August 2011

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Hogwild for Livermush

One of the South’s best foods is underappreciated. That needs to change

Southern Comfort

Charlotte may be the new, modern South, but that doesn't mean our city — and its surrounding small towns — don't have plenty to offer when it comes to old-fashioned Southern fare. From fried frog legs for adventurous eaters to peach pie for those looking for a sweet fix, we found twenty-one local dishes that offer a real taste of the South. And because the most satisfying Southern food is served by someone who calls you honey and whose grandma runs the place, we've included five country kitchens where every meal offers a taste of local culture

Q&A with King Lear and the Actor Who Plays Him

We sat down with the tortured king and his real-life alter ego, Graham Smith

Prep School

The coolest goods for kids heading back to school

Food Trucks Hit Charlotte

With the recent arrival of a veritable fleet of food trucks, some of the Queen City’s tastiest dishes are being served from the sides of parked vehicles.

Charlotte's Top Spots for Charcuterie

Anyone can slice up a stick of supermarket pepperoni, which is why these local chefs are getting clever with spices and focusing on technique (smoking, salting, and waiting) to create their own charcuterie options.

Great Expectations

In the country’s lowest performing schools one national education reform group is trying to use its young, energetic teachers to make a difference and to close the ever-daunting achievement gap. In Charlotte, one of those teachers is defying the odds—school violence, low funding, poor infrastructure—to do just that.

Wrap It Up

Statement-making bracelets

Calamari Creations

Deep-fried squid with a side of marinara may give you flashbacks to 1990s chain restaurants, but don’t dismiss this traditional Mediterranean dish yet.

Drinks with ... George Allen

Ex-corporate executive and former brewer for Red Oak, Carolina Beer, and Bison Brewing, the brewmaster for the soon-to-open NoDa Brewing Company shares over (what else?) a beer.

Dive In at Krazy Fish

Plaza Midwood’s newest restaurant is undoubtedly quirky, but its tasty tacos will almost make you forget there’s a mermaid on the ceiling

This Land

As the county’s greenspace gets swallowed up at an alarming rate, the Catawba Lands Conservancy is working hard to preserve what’s left of our natural land. Born out of civil disobedience, the group has held off funding challenges and the occasional politician. As it celebrates its twentieth anniversary, it has big plans for the next twenty

The Bird and the Machine

How four European artists traversed time and space to alter the identity of Charlotte

Picnic Perfect

Enjoy a few more summer meals al fresco with the help of these fully loaded picnic kits

In the Navy

Local fashion designer blends Southern charm with urban sophistication