Friday, July 18, 2014

Small Bites #8

Belle Chevre Cheese

Your weekly serving of local foodie news!
  • Reader Chris wrote in this week to report that "Taqueria El Cazador truck #3 [has been] parked by the old Mapco Mart at Old Railroad Bed Rd. and Hwy 72 for the past week or so. I stopped there today and it looks like a fairly permanent spot with a small gravel area around it and a picnic table." Thanks for the tip Chris!
  • Tomorrow is the Food Policy Council's planning session at the Chuch of the Nativity in Downtown Huntsville. This is a chance to get involved with our local food community and help advise on policies to foster locally sustainable food for all. (I'll be there, so if you come out, say hi!)
  • While out at lunch the other day, I spotted a sign for Crumb Droppers. That gives us three restaurant delivery services in the area (the others being GrubSouth and WesBees). Have you used any of them?
  • D&L Bistro (12 years) and Sandwich Farm (2 years) both celebrated anniversaries this week! I love seeing our local spots thrive. : )
  • In a fascinating collision of social media and hunger relief, Virgin Mobile has created the #mealforameal initiative. For every food picture uploaded with the #mealforameal hashtag, they will donate a meal to a hungry person in Australia. So if you, like me, enjoy sharing pictures of your meals, add the hashtag and make a difference at the same time!
  • Next Thursday, Rocket Hatch is putting on a Sip and Hatch event with a food focus! Come hear stories from Caitlin Lyons (Pizzelle's Confections), Nicole Castle (Food Systems Consultant and Photographer), Tasia Malakasis (Belle Chevre), and Karen Wynne (Rosita's Farm) and network with other foodies and food entrepreneurs! (I'll be there as well. : )
  • Speaking of Belle Chevre, I had the good fortune to try their Southern Belle this week. Goat cheese coated in bourbon and pecans...it was absolute perfection on some soft french bread. We added tomato slices as well (see the photo above), but I actually preferred it without.
  • My latest recommendation at Valley Planet is for Papa Gyros. (I know, couldn't believe I hadn't written it up yet either.)
  • The Convention and Visitor's Bureau has announced the first Restaurant Week event! August 14th, An Evening with the Chefs, hosted by Christy Jordan! All proceeds benefit Deep Roots, so get your tickets now!
  • Cast your vote for Alabama's Best Steak! Let's get one of our local spots in the running. : )
  • Piper and Leaf has launched a new blog, The Piping Piper. Head over to learn about their ingredients, meet their staff, and discover other local shops.
If you have foodie happenings you would like shared, drop me a line using the contact tab above.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Burrito California [4/5]

Burrtio California

Tucked in a small shopping center on Jordan, Burrito California's most distinctive feature is the cheerful cartoon donkey decal on the window as part of their logo. Heading in on a Friday night, the hubby and I were greeted happily and given our choice of tables.

The small seating area mixed orange painted walls with large brick sections, painted dark purple and lime green. Paintings hung on the wall and a small TV suspended in one corner played Spanish TV just a little too loudly for the post dinner crowd quiet. The TV competed with the whir of fans to provide the ambient noise, though the fans had the advantage of cooling the restaurant to a pleasant temperature. Wooden tables mixed with a few plastic wrapped high tops.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Small Bites #7

New Market BBQ

Your weekly serving of local foodie news!
  • Last night's Connect! event was a smashing success! Connections were made and the conversation was so non-stop that we were having to shoo people out long after the event ended so the staff could go home.
  • The downtown parking garage at Clinton and Jefferson is now taking credit/debit cards. Dining downtown just got that much easier! *happy dance*
  • Next Friday, July 18th, is Bubbly and Bon Bons. Proceeds go to the Huntsville Hospital’s Pediatric Audiology Unit and many of the desserts are being provided by familiar faces: Mason Dixon Bakery, Pizzelle's Confections, Morgan Price Candy Company, Whistle Stop Sweet Shop, Cooking with C.C. Beer is being provided by Yellowhammer! Tickets are limited, so get yours now.
  • Humphrey's now both smoke free (note: they also do not allow vaping) and serving breakfast.
  • A Cleveland Ave park should be complete late this year and provide a pedestrian connection from the Lumberyard to downtown. Hullo Sandwich Farm! Hullo jazz and food trucks.
  • Did you see my list of the restaurants which are now open over at Our Valley Events? We have some especially good ones this month!
  • Next Saturday is the Food Policy Council's planning session at the Chuch of the Nativity in Downtown Huntsville. This is a chance to advise policies on fostering locally sustainable food for all.
  • Do you know this month is national baked bean month? (I love that there is a month for everything!) I had fabulous baked beans at New Market BBQ last weekend (shown above) but if you want to get some, you'll have to give them a couple of weeks to get back from vacation.
  • D&L Bistro announced a new wine list today. In case you needed a reason to give them a try, this sounds like a good one. ; )
If you have foodie happenings you would like shared, drop me a line using the contact tab above.

Monday, July 7, 2014

On On Tacos [4/5]

On On Tacos

Lured by the promise of board games with friends, the hubby and I grabbed our copy of Lords of Waterdeep* and headed down to Straight to Ale on a Tuesday night. Coming off a long day of work, we decided to keep things simple and grab dinner from On On Tacos, which was conveniently parked outside along with Sugar Belle.

Knowing we would have some time before the next game started, we went ahead and ordered the delicious but messy sounding nachos. One pork nachos for me, one chicken for the hubby, and two canned sodas. We ordered and paid (with debit, hurrah for mobile card readers!) at the window and then walked to the right to grab our drinks out of the coolers sitting on the loading ramps. This had the benefit of netting us ice cold drinks and letting us root around to pick the variety we wanted. However, it also meant it was a bit of a guess as to what would be in the cooler--something I hadn't thought to ask. We lucked out in finding our preferred beverages but keeping one can of each variety in the window could easily circumvent this.

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