Friday, August 29, 2014

Small Bites #14

Cooking with C.C.

Your weekly serving of local foodie news!
  • Y'all, I had a chance to attend a cooking class by Cooking with C.C. (Full disclosure, I attended at no cost) I really can't say enough good things about it, so let me say this: CC is incredibly knowledgeable, the food was delicious, and I immediately rounded up a group of friends for a private party. If you are looking for something different to do, check out one of his classes. (That picture up top was our dessert, grilled pound cake and peaches with homemade salted caramel ice cream and whipped cream.)
  • Rocket City Wiki has put together the most comprehensive list yet of food trucks. And the best part is, it's a wiki! So if you find a new one, you can add it. : )
  • Speaking of finding food trucks, a student at UAH is planning to launch an app to help you find them. Fingers crossed!
  • If you follow me on Instagram, you see my weekly #csa pics. Several people have asked about how to sign up for a CSA or which CSA we are with. We subscribe to Doe Run Farms and they've just opened registration for their Autumn Shares. These tend to be more greens heavy than the summer shares, just as a heads up, but it can also be a good trial run into CSA's if 5 weeks of greens and squash and apples appeal to you.
  • Saturday, September 13th, Pizzelles will be hosting an International Chocolate Day Celebration. Door prizes! Raffles! Chocolates! Hurrah!
  • Reader Tuyet sent in a strong recommendation for the Pho at Ding How II. I know what I'll be ordering on my next trip in. Have you tried it?
  • Bandito Southside is celebrating their 5th anniversary with food and drink specials and music from Bourbon & Shamrocks starting at 8pm!
  • Our Valley Events did a round up of their favorite mac-and-cheese spots. The gauntlet has been thrown folks. Did you favorites make the list or have they been unjustly slighted? I know my husband carries a torch for the smoked mac and cheese at New Market BBQ
  • The It's Just Salsa launch party has been set for Saturday, September 6th. If you reserved your sample jar in advance, you will need to pick it up during the party at the Artery, from 11-1pm.
  • Big Foot's Little Donuts has added War Eagle and Roll Tide Donuts to their menu... : D
  • Ticket sales for Big Spring Crush have been extended another week and the event map has been released. I was excited to see a grape stomping area on the map!
If you have foodie happenings you would like shared, drop me a line using the contact tab above.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

G & G Pizza [2.5/5]

G&G's Pizza

One Friday night, the hubby and I decided to shake off a particularly chaotic week by taking a drive out to New Hope. The winding roads stayed just out of sight of the river, but the trees shone in the dusky light. We ended our drive at G & G Pizza, a small building off the side of the highway. The parking lot was full and people were popping in and out, mostly picking up orders they had called ahead. 

We ordered at the counter, selecting a large special, no mushrooms, no anchovies, and two drinks. A large refrigerated case offered bottled drinks for the pick up orders, but since we were eating in, we opted for small fountain drinks. After we placed our order, we collected our cups, and headed back to the small dining room. The fountain was small; the ice dispenser was a stand alone machine and the tea was served next to it in pitchers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Small Bites #13

New Market BBQ

Your weekly serving of local foodie news!
  • Restaurant Week is in full swing! You have until this Sunday to enjoy the specials before it's back to business as usual. And don't forget that you can enter daily contests to win gift certificates just by using #dinehsv on social media!
  • If you are thinking you just can't do Restaurant Week because you have little ones, let Rocket City Mom help you out.
  • Reader Jeff sent in word of a new food truck on the arsenal called Chris and Monte.
  • 1818 Farms will be hosting two Farm to Table dinners this fall with the chefs from Albany Bistro. The photos of the tables look amazing!
  • Honeypie Bakery has started offering regular hours, Wednesdays from 3 to 7 and Saturdays from noon to 5. (You may remember the jalepano cheesecake they made for me a few months ago.)
  • Meaux's New Orleans Sno-Balls has a new home in front of Packards Antiques Center on South Parkway complete with tables under umbrellas! Sounds like a good way to cope with this heat wave. : )
  • Did you see that Al.com profiled the ladies behind Pizzelle's this week?
  • New Market BBQ has added green beans to their menu! I tried them as part of our restaurant week tour. I'm still casting my vote for their baked beans but these were a solid offering, not the soggy mess cooked green beans so often become.
If you have foodie happenings you would like shared, drop me a line using the contact tab above.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Huntsville Restaurant Week 2014: New Market BBQ

New Market BBQ

The final stop on the Rocket City Food Bloggers Tour was New Market BBQ! (Catch up on our first and second stops.) The clouds were threatening us with ominously large drops, so we skipped the outdoor pavilion, and headed inside to sit at the long counter. We were greeted warmly by the owners, Libby and Kelly, who kept the line moving by taking down our orders as we milled about catching up. You know, since it had been so long since we'd seen each other. ; ) They do a lot of catering and it showed. When our meals arrived, they came out on a cart, neatly sorted, labeled with our names, and with nary a mix-up. Color me impressed.

After we finished our meal, the bloggers lingered. It's funny how food fuses friendships and sharing 3 meals, 3 days in a row with this group, certainly created camaraderie. What other group understands that it's cameras first, then forks? We talked restaurants, blogs, apps, and food, food, food. I greatly appreciate the Convention and Visitor's Bureau organizing this tour and giving me the chance to try some new dishes and restaurants with some fabulous bloggers.

And the CVB isn't just interested in giving away lunches to bloggers--you can enter to win their daily giveaway just by answering that day's question on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest) and using the tag #dinehsv. Each day a post will be randomly drawn to win a $20 gift certificate to one of the participating restaurants. You can see the schedule of prizes here.

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