Food

WFAEats
5:50 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"Raise Your Glass" - And Sandwich - To Pink

Pop star Pink

Food writers have been known to proclaim that any story can be a food story.

When rocker Pink performs in Charlotte on Saturday, she won’t know she's part of a tale of an interrupted journey, German-language TV, and the best sandwich ever.

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WFAEats
8:07 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Look Before You Eat

My boyfriend Max and I met in college where we had been close friends. We started dating shortly after graduation and he moved from Massachusetts to Charlotte in January of 2011- just before our first Valentine’s Day.

We wanted to come up with a cute and easy V-Day tradition. It seems all of our relationship “holidays” hit around the same time, so we wanted to find a way to recognize it without going overboard financially.

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WFAEats
10:59 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Most Important Rule Of Cooking

My story begins in 1999, when I was a freshman at St. Olaf College. I had just started seeing a girl, and I decided to cook her Valentine’s dinner. I selected one of my mom’s go-to dishes, a stir-fry, for which I thought (incorrectly) the recipe included only soy sauce and dry sherry, thickened with corn starch. I wasn't sure of the proportions or if there were any other ingredients, the importance of which later became very apparent.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us

Salt, sugar and fat. These are a few of Americans' favorite things and the "holy grail" for the processed-food industry according to our guest, investigative reporter of the New York Times, Michael Moss. These ingredients are added to packaged foods in such large quantities that we have become addicted to them and our tastes have changed to prefer foods with salt, sugar and fat in higher amounts. Americans no doubt struggle with this as evidenced by the growing obesity epidemic, but so does the processed foods industry. In his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Moss goes inside the industry to see how it's dealing with the issues of obesity and diabetes and says industry officials themselves are alarmed by the effects of their own products. What started as a market boon for food giants like Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Coca-Cola has created a monster - us. Dealing in salt, sugar and fat, when Charlotte Talks.

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WFAEats
10:10 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Taste The World On Charlotte’s Eastside

  Charlotte’s Eastside hosts an amazing diversity of cuisines from Somali to Syrian, and Serbian to Southern. Wondering what to order at the Bosnian café? Not sure how to navigate a Mexican panaderia (bakery)? Shy about visiting a business where you’re not sure your English will be understood? CharlotteEast.com can help.

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WFAEats
11:45 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Very Special Meal

Ed and Pat FitzGerald with their signature sushi.

Pat FitzGerald's story is a winner of our WFAEats Valentine's contest, where we asked for your best food-themed Valentine's story.

In 2002 I brought my 89-year-old mother home from a long illness in California. I placed her in a lovely retirement community where she was happy, made new friends.

Then, Valentine's Day emerged and she remembered her husband who had died last year.

"Gosh," said my husband, Fitz. "Grams seems sad without Don and his Valentine corsage. Why not have a dinner party for her? We could invite our friends who lost spouses."

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Bobby Deen: Low Calorie Comfort Food

Bobby Deen in our Spirit Square studio.
Wendy Herkey

  Children sometimes follow in the footsteps of their parents and for Bobby Deen the journey was short - straight into the family kitchen. His mother is famed TV cook Paula Deen. Like his mother, Bobby loves comfort food, but mother and son came to realize that comfort food can come at the expense of weight management. So Bobby Deen has been exploring ways to create low calorie comfort food recipes. His latest book. From Mama'’s Table to Mine, chronicles the evolution of much loved Paula Deen recipes from a new perspective. We'll visit with Bobby Deen, find out what it’'s like to grow up in a famous food family and learn how to eat guilty pleasure food without the guilt when Charlotte Talks.

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WFAEats
10:39 am
Tue February 12, 2013

I Loathe My Valentine

Giving chocolate is easy. But what if you want to send a different message this Valentine’s Day? Never fear, we’ve got great gift suggestions for those tasteless or unsavory people in your love life.

How about a life-sized gummi snake? You can curl it around your arm when you deliver it to that poisonous person, or let the recipient be surprised when he or she opens the box.

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WFAEats
11:58 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Goodbye To January

There is a National Cream Puff Day. Who knew? Apparently there are a lot of recognized food days we're missing.
Credit Flickr/3liz4

In some ways, January seems longer than any other month. It’s cold and rainy, and spring is still weeks away. There aren’t any holidays that we celebrate by cooking, baking, or gathering for a big indulgent meal.

Unless you count National Cream Puff Day, which flew by on January 2 while most of us were still recovering from Christmas and New Year’s Day. Or National Spaghetti Day on January 4, which some would rightly argue we should celebrate much more often.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Living The Paleo Lifestyle

Eat like a caveman. That's what some doctors are recommending. Stick to lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Cut out refined grains and sugar. Dr. Philip Goscienski is one of them, the "Stone Age Doc" says our cavemen ancestors had the right idea and if we followed the simple ways they lived by, we'd live healthier, longer lives. We'll talk with him about that and meet the founder of a local company who's helping people do just that. Is "paleo" an effective movement towards a healthier life or the oldest fad diet of all time? And in a fast-food, pre-packaged world, can we really cut out sugar and grains? We go back to the cave, when Charlotte Talks.

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