Aug 24, 2014
Butter will be the death of us, folks.
See, people have this idea that baking is an art. That artisan (that’s real artisans, not the word some marketing suits at Panera decided to put in front of every item on the menu) people passed down croissant-making techniques for decades and guarded them with their lives like they were the secret formula to Pepsi or something. I’m not gonna dispute that those people know what they’re doing, because they very clearly do. The chances that one of them can make a palmier better than me are infinitely high; that much is obvious.
I get this question a lot, especially when I cook for people not overly familiar with areas south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
“Where did all this tasty stuff come from? Whose idea was it to fry green tomatoes or make chicken and waffles?”
And the answer’s simple. We stole it.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Aug. 4, 2014 – The 13th Annual 24 Hours of Booty presented by Levine Cancer Institute to date has raised $1.43 million to help support cancer survivorship and patient navigation programs. More than $12 million has been raised since the event’s inception in 2002.
I have a special hate for the term “beer snob”.
People who use the term, 99 times out of a 100, don’t have a damn clue what a snob actually is. When you hear someone get called a beer snob, it’s not because they scoff so hard their suspenders fall off when they see you drinking a 7.2% IPA instead of a 6.2%. It’s because you don’t drink piss-water, frat-ogre, terrible beer.
And that’s the only reason.
If I walk up to you and call you a “snob” for enjoying a delicious steak instead of hemorrhaging yourself stupid off of McDonalds quarter-pounders, you’d call me an asshole, and be completely right. But for some reason, as soon as I turn down a beer that comes with a “Vortex-Filtered Swirly Neck Thing” and has the consistency (and taste) of dish water, I’m suddenly the jerk. I suddenly get the “oh, you think you’re better than me because you don’t willingly drink garbage?” look. And you know what?
I think I’m better than you if you drink crappy beer, just like I’d think I was better than you if all you ate was Cheetos and pre-made frosting from those little cardboard containers.
However, just because a beer’s on the cheaper side doesn’t mean it can’t not suck. Usually I despise fruity beers because they taste like a juice box with an iota of beer in it, but someone turned me onto a cheaper grapefruit beer that actually didn’t completely offend me. Hopefully you’ll like the beer blondies I made with it.
By Telisha "Teka Rose" Wheeler, Editor
Home is where the heart is….home sweet home…there’s no place like home. Dorothy, Toto and all the originators of these sayings definitely got it right. Home is your go-to place to escape the troubles of the world. Your Castle. But sometimes… you have to get up, get out and experience all the world has to offer to appreciate home that much more when you return. Living your best life includes leaving the palace and connecting with others to increase your life experiences. So of course we at Elevate Lifestyle have compiled a list of some of the best places to go in August for the HOME issue; and once you’re done, you can go back to your million dollar spot.