TRAVEL || OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE

Scottsdale, Arizona has an adorable western-themed Old Town! A few streets all intersect together  with tons of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and street performers. Spending an afternoon walking around, getting some souvenirs, and admiring local talents was so pleasant. Now, I know this is a very touristy thing to do, but sometimes it’s fun being a tourist! We went in late March/early April, so the weather was great (at a dry 75F during the day). Plus, it wasn’t swarmed with crowds. Score!

If you like fudge (or olive oils), you have to stop by Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars. It’s basically two different shops in one, but naturally I went straight for the fudge. Their cookies’n’cream flavor was divine!

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ENTERTAINMENT || THIS AIN’T NO BULL

The Birmingham Bulls are BACK! I grew up a Bulls fan back in the 90’s and have missed having this winter sport around. This year, they have brought back the beloved hockey team and are playing at the Pelham Civic Center.

Whether you live in B’ham or are visiting, going to a game should be at the top of your do-to list! Most of the games have a different theme, and the charismatic fans really get into it. The sport of hockey is very entertaining with sticks flying through the air and fights breaking out on the ice. Chanting is highly encouraged. It’s a family affair that everyone will enjoy! #GoBulls

Side note: If you get hungry, I would suggest the nachos!

TRAVEL || ROADTRIP TO ARKANSAS

My husband and I took a road trip through Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri over a long weekend. With the tight schedule, we didn’t get to explore Arkansas much- but we did visit Jonesboro on our way!

JONESBORO has a cute little downtown area with several restaurants.

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SKINNY J’S was our first food stop. Don’t let the name fool you- The food does not make you skinny, but man does it taste good! I got the Pimento Cheese Burger (topped with fried jalapeños and pickles and bacon) with grits on the side. Scott got The Juicy J (a pepperjack grilled cheese and burger patty topped with chicken, mushrooms, peppers, onions, queso, and tomatoes) with a side of sweet potato fries dipped in syrup.
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If you know me, you know I love taking photos by murals. This town was full of them! These two murals are right off the main street in downtown Jonesboro.

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On our way back through Arkansas, we stopped at DEMO’S SMOKEHOUSE. They had some of the best BBQ I’ve ever tasted! When we told them it was our first time visiting, they were nice enough to give us a free sample of ribs. They said we had to try them, and they were right! I would highly recommend eating here for all the barbecue lovers out there.

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FOODIE || LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT

 

Birmingham now has a Local Taco in Mountain Brook! This is a great casual date spot. It has a good atmosphere with wooden walls and Edison bulb lighting. Not to mention, they have $3 tacos. I said, THREE DOLLAR TACOS! Everything we had was great, but my favorite was the Nashville Hot Chicken Taco. I can’t wait to go back!

Pictured tacos: Nashville Hot Chicken, Avacado, Southern Fried, Alabama White.

FOODIE || SOMETHING TO MAC ON

Someone recently suggested going to Ashley Mac’s for lunch. I had never been there, but I am definitely going back! Everything was delicious, but the best thing was.. they have a wall of food ready for you to take home and heat up! Worked late? Dinner is served! Have people coming over? Just pick it up and stick it in the oven!

Pictured is their Apple Havarti Sandwich with Greek Pasta Salad and Broccoli Slaw on the side.

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They have several locations around the Birmingham area. Click HERE to find the one closest to you!

FOODIE || MAIN STREET TAVERN MONTEVALLO

 

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We went to visit some friends of ours who live in Montevallo, Alabama. They took us to the Main Street Tavern for dinner. It had such a great atmosphere with large windows and rustic/industrial decor.

Everything we tried was amazing! We had fried pickles as an appetizer. My husband got the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich with fries, while I got the Pimento Cheese Hamburger with mac’n’cheese. Definitely recommended!

Thanks for joining the fun- xoxo