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The Nooga Belle Podcast

A podcast all about stories of the South, straight from the sources. Hosted by Kate Robertson, the Southern food & lifestyle blogger at athoughtandahalf.com. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Does pineapple belong on pizza? What's the worst Harry Potter movie? Is avocado toast overrated? Has Breezy even seen a Marvel movie? All of these questions and more are answered in the latest installment of Pinkies Up, B*tches. I've got Matt, Breezy, and Smitty here taking on the hottest of hot takes, with some Clumpies ice cream to help cool 'em down throughout the process (thank you, Clumpies!).

Got a hot take? Drop me a comment or DM on Instagram with it, and we may include it in the next installment!

Clumpies flavors featured: Mixed Berry Cobbler, Key Lime Pie, Peach Tea White Balsamic.

A few weeks ago, I stopped by Knox Whiskey Works up in Knoxville and visited assistant distiller Ryan, who I met in Chattanooga in April. We talk through all 12 of their products, including bourbon whiskey, heirloom corn whiskey, gin, rum, vodka, and a couple liqueurs. I tasted a few of them myself, and was impressed with the variety of flavors and spirits they're producing up there. Vols fans, there's a vodka especially for y'all.

Next time you're in Knoxville, visit Ryan at Knox Whiskey Works at 516 W Jackson Avenue. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with what they've got going on!

On this edition of Pinkies Up, B*tches, our friends from Sigler's Craft Beer hooked us up with some funky (and absolutely delicious) beers, and we paired them with homemade baked goods inspired by (and using) those beers. Pairings include:

  • Meridian Hive Dynamo Tart Cherry Mead + Peach Bread Pudding
  • Straight to Ale Stout at the Devil Oatmeal Stout + Stout Brownies
  • D9 Brewer's Day Off Cucumber & Cantaloupe Gose + Cantaloupe Cupcakes
  • New Heights Holy Mole Milk Stout + Horchata Cake

Thanks to Phil from Sigler's for his awesome beer selections! Visit him at 1309 Panorama Dr. Ste 117, right off East Brainerd Road in Chattanooga. 

If you want the recipes for these tasty treats, y'all can find them on my blog: www.athoughtandahalf.com.

Local comedian Donnie Marsh is back on the podcast, with some updates on the Lookout Comedy Festival and Chatt Talk Tonight. The festival is going into its second year, and Donnie talks about how year one went and what's going to be different this year. He also gives me a history lesson on basketball, we chat about the growing comedy scene in Chattanooga, and we find out where you're likely to find him on a Sunday afternoon.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Give Donnie a follow on Instagram @istherelifeonmarsh, and check out Lookout Comedy Festival and Chatt Talk Tonight on Facebook for updates.

If you're interested, you can listen to Donnie talk about religion on the wellRED Podcast.

It's springtime here in Tennessee, so on this edition of Pinkies Up, B*tches, Shelly and Mary join me to talk about all kinds of spring traditions I don't know about in Chattanooga. They share stories from their private-school days and enlighten me on traditions I had no idea existed (#publicschoolkid). But first, we crack open a few cans of a beer we surprisingly didn't hate as much as we thought we would, and discuss some weird celebrity crushes.

Local band Oweda has been playing music together for less than a year, but you'd never know it based on their talent and stage presence. Band members Tyler, Sam, and Casey join me for this week's episode, leading up to their performance on the opening night of Nightfall on Friday, May 3rd. We chat about all things Chattanooga music, their favorite spots to play, Road to Nightfall, and more... and there may or may not be a heated discussion about a popular rapper.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Oweda on Facebook and Instagram, and check them out at Nightfall on Friday, May 3rd, and at Wanderlinger Brewing Co. on Saturday, May 11, with Aaron Carney Band!

They say #ihateher and #shestheworst, but Lynn Tweedie and Melo Russell are two of the most delightful ladies you'll meet in Chattanooga. Lynn owns Neighborhood Barre, located on Tremont Street, and Melo is the fitness director at Kyle House Fitness. We chat about the two different workout methods and styles, and the benefits of having different types of workouts in your fitness routine. Of course there's Enneagram talk, Melo teaches me about macros, and we hear how Lynn handled her Lent challenge.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Check out Neighborhood Barre on Instagram @neighborhoodbarrechatt, and KHF @kylehousefitness. Download the NB and KHF apps to see the class schedule and sign up.

Campbell Station (Seth, Elaina, and Campbell) is a three-piece country band out of Nashville, but their sound is unlike any other country band you've heard. They're driven by unique guitar rhythms and instrumentation, powerful female vocals, and lyrics anyone can relate to. They came back to Chattanooga earlier this month for a show at Puckett's, and joined me for an episode before their show. Seth, Elaina, and Campbell talked to me about their beginnings in music, how they met and started playing together, what the Nashville music scene is really like, their new EP, and some fun upcoming shows.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Campbell Station on Facebook and Instagram, check out their website, and listen on them on Spotify.

This episode was recorded at Frothy Monkey in Chattanooga, TN.

In this week's episode, I reconnected with my friend D.J. Cherry, after stumbling upon her incredible music videos on Facebook. She tells me all about what got her into music in the beginning, which instruments she started with, her goals for 2019, her inspirations, and more. We also discuss guilty pleasures and our favorite Girl Scout cookies... because of course.

Follow D.J. on Facebook @djcherrymusic for new videos, open-mic appearances, and more updates.

What do you want to know about hemp and CBD? Holly Hackler started using CBD several years ago, and is now passionate about educating people about its uses and benefits. She joins me on the podcast to teach me all the things about hemp and CBD: what it is, where it comes from, what makes it different from the not-so-legal stuff, why it's going to be the future of medicine, and much more. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Check out the Scenic City Hemp Co. website to learn more, find new resources, and shop CBD Bio Care products. Follow Holly on Instagram @sceniccityhempco and @cbd.bio.care, too.

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