Five, Birmingham AL

June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

I promised to share some of the amazing food I had in Birmingham this weekend.  One meal that stood out was at the newly opened Five (second location, first is in Tuscaloosa).The atmosphere is sort of fancy-cabaret-saloon with lots of gorgeous chandeliers and their antique bar.

I love the  concept of simplicity–there are five options for each category: five appetizers, five red wines, five entrees etc. Our party of 4 was able to make a pretty good dent in the menu and of the approximately 80% we tried, 100% was delicious.

Poisons: Black & Blue Mojito; Prose

Trio d’Appetizers: Uptown Shrimp; Asian Chicken; Baked Avocado

From Top Left : Duck Tacos, Paneed Chicken, Stuffed Shrimp, Bone-In Pork Chop,

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

The link to the menu wasn’t working from their site but don’t worry, I stalked it out for you here–the descriptions are just too good to miss but too many details to include in my lowly lil’ blog.

Magic City Brewfest, Birmingham AL

June 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

We were in Birmingham late last week and decided to stay the weekend and make a trip of it. It was the first visit that I actually spent a good amount of time there and I was blown away by all the greenery, friendly characters and especially the food. Besides some outstanding meals (to be documented), the main event was Magic City Brewfest . We headed out Saturday to the historic Sloss Furances where  the weather was gorgeous, the bands were fun and the beer floweth.

Two of my favorites were conveniently neighbors: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and Sweetwater IPA.

Weekend Fun

June 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

Since I’ve been out of town the past few weekends, I’ve been catching up on calendars and cataloging all the fun things I don’t want to miss this summer (someone introduced me to the term “FOMO” or “fear of missing out” and I tell you, I’m already experiencing extreme anxiety that I missed Edward Sharpe last night). One of my favorite things about Nashville is the beautiful weather–outdoor events have already been in full swing by Memorial Day and I love taking advantage of anything that combines food/drink/music on a patio, in a park  or atop a roof. If, perchance, your social agenda is on the light side this weekend, why not check out one of the below goings on?

Musician’s Corner Free Concerts at Centennial Park.

The Beer & Wine Garden at Centennial Park will conveniently operate during said concerts, but I would go anytime for a little pick-me-up.

Riffs Fine Street Food is hosting another pop up restaurant this Saturday, June 2nd at Corsair Distillery.

And if you are up for a lil’ roadtrip, head to Birmingham, AL for their annual Magic City Brewfest. Just $33 to sample the 200+ individual beers!

If you’re looking for something further out, you should definitely think about the Big Apple Barbecue in New York City next week–and cheer on Nashville’s own Martin’s BBQ. I have been attending the past few years and it’s become one of my favorite weekends of the entire year.

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