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If you prefer to cook globally but source locally, June is your jam. A range of freshly harvested vegetables are now hitting Alabama farmers markets and stands, including all the […]

The best local produce to buy for a Southern-style ratatouille

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June 20, 2024

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams recently announced its summer collection of flavors including Snow Cone Sorbet and Burnt Orange Dreamsicle. Available in pints at Jeni’s scoop shop in Birmingham and online, […]

7 exclusive Alabama ice cream flavors you need to try this summer

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June 10, 2024

Two things signal the unofficial start of summer in Alabama, the arrival of hot sticky days and the appearance of the first Chilton County peaches of Alabama’s peach season. Promises […]

The ultimate guide to enjoying Alabama’s peach season

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June 2, 2024

Wil Drake knows hamburgers top to bottom. Not only are burgers the most popular savory on the menu of his multistate business, Hero Doughnuts and Buns, the Homewood resident also […]

Alabama restaurateur Wil Drake on how to grill the perfect burger this weekend

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May 19, 2024

Achieving big flavors is built into the DNA at Current Charcoal Grill, a restaurant in Birmingham’s Parkside District recently opened by head chef Luke Joseph in partnership with James Beard […]

Meet the new restaurant by one of Alabama’s James Beard Award-winning chefs

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May 16, 2024

The Gulf Coast is a place of magic for many, but few places hold quite as many memories as the well-known Flora-Bama. While thousands of beachgoers stop by the iconic […]

Flora-Bama: The history behind one of Alabama’s favorite beach bars

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May 10, 2024

If you want to discover the latest creations from your town’s breweries and brewpubs, head to their taprooms. But if you want to sample what the rest of the world […]

Drink around the world at this nationally acclaimed Birmingham bar

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May 9, 2024

The mom who nourished and nurtured you deserves something extra special on Mother’s Day. Thank her by treating her to an upscale brunch on Sunday, May 12. Whether it’s Gulf […]

7 Alabama restaurants for a memorable Mother’s Day brunch

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May 3, 2024

Cinco de Mayo is the day when everyone channels their inner Mexican spirit. The commemoration popularized by Mexican-American immigrants now is celebrated by Alabamians from all cultures. Greater Birmingham is […]

How to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Magic City

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May 2, 2024

Founded in the heart of Birmingham, the legendary establishment, Full Moon BBQ, stands as one of Alabama’s most-loved bar-b-que joints. Here, a long and delicious history of excellent Southern-style ‘que […]

Full Moon BBQ: The history behind one of Alabama’s most loved BBQ joints

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May 2, 2024

You’ve probably heard of minimalist Neapolitan pizza, the New York style with foldable slices, or their deep-dish cousin from Chicago. Now, Alabamians are going over the moon for Detroit pizza […]

5 places to enjoy the country’s trendiest pizza in Alabama

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April 24, 2024

Alabama peach farmers, and the fans who consider them the world’s best, are crossing their fingers in hope. After an abysmal 2023, prospects are shaping up for a bountiful harvest […]

Alabama Peach Season Guide: What to know and where to buy

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April 13, 2024

Milo’s is a well-known and well-loved Alabama establishment that has kept customers coming back for more since its doors opened in North Birmingham in April of 1946. With high-quality ingredients […]

6 must-try Milo’s menu hacks crafted by long-time employees

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April 10, 2024

For a good part of my life, I avoided mushrooms at all costs. I’d pick them off pizza slices. I’d use my fork to find them lurking in a serving […]

Alabama Things Worth Knowing: The mystery of Alabama’s mushroom farms

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March 20, 2024

French cooking is a part of Chef Jacob Stull’s DNA. With a family that immigrated from France to the New England area, Stull enjoyed authentic French cooking throughout his childhood. […]

Chef Jacob Stull returns to Birmingham with elevated pop-up dining experience

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March 13, 2024

On the charming cobblestoned street of Birmingham’s Morris Avenue sits a French-inspired bistro that exudes the energy, elegance, and joie de vivre of Paris. Delicate rosy blooms hang from the […]

La Fête: Alabama chef Kristen Hall’s love letter to Paris

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March 2, 2024

Spring festivals celebrating Alabama food and brews start up at the beginning of March, with events in Theodore, Evergreen, and Birmingham. March food festivals will celebrate collard greens, German sausages, […]

6 Alabama food and drink festivals you can’t miss this season

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February 28, 2024

When Luca Lagotto opens on February 27, the Homewood restaurant will take diners on a culinary vacation to Italy, serving two distinct styles of sourdough pizza, house-made pasta, small plates, […]

The vision behind the new restaurant and market bringing Italy to Alabama

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February 26, 2024

Cleanse your palate. It’s time for the winter 2024 edition of Birmingham Restaurant Week, one of the state’s oldest and most comprehensive celebrations of locally-owned independent restaurants and watering holes. […]

Birmingham Restaurant Week returns this week with Winter Edition

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February 20, 2024

There is no joy with mudbugs. Mother Nature has struck out. Mardi Gras coincides with early crawfish season in Louisiana, which produces 90 percent of the wild and farmed mudbugs […]

Where to find crawfish in Alabama during this historical shortage

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February 12, 2024

They say the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But I’ve found that works both ways. For your love this Valentine’s Day put together food gifts […]

7 Alabama gifts and experiences to give this Valentine’s Day

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February 9, 2024