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One of my new favorite lunch spots: Edgar’s Bakery

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on February 12, 2013

When you hear Edgar’s Bakery you probably think of their popular Strawberry or Caramel cake! But I think of how its become one of my new favorite lunch spots. The atmosphere is cozy, prices reasonable, and the sandwiches are delicious; and to make it easier, there are several locations around town for you to visit.

The first time I went there for lunch, I ordered The “T” Bird which consists of Hickory smoked turkey, mozzarella cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, leaf lettuce & ripe tomatoes on a scratch made and toasted challah bread. And it comes with two sides, all for $6.95 plus tax. My sides were fresh fruit and potato chips. I really enjoyed the fresh sweet taste of the challah bread.

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Last week, I ordered the Cranapple Jack which consists of Hickory smoked turkey, Applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, sweet apple butter & leaf lettuce on cranberry walnut bread. It also comes with two sides, all for $7.45 plus tax. This time my sides were pasta salad and fresh fruit. I was in the mood for a toasted sandwich so I asked the cook to toast the cranberry walnut bread and I think it made the sandwich taste even better. This is my favorite sandwich and I want it again, I might even go back this week to get it lol. I would also order the pasta salad again.

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Honestly, I’m not a big fan of Edgar’s cakes but they have plenty of them for you to choose from. Anyway, definitely stop by Edgar’s Bakery for a wholesome tasty lunch, and a plethora of other options for dessert.

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MIX is at it again!

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on April 15, 2012

So not too long ago I met & had lunch with, Jan, the Event Planner for “MIX”, a bakery and deli in the heart of downtown Birmingham. We had a great conversation over one of the newest additions to the menu; the hamburger sliders.

This special comes with two hamburger sliders & the signature chips. These delicious sliders can be eaten in about three bites.  They are made up of 100% 8 oz. Grass Fed Burger with Mushroom Ragout- Wright’s Dairy Cheese-Lettuce, Tomato, & Onion served on our MIX soft billowy burger roll (made in house) @  $10! The buns were toasted, which is a plus in my book.

The signature chips consisted of sweet potato, potato, & beet chips. All of them were yummy and added a special health conscious approach to this menu item. My favorites were the beet chips…….so delicious!

Next time you’re in the area swing by “MIX” & try these classic hamburger sliders.

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In the “MIX”

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on February 2, 2011

MIX bakery is located in downtown Birmingham, in the former Restaurant G location. This swank bakery serves a variety of pastries, breads, drinks, and lunch; which are all reasonably priced. MIX is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm.

Also I took home two doughnuts, the two  flavors were blueberry and vanilla bean. Both were large (I had to hold each one with both hands) and loaded with icing, but not too much icing. Even though I sampled both flavors, my favorite was the blueberry because it was just a regular doughnut with blueberry icing. I guess you can kind of say that I’m partial to blueberry anyway. The vanilla bean doughnut was a regular doughnut with vanilla bean icing and pecans on top. Furthermore, I could tell that both doughnuts were fresh because they were very soft as I bit into them.

Ratings are based from 1-10 (1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest)

Ambiance: 10

Service: 10

Food: 9

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Nabeel’s Cafe & Market

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on January 21, 2011

Nabeel’s Cafe serves Greek  & Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant is quaint and so cozy that it caused me to leave all of my distractions at the door; I was literally transplanted to a  country in Europe.

Next door to the restaurant, is a corner market that allows guests to buy Greek and Mediterranean groceries; such as meats, pastries, drinks, spices, and pre-cooked meals.

Upon our arrival, the owner took our jackets and sat us at a table next to the fire place; I felt so at home. Furthermore, this was the beginning of a “foodtastic” night that I wasn’t expecting!

Our Appetizers consisted of the following:

  • Baked Feta Theologos: Feta seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, & Greek oregano, wrapped in foil and baked. Served with toasted homemade bread. The feta spread was presented in aluminum foil that was shaped like a swan.  The feta spread almost reminded me of a garlic spread, based on taste, not presentation. There is no way to confuse garlic spread with feta spread because of the different textures and the sharp taste of the feta cheese. I gave this dish two thumbs up!

  • Bulgarian Roasted Peppers: Feta cheese with Kalamata olives, extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle of basil topped with Bulgarian roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes & sherry tomatoes. Served with Pita Wedges and homemade bread. This tomato and roasted red pepper mixture was good, I’m not used to eating anything like that. The feta served with this dish was milder, so I ate it with the chopped tomatoes, roasted red peppers and pita bread; what an amazing combination of flavors that exploded in my mouth. The olives were a bit too salty for me, but thumbs up!

  • Stuffed Grape Leaves with Feta Cheese:  Grape leaves stuffed with rice and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, with a side of Feta cheese. Served with Pita Wedges.Personally, I wasn’t a fan of this dish. The grape leaves had a poignant flavor that just didn’t agree with my palate. But I was told that this is one of the best selling dishes.

  • Pasta Fagioli: Italian soup made with chicken & tomato broth, pasta, beans, & vegetables. Served with a homemade slice of bread. Mom ordered this dish, and she loves it because she gets it every time that we visit.

  • Horiatiki (Peasant Greek Salad): A mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell peppers, Feta, Kalamata olives, Greek oregano & red onions. Served with homemade bread. Although delicious indeed, this salad is lettuce free. I never knew that I would enjoy a salad so much, that didn’t have lettuce in it. All of the vegetables were fresh and had a sweet tangy taste, from the housemade salad dressing.

(Entree & dessert mentioned in video below)

Our beverages consisted of the restaurant’s special iced mint tea, and it was so refreshing. It wasn’t too minty, but it kept my mouth feeling clean and yearning for more.

The following is based on a scale of 1-10: (1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest)

Ambiance: 9

Service: 10

Food: 9.5

The owner (John Krontiras) and the waiter (John) both gave us stellar service and their undivided attention. Thanks so much! Also, the cooks did an amazing job on everything. I had such a wonderful time; I think that I’ll go back this weekend!

http://www.nabeels.com/

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Georgetown Cupcake

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on July 11, 2010

“Georgetown Cupcake” is Washington DC’s premier destination for gourmet cupcakes. It is located in Georgetown, across the street from where I had pizza. The company was founded by two sisters, Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne, who traded in their fashion and private equity careers in order to make cupcakes. The two just wanted to follow their passion and didn’t even consider how popular the business would become. “Georgetown Cupcake” opened in February 2008 as DC’s first and only cupcakery.

Upon my arrival, I could see the long line forming outside of the door, and I was one block away. I didn’t feel like waiting forever for a cupcake, in the heat, but I said that if the line is moving rapidly then I would give it a try. So I got there, and the line moved at a fast pace. There were people from all over the world standing in line, just for a cupcake. For example, a couple from the Netherlands said that “Georgetown Cupcake” was a “must” on their list of places to visit, while in the United States. I was shocked at the popularity of this place, and here I was, I had never heard of it before; I just wanted a cupcake!

As I made my way in the front door, I was talking to one of the workers and she told me that “TLC” (The Learning Channel) will be doing a series on “Georgetown Cupcake”, and it will premier on Friday July 16, 2010 at 10pm (Eastern Time). Honestly, this just made me want a cupcake even more, knowing that the whole United States is about to find out about this cupcakery gem.

I finally made it in the door, and I had only waited for about 15 minutes. The building isn’t big at all, but the designers did a great job with the space and layout. Once you walk in, there is a large cupcake display, and behind it is the kitchen where you can see the workers baking and designing the cupcakes. The whole atmosphere is contemporary and chic; this is one of the only buildings on “M Street” that has been remodeled both on the outside and inside. It was also good to see the workers working in an efficient manner that minimizes the wait time for customers.

Once I made it to the cashier, I decided to get two cupcakes, the “Honey Banana” and the “Milk Chocolate Birthday”. The “Honey Banana” is a fresh banana cupcake topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a fondant flower. The “Milk Chocolate Birthday” is a classic madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake topped with a whipped callebaut chocolate frosting topped with festive sprinkles. Ya’ll, words can’t describe how amazingly good, moist, sweet, tasty, flavorful, and beautiful these cupcakes were!

My mom and aunt were shopping while I got the cupcakes, and when I saw them again they sampled both of my cupcakes and ended up falling in love with them. So guess what, I had to stand in line again to get more cupcakes, lol!

Anyway, if you like tasty traditional and exotic cupcakes, then you must go to “Georgetown Cupcake”. And don’t forget to watch the series premier on Friday July 16, 2010 on “TLC” at 9pm (Central Time)/10pm (Eastern Time). That way you can get a “taste” of what I saw and ate!

http://www.georgetowncupcake.com/

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Cupcake Heaven in Birmingham

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on April 2, 2010

Yay, the cupcake craze has come to Birmingham! The other day I went to “Dreamcakes” in the heart of  Edgewood, near “New York Pizza”; this place is cupcake heaven! It is a charming and quaint venue where the delicious smell, of cakes baking in the oven, overcomes you upon walking in the front door. “Dreamcakes” offers out of the box flavors that many local bakeries don’t have. Once I walked into the store and saw the cases filled with such a variety of stunning cupcake flavors, I didn’t know what to do, I just got excited!

Each flavor has a unique name, so I decided to get the “Curious George”, the “Over the Moon”, and the “Caramel Sea Salt Mocha”. The “Curious George” is a banana cake with peanut butter frosting, topped with candy bananas. I love anything with a banana flavor and the peanut butter compliments it very well.

The “Over the Moon” is a white velvet cake, buttercream filling, vanilla bean frosting and white chocolate curls. You can’t go wrong with this choice, all I can say is excellent!

Lastly, the “Caramel Sea Salt Mocha” is chocolate cake with a mocha frosting, topped with a caramel drizzle, a coffee candy & a sprinkle of sea salt. This cupcake wasn’t my favorite because I’m not a big coffee fan, and it had a strong mocha flavor.

Furthermore, the cupcakes are a nice size and it was impossible for me to eat all three, in one day. The first cupcake that I ate, was the “Curious George”. I’m glad to say that the two remaining cupcakes, that I didn’t eat, remained fresh for another two days after I bought them. Each cupcake had its own taste and I don’t regret getting any of the flavors that I mentioned.

The customer service is exceptional, the prices are cheap, and the cupcakes are amazing, so I will definitely be going back very soon!

FYI: The cupcake flavors alternate each day so check out the menu before you go. I don’t want you to get a taste for a flavor they don’t have that day. Also they sell more than just cupcakes, so go check out “Dreamcakes” you won’t regret it!

http://www.dreamcakes-bakery.com/home.html

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