Alabama Reads

I’ve been working through some books that are either by Alabama authors, or take place in Alabama, or both. Here are a few brief reviews.

I Wish I Was in Dixie collected and edited by Marie Stokes Jemison and Jim Reed
This is a collection of stories from all across Alabama, from Birmingham to Montgomery to Tuscaloosa.

Dear Slave – poems by Irene Latham. These are rich retellings of stories taken from the mouths of slaves and recorded by Ruby Pickens Tartt many years ago.

I Still Dream of You by Fannie Flagg.  This was an enjoyable read and one that had me doing a little research about Birmingham. I read this for my book club, but no one else was able to finish it that month.   😦   You can read more of my thoughts HERE and HERE.

Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe – also by Fannie Flagg. I couldn’t read this without picturing Kathy Bates in the role of Evelyn. I STILL want to go to the cafe in Irondale!

 

The last book is one I DON”T recommend – Looking for Alaska. I read it mainly because I heard it had a lot of references to the Birmingham area, but it didn’t really. Sorry, John Green fans, but I just didn’t like this and am disappointed that it is marketed to middle schoolers. I think all the reviews on Barnes & Noble were written by teenagers.

So, I will continue my Alabama quest at a later date. Right now my reading is headed to Ireland.

Full Pantry

 

I’d like to introduce you to Madison Murphy and her unique business, Full Pantry. This is a locally based grocery shopping service with a personal touch. Madison has a heart for her customers that can’t be beat. But first, how does it all work?

It’s simple. You place your grocery order by midnight the day before you want it. There is a form online, but you can also email, call, or text. So very flexible. The other flexible part is the variety of stores. You can choose from any store in the Greater Birmingham area, even The Market at Pepper Place, and Full Pantry delivers from Columbiana to Bessemer. My first order was from Trader Joe’s (can you say Cookie Butter?) because I don’t get over near the Summit very often, so this was an ideal choice for me. I placed the order on a Monday afternoon, and received a text with a one hour delivery window for the next day. Easy peasy.

You can learn more about the business by visiting the website.  But I’d like to tell you a little more about Madison.

This vibrant, organized, initiative-taking entrepreneur is only 24 years old, yet wise and caring beyond her years. She started the business not only with a goal of making money, but as a way to offer a service and minister to those with a need. She is experienced in serving others, as she helps her mother care for two grandmothers with dementia. In addition, she teaches piano, traveling to the homes of her students. She has to be super organized to pull it all off, which she does and does well.

As a native Birmingham girl, Madison wants to promote local businesses. Not only can you get essentials and non-grocery items like toilet paper from a Publix or Wal-Mart, but you can also get farm fresh products in season from Mountain Meadows Farm or natural supplements from Organic Harvest.

Full Pantry is ideal for working parents, moms of little ones, and shut-ins. One client, a mother of ten, depends on the weekly personal delivery. Regular customers appreciate knowing that when they say “milk” they will get what they want, whether whole or low-fat. Because their personal shopper knows their preferences.

If you are feeling overwhelmed after a long work day, tired of fighting through the supermarket with toddlers in tow, or can’t get out of the house, Full Pantry is your answer. You can rest assured that your shopper will have your best interests at heart.

You can also check them out on facebook and instagram. And soon on twitter!

Friday Night and the Eatin’ is Easy

art by arztsamui.

art by arztsamui.

When Friday evening rolls around and we discuss going out to eat, I always want to but don’t want to drive to far again after coming home. So, I look for a fairly inexpensive place nearby that will satisfy the both of us. This is no easy task.

There are, however, a few go-to places we’ve been to more than once that we like. Here’s the short list:

  • Tortuga’s in Hoover
  • Baumhower’s in Hoover
  • Jim-n- Nick’s in Pelham
  • Johnny Brusco’s in Hoover
  • Nino’s in Pelham

Tonight it was Tortuga’s, where the deep dish Chicago Style pizza was more than we could handle. Every time we’ve been the place has been hopping. Service is fast, but you must wait for them to cook your deep dish pizza. They also have thin crust pizzas, as well as lasagna, spaghetti and such. You can while away your waiting time enjoying all the memorabilia, mostly sports related, and most often Chicago Cubs related, on the walls.

What’s your go-to neighborhood place?