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“Keep attacking, you know, keep forging forward,” Bryan replied during a recent teleconference interview with reporters, noting that it takes plenty of hard work to make a career in music work.”

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6 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR JOINT PAIN// RACHEL STEINER

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“Hopefully these tips sound easy enough to add to your daily routine. The most of important part of managing joint pain is figuring out what the underlying condition is that is causing pain that should be determined by wa doctor. ”

7 POPULAR ANIME CONVENTION TURNS 9 // SOCIAL UPDATE “Kami-Con, Alabama’s largest anime and gaming convention, celebrated their ninth season last January at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center. However, the three-day convention, celebrating the Japanese culture of animation, music and gaming didn’t always have a strong following.”

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BON JOVI // “THE HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE” B on Jovi keyboardist David Bryan was asked during a recent teleconference interview what advice he’d offer to his younger self if he was starting out in the music business. “Keep attacking, you know, keep forging forward,” Bryan replied during a recent teleconference interview with reporters, noting that it takes plenty of hard work to make a career in music work. Bryan seems to practice what he preaches. The idea of pushing forward applies perhaps now more than ever to Bon Jovi, which was faced with filling a major void when guitarist Richie Sambora quit the band in 2013. Sambora was frontman Jon Bon Jovi’s primary songwriting partner within the group, and a featured figure on the live stage. To many, Sambora was considered the most important band member outside of Bon Jovi. Drummer Tico Torres, who also participated in the teleconference interview, admitted Sambora’s departure was a big deal for the band. “The three-year period since the last record, I mean, the band itself also went through a lot of angst,” Torres said. “Richie’s a brother with us for many years – not something you brush off. “ But the three remaining original band members – Bon Jovi, Bryan and Torres – stuck together, drew on help from musicians who had ties to the band, and have emerged sounding as solid and confident as ever on the recently released studio album, “This House Is Not For Sale.” The album features the kind of no-frills blend of hard rock and pop that has typified most of Bon Jovi’s music, with hooky rockers like “Living With The Ghost,” “New Years Day” and the title song and hearty ballads like “Labor of Love” and “Come On Up To Our House” among the best tracks. John Shanks, producer on every Bon Jovi album since 2005’s “Have a Nice Day” and a guitarist himself, stepped into Sambora’s guitar role. He also continued to contribute as a songwriter – he has been part of the writing equation on each of the albums he’s produced – receiving writing credits on six of the new album’s

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12 songs. Billy Falcon, who has written with Bon Jovi in the past, also has credits on a half dozen of the songs. The group also found a comfort zone by arranging and recording the songs as a band, with Bon Jovi, Bryan, Torres, Shanks and long-time touring and studio bassist and now official band member Hugh MacDonald all together in the same room for the process. “I think musically, for this, we just came into the studio, and said, “Let’s do this one almost more old school,” where the last couple of records were different,” Bryan said. “But this one was getting in the studio, looking at each other, bashing…it out. We did it at the Avatar (studio), which used to be the Power Station, where we originally started. We made our first record there in ’83. And it just felt good, and it felt good to get in there and take these songs and really build them together. And that was John Shanks, myself, Hugh and Tico and Jon. And then (new lead guitarist) Phil (X) came in and played a couple of solos. But it really was, that was the core then, over the last year, of making this record.” The increased role of Shanks in the band, plus the contributions of Phil X, also helped give the band a spark and sense of renewal as “This House Is Not For Sale” came together. “It’s a different thing, but there’s new life, and I think when you have new people, you have new energy,” Bryan said. “And, of course, the creative process, the way we’ve worked together, is working with each other in the room. And the song dictates. And if everybody’s on the same page, it makes beautiful music. You know, of course, we had some wonderful years with Richie, but if he wants to move on in his direction, it’s one of those things that you can’t avoid, and we carry on, because the premise of this record, “This House Is Not For Sale” is the roots, and the fact (is) that we’re still together and strong and love playing music together.” Saying Bon Jovi had wonderful years with Sambora could almost be an understatement. After forming in Sayreville, New Jersey

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in 1983, Bon Jovi has gone on to sell more than 130 million copies of its 13 previous studio albums, compilations and live releases. The band broke through in a big way with its third album, the 1986 release, “Slippery When Wet,” which included the hits “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love A Bad Name.” The album held the No. 1 spot on the “Billboard” magazine album chart for eight weeks. That was followed in 1988 by an even bigger album, “New Jersey,” which included five hit singles. The band saw its popularity dip, though, heading into the 1990s as grunge supplanted pop metal as the predominant sound on rock radio. But over the past dozen years, Bon Jovi has enjoyed a major resurgence, as the 2000 CD, “Crush,” 2003’s “Bounce” and 2005’s “Have A Nice Day,” 2007’s “Lost Highway,” 2009’s “The Circle” and 2013’s “What About Now” have all been hits – with the latter three releases each topping the “Billboard” album chart. “This House is not For Sale” followed suit, debuting at No. 1, although it dropped to No. 43 the following week and had generated 174,000 copies sold as of January. Bryan and Torres said the album title is meant to represent the band’s commitment to moving forward without Sambora and retaining the group’s integrity along the way. Bryan noted that Bon Jovi saw the photo used on the album cover and it inspired the phrase “This House Is Not For Sale”

and the idea that the foundation of the group is strong enough to withstand setbacks and challenges resonated with the singer/guitarist. “He looked and said, ‘This House Is Not For Sale,’” Bryan said. “And it really represented integrity. It represented, you know, there’s going to be – it’s not for sale. We don’t want this to end.” Torres echoed that sentiment. “It (“ This House Is Not For Sale”) shows where we’re at right now, the way we feel, not only in music and mentally, but also has that optimism, which has always been pretty inherent in our music,” he said. “And it’s a message that we live by personally, so it’s nice to be able to convey that musically.” Bon Jovi is now pushing full steam ahead with a world tour, with both Shanks and Phil X in the touring lineup. Bryan said fans can expect a substantial show from the band – with a few different songs coming in and out of the set list each night. “We try to change the list every night,” he said. “I mean, there are certain staples that people expect and probably deserve… We try to keep those in there. We change our sets just about every night. And we have a big roster (of songs) to pick from, so depending on the shows, we get to play with them and bring them in and out, which also makes it fresh for us and great for the audiences. You know, we try to do as long a show as possible to fit them all in.”

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TWest Alabama Works (WAW) - Region 3 Workforce Development Council for the WAW GARY NICHOLS OF MCABEE 2020 Initiative. The project will deliver job training services to fill critical regional workforce in the rapidly growing automotive and advanced manufacturing industries in western CONSTRUCTION NAMED CHAMBER’S needs Alabama. Areas to be served include Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Bibb, Hale, and Lamar Counties. Senator Greg Reed said, “This solid partnership between business and industry, as well as secondary and post-secondary education, is a significant driver of success in the 2020 MEMBER OF THE YEAR he Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1,500,810 in grant funding to the

Dan Blakley, left, 2016 Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Dean McClure, right, 2017 Chairman of the Board, congratulate Gary Nichols, Member of the Year.

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ary Nichols, President and CEO of McAbee Construction, was named the 2016 Charles H. Land Member of the Year during the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama's 116th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Celebration, presented January 26th by The University of Alabama at the Bryant Conference Center. The award is the Chamber's highest honor presented to an individual member. A longtime Chamber member and supporter, Nichols has been a leading voice in workforce development efforts in this region for many years. When the Chamber was first asked to become the fiscal and managing agent of the Region 3 Workforce Development Council, Gary’s leadership and personal example of service ensured a business and industry-drive approach would guide workforce development efforts in the area. The Chamber’s workforce development arm, West Alabama Works, was launched. In just under three years of the Chamber’s engagement with West Alabama Works, hundreds of our citizens have found high-quality employment through hiring fairs, many employment shortages have been addressed for local companies, and the Worlds of Work event has exposed almost 10,000 West Alabama students to the life-changing career opportunities right here at home.  “As Chairman of West Alabama Works, Gary leads the way and sets an example for others to follow,” said Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. “West Alabama Works is the premier workforce development council in the state, and was the model for the Alabama Works initiative recently unveiled statewide. Gary’s vision and leadership has greatly contributed to the success of the organization.” The Chairman’s Leadership Award was presented to Lee Garrison, former City Councilman and outgoing Chairman of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. Garrison served 16 years on the City Council during a period of unprecedented investment and growth in Tuscaloosa.  The Robert C. Tanner Corporate Service Award, which recognizes the corporate leadership, philanthropic efforts and community service by a member entity in the West Alabama region, was presented to the law firm of Rosen Harwood, P.A.  The inaugural Non-Profit of the Year Award was presented to The Phoenix House, Inc., a free-standing transitional housing agency that began operations in the late 1960s and assists individuals recovering from addition to return as productive members of society. The Minority Business Council Trailblazer Award was presented to Cynthia Burton of Community Service Programs of West Alabama; Jheovanny Gomez of Jalapeños Mexican Grille and Drs. Belinda and Melinda Rhodes of Rhodes Family Dentistry. Jennifer Taylor of the City of Tuscaloosa was named the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year for her exceptional service to and on behalf of the Chamber’s membership. The Ambassadors are the Chamber’s official hosts for all functions. The Chamber also recognized outstanding community leadership with the presentation of three Distinguished Service Awards, which are presented to individuals or organizations for their service and leadership. The 2016 awards were presented to Bobby Bragg of JamisonMoneyFarmer PC, Carl Jamison of JamisonMoneyFarmer PC and Cynthia Kirkley of the University of Alabama. The Chamber also launched a new strategic plan, entitled The Next Level Initiative. This strategic plan and capital campaign will encompass four primary areas of focus: Lead workforce readiness and quality education; diversify our economic growth; engage the community to create true quality of place; and drive public policy and business advocacy.

Initiative. This format showcases the ability of education to be nimble to businesses needs in an environment shared with secondary education.” West Alabama Works has partnered with Bevill State Community College and Shelton State Community College to develop specific programs based on industry need. Senator Gerald Allen indicated that “The outreach of this grant will touch the lives of many of our citizens. I am particularly impressed with the synergy that will be created by 24 business and industry partners, 10 education partners, 9 government and public sector partners, and 5 other partners such as Community Works Tuscaloosa. These entities are all committed to work together to assist individuals find a career and meet the growing workforce needs in our region.” Additionally, the project will create a “pop-up” Community Resource Center in Brookwood, Alabama, to serve as a hub for community engagement. The Brookwood Technical High School and Training Center will undergo renovations, allowing the facility to offer credentialing services at four regional high schools for employment in hospitality and culinary arts, health care and advanced manufacturing. According to Brookwood’s Mayor Hyche, “The career resource center and technical high school will be a welcomed and needed asset to the Brookwood community, especially after the downturn of the coal industry which impacted so many families in this area. This innovative and inclusive project will no doubt be a difference maker in Brookwood.” Finally, through a partnership with Energy Alabama and the Alabama Automotive Manufacturer’s Association, business-specific plans will be developed that will speed the adoption of sustainable energy in Alabama’s automotive energy. The WAW 2020 Initiative will train 1,000 dislocated workers and credential 500 students over the life of the award. “Not only will this aid workers in an area that has been adversely impacted by the changing economics of the regional coal economy, this project will enable us to fill workforce needs in rapidly advancing sectors,” says Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer for the Chamber and Executive Director of West Alabama Works. “West Alabama Works is uniquely positioned to assist employers in this region – and statewide – in readying a new generation of skilled workers.”

HOTEL INDIGO HOSTS JANUARY BREAKFAST AND BIZ Chamber members gathered at Hotel Indigo Jan. 24 for Breakfast & Biz, the popular networking event held on a quarterly basis. In addition to networking, attendees were able to tour the hotel's facilities, including the Indigo's rooftop Lookout bar. The next Breakfast and Biz will be April 25 at Capstone Bank.

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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR JOINT PAIN I

t is estimated that 52.5 million American adults (22.7%) annually are told by their doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. By 2040, an estimated 78 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are the leading cause of disability in the United States and have been for the past 15 years. Joint pain is caused for various reasons including injury, anomalies from birth that make one more prone to joint destruction, obesity, and overuse to name a few. Other causes of joint pain are a result of autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. There are obviously different way of managing joint pain depending on what is the underlying condition, but here are some quick tips that can benefit everyone and are easy and natural. Exercise Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength, flexibility, reduces joint pain, and keeps motion in the joints. Though you might think exercise will aggravate joint pain, which is not the case at all. Lack of exercise actually can make your joints even more painful and stiff. Keeping your muscles, ligaments, and surrounding tissue strong is crucial for supporting your bones. Not exercising causes weakness that will result in more stress on your joints. Low impact exercises are best for those with joint pain such as swimming, water aerobics, or bicycling. Non-Inflammatory Diet A common question people with any form of arthritis have is, "Is there an arthritis diet?" Or more to the point, “What can I eat to help my joints?” Fortunately, many foods can help with arthritis. Following a diet low in processed foods and saturated fat will decrease the inflammatory process in your body that can lead to joint pain. A diet rich in

fruits, vegetables, wild caught fish, nuts, and beans are low inflammatory and are great for your body. These foods also help with lowering blood pressure and risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Glucosamine Glucosamine is a major component of joint cartilage and supplementation of it has shown to slow deterioration of cartilage. Supplements are derived from the shells of shellfish (like shrimp, lobster, and crab) or from vegetable sources. Glucosamine has been shown to relieve osteoarthritic pain and improve joint mobility. Glucosamine is produced in the body and provides natural building blocks for growth, repair and maintenance of cartilage. It has been proven to lubricate joints, help cartilage retain water and prevent breakdown. White Willow Bark White willow bark is nature’s aspirin. It is effective because it contains an active ingredient called salicin. Salicin is converted in the body into salicylic acidsimilar to acetyl salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. But because the naturally occurring salicin is converted after it passes through the stomach, it results in less irritation and side effects. White willow can be taken in a capsule form, but it is more popular as a tea. Ingredients for this are 2 teaspoons of powdered or chipped white willow bark, 1 cup or water, and honey or lemon to taste. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Add 2 teaspoons of white willow bark and let it infuse for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let it steep for 30 minutes. Add honey or lemon to taste, as the tea can be bitter. Hopefully these tips sound easy enough to add to your daily routine. The most of important part of managing joint pain is figuring out what the underlying condition is that is causing pain that should be determined by wa doctor.

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HEART OF PALMS // MY PEACE CORPS YEARS IN TRANQUILLA Meredith W. Cornett H

eart of Palms is a clear-eyed memoir of Peace Corps service in the rural Panamanian village of Tranquilla through the eyes of a young American woman trained as a community forester. In the storied fifty-year history of the US Peace Corps, Heart of Palms is the first Peace Corps memoir set in Panama, the slender isthmus that connects two continents and two oceans. In her memoir, Meredith Cornett transports readers to the remote village of Tranquilla, where dugout canoes are the mainstay of daily transportation, life and nature are permeated by witchcraft, and a restful night’s sleep may be disturbed by a raiding phalanx of army ants. Cornett is sent to help counter the rapid deforestation that is destroying the ecosystem and livelihoods of the Panama Canal watershed region. Her first chapters chronicle her arrival and struggles not only with the social issues of language, loneliness, and insecurity, but also with the tragicomic basics of mastering open-fire cookery and intrusions by insects and poisonous snakes. As she grows to understand the region and its people, her keen eye discerns the overwhelming scope of her task. Unable to plant trees faster than they are lost, she writes with moving clarity about her sense of powerlessness. Combating deforestation leads Cornett into an equally fierce battle against her own feelings of fear and isolation. Her journey to Panama becomes a parallel journey into herself. In this way, Heart of Palms is much more than a record of her Peace Corps service; it is also a moving environmental coming-of-age story and nuanced meditation on one village’s relationship to nature. When she returns home two years later, Cornett brings with her both skills and experience and a remarkable, newfound sense of confidence and mission. Writing with rueful, self-deprecating humor, Cornett lets us ride along with her on a wave of naïve optimism, a wave that breaks not only on fear and

intimidation, but also on tedium and isolation. Heart of Palms offers a bracing alternative to the romantic idealism common to Peace Corps memoirs and will be valued as a welcome addition to writing about the Peace Corps and environmental service. "Written with candor, wit, and descriptive insight, 'Heart of Palms: My Peace Corps Years in Tranquilla' is a very highly recommended read and would make an enduringly popular addition to both academic and community library American Biography & Memoir collections." —Midwest Book Review “Heart of Palms is a vivid and warm portrait of a community inside a‘paper park’ in Panama. The best—perhaps the only—way to fully understand the complexities of conservation is by telling stories about people and the land they live on. This book is both a detailed narrative about one village’s relationships to nature, to work, and to each other and a sweet coming-of-age memoir. Cornett’s youthful earnestness and energy come through clearly, as do her hard-won insights about what it means to reforest a landscape where people are eating, living, dying, feuding, making up, and having quinceañera parties.” —Emma Maris, author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a PostWild World

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POPULAR ANIME CONVENTION TURNS 9 Story and Photos by Reggie Allen

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ami-Con, Alabama’s largest anime and gaming convention, celebrated their ninth season last January at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center. However, the three-day convention, celebrating the Japanese culture of animation, music and gaming didn’t always have a strong following. Founded by Ray Lenzner and the Bama SOS Brigade, a student-run group at the University of Alabama, Kami-Con made its 2009 debut in the campus’ Ferguson Center. The convention would only attract 460 attendees that year. Luckily word of mouth spread and the following year’s attendance doubled. After a four-year residency in Tuscaloosa, the growing convention relocated to the Magic City and became a three-day-event in 2013. The big move yielded even bigger numbers. Last year, the convention brought in over 4,000 attendees. What sets Kami-Con apart from the rest its inclusion of an ongoing story-telling format. Like a television show, each year is considered a season. Complete with its own original characters, the convention is completely interactive-based, so the attendees control the fate of the storyline. Following the opening ceremonies, con-goers are presented with a weekend-long story that can only be solved through a series of tasks. This season’s story titled “Kami-Con SVU: Sci-fi

Victims Unit” placed attendees in the middle of a court case. Following last year’s season, attendees joined the convention’s official mascots, Shio and Kosho, in embarking a new futuristic world, laced with androids and aliens in pursuit of world domination…and a mystery. Throughout the weekend, attendees were also able to enjoy the 234 simultaneous events and panels, including the annual cosplay and dodgeball competitions. Saturday, the con’s most popular day, concluded with their highly-anticipated rave led by DJ Nash. Season 9 boasted a myriad special guests, including Steven Universe’s Zach Callison and Deedee Magno Hall, the cast of Channel Awesome, Team Four Star and everyone’s favorite lawyer, Alexander Shunnarah. Attendees were also treated to a special hour-long performance by Japanese Rock band Kazha.

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GREENSBORO’S PIE LAB // LIVING THE “PIE” LIFE A

fter spending 14 years of my life in the Tuscaloosa area, I have prided myself in being fairly familiar with all of the noteworthy eateries within an hour radius of T-town. Despite being a dietitian, I have quite the sweet tooth and am often in search of the perfect dessert. I’ve had colleagues casually mention the Pie Lab in Greensboro, but had quickly dismissed it as a place that I should stop by if I ever had a reason to be in Greensboro. In all my time living and existing in Tuscaloosa, it wasn’t until this past weekend that I had a very specific reason to be in the tiny town of less than 3,000 people. A few girlfriends and I had been invited to speak at a Women’s Conference at First United Methodist Church of Greensboro. Upon finding out the location of the event, I started to get excited thinking about the impending opportunity to try Pie Lab. It wasn’t until we arrived for lunch that day that I realized I had completely lacked in my previous idea of what the Pie Lab was. In my head I had imagined it to be a small little bakery in a small town serving up dessert pies exclusively. Walking into Pie Lab my idea of a bakery quickly transformed into one of the most welcoming ambiances of a restaurant I had ever seen. Exposed vintage brick walls, farm tables, and abundant natural light radiating the restaurant quickly erased any former ideas I had of Pie Lab. My ears perked up from the busy nature of the restaurant including several folks in line to order lunch and boisterous laughter coming from each and every table, ranging in parties of two to ten. Though someone yelling that personal pepperoni pizza was the lunch special of the day, I couldn’t help but dart my head around the restaurant looking for the actual dessert pies on the display. I wasn’t able to see anything immediately near the order counter so I surrendered to looking at the regular food menu to decide what kind of lunch I was in the mood for. Anticipating that I was definitely going to have dessert, I went on the lighter side of the menu and opted for a combination of chicken salad, fresh fruit, and garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette. I followed up my order by asking them to send me the most photogenic piece of pie they

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had, no questions asked on my part. It wasn’t long at all before my table of ten quickly received their orders, ranging from pizza, to salads, to soups and grilled cheese sandwiches. I appreciated the ample portion sizes of each of my lunch components, ready to take the first bite of chicken salad on a cracker. The resulting flavor was the type of chicken salad that makes even the cracker taste amazing. The contrasting sweetness of the fruit followed by a great bite of salad confirmed that I had made the best lunch choice. Though I was surrounded by the pizzas a few of my friends ordered, I knew the thing I was most interested in was having a bite of pie a little later in my meal. Soon after polishing off my chicken salad plate, a server brought out the most generous slice of Oreo pie I had seen in my life. In fact it was so big, I convinced my friend Brooke to share it with me. Bite after bite, I realized why Pie Lab had become an international foodie destination for so many people. The balance of perfect creaminess and sweetness without being overly rich was impressive. Another friend ordered the buttermilk pie which left me with a bit of nostalgia of Christmas holiday gatherings.. Having the realization that Pie Lab actually delivers pie orders to the Makers Market in Tuscaloosa felt like the best news I had in a long time. Overall, I believe that Pie Lab is worth the short trip to Greensboro for a dessert and meal of gastronomic proportions. The pride that the owners and staff take in the restaurant is hard to ignore. If you’re in search of the last piece of Americana, Pie Lab is your next destination and will always stay on your list. Pie Lab is located at 1317 Main Street in Greensboro, AL and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tweet us @ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating! Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian and local “Thrifty Dietitian.” Follow her on Twitter @TheThriftyRD

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One thing I love about these Trillium beers is that they only come in 16 oz, tallboy cans. There’s just something fun about pouring a beer out of one of these behemoths. Also, you’ll notice that the cans are not printed on, but rather they have a sticker as the artwork. A cheaper alternative for brewers when they’re releasing a smaller batch of beer, but still want to offer the freshness and quality protection of a can.

Montes Alpha Carmenère comes from the Colchagua Valley in Chile.

f you’re following the New England IPA craze, you’re well aware that there are some brews out there that are more sought after than others. One of the breweries making those coveted brews is Trillium Brewing Company; known for their intensely juicy, hazy India pale ales. Luckily, I have some really generous friends that were able to get their hands on a rather large selection of Trillium beers, so they decided to throw a few of them my way. I was gifted three double IPAs, but, of those three, my favorite was a Mosaic hop heavy brew called Cutting Tiles. Here are my thoughts:

The first thing you notice is that when you pop the top on the can, you get immediately hit in the nose with the smell of fresh juice. Even if it’s on the counter or table and you’re a good foot away, you’re still going to smell the intense, juicy hop aroma. The beer pours a deep, hazy orange color with about half a finger’s width of white head. The process for these beers is a bit different, and that’s really another discussion all together, but the way they’re made is the cause of the hazy appearance. It looks thick and without any light coming through the beer. I know this is going to be good. The aroma is incredible. The fact that they can get these aromas and so many different fruit-like notes just from hops gives me chills. It’s really like witchcraft. You get notes of tropical fruit like pineapple and mango, but also mixed in is a bit of peach and what smells like apricot or something similar. Once you taste one of these beers, you’ll never view another IPA in the same light. Huge juice notes that remind you of almost like orange mango juice. Up front you get a big fruity complexity that gives you almost a sensory overload; a ton of lemon,

orange, and some floral and herbal notes like pine and something like fresh cut grass. Then you start to pick up on some of the bitterness that really isn’t overwhelming, but it definitely lets you know it’s there that comes. Finally, at the end of every sip you get this nice, subtle sweetness that’s pretty refreshing followed by a wallop of booze at the very end. The beer weighs in at 8.5% so that should be a little expected in my opinion. Mouthfeel on this one is like only a few beers I’ve ever had. The carbonation is light to medium and offers a nice subtle bubbly character on the tongue. The beer finishes very dry, but it’s a refreshing dryness that you would want from a beer like this. Going back to earlier when I said that the beer was thick, that aspect combined with the juice like flavors and aromas makes this almost feel like a carbonated juice. It’s insane the fact that there were no fruits used in the brewing process, because you taste them so vividly. Overall, this is a world-class beer and if you ever have the opportunity to drink this or any other Trillium beer, I highly suggest taking the opportunity by the horns. The guys working there are doing the Lord’s work by creating incredible tasting brews that pack quite the punch on both the taste side and the alcohol side. I don’t necessarily think I could drink several of these in a sitting, but I know I could and did enjoy the one I had on a warm afternoon sitting on the back porch. So, again, if you can find it, drink it, because you definitely won’t regret it.

It’s composed of 90% Carmenère and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. According to the tasting notes, the grape vine’s leaves that are closest to the grape bunches are removed during the growing season to leave them totally exposed. This is said to achieve “even ripening and good levels of acidity and phenolic potential.” From the bottle: 12 months in French oak barrels lend complexity and toasted aromas that pair very well with the fruity characteristics of the Carmenère. For more information about this wine, check out the Montes Wines website. Montes Alpha Carmenère Reviewed I tasted the 2013 vintage of Montes Alpha Carmenère and let it stand in the glass for several minutes before tasting. Decanting is recommended for 30 minutes, per the wine’s tasting notes. Sample received for review purposes. Appearance Deep ruby red in the glass, this wine does let some red reflections come through. It is a leggy red, with numerous thick legs that fell at different time frames. Aroma When I first poured this wine, I immediately noted a bold jammy blackberry aroma. After letting the wine sit in the glass I leaned in for a second sniff. Upon doing so, I picked up more notes of blackberry but with a spicy twist.

I also discovered a bit of coffee and toast along with a good spicy sting in the nose. Montes Alpha Carmenère alcohol content 14.5% by volume, per the bottle. All in all, an enjoyable and long lasting aroma that led me to expect dark fruit forward flavors. Taste The wine’s taste was complex and enjoyable with a dual approach. First there was a combination of red and black fruits on the palate. Following that were secondary notes of coffee and allspice along with a little bit of oak. Mouthfeel and Tannins Montes Alpha Carmenère had a soft mouthfeel with just a light dryness noted. Tannins were present, round and balanced nicely with the wine’s flavors. Finish The wine’s finish was medium to long. There was also a nice transition from the flavors to the dryness of the tannins. The tannins lingered all over the palate. Overall Opinion Being the first 90% Carmenère I’ve reviewed I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, I found the wine to be quite enjoyable. It presented itself as well crafted, complex and balanced. I liked that the various components of the wine complimented and balanced each other well. Montes Alpha Carmenère price $19.99. Suggested Food Pairing Montes Alpha suggests “red meats, Chinese beef and vegetables, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, lamb chops and mushroom ravioli.”

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FOUR RECIPES USING RIPE BANANAS Everyone ends up with ripe bananas they don't know what to do with. I am ashamed to admit I have thrown many over ripe bananas away because I didn't know what to do with them. Did you know you can freeze bananas? They actually freeze very well. You can either freeze them whole, thawing them out before you use them, or you can mash them and then freeze them. If you are going to mash them first add a little lemon juice or fruit preservative to them before you freeze them to preserve their color or they will turn brown. Freeze the mashed bananas in freezer containers for later use in your favorite recipes. Banana Walnut Cake

BREAKFAST / LUNCH Brown Bag

9425 Jones Road | Northport // 333.0970 Its speciality, fried green tomatoes, joins barbecue plates and fish filets on an extended list of meats and vegetables. Tues 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Wed-Sat 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. City Cafe 408 Main Ave | Downtown Northport // 758.9171 Established in 1936. Big on food, low on price. Open for breakfast and lunch. Historic downtown Northport. Closed weekends. Cook Out 100 15th St E, Tuscaloosa Fast-food chain known for its drive-thru BBQ, burgers & more than 40 milkshake flavors. Thur-Fri 11:00am-4:00am Sat-Wed 11:00am-3:00am www.cookout.com CountryPride Restaurant 3501 Buttermilk Rd // 554.0215 www.ta.travelcenters.com Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet.

Holler & Dash 1130 University Blvd A-1, Tuscaloosa//752-3310 Sun-Thur 7am–2pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm Sun 7am-2pm www.holleranddash.com International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130 Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312

Cream together margarine, vanilla, and brown sugar. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Mix dry ingredients together. Mix bananas and milk together. Alternate between the banana and flour mixtures to add to the sugar mixture. Add nuts last. Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch round pans or one 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Frosting: 2 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese 3 c. powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla

Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd *402 | Tuscaloosa // 366.8780 Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip | Tuscaloosa // 342.0022 Rama Jama’s 1000 Bryant Dr // 750.0901 Closest restaurant to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Sweet Home Food Bar 2218 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 764-9346 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tropical Smoothie Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, | Tuscaloosa// 331-4070 Casual, health-conscious cafe featuring custom smoothies, sandwiches & wraps. Mon-Thur 6:30am–9:30pm Fri-7am-9pm Sun-10:30-8pm

Soften cream cheese. Mix all together and spread between round layers, sides and on top or over oblong banana walnut cake.

T-Town Café 500 14th Street, Tuscaloosa | 759-5559 |www.ttowncafe.com Mon - Fri 6am - 3pm; Sat - Closed; Sun 10:30am - 3pm The Waysider 1512 Greensboro Ave // 345.8239 Open for breakfast and lunch. Smoke free.

Banana Drop Cookies

MEXICAN

2 1/4 c. sifted flour 1 c. sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp. salt 2/3 c. shortening 2 eggs 1 c. mashed bananas 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 tbsp. sugar

Chipotle Mexican Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0140 www.chipotle.com Chuy's 1320 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 349-4947 Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm www.chuys.com Don Tono's 2312 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191 El Mariachi 3520 McFarland Blvd E |Tuscaloosa // 409-8585

Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Cut in shortening. Add eggs, bananas, and vanilla, mix well. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 400 degrees about 12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen. Banana Muffins

El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 366.0855 1726 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.1274 Fernando's Mexican Grill 824 McFarland Blvd E | Northport // 205.331.4587 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 2321 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa//409-8344 Mon-Thur 10am–10pm Fri-SAt 10am–12am Sun 10am-10pm | www.fuzzystacoshop.com Iguana Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 752.5895

1/2 c. shortening 1 c. sugar 2 eggs 1 1/3 c. mashed bananas 2 c. flour 3 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378 LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871 Los Calientes Mexican Grill 3429 McFarland Blvd E // 553.1558 Los Tarascos (2 locations) 1759 Skyland Blvd // 553.8896 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.0919

Cream shortening and sugar. Add one egg at a time; beat after each addition. Stir in bananas, and then stir in dry ingredients just until moist. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For more recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com. FEB 8 + FEB 22

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4800 Doris Pate Dr | Exit 76 // 562.8282 www.crackerbarrel.com

1/2 c. soft butter or margarine 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 3 eggs 2 1/4 c. flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/3 c. mashed bananas 1/4 c. milk 1 c. chopped walnuts

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Margarita's Grill 1241 McFarland Blvd E // 343.0300 Moe’s Southwest Grill (2 locations) 2330 McFarland Blvd E // 342.1487 1130 University Blvd // 752.0234 moes.com Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861

Taco Mama Tuscaloosa 2104 University Blvd A, Tuscaloosa Mon-Wed 11am–9pm Thur-Sat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm www.tacomamaonline.com

FINE DINING

Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials: Monday - $20 Bottles of Wine; Tuesday - Ladies Night 1/2 off Domestic Beer and House Wine, Select $5 Martinis, $2 off Select Sushi Rolls for Everyone; Uptown Wednesday - $6 Uptown Shrimp; Featured Cocktails and $20 Bottles of Wine. Cypress Inn 501 Rice Mine Rd // 345.6963 Fax: 345.6997 | www.cypressinnrestaurant.com 2003 Restaurant of Distinction. Beautiful riverfront location. Steaks, seafood and more with Southern flavor. Wine list, full bar. Specialities of the house include Shrimp Cypress Inn and Smoked Chicken with white barbecue sauce. Kid friendly. Closed Saturday lunch. Mike Spiller is featured the first Thursday of every month. Happy Hour- Mon-Fri from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. featuring 1/2 price appetizers. $2 Domestic Draft Beers and $3 Well cocktails. Evangeline’s 1653 McFarland Blvd. North // 752.0830 Located in the Tuscaloosa Galleria. 2004 West Alabama Tourism Award Winning Restaurant. American Eclectic Cuisine. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m. until... Fall: Saturday Brunch. FIVE Bar 2324 6th Street. // 205.345.6089 A restaurant/bar based on simplicity. We offer 5 entrees, 5 red wines, 5 white wines, 5 import beers, 5 domestic, and 5 signature cocktails, to go along with our full liquor bar. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5-10; Friday and Saturday 5-12 Lunch: Friday and Saturday 11-3; Sunday Jazz Brunch: 10-3 five-bar.com; 205.345.6089/ The Side by Side Restaurant 2410 University Blvd. | Embassy Suites | 561-2500 thesidebysiderestaurant.com River 1650 Jack Warner Pkwy NE, Tuscaloosa//632-3801 Tue,Wed,Thur-11am–2pm, 5:30–9PM Fri-11am–2pm, 5–10pm Sat10am–1pm, 5–10 Sun-10am–1pm Closed Monday www.rivertuscaloosa.com

JAPANESE

Bento Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1306 University Blvd // 758.7426 Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant 607 15th Street Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi 502 15th Street // 752.8844 Tokyo Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar 6521 Hwy 69 S | Hillcrest Center // 366.1177 Offers steak, seafood, tempura, teriyaki and sushi. Including cooking at your table, if you choose. Sun–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Kobe Steak House 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 759-1400 Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

ITALIAN

Broadway Pizzeria 2880 Rice Mine Road Northeast Tuscaloosa, // 391.6969 DePalma’s Italian Cafe 2300 University Blvd, Downtown // 759.1879 Menu ranges from sanwiches to finer pasta dishes and pizza. Varied beer and wine selection. Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. www.depalmascafe.com Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.345.4343 Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd // 758.0112 Pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner. www.mellowmushroom.com Mr. G’s 908 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339-8505 Olive Garden 2100 McFarland Blvd E // 750-0321 Open daily from 11 a.m. | www.olivegarden.com

CASUAL DINING

Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue // Tuscaloosa Brunch, lunch, and dinner. Specialty cocktails, local pints, bottled beer, and wine. Mon - Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat. Noon – 11 p.m., Sun.Noon p.m. – 9 p.m. Big Daddy’s Cafe 514 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 759.9925 The Blue Plate Restaurant (Was Northport Diner) 450 McFarland Blvd, Northport // 462-3626 Buddy’s Ribs & Steaks 2701 Bridge Ave | Northport // 339.4885 Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd // 523.0273 Mon–Wed 11 a.m. - midnight | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Chicken Salad Chick The Shoppes at Midtown & Essex Square, Northport | Said to be the very best chicken salad that can be found anywhere. www. chickensaladchick.com

Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine, full bar

Dave’s Dogs 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 722.2800

Champs Sports Grille 320 Paul Bryant Drive | inside Four Points Sheraton Hotel // 752.3200 Breakfast and lunch buffets. Sunday brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0575 www.fiveguys.com Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers//764-9097 315 15th St, Tuscaloosa Fri-Sat 10:30am–11:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am–10:00pm www.freddysusa.com Glory Bound Gyro Company 2325 University Blvd // 349-0505 Glory Bound Gyro Company is a unique restaurant that focuses on great food and service in a funky, fun-filled atmosphere. Open Mon-Thu: 11am - 10pm | Fri - Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hooligan’s 1915 University Blvd // 759.2424 From hamburgers to hummus. Open daily 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. The Kitchen 2322 4th St, Tuscaloosa//331-4731 Tue-Fri 8am–3pm Sat-Sun 9am-9pm Closed Sunday Logan's Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd E // 349.3554 Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 391.0572 Great burgers & sandwiches. Unique setting, full service bar, veggie entrees, kid friendly, and open late www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Newk’s Express Cafe 205 University Blvd. East // 758.2455 Fax: 758.2470 // www.newkscafe.com Express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere. Serving fresh tossed salads, oven baked sandwiches, California style pizzas and homemade cakes from Newk’s open kitchen. Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Nothing But Noodles 1320 McFarland Blvd E #530// 349-2900 www.nothingbutnoodles.com Pastas, Salads, Soups, Desserts Fri-Sat 10:30am–10:30pm Sun-Thur 10:30am-9:30pm O’Charley’s 3799 McFarland Blvd // 556.5143 Open daily lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch // www.ocharleys.com Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 366.8780 www.panerabread.com Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip // 342.0022 www.bamaquickgrill.com Ruby Tuesday (2 locations) 6421 Interstate Drive | Cottondale // 633.3939 Just off I-20/59 at exit 77. Near Hampton Inn and Microtel Inn 311 Merchants Walk | Northport // 345.4540 www.rubytuesdays.com Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419

Hooter’s 5025 Oscar Baxter Dr | Next to Jameson Inn // 758.3035 Wings, clams, shrimp and of course the Hooters Girls www.hooters.com Innisfree Irish Pub 1925 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Moe's BBQ 101 15th Street | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 752.3616 Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Bar open until 2 a.m., 3 a.m. on Fridays Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave // 391.0572 Great burgers. Full service bar. Open late. www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Walton's 915 Patriot Pkwy, Tuscaloosa//752-1693 Wings and much more Mon-Sat 9am-10pm Closed Sun waltonstuscaloosa.com Wilhagan’s 2209 4th St | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 366.0913 Wings U 1800 McFarland Blvd East Suite 218 | Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 561.3984 Features the first coal-fired pizza oven in Alabama. Owned by former UA/Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Completely open concept! www.wingsu.com WingZone 1241 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 342.2473

BARBEQUE

Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ 4215 Greensboro Ave | Tuscaloosa // 331.4858 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun lunch Bama BBQ & Grill 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.9816 Dickey's BBQ (3 locations) 9770 Alabama 69; Midtown; and 13544 Hwy 43 North at Rose Blvd. in Northport. Texas Barbecue. | 344.6500 1800 McFarland Blvd, Midtown Village, Tuscaloosa. | 758-1133 13544 Hwy 43 North, Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Northport. | 330-1147 Dreamland (2 locations) 5535 15th Ave | Tuscaloosa // 758.8135 101 Bridge Ave | Northport // 343.6677 The legend. On game day, get there early if you want to make kickoff. Seating is limited. Hours: Mon–Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Full Moon BBQ 1434 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 366-3555 (sports Grill) Mon-Thur 10am–9pm Fri-Sat 10am–10pm Sun 11am-9pm Hick’s BBQ 4400 Fayette Hwy // 339.3678 // Tues–Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Moe's Original BBQ 2101 University Blvd.. // 752.3616 Mon–Sat 11am - 10pm | Bar service Mon-Sat 2am and Fri -3am | Kitchen closes at 10pm

Southern Ale House 1530 McFarland Blvd N Monday-Thursday 11a-9p, Friday-Saturday 11a-10p Sunday Brunch 11a-2p A warm and inviting restaurant just north of the river with both classic and contemporary interpretations of Southern Cuisine. We boast a large variety of local craft beers on tap and other options in bottle for our beer loving constituents. Wine and Signature cocktails

Pottery Grill (2 locations) Highway 11 | Cottondale // 554.1815 3420 Alabama 69 | Northport // 333.5848 Menu: thepotterygrill.com Awesome barbecue. The Pottery Grill serves up everything from pork, chicken, ribs and sausage to burgers, hot dogs and salads. Take-out and catering available.

Southland Restaurant 5388 Skyland Blvd E // 556.3070 Steaks, chops and home-cooked vegetables Mon–Fri 10:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tee’s Ribs and Thangs 1702 10th Avenue // 366.9974 |11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

Sweet Home Food Bar www.sweethomefoodbaral.com//764-9346 Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm

Logan’s Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd | next to Sams // 349.3554 Steaks, ribs and spirits

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 344-6444 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun 11am-8pm

Longhorn Steakhouse 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 345-8244 #412

Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450 A wonderful selection of Greek foods

Nick's In the Sticks 4018 Culver Rd | Tuscaloosa // 758.9316 A long-time Tuscaloosa tradition. Good steaks at a reasonable price Try a Nicodemus if you have a designated driver.

SPORTS GRILL

Baumhower's Wings of Tuscaloosa 500 Harper Lee Drive | catering-Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 556.5858 | Always fresh and always fun. Owned by former UA/ Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Kid Friendly Buffalo Phil’s 1149 University Blvd | The Strip // 758.3318 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine selection, full bar BurgerFi 1320 McFarland Blvd E #510, Tuscaloosa//759-2510 Stylish, eco-minded chain serving grass-fed beef burgers, plus hot dogs, craft beer & wine. Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am-11:00pm order.burgerfi.com/menu/tuscaloosa Billy's Sports Grill Historic Downtown Northport // 879.2238 Good food, beverages and family friendly Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. till 9 p.m. (Sunday Brunch 10:30am-3pm).

STEAKS

Outback Steakhouse 5001 Oscar Baxter Dr // 759.9000 R. Davidson Chophouse 2330 4th St. /Downtown Tuscaloosa/ 2056148782 We specialize in traditional American steakhouse fare including filets, New York strips, ribeyes, porterhouses, and more.The wine list and cocktail menus are exceptional and rotate with the seasons. Reservations are available online at rdchophouse.com or by phone. Hours - Tuesday – Friday Lunch – 11:00am – 2:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - untill. Saturday: Lunch – 11:00am – 4:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - until. Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - until Texas Roadhouse 1363 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 759-2596 Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun-11am-10pm Mon-Thur 3pm-10pm www.texasroadhouse.com 43 Prime Steakhouse 13620 Highway 43 N Northport// 331-5800 Monday-Thursday 4:30-9 Friday-Saturday 11-10 Closed Sunday

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Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials. Red Lobster 2620 McFarland Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.553.8810 Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM//Fri & Sat 11AM-11PM Reservations Accepted Take-Out Available Private Dining Area Available for Advanced Booking (Lunch Specials Available Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM) Shrimp Basket 3249 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//469-9786 Mon-Fri 10:30am–9pm www.shrimpbasket.com The Levee Bar and Grill 1 Bridge Ave | Northport // 632.3136 Casual riverfront dining Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 10:30 AM-3 PM (Happy Hour Mon-Thurs 2 PM-6 PM) leveebarandgrill.com

CHINESE Buffet City

1747 Skyland Blvd E // 553.3308 All you can eat buffet. Open 7 days a week. Chang’s Chinese Restaurant 1825 McFarland Blvd N // 391.9131 China Fun 2600 University Blvd | Alberta City // 553.2435 Chongwah Express 1425 McFarland Boulevard, Northport.  333-1088 Lee Palace 6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 / Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking & Oriental Market 514 14th St. | In the Oz Music shopping center // 343.6889 // Open Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 9:30pm New China Fun 4213 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//553-2435 Mon-Thur 11am–9:30pm Fri-Sat 11am–10:30pm Sun 12–9:30PM Panda Express 636 15th St E// 343-6888 Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-11:00am-9:00pm Mon-Thur 10:30am-9:30pm www.pandaexpress.com Pearl Garden 2719 Lurleen Wallace Blvd | Northport // 339.0880 Peking Chinese Restaurant 1816 McFarland | Northport // 333.0361 Open 7 days a week. Super lunch and dinner buffet. Hours: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Swen Chinese Restaurant 1130 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9887 Trey Yuen 4200 McFarland Blvd E // 752.0088

PIZZA AND SUBS

A Taste Of Chicago 1700 Greensboro Avenue 205-342-DOGS Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 17th Street and Greensboro Avenue. Authentic Chicago style foods. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Rib Tips, and Chicago Style Pizza. California Underground 13552 Highway 43, Northport | 339.8660 Chuck E. Cheese's Midtown Village, 500, Tuscaloosa St//979-3420 Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-11am-10pm Sat-9am-10pm Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680 Hungry Howie’s (2 locations) 1105 Southview Ln | South Tuscaloosa // 345.6000 1844 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.2633 1211 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa | The Strip // 366.1500 4851 Rice Mine Rd | Northriver/Holt // 345.3737 Lenny’s Sub Shop 220 15th St // 752.7450 // Fax: 752.7481 // www.lennys.com Little Caesars Pizza 1414 10th Ave // 366.2220 | www.littlecaesars.com (Second location) 5980 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa// 331-8150 Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. // 345.4354 Marco’s Pizza 1021 McFarland Blvd, Northport// 330-4555 Mon-Thur 11am–10pm Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun 3–10PM | http://www.marcos.com Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 758.0112 Subs n' You 2427 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.758.0088 Roly Poly Sandwiches 2300 4th Street | Tuscaloosa // 366.1222 The Pita Pit 1207 University Blvd | The Strip // 345.9606 Hours: Mon–Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3 a.m. | Sun 11:30 a.m. - midnight Pizza 120 50115th St. East | 561.6853

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DELICATESSEN

Honeybaked Ham Company 421 15th St. E // 345.5508 //www.honeybaked.com Jason’s Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd // 752.6192 Fax: 752.6193 // www.jasonsdeli.com Located in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center. Jimmy John’s (3 locations) 1400 University Blvd | The Strip // 366.3699 1875 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 752.7714 815 Lurleen B. Wallace S | Tuscaloosa // 722.2268 Delivery 7 days a week. www.jimmyjohns.com Manna Grocery & Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 752.9955 McAlister’s Deli (2 locations) 101 15th St | Tuscaloosa // 758.0039 3021 Tyler Dr | Northport // 330.7940 Sandwiches, salads and spuds www.mcalistersdeli.com Momma Goldberg’s Deli 409 23rd Ave // 345.5501 |www.mommagoldbergs.com Newk's 205 University Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 758.2455 Schlotsky’s Deli 405 15th St. E // 759.1975 // schlotskys.com Which Wich University Blvd.// Downtown Tuscaloosa // Mon – Sat 10:30 – 9 // Sunday 11 – 7 // Fresh ingredients, great sandwiches. 764.1673

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Ruan Thai 1407 University Blvd // 391.9973 | ruanthaituscaloosa.com Exotic Thai cuisine. Offers vegetarian options, outdoor dining, and a full bar. Sushi on Thursdays. Lunch: Mon–Sat 11 a.m. -2 p.m. | Dinner: Mon–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. -10pm | Sun 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Surin of Thailand 1402 University Blvd // 752.7970 Authentic Thai restaurant and sushi bar. Open daily. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. www.surinofthailand.com

COFFEE SHOP

Barnes & Noble 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 349.6366 Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Krispy Kreme Doughnut 1400 McFarland Blvd // 758.6913 //www.krispykreme.com Starbucks (2 locations) 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 343.2468 1901 13th Ave East | inside Super Target // 462.1064 starbucks.com

DESSERTS

Celebrations Bakery, Inc. 1832 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339.3221 Fax: 349.1945 Cold Stone Creamery 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa //343.1670 Specializes in customized ice cream Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dunkin' Donuts 2520 Stillman Blvd. |Tuscaloosa// 349.3400 McCorvey Dr. | Tuscaloosa // 348.4041 www.dunkindonuts.com Mary's Cakes & Pastries 412 22nd Avenue | behind Opus | Northport // 345.8610 www.maryscakesandpastries.com Mon–Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Smoothie King (2 locations) 415 15th Street | Tuscaloosa // 349.1721 Fax: 349.1945 1403 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 462.3664 Sweet CeCe's Frozen yogurt Treats 2217 University Blvd. | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 561.6458 A fun and friendly make your own creation, yogurt experience! TCBY (3 Locations) 2304 Mcfarland Blbd | Meadowbrook Shopping Center // 349.4661 // 2 Mcfarland Blvd | Northport | Essex Shopping Center // 758.6855 // 1130 Univ. Blvd. | The Strip // 345.0804 Yogurt In Love Patriot Center 7402 Highway 69 South Phone Number: 764.9173 Fax Number: 764.9228 Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 pm. Yogurt Lab 920 Paul W. Bryant Dr Ste 200 | Tuscaloosa // 347.9522 Yogurt Mountain 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 342.1484 Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - midnight

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f tour-de-force performances alone made great movies, then “Sixth Sense” writer & director M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” would be one of the best. Instead, Shyamalan’s twelfth movie qualifies as an unintentionally hilarious, multiple identity disorder, abduction chiller about a colorful fruit loop bristling with more identities than you can count on fingers and toes together. As the traumatized casualty of an abusive mom, woebegone protagonist Kevin Wendel Crumb (James McAvoy) has forged a ‘Horde’ of personalities to serve as a bulwark against grim reality. Predictable, derivative, and ultimately preposterous, “Split” contains McAvoy’s nuanced performance as well as Shyamalan’s usual standard-issue surprises. Indeed, McAvoy has a field day chewing the scenery as a wacko with 23 personalities who is gestating number twenty-four. Basically, this charming but deranged psycho abducts three pretty young things from a Philadelphia shopping mall and confines them for his own culinary delight in an underground facility from which escape is virtually impossible. Compared with other movies about splitpersonality psychos, “Split” does feature a looney tune with a greater number of identities than any other movie. McAvoy’s chameleon-like capacity to shift from one identity to another in the flick of an eyelash is as fluid as if he were genuinely conflicted himself. Suffice to say, McAvoy is brilliant, but perhaps not Oscar brilliant. “Split” boils down to a clever, self-conscious one-man show despite the quartet of additional characters involved. Unfortunately, we see only eight of the twenty-three weirdos that McAvoy portrays, but none is either demonic or memorable. Meanwhile, two of those four other characters lack sympathy because they brought this tragedy on themselves by ridiculing the psycho. Shyamalan’s surprises occur just where you would expect them, and you won’t feel the overwhelming urge to shout “WOW!” because you are so flabbergasted. Meantime, Shyamalan struggles desperately to spawn suspense, but what he achieves remains at best trifling. Sometimes, this half-baked suspense proves aggravating because you realize how futile it is for these doomed characters. On the other hand, unlike most psychos on killing spree saga,

“Split” doesn’t wallow in gratuitous blood and gore. Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy of “The Witch”) has been forged in a crucible of child abuse, too. A heart attack killed her father (Sebastian Arcelus of “Ted 2”) while she was attending elementary school. Sadly, her father’s brother, Uncle John (Brad William Henke of “Fury”), has assumed the duties as a guardian for Casey. Without divulging too much, Casey and her stepfather have had an adversial relationship. Now, in high school, Casey prefers to keep to herself whenever possible. Two of her snobbish classmates, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson of “The Edge of Seventeen”) and Claire’s AfricanAmerican friend Marcia (Jessica of “Honeytrap”), have invited her to their birthday party more out of mercy rather than friendship. Indeed, they display cynical attitudes about Casey, but they fear the repercussions on social media about what they might have faced had they not invited Casey. When her ride doesn’t materialize, Casey agrees to accompany Claire and Marcia and listen to Claire’s father (Brian Gildea) who loves to tell terrible jokes. As the saying goes, Hell is a road asphalted with good intentions, and Claire and Marcia have provided the paving that puts Casey in harm’s way. Before they can pull out of the parking lot, a stranger, Kevin Wendel Crumb intervenes, dispenses with Claire’s dad, and then carjacks them. Slipping on a face mask, he sprays something into their eyes that plunges them into oblivion. Of course, had they not been paralyzed with fear, these girls could have bailed out before Kevin incapacitated them. When they awaken, the girls find themselves

locked up in a room with the same tight-lipped stranger staring at them. Eventually, they discover that something is seriously amiss with their captor. Every time Crumb appears, he masquerades as an entirely different fellow, sometimes even as a woman. What the three girls don’t know is that Kevin is a patient of a world-renowned psychotherapist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley of “Frantic”), who has terribly misjudged the threat that he poses to society. Repeatedly, Kevin tells her about ‘the beast’ and how this messianic personality will shield all twentythree personalities from scorn and ridicule. When ‘the beast’ shows up, “Split” turns into a warped Marvel Comics movie because the beast possesses supernatural characteristics. At this point, you want to laugh out loud at this transition from a dreary abduction potboiler to a fantasy epic that

happens to be a belated sequel to the Bruce Willis & Samuel L. Jackson thriller “Unbreakable.” Nothing in this review has been designed to spoil “Split” if you decide to see it. You may walk into this superficial saga with greater awareness than you might have, but far be it for me to sabotage the quirky ending that hinges on purity. Before anybody can complain that I hate all Shyamalan’s movies, let me say that I admired “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “Signs,” and “Lady in the Water,” but I abhorred “The Village,” “The Visit,” “After Earth,” “The Last Airbender,” and “The Happening.” “Split” belongs to the latter category of travesties. Comparably, as deplorable as it was, “The Visit” surpasses “Split.” Nothing about “Split” is more than timidly suspenseful, and the action degenerates into a series of episodic encounters between McAvoy’s various personalities and his victims. Casey is the only other truly interesting character aside from the loquacious Dr. Karen Fletcher. The other two girls might as well have been mannequins. They are essentially expendable, and they behave like whiny victims in a movie where whiny victims must perish. The surprise ending came as neither a relief nor a revelation. More often than not, I felt like Shyamalan cheated with some of the narrative twists that contained neither enough credibility nor sufficient spontaneity. Finally, Shyamalan has exploited Dissociative Identity Disorder as a cheap gimmick to conjure up an uninspired Grimm’s style fairy tale that stigmatizes the disorder rather than entertains us as a legitimate horror movie.

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WHEN: 10:30pm-1:00am COST: $10 WHERE: Bryant Conference Center 240 Paul Bryant Drive Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 PHONE: (205) 750-0719 LINK: http://www. tuscaloosaexchangeclub.org/ DESCRIPTION: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30 AM to 1 PM at the Bryant Conference Center. Admission $10, children 6 and under free. 35 teams compete for coveted trophies for Best Chili and Best Costume, Booth, and Showmanship. Chili sampling, live music by Angela Hamiter & the Able Brothers and Robert Morgan, children's activities, free cheese biscuits and free ice cream, and valuable drawing prizes including a large HDTV. SATURDAY, FEB 11 Alabama State Armwrestling Championship WHEN: 9:00am-12:00pm COST: $15-$400 WHERE: Rhythm & Brews 2308 4th S Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 248-7181 LINK: http://rhythmnbrews.com/ DESCRIPTION: Rhythm & Brews 2308 4th street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 FEB. 11, 2017 MENS Novice Class ($20 ENTRY) OPEN CLASS ($25 ENTRY) 0-165 0-165 166-198 166-198 199-220 199-220 221 plus 221-242 243 plus Women ALL ONE CLASS WEIGH IN 9am12 noon awards for each class MONDAY, FEB 13 UA English Department Presents The Hudson Strode Shakespeare Film Series: "Kiss Me Kate" (1953) WHEN: 7:30pm-9:30pm COST: Free WHERE:Bama Theatre 600 Greensboro Ave Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 758-5195 LINK: http://bamatheatre.org/ DESCRIPTION: When: Mon, February 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm Where: Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA (map) Description: UA English Department Presents The Hudson Strode Shakespeare Film Series: "Kiss Me Kate" (1953) 7:30 p.m. Free!

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W You're very much in the limelight with the Sun moving across the topmost sector of your chart. That means this is the ideal time to showcase your skills and abilities. With a Lunar Eclipse across this axis, business proposals, contracts, or your career plans may change. As one door closes, another one may open to bring fresh opportunities that prove very appealing. On another note, you might connect with an old friend who has something interesting to share with you. You could develop a feeling of wanderlust and a great fondness for exploring new territory. This desire to enjoy new experiences may also be a sign that aspects of your life need upgrading. If your routines have become too familiar lately, you'll certainly crave something different. This week's Lunar Eclipse could bring fresh opportunities your way that sparkle with promise. Don't rush into anything, however. Instead, take your time to thoroughly check out the merits of each option. With some lovely aspects this week, career options could appear out of the blue. If you're looking for a new job, think back to the past and to skills and abilities that you used in previous years and jobs. Even if they need to be upgraded, you could find that they're exactly what someone is looking for and the key to a new job or contract. Also, go easy regarding finances. Try to save so you'll have spare cash for unexpected events. Feisty Mars continues its journey through your sector of travel and new experiences, so the urge to learn something to your advantage could be quite strong. Your focus may be very much on the future and what you can do to make it as exciting and worthwhile as possible. Relationships need work this week, and a Lunar Eclipse in Leo could encourage emotions to surface. This can be a good time to resolve issues that need some careful handling. Pleasure options continue to delight as the Sun moves through your sector of leisure and fun. It might be best to keep an open schedule this week and expect the unexpected. One or two events could prove very surprising but still enjoyable. Should you find yourself falling in love, tread very carefully. With a Lunar Eclipse in your social axis, this is quite possible. Don't rush into anything. Take the time to get to know the person better before you commit. This could be a week when you're stirred by the powerful vibes of the Lunar Eclipse in your chart's topmost sector. It's a chance to think about what's most important to you, not only for the coming weeks but also for the rest of the year. What do you hope to achieve? The days ahead could also bring new considerations that surprise you with their freshness and sparkle. It's possible that a career path you've never considered suddenly seems very attractive. While enjoying life and spending time with friends and family can still be a focus, you might also want to apply yourself to more practical tasks. With Mars now moving into Aries and your lifestyle sector, you may want to apply yourself with greater gusto. Avoid burning out, though, by pacing yourself from the start. In addition, the New Moon on Friday can be perfect for household projects or perhaps introducing a new pet to the home.

As Jupiter continues retrograde in your friendship sector, connections from the past could reappear and be important in the weeks and months ahead. Also, a piece of information could have you exploring some very entrancing opportunities, but make sure they're solid and real, not simply a mirage, before you dive in. Moreover, you might have to let something go in order to take advantage of it, so be sure that it's right from the start. Although the week could seem predictable at first, it may not remain that way. In fact, it might help to lighten your schedule to make way for the unexpected. You also need to take care with your finances, particularly when it comes to shared resources. A Lunar Eclipse indicates that you should go easy if taking out a loan or mortgage. On the plus side, this Eclipse can encourage you to pay off debt and sort out things to your advantage. You might be in the mood to study, especially if it will help you forge ahead with your career and goals. Meanwhile, the presence of Venus in your sector of communication can be helpful for finding romance online or off. A Lunar Eclipse in your relationship zone could be a call to explore options that improve your connection with a friend or present partner. Something might need discussing, and the way you do it can hold the key to success.

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The presence of Mars in your money zone could stir things up in this sector and encourage you to take action, especially regarding overdue bills or money matters that need attention. Doing it now offers a sense of relief and leaves you feeling more in control. The cosmos is encouraging you to attend to your health and let go of any habits or routines that no longer serve you. Opt for a schedule that enhances your well-being instead. The upbeat element to the week ahead increases as lively Mercury enters electric Aquarius. The week could bring unexpected invitations and opportunities to connect with friends and network for pleasure and profit. The big news is the Lunar Eclipse, which could bring about a small revolution, particularly when it comes to your personal interests and leisure. A sport or subject may prove fascinating and pave the way for new activities and friendships.

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FALCONS HIRE STEVE SARKISIAN AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Sark Leaves Bama for the NFL

It was announced on Tuesday that Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian accepted the same position with the NFL'S Atlanta Falcons. University of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban issued the following statement. Coach Saban Statement on Steve Sarkisian: "We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did for our program during his time here. He is an outstanding coach, and we wish him the best in his new role as Atlanta's offensive coordinator. As always, when we have an opening on our staff, we will use it as an opportunity to go out and hire the best coach available." ALABAMA FOOTBALL RECRUITING Top 2018 DL has Good Relationship with Tide Staff. One of Alabama's top priorities in the 2018 class will be defensive linemen. There is little doubt that one top DL target will be Bradenton-IMG Academy, FL standout Taron Vincent. The 6-2, 285-pound Vincent, who is expected to rank among the nation's top 20 prospects, already has a top five of Ohio State, FSU, Alabama, Michigan and Clemson. "Ohio State is my top school," Vincent says. "Otherwise, I'm open with the other schools." Vincent favors the Buckeyes partly due to his relationship with OSU assistant Larry Johnson. "He recruited my older brother a few years ago when he was coaching at Penn State," Vincent says. "So we've got a longstanding relationship. I know him real well and I've always liked him. I've also got a good relationship with Coach (Urban) Meyer. I've talked some with Coach Meyer and I like him." As for Alabama, Vincent says he's "pretty high" on the Tide, too. "I have a real good relationship with Coach Mike Locksley at Alabama," Vincent says. "I played (at Gilman HS in Baltimore) with his son, Kai Locksley. So I've known Coach Locksley for a while Like I said, we've got a good relationship. "I've also got a good relationship with Coach Tosh at Alabama. I talk to him every week. He's wanting me to get down there with my parents for a visit. I'm trying to find a good time to fit in a visit there." Vincent plans to visit FSU for a Junior Day at the end of February. He will visit Ohio State in the spring.

"I've already visited Ohio State. I was up there last summer," Vincent says. "I want to visit all of the top schools on my list before making a decision. I don't know when I'll commit, maybe in the summer." A BIG DAY FOR RAY LaBryan Ray's Signing Caps Off Stellar Class This past signing day saw Alabama land another star-studded class. One of the late additions to the class was the state's top prospect, LaBryan Ray of James Clemens HS in Madison. The 6-5, 260-pound defensive end is excited about his decision. "It was a very big day for us," Ray said. "A lot of family came out to support me, and that meant a lot. It helped me with the recruiting process, which I definitely needed. It was a long and great journey, and I'm blessed to be part of it. I'm glad I was able to make a decision." Ray informed the UA staff of his decision on Monday before National Signing Day. "It was a hard decision over the past couple days," he said. "I just prayed about it and talked to my family. I just went with my heart. On Monday is when I knew and told the coaches I was coming. I talked to Coach Saban and Pruitt, and they were really excited for me to join the program. They talked about what they can do for me and what type of player I can be for them. It's something I'll always remember."

What put the Tide on top? "I liked the feel of the place and the type of players they have and how they develop the players," Ray says. "That's important, because they've put a whole lot of people to the next level. That's where I want to get to. It's important that my family will be able to come to every game. And they have a need for my position." This past season, Ray racked up 124 tackles, including 25 for loss, 13 sacks and two fumble recoveries. "They think I can play on the edge and do like Jonathan Allen and play inside and out," he says. "They like my combination of strength and speed. I'm kind of used to playing inside and out, and I can go there and be versatile and make plays." Ray believes UA's 2017 class can help keep the program among the best in college football. "When I look at the class, there are definitely some good players," he says. "I think we will push each other. Some of the best players in the country are coming in. That's important, because you practice against the best. That helps you prepare and makes you better. It's definitely a great class. I think we will have some great teams in the future. And it has a lot of great people in it, too. They have talent and leadership."

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