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Lovely Loretta’s

Lovely Loretta’s

Sometimes you crave good food, no fuss, fast and to-go. I became a fan of Loretta’s when first moving here about 9 years ago. At the time they were located on Patton Ave, conveniently in the center of town. Since moving to their current location on N. Lexington Ave, I have to admit- I did not get by as much as before. I made a point recently to re-visit a past favorite and as usual I was not disappointed. What I love about Loretta’s is their simple menu and quick pick-up, if needed. They make all their soups daily from […]

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Knife & Fork in Spruce Pine, And A New Paw Paw Obsession

Knife & Fork in Spruce Pine, And A New Paw Paw Obsession

Lucky for me my husband is a devoted fisherman, and by that I mean he will travel without hesitation to gain access to some of the best fishing around. What does this have to do with Nate Allen’s Knife And Fork in Spruce Pine? You don’t “happen” to find yourself in Spruce Pine unless you live there, or are in search of the local Toe River Council Arts scene or happen to be an avid fisherman. It is a somewhat sleepy town, that the Appalachian fishing haunt The Toe River runs smack dab through. I have been itching for an […]

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James Beard To Bohemian

James Beard To Bohemian

Chef Adam Hayes of the Grand Bohemian in Asheville, NC had the honor of an invitation to the famed James Beard House in NYC. He went with team this past September, and part of the ongoing celebration of that event was a re-create dinner for a select group of WNC local press and guests. It was held in the Black Forest Wine Room inside the Red Stag Grill. The hue was seductive low- light red and the ambience was amazing and intimate. Chef was on hand to take us step by step through the James Beard experience and described the […]

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Mixology – “The Art Of The Perfect Libation”

Mixology - "The Art Of The Perfect Libation”

mix·ol·o·gy noun \mik-ˈsä-lə-jē\ : the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks Whether you imbibe or not, there is something transfixing about watching a skilled bartender mix the perfect cocktail. Like chefs, they are exact in their detailing. A splash of this, a shake, perhaps a double or triple of that. Next, a dramatic pour into the specially chosen shaped vessel and finally a touch of garnish. Voila! There it is, presented before you to devour with all senses. The beauty of the drink, colors bouncing in the light, smells and tastes that you could only imagine together, blended with […]

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Cowboy Chili- Homespun’

By Christine Sykes Lowe: Every fall we get the fortunate invite to a friend’s cabin in the hills of Western NC for a bonfire, chili and of course, the requisite s’mores. This chili is special, and quite frankly the best I have ever had. It melds not one, but three types of lean meat- pork loin, beef sirloin and ground beef. I think one year he may have thrown some spicy sausage in there– the textures are delicious and hearty. But what makes this chili sing are the fresh veggies. While we are quite out of season for those wonderful […]

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