Books in Mountain Brook’s Crestline Village.

Eat breakfast at The Waysider, one of Tuscaloosa’s oldest restaurants

2021-09-14T12:25:12-05:00By |Food & Drink|

It’s not often that Nick Saban meets you at the door to a restaurant, even if it is just a full-sized cardboard cutout inside the entrance to The Historic Waysider Restaurant in downtown Tuscaloosa. The multiple national championship-winning coach is just one of the Alabama Crimson Tide legends honored at one of Tuscaloosa’s oldest restaurants, which also doubles as a shrine to Alabama football.

Unless U Scoops’ mission goes beyond serving ice cream

2021-09-15T22:31:51-05:00By |Food & Drink, Living|

The sweets are sprinkled with smiles for visitors to Unless U Scoops, from the person who greets you at the door to the ice cream shop, to the fellow who serves your order, and the woman at the cash register. The employees are students at Unless U Academy, a non-profit that provides long-term education and training for adults with special needs including autism, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.

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