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Birmingham, foodie

Eat Drink Birmingham

I mentioned last week that I had attended the Eat Drink Birmingham event and had a great time! The event deserves it’s own post because there was too much deliciousness not to share!

Eat Drink Birmingham

The focus of the event was to educate the attendees about how great beer pairs with food. There are so many different craft brews out there of all flavors and notes and when paired with certain food tastes, it can heighten your experience! You all know that I am more of a beer person than a wine person, so this event was so great for me!!!

While there were a TON of great pairings at Eat Drink Birmingham, I am going to share with you my favorites! As there were so many, and it became very crowded and I didn’t get to take a picture of everything I tried.

My top favorite pairing was Silvertron Cafe’s White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Raspberry Coulis and Avondale Brewing CO’s Spring Street Saison!!!

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The spicy pepper taste of the Saison really complimented the sweet and tart flavorings from the bread pudding and raspberry. I may have tried this twice. I couldn’t help myself!

My favorite plate was hands down Bellini’s Filet Fricasse!!

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This dish had a delicious, tender filet over roasted corn, gorgonzola, and fingerling potatoes with balsamic glaze. It was truly amazing and I cleaned my plate for sure!! It was paired with Fairhope Brewing’s Causeway IPA which I am sure was a delight for those of you who like IPA’s…I do not.

The best smell in the room came from Bottle and Bone’s honey bacon!!! It hit your nose the second you walked in the space and it was the first thing I hit up!

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This bacon was paired with Straight to Ale’s Brother Joseph Double. The notes of toffee, chocolate, raisins and plums from the beer really mixed with the salty taste of the honey bacon! Truffles the boar was there, and I felt a little guilty grabbing the bacon but they assured me this wasn’t Truffles! haha ;)

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I tried parnsips for the first time here and it surely will not be my last! dg had their Parsnip Bisque with Honey Crisp Apple chips that was just delightful!! It was served up with Rocket Republic’s Terrestri-Ale Triple that just heightened the sweet and savory notes of this soup!

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For those who were the DD’s, Red Diamond was there with their amazing tea! I tried the Strawberry Peach tea for the first time and WOW!! I am going to be looking for this in the stores around here because I just have to have more!

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I am so lucky that I was able to attend this event! Birmingham has really become a true foodie city. We are blessed with some amazing restaurants and chefs that give us a great dining experience! A huge thanks to the Alabama Brewer’s Guild and the Birmingham Originals for such a fantastic event! To get more information and see all of the pairings, you can visit the Eat Drink Birmingham page. I can’t wait for next year!

 

 

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Friday Favorites

Favorite Song: This week’s song is Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’. Talk about a throw back! My sister’s birthday is today and this was one of her favorite songs when we were young. Like really young.

Favorite Snack: I discovered the Chobani flips and my life was forever changed. Or something like that. But seriously, these things are delicious!!! I love the Key Lime Pie and the Nutty Banana

Favorite Delivery: There was a Kate Spade Surprise Sale last week and I stumbled upon a metallic rose gold tote. Chris got me an amazing rose gold watch for our anniversary a few years ago, and I have loved anything rose gold since! I saw that the tote was on super deal and I happened to just send Chris the link like holy crap check out this deal. He responded back with ordered the rose gold. So sweet of him!!


Kate Spade Rose Gold Tote

 

Favorite New Beauty Find: Last week I needed to stop at CVS for something…maybe dish soap? I can’t remember. Anyways, I stumbled upon the Milani lip products that Kristen and Mia have talked about and they were buy one get one half off! I picked up the gloss in Pink Lady and the lipstick in Pink Frost. Love them both!!! I am wearing the gloss more just because I am more of a gloss girl but trying to lean more on lipstick than before, which was never.

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Favorite Birthday Girl: My little sister turns 27 today!!! Let that sink in…my little sister is turning 27. Yikes! She likes to rub my age in my face sometimes, but I like to remind her she keeps inching closer to 30 herself! Happy Birthday, Tracy! You are the most amazing person I know. You are so strong, well grounded, an amazing mom, and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to call my sister. I love you!

Tracy Lee

Tracy

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Favorite Funnies:

I have seen a few friends cars get booted in Atlanta when I lived there. This is pretty epic!

12 of the Most Hilarious Car Memes.

23 Reminders That Life Will Never Be As Bad As It Was In Middle School

Friday dance party!!!

 

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Winter Goals and Spring Goals

Let’s take a look how I did with those winter goals and spring goals will be set!

Shoe Goals

Winter Goals

Body 

1. Complete a 21 day food challenge – I think I lasted a week on my food challenge? I decided that a challenge where you cut a lot of food groups out just doesn’t work for me. I usually live by the eating 80/20 rule and that is where I need to stay. Except, I may try to up it to 85/15 and eventually 90/10. fail

2.Finish up Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred – I did complete the 30 Day Shred and wasn’t as happy with it this time around as the times before. pass

3. Come up with a new cardio plan- We bought a treadmill and I have started the C25K program.pass

Mind 

1. Complete the Stephanie Plum Series – I literally finished on the first day of spring! I really enjoyed this series, you can read some of my thoughts herepass

2. Read Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism – I detoured my reading goals to read Yeah, Maybe by the lovely Joey! Also, I found a new book that I want to read first so I may still read this one down the road. fail

3. Watch two new movies – The Interview half pass

Home 

1. Collect items for gallery wall – I have one new item for the wall. Half pass?

2.Continue working on the dogs room/office area – I purchased a few things for my office area but the room still needs work. A big purchase of a desk will still need to take place as well. pass

3.Find a ladder shelf or other idea for living room entertainment area – We looked at a few, but none stood out that we just had to have. I don’t like to rush purchases like this because I want to love it if I have to look at it every day. While we didn’t really find what we were looking for, we did try and I wont call it a fail simply because I will not settle :)

Food

1.Complete 14 weeks of eliminating processed food challenge – I have been following along with it. Most of it was too simple, things that I already do to be honest. pass

2. Make three new recipes – Stephanie’s Energy Bites, Asian Zoodles, Turkey Meatball Zoodles, Sweet Potato Noodles with Sage, Mozzarella and Spinach Flank Steaks (the steak was too tough and we weren’t really thrilled with it) pass

3.Try three new restaurants – Little Italy’s Pizza, Chicken Salad Chick, Jefferson’s and I got to try Silverton Cafe, DG and Bob Syke’s BBQ at Eat Drink Birmingham.pass

Goals for this spring!!

Body

1. Finish the C25K program

2. Find a new work out for Thursdays

3.Schedule an appointment for the dermatologist

Mind

1. Read The Body Book

2.Read 5 books

3.Watch a documentary

Home

1. Continue collecting things for the gallery wall

2.Find a way to get my china cabinet to my house (it is currently sitting in my mom’s garage)

3. Purchase some plants for inside, start a garden outside

Food

1. Try 3 new recipes

2.Visit 3 new restaurants

3.Work on IIFYM plan

Do you do seasonal goals? What is on your list for this spring?

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confessions

Confessions

–Do you ever have those things that you keep meaning to do, and yet they never get done? I have noticed an occurrence of the same shit on my to-do list for weeks that I keep skipping over. Then, when I take an assessment of what needed to be done….I get really angry at myself for skipping over it! Again. #procrastination

–My current self gets really angry at last night’s self when she doesn’t stop to get gas on the way home. #lazybitch

–I have had the same thing for lunch three weeks in a row. In a rut, much? #lunchrut

–I used to be really good about getting a cup or two of green tea in every day. I tend to go through phases of not liking certain foods for awhile, and green tea got the boot for the last two months. My co-worker is on a kick and made us all a cup of this Earl Grey Green tea yesterday and I might be hooked again! It was so delicious! And way better than plain green! #antioxidants

–The other day I was getting ready for work and I tried on about 10 different tops before deciding on something that I had worn the previous week. I would like to say that my last purge worked great, but clearly not. Why should anyone have 10 tops in their closet that they don’t wear? And there are more where that came from. Time to buckle down and really learn to let go of more. #clotheshoarder

Confessions in ecards

I vote that we pick a font and let it be known!

#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo

Making Melissa

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about me

Random Questions

That top picture has nothing to do with this post, rather it is where I wish I was just about every day!

So Laura nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and I love reading random question posts from other bloggers…so I thought I would join in on the fun! You can see Laura’s post here.

1. What is the very first thing you do in the morning and the very last thing you do before going to sleep?

The first thing I do every morning is coach myself in to getting out of bed. My alarm on my phone is called -YOU NEED TO WORKOUT. Rude! At night, I guess the very last thing I do before I hop in bed is plug my phone in to the charger.

2. What are your favorite boy name & girl name for your future children (I know you have them) or just in general…?

If I shared information like that, I would have to kill you. I will say that I am not a fan of super popular names that everyone has, nor am I a fan of stupid celebrity names like Apple, North or Blue Ivy. I have really grown to love my name over the years because it is different than most people I meet, and I like different!

3. Where’s the farthest place you’ve ever driven to (or road tripped) why did you go and who were you with?

Most of my road trips have been about 9-10 driving hours, but usually end up around 12-13 hours with traffic, bathroom and eating breaks.  I think the furthest distance traveled is probably my current location in Alabama to Pittsburgh, PA to visit family. My mom and I made the last trip back in 2010 and I really need to go up there again soon. I don’t like waiting that long in between visits. It takes about 13 hours. I think Chris needs to go with me next time, he has never been out of the south east!

4. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Does my engagement ring count? Chris and I got engaged on February 19, 2010 and I will never forget the evening! You can read our engagement story here.

Engagement Ring5. If you could see one person or group in a dream concert (alive or dead) who would it be?

I would love to see NSYNC get back together for another tour!!! I saw them when I was in high school and it was awesome. One of my favorite concert memories was Marvelous Three, I wouldn’t mind seeing them back together as well! And while we are at random information, my very first concert I ever saw was Matchbox 20. My dad won tickets when we were back in Pittsburgh visiting family and he took me. It was just the two of us, I was a freshman in high school and I still have the tshirt!

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6. What is one food that just grosses you out?

Okra. I am not from the south, so I didn’t grow up on the stuff. I didn’t even know what it was until I moved to Georgia. The texture and consistency is what does me in. My mom and I refer to them as loogie balls. *shudders*

7. Has someone close to you lost someone in their family? How did you handle it?

Loss is always hard, but it is even harder when it is someone in your immediate family. My sister lost both her father-in-law and mother-in-law in the same weekend. You see, they were taken by the tornado that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011. She was the one who found them, her FIL was already gone and her MIL was flown to a nearby hospital to pass away just a day later. They had a joint funeral, and I will say that I have never seen so many people at a funeral before. It was really hard watching my sister’s family go through this. They had lost their own home as well, so their lives were literally uprooted.

The only thing you can do is be there for the person. I offered hugs and condolences when it happened. Chris’s mom and sister brought their family food after the funeral. I took the kids for a little while to make it easier for them to get some things handled. I think the important thing is to continue to offer support days and weeks later. Grief can come in waves. The only thing I would recommend is not to say you understand how they are feeling. Because even if you have experienced your own lost, you do not understand how it makes another person feel. Just say you are there for them and want to do anything you can to help if they need it.

8. What is your favorite tweet or instagram you’ve ever shared? Show us the link!

Hmmm to be honest, I really don’t know. My Instagram is filled with pictures of my dogs and food. Are you following me? Twitter account and Instagram account. I really enjoyed the #inthedrawer challenge that Jana and I did back in December.

9. What is the one purchase you’ve made on your own that you are most proud of?

The first car that I bought on my own, a 1999 Toyota Camry. I purchased it while I was in college and my Jeep was failing me. I had that baby for nearly 10 years! It never did me wrong and was a great car.

10. What is your job and where do you work (because I’m nosy like that).

I wont give specific details, but I am a market analyst for a commercial appraisal company in Birmingham. I have my Bachelors degree in Real Estate.

I am not going to nominate specific people, all of my readers are awesome and deserve this award! I invite anyone reading this to go ahead and answer these question! Let me know if you do, I want to see it!