Category: farm to table

Ollie Irene Reopens In New Location

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When Ollie Irene closed a year ago, we, along with a lot of other people in Birmingham, were bummed out. The Mountain Brook gastropub had become a local favorite, as well as receiving critical acclaim (including a James Beard Foundation nomination for Best New Restaurant in 2011.) The closure, a result of the Lane Parke Development, was just part of the restaurant’s story. Owners Chris and Anna Newsome have said for some time that they would be opening a new Ollie Irene. Exactly a year to the date of the closing — September 30 — we had the pleasure of...

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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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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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Cafe Dupont

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Last month (I know, I’ve been slacking), we went to Cafe Dupont for our anniversary. Cafe Dupont is part of the regional food, farm to table, or Slow Food movement. Way before we were here, in ’04, it was one of the first restaurants to open in the re-emerging downtown area. We had been to Cafe Dupont before, and specifically chose it for our anniversary because while it is definitely a “nice place” (cloth napkins, waiter brushing crumbs from the table between courses, valet parking), it doesn’t feel too pretentious. It’s the kind of place where they will treat you...

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NOW CLOSED-Freshfully Cafe

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In Memoriam: Freshfully Cafe, you brought us delicious (if pricey) sandwiches, fancy fruit salads, and smoothies. Your food was healthy and delicious, and we are not entirely sure what led to your untimely departure. Although your sign has remained, you are most certainly closed. We miss you and will hold you close to our hearts. RIP. Original post: Freshfully is a store that sells local and regional produce, meat, and other products – like honey, granola, and canned preserves. I love going in there when I’m looking for really high quality cooking ingredients. Recently, they started serving lunch Monday-Saturday. I...

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