Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzz-worthy food, culture, and style news.
1. BIG parades. Can’t make it to the Macy’s Day Parade? Houston hosts one of the largest parades in the country. The 63rd annual Houston Holiday Parade spreads over 20 blocks, and attracts more than 400,000 spectators every year. On the East Coast, the Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade is the fourth largest Thanksgiving parade in the U.S., with 100,000 viewers on the ground, and 200,000 peeps tuning in on TV.
2. Nashville’s New Hot Spot. Germantown’s cool factor continues to climb. Last week, the ‘hood welcomed Rolf & Daughters, a local-centric restaurant housed in the boiler building of an 100-year-old factory. The chef, Philip Krajeck, formerly of Fish Out of Water in Santa Rosa draws from his experience living in Belgium, Switzerland, and the South to create his menu of “modern peasant food” with dishes such as brook trout with savoy cabbage and crème fraiche, and parsley garganelli with heritage pork ragout, and pecorino.
3. A Splurge-Worthy Scarf. We’ll admit these 100-percent Italian cashmere scarves are pricey (around $500), but Atlanta-based A. Barclay Designs uses proceeds from every scarf sold to buy basic-need items such as blankets and clothes for orphanages in Tanzania. A. Barclay works closely with the orphanages to determine what they need, and they turn to Tanzanian companies to source the supplies to help stimulate the local economy. There’s a me-gift you can feel extra cozy about. And, at seven-feet long this oversized bundle of softness will keep you warm the whole season through.
4. Hospitality Exposed. Anyone traveling this holiday season will want to read Heads in Beds, a hilarious expose on the hotel biz, out tomorrow. North Carolina-native Jacob Tomsky got his start in the industry working as a valet in a New Orleans hotel and spent decades working in every department of hotels. His memoir will tell you everything you want to know (how to get an upgrade), and everything you don’t (what happened in your room just minutes before you checked in?!) about your home-away-from-home.
5. New Music From Jason Isbell. Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell releases his first full-length live album tomorrow with his band Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Live From Alabama, recorded at WorkPlay in Birmingham and Crossroads Cafe in Huntsville, Alabama, include Isbell’s greatest hits such as “Alabama Pines,” and “Outfit” from his days in Drive-By. Isbell will be touring all over the South starting tomorrow through December 22. Catch them when they pass through your town. Can’t make it to the show? Check out our Biscuits & Jam series with the Alabama native.