The holidays are the biggest time of year to travel and spend time with friends and family. With that in mind, I thought it would be the perfect time to blog about the Ham. No, not the honey baked kind, the largest city in Alabama. Great food? Check. Birmingham is home to James Beard Foundation winners and nominees and many high-end, chef-owned restaurants. Live music? Check. It is the city’s signature entertainment. Attractions? Of course. —from theme parks to science centers—you will find year-round entertainment. What’s a good vacation without a little shopping? From the largest mall in the Southeast to art galleries and antique stores , shoppers will enjoy the options available. While some people may boast about their ham- this ‘Ham as a lot to be proud of. NBC’s Today show lists Birmingham as “one of six hottest places to travel in 2013”.