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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NYC: Fully Caffeinated

November 10, 2010

My relationship with coffee began, as many do, as a casual friendship. I had been working overnight at Apple’s Fifth Avenue store and after a year of nocturnal living found myself wanting its warm, comforting buzz. It wasn’t the energizing chemicals so much as the atmosphere of Mud, a slightly-small, dark East Village coffee shop […]

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First Bite: Kool Korner Sandwiches (Vestavia Hills)

January 9, 2010

Recently, I have wondered how one could possibly go wrong eating a hot pressed sandwich with melty cheese, roast pork, ham, pickles, and a few other choice toppings. I am sure it’s possible, just not at Kool Korner, located in the Publix shopping center in Vestavia Hills. IIldefonso Ramirez, the shop’s Cuban-born owner, arrives each […]

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Market Update: What's Hot at Pepper Place Market

August 1, 2009

Week 12: August 1, 2009 Weather: 75 degrees and cloudy Apples (Ginger Gold, Red and Yellow Delicious) Arugula Basil (green and purple) Blueberries Cilantro Broccoli Cantaloupe (Athena) Corn (field, and silver queen) Cucumber (long green, pickler)

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Penne Alla Awesome

October 23, 2008

Oh. Heavy cream? Skip, is there anything I can substitute? Absolutely not. No. Please Robin, don’t substitute anything for the heavy cream. We’re talking 1 tablespoon (per serving). Please. Just have a little less and eat a salad. This story started last week when I didn’t feel like making dinner. I’m still settling into Birmingham, […]

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