Archive for December, 2010


No More Santa

Friday, December 31st, 2010

I carry a child for 9 months, then I go through the whole birthing process. I nurse, and change and bathe and feed and burp and once a year, people give them presents for “making it” another year on this earth. That part being absolutely fine by me. But then, once a year, everything starts to slow… Read More

“May the pasta be with you, y’all”

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Italy through the eyes of a Southerner by John-Bryan Hopkins In my exploration of all things food, cookbooks come at me in all directions. Professional cooks, food personalities, and the occasional “accidental” foodie—some of my favorites— land on my doorstep daily. I try my best to read through as many as I can. Here’s a… Read More

B-Yourself: Jen West (The Jen West Quest)

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

She blogged her way thin! By Angela Karen Name: Jen West Age: 31 My hometown: Morris, Alabama My passion: Running, triathlon, my blog (TheJenWestQuest.com), and the book I’m currently writing. I am guilty of: Having too many passions. My best friend says I am: A go-getter! What is your greatest extravagance: A good body massage…. Read More

Allen Stone: The Sideman Speaks

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

by Brett Levine, Photo by Beau Gustafson Allen Stone really tries to stay out of the limelight. This may seem unusual for a professional musician, but Stone is the kind of guy who really just wants to make good music. “I get the most satisfaction from playing with other musicians who enjoy getting into a… Read More

Style Icon: Sedesh Boodram

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Sous Chef at Hot & Hot Fish Club by Tracy Robinson Photographed by Chuck St. John Something at Hot & Hot Fish Club is causing quite a stir and, for the moment, it’s not the famous souffle. Rather, it’s the handsome sous chef who Chris Hastings snagged from Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York…. Read More

Chef Driven

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Veranda on Highland’s kitchen is an imaginative workshop. by Jan Walsh, Photography by Beau Gustafson Combine a beautiful, historic ambience with impeccable service and Southern hospitality. Add the inventive fare of a top-notch chef. And you have Veranda on Highland. The Place The building that houses Veranda on Highland dates to 1908 and was originally… Read More

New Restaurants for the New Year

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

by Jason Horn Chuy’s If you’ve ever lived in east Texas, you know this beloved Tex-Mex chain. And now its first Alabama location has taken over a massive space at The Summit. House-made tortillas and fresh sauces go into burritos, tacos, enchiladas and more.216 Summit Blvd., Ste. 135; 205-977-4224; YogurtLab There was an explosion of… Read More

America’s Finest

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Celebrate the New Year with the latest vintage of J. Schram. by Jan Walsh,  Photography by Beau Gustafson On a recent trip to Napa Valley, I lunched and tasted through the latest vintages of Schramsberg and J. Davies with Schramsberg Vineyard’s vintner Hugh Davies. The 2010 Harvest was just beginning, and Davies’ boyish excitement over… Read More

Turning the Calendar Page

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Looking back on a decade full of highs and lows, hurts and hopes, loves—both lost and unrequited. by Samantha “Sam”  Foster 2011—really? I actually cannot believe it! It seems like yesterday the world was celebrating the turn of the millennia. I was a junior in college, and the 21st century was a blank canvas of… Read More

Terrific Tacos

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

My favorite beef tenderloin tacos just got bigger! By Jan Walsh    Photography by Beau Gustafson A longtime favorite dish is the Soft Tenderloin Tacos at Village Tavern. Tender bite sized tips of beef tenderloin overfill three warm flour tortillas in this dish found on the appetizer menu. The tacos also include shredded lettuce, a… Read More

A Year of Living Glamorously

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

By Lee Ann Brown Welcome to the New Year! A new year always feels so fresh and full of opportunity, and I am really excited because I am kicking off a yearlong project called “A Year of Living Glamorously”. The basic premise is that each month there will be a monthly challenge to try something… Read More