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Some Like it Hot (Chicken)

If Steve Harvey asked the contestants on “Family Feud” to name one dish that typifies Southern cooking, the number one answer would doubtlessly be fried chicken. We love a crispy eight-piece box of yardbird around these here parts, but sometimes Southerners crave poultry that’s a little more piquant.

2019-08-07T15:08:21+00:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, Southeast|Tags: |0 Comments

Topsail Island’s Shaka Tacos

Topsail Island’s Shaka Tacos Savor local seafood at this surf shop turned taco stand in North Carolina. Story by Katie DeTar My annual spring vacation to Topsail Island, North Carolina delivers much-anticipated joys of the seaside. But during my most recent trip, the focus unexpectedly shifted from tanning to tacos.

2019-08-01T17:59:54+00:00August 8th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, Southeast|Tags: |0 Comments

Come Find Bourbon

Come Find Bourbon Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown, Kentucky Launch New Tourism Collaboration There’s a fresh, new answer to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country, thanks to the tourism commissions of Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, and Bardstown. Under the banner Come Find Bourbon and the new

2019-08-06T19:44:17+00:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Featured|Tags: |0 Comments

Independent Bookstore Eats

Today's independent bookstore owners will tell you it's not enough just to sell books. They have to plan events, serve lunch, and offset the bottom line with booze. That's just the nature of the business, but who doesn't like to curl up with a good book and sip from a glass of wine while nibbling on a pastry or panini?

2019-07-19T16:39:08+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Midwest, Northeast, Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Great Brew Spots + Food

It’s official! Craft beer is gaining mass recognition for its vast range of flavors, and overall boom of accessibility; breweries and beer bars are sprouting across the U.S. at a record pace. But with this trend comes a great challenge: entrepreneurs need to find a way to stand out among the ever-increasing competition.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay, Wisconsin It’s more than just a football town. Story by Chris Chamberlain It’s a shame that the only time most people think about Green Bay, Wisconsin is during pro football season, when the weather can be pretty problematic for all but the most avid “Packer Backers.” While it’s

2019-07-16T18:35:41+00:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Midwest, Producers & Purveyors, Regions|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gourmet Ghetto: More Delicious Than It Sounds

If you know only one thing about the food that comes out of Berkeley, California, just across the bay from San Francisco, you probably know about Chez Panisse. There, Alice Waters opened her iconic restaurant in 1971 and, effectively, introduced farm-to-table dining to middle-class America. Thousands upon thousands of diners still make a pilgrimage to Chez Panisse every year to dine at the altar of the slow food movement.

2019-07-12T19:53:56+00:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A Passion for PEEPS

It’s one of the United States’ most iconic candies—just maybe the most iconic this country has ever produced. After all, what other sweet treat has had its durability tested by a world-renowned university, guest starred in a hit television show, boasted its own world eating championship, and be featured in annual art contests? No candy other than PEEPS, the sugar-coated, brightly-hued marshmallow confection made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by the third-generation family-owned outfit Just Born, which also produces Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.

In Season: Watermelons!

When farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the U.S. stock large quantities of watermelon, is there a juicier sign it’s summer?  With increasing regularity and creativity, watermelon dishes are popping up on drink and food menus at restaurants nationwide. The top four watermelon-growing states are Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Other states grow watermelons, too, so you might find a local supplier wherever you live. Only when the fruit vegetable isn’t in season is it imported from other countries to ensure that watermelon remains available year-round.  

2019-07-08T21:03:28+00:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Salads, South, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Meals on Two Wheels

Summer is here and it’s time to get those bicycles out of the garage and hit the trails! Designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as the only silver-level ride center on the East Coast—and one of only 15 in the world—Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a perfect choice for riders of all levels. From family-friendly greenways in the city of Roanoke to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and more than 300 miles of mountain trails, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital is a cyclist’s bucket list destination.

2019-06-27T17:59:45+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Featured, Mid-Atlantic, Regions, Trends & Trails|Tags: , , |0 Comments