About Tara Massouleh McCay

Tara Massouleh McCay is a writer and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama. She was previously associate editor at Birmingham magazine and has been contributing to local and regional publications since 2015. She loves sports, spicy food, and above all the art of storytelling.

Alabama mom writes teen book inspired by family’s trip around the world

2022-04-02T14:15:42-05:00By |Living|

When Delaney and Riley McIntyre were in elementary school, their parents Kellie and Dale set a goal for the family: to visit every continent except Antarctica by the time the girls graduated high school. The adventurous family figured they’d accomplish their goal during winter and summer breaks, but all that changed when they encountered a family just like theirs while on a three-week trip to Southeast Asia when Delaney and Riley were in 5th and 6th grade. 

7 questions with Montgomery designer Ashley Gilbreath

2022-03-26T18:59:54-05:00By |Living|

Spring cleaning and home refreshes are top of mind this time of year. Whether you’re looking for simple tips to spruce things up or are envisioning an overhaul of your current indoor spaces, Ashley Gilbreath can help. Based in Montgomery and Rosemary Beach, Florida, Gilbreath’s company Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design is all about bringing joy to her clients by transforming spaces far beyond what they imagined possible. A graduate of Auburn University and the New York School of Interior Design, Gilbreath has been in the business for 15 years, but says every day brings something new. We sat down with her to learn more about her passion for interior design, what spring design trends she’s loving, and her easiest, anyone-can-do-it tips to refresh a space. 

This Alabama company is the No. 1 provider of vegetable and herb plants in the U.S.

2022-03-26T18:59:14-05:00By |News|

In 1918, Bonnie and Livingston Paulk moved to Union Springs, Alabama with $50 and a dream to make a living off the land. They planted two pounds of cabbage seeds in their new backyard, then hauled the heads to town for sale. The business took off, and soon they began to diversify their products, planting onions, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, and more.

4 common misconceptions about the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

2022-03-20T18:58:42-05:00By |Culture|

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra began with a group of volunteer musicians in 1921. Over the last 100 years, a small volunteer ensemble transformed into the state’s only full-time professional orchestra. In addition to the 54 talented musicians—saxophonists, flutists, harpists, trombonists, and more—who bring the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to life, the ensemble is often accompanied by the ASO Chorus. 

The best family-friendly activities and restaurants in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

2022-03-15T11:43:34-05:00By |Travel|

When March rolls around each year, it means one thing for families across Alabama: spring break! While schools across the state take a much-needed week off from normal activities, parents scramble to plan a fun week away for the family. Number one at the top of most folks’ destination list is the beach, and more specifically, Alabama’s Gulf Coast. There’s just something about the warm sun, white sand, and gorgeous green-blue ocean that spells relaxation. 

6 St. Patrick’s Day events in Alabama

2022-03-14T13:39:10-05:00By |Culture, Living|

If you can’t make the pilgrimage to Ireland or see Chicago’s famous green river for St. Patrick’s Day, then celebrating at one of Alabama’s many parades or events is your next best bet. This year’s holiday falls on a Thursday, so celebrations across the state span the week before and after. Whether you want to grab a pint of Guinness and dance an Irish jig, or get dressed in head-to-toe green and march in a parade, there are plenty of ways to find your pot of gold (and maybe even a bit of luck!) this St. Patrick’s Day. 

How to spend a weekend in Huntsville, Alabama

2022-02-17T16:57:46-06:00By |Travel|

Huntsville may be best known as the Rocket City, home to both the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, but lately a lot more than just rockets have been taking off in the state’s fastest growing city. With a thriving arts and culture scene, a plethora of local breweries and restaurants, plus new developments and entertainment districts popping up every day, there’s a lot more to Huntsville than you may remember from grade school trips to space camp. Whether you want to take advantage of Alabama’s gorgeous outdoor features, spend an afternoon shopping, or take a food tour of town, there’s plenty to do when spending a weekend in Huntsville. Here’s your guide to exploring this North Alabama gem. 

6 romantic Birmingham bars where you can grab a Valentine’s Day drink

2022-02-12T10:09:08-06:00By |Food & Drink|

Valentine’s Day is famously one of the busiest days of the year for dining out. When February rolls around, suddenly everyone and their mother is out fighting for the same reservations at all the nicest restaurants. And while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to treat your special someone to a white tablecloth experience, there’s something to be said for putting a little thought into the other half of wining and dining. This Valentine’s Day, whether you snag a reservation, bring in takeout, or cook your own romantic dinner for two, make plans to incorporate a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap into your date. Whether you’re looking for a chic speakeasy, classy wine bar, or drinks with a view, we’ve got you covered with our list of six places for a romantic drink in Birmingham.   

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