Monthly Archive: October 2015

An authentic Thai dining experience in a modest Highland Park apartment (Alloy Thai)

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Last week, I received an email through the blog from a man named Josh Haynes.  He wanted to let me know that he would be organizing a Thai pop-up dinner as a prelude to a Thai restaurant he hopes to open.  As you know from our recent posts about Masaman Thai and Blue Pacific, we love Thai food, so this would have been hard to pass up.  Mr Foodie was tied up with Design Week Birmingham activities, but I decided to buy myself a ticket and bring two friends with me to help assess the situation. As is the usual...

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A foodie’s guide to the Birmingham Trader Joe’s

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You had to know that Mr Foodie and I over here at WTEIB have been planning this post for the past year. The concept for this post is simple.  Whenever two people who have lived in cities with a Trader Joe’s but who are now deprived of such pleasures come together, the conversation inevitably goes something like this: “I’ve been making special trips to Atlanta’s TJ’s to buy X.” or “My [mother/brother/cousin/best friend’s aunt’s co-worker] has been buying me X from their TJ’s and shipping it to me.” or “I’ve created a special recipe to make X and it is...

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Ovenbird LIVE

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Loyal blog fans, I’m live blogging from Ovenbird, so let me just cut to the chase:  it’s as good as you hoped it would be.  And more. You can read somewhere else about how awesome everyone expected Ovenbird to be.  That’s the backstory.  And when we heard that they’d be opening tonite, we knew we had to be there to see what all of the fuss was about. Earlier this evening, we attended the Eat Drink Read and Write festival at the Birmingham Public Library, where we were showcased as “human books.”  Earlier today, we realized we would only have a brief hour...

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Artisinal Toast Brunch @ Revelator

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You never know when you’re going to just walk into a blog post. Mr Foodie and I are part of a Bike and Brunch group that meets on Sunday mornings.  We bike around downtown Bham, typically ending up at the Continental Bakery downtown for croissants and fancy granola.  This weekend, Sunday was overcast and cool-perfect riding weather.  As we coasted down 19th street toward our brunch destination, we decided we preferred to take advantage of the weather and keep riding.  We split a Quest bar (the horror, I know), said goodbye to our riding buddies, and headed south. As we...

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Meet us in person at the Eat Drink Read Write festival

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Hey Birminghamster foodies! As you know, we typically try to fly under the radar when we are at a restaurant.  We never want to make any restaurant owners, servers, chefs, or other staff feel nervous or uncomfortable, or as if they have to perform for us.   We are really shooting for having the experience any other diner would have, and the only way to do that is to go unnoticed.  This philosophy is derived a bit from the experiences of Ruth Reichl, a food critic (which we are not, by the way) who famously received different service when she...

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