Mom & Dad Come to The Ham

This past weekend my sweet mom and dad came to visit me here in the ‘ham and they brought my best friend Hannah with them! What a treat. When most people’s parents come to town, they’re spoiled with new clothes or a grocery trip, but when my parents come to town, we eat at the most delicious places. I’m not sure what it is about my family, but cuisine is something we all are passionate about. We’re the kind of family that gathers around the TV just to see the next dive bar Guy Fieri discovers so we can go try it out for ourselves. I’m telling you, we’re food junkies.

On this occasion, my parents we only in town for a night. But boy did we make the best of it. We started the night by going to FIVE in Lakeview. That place is actually really neat. If you haven’t been, go. For me. It’s atmosphere is eclectic and modern, yet comfortable. There are crystal chandeliers lining the ceiling, chalkboards containing the five items featured on the menu that day, and amazing art work. (If I were more educated on art I would have more to comment on this, but really there’s some cool stuff). My dad and I ordered the BORDEAUX BOURBON cocktail. For being a bourbon drink, it was sweetened to perfection with Makers Mark, bordeaux cherries, St. Germain and Ginger Ale. Mmmm, mmmm it was so refreshing. We then moved on the order the BAKED AVOCADO, SZECHUAN CALAMARI and UPTOWN SHRIMP to snack on. (Disclaimer: I took the photo after I had already stolen a bite of the avocado… the suspense was killing me, what can I say??) We then moved on to entrees. Hannah and I split the PANÉED CHICKEN, literally the best chicken I have ever had. It’s flavored with an amazing lemon sauce, which is perfectly complimented by the tart/salty flavor of the capers….. so good. My mom ordered the STUFFED SHRIMP, while my dad decided on the catch of the day, which was an amazing red fish. Y’all, go to FIVE. Do me a favor. You won’t regret it.

{Pictured: Bourbon Bordeaux cocktail and Baked Avocado with one bite missing.   🙂 }

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Next, we scooted over to Avondale for a cold beer and some live music. That combination is what my dad lives for. So naturally I took him by. Between all of us, we got the Peach Saison and a Miss Fancy’s, both amazing summer selections. They’re both sweet and refreshing. Avondale is seriously one of the coolest venues too. Patrick Sweany was playing that night and added a perfect tune to our summer night.

{Pictured: a very humid stricken Shelby and Hannah enjoying the very nice night of music and beer at Avondale. Pardon the picture… we tried.}

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What a special friday night in the ham with my sweet fam! I loved having them here. (ALSO, I’m sorry it took me a week to post… whoops!!)

Is it time to eat again?

Pepper Place {Farmers Market}

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Beginning during the early heat waves of Spring, Birmingham folks flock together on Saturday mornings to enjoy fresh, locally grown produce and celebrate the growing sustainability factor Birmingham has to offer. I cannot explain to you the feeling of knowing there are so many people that love our planet and cherish the nutrients it provides! I sound like such a tree-hugging hippie, but my heart swells with pride when I see other people taking ownership in our ability to be sustainable, even in a city like Birmingham! Located in Pepper Place, the quaint streets are lined with white-topped tents that shield the pride and joy the locals put on display.

This past weekend I took two of my best friends, Kelsey and Sydnee, to show them how precious this Saturday morning tradition is! Needless to say, it was 92 degrees and PACKED, but we still had a blast. I obviously brought back my jar for a $5 tea from Piper & Leaf. This time I decided on a delicious honey-suckle flavor. It was unreal. The heat was way too much to handle, but the tea saved my life… and my mood. Syd opted for a cup of freshly squeezed lemonade… and boy was it fresh. There is just something so comforting and charming about seeing the lemons squeezed directly into your drink! We also treated ourselves to a $3 sausage biscuit from Monroe Sausage. The sausage was smoked to perfection and strategically placed between two fluffy biscuit halves to compliment my honeysuckle tea for an amazing breakfast experience.

If you have yet to make your way to this old-fashioned, southern attraction, be sure to stop by one Saturday! Pets and children are welcome 🙂