Food & Dining Blog

Upscale Dining with Down Home Food

Chicken gizzards is nothing you would expect to find in a fine-dining restaurant, but when an award winning chef puts his Nashville Hot spin on one of his favorite foods, it becomes a most requested appetizer. Chef Brandon Burleson is the executive chef at Central Restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama who found a way to take the chewiness out of the gizzard and kick the heat up on gizzards. He also found a new way to make grits…by using popcorn! Let me tell you, I wanted to be in the movie theater after tasting it! Chef Brandon placed 2nd in the sandwich category at World Food Championship in Orange Beach last November. He will be back this November competing again. Central is open Monday-Satur

Authentic Latin and Indian Food While Touring the Magic City

Birmingham, Alabama is one of the hottest up and coming foodie cities and every time I dine in at a new restaurant, I know why! No matter if it’s American food or from another country the food is always packed full of flavor and authentically made. So the next time you’re in the Lakeview community in Birmingham, you must make your way to Babalu Tacos & Tapas if you’re in the mood for some incredible Latin-inspired food that’s made with fresh ingredients. In fact, the food made my mouth so happy, that I came back the day after filming to try some more menu items which were just as good. Babalu also offers a soup of the day. It was so yummy that I wanted to lick the pot it was cooked in! Inste

Chris Hastings Childhood Meal, Gas Station Wings & Breakfast

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing one of celebrity Chef Chris Hastings of Ovenbird favorite childhood dishes…especially since I got to “sop” that pork belly candle. It was de-lish-ous! Great atmosphere at the restaurant which is in Pepperplace in Birmingham, AL. This time of year is perfect for dining at OvenBird as they have lots of outdoor seating under soft lights and of course the moonlight. Monday nights are one of their most popular evenings since many local spots are closed in town. In a separate visit with some blogger friends, I had the opportunity to try this dessert trio. If bread is one of weakness, then you definitely want to give this app “Jamon Serrano” a try. It is grilled bread t

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