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 buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Holly Williams’ new album. As charming as she is talented, Holly Williams’ new album The Highway (out tomorrow) is one you have to download this week. We especially love “Waiting on June,” which Holly says is about her grandparents (Hank Williams Sr. and Audrey) and the mark they left on her. “They were born and died within miles of each other and were married 56 years,” she says. “They taught me the importance of family and eating meals together.” (Check back tomorrow for our interview with Holly).
2. A Pinterest-Worthy E-Shop. Pennyweight Goods is what resulted when Pinterest princess and the media maven behind Imogene + Willie, Elise Joseph decided to launch an e-boutique. Follow Elise’s boards for dreamy inspiration and check back once a month to see what artisan products she has curated. The roster is updated on the fourth Monday of each month.
3. Charleston’s Rutledge Cab Co. Chef Robert Carter’s new uptown Charleston spot, Rutledge Cab Co., has remained packed since opening last week. Maybe it’s the menu of grilled pizzas with topping such as shredded lamb and goat cheese, the thirst-quenching cocktails, or the super cool interior.
4. Specialty Cocktails in a Dive Bar. One of Birmingham’s most respected bartenders, Angel Negrin (previously of Bettola and Veranda on Highland), is back behind the bar. This time he’s introducing a classic cocktail program at Lou’s Pub, a mainstay in town since 1987. Now cocktail enthusiasts will be able to get whiskey sours, sazeracs, and crafty drinks provided by illustrious guest bartenders at the package store and watering hole in the Lakeview area.
5. Birmingham’s Neighborhood Market. In more Birmingham food news, the town’s favorite local grocer, Freshfully, reopened Friday after a major expansion. Additions include: A cafe with items made using ingredients from the store (including an amazing BLT sandwich with Benton’s bacon), a cookbook lending library, and fresh-brewed coffee by Finer Grind.
5 1/2. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Maryland Real Estate. We’re still months out from the release of The Great Gatsby, but we have to admit we’re pretty excited. Almost enough to drop $450,000 on Fitzgerald’s Maryland home, where he lived when he wrote Tender is the Night and Taps at Reveille. Well maybe not that much, but the author’s Baltimore home is pretty darn interesting to look at.