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Running Birmingham #5

Village to Village 10k: Mountain Brook Yeah, so I used to run marathons, a 10k might be a nice pastime ... especially since I'm only running 3 miles every now and then these days :/ This is what the day taught me: A) Age is a real thing, B) Never underestimate...

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Things That Make You Go Yummmmm! #6

Watkin's Branch Bourbon and Brasserie/Sunday Brunch Owner, J. P. Holland, must enjoy obscure locations for his eating establishments. The Fig Tree, one of my top B'ham picks, is right in the middle of Cahaba Heights, yet hidden in its own little out-of-the-way nook....

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SNAPSHOT #5

LOCAL LIFE Little Professor Bookshop - Homewood, AL What an absolute pleasure, a quaint little throwback to simpler times when we connected in community even if it's just an effortless "Have a nice day" to the the locals coming in and out the open door. Some just grab...

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Things That Make You Go “Yummmmm” #5

Brick & Tin - Mountain Brook Village Outdoor seating makes Brick & Tin a favorite of mine after a run when I'm sweaty and want to grab a bite before the hours it would take to clean up and be presentable. They even put out a water station on the sidewalk for...

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Running Birmingham #4

Brookwood: Connector Run I call this a connector run because it connects two previous runs, Mountain Brook #2 and Homewood: Lakeshore #3, for those who prefer a longer distance or are training for a Half or Full Marathon. Recent sidewalk installations now enable you...

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SNAPSHOT #4

YOU'RE FASCINATING Document YOUR Story Writing down grievances can be therapeutic. Venting has it's place. But more times than not, it seems easier to pull up irritants than bliss. It's really just a matter of focus, a decision you make by the way. Writing down...

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Things That Make You Go “Yummmmm” #4

BOCA - OWNER/CHEF TOM SAAB Tom Saab's BOCA is a home-run restaurant to add to Birmingham's first-rate culinary reputation. Birmingham, AL has so many good restaurants; there hasn't been one that's surprised me in a long time, but this one did. 2nd Avenue N. has become...

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Running Birmingham #3

Homewood: Lakeshore Lakeshore is a great starting place for a beginner with mileage markers every quarter mile. I run Lakeshore when I don't want to think about calculating mileage. It's a carefree 2 1/2 miles down and 2 1/2 miles back with just a few slight inclines....

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SNAPSHOT #3

YOU'RE FASCINATING Document YOUR Story Lists can be very telling. It might seem boring at first glance, but they can do more than just being a reminder of necessary tasks. They show where focus is being placed, where time is being used, where life is being lived. So...

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Things That Make You Go “Yummmmm”#3

La Marmotte, Telluride, CO Ohh La La! For being such a small town, Telluride does not lack in a variety of fine dining and La Marmotte is très magnifique! Walking up on San Juan Ave. right off the gondola you'll see outdoor glass dining pods surrounded by snow under...

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