Like most cities, Charlotte, North Carolina, is made up of neighborhoods, each recognized for its vibe and character. The NoDa neighborhood—so called for its main drag, North Davidson Street—developed a reputation as an art district more than 25 years ago when husband and wife team, artists Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires, saw potential in the dilapidated mill village. They needed cheap studio space and NoDa had plenty of old buildings ready for restoration. Among other things, the couple started once-a-month Friday night gallery crawls that led to a resurgence in the area.
March is National Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women. Here, we recognize a fresh crop of female icons emerging within industries that literally feed humanity. Really, anywhere a foodie traveler explores, women graciously invite all to their tables. While many more women deserve appreciation and notice, we trust those featured here will inspire your future culinary travel.
Washington D.C.’s restaurant scene is diverse, with multi-cultural restaurants serving African, Indian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, European, South and Central American, to name just a few of the culinary options. Come taste the bounty of seafood caught in the Chesapeake Bay and the harvest from MidAtlantic region farms. Some menus showcase wine from the vineyards of Maryland and Virginia as well as dairy and meats from the Shenandoah Valley.
What is one of the best ways to experience a destination? Through the food, of course! Food tours all over the county have become a popular way to explore a place. The pandemic may have brought that to a screeching halt for now, but luckily you can order taste boxes delivered to your front door to explore new taste sensations without stepping foot outside. Plus, these boxes are a fantastic way to support small businesses. Here’s a collection of my favorites.
Trendy desert towns like St. George and Moab get all the accolades in the Beehive State, but another southern Utah paradise is fast rising to acclaim: Kanab. Tucked along the Utah-Arizona state line, this American West classic offers homegrown hospitality that harkens back to its cowboy roots. Long a filming site for Western films, today Kanab is famous for its thriving arts scene, inventive cuisine, and outdoor adventures.
There’s a refreshing sense of freedom that comes with dining outdoors—the combination of scrumptious food and bright sunshine satisfies hunger as well as the soul—pandemic or not. While much of the country retreats indoors to avoid cold weather, Jacksonville, Florida always seems to have perfect al fresco dining weather, even in the midst of winter.
If the pandemic has driven your home cooking into a rut, venture into tastier territory with a virtual cooking class. Right from your own kitchen, virtual cooking classes are an antidote to fatigue. Find inspiration and gain know-how to transform your meals into a flavorful and exotic culinary journey. Here’s a delicious round-up of some upcoming virtual cooking classes for home cooks of all experience levels.
Have you ever dreamed about visiting one of those picturesque towns featured in a Hallmark movie? A place where you can walk up and down Main Street—lined with eclectic boutiques and local restaurants—and there’s not a fast food joint or chain store in sight. Townspeople are friendly and greet you as you walk by or enter their shops. Blowing Rock, North Carolina is just that kind of town.
If real estate is all about location, location, location, then dining out is all about presentation, presentation, presentation. You eat with your eyes first. We’ve all been in a restaurant when a server walks by with a plate of food and said to ourselves, “That looks good!” These five restaurants create visually-appealing food that not only entertains, but exceeds expectations and feeds the soul.
Leave it to New Orleans, Louisiana to figure out how to party during a pandemic. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival draws upwards of 475,000 music lovers to the city the each year from the last weekend in April through the first weekend in May for seven days of music, art and food. The festival, which draws obsessed fans from all corners of the globe, took place every year for 50 years. Until 2020, which would have been its 51st.