charlotte motor speedway: the speedway club & speedway christmas

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like Christmas lights and carols, am I right? I have fond memories of cruising the neighborhood after Christmas Eve church service rocking out to Mariah Carey and Celine Dion’s versions of our favorite Christmas tunes and taking in all of the Christmas lights and luminarias that dotted our street (luminarias have illuminated our street adn the ones surroundings for as long as I can remember, it’s a tradition of sorts. History says that the tradition was started by Roman Catholic Spaniards to guide the Christ child’s spirit to one’s home, but my six year old brain remembers that we put them out to light Santa’s path to our house). Christmas lights put me in such a festive mood; I love the twinkling magic they add to the holiday season.

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snapshots: charlotte craft cocktails

As the weather outside is frightful, cozy up inside with some tasty cocktails from some of the Queen City’s hottest restaurants and bars. For this month’s issue of Charlotte Happenings, I was asked to write an article with a roundup of signature cocktails in Charlotte. All I can tell you is that I definitely didn’t…

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Fahrenheit is Charlotte’s new hot spot, for a few good reasons. First, Fahrenheit is the brain child of Chef Rocco Whalen, a Cleveland native with a lot of restaurant experience. Second, as Charlotte’s only rooftop restaurant, the panoramic view is one of the best in the city. Third, Fahrenheit serves up creative cocktails and innovative new…

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#sundaysupper { thanksgiving leftovers }

Last weekend, I made my television debut. My television appearance included: recipes about Thanksgiving leftovers and cheese (2 of my favorite things!), a Big 10 high five with anchor Bakari Savage (Go Badgers!), an awkward quote about asparagus and my family, and a shout out to my dad’s grilled cheese technique. As a side note,…

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wolfgang puck pizza bar

A few weeks ago, I ate pizza every day. I brought a slice for lunch Monday and Tuesday because I was in the fridge clearing out phase before vacation and didn’t want to go grocery shopping. Tuesday, I not only ate pizza for lunch, but had pizza again for dinner when we took our summer…

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#sundaysupper { simple butternut squash soup }

I’ve been toying with the idea of posting recipes in this space for a while. With a full time job, complicated meals during the week are difficult, so I’m a big fan of simple, quick dishes full of flavorful ingredients. While I love my blog’s focus on the Queen City and what dining options it has to offer,…

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craft tasting room and growler shop

Dan Davis is serving up a few of his favorite things– craft beer, cheese and meat, in his newly opened Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room in South End.  Occupying a former vintage toy store, Craft Growler Shop has transformed what I imagine used to be shelves of creepy dolls, into an open, warm, inviting…

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snapshots sept


  Fall has been a whirlwind–I’ve been out of town a lot visiting friends and family, celebrating nuptials and birthdays, going on a lot of fun adventures, and my first article in a written publication (yes, published in hard copy and not on my own blog).  You can read all about spicing up your kitchen…

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