A “Ribbiting” Exhibit at Airlie Gardens

A “Ribbiting” Exhibit at Airlie Gardens

Frogs, frogs everywhere! No it’s not Biblical pestilence plaguing Egypt, it’s the new Ribbit the Exhibit art display at Airlie Gardens (my fav!). Ribbit the Exhibit is a collection of over 20 copper frog statues by Wilmington artist Andy Cobb. I first saw Cobb’s work at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden several years ago. I’ve […]

Paolo’s Gelato Italiano, Charleston

Paolo’s Gelato Italiano, Charleston

I discovered Paolo’s Gelato quite by accident. You see, Paolo was one of the vendors at the Food Film Fest in Charleston this past November. There he was, in all his gelato glory, dishing out mini cones of Benne Wafer and Rice Pudding gelatos from his nifty ice cream cart. After waiting patiently to sample […]

7 Reasons to Visit the NC State Farmers Market

7 Reasons to Visit the NC State Farmers Market

The NC State Farmers Market in Raleigh, and other state farmers markets across North Carolina, are a fantastic way to “go local!” 1) There is nothin’ like some down home country cookin’ – think fried chicken or pork chops, biscuits, deviled eggs, or items from the daily specials menu such as the stuffed pepper I […]

Photo Essay: Enchanted Airlie

Photo Essay: Enchanted Airlie

Each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Airlie Gardens transforms into Enchanted Airlie, a magical garden of festive lights. I’m still working on my night photography, but here are some photos from my visit this weekend. I wrote a post about Airlie in detail this summer. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in North […]

Have You Heard the Buzz?

Have You Heard the Buzz?

Tupelo Honey in Asheville, NC is a buzzy place and where it all started! Worker bees buzz about serving up delicious treats from the kitchen. Deemed Southern cuisine, Tupelo Honey offers many delectable menu options. You really can’t go wrong! What is Southern food all about? For me it’s about comfort food. Food you want […]

Sit Back and REWINED!

Sit Back and REWINED!

Fall has arrived and so has my ReWined Spiked Cider magnum (the big one) candle! It smells like fall! ReWined Candles are one of my favorites! What I love best about them is that they are made in Charleston, SC, one of my most favorite cities and they are made using old wine bottles. I […]

From the Farm to the FORK!

From the Farm to the FORK!

I love food. This is evidenced by the extra pound or fifty and pumpkin head I’m sporting for autumn. Indeed, I love food so much that when I travel somewhere one of the first things I do is search local restaurants: I want to see where the locals like to eat. Chain restaurants have their […]

Monticello in Photos

Monticello in Photos

Monticello is an amazing estate. Saturated in history, there are many words to describe this piece of American history. I would rather show it in photos. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a US National Register of Historic Places Site, and a US National Historic Landmark, Monticello gives us a peek into the life of […]

PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille

PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille

Who doesn’t like juicy burgers and seasoned fries?!? Well, vegetarians I suppose, but they don’t know what they are missing!!! If you are in Wilmington (NC of course) and have a hankerin’ for a burger, PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille is the place to burger-up! There are several locations for PT’s, but I’ve only eaten at […]

Back-Road Trips: 7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cheraw, SC

Back-Road Trips: 7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cheraw, SC

The idea of a stay-cation took flight several years ago as the economy stalled and people either wanted to save money or didn’t have money to spend on a vacation. Back-road day trips are another way to get out of town, yet save some money by staying closer to home. Fortunately there are many great […]