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Welcome to WFAEats - a fun adventure where we explore all things tasty and interesting in the Charlotte food scene. We want to share stories, recipes and culinary escapades and hear about yours!

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12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

My Ode To Harissa

Harissa in a jar.
Credit Flickr/jules:stonesoup

Put down the sriracha. There’s a new condiment in town. And just like the popular spicy “rooster sauce” everyone went crazy over a few years ago, this one adds depth, piquancy and spice to anything you put it on.

It’s called harissa, and I’m a little in love with it.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

A Hot Dog By Any Other Name…

A hotdog from Nathan's.
Credit Photo by Flickr/Chrisjbarker

A foray into the age-old question of who makes a better hot dog, New York or Chicago?

My boyfriend Ryan and I have a little on going debate about which hot dog is the best.  A New York Nathan’s Famous Frank or the Chicago Style hot dog?  By me being a savvy New Yorker, quite naturally I said the New York Nathan’s, but he is a boisterous young man from the “Windy City” so he says the Chicago Dog.  So, we decided to settle the score by comparing and contrasting what makes each of our beloved regional delectation the best.

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WFAEats
4:13 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

A Quest For Chicken & Waffles In Charlotte

Chicken and waffles from Roscoe's.
Credit Chicken and waffles from Roscoe's.

 Roscoe's is well-known for chicken and waffles, but it wasn't the first.Edit | Remove

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Taking-Out Waste From Restaurant Leftovers

Credit Flickr/gabrielsaldana

Update: Remember when Leftover Love was just an idea?  Well Charlotte White’s plan to reduce the use of Styrofoam containers has caught on in Plaza-Midwood.  Beginning on Earth Day, (Sunday, April 22) Kickstand Burgers-n-Bar, Loco Lime, and Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar will give you 5% off your bill if you bring your own container for leftovers.  It’s not surprising to see this take shape in one of Charlotte’s more environmentally-conscious neighborhoods, so maybe this is the beginning of something bigger.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Passover Table

Credit Flickr/aprillynn77

There’s an old joke about Jewish holidays, and what they signify. It goes like this: “They tried to kill us; they couldn’t; let’s eat.”

This is an admittedly simplistic statement, but it fittingly describes Passover, the solemn yet joyous holiday that takes place each spring.

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WFAEats
1:27 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Strawberries Arrive Early

Ripening Strawberries.
Credit Flickr/sigusr0

Strawberry pie. Strawberry shortcake. Strawberry jam. Strawberry margarita. Strawberry ice cream. Strawberry cheesecake. Strawberry smoothie.

This Bubba Blue-like moment is brought to you by my giddy anticipation of strawberry season. If, like me, you enjoy strawberries in their many delicious concoctions, rejoice! Thanks to a La Nina winter the strawberry crop will come early and abundantly in most areas of the state according to the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Marsh Madness

Homemade marshmallows.
Credit Flickr/poppet with a camera.

The world of food has never been more competitive. Top chefs, iron chefs and cake bosses are stepping up to challenges on chopping blocks all around the U.S. and abroad.

And if you’ve been asking yourself, “When will we have a competition for the most amazing and exotic marshmallow?” we have your answer. It’s happening right now and it’s called MARSH Madness.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Weighing Healthy Choices In The School Lunch Line

Freedom of choice? Cupcakes offered along with fruit.
Erin Sutton

Cindy Ayers takes great pride in her kitchen. She keeps everything clean and well organized. She has to – she feeds hundreds of Elementary school kids every day. Ayers is the Cafeteria Manager at Highland Creek Elementary and oversees the preparation and serving of about 800 meals daily, including breakfast and after school snacks. But the real haul comes at lunchtime when 600-700 kids buy a school made lunch (out of 1200 enrolled). We visited the cafeteria on an ordinary Tuesday to see how it all goes down.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu March 22, 2012

A Colorful Stroll Through A Spice Bazaar In Istanbul

Spice counter at the Spice Bazaar
Ilke McAliley

I got off the tram with my mom and another thirty people at the Eminonu stop and was pushed right in the middle of a sea of busy, impatient Istanbulians.  I stopped for a while to get my bearings, and then we headed towards YeniCami (New Mosque).

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Easy Raspberry And Lemon Scone Recipe

Before baking and after.
Credit Megan Leanderson

Something about warmer weather just begs for brunch.  And since the real goal is to get out and enjoy spring, an easy scone recipe is the perfect way to greet the morning and get on with your day.

Easy Raspberry and Lemon Scone Recipe

Ingredients:

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