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.
Cornbread is a quintessential American dish with many different interpretations, from savory to sweet. For many Americans, it’s a tradition, a reminder of home, a family recipe, a tasty way to bring memories of meals with loved ones to life.
Nick Liberato is a man of many talents: He’s a celebrated chef, restaurateur, and also host of the Netflix series “Restaurants on the Edge.” The series focuses on helping restaurants in distress by performing consulting, restructuring and turnaround services in a holistic manner.
What’s become an institution in Ann Arbor, Michigan was launched by two college buddies: Zingerman’s. Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw met while working at Maude’s Restaurant and attending the University of Michigan. Bemoaning the lack of a ‘good Jewish deli’ in Ann Arbor, the pair decided to rectify the situation.
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.
Whether you’re hungry for outdoor adventure or Southern cuisine, the beautiful community of Brevard, North Carolina has you covered. Brevard is an outdoor paradise. Hit the trails on a mountain bike or your own two feet and explore forests peppered with waterfalls, rivers and streams, stunning vistas, and abundant fresh air. Go fly fishing. Saddle up for horseback riding. Try your luck at gem mining. Enjoy bird watching. Paddle the French Broad River. Play golf. And so much more!
In my home kitchen I aim to make as much as possible from scratch, but coronavirus has expanded my definition of the word “possible.” With more time at home, I’ve had time to experiment with even basic ingredients that I previously bought at the grocery store. I recently received a copy of Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen, the new cookbook by Chef Suzanne Vizethann, whose Buttermilk Kitchen brunch and lunch restaurant is wildly popular in Atlanta, Georgia. Thumbing through the cookbook, I was impressed. It presents easy-to-follow recipes and delves deep into upscale basics of Southern cuisine, including mayonnaise, pickles, infused salts, biscuits, fried chicken, and other Southern favorites.
In a little corner restaurant in a strip mall on the ocean side of Kitty Hawk—a small town on North Carolina’s Outer Banks made famous by the Wright Brothers’ first flight—a third-generation crabber turns decades of hard work into a popular Outer Banks seafood spot. Step through the doors of I Got Your Crabs (IGYC) for high-quality, fresh, local seafood.
Before the pandemic, sell-outs were a daily occurrence at Barrio Bread, a bakery in Tucson, Arizona. Customers streamed out of the door every weekend. Plenty of fans showed up on weekday mornings, too. No wonder: Owner Don Guerra was named a James Beard Semifinalist Outstanding Baker for the second time this year—an impressive feat for a four-year-old business!
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the culinary industry especially hard. With restaurant dining rooms barred from operating at full capacity (if at all) and strict regulations in place on even to-go orders, restaurant workers are taking huge financial hits. The turbulent year of 2020 has also brought racial injustice and social inequality to light and finally garner more attention.