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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.

On this edition of Pinkies Up, B*tches, Shelly, Mary, and I look back on our college days, while sipping vodka cranberries. We cover just about everything, including sports, classes, townie life, dorm life, campus food, tailgating, parties and other fun times, and wrap up with advice for freshmen and graduating seniors. 

If you've lived in Chattanooga for a day, you've no doubt heard rumors of haunted Room 311 in the historic Read House Hotel. In this special spooky episode, I sit down with Read House historian Tyler and guest services manager Jared to dig into the hotel's past: from its original construction in the 19th century, to the most recent renovation, completed in 2018. And of course, I am introduced to Annalisa Netherly, Room 311's guest that never left. 

Thanks so much for listening! Head to the website to learn more about The Read House and Room 311.

Larry Bradford started his entrepreneurial career more than 20 years ago in Atlanta. Several years ago, an "a-ha!" moment at a tailgate led him to create and launch Armor Shields: personalized, protective covers for Big Green Egg grills. 

In this week's episode, Larry walks me through the Armor Shields production process, why he started his company, the different customizations available, and what makes Armor Shields an essential part of your grilling process. We also talk about barbecue and reminisce on our time as judges for Ruby Falls' Battle Below the Clouds BBQ competition earlier this spring. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Armor Shields on Facebook and Instagram @armorshields for news and updates. Shop the collection on their website.

Adam Zinser has worked on all sides of the spirits industry. Now he's the marketing manager (TN and northern AL) for Dixie Vodka, under Grain and Barrel Spirits. In this week's episode, Adam talks me through how he landed in the industry, his previous jobs until joining Grain and Barrel, and we sip the gamut of Dixie Vodka's offerings (minus one flavor) and a couple of bourbons also from the Grain and Barrel family. 

If you like what you heard, look for Dixie Vodka around Chattanooga at Riverside Wine & Spirits, Imbibe, Total Beverage, Harry's Wine & Spirits, Chattanooga Wine & Spirits, and more. Follow Dixie on Facebook and Instagram @dixievodka for more information and updates.

Back to school, back to work, starting a new job... 'tis the season of new routines. Meal prepping is a huge part of these routines for many people (myself included); it makes mornings easier, helps you eat healthier during the week, and helps you save money, among other great benefits. In this episode, Amanda and I discuss why meal prepping is important, tips and tricks for healthy meal prepping, how to keep it interesting so you don't get bored with your food, and some of our favorite recipes. 

If you loved this episode, follow Amanda @fit.food.chatt for more delicious inspiration. Follow the podcast @thenoogabelle and subscribe on your favorite streaming service.

Local teacher and healthy living enthusiast Amanda Angel spent a month in China over the summer, exploring new cities and diving head-first into their culinary culture. In this week's episode, Amanda tells all about her time in China: which cities she stayed in, the different classes she took, her favorite foods and meals, what traveling solo taught her, and how she hopes to incorporate her experiences in her life and classroom back in Chattanooga. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Check out Amanda's China Instagram page @a.n.angelwasinchina for snapshots from her trip. Follow @fit.food.chatt for wholesome, nourishing meals and healthy living.

Hannah and Sara-Anne Waggoner have always been artists (in varying forms and media), but they never guessed they'd be making jewelry. Now they craft some of the most colorful, creative, and unique earrings and accessories together as The August Sisters. In this week's episode, I talk with them about working together as sisters, where they find inspiration, how they learned to sew as kids, future designs and plans, and Disney Channel original movies.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow the sisters on Instagram @theaugustsisters, @thehannahwaggoner, and @sunlovesthemoon, and check out their collections on their website.

Christine Lamborne launched Alms + Fare a little over a year ago to combine her passions for health and wellness, helping others, and giving back. Her flagship product is the "Better Bites," which are snack bites made with wholesome, real ingredients, no refined sugars or preservatives, with flavors inspired by our favorite childhood treats. 

In this episode, Christine tells me about her inspiration and vision for Alms + Fare, and we chat about healthy living, diet culture, eating for your body, giving back to your community, growing your own food, chocolate croissants, and more. 

Thanks so much for listening! Follow Alms + Fare on Facebook and Instagram @almsandfare for updates and new flavors. Look for Better Bites around Chattanooga at: Niedlov's, Wildflower Tea Shop, Together Cafe, Goodman Coffee Roasters, The Local Juice, Nutrition World, Pruett's Market, Naked Foods, Locals Only, Society of Work, Bread & Butter, and more. 

Chris Matthews started Jack'd Coffee Co. when he wanted a better, healthier way to get the proteins and supplements he needed. It started as a protein-infused ground coffee, and then evolved into a protein-infused nitro cold brew. He joined me on the podcast to talk about his journey as an entrepreneur, the evolution of his products, his production process, new products, and more. 

Thanks so much for listening! Follow Jack'd Coffee on Facebook and Instagram @jackdcoffeeco to learn more and get updates. Head to the website for even more info and to explore products.

If you've ever taken a class at The Chattery, or been to one of their events, you know how hard-working, devoted, and fantastic co-founders Jennifer Holder and Shawanda Mason-Moore are. They launched the adult education non-profit in 2014, and have hit some impressive milestones in their five years in business together. Tune in to this week's episode to hear The Chattery's origin story, how they plan and schedule classes, how they work together as friends, the success of their recent iFundWomen campaign, plans for the future, our favorite breakfast food and pop singers, and more. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow The Chattery on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their website for class schedule and to donate.

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