Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa
New Year … new me! If that’s part of your motto for 2018, your New Year’s resolution might include a little something to do with your eating habits. More often than not, many of my clients feel like “starting to eat healthy” means becoming a hermit who can never go out to eat again. But guess what? Tuscaloosa has an impressive selection of restaurants that are both delicious and nutritious.
Like many folks, health may be on your mind as you make those New Year’s resolutions. Exercise is often at the top of the list, with hopes and dreams to keep your physical activity as consistent as possible. If you’re anything like me, not only is time a big factor, but so is making sure I’m not getting bored or burned out with my activity of choice. Thankfully though, Tuscaloosa offers quite the bounty of opportunities to keep you active throughout the New Year.
UPerk officially opened its doors in August 2017, but community manager Jamey Hamm says it was established in 2016.
“Though we opened just this August, we have 2016 on the wall, because that’s when Pastor James Goodlet had the UPerk idea,” said Hamm.
Ah the holidays … one of my most favorite times of year. Yes, I love family, and sure I love gifts, but good gracious do I love the food. There’s something about the Christmas and holiday season in general that provides a platform for specific types of dishes. It seems un-American to prepare a large roasted turkey in the middle of summer, so of course we’ve got to take advantage of the bounty of food brought to the table in December. However, if we’re watching our weight or health in general, the holidays may make us feel uneasy about overdoing it.
Ever since the Pho Town Facebook page debuted earlier this year, people have been chomping at the bit, eager to get their pho on. But what exactly is pho? Pho (pronounced like “fun” without the “n”) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat … typically beef or chicken.
As a popular street food in Vietnam, owner Anhtu Bui felt that Tuscaloosa was ready for some authentic flavors in its food scene.
“Shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo; pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp …”
Sure, this might be straight out of the movie Forrest Gump, where “shrimp is the fruit of the sea,” but one local business is trying to make this a reality in landlocked West Alabama. Since the end of 2016, the families involved with Sumter County Shrimp have dedicated themselves to digging ponds, drilling wells, and investing in equipment needed to grow shrimp in this area.
Burgers, fries, and (boozy) milkshakes, oh my! That’s what Dotson’s Burger Spot has brought to the table in Temerson Square. Dotson’s has hit the ground running since opening in August, providing an assortment of high-end burgers, appetizers, and desserts that make you want to scream “yum.”
Fresh tortillas, flavorful charred vegetables, and made-from-scratch sauces are the types of things that make my mouth water. Luckily for all of us “foodies” in Tuscaloosa, there’s a new place in town that offers these delights.
On July 5, Central Mesa opened its doors. The Latin American-inspired eatery, located in the old Epiphany Farm-to-Fork Cuisine location on Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa, boasts much more than your typical burrito.
From hotels to restaurants, downtown T-town has become a little mecca of new business for our community. Within this new business boom sits the beautiful 2700 Capitol Park building, with upscale apartments and a hot new fitness boutique, The Barre Code. After seeing the frenzy on social media about pop-up barre classes around Tuscaloosa this summer, I knew I needed to check out The Barre Code to find out what this shaking, burning, and tucking was all about.
Convenience and community: These are the two things that drove Black Warrior Brewing Company Co-Owner Eric Hull to create the concept of T-Town Market. The store opened in May, and Hull said he’s blown away by the community’s response.
“So far, we have had a great reception from all our neighbors and have loved getting to know many of the people working at City Hall and the other businesses in the area,” said Hull.