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 Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This week, I sit down with Kyle House and Kyle Miller, co-founders of Kyle House Fitness, known to many as The Kyles. We cover a lot of topics, ranging from what makes their HIIPFit classes and gym so unique, all the way up to which celebrities we'd love to have a drink with. The Kyles also share some tips for beginner HIIPFit-ers and talk about the highs and lows of owning a small business.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow them on Instagram @the_kyles and @kylehousefitness, and head to the KHF website to book a class.


For the first new episode of 2019, I sit down with local artist Aaron Carney. At only 19, he's already lived on three continents and traveled around the U.S. playing music. In this episode, Aaron talks about playing the blues in Memphis (and why he subsequently revolted against the blues), who he looks up to in the Chattanooga music community, how he crafts his own songs, and more. Stay tuned 'til the end to hear one of his latest demo tracks.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Give Aaron a follow on Instagram @aaronbcarney, and catch him at Songbirds on Wednesday nights and The FEED Co. brunch on Sundays. Stay tuned for more of his music coming to the Internet soon. 



Kicking off the New Year with some listener Q&A! I went live on Instagram to answer some questions from my wonderful listeners, and in case you couldn't tune in, I recorded it. Y'all asked about my favorite foods, the places I've lived, how my cat got her name, what I love most about blogging and podcasting, and more.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss an episode. I'm going to do listener Q&As more frequently, so send your questions my way and I'll save 'em for the next one.


We're closing out 2018 the right way—with three craft cocktails cooked up by local mixologist and "lifter of spirits" Brian Lindsay. We feature two locally-made spirits, Lass & Lions vodka and J.W. Kelly bourbon, and talk about building a cocktail program and the importance of supporting local brands. 

Try these cocktails at home and drink with us! And help me name the first one.


  • 1.5 oz Lass & Lions Desire vodka (or your favorite vanilla vodka)
  • 0.5 oz chai simple syrup (2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 2 chai tea bags)
  • 2 oz. cold-brew coffee
  • 2 dashes orange Angostura bitters
  • Ice

Pour all ingredients into a jar or shaker. Stir gently to combine. Strain into rocks glasses and enjoy.


  • 2 oz. J.W. Kelly bourbon (we used Old Milford) 
  • 0.75 oz Big O ginger liqueur
  • 1/8 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Ice

Pour all ingredients into a jar or shaker. Stir gently to combine. Strain into rocks glasses and enjoy.


  • 1.5 oz Smokehead scotch 
  • 0.5 oz chai simple syrup (same as above)
  • 2 dashes orange Angostura bitters
  • Mexican Coke to top
  • Squeeze of lime 

Pour all ingredients straight into a rocks glass. Top with Mexican Coke. Stir gently to combine. Drink and enjoy.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Lass & Lions on Facebook and Instagram @lassandlions, and check out more in the Quest Brands portfolio on their website.


This week, local musician and composer Ben Van Winkle joins me to talk about his recent work and upcoming projects. He shares stories from the beginnings of his music career as founder of local funk band Masseuse, all the way to his solo work with the Figment Chamber Ensemble and his "Figment of Your Imagination" shows. Listen along to hear more about his inspirations, influences, plans for the future, and information on upcoming shows. 

Catch Ben at The Palace Theater on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30pm. 

Follow Ben on Facebook for updates, check out some videos on his YouTube channel, and find more information on his website.


This week, I'm joined by Maggie Tate, SaraJane Gates, and William Glass—three wonderful people, all of whom I became friends with via social media when we all moved to Chattanooga from other places. In this episode, we share where we came from, why we ended up in Chattanooga, why Texas (and south Florida) is basically another country, and most importantly, Southern road rage and why Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Find us online here:

Follow William on Twitter and Instagram @williamlglass.

Follow Maggie on Instagram @tatemaggie AND @thecamphouse.

Follow SaraJane on Instagram @legitsarajane AND @sipseechatt.

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson AND @thenoogabelle, and on Twitter at @kate3robertson


This week, I'm joined by Cody James Harris, a soulful Americana singer-songwriter and Chattanooga native. He's been playing live music for nearly two decades, and has seen and experienced a lot in the Chattanooga music scene. Cody talks about his background and who and what inspires him, and he plays TWO exclusive songs that you'll only hear on the podcast. We finish off with an insightful discussion about Chattanooga's music community and where it's going next. 

Thanks so much for listening! Follow Cody on Facebook and Instagram, and check out his website for more information.

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson, and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @thenoogabelle.


Meet Aron Duty: police officer by day, barbecue aficionado and smoking extraordinaire by every other time of day. In this episode, we talk about all things food, barbecue, smoking, grilling, and Aron introduces me to the idea of "underground barbecue" and TBSQ. 

Follow on Instagram to see more mouthwatering barbecue and find out where to try some of Aron's barbecue yourself. Keep an eye out for TBSQ at local events, too!

Thanks for listening, y'all! Follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe on your favorite listening platform.


Last week, an article from McCall's Magazine, ca. 1958, surfaced on the Internet, all about "129 Ways to Get a Husband" (read it here). My friends and I gave it a read, and naturally, we had a lot of thoughts. So we did a podcast about it (with wine, of course).

In this edition of Pinkies Up, B*tches, we discuss many of the 129 suggested ways to find and get a husband, offer our own insights, and talk about which suggestions are or are not valid today, as they were in 1958. 

If you've seen or read this article, find me on Instagram @thenoogabelle and let's talk about it—I want to know what you think!


My guest this week is Jaclyn Humble, a dear friend, millennial homemaker, and host of a podcast of the same name. In this episode, we talk about all things holidays, hostessing, and more, and even share a few of our favorite holiday traditions and easy recipes.

Thanks so much for listening! Follow us online here:

The Millennial Homemakers Podcast: Facebook // Instagram // Listen here

Follow Jaclyn on Instagram @jaclynhumble and @frazierlynnjewelry.

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson. Follow The Nooga Belle on Facebook and Instagram @thenoogabelle.


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