Category: dessert

We’re moving to Pittsburgh but the blog will live on, and how we all ate our feelings and worked on the transition at Big Spoon Creamery

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I’ve been agonizing for weeks about how to write this post. Finally, I decided to just come out with the crux of the matter in the title: we are leaving Birmingham. This move is bittersweet for us. We love Birmingham and the community of friends, including many close foodie friends, we’ve made here. The reason for the move is an exciting job opportunity for me, and the decision was a difficult one. But it’s all set-we leave July 31. We’ve been slowly telling people – mostly close friends and colleagues – about the move over the last several weeks. Usually...

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Nuzzi Gelato

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If you’re a blog fan, you know well how much we love dessert, especially ice cream and gelato. And interestingly, aside from Scoops (which we recently wrote about, leading to a 5 pound weight gain during our efforts to try every flavor), and an occasional special gelato at one of our city’s more upscale restaurants (mmmmmm Bettola), this town doesn’t have a lot of gelato. So a few weeks ago, when we saw a cart during one of our routine trips to Pepper Place Farmer’s Market advertising artisan gelato, we had to try it. Here’s the cart, which parks in...

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Pizitz Food Hall combinations we love #2: chocolate waffle from waffle works with ice cream from Lichita’s

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Last weekend, we met up with Marqus and Alyssa from Travis Burger post fame at Pizitz. They’ve since moved away from Birmingham, and hadn’t been to the Food Hall yet. It’s been a few months since we’ve had a chance to experience it with newbies who bring fresh eyes to the endeavor, and we had a blast. We started with ahi Poke at Ono, had a 3 meat 3 cheese plate at Busy Corner, then some pork mofongo at Tropicaleo, only to then have the combination platter at Ghion. Such an incredible meal must be followed with an incredible dessert...

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Lichita’s Ice Cream and Popsicles: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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As you know, we love Lichita’s. We can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since we first visited their small storefront on Valley Avenue. When we first sat down with Bayer last year to brainstorm about our wish list for Pizitz stalls, we pulled up our Lichita’s post and collectively drooled over how great it would be to have them in the building. And now, a little over a year later, it’s become a reality. Here’s the story of the man behind Lichita’s, our good friend Eloy Garcia. Photo credits go to our good friends at Yellowhammer Creative....

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Scoops (alert-includes GELATO)

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As we have said before, this town needs more non-chain, brick-and-mortar ice cream shops that sell homemade ice cream. As you know, in the pop-up/truck category, we love Bendy’s, Pixie, and Big Spoon. But as far as brick-and-mortar goes, so far, the only place we know of in this category is Lichita’s. (Think about it.) We love Lichita’s, and it will be opening a second location in the Pizitz in December, but there is plenty of pent up ice cream demand for a second homemade ice cream shop. And for goodness sakes, this town needs gelato. How is it that...

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Woodlawn Cycle Cafe’s incredible homemade pasta and dinner service

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People often ask us to name our number one favorite restaurant in Birmingham. This, of course, is an unfair question. If you read our blog, you know that we are enthusiastic about many, many restaurants. Because we only blog positively, our blog is essentially a long list of our favorite restaurants. Picking our #1 would be like picking a favorite child. Not cool. Regardless of all of that…. we can often agree on our favorite restaurant “right now.” Meaning, a restaurant that for whatever reason, is having a moment. This usually means it’s a great place that just opened, or...

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Bendy’s Cookies and Cream

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We constantly troll Yelp, Facebook, and yes, even al.com to find new foodie adventures. A few weeks ago, we read this article on al.com about a new ice cream truck concept called Bendy’s. Our first reaction was, with Big Spoon (which yes, we love and will write about at some point, I promise), Pixie, and Ono … we weren’t sure if there were enough calories left in our MyFitnessPal apps, or enough unique takes on ice cream, to make room for this newcomer. But after our foodie friend Michelle of Hero Doughtnuts post fame told me she had actually eaten at the suddenly...

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Pixie Ice Cream

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As we recently noted, this town has a serious deficit of homemade ice cream. Other than a chain or a local place that uses mass-produced ice cream, if you want to go out for ice cream, we know of only one option: Lichita’s.  We do love Lichita’s, and as we recently told you, it will be in the Pizitz building. And after my original post, several readers pointed out that Big Spoon is a fantastic small batch ice cream operation with a pop-up schedule that can be found here.  But in a city of this size, I’m confident we can...

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Akbar Mashti and Kulfi pops @ Urban Pops

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Yesterday, we got a hot tip about a restaurant waaaaaaaaaay out in the Burbs.  So Mr. Foodie and I were able convince our friend Michelle of Eugene’s Hot Chicken and Miss Dots post fame to come along (OK, it didn’t take much convincing).  As often happens in this world of anonymous food blogging, the restaurant was just ok, in our opinions.  Don’t ask me what it was…. and you’ll never guess it…. we only blog positively so we just consider meals like that sunk costs.  It was still a lot of fun. As we were heading past the Galleria on the way...

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Ono Ice @ Bamboo on 2nd

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Over the summer, we shared a very happy foodie discovery:  a traveling homemade shave ice operation.  Rebecca, the heart and the brains behind Ono Ice, is known for making incredibly inspired flavors like watermelon mint and blueberry basil with farmer’s market produce.   Since we first met Rebecca nearly 6 months ago, a lot has happened.  For starters, she successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to purchase a food truck (YES!!).  And…. Rebecca now has a regular gig at one of our other favorite places, Bamboo on 2nd!  She’s there Monday, Thursday, and Saturday nights making a changing seasonal menu of shave...

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Feast and Forest Saturday Brunch

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Clear your Saturday brunch schedule, fellow foodies.   Let me explain. I met Kristen Farmer Hall 5 years ago this month, before I even moved to Birmingham.  She was one of the very first people I met when I visited.  I always tease her that Mr Foodie and I moved to Birmingham so we could be her friends-and it’s really true. Kristen’s enthusiasm and optimism about Birmingham helped us feel confident that we would find our niche here.  And we have. When Kristen started a craft bakery, Baking Bandits, it made sense.  (Read more about the adorable story behind Baking...

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Lichita’s Paleteria y Neveria (popsicle and ice cream parlor)

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One of our favorite things about writing this blog is the fact that it is a bidirectional experience.  We love it when our loyal blog fans tell us that we helped them find their new favorite go-to spot or weekend foodie adventure.  But what we love even more is when our loyal blog fans tell us about their favorite new foodie discovery.  When we first started, we found most of our restaurants using Yelp and Urbanspoon (when it existed-RIP, my favorite app).  But now, we spend most of our time following up on tips sent to us by our readers....

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Ono Ice Kickstarter

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Foodies, gather round.  Just last month, we told you about Ono Ice, Birmingham’s very own homemade shave ice stand.  Rebecca, the brains and the muscle behind Ono, is exceptionally creative and talented, using fresh local ingredients and innovative flavor combinations.  Now, she is trying to raise $25,000 to get a truck so she can take Ono to the next icy level.   In 25 years, we’re all going to be saying, remember when Ono got its first truck?  Now they have their own spaceship.  Be a part of history and while you’re at it, get a t-shirt designed by Yellowhammer (that’s...

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Brito’s

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At Red Bowl’s Dim Sum a few weekends ago, we struck up a conversation with two very nice ladies across from us who were clearly foodies.  As we bonded over the amazing dumplings and fried eggplant, we shared restaurant recommendations.  Even though we’ve been at this blogging thing for almost two years, we still get recommendations for places we haven’t heard of all the time.  So as we sat there talking about Birmingham’s amazing restaurant scene, we kept our ears open for the next “blogworthy” find.   “Have you tried Brito’s?”  one of our new friends asked, her voice brimming with excitement....

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Ono Ice

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Fellow foodies, I know it’s been awhile.  In our recent post about being on the Birmingham Shines podcast, we explain that our month-long gap in restaurant-related posts isn’t because we’ve gotten lazy or run out of new places to try.  It’s just that while we tried several new places, none of them were blogworthy.  We have standards to uphold and won’t write a post about any old place just to bring in some views and clicks.   Thankfully, this weekend, our month-long drought ended in a big way.  We have 3 or 4 blog posts just from these two days alone.  So...

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Bham Doughnut Drop / We Have Doughtnuts

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This is an emergency post – I have just eaten a doughnut so amazing that I need to tell the world.  Actually, I’ve eaten four, but that’s not important. For the past several months, my awesome foodie friend Sandy has been telling me about a doughnut startup in town.  These guys have a vision to bring classic cake doughnuts, which are surprisingly hard to find, to the ‘Ham.  And not just any cake doughnuts.  Artisanal, beautiful, seasonally flavored, made from scratch doughnuts.  As of yet, there’s no official name, and no storefront.  Even better-it’s a doughnut delivery service. And even...

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Birmingham Breadworks

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Since we moved to Southside about a year ago, we have been absolutely DYING for great new places to open in our part of town. That might account for why we blogged about Everest Sushi five times in the past month… but who’s counting. So when we heard that Birmingham Breadworks was moving to the neighborhood, we literally ran down there (just a mile and a half from our house!) to check out their Saturday brunch offerings. The shop is located in a old Antique store on 7th Avenue South. The space has been beautifully renovated to show off the...

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Gordos Market and Taqueria

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As you may know, I’m on a quest to find all the great taquerias of Birmingham – see also my post on Taqueria La Herrudura. Tonight: Gordos. Gordos was the first taqueria I visited after moving to Birmingham. It’s on Valley Avenue in Homewood, in a strip mall. It has 3 parts-a grocery store, a bakery, and of course, the restaurant. The restaurant serves tacos, tamales, gorditas, burritos, and quesadillas. Vegetarians beware-there is meat EVERYWHERE you look – a giant piece of meat hangs next to the register, which we are told is what carnitas looks like before it gets...

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Steel City Pops

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Who doesn’t like popsicles? I mean, really. Lets keep this short but sweet, literally. A few weeks ago at Trucks by the Tracks, we were starving and the only short line was at Steel City Pops. That’s not because they aren’t popular-it’s because they had 2 simultaneous lines and nothing to cook. First, we had chocolate peanut butter and pomegranate. Note our beautiful city in the background: A little spillage. The horror! That’s the risk you take when eating a popsicle. We must have loved it, because after lunch, we went back for vanilla bean and plum. It’s hard to...

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