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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.

BONUS EPISODE! Remember when Shelly, Mary, and I talked about the McCall's article about 129 ways to get a husband? (If you haven't listened to that episode yet, go listen to it now.) We thought it was time to get a gentleman's perspective, so we invited two dear, trusted friends, George and Matt, to talk about it with us. And y'all, this is a good one. Pour yourself a drink and listen along.

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Natalie Mason has her hands in so many different businesses and projects around Chattanooga, like Slay Dance Fit and the London Calling speakeasy. You've probably seen or met her and didn't even realize it. 

In this episode, we talk about dance fitness, massage therapy, being a woman in business, supporting local performance art, and of course throw some major love to James and the crew at London Calling.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Natalie on Instagram @destination.infinite and @slaydancefit, and check out @LondonCallingBar, too. 

If you're interested in auditioning to be a London Calling performer, email Natalie at slaydancefit@gmail.com

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This week, I'm joined by Jeremiah Kinser and Jacob Henley, and they know a thing or three about coffee and its culture. Jeremiah talks about the Chattanooga Coffee Crawl and cupping, Jacob educates me on what nitro coffee is, and we discuss the importance of making coffee more accessible to everyone. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Jeremiah on Instagram at @coffeewithkinser and @chattacoffeecrawl, find Jacob at @n7coffeelab, and book your spot on the Chattanooga Coffee Crawl on their website.

If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please subscribe, rate and/or leave a review!

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This week, I'm talking food trends of 2019 with two fellow food bloggers and wonderful ladies, Jodi Lawrence of The Fashionable Foodie and Shawanda Mason-Moore of Eat Drink Frolic. We dive into trends we loved, hated, and/or didn't understand from 2018, and look ahead to food and drink trends coming in 2019. Topics include Brussels sprouts, CDB foods and drinks, rainbow and glittery foods, Aperol spritzes, food halls, and more. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Shawanda and Jodi on Instagram @eatdrinkfrolic and @the_fashionablefoodie, and let us know which food trends y'all are excited about in 2019.

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This week, I'm joined by Matt Busby, director of The Camp House, one of Chattanooga's most loved coffee shops. Matt and his wife moved to Chattanooga in 2010 and have been involved in the coffee and church communities since day one. In this episode, we talk about The Camp House's beginnings, the relationship between church and coffee, a little theology, a new location for The Camp House, what's on our bar carts (or shelves), and more. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow The Camp House on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their website for menu, events, podcast, and more.

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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.

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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. 

 

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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.

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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.

CHAI SPICE

  • 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.

BIG O MANHATTAN

  • 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.

SMOKIN' CUBAN

  • 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.

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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.

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