Drinks: LA 31 Boucanee (New Orleans)

October 3, 2011

After landing a bit behind schedule at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Elisa and I got a quick pint-and-slice at New York Pizza. With an Abita Amber and Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout, we headed downtown to the New Orleans On Tap beer festival. The most interesting taste: Bayou Teche Biere LA 31 Boucanee. […]

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Birmingham: New Year in a Familiar Place

January 9, 2011

Leaving Long Island for a bit was entirely necessary and, as per usual, Southwest Airlines gave me a quick, on-time, and uneventful flight. After the disaster I’d suffered through with U.S. Airways the week before, it was refreshing to have such a spot-on aero experience (for those who missed it, my flight left two hours […]

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Barbecue, Catfish & Irish Food in and around the city

March 12, 2010

Last month, Birmingham Magazine sent me out to St. Clair County. The beautiful, rolling hillsides of St. Clair County–about 30 minutes East of Birmingham–is chock full of great local eateries. Pell City had a bunch of barbecue haunts, and I found one of the best catfish fillets I have ever eaten. Meanwhile, Brannon’s Public House […]

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Farm Dispatch: The Washington County Fair

September 4, 2009

Last week Charlie took us to the 119th Washington County Fair, one of an ever-shrinking number agricultural expositions around the country. Growing up I’d been to the Harford Fair but never actually witnessed livestock judging, or a tractor pull, for that matter and tried my best to make up for that. Watching kids pull (and […]

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Farm Dispatch: Bob’s Lunch

September 1, 2009

Typically, when given a choice I’ll pick quality over quantity. Luckily enough for me, one does not have to make that decision at Bob’s Lunch. A hungry diner can go in, sit down, have a chat with co-owner Rodney Moore, and within a few minutes begin eating a freshly cooked local Vermont hamburger. We knew […]

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