Chef Bruce Moffett’s Barrington’s Restaurant Stars in Charlotte

Chef Bruce Moffett’s Barrington’s Restaurant Stars in Charlotte

The sound system in the kitchen at Barrington’s restaurant in Charlotte, NC, plays “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” as I observe owner and executive chef Bruce Moffett wield a hefty knife and trim excess fat and other unwantedRead more

The Art and Artistry of Amélie’s French Bakery

The Art and Artistry of Amélie’s French Bakery

Our taste buds stirred when we read that Amélie’s French Bakery was establishing a new outpost near our home in south Charlotte. Amélie’s has been a wildly popular destination on Charlotte’s food map since 2008 when the flagship store openedRead more

Noble Efforts – Award-Winning Chef Jim Noble’s Take On Southern Cuisine

Noble Efforts – Award-Winning Chef Jim Noble’s Take On Southern Cuisine

As much as we enjoy dining out during our travels, we find it rather ironic that one of our favorite restaurants ever was just 30 miles from home. Sadly, the place is long closed, but the memories linger. We wereRead more

Carolina Raptor Center is for the Birds

Carolina Raptor Center is for the Birds

I’ve always thought of birds as the ultimate travelers, gracefully able to fly where, when and how they want. While I’ve admired birds from afar, I hadn’t spent much concerted effort learning about them. A couple of my travels haveRead more

Wing Haven — Charlotte’s Hidden Gardens

Wing Haven — Charlotte’s Hidden Gardens

“Are you cruel enough to be a gardener?” That challenging question was imprinted on a T-shirt for sale at the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden in Charlotte that I was touring on a sultry day with curator Andrea Sprott asRead more

Date Night in Charlotte at Foxcroft Wine Company

Date Night in Charlotte at Foxcroft Wine Company

If you’re looking for Bill and me on a Friday night when we’re not traveling, you’ll most likely find us at the recently renamed Foxcroft Wine Company (formerly The Wine Shop at Foxcroft) in the booming SouthPark area of Charlotte.Read more

Miracle on the Hudson – A Survivor’s Story

Miracle on the Hudson – A Survivor’s Story

Beth McHugh believes in miracles, and well she should. Little did she know when she boarded US Airways Flight 1549 on January, 15, 2009, that she would be among the 150 passengers and five crew members who would survive theRead more

Miracle on the Hudson and More Stories of Flight

Miracle on the Hudson and More Stories of Flight

“It’s the white elephant in the room.” That’s how Wally Coppinger somewhat facetiously referred to the US Airways plane that was before us during my recent private tour of the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, where he’s executive director. It’sRead more

On the Map with The Map Shop

On the Map with The Map Shop

If you think the digital age has caused printed maps and charts and those colorful spinning globes so identified with grade school classrooms to be relegated to ancient relics of an earlier time, think again. The ubiquity of smartphones andRead more

Charlotte’s Show-stopping Joan Zimmerman

Right away I realized two things about Joan Zimmerman when we first met recently for tea in Charlotte. She knows a good idea when she hears one. She also knows how to make it an even better idea. In 1959,Read more