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Magic City Original Recipes: Spring Peas and Carrots with Browned Butter

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Spring is in the air and with it comes a new season of produce. A trip to Pepper Place Market reveals stalls teaming with green topped onions, vine ripe Alabama strawberries and the most handsome carrots you’ve ever seen.

While we’ve become accustomed to “baby carrots” sold in bags in the grocery store, I’m quickly discovering that the varieties…

Magic City Original Recipes: Crispy Coconut Nest Cookies

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With Easter this weekend and green leaves promising to come through soon, thoughts run towards new beginnings. Symbols of life—bunnies, eggs and baby chicks—are all around us.

These sweet little nests celebrate the season. Fill them with white chocolate or jelly bean “eggs” to bring a bit of whimsy to your holiday table.

Crispy Coconut Nest…

Frank Stitt + Good People Brewing Company = dream dinner

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It will be the hottest foodie ticket in Birmingham on March 24th, but it all began in 2005 in Athens, GA.  A pair of friends met up to enjoy dinner and conversation at a local vegetarian restaurant and soon became a group intent on using fine, locally-sourced ingredients.  They hosted dinners for people from all over the world in a shot-gun shack…

Pepper Place gets tasty on Sunday with Street Food Rally 2013

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The food truck craze is sweeping the nation, no longer the greasy spoon construction yard lunch trucks of old. Nowadays food tucks are fast, super fresh, full of local fare, and always brightly branded. Offering great deals on fresh gourmet food to consumers is made all the easier because they’ve escaped the brick and mortar boundaries to bring…

Birmingham Chapter of U.S. Bartender’s Guild seeks members

blog by Joey Schmidt  •   •  

After a hard day, it’s not uncommon to head to your favorite watering hole. It’s easy to let your worries melt away and savor your favorite drink served with a smile. These drinks are served by bartenders – regular Joes and Janes who work while we play. Last Sunday, Birmingham’s beverage professionals gathered to talk about a way to do something…

James Beard Foundation announces semifinalists

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The James Beard Foundation released their list of Restaurant and Chef Awards 2013 semifinalists today, and two Birmingham restaurants are again included in the mix. 

James Lewis of Bettola, who was previously nominated in 2012, is back again in the Best Chef in the South category. 

Highlands Bar and Grill was again nominated in the Outstanding…

National start-up Dishcrawl comes to Birmingham

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You’ve heard of a pub-crawl, but you’ve probably never heard of a Dishcrawl. National start-up Dishcrawl took the premise of a pub-crawl and applied it to food to create the ideal foodie adventure. Patrons visit four restaurants within walking distance from one another, sample the restaurants’ best dishes, and meet the chefs behind the…

Sunday at Lou’s fosters growth for city’s cocktail scene

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Fancy a cocktail?  The Birmingham Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild is holding its first meeting this Sunday at Lou’s Pub in Lakeview.  It’s a good chance to meet up and talk with some of the area’s most talented barmen because the public is invited to attend. 

Plans for the session include lots of Q&A with Will Batson, who…

Magic City Original Recipes: Triple Almond Honey Crunch Cookies

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These days, it’s hard to venture out of the house and not get flooded with cupid, cards and chocolate. We can get behind roses, but the candy? There’s hardly a redeeming quality. This year, why not give your Valentine a healthier sweet? 

These cookies keep a small amount of butter for the rich flavor, but slash the saturated fat, using mostly…

Valentine’s Prix Fixe Restaurant Guide 2013

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Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14th and let’s face it - drive-thru cuisine and back rub coupons won’t cut it again this year. If you want to stay in her (or his) good graces and not in the dog house, it’s time to start looking into where to go and eat. So make it easy on yourself, peruse the list of prix fixe (fixed price) options and make…

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Magic City Post will pause for a moment starting at 8:30am on Friday, December 21st in remembrance of victims of gun violence in Connecticut and also here in our own community. By the end of 2012, at least 56 Birminghamians will have died in gun-related homicides. We pray for peace, love and healing for all.