12:29 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Breaking Up – With Your Grocery Store – Is Hard To Do

The new Harris Teeter on Central Avenue will open at the end of May.
Credit Bartlett Hartley & Mulkey architects

Some relationships just aren’t meant to last. When you have misunderstandings, get bored, or just don’t feel appreciated, it’s time to move on.

So when the Harris Teeter grocery store in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood closed for remodeling almost a year ago, I decided to make a clean break.

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3:28 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Into The Home Of... Mexico

Credit Keia Mastrianni

A twenty minute drive south brought me to the home of Raul Alatorre and his wife, Alicia, a newly transplanted couple of Mexican origin. The Alatorre’s moved eighteen months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico to their suburban home in Ballantyne. Raul’s job of 22 years brought the couple here. He works for Mission Foods, the largest tortilla manufacturer in the United States.

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1:32 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eat Your Yard - A Magical Idea

Nan Chase eats crabapples from her yard.
Credit Rebecca D'Angelo

I bumped in to Nan Chase at the Blue Ridge Book Festival last May. The Asheville author was discussing her book, Eat Your Yard.

Riding the crest of the Eat Local movement, she has produced an attractive, helpful book to help backyard farmers. But instead of ripping out the sod to grow squash and beans, Nan takes an aesthetic approach—mix food-producing plants into the landscape.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Michael Graves, F.O.O.D. Conference And Blumenthal's New Season

Michael Graves

Part One: Michael Graves And F.O.O.D. Conference. A celebration and discussion of good design is heading to Charlotte this week. The F.O.O.D. Conference at the Mint Museum (FOOD standing for Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) will host writers, historians, chefs and designers to speak about objects we use to prepare, cook and present food. Among the experts is Michael Graves, perhaps best known for his accessible Target product line. He'll join us to talk about how he works to combine function and style in his designs and we'll also hear about the Mint Museum's exhibition, which is also called F.O.O.D., when Charlotte Talks.

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10:48 am
Wed April 3, 2013

A Story With Morels

Morel mushroom
Credit Wikipedia Commons

  Few things excite me more than morel mushrooms. Hunting them is a rite of spring where I come from. My hometown, Shelbyville, Illinois, holds a mushroom festival Spores ‘n’ More, with a contest and auction. That’s serious mushrooming.

There’s something about that delicate nutty taste, the crispy-fried texture that makes my mouth water. Morels are the epitome of eating local, in season. If they were available every day, I wouldn't care so much.

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12:46 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Spring Cleaning, Passover Style

Credit Flickr/paurian

Ah, spring! Time for rebirth, renewal, celebration - and the dreaded chores of spring cleaning. Ironic, isn't? Just when longer days are luring us outdoors to play, there’s housework demanding to be done.

Each year at springtime, flat, unleavened bread called matzo appears in stores as Jews prepare to observe Passover. But non-Jews may not realize that modern-day spring cleaning has roots in the holiday, too, as a ritual that reaches back thousands of years.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Mixology: The Art Of The Cocktail

Grab your little drink umbrella and join us for a liquid version of the Charlotte Talks monthly food show. This time we belly up to the bar and explore the popular rise of interest in cocktail making, or 'mixology.' Mixology has become a serious exercise with classes offered by well known culinary schools. We'll look at the science of mixing a drink and at the explosion of cocktail choices. We'll also look at a growing debate between traditional bartending and what makes a bartender a 'mixologist.' It's 5 o'clock somewhere, when Charlotte Talks.

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9:32 am
Wed March 20, 2013

A Southern Food Bracket For The Basketball Deficient

Reping for North Carolina, a hometown favorite, Cheerwine.

If you want to get into the fun of March Madness but aren't much of a basketball fan, Garden & Gun Magazine has the bracket for you - a Southern Food Bracket. They're matching up favorite foods from different regions for a 'Battle of the Brands.'

Representing North Carolina, we've got hometown standbys like Lance Toast Chee Crackers, Mt. Olive Pickles, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and of course, Cheerwine.

5:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Into The Home Of... Sierra Leone

West African food. Signature dishes from Sierra Leone.
Keia Mastrianni

This series aims to explore the plethora of cultures that live in Charlotte by dining with families inside their homes on the food of their culture.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I scheduled myself to have dinner with a woman from Sierra Leone. This was a first for me, dining in the home of a complete stranger. I left the husband at home, unsure of whether it would be an imposition to bring him along.

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