Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

I’ve got lists. Lists for work. Lists for the house. Lists of places I’ve visited that I want to share along with the many photos I’ve taken as I travel around. Yup, lists. And that’s about as far as it goes. I made them: check. Accomplishing them has proved difficult in the last seven months. Little […]

Walking Through History in Charleston

Walking Through History in Charleston

Every time I travel in the fall I’m met with some type of crappy weather, usually in the form of storms. One day, hopefully, I’ll travel in the fall without some extreme weather to dampen my plans. One day. In the meantime, I’ve realized I’ve got to be able to pivot to avoid a drenching. So, […]

Why Victoria, British Columbia Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

Why Victoria, British Columbia Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

It’s been a couple months since stepping foot in Canada for a special trip with my mom that was many years in the making. Where has the time gone? A series of work trips and a daily long commute to and from Raleigh each day and *poof* summer is over. One blink of an eye […]

Stay Perfectly Posh at the Fairmont Empress

Stay Perfectly Posh at the Fairmont Empress

Many years ago, during the height of numerous afternoon tea outings with the family, my mom and I discovered there was a tea at the Empress. That very day we stated our intent to go to Victoria, BC one day to partake in their afternoon tea. Years passed and this dream was placed on the […]

Roots Run Deep at the Chef & the Farmer!

Roots Run Deep at the Chef & the Farmer!

This weekend was going to be an adventure! Or so I thought. I was in the Outer Banks for work and I planned to stay through the weekend photographing lighthouses and visiting the new Shelly Island in Hatteras. My plan was quickly dashed by a series of nasty storms and a construction accident on the bridge that […]

S & T’s Soda Shoppe, Pittsboro, NC

S & T’s Soda Shoppe, Pittsboro, NC

I sat there staring at the steaming bowl of cheese sitting in front of me. To be fair, this lasagne did have a few noodles and a tiny bit of meat sauce so that it could technically be called “lasagne.” It is a gesture to the Italian classic, but it’s nothing like what you’ve ever had […]

100 Years of Cheerwine

100 Years of Cheerwine

What is Cheerwine? If you’re not from around these parts Cheerwine is as foreign a concept as walking on the moon. Well…one sip of this fizzy, cherry soda and you’ll be over the moon: no space suit or rocket required. Admittedly, I was a Cheerwine holdout until one day a friend gave me a frosty […]

Got to be NC Festival

Got to be NC Festival

What do we want?! Local! When do we want it?! Now! In a world of foods of questionable origin, why go out of state when you’ve got fresh, NC agriculture right here in your own yard? The Got to be NC Festival highlights everything that is grown, raised, caught, and made right here in the Old […]

The Flying Pig, Asheboro, NC

The Flying Pig, Asheboro, NC

Do pigs really fly? Darned if I know, but at the The Flying Pig in Asheboro their signature Pig Wings did fly into my mouth. Not on their own, of course. With a little assist from my fork those tender, juicy and smothered pork shank angels danced across my tongue and right into my belly. […]

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, Carolina Beach, NC

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, Carolina Beach, NC

Beaches are made for seafood, don’t you agree? I mean, the ocean is right there where seafood of all sorts have set up camp. That said, when you go to the beach and go out to eat, you eat seafood. Eating fresh and local is a win-win: it’s good for the local economy, supports local […]