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This mug-cake recipe is a way to personalize a sweet treat fit for the winter while saving time and money. LEFT to RIGHT: Step by step images of what to expect as you follow the instructions below. Photo by Isabell MoonThis mug-cake recipe is a way to personalize a sweet treat fit for the winter while saving time and money. Photo by Isabell MoonUse a microwave to make “baked” goods fast, easy

Isabell Moon - Contributor
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Total time: 2 min
Makes 1 serving

It’s getting close to finals week, and the weather just keeps getting colder. In the rush to cram all that last minute material into your mind, you probably won’t have enough time (or money) to enjoy all the wintery treats that you’re daydreaming of.

 Marco Morosini, the owner of Silvertron, presents a platter of free food in his restaurant. The cafe recently added vegetarian and vegan options to their continuing, dynamic menu. BELOW: Silvertron Cofe is about a 10 minute drive from campus and has been serving customers for more than 30 years.  Photos by Gavin Gilliland Marco Morosini, the owner of Silvertron, presents a platter of free food in his restaurant. The cafe recently added vegetarian and vegan options to their continuing, dynamic menu. Photo by Gavin GillilandGavin Gilliland - Staff Writer
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The Silvertron Café, a restaurant unlike any other, sits quietly tucked away among the Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham. The café has been serving customers for over 30 years. Looking around inside, it is cozy, but open. It feels like someone could be living there, and you can sense the history of the place because all the furniture is vintage. Chairs are set up so that you sit in close proximity to other customers, almost forcing you to be neighborly.

This chili recipe only costs $10. Adding sour cream, jalapeño peppers and cheese gives this dish a creamy kick. Photo by Isabell MoonThis chili recipe only costs $10. Adding sour cream, jalapeño peppers and cheese gives this dish a creamy kick. Photo by Isabell MoonIsabell Moon - Contributor
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Total time: 45 min
Makes 4 - 5 servings.


This chili recipe is quick, easy and extremely affordable. You can buy all the ingredients for about $10. All you’ll need is a large pot with a lid and a cooking spoon. This chili is fairly low maintenance and is great for a beginner meal that isn’t pre-packaged (sorry, mac and cheese).

Berliner Weisse beer rests on the counter of the bar at Saigon Noodle House, which also offers a variety of Japanese food items. Photo by Tessa CaseBerliner Weisse beer rests on the counter of the bar at Saigon Noodle House, which also offers a variety of Vietnamese food items. Photo by Tessa CaseTessa Case - News Editor
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It is a sentiment well shared amongst responsible, stressed out, of legal-age-to drink college students: “Man, I need a drink.”

The view provided at Tip Top Grill inspires both the name and returning customers. Photo by Gavin GillilandThe view provided at Tip Top Grill inspires both the name and returning customers. Photo by Gavin GillilandGavin Gilliland - Contributor
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Tip Top Grill is a small restaurant located in a small community in north Hoover called Bluff Park. The view is absolutely stunning with picturesque rolling hills for up to 55 miles on a clear day. The Grill is situated inside a converted gas station originally built in the 1950s with the conversion to a restaurant occurring in Oct. 2003.

This is how the apple shells should look.  Photo by Sarah FaulknerThis is how the apple shells should look. Photo by Sarah FaulknerSarah Faulkner - Editor-in-Chief
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Even though it is still upwards of 90 degrees most days in Birmingham and backpack sweat is still very much a thing, it is officially fall, the season of pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin beers.

Hot Diggity Dog logo. Photo by Ian KeelHot Diggity Dogs logo. Photo by Ian KeelMugdha Mokashi - Contributor
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The unmistakably “hip” part of Birmingham is Avondale, which serves food on the decidedly funkier and fresh side. So I wasn’t surprised to find a gourmet hot dog joint nestled at the hip of Fancy’s on Fifth. This eatery is hidden behind an unassuming door next to a cheerful cartoon-y sign that reads “Hot Diggity Dogs.” When you open the door, you are greeted by a mysterious staircase and no signs of life. This changes quickly, because the loft of the building (directly over another Avondale favorite, Fancy’s on Fifth) is home to a laid-back, lively joint.

Eating at Hot Diggity Dogs feels like a scene out of a TV show—it’s a quintessential “hang out” spot, with exclusively barstool seating and exposed brick walls. An enormous smiling cartoon hot dog in an Uncle Sam-esque top hat graces the artsy wall. It’s very pop art and very, very new-age Birmingham. The crew behind the counter cook and serve up the dogs fast-food style, and are always joking around with each other and the customers. It’s a friendly, how-do-you-do sort of place that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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