Reviews

slice kale harvest salad Harvest Kale Salad 

Slice rolls out new fall salad along with new restaurant. 

By Jan Walsh 

I have been a regular at Slice Pizza and Brew since it opened in Lakeview. And now I have a new Slice, closer to home, located in Vestavia Hills. 



The Market at Pepper Place’s farmers offer CSA delivery year-round. 

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


I spend most Saturday mornings at The Market at Pepper Place. I know whose products are Non-GMO and chemical free, even if they are not certified organic, which I much prefer. And among them, I also know who has the best heirloom tomatoes, blueberries, watermelons, lettuces, etc. Having talked with these farmers for 17 years, and having researched and written about them and their products in this column for three years, I have gotten to know some of them well. When I ask how it is going, they answer me truthfully. 

Order wild caught, pasture raised, and from organic purveyors. 

By Jan Walsh  

I don’t do fast food or eat out at places that are laden with GMOs. But even in locally owned, chef-driven restaurants, I have found GMOs in the most unexpected places. And much like food packages that do not label GMOs, restaurants are not going to brag about them on their menus either.

America’s most popular beverage is unexpectedly complex.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

I grew up drinking water from the tap. I also drank from the water hose on a hot, summer day. But I no longer drink tap water because I do not know what is in it.

Papa Vince brings organic, Sicilian foods to my table.

 

By Jan Walsh

 

Photography by Beau Gustafson

 

Papa Vince learned the art of making Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) when he worked as an apprentice for the Knight of De Stefani at the Medieval Castello of Rampinzeri, Santa Ninfa, Italy. Under the knight's guidance, Papa learned that the secret of a great EVOO is in the moody, but extremely generous olive trees. If cared for properly through their lifetime, they would consistently deliver the sweetest harvest, which yields extraordinary EVOO.

Does your wine offer hints of glyphosate? 


By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson 


Think buying organic food was a challenge? Try buying organic wine, but not until you read this article—because it will help. 

Rudy Miss Coco's dog treatsMy dogs deserve organic food and Miss Coco’s One Lucky Dog treats.

By Jan Walsh

Dog Photography by Beau Gustafson 

My mission for my family to eat Non-GMO and organic includes my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Thus they are not fed any GMOs knowingly. I know where my food and my dogs’ food and treats come from, and prefer locally made or made in my own kitchen. I trust and buy Idie Hastings’ new line of dog treats, Miss Coco’s One Lucky Dog. And I buy organic foods, such as organic, local pasture raised chicken, eggs, and organic vegetables, which I supplement with organic dog foods.

Savannah Bee honeySavannah Bee’s honey and beeswax products are healthy and sustainable.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Bees are in trouble. Honeybees, bumble bees, and other native bees are disappearing at alarming rates. Pesticides are weakening their immune systems. Honeybees contribute to one of every three bites of food we eat. More than $19 billion of crops each year are pollinated by bees. And $150 million of honey is produced in the U.S. annually.

nabeel's market productsNabeel’s Market offers imported and house made gourmet to go.

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson 

Nabeel’s Market brings imported foods and beverages to Homewood, Alabama. Here at Nabeel’s Market, you can also take home many of the same dishes served at Nabeel’s Café, next door. I have shopped at Nabeel’s Market for years and have found products that I cannot get anywhere else in Birmingham. International beers and cheeses, as well as their own dressing, soups, dips, spreads, salads are among the popular cold case items. Their gourmet to go also includes entrees from Nabeel’s Café. And this place is an herb and spice market in itself.  

Alabama Fairhope BlueberriesWeeks Bay Plantation’s organic blueberries satisfy pre season cravings.

By Jan Walsh


Blueberry season can’t come early enough for me. Every spring I savor strawberries as I look forward for the first local blueberries to appear. But this year I got lucky. Before the local blueberries were in early season and ready to be picked, I found Weeks Bay Plantation’s blueberries in May.

Rora Farms BreadRora Valley Farms products fill and refill my pantry.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Rora Valley Farms is a family farm located near Goodwater, Alabama. It is operated by Noah and Dorothy Sanders along with help from their young sons, Enoch and Patrick, as well as other family members, who also live on the family property. From fresh fruits and veggies, pasture raised chickens and eggs, to sprouted breads, Rora Valley Farms is one of my best, local Non-GMO resources to keep me stocked. I first met Noah at Pepper Place Market. I always ask questions of the farmers whom I buy from and was impressed with him and his Non-GMO, sustainable farm products.

Alabama SproutsSprouted foods are historic, healthy, and flavorful. 

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Food has become complicated. Seeds have pesticides (GMOs) in their DNA, which were put there in laboratories not on farms. And some of what we are fed is not even food, although it looks like food. I do not believe that seeds need scientists or that nature intended for our food to be made in a lab. So I refuse to knowingly eat GMOs (GMO labels would help) and any “foods” that are flavorless and lacking in nutrition. In my ongoing search for organic and wholesome foods, sprouted foods are among my favorites for both their flavor and health benefits.

pink saltHimalayan crystals are the purest salts on earth.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Salt is a necessary ingredient in life. All humans and animals require it to survive. Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements found in the human body, including sodium chloride, sulphate, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Given its cellular structure, it stores vibrational energy. And the salt’s minerals are (colloid) so small that our cells can easily absorb them.