Archive for November, 2011


The Real Meaning of Christmas | The TV Patrol | Visitation for the Boyfriend?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Real Meaning of Christmas Dear Micah, Every time I turn around my kids are adding more stuff to their Christmas list.  They don’t seem to get what the real meaning of the holiday is about.  I agree with Charlie Brown that the day is too commercialized.  It wasn’t like this when I was a… Read More

Restaurant Wars | The Sentimentalist | The 3 Biggies

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Restaurant Wars Dear Micah, A big dream for my husband and me has been to open a restaurant.  My father-in-law said he’d co-sign a loan for us but I don’t know if I want him that involved in our business.  He’s a nice man but he tends to try to run things.  We can do… Read More

Nesting Place

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

A farmhouse feel with touches of bohemian flair provide the perfect rustic escape nestled in the heart of Homewood. Written by Vicki Johnson        Photography by Caitlin Van Horn Caitlin Van Horn spends almost all day everyday working from home as a graphic designer, so having a beautiful place to retreat was high on her list… Read More

10 spots: That use Local Ingredients

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Ollie Irene The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into this Mountain Brook Village gastropub is the huge chalkboard listing all of the local farms that provided the evening’s meat and produce. The Southern, seasonally focused menu features an array of fantastic cocktails, delicious house-made charcuterie and elegant-but-hearty entrees. 2713 Culver Rd., Mountain Brook;… Read More

Now That’s Italian!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Dalla Terra hosts 15 Italian vintners and winemakers for lunch at Bottega. by Jan Walsh, Photography by Beau Gustafson Dalla Terra (of the earth in Italian) Winery Direct® is a direct importer of a limited selection of Italian wines. Their unique method of shipping, distributing and marketing wine bypasses the national importer in the traditional… Read More

Pair This: Cantina’s Chicken Tacos & Prickly Pear ‘Ritas

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

With the first bite, the quality and freshness of product shines in this masterful recipe.

Listen Up / November 2011

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Who to see and what to hear in November. A Conversation with Matthew Mayfield It’s hard to believe that this is the second anniversary of B-Metro. Time has certainly flown by, and how odd it is to think that, in just a few months, we’ll be embarking upon 2012. I will be 37 years old this… Read More

John Butler

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Hands of Steel by Brett Levine     Photo by Jerry Siegel I started designing and fabricating furniture because I was simply too poor to afford what I wanted,” laughs John Butler, sculptor, furniture designer and maker, and one of the principals of Artworks Studio, LLC. “I had started exploring the proportions and scale of furniture in… Read More

Gardening for the Season

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Cleaning up and clearing out. by Charlie Thigpen In November, colder weather is beginning to settle in, and you can feel old man winter sneaking up behind us. This month our gardens will change dramatically as a hard frost or freezing temperatures knock the spring and summer bloomers back to the ground. Although the warm… Read More

Divorce is really hard on men…

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Divorce seems to be hot topic with me as of… oh, the last year. I’ve gone through one, my best friend has, several friends and, I’ve found, other random strangers who love sharing their story over an adult beverage. Women seem to deal with it via large amounts of martinis, truckloads of food, new shoes,… Read More

One on One 11/11

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

People. Talking. The conversation this month ranged from the important symbolism of the big guy on Red Mountain, Vulcan, to the exciting momentum many feel behind recent initiatives such as Railroad Park. We sat down with Darlene Negrotto, CEO of Vulcan Park Foundation, and architect Richard Carnaggio, a principle with the city architecture firm, Cohen… Read More