Discovering Sloss Furnace

Birmingham, AL : Sloss Furnace

So when we went to Sloss Furnace for the Smokin’ the Stokes BBQ Festival we had to explore everything — especially the stuff that was roped off.

The Stacks


Photo’s are compliments of NR and edited by AC.

GOOD DOG : Chattanooga, TN


I love Chattanooga! And this restaurant has to be at least one reason why. Read what GOOD DOG has to say about their own awesome place:

GOOD DOG is a quick-service restaurant that serves great food in the form of all-beef, natural casing hot dogs, the very best veggie dogs, homemade chili, hand-cut twice-fried fries, fresh salads with hand-crafted dressings and freshly baked cupcakes.  We are committed to making fresh, fast food accessible to all while keeping it affordable, fun and socially responsible.

GOOD DOG believes in GOOD things, GOOD food, GOOD folks, GOOD times and a GOOD earth.  Our restaurant was built using re-claimed and re-purposed materials.  We strive in daily operation to minimize waste, promote recycling and create the smallest environmental footprint possible.  Our french fry oil is collected and used as bio-diesel fuel.  We believe that one fry at a time, we can help to make a difference.

AWESOME, right? We were off in the North Shore District in Chattanooga (checking out 1 of the 6 gear shops we looked at during our awesome road trip) and I pass by a door way that looks something like this…

ummm… yes please.

So, I see a Cupcake with a halo and then a Hot Dog with a halo and I’m as good as done. This is where we were meant to be. Check out the menu.

I got the BBQ Dog and my boyfriend got the Chicago dog. They were EPIC. So epic that I forgot to take pics of them (sad day, I know). I was just way too excited.  But check out my other pics.

Crown Molding and Door Frames

Their counter tops are accented with old crown molding and old door frames. I love this.



These guys rock! Check out the main website here and check out their blog here and make sure you show your support and go there.

Ear Candling

Alright, Let’s talk about ear candling. Do you know what it is? According to this website, “Ear candling is an ancient practice in which an individual lights one end of a cotton ear candle on fire and inserts the other end (non-ignited) into his or her ear. This soothing process calms the mind and body and promotes a greater sense of well-being while releasing non-harmful smoke into your ear that works to aid your body in the natural release of ear wax.”

So basically, what had happened was… We were feeling a little “stopped-up” in our ear canal and we decided that we would give ear candling a try. Why not, right? So we didn’t follow any instructions and took no precautions while doing this — if you’re feeling brave… do what we did. But I’m not saying we did it correctly nor am I condoning this behavior.

Ear Candles

To ear candle (Is that the verb form of that word? Oh, who cares…), one must first purchase ear candles. Yes, that would be step one. You can find them at most natural food/herbal stores.

Light a Match

Step 2: Light the fat end of your ear candling cone on fire. Make sure that there is smoke coming out the other (smaller) end. You might have to prod the smaller end with a toothpick or something to make sure that ample smoke is coming out. We used a twig in the front yard.

Yep, Stick the Candle in Your Ear 🙂

Step 3: Now, what your gonna do is stick that flaming candle with smoke coming out one end … into your ear. Crazy I know. Now, if you were going to take some precautions… you could cut a hole in a paper plate and then stick the candle through it so that no ash or “wax” from the candle drops onto your face. We didn’t do that, cause that would make too much sense. Instead, we laid down in the front yard so that all the neighbors could watch in horror. Notice the little green marker line on the candle (its about 4 inches away from his ear)? When the flame gets down to that point, that is when you take the ear candle out of your ear. And then you get to see the grossness that was just in there.

Get ready… your about to see some really gross earwax.

Gross, right? That came out of my ear!

I hope y’all enjoyed this. It’s pretty fun. There’s actually a lot of controversy over whether or not this practice really works. But what the hell?  It’s fun and it’s definitely different — so live a little.