Local Culture

New Puerto Rican restaurant opens in Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood: Tropicaleo

  • Posted on: 12 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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As you've seen from my Instagram stories over the past year I have eaten a lot of Tropicaleo food at various pop-ups around town. And yesterday, all of my food dreams came true when they opened their doors for their grand opening event! As soon as you pull into the parking lot in Avondale, the sense of community is easy to spot. We enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of our neighbors laughing, eating, and having a great time. The lovely art work on the front of the building invites you in to see just what this spot is all about. The menu board boasts tons of unique entrees with roots in...

Seeds Coffee Downtown

  • Posted on: 16 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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Seeds coffee has just opened a location in Lakeview in Birmingham! I popped in briefly yesterday to grab a cappuccino and snap a couple of photos with my phone, but I look forward to going for a longer experience in the near future. The store front has a pleasant, minimal design that continues into the shop. The addition of tiny green plants spread throughout the store added charm and whimsy. The menu has a modern, minimal feel as well. The staff were super friendly! And how was my almond milk cappuccino? The almond milk was steamed perfectly leaving the milk frothy, creamy, and light, and it...

About Last Night... Food Party Bham

  • Posted on: 27 August 2017
  • By: jessica
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So... about last night. I ate some of the best food of my life, drank delicious wine, and met fun and interesting people at the first ever Food Party Bham . Chefs Dave Smith, Brent Seamon, and Garrett Osburn created a menu full of whimsy, elegance, and pure joy. With each bite the chefs displayed an understanding and respect for ingredients presented in a very unique way. Chefs Garrett, Brent, and Dave plating the final course of the evening. The inagural food party was held at Serendipity and drinks were provided by Rush and Red Hare Brewing Company . Now, for the reason you're all here.....

Pepperplace Market

  • Posted on: 14 November 2016
  • By: jessica
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One of my favorite markets in town is Pepperplace Market. I love running into friends and neighbors each time I visit. On one of my recent visits I was entranced by the amazingness of Hepzibah Farms . The flowers and the sampler basket I purchased were enough to last all throughout the week. I highly recommend you stop by and see these guys!

How participating in #BlogLikeCrazy landed me my first magazine spread

  • Posted on: 1 November 2016
  • By: jessica
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The first time you see your work in print is the most incredible, astounding, prideful, gleeful, exciting... Ok, let me start at the beginning. Last year I participated in the See Jane Write challenge Blog Like Crazy . Every November women all accross the country commit to blog every single day of the month . Last year when I decided to participate I experienced many emotions throughout the challenge. Joy: yay I'm going to rock this! Anger: late at night, no blog ideas... why did I decide to do this? Fear: what if I write every day, and no one takes the time to read it? Pride: wow, I'm really...

My Favorite New Restaurant in Birmingham: Tropicaleo

  • Posted on: 21 July 2016
  • By: jessica
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I had the amazing privelege of attending the soft opening for Tropicaleo . If you haven't heard of Tropicaleo yet, stop what you are doing and read this. After that, go eat the best Puerto Rican food in Alabama! They are currently serving lunch in the kitchen of Crestwood Tavern (until their new location opens in Avondale) Mon-Fri from 11-3 and brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10-3. Ok, so back to the opening. As soon as I entered Crestwood Tavern the smell of earthy spices filled my senses. I had my first taste of this delcious food at the Woodlawn Street Market and the anticipation of...

Alabama Farmer's Market

  • Posted on: 11 June 2016
  • By: jessica
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Today was my first visit to the Alabama Farmer's Market. What an incredible day it was! I brought my friend Mary along and we scouted out the best peaches we could find. These will make a beautiful biscuit topping, cobbler, or maybe even an ice cream! I also snagged some juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers to whip up a simple summer salad later this week. There was also face painting and a small petting zoo! These guys are very photogenic. Here is our entire haul from the market. All for $25, I might add. I'm excited about these Mississippi sweet potatoes. Maybe some sweet potato pie...

Our Adventure at The Woodlawn Street Market

  • Posted on: 4 June 2016
  • By: jessica
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The streets of Woodlawn were booming this morning as we made our way through the Street Market. Birmingham is returning to its roots in the midst of massive growth and development. It's an exciting time to call Birmingham home. I usually write a lot, but today, I really feel like the photos speak for themselves. I do want to mention one amazing thing. As we walked through the market, we asked several vendors what inspired them to start following their dreams? In these conversations we came accross not one, not two, but THREE folks who had gone through the Co.Starters Program from Rev...