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from Your kitchen Garden: Pesto

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme… and all sorts of basil, oregano, varieties of mint, lavender and if you plant early enough, maybe even cilantro, too.

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Mothers Day brunching in Charlotte

With so many Charlotte area chefs and restaurants offering Mothers’ Day Brunching options, I thought I’d get you started with a short list of hidden

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Keep It Local

As a long time food and travel writer, my mantra and my niche has become to keep it local. I encourage my readers to eat

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Eating out, Dining In and To-go From Uptown Charlotte Restaurants

Time for another round of the Take Away on To-Go dining options. This time with a focus on Uptown Charlotte restaurants. Not only that, but

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Kick Up The Flavor for your Superbowl Spread

It’s that time of the year. Superbowl Sunday will most certainly look different for all of us, as we are all still social distancing and

The Take-Away on Take Out Dining In Charlotte

Time for Take Out. Right now, its the very best way to support our local restaurant community. While restaurants are open for business and many

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A New Spin on Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Soup and a Sandwich. My go to here is always grilled cheese and tomato soup; with a big “Yes”, when it comes the question of

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Recipes inspired by A Visit to the Heart of North Carolina

My day trip last week to visit Asheboro and Seagrove North Carolina, both in the Heart of North Carolina, has resulted in two things this

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Eat Your Summer Veggies

Tiz the season for a bounty of Summer veggies and a wonderful time to shop, cook and eat local. A couple of weeks ago, I

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Take A Day Away, Destination: Greenwood, SC

Destination Greenwood, SC. If sheltering in place and staying at home has you a little stir crazy these days – maybe you just need to

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As Charlotte restaurants reopen, Here’s What you need to know…

June 25 Update – Remember the three W’s – wash your hands, watch your distance and WEAR A MASK – when you go out in

Home Delivery: The New Way to Shop Local

Home delivery. The convenient new way to shop local and support local businesses. With farmers markets open on the weekends; and farm stores open during

How To Eat in Season

How to eat in season? It’s easier than you think. Happy to share six sensational ways to eat and drink locally and in season –

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Made In The Carolinas for you to Eat and Drink Local

So many ways to eat and drink locally, all of them this week produced, packaged and made in the Carolinas. With one bonus find, not

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Have a Foodie Field Day this Superbowl Weekend

Wouldn’t be a Superbowl post if I didn’t kick things off by sharing one of my favorite photos! So before we huddle up with all

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Queen’s Feast 2020 Winter Edition

It’s Baaacck. The 10 day stretch of dining delirium known as Queen’s Feast or Charlotte Restaurant Week. 2020’s Winter Edition of this biannual “Royal Repast”

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Charlotte Restaurants Near Me

How many times have you been on the search for a great place to go to eat and googled , “Charlotte Restaurants Near Me” ?

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Charlotte Restaurants on the Radar

As we start this year, I, like you, find myself with many new Charlotte restaurants to try, that’s for sure. Add all the new places

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December Restaurants: A RoundUp of Holiday Cheer

If you are talking restaurants, 2019 has been a busy year for Charlotte. Almost every day in November a new dining establishment opened its doors

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More Ways to Eat and Drink Local

As this first week of December almost comes to a close, I’d like to offer another round of wonderful ways for you to eat and

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Six Sensational Ways to Drink Local

It has become a holiday tradition. My December post with a half dozen or so ways to drink local this holiday season and on into

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Holiday Helpers Edition of Eating Local

When it comes to eating local, you know I am always on the search for new and interesting products, produce and proteins to share. In

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Eye On The Pie

No doubt your holiday menu this season will involve a pie or two. While there are lots of great places in town to order for

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Asheville NC : Falling into the Season

Time for all that leaf peeping don’t you know. The best place to take it all in and enjoy the fresh air and cooler preseason

Eat Local Drink Local

I love what I do! This morning, I am excited to be sharing six sensational ways to eat and drink local on The Charlotte Today Show

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North Carolina Travel: Triangle Tease

Should you find yourself in need of a respite or just feel like it may be time to get the heck out of Dodge for

Seven Ways to Eat and Drink Local

Eat and Drink Local. Over the years it’s become my mantra. With so many locally grown, raised, caught and made products across the Carolinas, its

What’s Up in Spartanburg SC ?

At just under an hour and 30 minutes away from Charlotte NC, leave this morning and your Spartanburg SC getaway could start today, or any

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South Carolina Restaurants Update with Video and more

Wow! Just Wow! I am delighted at the response from my post on South Carolina Restaurants last week. The original article featuring a half dozen

August Restaurant Roundup: SC Hidden Gems

This week, I’m swinging down to South Carolina for my August Restaurant Roundup, to share what’s cooking across state lines. I’ve spent a lot of

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