5 Underrated Bars in Tuscaloosa, AL

5 Underrated Bars in Tuscaloosa, AL

Going out in college is fun, but these bars don't get nearly enough attention.
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Tuscaloosa is the home of the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban, some of the best students in the world and some really great bars. Don’t get me wrong, Tuscaloosa is no Athens, and it does not have a huge bar scene, but there are some VERY underrated bars.

High Tide

Many of us have fond freshman and sophomore year memories from good ol’ High Tide. Recently the bar has undergone some changes that I think are making it more than relevant on the Tuscaloosa Bar scene. High Tide has not only changed the literal aesthetics of the bar, but it has gone above and beyond at reaching out to the students. Through its social media to even the DJ's and bartenders it employs, no bar is more interactive with its patrons than High Tide. High Tide even hosts fundraisers for nearly anyone who wants to support a cause. Additionally, High Tide hosts a Wednesday night Beer Pong Tournament where the winner can get a $100 prize. I had a blast playing last week. Also, High Tide is becoming a member of the live music scene. Every Wednesday through Saturday High Tide hires a DJ and has a light show making it a fun dance club without many of the creepers that come from other bars where the dance scene is massive and impersonal. Moreover, "creepers" wouldn't fit in with High Tide's strict "good vibes only" requirement, which is proudly donned on a sign above the front door.

Innisfree

Everyone knows that Innisfree is a great nightime bar, but it is severely underrated for its food and daytime specials. Innisfree is known for its chill environment and crowd, but the best part, I believe, is that the outdoor patio is just as sweet as their indoor space. Plus, where else in Tuscaloosa can you get a pitcher of beer and two hot dogs for only $10? With cheap pitchers of beer, great food and company, Innisfree is a great daytime hang out. Just like their slogan says, “Head to the Free!”

Roxy’s

Martinis and karaoke - what more could a college kid ask for? Roxy’s convenient location downtown is already a plus, but add my sweet, melodious voice on the mic and you’ve got a night to remember…or forget. The best part about Roxy's is that it isn't your average crew, students from Bama, Shelton State, and all around T-town hang out at this cool bar.

Rhythm & Brews

I’ve said it before and will say it again; Tuscaloosa isn’t one for a crazy bar scene, but y’all…. Rhythm & Brews has a mechanical bull! Where else can you find such an awesome experience?With great live music, the bull, and great drink specials, it’s an understatement to say that this bar is underrated.

The Alcove

The Alcove, with it's cream colored brick façade, grilled windows, and stained glass front door, looks and feels like a local drinking tavern that you might find nooked in a small French village next to a whistle stop bed and breakfast rather than its present location behind the Tuscaloosa District courthouse. Those familiar with the bar know that this is no surprise as the owner of the bar designed it based on personal experiences from traveling across Europe. So if you're a college student and feel like pretending you're an adult, no bar in town has Alcove beat. That's right, at Alcove, you can wear your favorite kicks or heels and not worry about getting them covered in bud light and yagerbombs. Additionally, you won't find a smoke machine, strobe light, or Future playing at Alcove. Jokes aside, Alcove's drink menu is no joke - the bar offers around 150 different beers and a range of liquors. There are lots of TV’s to catch sports, bar stools, booths, and tables, two bathrooms, and a covered outdoor patio (that's heated during the winter).

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Who Said Donuts Can't Be Healthy?

A delicious, healthy, and sweet apple cake donut recipe with a maple glaze!
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Everyone loves donuts. Whether it be chocolate sprinkled or original glazed. Donuts have sparked a phenomenon during the 21st century. There are more local donut & coffee shops popping up in major cities now more than ever before.

From gourmet homemade donuts to the classic Krispy Kreme. This delectable sweet is delicious and definitely worth enjoying.

One local donut shop I have discovered is called, Fōnut. This sweet little donut shop is based in Los Angeles. Fōnut is not like any other donut shop, instead, these bakers have put a modern twist on this traditional sweet treat.

Fōnut’s are slightly healthier than traditional donuts because they are baked instead of fried. Many of their donuts are also gluten-free and vegan. Flavors like Vanilla Latte or Blueberry Earl Grey can be found at this little donut shop.

After reading about Fōnut it inspired me to find a healthier alternative recipe to these delectable sweets. I believe I have found the perfect alternative donut recipe that is delicious and pretty healthy.

Enjoy these Apple Cake Donuts for breakfast or dessert any day of the week!

Recipe:

Apple Cake Donuts.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Almond Milk

1/4 cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Coconut Sugar

1/4 Coconut Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 Egg

1 1/8 cup Brown Rice Flour

1 cup shredded Apple

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Creamy Maple Glaze Icing:

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup coconut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbs unsweetened almond milk

Instructions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 350F.

2) Then in a small bowl mix together the apple cider vinegar and almond milk and then set aside for 10 minutes, this will make your "vegan buttermilk"

3) Then in a large mixing bowl add in your wet ingredients; egg, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla, coconut oil, and your vegan buttermilk and then blend with a hand mixer until everything is smooth.

4) Next, sift in your dry ingredients, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Then fold in your shredded apple.

5) In a well-greased donut pan (I use coconut oil) spoon in about 2 heaping tbsp. of batter into each donut mold and smooth out surface with a spatula or finger.

6) Bake in the oven for 12 min or until a toothpick comes out dry.

7) Once ready take out of the oven let sit for 5 min and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for another 10 min before icing.

Icing:

1) Now onto the icing, in a medium bowl using your hand mixer, blend together the maple syrup, coconut butter, and vanilla until smooth

2) Then, while mixing slowly add in 1-2 tbsp of almond milk

3) Next, spread or drizzle the icing onto the donuts

4) Enjoy!

Here is the link to the original recipe!

https://www.healthnutnutrition.ca/2015/12/10/gluten-free-apple-cake-donuts-with-maple-glaze/

Here is a video of the apple cake donut recipes too!


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DIY Japanese Candy Review

Candy ramen? Yum!
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A while ago I saw a BuzzFeed video about candy you make yourself that looks like ramen, and I was shook. I knew I wanted to get it for my ramen-loving girlfriend and I. I went to Amazon and it turns out there are more candy kits than just the ramen! Kracie Popin Cookin has everything from ramen to donuts to hamburgers! They're extremely cheap off of Amazon, but they take a hot minute to ship. I think it's worth it, though. I ordered the ramen and shushi ones, and here's the adventure:

First stop, ramen town!

We had to look up English instructions online, but they're really easy to understand. We made the dumplings first, and it was a mess. It's really sticky and hard to work with, but it looked really cute after we got it right on our billionth try. After that, the steps are pretty simple! You get to make the soup, which is cola flavored, and squeeze the noodles through a little bag. They even have things to make an egg for decoration! One simple word of advice though: this is candy not meant for eating. You can try it, but it's not too good.

Operation ramen noodle was a success!


Next we made sushi!


This one was super fun, and I even liked it better than the ramen! There were 3 different types of sushi to make! Being the competitive couple we are, my girlfriend and I spent the whole time trying to make ours better than the other. This one was pretty simple. The only kinda frustrating part was shaping the "rice." The rest was a breeze! In the end, we had five pieces of slightly strange (but cute in their own way) candy sushi!


These also did not taste too great. The texture is nothing but the sound of a squish if that makes sense. But whatever. They're cute, and that's all that matters.


Overall, we had a blast making these, and I'm definitely gonna get more! I definitely recommend getting these for a cute little day full of candy and fun!

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