June 2011

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Remembering the Holocaust

A new outdoor sculpture honors young victims of the Holocaust

Summer Fun

There are 98 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day — and we have an idea for every one of them

Hit the Road: 10 Great Small-Town Adventures

Wake up early and start driving. North Carolina is full of small towns, perfect for exploring on a sunny Saturday. We've found ten that are close by and offer plenty of fun for your family

Tiny Banking

Microloans could give a big boost to small business in Charlotte

Burger Brothers at Charlotte Burger Blog

Two bloggers take on the task of trying every burger in town—and sharing every juicy bite with their readers

Drinks with ... Brent Baronofsky

Owner of Brent Baronofsky Design and the decorating brains behind Queen City hot spots Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar, Customshop, Terrace Café, and Good Food on Montford sits down for a glass of wine and shares.

Twenty-Four Hour Diners

Ten years ago, Tim Newman, the head of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, declared Charlotte would never be considered a real metropolitan city until there were some late, late-night eating options. These days Newman can eat his words—and some tasty late-night fare—because these Charlotte restaurants are serving up delicious dishes from sundown to sunup.

Alfresco Alternative

Picnics are usually old-school summer gatherings held with friends, family, and, of course, Grandma’s classic Southern cooking. There are occasions, however, that call for mixing things up. Charlotte Symphony’s annual Summer Pops series at SouthPark is the perfect spot to show off your exotic-fare know-how with a spread that won’t look anything like what’s on your neighbor’s blanket. These three recipes tap flavors of Asia but use seasonal ingredients—plus, they’re easy to make and most importantly, easy to transport.

Long Road Home

James Lubo Mijak survived the infamous Sudanese Lost Boys death march and years in refugee camps. He ended up in Charlotte and settled in well. Now he’s facing one of his toughest challenges—he’s going back home

Curated Cuisine at Halcyon Flavors From the Earth

The new restaurant in the city’s most well known museum offers farm fresh dishes in a sophisticated setting

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Toasting a Hero

Others can commemorate the Civil War, America’s ugliest and bloodiest episode, all they want. I’m going to celebrate my hero Shelby Foote—the man who wrote its story

Beat the Heat

Experience has shown me that having fun in the summer can take a little extra work