Crab Cakes on Brioche Buns with Asian Slaw

Aug 24, 2014

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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.
 

 

But at its core, at the very heart of it, super-fancy baking is dumb and simple. It’s a butter and sugar fueled power orgy, more Tim Allen than Martha Stewart. Ever notice how the fancier your pastries get, the more flaky and sugary and layery they get? That’s not art, that’s volume. That’s someone saying “well shit, one of these is good, why not pile 100 of them on at once?”

Technique-wise, baking is every bit as dainty and majestic as those guided wine-filled tours in France would have you believe. But conceptually, it’s nothing but brute force and numbers. It doesn’t happen because of a bolt of inspiration, it’s because somebody went into caveman mode and thought I LIKE BOTH OF THESE THINGS I NEED THEM BOTH IN MY MOUTH AT ONCE. MARGE GET THE BUTTER, THIS IS HOW I WANT TO DIE. THIS IS MY VALHALLA.

And then, there’s the crab cake. Someone took a food almost exclusively associated with butter and decided to cram it into a patty and add bread crumbs. Nothing says “instant myocardial infarction” like taking something already unhealthy and trying to make it resemble a freaking cake as much as possible. Add the gigantic bun and usual accompaniment of tartar sauce, and you’ve got a sandwich fit for the lobby of a morgue.

Did I see all this and turn the other way, make a vegan raw green bean salad thing, and call it a day? Of course not. You know me too well for that. I put a giant crab cake on a giant buttery slab of bread and added other stuff.

Sweet, buttery death, I’ll see you at my doorstep.

Here’s what you need:

Crab Cakes:
- 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat (don’t get the fake shit, kids)
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 green onions, diced thin
- 1 ½ teaspoons dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon celery seed
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups panko bread crumbs
- Olive oil
- Brioche Buns (I used Thomas Keller’s awesome recipe from here http://www.amazon.com/Bouchon-Bakery-Thomas-Keller/dp/1579654355, but you can be lazy and buy them if you want)

Tartar Sauce:
- ¼ cup mayo
- 1 tablespoon relish
- ½ tablespoon dijon mustard
- Pinch salt
- Pinch pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

Slaw:
- 1 head green cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, julienned
- ½ cup daikon radish, julienned
- ½ cup jicama, julienned
- ¼ cup mayo
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon mirin

Here’s how you do it:

First, the slaw.

This one’s easy: just throw everything in a bowl. Toss. That’s it. It does help to refrigerate it while you do the rest of the recipe though, to let all the flavors get nice and comfortable with each other.

Same goes for the tartar sauce. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl, whisk, and you’re good. Make sure you’re taste testing this and the slaw, too. Mostly because it’s a good idea, but partly because I pulled those recipes out of my butt and might be doing it somewhat from memory. Hey, I’m not perfect.

For the crab cakes, drain the crab meat.

Add everything but the panko to a big bowl, and stir together along with the crab meat. You want to break up the meat a little bit, but leave some big chunks. As long as you land somewhere between microscopic and marble-sized, you’ll be golden.
Mix in the panko, form the stuff into patties, and cover it with plastic wrap. This should form about 6 patties; you want them nice and thick.

Refrigerate the patties for an hour, that way it won’t fall apart when you put it in the pan later. We want crab cakes here, not crab piles-of-garbage.

Warm up a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook ‘em for about 4 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown, then flip them and cook for another 3 minutes or so.

All that’s left is to cut the buns in half, throw the sandwiches together, and throw them in your mouth along with this week’s beat. It’s the one and only Ray Charles, with Night and Day:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt0wC4poThM

There’s an important difference between concept and execution, folks. As you can see from that brioche recipe (if you were brave enough to read it, that is), actually figuring out the route from “I want buttery stuff” to actual, said buttery stuff is ridiculously hard to get right. But the inspiration behind it, the ideas that make it happen…I think those are child’s play. It’s “ I want I want I WANT” in delicious, oven-fresh form. If we could, we’d inject the stuff directly into our veins. For now, we’ll have to settle for brioche.

I’ll see you next time, people.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

http://freshbeatsfresheats.wordpress.com/
 

 

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The Perfect Cake!

Aug 18, 2014

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I’m gonna sit here and complain about something that pretty much everyone has to deal with, and you’re gonna listen. All set? Great.

 

I can’t get the cakes I make to look like the ones in my head. In there, there’s no effort, no mess. I sweep my hands across the counter a couple of times like a weird little frosting magician, and boom: there’s a cake. The perfect cake. The inside is moist, the outside looks like it’s carved out of freaking alabaster; hell, even the lighting is perfect.

But as soon as I try to make it in real life, it all goes wrong. The last cake I tried to make looked less like a cake and a lot more like a meth lab with added sugar. And yes, maybe I tried to add some things I shouldn’t have to the icing, and maybe some of those things (preserved lemons, for those of you keeping score in this completely hypothetical example) utterly destroyed the integrity of said icing and melted it beyond recognition. The point is, in my head it looked perfect, and in real life it looks like poop.

And I’m sick of the disparity between the two.

So this week I sat down, got mad, and threw enough powdered sugar at my mixer to take a diabetic’s leg clean off. And yes, I’m aware that it’s insane to be angry at a pastry, or have…really any feelings towards a pastry, but I was in full-on Spartacus at the gates mode here. It was war time.

Maybe there were speeches made to my spatula at 1 am, but we’re gonna keep that between ourselves.

Me and the spatula, that is.

I’ve named him Spready.

Here’s what you need:

Cake:
- 6 egg whites (room temperature)
- ¾ cup lowfat milk (room temperature)
- ¼ cup heavy cream (room temperature)
- 2 ¼ cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes (try to get them about halfway between refrigerated and room temperature. Just make sure they’re not melting all over your countertop and you’ll be fine)

Frosting:
- 4 cups (32 oz) powdered sugar
- 2 sticks (one cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup + 1 teaspoon heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons + ½ teaspoon meyer lemon juice
Topping/Fancy Shit:
- 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced thin

Here’s how you do it:

First, preheat your oven to 350.

Put the milk, egg whites, and vanilla extract in a bowl and mix with a fork, just until combined. We’re not trying to make a meringue here, don’t go foaming it up like it’s a bubble bath.

Use the whisk attachment on your stand mixer to slowly whisk together the dry stuff: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Add the butter in with the dry stuff and beat on low with a paddle attachment for a couple minutes until combined. Again, don’t beat the crap out of it.

Set aside a ½ cup of the wet stuff, then pour the rest into the stand mixer and mix with the dry ingredients for a minute and a half on medium. Add the rest and mix for another minute.

Spray two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick and line them with parchment, then spray the parchment too and pour in the cake batter. Yes, it’s a lot of spraying, but it’s worth it not to have to scrape cake chunks out of the pan and try to re-assemble them like a fat, disgusting version of a

Disney sitcom.

Stick them in the oven for about 25 minutes, and give them the toothpick to check if they’re ready. If not, bake for 5 minute intervals until the cakes are good to go.

Let the cakes cool for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and let them cool to room temperature. Once they’re cool, wrap them with plastic wrap and stick ‘em in the fridge while you do the frosting. That’ll make them easier to frost, and help you avoid the whole “piecing together your cake failure at odd hours of the morning” scenario.

For the frosting, add the butter and powdered sugar into a stand mixer and mix on low until combined. Mix in the vanilla too.

Add the cream and lemon juice to a small bowl, whisk together, then add to the stand mixer and mix it in. If the frosting’s too stiff, just whisk together another teaspoon of cream with a ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, and keep repeating until you have the right consistency.

Slice off the top of one layer so you have a flat top, then frost it. Make sure you put plenty of frosting on top so you get that nice in-betweeny, creamy layer. You know what I’m talking about.

Put the other layer on top, frost it, and arrange the strawberries on top. If you do the strawberries you’re gonna have to refrigerate the cake after you’re done eating, but it’s worth it. Trust me.

All that’s left is to put on a healthy slice of wax on the turntable. This week it’s Hideki Satamoto, with prime #4507, part 11:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2CYBTP1pLg

There’s a lot of people spouting this kind of “love is the answer to all things, let’s give up hate and hold hands and eat cookies in a garden” stuff.

I think they’re wrong.

Love makes some great food; anyone who’s come home from a bad day to find a plate of fresh-baked cookies knows that much. But sometimes you need that hate. Sometimes, when you’re tired of mediocre cakes and you’ve had it with half-baked macarons, you have to sit down and say “I’m gonna bake the hell out of this cake, and I’ll be damned if god or the forces of nature or Food and Wine tell me otherwise.” You have to hate the cake so much that you beat it, frost it, and shape it into perfection. I’ll take that pure, focused baking rage over a plate of mom’s cookies any day.

Enjoy your hate cake, folks.

See you next time.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

Recipe inspired by this one, which was apparently inspired by every other white cake recipe in existence.

http://iambaker.net/the-perfect-white-cake/
 

 

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Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pork Belly and Garlic Mayo

Aug 11, 2014

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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.
 

 

I don’t really want to send you fine people on a guilt trip just because you wanted to make yourself something tasty. That’s not what I’m all about. But it’s something you need to consider because it’s an ingredient, a very important ingredient, in a lot of the food in the South. So let’s consider. (By the way, I’m not a historian in any way, shape, or form, so apologies if some of the facts are…well, wrong)

Basically, Americans enslaved a group of people, brought them over to America, and did a series of terrible things to them. Because of this, and because it’s really, really hot working in the fields all day in the late 1800s, they needed food that not only gave them the energy to not collapse and die, but could also be made from the crappy ingredients the aforementioned enslavers gave them.

So they fried the crap out of everything and made cornbread, and guess what? Not only was it delicious, but it tasted damn good too. Turns out people turn out the most innovation when they have to use it, not when they get to use it (see also: any French food invented during the revolution).
White people, in turn, responded by eating their slaves’ delicious food and stealing the recipes, along with their music. That’s the reason why a century and a half later, we’re subjected to “Guy Fieri’s Kickin’ Lickin’ Chicken Wings” while having to listen to a guy who grew up in his mom’s basement farting out blue notes on his guitar about his life struggles. It’s not anywhere close to a fair and even payback, but it’s certainly deserved.

In spite of all this, we still hang onto those stolen goods, because, well…they’re tasty. They’re really really tasty. Especially fried green tomatoes, and super especially if you make those into Fried Green Tomato BLTs with Pork Belly. Which is exactly what I did.

Here’s what you need:

- 2-3 oz pork belly (I got mine pre-cured, if you get yours fresh…cure it. There’s Internet people who’ll tell you how to do that.)

- 1 head romaine lettuce

- A loaf of sourdough bread

- 4 green tomatoes

- 3/4 cup AP flour

- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cups panko

- 1 pinch cayenne pepper

- 1 pinch paprika

- 1/4 cup mayo

- 3 cloves of garlic

- Enough canola oil to fill 1/2 an inch up the side of your biggest pan

Here’s how you do it:

Slice up the green tomatoes into roughly 1/4 inch slices. They don’t have to be perfect, just make sure they aren’t offensively big when you try to cram them into your mouth.

Grab yourself three shallow bowls. These are gonna be what you dredge the tomatoes in, which is a French word for “cover in various kinds of crap”.

Put the flour in the first bowl, the eggs and milk in the second, and the panko and spices (cayenne and paprika) in the third.

Next, whisk up the eggs and milk until they’re combined, and just vaguely stir around the panko and spices with your hand or something. Seriously, that bowl doesn’t have to be that mixed up at all.

Start heating your oil in the pan. You want it to get up to 350 degrees F, so if you don’t have a candy thermometer…that’s bad. Either go get one, or heat up the oil on medium and pray. But if I were you I’d get one, you cheapskate.

Dredge the tomatoes starting first with the flour, then the egg mixture, and finish with breadcrumbs. Again, these don’t have to be perfect, just make sure most of the tomato slices are covered. It’s fried green tomatoes; pretty much any amount of fried stuff on those is gonna be tasty.

Once the tomatoes are prepared, start frying them four or five at a time, depending on how big a pan you have. Let them sizzle for about three minutes, flip, and keep them in there another three. It might not be exactly three minutes, depending on your stove and your pan and the relative alignment of the solar system that day, so just check the undersides of them every once in a while. Are they brown? Flip them. Are they not-brown? Don’t flip them. Simple, no?

Oh, and make sure to put them on a plate with a few paper towels underneath when they’re done, that way you won’t find yourself wrist-deep in a pile of fried tomato grease.

While you’re frying the tomatoes, or just afterwards if you’re lazy and didn’t bother to read the whole recipe before you started cooking, cut up your pork belly into thin strips. You want them to be a little thicker than bacon, that way you’ll get a nice crispy outside with all that glorious fat melting in the middle. And make sure you cut off the skin. Belly skin’s gross.

Throw the strips of pork belly onto a pan at medium high heat, and keep cooking until they’re crispy. If you’ve made bacon before, you know what consistency you’re looking for. If you haven’t…I think you should leave now. You don’t belong here.

After the pork belly and tomatoes are done, slice up your bread and start toasting it. Mix up your garlic mayo as well, by mincing or pressing your garlic cloves into the mayo and stirring. And get your lettuce ready too. We need something marginally healthy in here, damnit.

All that’s left is to assemble, put it on a plate, and put it in your body.

Put some beats in your body too, courtesy of Reflection Eternal, Jay Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def. It’s Just Begun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOKROODcPZI
Like I said.

The point of all this isn’t to guilt you or make you feel sad or whatever. Nobody should feel sad eating a damn sandwich, especially one filled with pork belly. The point is that there’s more ingredients in a BLT than the B and the T. There’s history to it too, and that’s a pretty damned important part of the recipe. Don’t forget about that stuff, people.

I’ll see you next time.
 

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

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24 Hours of Booty Raises $1.43 Million to Help Fight Cancer

Aug 06, 2014

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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.

 

“Once again, our riders and supporters have gone above and beyond with their fundraising efforts and in helping us achieve another milestone year,” said Basil Lyberg, executive director of 24 Hours of Booty. “We are truly grateful for all that everyone does to support our mission and to show cancer survivors that they aren’t in this fight alone.”

On July 25-26, 1,200 registered participants from 26 different states rode in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood along the famed “Booty Loop” to help put cancer in its place. When not riding, participants hung out in “Bootyville” (a.k.a. Myers Park Traditional School and Queens University of Charlotte) for camping, food and fun. The event also included entertainment and a breakfast program featuring former NFL player Chris Draft, who now runs Tackle Cancer. WBTV’s Kelly Franson served as the emcee.

The event was supported by 300 volunteers and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department representatives stationed along the course at all times. Beneficiaries include: Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG Foundation, Wind River Cancer Retreats, the Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas, Hendrick Marrow Program and the Keep Pounding Fund.

Adds Lyberg, “We appreciate our presenting sponsor Levine Cancer Institute, the Myers Park neighborhood, Myers Park Traditional School, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and our amazing volunteers, riders, cancer survivors, supporters and spectators who go the extra mile to make 24 Hours of Booty a fantastic event. Together, we are part of a community impacting the fight against cancer through cutting-edge survivorship and navigation programs both locally and nationally.”

Top fund-raiser award winners included:

· Top Team: Team Bank of America – $86,805

· Top Fundraiser: Josh Jones, LIBSTRONG – $31,898

· First Runner Up Individual Fundraiser: Katie Lee, Team AmWINS – $30,021

· Second Runner Up Individual Fundraiser: Sandy Mazoway – $23,210

· First Runner Up Fundraising Team: LIBSTRONG – $78,731

· Second Runner Up Fundraising Team: Team Reeb – $78,523

· Rookie of the Year: Paul Meyer who raised more than $6,000 in his first year riding in 24 Hours of Booty.

· Highest fundraising average: Team AmWINS - $3,621 per rider


About 24 Hours of Booty
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., 24 Hours of Booty is the premier organization for integrating community fundraising and cycling to support cancer survivorship and navigation programs. It organizes safe, fun and family-friendly bicycling events for all abilities to raise funds for organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer, including the Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Its events take place in Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, Md., and Indianapolis, IN and bring in participants from around the country. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit http://www.24hoursofbooty.org.

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Hours of Booty on Twitter at @24hoursofbooty and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/24HOB.

 

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Grapefruit Beer Blondies

Aug 04, 2014

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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 do.

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.

…You snobs.
 

 

Here’s what you need:

- ½ cup Ruby Redbird Shiner Bock (promise I’m not a shill for them, it just…happens to be pretty damn tasty)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups AP flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Here’s how you do it:

First, preheat your oven to 350.

Put the butter and both sugars in a stand mixer and beat them for about three minutes on medium, until everything’s nice and fluffy.

Beat in the first egg, followed by the second. Throw in the vanilla last.

Whisk together the flour and salt in a small bowl, and throw your mixer on low as you alternate adding the dry stuff and the beer into the buttery goodness.

Heat up a small pan on medium heat, then throw the pecans and cinnamon in and toss ‘em around a bit. Toast them until they…well, until they smell toasted, and put them on a plate to cool. It shouldn’t take more than a minute, and honestly; it ain’t rocket science. If it smells toasty and delicious, take it off the heat. If it smells burnt, you screwed up. Just don’t be an idiot about it.

Fold the grapefruit zest and toasted pecans into the batter.

Get an 8x8 square baking pan and spray it with non-stick, then pour the batter in. Throw it in the oven for 30-35 minutes, check it with the good ol’ toothpick test, and let it cool for a bit.

Eat it. Preferably not the entire sheet of blondies, but hey: I probably won’t judge.

This week, be a fatass with beats from Ryo Sonoda. It’s Smoker’s Lament:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrPnE-VDvv4

Listen.

If you work at a factory all night and use the majority of your paycheck to feed your kids and pay your mortgage, and you want an affordable bottle of something that says “beer” on it, I’m not gonna look down on you. Just because you can’t afford some micro-craft-ale-stuff a group of bearded people made with 80 kinds of hops doesn’t mean you don’t deserve something after trying not to have your hands cut off by a band saw for 12 straight hours.

But if you’re one of those trust fund kiddos who’s too creatively void to think of a beer that doesn’t have its own sign at a football stadium, you can do better. We both know you can do better. And I’m gonna damn well let you know you can do better when you call me out for not being a lazy piece of crap like you.
Order your liquid failure if you want. Just don’t call me a “snob” for not doing it too.

I’ll see you next time.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats

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SKYLINE | hot happenings around town

Aug 04, 2014

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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. 

 

Bars & Bites South End Food Tour
August 8th in South End

On this "happy hour themed" walking food tour, you can enjoy refreshing alcoholic beverage samples paired with unique cuisine experiences. From different facets such as a wine bar, a local craft brewery, a tasty food truck, an upscale restaurant, or a neighborhood pub. You will even learn how to create great beverages & bites in the luxury of your own home! Get out of the house and explore some South End & Charlotte history, sample culinary & beverage creations from a variety of establishments & artisans. FeastFoodTours.com

Bon Odoro Festival
August 9th at Wells Fargo Atrium Uptown

Since you’re out and about exploring different times, now you can add some cultural experience to your list. With the Bon Odoro Festival, hosted by the Japanese Association in Charlotte, you’ll enjoy a "Bon Odori" Japanese Dance Performance, Aikido Japanese Martial Art Exhibition, a Japanese drum performance by "Matsuri-Za", Japanese food & crafts, and much more for FREE!

Colonial Life in the Backwoods
August 9th at Historic Latta Plantation

When you leave HOME, why not go back to a time when life was much more simple and homes looked a lot different than they do now. No alarm systems, no 55” LED televisions updating you on the latest news and reality shows, and yes, even no mobile devices….I’m sorry I had to say that. For what it’s worth, history is a wonderful thing to experience; you gotta know where we’ve come from to know where we want to go. So check out Colonial Life: Backwoods of NC and see fiber/textile, hide tanning, fire starting, and cooking demonstrations. Also see the First Mecklenburg Militia demo drills in preparation for the American Revolution. Learn the importance of these skills to an 18th century family and perhaps even try it yourself! The historic home and exhibit hall will be open to guests; visitors may also meet the Latta farm animals and much more!

Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade
August 16th & 17th in Uptown Charlotte

Charlotte Pride presents the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Pride festival and other events in the Queen City. The annual festival is the largest LGBTQ Pride event in the Carolinas and the largest between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. It was founded in 2001, Charlotte Pride, Inc., presented the city’s annual Pride events from 2001-2005. Similar Pride activities flew under the banner of “Pride Charlotte” from 2006-2012. CharlottePride.org

Elevate Lifestyle COVER GIRL Search
August 21st at City Tavern

Elevate Lifestyle searches for their “Cover Girl” for the September Fall Fashion Issue; this event takes place twice each year. Over twenty ladies will compete for this title as well as wining their part of the $2,500 prize package. The event is free to attend but you can reserve a stage side seat or a VIP table at TicketsSoEasy.com. ElevateLifestyle.com .

SouthPark's Movies Under the Stars
August 1st-22nd (FREE) at Southpark Mall

Gather your families and friends to cool down with summer entertainment at the annual Movies Under the Stars series. Beginning August 1st, enjoy the last days of summer with movies, live music and more. Enjoy FREE films under the summer moonlight on an impressive 30-foot screen every Friday through August 22nd! Before settling down to enjoy the film at dusk, kick off Friday evenings at 7 p.m. with activities the whole family will enjoy, including a live band and mouthwatering concessions. Moviegoers are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and come early and enjoy the show! Simon.com

The Great Gatsby Gala
August 23rd at Wells Fargo Atrium Uptown

Have a roarin’ good time Gatsby style at Dust off your fedoras and flapper dresses and get ready for The Great Gatsby Gala; one of the Queen City’s premier events! Guys and Dolls alike will enjoy complimentary beverages, as well as food from local Charlotte restaurants showcasing their culinary specialties. Guests can relive the days of the “Roaring 20s” and fox trot the night away to the sounds of Tyrone Jefferson & A Sign of the Times. Enjoy jazz music, fabulous silent auction items and much more! GatsbyGala.org

Caroline Rhea
August 26th at NC Music Factory Comedy Zone

Caroline Rhea, stand up comedienne and actress, brings a fresh, smart, and spontaneous approach to all her work.
Caroline's television and movie career has taken off since she first starred as Aunt Hilda on the WB's sitcom, "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She’s appeared on “The Drew Carey Show” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” before becoming the first celebrity host of NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Have a fun night out to get your laugh on! CltComedyZone.com

Labor Day Weekend Wine Tour
August 30th at Yadkin Valley Wine Tours

Forget the Beach crowds and wine down in the Yadkin Valley with a tour of the Shallowford Trail. The Yadkin Valley area is in the piedmont and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and some have compared the grape-growing conditions of the area to France's Burgundy. Grab your friends and enjoy delicious home grown wine at Yadkin Valley. YadkinWineTours.com

With so very many things to do outside of HOME, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to pick and choose, no worries, Elevate Lifestyle’s HOT HAPPENINGS covers all there is in and around Charlotte for you to see and do. Relish the time away from HOME and appreciate it that much more when you return, continue to broaden your scope and Live YOUR BEST Life!

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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BY THE PINT | craft beer on the rise

Aug 04, 2014

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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Grand Opening

Construction delays push back public festivities surrounding new facility, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Grand Opening event will be on Saturday, August 15
 

 

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery , the oldest local brewery in Charlotte and now among the top five breweries in North Carolina has experienced tremendous success since opening in 2009. Founder John Marrino wants to celebrate that expansion and a new, larger facility with those who helped drive the growth: the passionate fans and beer drinkers who appreciate OMB’s focus on purity, freshness and quality.

OMB will complete the move to a newly renovated facility at 4150 Yancey Road this summer, and will throw open the gates of the 8.5 acre facility at a public grand opening party on Friday, August. 15.

 “We want our new facility to be the best it can be when we share it with our friends, family and fans,” Marrino says. “We’ve been working incredibly hard these past few months to get the new place ready, but we realized this week that we’re not quite there yet. So we made the tough decision to reschedule our public grand opening to Aug. 15.”

The family-friendly festivities kick off at 11am on Aug. 15 with food, live music and brewery tours as well as prize giveaways. OMB serving up favorites such as Copper, Captain Jack, Southside Weiss, Hornets Nest, Dunkelweizen, Yule Bock, Bauern Bock, Fat Boy, Fruh Bock and Unfiltered Anny Alt.

The invitation only VIP grand opening event has been rescheduled for Aug. 9.

The new facility, with a price tag for property and construction of nearly $8 million, will include:

• 60-barrel, four barrel brewhouse (four times larger than the previous space, and the largest brewhouse in the state among NC-based breweries)
• Expanded Brauhaus (Taproom and restaurant styled like a German bierhall)
• Stunning Biergarten, with a huge patio and rolling grass cover
• Flexible public/private event space with a total capacity of close to 500 people.

Harvest Fest Homebrew Competition

Triple C Brewing is accepting entries to its Harvest Fest homebrew competition until Sept. 19. These beers will be judged on Sept. 20, and the first and second-place winners will be brewed on the brewery’s pilot system and served at the Harvest Fest on Saturday, November. 1. Details for that festival are forthcoming, but count on a lineup of live music and a food truck being parked outside.
To qualify for the competition, beers must be brewed with one of the following:

 Half the grain bill must use Riverbend malt
 Half of the hops used must have been grown in NC
 Locally-grown fruits, veggies, herbs, etc.

Whatever you choose, make sure that Triple C can get those same ingredients should they need to brew your beer. And due to time constraints, lagers and sours will not be accepted.
Two bottles of the beer should be shipped to or dropped off at the brewery before Sept. 19, with labels wrapped around the bottles with rubber bands. Register now at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing Takes First Step

After building the brand across their home state, Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing steps outside North Carolina for the first time and into the great state of South Carolina. Big Boss has signed on with wholesalers in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Rock Hill to deliver the diverse line-up of Big Boss brews south of the border.

The company will focus on a core line-up of Bad Penny Brown Ale, Hell’s Belle Belgian Ale, and High Roller India Pale Ale as well as all seasonal selections to include Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale and Aces & Ates Coffee Stout.

“We intend to build the Big Boss brand in South Carolina the same way we built North Carolina: by employing local representatives who live in the communities we serve,” said owner Geoff Lamb.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

Read More

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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“HOME” Resource Guide

Aug 04, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue and Sheila Fate

FURNITURE & DÉCOR

By Design
By Design Furniture has been providing Contemporary European and Internationally styled furniture for over two decades now. They have an extensive array of well-crafted and designed Dining Rooms, Sofas, Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Office, Sectionals, and Accessories to suit your tastes and needs. By Design also works directly with their manufacturers to hold customer's standards of selection and quality.
2130 South Blvd., Charlotte 28203 | 704.342.4600
ByDesignFurniture.com

Interior Motive
Interior Motive located in historic Southend offers contemporary and modern design elements. They sell everything from couches, chairs, accessories, rugs and even wallpaper. They are also a full Design Firm capable of recreating any space and or special event. Interior Motives believes in the motto, Think Eclectic, Embrace creativity and Live Diversely.
2425 South Blvd., Charlotte 28203 | 704.523.0935
InteriorMotives.ws

The Pick-It
The Pick-It Furniture Company was founded in 1993. The fun of The Pick-It has always been the constant change of cutting edge, cool and eclectic furniture and accessories. The Pick-It became known as the place where celebrities shop for that unusual high end piece that they had no worry of seeing in someone else’s home. They also have an upholstery and finishing plant shop in Hickory and love the concept of picking a great solid frame, then a custom finish and finally the fabric, fringe, nail heads, tassels…..the jewelry on your furniture. The crazier the better.
3000 Griffith St., Charlotte 28203 | 704.916.9296
ThePickitFurniture.com

Nadeau
Nadeau strives to consistently discover and offer unique, handcrafted and affordable furniture that brings beauty, warmth, and a bit of authentic, ethnic culture. The furniture at Nadeau is never mass-produced, never what you'd find at a large chain or big-box store, never cookie-cutter or flavor-of-the-month, never "assembly required", and never boring! Most of their furniture is beautifully handcrafted hardwood in natural and painted finishes, imported from around the globe.
3100 South Blvd., Charlotte 28209 | 704.523.5800
FurnitureWithASoul.com

High Cotton Home
High Cotton Home Company can be called one of the Queen City's most eclectic and distinct furnishings boutique, who theme their furnishings as deconstructed luxury. Located on South Boulevard, High Cotton Home is a tightly-edited collection of highly customizable, American-made furnishings from designers such as Thom Filicia, Annie Selke and Michael Weiss, as well as offerings from Hickory's Vanguard Furniture and other manufacturers.
2137 South Blvd., Charlotte 28203 | 704.335.1220
HighCottonHomeCompany.com

The Furniture Connector
Established in 2001 The Furniture Connector has since been known for fabulous furniture at affordable prices. They sell designer market samples and close-outs straight from the manufacturer. They offer a broad range of styles of sofas, dining tables and chairs, armoires, ottomans, lighting, beds and bedding, artwork and more.
2905 Griffith St., Charlotte 28203 | 704.507.9023
TheFurnitureConnector.com

Blacklion
Three locations in the Charlotte area, BlackLion is a multi-merchant design center that showcases personally selected items by over 400 merchants. They offer furniture, gifts, home accents, fine fashion jewelry, accessories and more! Blacklion is truly a shopping mecca for everything you might need for your home.
10635 Park Rd., Charlotte 28210 | 704.541.1148
9751 Sam Furr Rd., Huntersville 28078 | 704.895.9539
1408-C East Blvd., Charlotte 28203 | 704.333.2229
Blacklion.com

City Supply
Opened in 2000 in the Plaza Midwood business district, they were founded with a desire to fill the missing niche of unique, classic, modern home furnishings. They believe that well designed and well made products should be timeless and affordable. City Supply Co. consistently keeps a fresh inventory of unique products scoured from around the world.
1219 Thomas Ave., Charlotte 28205 | 704.347.2489
CitySupplyCharlotte.com

Sleepy Poet
Sleepy Poet was voted "Best Antiques of Charlotte" by Charlotte Magazine 2014, with over 55,000 square feet of antiques, home decor, and vintage clothing. They are located right in Southend and open late Fridays and Saturdays.
4450 South Blvd., Charlotte 28209 | 704.529.6369
SleepyPoetStuff.com

MOVING

Get Moving NC
Get Moving NC is a family-owned & operated business, they are able to offer you that personal touch you’ve been looking for. Their goal is to make all of their customers happy. They look forward to hearing from you. No job is too small, they have great rates, fast service and they do both residential and business moves.
9635 Southern Pine Blvd., Charlotte 28273 | 980.225.2185
GetMovingNC.com

FABRIC

Calico Corners
Calico Corners is a nationwide retail store for decorative fabrics once only sold through designers with over 7,000 different choices! They can also make custom window treatments or bedding for you, as well as offer a free design service. They are located in the Park Towne Village Shopping Center.
1630 E. Woodlawn Rd., Charlotte 28209 | 704.527.3133
CalicoCorners.com

Modern Fabrics
Modern Fabrics is the source for reclaimed + discounted designer interior textiles rescued from the cutting-room floor. Using rescued fabrics from Modern Fabrics is an eco-conscious way to reduce demand for virgin materials and to reduce waste.
1504 Camden Rd. S300, Charlotte 28203 | 704.740.9676
Modern-Fabrics.com

Robyn's Fabrics & Custom Design Interiors
Robyn’s Fabrics & Custom Design Interiors offers both in-store as well as in-home design consultations with their established interior designers. They specialize in custom window treatments, bedding, furniture and re-upholstery. Robyn’s Fabrics has hundreds of in-stock fabrics and trimmings, they also offer special ordering from their library of thousands of designer home decorative fabrics.
10703 Park Rd. Ext. SF, Charlotte 28210 | 704.341.4466
RobynsFabrics.com

LIGHTING

Modern Lighting Design Store
Modern Lighting Design Store features the largest selection of modern lighting in the Carolinas. They offer an amazing variety of indoor and outdoor lighting and ceiling fans. They strive to find the best, most affordable solution for your lighting needs, with your unique style in mind. Their extensive display of high quality product lines gives you the opportunity to see finishes and styles in person. On-site consultations are also available.
1315 East Blvd., Charlotte 28203 | 704.332.0109
ModernLightingDesign.com

The Lamp Place
The Lamp Place, located in historic Southend, was founded by Ms. Thelma Houck and Ms. Sandy Humphrey in 1980. They have a wide variety of products and styles for table lamps, floor lamps, lamp shades, mirrors, pictures, accessories, home décor, and gift items. The Lamp Place also has an on-site repair service for convenience.
3108 South Blvd., Charlotte 28209 | 704.893.4120
TheLampPlaceInc.com

Lighting and Bulbs Unlimited
Lighting & Bulbs Unlimited caters towards selling the residential and commercial customers with indoor as well as outdoor lighting and ceiling fixtures and accessories. They strive to practically facilitate and artistically decorate any usable space in your home or workplace with their energy-efficient, American Disability Act approved and state-of-the-art lighting products.
1300 South Tryon St., Charlotte 28203 | 704.602.0150
LightingAndBulbsUnlimited.com

TECHNOLOGY

Bang & Olufsen
Founded in 1925 in Denmark, Bang & Olufsen now manufactures a highly distinctive and wide range of upscale televisions, music systems, loudspeakers, telephones, and multimedia products that combine technological excellence with emotional appeal. They deliver the best aspects in not just performance, but design as well!
1700 Camden Rd. S102, Charlotte 28203 | 704.900.5587
Bang-Olufsen.com

Premiere Home Theatre
Premiere Home Theatre is a high-end retailer of flat-panel, projection, and plasma screen monitors, as well as an audio/visual equipment installation company. No matter your budget they can accustom your needs. Premiere Home Theatre can even crate custom-enclosed cabinetry for all of your gadgets!
19825 N. Cove Rd. SB133, Cornelius 28031 | 704.449.9448
PHTCustoms.com

Sonitrol Security
Sonitrol Security offers a full line of security products, all backed by their unique audio/video verification technology. Their ability to hear and see what is actually happening at your site in real time enables them to verify the alarm before they call the police, with such high creditability using this system also allows for law enforcement to get there faster knowing it is a true emergency.
815 Wood Ridge Center Dr., Charlotte 28217 | 704.423.1111
SonitrolCarolinas.com

KITCHEN AND BATH

Hans Krug

HANS KRUG brings perfection to all aspects of your kitchen design. European standards optimized for the American market guarantee the best quality. Kitchen lines offer unlimited choices in kitchen cabinet design – including a multitude of finishes and material combinations. In addition to custom kitchen cabinetry, Hans Krug’s product lines include the finest in bathroom vanities, closet systems, dining and coffee tables. 

1500 W. Morehead St., Charlotte 28208 | 704.370.0809
HansKrug.com

Modular Design
In business for over 20+ years, Modular Designs offers a convenient carpet installation system without breaking down computers and cubicles. With a passion and commitment to a great flooring experience for their clients – it shows in their growth to four locations – each offering their own unique range of flooring services with the same high standards of professionalism at each location.
227 Southside Dr., Charlotte 28217 | 704.523.4950
ModularDesigns.com

The Tile Collection
Tile Collection has been Charlotte’s leading turnkey kitchen renovation company and bathroom remodeling company since 1992. Whether you are looking for just a kitchen or bathroom product for your project, or completely remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or outdoor space – Tile Collection has you covered with their award-winning showroom – offering over 80 different porcelain, glass mosaic, and natural stone lines, displays, photo galleries, and a team that is at your service!
11200 Carolina Place Pkwy., Pineville 28134 | 704.541.8453
TileCollection.com

OUTDOOR SPACE

Blackhawk Hardware
Blackhawk Hardware has been family-owned and operated in the Park Road Shopping Center since 1977. If you're remodeling, gardening, have a do-it-yourself project or simply need a unique gift for that special someone Blackhawk Hardware is the place to stop. They even offer free popcorn while you shop!
4225 Park Rd., Charlotte 28209 | 704.525.2682
BlackhawkHardware.com

Hearth & Patio
If you have been looking for that friendly and personable shopping experience unmatched by any of the big store chains, Hearth & Patio is the place to be! They have been Charlotte’s source for patio furniture, fireplaces, stoves and accessories for over 30 years. They carry everything from outdoor living to your grilling needs.
4332 Monroe Rd., Charlotte 28205 | 704.332.4139
TheHearthAndPatio.com

Summer Classics
Summer Classics believes that your outdoor space is where you create memories that last a lifetime. They strive to help you showcase your personality for you to enjoy. They offer over 100 custom fabrics, cushions, and pillows to go along with the large variety of outdoor seating. Summer Classics also offers on-site consultations to help achieve your outdoor vision.
1308 W. Morehead St., Charlotte 28208 | 704.372.0095
SummerClassics.com

LANDSCAPE

Metro Greenscape
Metro Greenscape specializes in designing and building environmentally-friendly, outdoor living spaces like kitchens, pools, patios, pergolas, and specialized landscaping projects. They strive to create beautiful outdoor living spaces that naturally extend the living space of your home and property while increasing the value.
1622 Parker Dr., Charlotte 28208 | 704.817.3819
MetroGreenscape.com

Morgan Landscape Group
Morgan Landscape Group is an award-winning landscape company with diverse capabilities. Their expertise extends beyond landscape design and installation to outdoor living areas, hardscapes, low voltage lighting, grounds maintenance, irrigation, and water features. They strive to work with their clients to create that ‘Welcome Home’ feeling.
5127 Sandy Porter Rd., Charlotte 28273 | 704.588.2292
MorganLandscapeGroup.com

Outdoor Concepts
Known for their exceptional lawn and maintenance care, Outdoor Concepts has the determination. Owner Tyler Ward started the company off with just the essentials: a push mower, weed eater, and handheld blower. Now they offer their services to hundreds of clients. Outdoor Concepts offers lawn care, property management, fertilization programs, seasonal flowers, mosquito control, as well as weed control programs.
5320 Buena Vista Ave., Charlotte 28205 | 704.361.5931
OutdoorConceptsLandscaping.com

NURSERIES

Baucom’s Nursery
Cultivating Excellence since 1947, Baucom's 250-acre wholesale Nursery is a 67-year-old family owned and operated wholesale nursery in its third generation of ownership. Not only an important piece of local agriculture – Baucom’s is one of the South’s best suppliers of azaleas, geraniums, roses, crape myrtles, and hundreds of other bedding plants, trees, and shrubs to garden centers, landscape companies, local Home Depots, and other retail outlets.
10020 John Russell Rd., Charlotte 28213 | 704.596.3220
BaucomsNursery.com

Pike Nursery
Pike Nurseries – known as the “plant people” since 1958 – continues its rich history of providing products that are environmentally safe and responsible through sound business practices. Delivering the best selection of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, houseplants, seasonal color, sod and more – Pike correspondently offers free garden lecturers and classes to local garden clubs, HOAs and other members of the community – and can assist you with all your outdoor living needs and more!
12630 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte 28277 | 704.341.7453
PikesNursey.com
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Element Uptown

Aug 04, 2014

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By Steve Caldwell, Publisher

Element Uptown is Charlotte’s newest high-rise located in the heart of uptown in Third Ward; the city’s newest luxury apartment building is located across the street from Romare Bearden Park at the corner of MLK Jr Blvd. and Mint Streets.

 

This exciting project is currently in the preleasing phase of the development with first move in’s set for August 8, 2014. Their temporary leasing center is currently located in the Wells Fargo Atrium at 310 South Tryon Street until they move-in to their permanent location located on-site at Element Uptown on August 8th. The leasing center is currently open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Standing 22 stories tall with twelve different floor plans available, Element Uptown features gorgeous studio, one and two bedroom units ranging from 625 to 1295 square feet. Price's start around $1,375 from the studio and go up to $2,900 for two bedrooms and two and a half baths.

The luxury apartment building proudly offers a number of elegant features within each apartment home, including:
• Espresso Modern Cabinetry with Brushed Nickel Hardware
• Quartz Countertops Throughout and Stainless Steel Appliances
• Subway Tile Backsplash (Upgraded on some Floors)
• Wood Plank Flooring
• Key Fob Apartment Entry and USB Outlets
• Roller Shade Window Coverings
• Washer and Dryer in every Home
• Ceiling Fans in Living and Bedroom
• Tiled Baths and Vanity with Framed Mirrors
• Semi-Frameless Glass and Tile Stand-Up Showers
• Select apartment homes feature 12-14 Ft. Ceilings, Floor to Ceiling Windows, and Built in Computer Desks.

The property also provides its residents with the newest top-of-the-line amenities such as:
• 24-Hour Concierge Service
• Clubroom with Billiards
• Innovative Fitness Club with Yoga Studio
• Saltwater Pool with Cabanas and Bar with TV’s
• Outdoor Fireplace with Grilling Area
• Business Hub with iMac Stations
• Covered & Secured Parking
• Additional Storage Rooms Available
• Views of Panther Stadium and Charlotte Knights Baseball Stadium
• Pet Wash Station and Guest Suite Available
• 100% Smoke Free Community

Element Uptown’s ideal location puts its residents within walking distance of Charlotte’s finest venues including the city’s numerous professional sports stadiums. BB&T Ball Park, home of the Charlotte Knights, is directly across the street, while Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, and Time Warner Arena, home of the Charlotte Hornets, are both within a ten minute walk.

If you care to take part in the more cerebral offerings of Charlotte, then walk two blocks south to Levine Avenue of the Arts, which has several museums; The Mint Museum Uptown, the Harvey B Gantt Center of African-American Arts, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Dining options within walking distance of Element Uptown are also not lacking, as uptown offers a plethora of fine restaurants of all food types. After you have gotten a good meal, feel free to check out Charlotte’s booming nightlife. Uptown Charlotte offers an abundance of options from pubs to clubs, pool halls to lounges, and live music to trivia. It’s all Uptown!

Contact the leasing team today at ElementUptown.com/contact and begin living in your dream home. 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

Read More

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

IT’S A GUY THING | hot stuff for cool men

Aug 04, 2014

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By Troy Adams

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s August.

Thank goodness you’re still a guy, can avoid portable restrooms at outside summer events, and able to take your shirt off in public.

Now all you need is something to do this month. Baseball hasn’t hit the post-season. Football hasn’t hit the pre-season. Basketball and hockey are still a couple months away. And let’s face it; the heat doesn’t help your golf game unless you literally enjoy sweating all over those four-footers.

So stay home. Yes, stay home. You’re the man of the house. And this is the home issue. So let’s find some things that make your home incredibly freakin’ awesome.
 

Summer is all about having friends over. And having friends over is all about setting the mood. So you definitely need to check out the Philips Hue light bulb system. They are not cheap at $200 for a 3-bulb kit…but they sure are cool. They are a networked colored lighting system that sets up in three easy steps. One – screw the bulbs into the sockets like normal and hit the wall switch. Two – Power up the network bridge and connect to your modem. Three – Download the free app and connect.

With location services on your phone, Philips Hue can recognize when you’re in a certain distance and turn on the lights or set the mood for you. Think of all the possibilities with entertaining friends or setting a romantic mood. It’s much better than the clapper. Check out Philips Hue at MeetHue.com.

For you married men, sometimes the road to romance can be showing you’re thrifty. If you can save money on your electric bill, that could be another romantic dinner, right? So check out the Meterplug at Meterplug.com. This incredible device runs about $50 but will pay for itself in no time. Wondering why your electric bill was so high? Is it her hairdryer? Is it you playing Call of Duty for 12 hours? Or are you doing so many loads of laundry the washer & dryer are literally costing you clothes on your back? Slip this nifty plug into the wall and plug your devices into it, then fire up the app. It will break down electricity consumption by the hour and display stats in actual costs. And as an added bonus, you can turn on or off any appliance plugged into it.

Speaking of saving money and beating the heat in August; one useful gadget is the Quirky Aros GE Smart Window Air Conditioner. So you get home; the house is hot, and you crank up the AC…which is the most inefficient and budget-busting way to cool your home. Instead, install the Quirky Aros in that 2nd floor room that gets the hottest…the bedroom, wherever. Use the app to set it to a lower temp and fan setting and begin gradually cooling down the room before you get home. And with its ability to learn your patterns, apply smart scheduling, turn on and off according to your GPS location and also track your usage and energy costs…you may never need to control it manually. Find it on Amazon.com for only $249.

One of the most important rooms in your home is of course the bedroom. And a man needs a serious bed to relax and rest in. Enter the Sleep Number x12 Bed. The x12 monitors breathing rate, movement and heart rate, assesses the quality of sleep, provides a SleepIQ score for each partner every night, and lets each know their optimum Sleep Number setting.

Additionally, each snoozer can either raise or lower their upper or lower body. There are also settings for in-bed massages, under-bed lighting…and this bed will automatically raise the head of someone who is snoring. Amen. No more getting kicked out in the middle of the night!

And for when you’re not at home, there are plenty of gadgets to help you relax about the safety of your home and those there when you’re not. There are even gadgets that can save you time and effort before you get home!

There are plenty of home surveillance systems, but check out the Canary Video Monitor ($249 – store.canary.is). The Canary provides HD video, Night Vision, Motion Sensors, Microphone, Siren and also measures air quality. All while being managed from your phone app.

There’s also SimpliSafe ($200 & $15/month – simplisafe.com), which is a battery-operated security system. It monitors movement in your house and is as easy to install as peeling the sticky tabs off the back of the pieces. The cell service required for monitoring is included in the monthly price and means no need for phone wires or a wireless connection. And no contract, either. Plus it can also be monitored from your phone, detects smoke, fire and carbon monoxide, and can instantly alert police on an intrusion.

Want to come home to a clean floor in your house every night? Check out the iRobot series of self-cleaning vacuums. You can find them ranging in price from $300 to $700. I’d encourage checking out refurbished or used ones on Amazon.com.

So it’s 6:00, you’re getting ready to head home and you’re craving a certain food. But you’re not sure if you have the necessary items in your fridge. No worries…just text your fridge. Yes. Text your fridge.

If you thought your spouse was a nag about picking up groceries, wait until your fridge starts texting you about wanting milk and cheese supplies. HomeChat will be available on 2014 LG appliances and can be used on any iOS device. By simply texting your LG Smart Oven, Smart Refrigerator, robot vacuum or washer as you would your spouse in natural language, you can check on food supplies, turn on or update washer cycles, get your carpet cleaned before you come home, or let all your appliances know you're on vacation.

Less nagging. More sleep. And having conversations with your fridge about your beer supply. Sounds like a pretty good August to me.

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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PARADISE IN CABO SAN LUCAS at HACIENDA ENCANTADA RESORT AND SPA

Aug 04, 2014

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By Debra Ann Kennedy, Lifestyle Editor

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, you will find a virtual paradise at Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa. This resort exudes intimacy and exclusivity, yet has a friendly vibe throughout the grounds.

Charlotte now offers a direct flight into Cabo San Lucas which is a dream come true for those of us that love vacationing in Mexico’s hottest resort town. Yes, Cabo is the West Coast equivalent of South Beach in Miami and with the added bonus of a direct flight, the East Coast will now be jet setting to Cabo Paradise a lot more often!
 

 

I have vacationed in countless resorts and I am in total love with Hacienda Encantada. The attention to detail this resort offers is beyond amazing. The view of the deep blue waters of the Sea of Cortez from the pool, swim up bar or your very own balcony will take your breath away.

Each suite boosts authentic décor with hardwood furniture, tiled floors and a very large bathroom. The sweet spot is the oversized balcony with a million dollar view. Each suite also includes a full size refrigerator, microwave and stove, and the kitchen is even equipped with cooking and eating utensils for a family friendly vacation.

I am not sure if it was the view from the infinity pool, the swim up bar, the 5 star customer service or the cozy communal fire pit, but I am smitten! Hacienda Encantada will be my “can’t live without it” destination spot for life.

If you are like me and indulge in luxury, enjoy serenity while vacationing and love to be pampered, this resort will be your new favorite vacation spot as well. The infinity pool areas offer luxury chairs, cabanas, spectacular views and servers that attend to your every need. That is my idea of a V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N. We enjoyed many dinners at La Trajinera which is resort formal and most dinners at Terraza Las Marias. Both restaurants have amazing food, service and views. The resort offers all-inclusive plans and with this meal plan you can also visit many fine restaurants at the Marina (off site) for a variety of tastes.

As lifestyle editor, I love to share fabulous finds that I know my readers will enjoy as much as I do. Hacienda Encantada is a 5 Star Resort without the 5 Star price tag. So basically you can live the life of the rich and famous without actually being rich and famous. Sounds like a win win to me. Who needs caviar dreams, when you can have a fabulous reality being spoiled in Cabo San Lucas at my favorite resort, Hacienda Encantada? HaciendaEcantada.com

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Real Estate Syndication - Love it, Hate it, or Both?

Aug 04, 2014

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By Julie Taché

A hot term these days is “Real Estate Syndication”. But do you have any idea what that is? Millions of people use it every day and may not know it. If you search properties on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Homes.com, HotPads, or any of the thousands of Real Estate search and information sites and apps - those are all examples of Syndication portals.

 

How does Syndication work? In the Charlotte region, when a Broker enters listing information on a property into the CarolinaMLS, if the Broker-in-Charge of that Firm has given permission (an “opt-in”), that information will be published through listing syndicator ListHub. ListHub disseminates the information to the web portals designated by that Broker-in-Charge.

It’s easy to see why a firm would want their listings on all of these portals, right? Lots of great exposure for their sellers! Potentially millions of web searches viewing their listings on every possible site! (What do sellers want? Exposure! When do they want it? Now!) And lots of new buyers contacting the Brokers!

Of course, since nothing is perfect, there are potential problems and pitfalls. One of the biggest issues is that the information is often outdated, or simply incorrect. Every agent complains about the buyer who asked to see a home they viewed online, only to have to tell them it sold weeks or even months earlier. Or how about homes listed as “pre-foreclosure” that really aren’t?

A complaint from some sellers is the “on-line estimate” of the value of their home. Remember, this is done by an AVM (automated valuation model) - essentially a smart computer program that uses math and a database to crunch your value. For example, the “Zestimate” on my home is at least $60,000 less than I would price my home if I listed it for sale today. It also shows fewer bedrooms and bathrooms than my home actually has. Other homes have had inaccuracies such as wrong location, incorrect square footage, and overblown values; all of which can be extremely confusing to buyers, and upsetting to sellers. What should this tell you? That nothing can take the place of your local neighborhood Realtor to tell you the true value of a property!

The syndicators blame the third parties who upload information to the site, such as home tour companies or website vendors who allow additional information to be put on their sites, etc.

But there is another, and potentially more malicious aspect to the “online dating” between properties and people, this happens in the home rental market. I have received many phone calls about the “rental home” I have at a certain address, with an excited prospective tenant wanting it right away. The problem? That house is not for rent! Some people even argue that they have been emailing with the owner but happened to see my (legitimate) for sale listing on the same property and have questions (one scammer went so far as to create a fake Gmail address for the person he thought was the owner, in reality the current tenant). Luckily for these folks, it wasn’t too late. Scammers around the globe search for new home listings in every price point, then submit false listings to all the major sites that the home is for lease. People looking for rentals contact these fake owners, often sending money to faraway places, only to find out that the home was never for rent, and their money is gone. No, that $275,000 property is not being offered at $675 a month. If the price seems too good to be true - it is!

Many agents also resent having to pay a monthly fee to receive potential client contacts from the Syndicators, since they view it as the companies selling their own data back to them. As a result of all of these factors, many Real Estate Firms have stopped sending their listings to Syndicators all together. Some MLS’s have as well (Wilmington), while others have negotiated direct contracts with the third party portals to have more control over the data (Austin, North Alabama). They feel they can better protect their clients by controlling their Listings data.

So while some love it and some hate it, the truth is many of us will use these systems at some point. These can be useful tools if you take the information “with a grain of salt”, and always rely on your local Realtor® to give you the best and most accurate information!

Julie Taché, Realtor®/Broker, CRS, ABR, e-PRO, SPS, QSC, is the owner of Homes With Cachet, a boutique residential Real Estate firm servicing North and South Carolina. She works with buyers, sellers and investors and educates clients about all aspects of the Real Estate market. HomesWithCachet.com 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

At-Home Beauty Treatments

Aug 04, 2014

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By Stanley Owings, Fashion Contributor

5 Inexpensive tips on how to look fabulous using items from home

I thought it was very apropos to discuss at-home beauty treatments for this, The HOME Issue. I am excited to share with you 5 easy, inexpensive tips to get great looking skin using items you have right in your home. All of us have spent countless dollars on products from luxury brands to mass-market brands. Many of these products have synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals that are not good for the skin. Using natural products such as fruits and vegetables are much better for the skin and offer amazing results. So, without further ado let’s get to it!
 

 

@HomeTip 1:
One of my absolute favorite at-home beauty treatments is the art of icing. Let me explain. Many of us suffer from under eye issues such as puffiness or congestion. If this is an issue for you, then ice is your answer. Yes, ice! First thing in the morning head straight to the freezer and grab a few ice cubes and wrap them in a thin cloth. Next, softly pat the ice pack around your eye area for 10 minutes. Not only will it “de-puff” under the eye, it firms the skin and also stimulates brain activity. You may find it benefits you more than your morning caffeine. Let me warn you, this tip can become highly addictive!

@HomeTip 2:
I am crazy about the next tip I found in my research. It is an at-home rose-water toner. Delicious! This is super simple. You will need one cup of firmly packed rose petals and two cups of boiling water. After combining the two, cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain the liquid from the rose petals into a sterilized bottle and refrigerate. I recommend using a bottle that has a spritzer so you can simply spray over your skin when desired. Rose-water has wonderful calming benefits to the skin and serves as a great toner. The perfect summer treat for your skin.

@HomeTip 3:
Now it’s time to grab your blender! While you are at it, grab cold cream, yogurt, honey, aloe vera gel and avocado. Combine all of these ingredients in your blender. Once you’ve whipped up this concoction, you have an amazing hydrating facial mask! Using a foundation brush or your fingertips apply the mask all over your face and allow to dry on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Your skin will feel refreshed and hydrated like never before.

@HomeTip 4:
When it comes to taking care of your skin, make sure not to neglect the skin on your body. If you have 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of raw oatmeal, and 1 cup of olive oil in your home, then you are on the way to better skin. This is one treatment that is to be enjoyed and not rushed. Combine the three ingredients then apply to the skin all over the body. Be sure to move in slow circular motion. Take your time and indulge. I recommend doing this in the evening in a low-lit bathroom with candlelight. Rinse off in a hot shower and be prepared to be amazed at how smooth and supple your skin feels.

@HomeTip 5:
Even if one is very committed to exfoliating regularly, sometimes there are areas such as elbows and knees that tend to remain rough. If that is the case for you, all you are going to need is a lemon. Take a slice of a freshly cut lemon and rub it on the rough areas. The acid from the lemon will soften these spots and also help fade any darkness. I guess you could say this is definitely one way of taking lemons and making lemonade.

Life Trend:
My life trend for this month is to create more peace in your life and in your home. Be sure you are taking responsibility for the energy you allow to come in your life and home. It is up to you to create a peaceful ambiance to reside in. I mentioned it briefly early, but I feel it bears repeating; be sure to incorporate candlelight in your life! The minute you light candles there is an immediate element of peace emitted. We experience a lot craziness everyday in the world we live in so make sure your home is your sanctuary. Create it. Love it.

Founder/Creator of iMpact color cosmetics
iMpactcolorcosmetics.com | Facebook.com/stanley.owings
Twitter.com/stanleyowings | (Research credits: Glamour.com)
 

 

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Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Home Life: Making Your Home Family-Friendly

Aug 04, 2014

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By Franchesca N. Wicker

A home is a place where a family dwells. It’s the safe haven for children and a place of rest for parents. It serves as a refuge to conduct private family matters. It is intimate, comfortable and peaceful. A home, in essence, is the sacred place where precious memories are formed and kindred love is shared. In order to keep your home family-friendly, it needs a few key components. The components are safety, cleanliness, and a loving environment that is free of strife. These are crucial to making your home thrive. Comprising a home that is safe, clean, and free of strife, sets the standard for a family-friendly household. Let’s look deeper into this issue and examine the prototype of a family-friendly home.

 

Golden rule number one, “Protect your home, protect your family.” If a home is not safe, it cannot possibly be family-friendly. A safe home is one that is secure and protected from outside intruders. However a person chooses to protect their home is up to their discretion, but the fact remains that it must be protected. Whether by an alarm system, locks or a guard dog, some form of protection should be in place. The mentioning of safety may seem like a “no-brainer” when it comes to making your home family-friendly, however, it must seriously be the first priority. A safe and secure home makes for a safe and secure family. Not having to worry about faulty locks or inadequate security meets the first criterion for a family-friendly home.

Cleanliness is the next essential component to ensuring that a home is family-friendly. When cleanliness is of importance, you minimize the spread of germs, reduce sickness, and ultimately keep your family healthy. Be sure to clean up messes after cooking and place items back where they belong after family play time. It’s difficult to look past sticky residue on kitchen counters or dirty socks in the living room. There’s nothing worse than trying to live in peace with a dirty home. One may argue that it can be done, however it’d be at the cost of another biting their tongue. Someone would inevitably yell at another to clean up a room, or wash the dirty dishes in the sink. To avoid the chaos, a cleaning regimen should be initiated. Whether it is a chore list for the kids, or a “to-do” list for the parents, with a system in place to produce cleanliness, no one will be counted out.

Last, but certainly not least, a home that is family-friendly must without a shadow of a doubt be a loving environment that is free of strife. In order to create this type of atmosphere, problems or issues that arise must be dealt with immediately. It is impossible for a home to be free of strife, if strife is left unattended to wreak havoc on another person’s emotions. A classic example is an unresolved confrontation between the parents that in turn causes tension between the children. Children will begin acting out or misbehaving according to what they see happening in the home. The behavior of the parents is directly connected to the behavior of the children. Parents must strive to keep disagreements with their spouse just that, between them and their spouse. A child can be emotionally damaged by watching parents argue or fight. This emotional distress can cause further detrimental effects on a child’s future relationships. Unity must be the goal at all costs. This is not to say that problems will never come, but rather when they do, prepare to tackle them head on to maintain peace in the household.

Overall, the fundamentals for making a home family-friendly are pretty basic. The standards are safety, cleanliness, and a loving environment that is free of strife. A family-friendly home is not one that is perfect, rather one that is working toward improving the lasting bond that a family shares. Through ensuring the safety of the family, promoting cleanliness and maintaining an atmosphere that thrives on love, a home has satisfied the requirements to be family-friendly. However, if your home is not at the “family-friendly” level just yet, don’t worry, simply consider the precepts mentioned and your home will be well on its way!

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Update Your Home

Aug 04, 2014

By Anna Starnes

It is easy to become complacent with dated and uninspiring designs when you have lived in your apartment or home for years. If not knowing where to start redecorating is holding you back, reflect on where you spend your time. You will enjoy the changes in these rooms the most. The kitchen is a good place to begin as it is a space where people congregate to entertain and relax. The bathroom, as a smaller space, also makes for a manageable area to update.  

 

Knowing when to splurge and when to save is the first tenet of good design. Skimp on costs for decorations as the average guest cannot determine the cost of small items. Instead, make an investment in things like refrigerators and flooring as they will last longer.

To break up an overly traditional kitchen, add a touch of whimsy and originality. Mark your territory as the chef of the kitchen by hanging a wooden or metal monogram on the wall with a grosgrain ribbon. Or incorporate the latest pattern trend: the zigzag. Also known as Chevron to the serious interior designer, this classic yet playful pattern is perfect in accent pieces such as seat cushions or placemats.

Mason jars are another inexpensive decoration and not just for your grandmother to house her signature jams. This Southern staple can transform into anything from soap dispensers to light fixtures. To provide a homey ambiance to the kitchen, tie a ribbon around the jar and fill it with fresh flowers or colorful candies for a simple centerpiece. To use the jar as a salt and pepper shaker or a spice container, slap a chalkboard strip on it to create a reusable label.

A refrigerator is the main focal point in the kitchen and new innovations on the traditional stainless steel refrigerator are now available. Try purchasing one with a transparent door, which acts as a window so you always know when you are running low on milk. This design is perfect for foodies who want to incorporate their heirloom tomatoes or homemade cookies into their decoration. French style doors are another burgeoning trend in which two doors sit side by side with a door underneath that pulls forward.

If utilitarian stainless steel appliances have your kitchen feeling more like an industrial cafeteria than a cozy gathering area, bring a pop of color and warmth into the kitchen with trendy, loud colors like turquoise or coral. KitchenAid offers countertop appliances in more than 20 different shades. To ramp up an impression of luxury in your kitchen, pair these bursts of color with a white-on-white kitchen. The starkness and simplicity of the absence of color makes the space seem more upscale.

Another worthwhile upgrade is replacing that tired linoleum with tile in both the kitchen and bathroom. Tiling does not only have to be relegated to flooring though. It also looks impressive on the walls in a mosaic design. If a completely tiled wall sounds too pricy, consider a tiled backsplash in a unique design.

While Uptown apartments offer amazing views of the skyline, they often skimp on space. Try installing oversized light fixtures to lend a larger feel to the kitchen. Hanging many different sized mirrors in contrasting directions on a wall also opens up a cramped room. For the truly space impaired, consider miniature appliances that can be tucked away in a corner. Sharp offers a half-pint microwave, which is much smaller than the typical appliance and more energy efficient.

Some cool new gadgets for the person whose kitchen is more than just for show is the Creativi*tea kettle by Sarina Fiero. Making tea gets a little more exciting as the kettle changes its red hue while it heats. The Waterfall Wine Bottle Chiller can save you when you forget to chill that bottle of wine for girl’s night. The bottle chiller cools a bottle in less than 14 minutes, allowing you to enjoy your glass of Pinot Grigio in no time.

A few gadgets that have not made the metamorphosis from imagination to reality but the modern chef wishes were available, are the scan toaster and teleport refrigerator. While it is more novelty than useful, the scan toaster hooks up to a computer and toasts anything from the weather report to a vacation picture onto your breakfast. The teleport fridge is another lofty dream in which users could teleport whatever item they desired from the grocery store into their fridge.

The bathroom is a space where most people spend an exorbitant amount of time getting ready each day and for special occasions. Make it more relaxing by adding a comfy chair or stool so you can sit while fixing your hair or brushing your teeth. If you are looking for ways to incorporate color, then paint the inside of a shelving unit. This simple yet unusual design choice will make your originally grimy shelves a focus of the room.

If you require additional counter space, add an island in the middle of the room. Make sure it is in the same wood as the cabinets so it feels natural instead of an intrusion. Another inexpensive fix is to replace those garish looking gold cabinet knobs and faucets. New faucets resemble modern art in crazy geometric shapes while others cause the water to cascade down in a waterfall.

Many people focus on updating the floors in their bathroom; but try looking up instead. Paint the ceiling either a bright color or incorporate a lattice work design. You do not have to free hand the ceiling like a modern day Michelangelo, as stencils will let you create an easy, unique ceiling.

Incorporate these inexpensive fixes, new trends and gadgets into your kitchen and bathroom to lift them out of a style rut and stay up-to-date.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Tailgate Recycling Program Returns for 2014-15 Football Season

Jul 30, 2014

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The Panther Tailgate Recycling program is back for the 2014-15 season and will operate in the same way as it did last year. Tailgaters will receive a specifically marked recycling bag as they enter their chosen parking lot. As fans enjoy their pre-game tailgate parties, they are asked to recycle clean cardboard, bottles and cans. Before heading into the stadium, tailgaters are instructed to leave the recycling bags (and collapsed cardboard if not in the bag) at the curb to be picked up by the City of Charlotte’s Solid Waste teams. 

 

Program partners hope to increase awareness and participation by increasing communication and education efforts. Parking lot operators are bolstering their in-house communication with game day operators in an effort to get more bags out to tailgaters. Volunteers are currently being recruited to assist parking lot operators in distributing extra bags and sharing information with fans about what to recycle and how to assist City crews with collection.

“Our fan awareness continues to grow. We are really excited to build on our success from previous seasons’ recycling efforts. The partnership remains dedicated to diverting waste from our landfills,” says Scott Paul, Operations Manager for the Carolina Panthers. “We will continue to focus on educating our fans about the processes we have in place in order to exceed our goals for the 2014 season. Thank you to Bojangles, Charlotte Center City Partners, Bank of America, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Charlotte Solid Waste, Hands on Charlotte, and especially our fans for this important endeavor.”

Overall, according to Charlotte’s Solid Waste Services Department, tailgating generates close to 10 tons of waste on most game days. “It’s hard to believe that this program is now in its sixth year and to date the tailgaters have recycled a total of 153 tons. That’s a tremendous impact on our environment,” says Jake Wilson, Executive Director of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. ”Also, I would just like to thank the fans and sponsors that embrace this program and make it happen. Playoffs again this year!!” 

Previous Results:

Since the program began, Panthers fans have recycled 153 tons of materials – that’s enough to nearly fill Bank of America Stadium.

2009
· 30.22 tons
· 31.17 % diversion rate

2010
· 23.4 tons
· 28.97 % diversion rate

2011
· 31.31 tons
· 30.77% diversion rate

2012
· 30.98 tons
· 39.13% diversion rate

2013
· 36.73 tons
· 34 % diversion rate 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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Haitian Griot and Djondjon rice with Fried Plaintains and Pikliz

Jul 28, 2014

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I root for the underdog.

It’s not because I’m one of those old guys who gets all misty-eyed every time Rudy throws the ball extra far and some lame VHS soundtrack swells in the background; if I really wanna get sad I’ll just tromp on down to the frozen food section at my local whatever-mart.

No, I root for the lesser-known stuff because the mostly-known gets boring. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing good or wonderful about getting some really tasty, familiar food. There’s a place in the darker parts of this country (read: Florida) that has a Cuban sandwich I would commit a multitude of crimes for. And I’d do it every. Single. Time. It’s that good.

It’s also repetitive.

You can get good flavor nearly anywhere, but getting the spark? The “holy shit, what is that?” as a side dish to a quality main course? That’s rare, friends. That’s something you only get from being slapped in the face with some food you’ve never, ever heard of before.

I’m giving you that food this week, and it’s called Haitian food.

I’ve heard people rant and rave and spit over Colombian food, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Brazilian, Mexican, every damn type of food you can get with a tilde over the name except for Haitian, and that’s a complete crime. And the reason’s simple: that other stuff has been done to death. It’s still tasty, but it’s been iterated, iterated, and reiterated until it’s been turned into a five dollar special at Applebee’s.

Sure it’s a shame nobody’s tasted the goodness that is Haitian food, but that comes with a nice double-edged sword effect: the stuff is pure. Untouched. There’s no Haitian-Style Goat Nibblers clogging up the chain restaurants, and that’s a good thing. Eat up the stuff; just don’t put it through the copyright wringer over at Strip Mall Menus Incorporated and we can all get along.
 

 

Here’s what you need:

Rice:
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
- ¾ cup dried djondjon mushrooms (these are apparently hard to get outside of Haiti, so if you can’t find them, just use the earthiest dried mushrooms you can find)
- 1 cup white rice
- Chicken broth (just get however much you need to cook the rice, depending on what kind of rice you’re using)

Griot:
- 1.5 lbs of pork (use whatever cut you prefer, I used chops and they came out great)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon rosemary
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 orange
- 1 lime

Plantains:
- 2 plaintains (duh)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- Salt

Pikliz:
- 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper
- 2 cups cabbage
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 1 cup peas
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 4 cloves
- 1 green or red bell pepper (optional)
- 1 shallot (optional)

Here’s what you do:

First, the Pikliz. This is the stuff you’re gonna put on the griot to make it really happen.

Chop up the cabbage, dice the onions, and julienne the carrots. Dice the shallots and green or red peppers if you’re using those too.

Stick them all in a jar along with the cloves, salt, and Scotch Bonnet.

Heat the vinegar until it starts to simmer, then pour that in the jar as well.

Tighten the lid, let it sit for 48 hours, and you’re golden.

Next, the rice.

Soak the mushrooms in a small bowl of warm water for half an hour, just enough to cover the mushrooms. It will both smell and look like a bowl of dirt. This is ok.

Strain the mushrooms and KEEP THE WATER. That’s where all the flavor is, and it’s also where you get that cool, dark color in the rice. Pick out any bits of dirt that are at the bottom of the bowl.

Heat the oil in a medium pot on medium-high, and chop the onion, garlic, and red pepper. Throw them in the pot and let them sauté for a couple of minutes, then add the black dirt-water and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Strain the water again, setting the vegetables aside.

Add chicken broth to the water until you have enough for the rice, then cook it for as long as the little package says.

Fluff the rice with a fork, stir in the mushrooms, scotch bonnet, and other vegetables, and let the rice sit on super-low heat while you cook up everything else.

Next, the good stuff: pork.

Cut up the pork into bite-sized chunks, about half an inch square.

Squeeze the citrus in a medium-sized bowl and toss the pork in the juice.

Put the pork in a container or plastic bag, add the herbs, spices, and salt, and toss. Let it marinate overnight.

After the pork’s done marinating, throw it in a big pot and cover with water. Boil it on medium-high until all the water evaporates; it should take around an hour. Normally I’m vehemently against boiling any kind of meat, but after that long-ass monologue up there, I’m not gonna mess with the purity of this stuff. If they say boil, I say how high.

Once the meat’s done boiling, take it out of the pan and set it aside on a plate.

Heat some olive oil in the pan, still on medium-high, and fry both sides until brown, about 3 to 4 minutes a side. Take it out of the pan and set it aside.

We’re gonna do the plantains last, because you want those to be hot and crispy as the dickens.

First, slice the plantains into roughly half-inch slices.

Put the oil in a big pot and heat it up to medium-high. You want enough oil to completely cover the bottom of your pot, so if a ¼ cup’s not enough, add more.

Add enough plantain slices to cover the bottom of the pot without crowding them, and fry until the bottoms are brown, about 2-3 minutes. Plantains have a metric crap-ton of sugar in them, so they’re gonna caramelize fast. Keep an eye on those babies before they go from golden brown to tar black.

Flip, fry for another 2-3 minutes, then let them drain on a few paper towels set on a plate while you do the second batch.
Once all the plantains are fried, take something heavy and flat (the bottom of a glass works well) and flatten them. You wanna get all the tasty bits out, so if you see un-fried, yellow stuff, you’re doing it right.

Throw ‘em back in for a second fry, about a minute or two on each side. Take them out, sprinkle some salt on, and let them drain.

All that’s left is to eat, and throw on some beats. This week it’s a classic: Tin Tin Deo, played by Dizzy Gillespie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccNmT4cZ1Rg

I ain’t mad at ya, people. These days there’s just as many people getting all iffy about stealing other cultures as there are people getting mad when you eat nothing but Italian for 3 years, so I can’t blame you if you try to split the difference and order whatever exotic-sounding thing the local burrito place tried to market to you this week.

But now that you know it’s out there, you just lost your excuse. Every night from here on out you lazily order in the same pad thai you get every single damn time you pick up the phone is a night you’re not diving into a completely different pool of flavor.

Quit eating the obvious and put on some fins. It’s swimming season, damnit. Time to get out of the kiddie pool.

See you next time.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

http://freshbeatsfresheats.wordpress.com/
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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Exactly How DOES Recycling Help the Environment?

Jul 24, 2014

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The environment has become a central political concern for citizens across the world for centuries. However, over the last 50 years, environmentalist movements have helped shift public opinion, businesses, and governments to institute policies that promote sustainability and reduce carbon footprints. One of those policies is recycling. Recycling is a service that many municipalities provide as a public service or contract with a private firm. Recycling is also provided by companies who will accept products that can be recycled in exchange for money or some sort of line of credit.

 

Recycling is the process where specific products are converted into a reused good. For example, paper products can be recycled to form new paper products. Recycling can only be done on certain products since there are specific procedures to recycle the product. Very common recycled products include paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, certain metals, and other materials. Recycling can also be done to items, like electronic items and products. Specialty firms can help a person recycle computers, batteries, and specific chemicals.

Although recycling has become more popular and even easier with more companies and cities providing it as a service, many people may still wonder how recycling helps the environment. Here are some insights and findings to show how beneficial recycling is to the environment.

Reducing Waste

Landfills or waste processing plants hold and often burn garbage to make space. As a result, carbon-based gases are pushed into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat and consume ozone, which can speed up the process of climate change. At the same time, these waste facilities hold so much garbage that these facilities consume space that can otherwise be used for vegetation. In addition, there is a high chance chemicals from these plants go into the ground or water supply. By recycling, the actual units of garbage going into a landfill or waste processing plant is reduced by tons. Technology can help decrease the amount of garbage in the world, like the example of e-cigarettes. Before these new machines, people would put tons of cigarette waste into the environment in the form of cigarette ash. This can be a horrible chemical to put into garbage dumps. With e-cigarettes and <a href="http://greensmartliving.com/environmental">e cigarette refills</a>, the actual amount of waste from this chemical is reduced. Nevertheless, recycling is one process that can radically reduce existing waste without the need of making new technology, like e-cigarettes, for human consumption and needs.

Natural Resource Production

A lot of energy and chemicals are needed to produce plastics, metals, paper, and other products that are recyclable. Those factories that produce these items end up consuming fossil fuels and putting out pollution as a result of manufacturing these products. In addition, the precious chemicals to produce products, like copper for metals, need to be mined or processed, which itself is a huge carbon emitting process. By recycling products, the demand to produce new plastics and other recyclable products is reduced. Think about printer ink; when a person just throws away a cartridge and buys a new one, they are purchasing a product that required immense manufacturing and energy costs. But, if a consumer buys a printer cartridge that is reusable, then they cut down on the demand for the plastic manufacturing for the cartridge. This helps to cut down on resource extraction or creation and the manufacturing process, ultimately reducing carbon emissions.

Conclusion: Save Energy, Save Environment

Energy consumption, whether its resource extraction or manufacturing a product, produces immense carbon emissions. Then, after a person has used the product and throws it away, that product ends up in a landfill or waste processing plant where it can leak chemicals into the environment or cause more carbon emissions. By recycling, we reduce carbon emissions on every part of the product chain, from production to use. This is how recycling helps the environment.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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Salted Watermelon Salsa on Texas Toast

Jul 24, 2014

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Not many people get that there’s a difference between simple and dumb, especially when you’re talking about all things great and edible.
 

 

Here’s the cliff notes version: simple is good; dumb isn’t.

Simplicity just means you don’t need a PhD in flavorology to understand what’s going on with what you’re eating. As much as I get a kick out of finding out that the taste in that pork belly was actually candied roasted fennel whispers or whatever the hell, I also like eating something that I don’t have to think about. A dish where the flavors just come right out without any fluff and say “Hey. Here’s what onion tastes like. It tastes like a freaking onion. Now eat it.”

Dumb is the TGI Friday’s shotgun approach: blast as many flavors and things at your food as possible, and hope one of them gets it right. This usually results in the same thing you get when you take a whole bunch of paint colors and mix them all together: something that looks and tastes like poop. It’s the impatient five-year old throwing together all the play-doh in one container, except now you have to eat it. And the taste probably won’t be that far off from play-doh.

Or in the case of Friday’s; Jack Daniels-flavored play-doh.

Point is, there’s nothing wrong with dropping your toque (that’s the fancy chef hat for you plebs and plebettes) at the door and simplifying things. That’s why I’m doing salsa this week, because there’s nothing simpler than chopping up a bunch of fruits and vegetables and throwing them at a bowl.

And it definitely ain’t dumb, either.

Here’s what you need:
- 2 of your favorite kind of tomatoes
- 2 ears of corn
- 3/4 of a red onion
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup watermelon (I don’t know how much that translates to in actual watermelon-terms, but a quarter of a good-sized watermelon should give you enough)
- 1 lime
- 1 loaf white bread
- 8 cloves of garlic
- ½ a stick of butter

Here’s what you do:

First, preheat your oven to 400.

Dice the watermelon and sprinkle it with plenty of sea salt. Put it in a container and refrigerate while you chop up the rest of the stuff.

Shuck (yes, that’s still a word people use) the corn, cut off the kernels, and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Toss the kernels in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and put them in the oven for 20 minutes. Toss ‘em around a bit, then cook them for 20 more minutes before taking them out.

While the corn’s in the oven, dice up your tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Toss them around in a small bowl and let the flavors introduce themselves to each other until the corn’s ready.

Let the corn cool for 5 minutes, then mix it in with the stuff you just chopped. Dice the avocado last (unless you want gross, brown avocado in your salsa. Oxidation is a thing, folks) and add it in along with the watermelon. Season with salt and pepper, squeeze your lime on top, and give the whole thing a good stir.

Bump up your oven to 450.

For the Texas toast, cut your bread thick. Really thick. For those of you who don’t live in the south, Texas toast is basically a wedge of bread the size of a phone book slathered in garlic and butter, so you want your slices to be about an inch thick.

Melt the butter, and spread it on both sides of the bread with a pastry brush.

Put the bread on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Once the tops of the bread are crispy and brown, flip them over and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Once those come out, take the garlic cloves and scrape them over both sides of the bread.

Top the slices with salsa, and eat.

Check out this week’s beats from Japanese favorites and electric flute (yes, that’s apparently a thing) masters T-Square. It’s Amaranth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW1tjivwFmE

Food-minded people seem like they’re straying away from simple these days, and it makes me kind of sad. Even the stuff that’s supposed to be simple, like pimento cheese and BLTs, are getting fancied up to the point of oblivion. There’s a thick and muddy line between putting a twist on an old favorite and turning it into a joke, and every picture I see of a two-story-tall Bloody Mary with 18 hot dogs and cheeseburgers impaled on it like the victims of a fat Elizabeth Bathory sure as hell reminds me of that line.

Don’t hesitate to innovate, people. Just take a moment to think about it first.

I’ll see you next time.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

http://freshbeatsfresheats.wordpress.com/
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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Squid Ink Pasta with Breadcrumbs, Anchovies, and Sautéed Scallops

Jul 15, 2014

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There is a place on Earth where evil gathers, folks. Where food goes to die, rot, and proceed to be dug up out of the ground and discarded onto a plate along with an eldritch, ancient rite known only as “Unlimited Breadsticks”.

 

That place is called the Olive Garden, and it contains zero gardens and surprisingly few olives. It’s also the worst restaurant ever conceived.

If you’re blissfully unaware of the Olive Garden, allow me to paint you a picture. First, enter through the front doors, where you’re immediately assaulted by a worn-down cassette recording of “That’s Amore” vomiting itself into your ears on endless repeat. After waiting for an hour and a half while a series of morbidly obese Ameri-families mouth-vacuum up their impossibly large portions of a dish that’s almost certainly never been seen nor heard of in Italy, your tiny little plastic buzzer thing goes off and tells you it’s your turn.

Sound appealing yet?

Of course, if you don’t want to commit yourself to…that, you can always opt for some actual Italian food. Delicious, simple flavor, or crippling heart disease borne on the wings of heavy cream and factory-processed parmesan cheese substitute.

The choice is yours.

Here’s what you need:

- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 12 anchovies (about one tin)
- 6 garlic cloves
- Red pepper flakes
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 pound squid ink pasta, linguine or spaghetti
- Truffle salt (it’s ok if you don’t have it, but…you should get it)
- 3 egg yolks
- 10 scallops
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 squeeze (I know it’s not an official measurement, but you know what I mean damnit) of lemon juice

Here’s how you do it:

First, mince the garlic and anchovies. You don’t have to actually mince the anchovies, just slice them up as best you can. They’re squishy.

Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil, then add a little salt. Add the pasta, stir, and cook for as long as the fancy little package tells you to, while carefully reminding yourself that it’s ok to be taking orders from a recycled plastic bag with a vaguely racist caricature of an Italian chef on it. Oh, and make sure to save some of the pasta water before you drain it, about a half cup.

While that’s cooking, heat up the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat until it starts shimmering.

Add the anchovies, garlic, and a couple shakes of red pepper, and cook for a minute.

Add the bread crumbs, stir ‘em around a bit, and let them cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Make sure to stir occasionally while they’re cooking so they don’t burn, since, y’know…bread tends to do that. Especially tiny bread.

|Once the bread crumbs are done cooking, set them aside in a bowl for later.

Mix together the egg yolks and three tablespoons of the pasta water in a large bowl. Your pasta should be done by now, so add that in and stir around the pasta until it’s nice and coated in the eggy stuff. The pasta will cook the egg yolk since it should just be done cooking, so don’t start freaking out that your precious kids’ll get salmonella. Your little ones will survive to screw up Ode to Joy in next week’s piano recital, don’t you worry.

|Stir in the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and a bit of truffle salt.

Add a tablespoon each of olive oil and butter to the pan, and heat over medium-high until the butter’s melted.

Put the lemon zest and scallops in the pan, and turn the scallops once they turn brown, about two minutes a side.

Once the scallops are done, give them a squeeze of lemon juice and add them into the pasta bowl.

Stir once more, put it on a plate, and shove it in your mouth. Or do that twirly thing with the fork, I don’t care.

I do care what you put into your ears though, so check out this week’s track from Black Sabbath. It’s The Warning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geLR_0_mLYM

Aside from all the funny stuff and the ranting, it actually does kill me to see a restaurant chain eviscerate an entire culture’s worth of food. Granted, there’s no chance anyone in Italy actually gives a damn what Bob and Mary Whitebread in Black Hole, Iowa go to eat on a

Friday night, but the point still stands. It’s a downright tragedy that that’s what they think of when someone says ‘Italian food’, and while I’m not the most knowledgeable on the real stuff, I sure as hell know it ain’t “Endless Breadsticks”.

Get educated, people. That’s my advice.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

See you next time.

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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SKYLINE | hot “fitness” happening around town

Jul 09, 2014

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By Telisha “Teka Rose” Wheeler, Editor

Fitness has become a trending topic on every front from Boot Camps, to CrossFit, & organic eating to the latest 5K to participate in. Elevate Lifestyle has always been an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and of course must let you know all the latest in health and wellness activities going on in Charlotte this summer for our Fitness Issue. This issue is dedicated to living healthy, but Elevate wants to encourage you to live well all year long; check in with us often for new fitness studios, and the best personal trainers in the Queen City! Whatever your plans this summer, make sure you get out and enjoy the outdoors…join a pickup game of your choosing, take a walk or join a 5k, with so many active activities in Charlotte, you may be overwhelmed with all of your fitness options! Not one for sports? Get creative; there are dance classes available, Co-ed kickball ad dodge ball teams and nutrition groups in and around Charlotte that all promote Healthy living. Here are just a few events Elevate Lifestyle has found for you. Be fit and have FUN!

 

JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR
Run For Your Life
July 4th Charlotte, NC

Kick off the Fourth of July and celebrate America’s birthday at the inaugural July 4th Spectacular 4 Miler hosted by Run For Your Life and Center City Partners. This fun family-friendly event will take to the streets of the Elizabeth Neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Register online or at any four Run For Your Life locations. Race begins at 7:30 AM

Email:registration@runforyourlife.com | 704.358.0717

FIRECRACKER 5K & SUPER SOAKER DASH
Huntersville Fitness & Aquatics
July 5th Huntersville, NC

The 5k is great for the beginner or experienced runner. It is a medium to moderate loop course that starts and finishes at HFFA. Top 3 male & female will win a cash prize. The Super Soaker 100Y Dash is great for kids’ 4-10years of age. Huntersville Fire department will be onsite to use the fire hose to soak the kids as they dash to the finish. Fun begins at 7:45 AM

Email:smadison@huntersville.org | 704.766.2222

CROSSFIT SUPERFIT GAMES
Crossfit Steele Creek
July 12th Charlotte, NC

Four person teams (2 males 2 females) will come together to show off their CrossFit abilities for the world…or Charlotte to see. Games are open to all level athletes over the age of 16. They encourage athletes to be familiar with different fitness domains and have some exposure to CrossFit style workouts. A prize basket for winners will be given, as well as a custom SuperFit medal, RX winners can expect to receive larger prize packages than the Novice winners. All athletes will receive a great contest shirt from Hopper Apparel, as well as a variety of samples and freebies from our sponsors.

http://www.superfitgames.com

1 HOUR ZUMBA/ CARDIOFUSION CLASS with SYREETA!
Various Locations
July 17th Charlotte, NC

This group is open to all ZUMBA® lovers. Do you want to Zumba® but don't have a gym membership? We offer classes open to the public! NO GYM MEMBERSHIP required!! Join now to find out where you can Zumba®, get discounts on Zumba® classes, find out where to buy Zumba® clothing and have access to special Zumba® events. We are the first and the original Zumba group on meet up! Come see why we have over 500 satisfied members!

http://www.GetYourZumbaOn.com

BREATHE MASSAGE & BREATHWORK
NoDa
July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Charlotte, NC

Breathe Massage & Breathwork Studio offers five-star reviewed services within a beautiful studio in the heart of Charlotte’s eclectic NoDa neighborhood. Owner Jonathan uses all-natural and certified organic products for massages and strives to deliver a world-class experience, catered to your unique needs. The practice of Soulful Breathwork has been in existence for hundreds of years. The practice delivers immediate and profound relief from the stress of daily living, while providing a sense of clarity and perspective in these often confusing times. It works efficiently, yielding immediate healing results at every level: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Breathwork classes are offered weekly Saturday mornings at 10 AM, small groups or private sessions also available.

http://breatheopen.com | 2901 N Davidson St #122 | 28205 | 828-778-7707

SPORTSLINK
Various Locations
Charlotte, NC

Sportslink is an organization dedicated to bringing people together through sports, social and outdoor activities. Over the years they have grown to be the largest provider of coed sports in Charlotte with over 22,000 participants playing year round in sports such as volleyball, flag football, bowling, basketball, softball and much more! They organize social events ranging from get-togethers after league play, seasonal player parties, scavenger hunts, bar crawls and whatever fun things they can come up with that they think YOU will like to do. Sportslink also participates in volunteer work with many worthwhile causes in Charlotte. Join their e-mail list and find out what’s going on! Get off the couch and get in the game. Whether you were an All-American in college or just want something fun and different to do… get off the couch, Sportslink has what you are looking for.

http://www.sportslinkus.com | 704.499.9160

This is just a smidgeon of what your city has to offer you in the world of health, wellness and fit fun, get online, check out Elevate Lifestyle and GET ACTIVE! Enjoy your summer and always remember to stay hydrated and be safe! If you have any medical issues consult your doctor if you’re unsure of any personal health risk. If you’re looking for a good read on healthy living and combatting that pesky weight gain we experience as a result of becoming a new couple or becoming newly single…check out my new book Love Handles available on barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com! Yep, shameless plug, but hey, it’s dedicated to healthy living and enjoying it! Live your best life!
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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BY THE PINT | craft beer on the rise!

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

The craft beer industry, in itself, is an ever evolving and rapidly expanding market in the US. With roughly 2,500 breweries in the US, a majority of which are craft, it’s fair to say this entrepreneurial obsession for creating a signature craft beer has begun to make its mark across the American landscape. In 2013 alone, it was said that an additional 1,600 craft breweries were in the works and South Carolina would come close to doubling its number of craft breweries across the state. With this in mind, one can assume that opening a storefront and offering these masterpieces to the public is an ideal way to capitalize on this obsession right? Why not… With breweries releasing new flavors into the market accompanied by the rapid expansion of enthusiasts relentlessly striving to acquire these nectars of the gods, beverage stores have begun to focus more on supplying the public with a variety of craft beer selections to help satisfy the appetite for this ever evolving beverage. And although the beverage may be evolving, the packaging has not. A lot of breweries have fallen back on the original method of caning next to bottling. Clayton Robinson, owner of Sun King Brewing Company, replied,

“In general, people consider draft beer to be the freshest, best beer you can get, so we like to think of the can as a mini-keg that delivers draft-quality fresh beer to your glass.”

Sounds convincing enough right? But what about metallic after notes that is always present while drinking from a can? Well truth be told, in every aluminum beer can, there is a protective liner within the can that keeps the beer from ever coming into contact with the metal. Usually the “tinny” flavor is directly connected with the cheap beer that lies within. Also, canning a craft beer offers better means of preservation as well. Mr. Robinson added,

“Light causes beer to have a skunk-like flavor because it degrades the hops and actually creates the same chemical compound that a skunk excretes – hence – “skunky”. Cans also protect from oxygen, another component that can cause beer to go bad.
 

 

Goat Wagon Grocery
A local staple in the uptown Charlotte since the early 2000's. Located in Gateway Village on the street level of Post Gateway Apartments. In the last few months they had added to their already extensive beer list. They now have over 50+ craft beers in cans and bottles in one of the coldest coolers in town!
121 N. Cedar St., Charlotte, 28202 | 704.347.6883

Brawley’s Beverage
Known as the grandfather of beer shops in Charlotte, Brawley’s Beverage has it all. Its quaint little shop has a ton to offer, the store holds hundreds of craft beers, wine, and even kegs.
4620 Park Rd., Charlotte, 28209 | 704.521.1300
http://www.BrawleysBeverage.com
http://www.Facebook.com/BrawleysBeverage

Salud Beer Shop
Located in NODA’s booming beer district, Salud Beer Shop opened in 2012. The shop has hundreds of bottled beer for sale, as well as 12 beers on tap that change regularly. Inside is a very laid back atmosphere with couches to lounge on.
306 N Davidson St. SB, Charlotte, 28205 | 704. 900.7767
http://www.SaludBeerShop.com
http://www.Facebook.com/pages/Salud-Beer-Shop
http://www.Twitter.com/SaludNODA

The Common Market
The Common Market, now with 2 locations, has it all. They are a modern twist to the generic general store from the past. They have anything from delicious deli sandwiches, wine, random knick-knacks, and of course beer!
2007 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, 28205 | 704.334.6209
1515 S Tryon St., S100 Charlotte, 28203 | 704.332.7782
http://www.CommonMarketIsGood.com
http://www.Facebook.com/CommonMarketNC
http://www.Twitter.com/CommonCarket

Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More is the country’s largest independent retailer of fine wine. A typical store carries 8,000 different wines and 2,500 beers, as well as 3,000 different spirits. They strive to have the lowest prices daily on all of their products.
Various Location | 855-330-6673
http://www.TotalWine.com
http://www.Facebook.com/TotalWineAndMore
http://www.Twitter.com/TotalWine

Carolina Beer Temple
Located in Matthews, NC, Carolina Beer Temple is not only a craft beer store but also a bar as well. They only carry beers made by independent owned breweries. Carolina Beer Temple has 16 taps for draft beer on site that rotates frequently. The store is also known for having the finest selection of Belgian ales around!
131-1C Matthews Station St., Matthews, 28105 | 704.847.BEER
http://www.CarolinaBeerTemple.net
http://www.Facebook.com/CarolinaBeerTemple
http://www.Twitter.com/NCBeerTemple

Bulldog Beer and Wine
Opened in 2013 and named after a 6 year old bulldog named Winston, Bulldog Beer and Wine strive to offer a great selection of beer and hard to find wines with maybe some bulldogs on the side.
2447 Park Rd. SB, Charlotte, 28203 | 980.335.0492
http://www.BulldogBeerAndWine.com
http://www.Facebook.com/BulldogBeerAndWineCharlotte
http://www.Twitter.com/BullDogBeerWine

Good Bottle Co. in Southend
Named after the thought of good beer and located step off the Light Rail, Good Bottle Co. is all about craft beer. They focus on local, regional, and national craft beer, and are offered in bottles, cans, growlers, or draft.
125 Remount Rd., Charlotte, 28203 | 704.527.1003
http://www.GoodBottleCo.com
http://www.Facebook.com/GoodBottleCo
http://www.Twitter.com/GoodBottleCo

Whole Foods
Whole Foods, is all about the best natural and organic products available. Beer might not be the first thing that pops into your head when thinking of grocery stores, but Whole Foods should! Their goal is to procure the finest beers imaginable, and each month they give out tips and history lessons relevant to the craft beer industry!
6610 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, 28210 | 980.213.2400
http://www.Wholefoodsmarket.com
http://www.Facebook.com/WholeFoods
http://www.Twitter.com/WholeFoods

Healthy Home Market
Healthy Home Market offers healthy products that support the surrounding community and neighborhood in Charlotte. The store offers craft beer, gluten free beer, as well as organic beers. You can even make your own 6-pack by mixing and matching!
2707 South Blvd., Charlotte, 28209 | 704.522.8123
(Moving to Plaza Midwood in late Summer)
http://www.HEMarket.com
http://www.Facebook.com/HealthyHomeMarket
http://www.Twitter.com/HealthHomeMkt
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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IT’S A GUY THING | hot stuff for cool men

Jul 09, 2014

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By Troy Adams

If you followed last month’s column…your golf game is better by now, you enjoyed a good cigar, a tasty summer beer and flashed some new style. You dominated June. Or at least you tried.

But June is gone. July is here. And new adventures await.

So you got some new clothes. But clothes can’t make up for bad hair. Not much can. So before we get started…head directly to City Barbers. Immediately.

(Take your Elevate magazine with you of course, as we have much more to discuss.) 

 

City Barbers does it right. It has an old school feel, with modern amenities. They have two locations, one Uptown in Founders Hall and another in the Highland Creek area at 8742 Arbor Creek drive. Now let me just say this: I know barbershops. My father has been a barber for more than 40 years, so I grew up in a barbershop. I loved it. And City Barbers brings back those memories of younger days. They have the classic chairs, wooden benches and vintage pictures. Better yet, all haircuts come with a Hot Lather Neck Shave and Bi-Weekly Neck Trim.

Fast forward to modern times…and they have TVs at each chair…and a fully stocked fridge. With awards from Elevate Lifestyle (Best of the City) and Charlotte Magazine (Best-of-the-Best), it’s sure to the preferred way to lose some hair.

In addition to looking good, us guys want to be on the cutting edge. Not with the razor, but with technology; and with summer comes fitness, outdoor activities, road trips, concerts, home repairs and honey-do’s. So let me share a few of the best new gear and gadgets to help:

iWatch: Apple has kept this one close to the hip. We don’t really know what it will look like, when it will come out or even what the real name is. But rest assured its coming. Apple backs up the hype, so it’s sure to be one of the “next big things.”

While the exact date of release is not known, it’s rumored to be released sometime later this year. Design is an Apple strong-suit and the iWatch is likely to feature a scratch-resistant, flexible glass face. It’s possible it will be offered in two different sizes and of course feature a number of different personalization options like bands and faces.

Apple has reportedly been doing some research into an all-encompassing health suite for the iWatch. It will likely track steps, calories burned, sleep and possibility heart rate. It may even help monitor blood sugar, hydration levels and nutrition intake.

It may help improve health, but I wonder if it will freeze time.

Google Glass: Google Glass is poised to revolutionize the way we share our lives. Instead of uploading pictures and videos, you’ll be live streaming everything you do.

Get real time feedback on your runs or turn-by-turn navigation. Use it as a GPS rangefinder on the golf course and get swing data. Translate road signs or menus in foreign countries. Get scoring updates and make a call. Listen to music, send messages or record video hands-free.

Just be sure to turn it off when you try to hide the new golf club you bought last month, decide you want to relearn the Backstreet’s Back dance, or stand in front of the mirror without sucking in your gut. And let’s be honest…those aren’t even the worst things you could do.

Parrot Flower Power Planter: I know, Flower Power doesn’t sound very manly. But if one of your goals is to earn your new father-n-law’s favor by showing you can keep up with his gardening skills…then this is for you.

(Can you tell I’m speaking from experience here?!)

This sensor is planted close to a plant, indoor or outdoor, in a pot or in open ground. It precisely measures in real time, light, moisture, temperature, soil pH and fertilizer levels in your garden…or office Ficus. Statistical tools, and a Bluetooth smartphone app, will help optimize the placement of your plants to thrive.

Specialized Sirrus Pro Carbon Bicycle: Speaking of the gut, let’s get rid of it with a new ride. A $3,000 lightweight carbon-construction, vibration-damping, ride. With an efficient 2x10 drivetrain and even gel grips that mold to your hands, this ride can take you almost anywhere. Throw on your Google Glass, strap on your iWatch and now you’re living large.

Garmin Head-Up Display: Wherever you can’t get with your bike…you can get with Garmin. This device projects navigation from your smartphone to a transparent film on your windshield, so you never need to look anywhere but forward. It tells you which lanes to be in for turns and alerts you to red lights and traffic. It’s been offered for as low as $100 but runs about $150 currently. Safe AND cutting edge. Go ahead and turn up Aloe Blacc’s “The Man,” because he’s singing about you big dog.

Gopro Hero3+ Black Edition: If you’re really headed somewhere adventurous, take this bad boy action camera with you. The improved lens produces images that are 33 percent sharper, an upgraded battery extends longevity, and the new Auto Low Light mode automatically selects the best frame rate for stunning shots. It’s smaller, debuts a new Super-View mode for IMAX-worthy wide-angle shots…and you can get it for $400 at gopro.com. Please note that great footage is not worth dying for.

If you prefer your summer adventures be around the house, then we have something for you too. Check these out:

Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker: Whether you are tailgating for an outdoor concert or throwing a backyard BBQ…this thing packs a punch. Its new digital processing and innovative driver configuration combine to deliver full-range audio no matter what you are playing. It weighs in at just 1.5 pounds, includes a scratch-resistant and smudge-proof anodized aluminum housing, and Bluetooth technology makes it easy to pair with enabled devices. So take it to the garden, grill, pool, parking lot – anywhere!

Whatever your adventures this July, make your fellow man proud and do it with style, swagger and impenetrable bravado. And for goodness sake, don’t ask for directions.
 

 

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How Strength Training Improves Endurance Performance

Jul 09, 2014

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By Chris Ritter

If you are involved in endurance events like triathlons, obstacle courses or just running long distances, you’ll probably hear most experts say you need to do more volume to get better.

While it is true that you need to have adequate endurance to perform well in such events, it’s not the whole truth on how to best pursue personal improvement. I would say that getting stronger while you increase your endurance is the best combination to avoid injury and maximize your potential in any endurance event.
 

 

To be clear on the approach I’m advocating let’s first ensure even a simple term like endurance is well defined. Endurance is a muscle’s ability to repeatedly contract at a certain percentage of maximal capacity over a certain amount of time.

Therefore to increase your endurance it’s optimal to work on both parts of the endurance equation, capacity and durability. Both of these goals can be accomplished with strength training. Don’t be confused to think that strength training will automatically result in increased muscle size and hinder performance. That is more in the vein of bodybuilding, which is just one type of strength training.

When I say endurance athletes need to strength train, the sole purpose is for performance enhancement. This means to increase the amount of force that a muscle can produce and absorb. Now that we have some foundational terms and understanding we can get practical with how strength training actually benefits both parts of the endurance equation: capacity and durability.

It’s common for endurance athletes to experience some type of chronic or nagging injury as a result of training. The mileage went up and now the plantar fascia flares up. It’s rare to find an athlete, especially an endurance focused athlete that has had five straights years or more without injuries limiting their training. If you can stay healthy so you can train, you will become much better than if you have to constantly have to battle injuries.

Most injuries, especially chronic injuries, are the result of a muscle weakness, either directly of the muscle that is injured or another muscle up or down the kinetic chain that creates an imbalance. Therefore a stronger muscle will be more durable and stand up to the demands placed upon it by endurance training.

Let’s explore how durability and muscle strength are performance related for an endurance runner. If you want to start running longer distances but you don’t possess the muscle strength and coordination (which is a reflection of strength) to balance on one leg for as little as one minute, you are much more likely to sustain an injury in your training. Running is basically balancing on one leg over and over again but with much greater force traveling through the joints and body. If you can’t do the basics, like balancing and express protective strength levels your body will eventually break down and limit your training down the road.

Increasing a muscle’s capacity is the other part of improving endurance. Strength training for performance enhancement allows muscles to develop new ceilings of strength. By increasing the top level of force that a muscle can produce, in running for example, you can now run with your muscles working at a lower percentage overall with less fatigue. Or this can allow you to continue to run at the same intensity you did previously but now you’ll have more muscle power at that level.

You don’t become a faster runner by simply running more, especially when it’s at sub-race paces. You get faster by allowing your muscles the chance to increase the level of force they can produce and absorb and therefore you can run at the same speed as before but your muscles are now using a lower percentage of effort overall. This gives you the extra energy in the tank at the end or the ability to go at a faster pace throughout the race.

If you want to improve your endurance performances make sure to work both sides of the equation: capacity and durability. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have plenty of speed at the end of your event no matter how long.

Chris Ritter is the head coach of RITTER Sports Performance. Based out of Charlotte, RITTERSP provides personal training and sports performance programs in addition to their online training programs.

Chris has nearly a decade of experience successfully coaching a diverse population of athletes and clientele of all ages and abilities, including numerous endurance athletes and Olympic Gold Medalists.

Chris has the wisdom and ability to scale workouts and programs to your current ability but aiming towards your goals. His professional and academic credentials include a degree in Exercise Science & Kinesiology, CSCS and NASM-PES.

Learn more at RITTERSP.com

Follow: @RITTERSP

Like: Facebook.com/RITTERSP
 

 

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SIP | trending cocktails

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

In January of 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment became a law, banning the manufacture, transportation, importation, and sale of intoxicating liquors in the United States. Known as Prohibition, the amendment was the culmination of more than a century of attempts to remove alcohol from society by various organizations. Following Prohibition, large cities and states went dry in 1918, thus not allowing Americans to legally drink or buy alcohol. With all of these events taking place at such a critical time in our nations history, it would ultimately lay the foundation to a culture that thrived in the wake of Prohibition. This culture would be solely responsible for the illegal production, importation, and selling of alcohol. They were known as Bootleggers.

Bootlegging helped lead to the establishment of American organized crime; this persisted long after the repeal of Prohibition. The distribution of liquor was necessarily more complex than other types of criminal activity, and organized gangs eventually arose that could control an entire local chain of bootlegging operations, from concealed distilleries and breweries through storage and transport channels to speakeasies, restaurants, nightclubs, and other retail outlets. Bootleggers had other major sources of supply however. Among these, were millions of bottles of medicinal whiskey that were sold across drugstore counters on real or forged prescriptions. In addition, various American industries were permitted to use denatured alcohol, which had been mixed with hazardous chemicals to render it unfit for drinking. Millions of gallons of this were illegally diverted, “washed” of hazardous chemicals, mixed with regular tap water, perhaps a dash of real liquor for flavor, and sold to speakeasies or individual customers. Eventually, bootleggers took to bottling their own concoctions of spurious liquor, and by the late 1920s stills making liquor from corn had become major suppliers. The bootleggers would produce their batches in the mountains of North Carolina and the Virginias, tucked away in the cover of the ravenous landscape. To avoid detection by the local police, the bootleggers would pack their modified vehicles full of the illegally distilled liquor and deliver to their customers by way of moonlight. This tactic would ultimately lead to the famous phrase that we Americans have adopted. They were called moonshiners. Although still considered a highly illegal practice, people to this day pride themselves in the ability to produce their own moonshine.
 

 

Blue Ridge Distilling Company, Bostic
Defiant American Single Malt Whisky made by Blue Ridge Distilling Company has a new way of distilling. They do not hold to barrels, recipes, or tradition. They only use the best ingredients, which only include premium American white oak, specially cultured yeast, two-row premium brewer’s barley, and pure water from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Start with quality, end with quality. We’re starting a revolution in the whisky world.
http://www.DefiantWhisky.com | http://www.Facebook.com/DefiantWhisky

Muddy River Distillery, Belmont
Muddy River Distillery is the first legal rum distillery in North Carolina. They make Carolina Rum from 3 basic ingredients, using premium grade molasses and sugar from South Carolina and a special type of yeast. They are then left in small batch fermenters for about 2 weeks.
http://www.MuddyRiverDistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CarolinaRum

Piedmont Distillery, Madison
Based in the foothills of North Carolina, Piedmont Distillery is known for its “legal” moonshine, producing Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine as well as Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moonshine. The NASCAR legend and known bootlegger joined the distillery in May of 2007 and brought his own generations-old recipe making the Midnight Moonshine.
http://www.PiedmontDistillers.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CatdaddyMoonshine

Top of the Hill Distillery, Chapel Hill
Top of the Hill Distillery is the only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the South. Located in Chapel Hill at the well-known Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant, patrons are able to even buy an age your own whisky kit. TOPO offers Carolina Whiskey, Piedmont Gin, as well as Vodka.
http://www.TOPOdistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/TOPO.Distillery

Troy and Sons, Asheville
The secret to Troy and Sons moonshine is Crooked Creek Corn™. This corn was considered lost before found at the McEntire Farm. They have been growing this open-pollinated white corn for one hundred twenty years. It is an unadulterated, non-genetically modified true original American corn.
http://www.AshevilleDistilling.com | http://www.Facebook.com/TroyAndSons

Azure Skye Beverages, Charlotte
Azure Skye Beverages is a small boutique manufacturer that is dedicated to fine wines, distilled vodka and fragrances. They pride themselves on producing high quality products at competitive prices. They make 6 times distilled vodka, luxury accessories and premium social wines. The company's heritage is rooted in producing sleek, sophisticated & polished products.
http://www.MyAzureSkye.com | http://www.Facebook.com/AzureSkyeBev

Carolina Distillery, Lenoir
Carolina Distillery produces Carriage House Apple Brandy, Carriage House Strawberry Infusion Brandy, Carriage House White, and Good Old Mountain Shine Apple Pie. All spirits are made from generation old recipes using peaches, strawberries, apples, and other fruits.
http://www.CarolinaDistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CarolinaDistillery

Broadslab Distillery, South Benson
The Broadslab Distillery produces 4 different products at the moment including: Broadslab Legacy Shine Whiskey, Broadslab Legacy Reserve Whiskey, Carolina Coast Artisan Crafted Spiced-Rum, and Carolina Coast Silver Rum. Even before the days of prohibition the “Broadslab” region has been known for the quality and quantity of home-brewed whiskey. Jeremy Norris, Broadslab owner, traced his family history in order to capture the heritage of the region’s famed moonshine to create the Broadslab Distillery.
http://www.BroadslabDistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/BroadslabDistillery

Covington Spirits, Snow Hill
Known as the best yam vodka on Earth from their win at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Covington Vodka is made from their own harvest of Covington sweet potatoes. All of their sweet potatoes come from local small family farmers in North Carolina. The vodka has a smooth and rich taste with subtle creamy undertones, and not a hint of heat on the finish.
http://www.CovingtonVodka.com | http://www.Facebook.com CovingtonVodka

Howling Moon Distillery, Asheville
Using fresh and natural ingredients is Howling Moon Distillery’s secret. They make all of their moonshine in a hand crafted moonshine still, which they crafted themselves. The recipe goes back one hundred fifty years in their family. They only use oak barrels, local corn stone ground at a local mill, and they even recycle their spent mash by using it as hog feed like moonshiners have done for generations.
http://www.HowlingMoonshine.com | http://www.Facebook.com/Howling.Distillery

Southern Artisan Spirits, Kings Mountain
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain, Kings Mountain was the first community to officially declare itself legally dry in the United States in 1874. Southern Artisan Spirits is the third legal distillery in the state of North Carolina. Their mission is to give so much attention to each individual batch that perfection is created.
http://www.SouthernArtisanSpirits.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CardinalGin 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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DEBRA’S FITNESS 411

Jul 09, 2014

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By Debra Ann Kennedy, Lifestyle Editor

Fitness is such an important part of our lives. Many of us go through periods of our life when we get into our groove and hit the gym on a daily basis. We feel our best, look our best and keep the momentum going strong. Then, something happens that gets us out of our routine and we lose the drive to hit the ground running back into fitness mode.  

 

Exercise is good for many different aspects including mental clarity, releasing stress and overall well-being. But what about when you work out and still cannot get the body you have been striving for? We all want perfection and some will go the extra mile to get the body they have always dreamed of.

My favorite part of working for Steve Caldwell; Elevate Lifestyle’s fabulous Publisher, is that he knows what assignments fit my personality. I had the good fortune to experience the ultimate fat burner, Vanquish at Carolina Age Management Institute in Birkdale Village. This revolutionary treatment is painless, fast, efficient and comfortable. Vanquish uses radio frequency waves to target fat cells, heating them up enough to cause cell death without damaging the skin or muscle. The treatment is noninvasive with the applicator suspended over the abdomen about an inch above the skin. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and four to six sessions are recommended. I felt a warm sensation but no pain. I enjoyed my weekly conversations with Rachel Denton, LE as my fat was being melted away. I could see visible results in only 3 weeks and the magic continues to happen over time. I must also say I loved seeing the staff at CAMI on a weekly basis as they were warm, friendly and professional. Yes, I do love my job when it has amazing perks that I can share with my readers!

This new technique is a real game changer. It is the safest, easiest way yet to remove fat. As the panels are suspended over the abdomen heat up, the radio frequency waves transmit differentiate between fat cells (which are denser and
hold less water) and skin and muscle cells. The heat causes cell death in the fat cells. Some die instantly and some die in a matter of weeks. The dead cells are filtered through the lymphatic system, metabolized in the liver, and excreted in the urine.

Vanquish is perfect for women or men that are in good shape, want to lose 2-3 inches off of your waist and don’t want to go through surgery. It does not work on cellulite or excess skin. Drinking lots of water helps the procedure work more effectively. I am 100% sold that Vanquish works and the exciting news is that help is on the way soon for arms, love handles and hips!

For those who want to sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck, Liposuction is the best option. Liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods. This procedure does require surgery and you will need recovery time.

The fact is that certain people have fat cells that will not shrink, despite diet and exercise. We can thank heredity for that in most cases. Liposuction is an option to remove small bulges that won’t budge and ultimately to improve your body’s shape.
This is the #1 cosmetic procedure performed in America. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, only fat. Dr. Kara and Dr. Bryan Criswell of Criswell and Criswell Plastic Surgery are the masters of this technique in Charlotte.

The perfection that we see in magazines, on television and in newspapers does not exist. But if you are looking to be your best self and tweak the little things that make you look and feel better about yourself, GAME ON, it is your world. We only have one life to live so make the best of it!

Visit my website at DebraKennedyShow.com for previous articles, media clips and lifestyle tips.

Until Next Time, Debra
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Xtend Barre Charlotte

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

Xtend Barre is a total body workout that infuses elements of ballet, Pilates, & weight training into an intense, 55-minute session. Dance & Pilates Amplified!

Our classes are multi-level and geared to challenge bodies of any age, gender, or fitness background. We offer exercises that can be modified for beginners, prenatal clients or those with injuries, but can also be amplified for advanced clients looking for an extreme challenge.

The Xtend Barre system sculpts the body proportionally so that all body parts are equally challenged. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside-out. The end result is a long and lean physique… without added bulk.

We’re an international company with over 150 studios, so while we’re new to Charlotte, we offer a tried and true concept.
 

 

Shawna, please tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m an East Coast native who discovered Xtend Barre while living in San Diego, CA. After my first barre workout, I was hooked! The workouts combine my love and passion for dance with an interest in overall health and fitness. I’ve loved dance since childhood, so Xtend was the perfect fit! I’ve had the privilege of serving as a choreographer for two dance teams and performing at various events in West Virginia and California. I spent most of my adult life working with the Department of Justice, but after transferring back to the East Coast, I decided to follow my dreams and open my own Xtend Barre studio.

How is Xtend Barre different from your competitors?
While we realize every barre method is different and no particular workout style appeals to everyone, we feel our method is designed for a wide range of clients and fitness levels.
Dance & Pilates Amplified! Our workout combines the results you get from dance with the principles of strength and safety of Pilates. We put an emphasis on cardio, which means burning calories, while sculpting those long, lean dancer-like muscles. Once class starts you’ll be moving for the entire 55 minutes!
Constantly Changing Workouts! Our workouts help you avoid the grind of the same routine, over and over! Our instructors have the freedom to create their own classes within the Xtend Barre repertoire. This creative freedom keeps each class fresh for our clients! Our instructors are required to complete continuing education training each year, which keeps the new material coming!
Multi-Level Classes! Our exercises can be modified for beginners, pre/post natal clients or clients with injuries, but we can also modify them for our advanced clients that are looking for an exciting challenge, Throughout class, our instructors ensure each client is executing the exercises properly. We’ll provide discreet corrections to ensure clients are working/sculpting the muscles they are intending to work. You’ll not find our instructors standing at the front of the class doing the work out, but they will be walking around making sure our clients in executing the proper technique to make sure they are getting the very best workout they can!
Hardwood Floors! Our studio features a beautiful bamboo surface with the appeal of a traditional ballet studio. (We do require our clients to wear grip socks for their safety). We also love our music and have an amazing sound system with four, 600-watt speakers to make it the fastest 55 minutes of your day!
Affordability! Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Dani Johnson once stated the key to becoming a highly-recommended business is to give clients Ritz Carlton service at an economical price. Xtend Barre Charlotte lives by this mantra every day with prices lower than competitors and a terrific product. We assure you the equivalent of a personal training session in a group setting… without the high cost.
Friendly, Welcoming Environment! We pride ourselves in creating a warm, personal relationship with our clients to ensure everyone feels at home the moment they walk through the door.

How did the idea for this concept come about?
Andrea Rogers is the creator and owner of the Xtend Barre Workout and has been a professional dancer and choreographer since the age of 18. In the early 2000s, Andrea was certified to become a classical Pilate’s instructor. She believed in the Pilates principles (stabilization, concentration, control, flow, breath and precision) and observed the long-term results in her Pilate’s clients.
In an effort to provide cross-training and seek better results for her clients, she began to incorporate dance elements and music into her Pilates sessions in order to offer challenges in coordination, rhythm, and cardiovascular fitness. By raising her Pilate’s clients to a vertical position, and diversifying their range of motion, Andrea found greater results by offering Xtend Barre than by maintaining a routine of Pilates alone. Most importantly, her clients were gaining energy, enjoying elements of dance, and having fun!

Can beginners and/or non-dancers participate in Xtend Barre?
Totally! You’ll hear a lot of ballet terms during class, but we’ll also explain what those mean, so those not coming from a dance background can properly execute the movement to achieve the maximum results!

Is this for both men and women?
Both men & women are enjoying Xtend Barre world-wide! Our client base is primarily female, but we love to see guys “Xtending” along with us!

Is there a class for beginners Only?
Our classes are multi-level and can be geared for beginners or those with injuries. We will be adding some “Technique” classes in the near future with a focus on back-to-basics for those new to the Xtend Barre method. Clients will learn the basic arm and leg positions and proper execution of a plié, tendu, relevé, fold-over, etc. These classes will help to achieve the desired results from our workout.

Are classes sectioned by skill level?
During class we provide modifications and advancements for all of the exercise to allow clients to work at their fitness level, while still being challenged!

What different class types do you offer?
As of now, we only offer Xtend Barre classes.

However, we do have plans to add Xtend Barre Stick to our fall schedule. Xtend Barre Stick utilizes a dowel-type apparatus and spring-based resistance attached to the Xtend ballet barre. The workout, like Xtend Barre, is comprised of a cardio warm-up, an upper-body segment, lower-body segment, and abdominal focus. The workout draws upon the Xtend Barre fundamentals, chiseling every angle of the body in an intense cardio sculpting workout, but with the added spring-based resistance; the Xtend Barre stick class adds the challenge of Pilate’s stability, cardio conditioning, and core training.

How long is a typical class time?
Our classes run 55 minutes and at the end of those 55 minutes, you’ll have completed a total-body workout!

How many participants are allowed in each class? Will classes be added if demand is met?
Our studio capacity is 18 people. Our goal is to ensure that each of our clients have ample personal space to work in. When we see our classes starting to get close to capacity, we’ll be adding in new classes to accommodate the demand and avoid crowded classes.

How many instructors are there?
We currently have 7 instructors from various dance/fitness backgrounds, but we do have plans to add a few additional instructors in the near future.
Is the dance barre used in every concept of each session?
We are a true ballet-based barre workout. We use the barre for nearly half the class. We’ve also found creative ways of using the barre for our abs series as well.

How affordable is Xtend Barre?
For a boutique fitness studio, Xtend Barre Charlotte is priced well below its market competitors.

How many classes are you able to attend on a monthly membership?
Our unlimited packages are just that - unlimited… Our clients can come every day of month if they wish and even multiple times per day, if they so desire. We recommend 3 to 4 times a week to see maximum results from our program.

Where is your location located at?
We’re located in The Metropolitan, Midtown Charlotte. We’re just off I-277 at 1100 Metropolitan Ave, Suite 190, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Our studio offers an amazing view of the Uptown Charlotte skyline and direct access to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, since we’re on the back side of the building.

Are there plans for any more future locations in the Charlotte area?
We just opened a month ago, so we’re still in our infancy stage, but our long term plan is to open a second location somewhere in the Charlotte area.

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Summer Is Back!

Jul 09, 2014

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By Dr. Ryan Shum, Fitness Contributor

You are ready to take your fun and fitness outdoors but beware of the heat and humidity that can quickly make it difficult to enjoy the daytime. Here are some must know facts about hydration to help you prepare to conquer the outdoors this sunny season.

 

Water is the most important part in helping our cells in the body to stay functional. Water helps transports nutrients, eliminates waste products and regulates body temperature. It also helps sustain proper joint health and allow for proper digestion. Of course, these are all important processes when we exercise and during recovery phases. Remember from your high school science and biology class: more than 50% of our bodies are comprised of water and it is impossible to live without it.

When working out, exercising leads to elevated body metabolism and thus increases body temperature. In order to counter regulate, sweating occurs leading to evaporation off your body and a cooling effect. However, this can lead to significant body water and electrolyte loss. Replacement of fluids is an important consideration when exercising and there is variability from person to person. Not being attentive to proper rehydration can lead to decreased athletic performance and perhaps adverse health.

Thirsty? This is not a good indicator of hydration status. The thirst sensation detected by your brain has been shown to be delayed and inaccurate in determining your fluid status. Therefore, be prepared: hydrate often and hydrate before exercise.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a simple method of determining your hydration status before exercise: check your weight before and after exercise. I often recommend this strategy to my patients who exercise outside often, especially at high intensity, including endurance sports. A change of over one percent loss in body weight indicates dehydration. Over five percent change indicates serious dehydration! Rehydrate accordingly!

What does your pee look like? As funny as this sounds, the research debates how accurate this is an indicator of your hydration status is as well. The overall observation however: if your pee is darker, the more dehydrated you are.

What about other beverages? Moderate caffeine intake should not affect hydration status or urine output significantly. However, alcohol consumption will increase urine production and thus dehydration.

Sports beverages have carbohydrates and electrolytes that can help to restore muscle glycogen (sugar and energy) to sustain performance. However, these beverages should be used for prolonged exercise. Prolonged exercise refers to high intensity exercise longer than one hour, or lower intensity exercise lasting for even longer periods. The ACSM recommends sports beverages should generally contain 4 to 8% carbohydrate, 20-30 meq/L of sodium and 2-5 meq/L of potassium. Take the extra thirty seconds to read the fine print and nutrition label on a drink before you spend money on it! Sports drinks should not exceed a carbohydrate concentration of 8 percent, according to the ACSM.

BEFORE EXERCISE: Here are some tips: Drink 16-20 fluid oz. of water or sports beverage at least 4 hours before exercise. Again there can be some variability from person to person. Typically I even begin hydrating with water only the day before a big game, competition, race or workout. The sports beverage I typically reserve only for special circumstances, for prolonged rounds of activity as mentioned earlier to replenish. Drink another 8-12 fluid oz. of water 10-15 minutes before exercise.

DURING EXERCISE: Drinking 3-8 fl oz. of water every 15-20 minutes for exercise less than 60 minutes. The ACSM also recommends drinking more than one quart/hour during exercise. However, remember there are differences between individuals. Also recall, if your exercise is prolonged and intense, you may consider a sports beverage during exercise, especially in the latter phase of your activity.

AFTER EXERCISE: Check your body weight and urine if you can to have a rough estimate of hydration status. Ideally fluid losses should be corrected within the first two hours post-exercise. Drink 2-24 fl oz. of water or sports beverage for every one pound loss.

Consult your local health and fitness professional for more hydration and performance strategies to boost your time outside! Your physician and registered dietician may be a great start.
 

 

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LeVel Premium Lifestyle

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

The Le-Vel Cloud Management system is the most state of the art, most efficient, and the most lucrative operations infrastructure system ever. It allows Le-Vel to operate with the lowest corporate overhead and yet have one of the fastest response and problem solving operating systems in the market. It allows for efficient manageability with fast pace growth solutions.

 

To build the Premium Lifestyle Company, they knew they had to look further than just a product; they had to envision a larger purpose, a deeper reason for what they were doing. They had to create the one and only Premium Lifestyle Brand.

Le-Vel is currently producing four different product lines including: Thrive M (formulated for men), Thrive W (formulated for women), Thrive Premium Lifestyle Mix, and Thrive Premium Lifestyle DFT. Thrive M and Thrive W are formulated for weight management, cognitive performance, joint support, pain management, anti-aging & antioxidant blend, lean muscle support, and digestive & immune support. Thrive Premium Lifestyle is ultra micronized, nutrient mineral dense formula, probiotic & enzyme blend, antioxidant & extract blend, lean muscle support, weight management or fitness and is gluten free. Thrive Premium Lifestyle DFT is formulated for weight management mental clarity, appetite control, derma fusion technology, metabolic support, and an all-natural time release system.

The THRIVE Experience is an 8 week premium lifestyle plan, to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels. You're going to live, look, and feel Ultra Premium like never before! Results from the THRIVE Experience are high impact, and can slightly differ for everyone – depending on which areas of your lifestyle need the most help – and depending on your 8 week goal. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get in the best shape of your life, or simply be the best you can be.

LV does not come without great rewards. Every Brand Promoter can earn 20% on the BV of their customers' web orders. When you have 2 personal Customers enrolled in the Autoship Program, you are elgible to receive free product each and every month as long as they continue their Autoship. As a Qualified & Active Promoter, you can begin earning the Infinity Fast Start bonus on the product packages purchased by new or upgrading Promoters. Also, earn a 10% match on the Infinity Fast Start commissions on your personally enrolled Promoters. As well as, earn up to $800 in extra cash plus $200 in THRIVE Credits within your first 14 days with the GO VIP Bonus!

The LV Life is about living a Premium Lifestyle… One that is enjoyed by both Le-Vel Customers and Promoters alike. The Le-Vel brand represents a culture of premium product lines, cool rewards, recognition, getaways, and exciting events.

A true ultra premium lifestyle is a blend of freedom, family, financial gain, and achieving a new level in life… The LV Life!
 

 

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What exactly is MADabolic?

Jul 09, 2014

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What exactly is MADabolic?

MADabolic Inc. is an innovative interval based strength and endurance program. Each workout is intentionally crafted to deliver a specific intensity and provide lasting results. Everything we do is predetermined, carefully structured, and built to compliment any active lifestyle.
 

 

Brandon, please tell us a little bit about yourself? (Brandon)
My story has been told enough; I'm even bored of it the true success of our company is actually the company we keep. We believe if you surround yourself with the best you have a great chance to achieve that very goal. This simple thought is always present and we believe our core group of owners, coaches and communities are very strong.

How did the concept of MADabolic come about? (Brandon)
MADabolic Inc. was a singular vision – an athletic conditioning company marked by excellence. Everything had to be the best, the best in athletic programming and innovative thinking. A step above anything we had experience in our competitive market. The program you see now is years in the making and we promise to continue to evolve. MADabolic Inc. is 100% unique, it was designed to compliment any active lifestyle and provide a space where all fitness junkies would sweat under one roof. The majority of our clients are runners, yogis, cyclists, barre enthusiast and weekend warriors. They are and always have been very active people. The only difference is that MADabolic Inc. has become the common home for the strength and condition aspect of these active lifestyles. Although humbling, we do recognize this and consider it to be a very strong compliment to the overall program.


How many locations do you have so far? (Brandon)
Currently open are Charlotte, NC, Charlottesville, VA, Charleston, SC and Huntersville, NC. Soon to open are Burlington, ON, Asheville, NC, Raleigh, NC and the newest addition and soon to be announced is Greenville, SC.

Do you own them all or are they all franchises? (Brandon)
3 are corporately owned and 5 are franchises.

Where is the new location in Charlotte? (Tracie)
Regency Village Shopping Center in Huntersville
Exit 25 off I-77

Who owns that one? (Tracie)
Roland and Tracie Chan

Tracie tell me about yourself? (Tracie)
I’ve always been a mover – at an early age, I began classical ballet training. I loved the physical aspect of the training process and developed a disciplined mind. After many years of studying, I earned the opportunity to dance professionally first as a ballet dancer and later with several different modern dance companies. Unfortunately, the lifespan of a dance career is limited and I saw myself growing older in a field that was growing younger. I transitioned into teaching and later returned to graduate school to earn my MFA. After grad school, I was no longer taking daily dance class nor was I spending my evenings in rehearsals. I craved movement and I knew it needed to be something that required a daily commitment, as well as physical and mental tenacity. I started running and working out with a personal trainer. I tried all types of activities that I’d never had the opportunity to try before. This exploration eventually landed me on the door step of MADabolic. The programming was the perfect complement to my marathon training. And then, two years later, I’m the owner/operator of the MADabolic Inc. –LKN location.

Tracie, are you from Charlotte? If not where did you relocate from? (Tracie)
No, I grew up in Eastern North Carolina but have been all over! We have been in Charlotte for about 7 years and we moved here from Greensboro, NC.

Tracie what was your motivation and drive to become a franchise owner of the new location? (Tracie)
I was training for my second marathon when I first checked out a class. I had been looking for an athletic conditioning program to complement my training schedule and was immediately drawn into the MADness. I loved the intervals and felt that the programming was intelligently designed to help me achieve my maximum potential during each workout – the perfect varied and intense threshold training to compliment my training. Not only did the programming make me stronger, and a more tireless runner, but the conditioning helped with injury prevention during my high mileage training cycles.

My dad was a small business owner and I was influenced from an early age by his hard work and kind spirit – I always knew that I wanted to own my own business when the time was right. When MADabolic Inc. started franchising, I knew, undoubtedly, that I wanted to spread the MADness, specifically. Not only did I believe strongly in the product, but I also believed in the support and abilities of Brandon and Kirk to continue refining and defining a superior athletic strength and conditioning program. The brand really mirrors my own personal fitness and lifestyle philosophies.


Do different locations offer different types of classes? (Brandon)
We specialize in Strength and Conditioning and dedicate our entire focus to our one unique class. We think this is the best way to stay relevant in the competitive fitness world.

How many instructors are there at the new location? (Tracie)
We currently have 4 on staff

What is the price structure to join MADabolic?
We offer both Long Term Contracts at a discount and also Short Term Flex Passes.

Will there be a grand opening promotional rate?
Introductory packages vary from location to location and are largely dictated by demand.
Our facilities typically sell out at around 300 memberships and this is what drives these offers.


Please email each location for more information.

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Ten Tips to Eat Like a Pro Athlete

Jul 09, 2014

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By Jaylin Allen

In order for professional athletes to train in their rigorous training programs, they need to fuel their bodies. And their lean bodies definitely show that they are in great shape. If you want to know the secret to a great diet that will keep you healthy and lean then keep reading for tips on the do’s and don’ts of a champion-inspired diet.

 

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
You’ve heard it before and it bears repeating. Eating breakfast prepares you for the day. People who don’t eat breakfast tend to eat more during the day to compensate. Avoid that with a light breakfast that consists of protein, whole grain and fruit.

If you’re not a heavy eater in the morning, don’t fret. You don’t have to sit down to a full meal of pancakes, eggs, toast, bacon and coffee. You can begin getting your body used to eating breakfast by starting with orange juice. Then move up to orange juice and toast or a hard-boiled egg. By adding some substance to your morning routine, you’re breaking your fast, stabilizing your blood sugar and starting your day off right.

STAY HYDRATED
It’s so easy to overeat when you’re dehydrated. When you’re training throughout the week, don’t just hydrate during your workouts. Drink water throughout the day to keep you hydrated so after your workouts it’s pretty easy to replace what you’ve lost.

A great tip is to remember to stay consistent. If you drink water throughout the day, don’t switch to the sugar-loaded energy drinks during your workout. While some of those drinks can help replace electrolytes, they also can be saturated with sugar. An effective compromise is diluting a Gatorade with about 1/2 to 2/3 of water. You’ll stay hydrated and replace electrolytes too.

EAT LIKE A CHAMP
If you want to be the best, then you have to fuel your body with the best foods. Fast food, fried food, beer and other junk foods are terrible for your body. In order to build your body you will want to forgo the junk for more favorable replacements. Load up on fruits and vegetables. Be sure to make your own snack sized vegetable and fruit bags to take on the go. Also, Greek yogurt is food high in probiotics and can help your digestive system.

MAKE A PLAN
Be sure to plan out what you eat for the day. Doing so will make it easier to avoid pitfalls associated with eating on the run. It’s even better if you plan and, if possible prepare your meals for the week beginning on Sunday. That way, you’ll have your meals ready and you can spend time during the week on more important things. At the very least plan snacks and other on-the-go food to keep you from reaching for the bad stuff when you get hungry.

EAT IRON-RICH FOODS
Women tend to be deficient in iron. Usually eating dark leafy green foods can help with iron deficiency but sometimes it helps to take an iron supplement to boost your levels. Still, eating iron-rich foods is a good way to get your daily fill. In addition to dark leafy greens, red meat, oatmeal and fortified cereals can supply a good source of iron.

DON’T RESTRICT YOURSELF
If you think the ticket to getting slim is to slash calories, think again. A common mistake that some make is to limit calorie intake in a way that is counterproductive. It’s true that to lose weight you want to have less calories coming in than going out, but severely limiting your calories can backfire. Your body will struggle to hold onto every calorie because you’re eating schedule is so spare. That starvation mode will mean more energy in, less out and all your hard work exercising will be in vain. Be sure to eat on a regular schedule.

DON’T COUNT OUT CARBS
If you’re participating in long-distance race, then carbs are the fuel you need for peak performance. Replenish your carb intake the night before, instead of immediately before a big run. The best way to get the proper amount of carbs without overdoing it is to replace a small protein or vegetable at dinner with some sort of carb-rich food.

GIVE IT YOUR ALL
Don’t begin working out on an empty stomach or dehydrated. If you do, then you will hinder your body’s ability to perform at a top notch level. Many athletes overdo their calorie intake and forget to load up on water and other fluids. Both will help you maintain a performance level that will increase, not decrease, as you near the end of your training session.

EAT TO RECOVERY
What you eat after a workout is just as important as what you eat before. A great source of both protein and carbs is Chocolate milk. Drinking chocolate milk after a workout will help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, and speed recovery as well. If you can’t consume chocolate milk right away, be sure to do so within 20 minutes after workout. If you can’t stomach milk at that time, then a piece of low-fat cheese, a protein shake or small sandwich with an egg and lean meat will do the trick as well.

EAT RIGHT
There’s not much to eating like an athlete. They have a balanced diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, nuts, protein and more. For breakfast, eat toast with a dab of peanut butter, a hard-boiled egg and a fruit of your choice. Keep your lunch green with a spinach salad, sliced almonds, strawberries and a drizzle of balsamic dressing. Be sure to consume one glass of water per hour and keep your carb intake up as well.
 

 

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5 Summer Tips to a Hotter You

Jul 09, 2014

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By Jay Johnson

Summer is among us, and while you may love the hottest season of the year and all of the fun in the sun that it brings you may not love how you look during all of the festivities. With vacations to the beach planned and weekend trips to the lake, no wonder some may feel like the hottest time of the year has snuck up on them… catching them looking less than sizzling for what lies ahead. As the weather warms up, so does talks about fitness, fad diets, quick fix workouts and even cosmetic surgery; but we can’t all afford to look as good as Joan Rivers so we may as well face the truth and put in some work towards our goals. The good news is that the work does not have to be as strenuous as you may think and here to help are five quick tips to a better body right in time for summer. Fitness does not have to be a difficult thing, so grab a hold of your goals and grab a couple of these tips because we are about to better your body and have you looking hot right in time for Summer!

 

1 - Be Moved.

Move yourself. Any goal must be started by creating momentum, so you have to get off of what is right now your less than beautiful butt and get that thing in gear! Moving for just 30 minutes each day is more than you are likely moving now, which means that your body will be forced to adapt accordingly. With the warm weather here, take a trip to Freedom Park and make use of the trails and other workout friendly features this park has to offer. Before you know it you will have had a great run, broken a sweat, checked out a couple of hot bodies along the way and most importantly gained some momentum yourself.

2 -Cut it down!

To cut yourself down you must cut other things down as well, like your portion sizes. As a trainer, I am never mad at a great bacon cheeseburger, but does this thing have to be the size of your head? Living in a time that provides us with five gallon buckets as the new “medium” we must understand that indulging in such things will still make YOU a “large”! Everything should be enjoyed in moderation, so although the bad foods do not have to completely take an exit, they do need to move closer to the door. With this balance you will be happy to find that you do in fact have a shape, other than “round” of course.

3 - Don’t be lazy.

In Charlotte there is always an opportunity to walk or climb stairs….yes, an “opportunity” because it is one of the easiest ways to incorporate movement into your day. Just because the luxuries are there to ensure that you could never take another step again if you did not want to does not mean that you have to utilize these methods of movement (or lack thereof) full time. If there are stairs then you should take them unless you are having dinner at Bentley’s on 27 for a date, then things could turn into a sweaty mess, before you would like for them to. The idea is to add extra movement into every aspect of your life so the sooner you can make a habit of taking an active detour on certain occasions the better.

4 - Don’t be crazy.

You can also be TOO intense for your own good, especially in the beginning of building healthy habits. Another important component of building a habit is making sure that it is a healthy one, especially when the goal is well, health…and of course hotness. There are always those people that want to work out seven days a week, begin measuring their food and never take a day off, of course until they run out of P90-X workouts. This seems like a great idea at the time, but this is not a maintainable regimen to begin since you WILL burn out and not be able to keep it up. Positive momentum is great, and positive habits are even better but they must be something that you can live daily and never find yourself consistently dreading. Always plan and strive to make positive changes to your life and your hotness, but don’t be crazy.

5 - Keep it simple.

Any goal has multiple components that require specific attention to create results, but these components must be clear. The above tips are great ideas to not only plan based upon but to act on with every single day. They are specific, maintainable and reasonably applicable to anyone’s lifestyle no matter their goals. We can’t all look like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus tomorrow but with thoughtful planning and daily attention to the execution of these small tips, you will be a lot closer than you were before. A plan as a whole does not have to be nor can it be too simple since a large goal is difficult to achieve, no matter what it may be. The large goal must be broken down into mini goals that ARE simple and seemingly easier to hit as checkpoints, as this is the most efficient path to success.

Goals can be viewed as a train; and we have all been there at the tracks waiting on a stopped train to build up speed… it takes forever! The good news is that the same thing holds true for waiting on a train to stop, which also takes forever. Summer is here; it is hot and although you may not be as hot as the temps outside yet, just know that your better body is not far around the corner. Pick a goal, pick a deadline and divide that goal into smaller checkpoints and actions as described in the tips above. Before you know it you will see these habits take over and fit seamlessly into your busy schedule while gradually creating the big results that you are striving for. Not only will you see yourself transform for the summer months but for every other month of the year as well, so stop waiting and start planning today for a hotter you. You will be on that beach vacation or on the lake wearing whatever you want in no time….but don’t be crazy.

Jay Johnson is an award winning personal trainer, online coach and owner of Muscle Lab Performance in Charlotte, N.C. For answers to your fitness related questions or more information on training rates visit JayJohnsonMLP.com or contact Jay directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 

 

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Local Charlotte Trainer Named Women’s Health Magazine “Next Fitness Star” Finalist

Jul 09, 2014

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In January, Women's Health magazine set out for its 2nd annual nationwide talent search to find the "Next Fitness Star." After receiving thousands of submissions, the competition has been narrowed down to five amazing finalists who will be featured on the flip cover of the July/August issue of Women's Health magazine (on stands today), and the winner to receive a DVD contract with the brand. WH is asking America to weigh in and choose the winner with the help of an elite judging panel including celebrity trainer & Extreme Weightloss Host Chris Powell; actress, Brooke Burke; GMA Anchor, Amy Robach, and Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko.

 

We are pleased to announce that Noell Yanik, local Charlotte, NC trainer, has been selected to be a finalist. In addition to the flip cover, finalists will be included in the magazine with individual features, custom online videos, and social media campaigns. The search will culminate with a reveal on Good Morning America in August when the "Next Fitness Star" winner will be announced.

The voting stars today and going through August 1st. Viewers can head to the Fitness Star website http://www.thenextfitnessstar.com to see videos of the finalists, previews of their workouts and vote immediately for who they want crowned as the next face of fitness.

ABOUT Noell Yanik:
Noell Yanik’s unique strength-training-meets-yoga style helps women stand taller, look leaner, and gain major confidence. The confidence she found in fitness allowed her to take a leap of faith and quit her job in sales to become a personal trainer. Since becoming a personal trainer, Noell has launched Superwoman Video Series, a subscription-based online workout program. For Noell, being a trainer is more than helping people look their best, it’s about teaching them that they are stronger and more capable than they thought possible. Noell resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina with her husband and son.

TRAINING STYLE:
A creative blend of strength and yoga interval training that fortifies both body and mind.

WORKOUT WISDOM:
Ask a trainer for help or grab pointers from your class instructor; be proactive about figuring out not only how to do particular exercises, but also why you’re doing them. Learning about fitness makes you more engaged, which can increase your initiative.

About Women’s Health’s “Next Fitness Star”:
Women’s Health embarked the first-ever Next Fitness Star competition in 2013 to find the next face of fitness scouring the US for the best, up-and-coming trainer. Minneapolis native Stacie Clark was crowned the winner in the first year. As a result, her career has catapulted and her Power Sculpt DVD Series is a top seller.

This year, the magazine launched its 2nd annual search for skilled and dynamic personal trainers for the 2014 Next Fitness Star. After receiving thousand s of submissions, the magazine has narrowed the field to a talented top five finalists. In the July/August issue (available on newsstands June 24), the five finalists will all be revealed appearing on the flip cover of Women’s Health and featured in a spread in the magazine encouraging readers and fans to vote for their favorite.

The reader/fan votes combined with the help of an elite judging panel including — celebrity trainer & Extreme Weightloss Host Chris Powell; actress, Brooke Burke; GMA Anchor, Amy Robach, and Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko —will select this year’s Next Fitness Star. The winner will star in her own workout DVD series produced by Women’s Health, be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine, receive a full marketing and promotional plan to help build their brand…and more!

Women's Health is putting the full-force of its star-making power behind the winner by creating and distributing the trainer's own DVD series; prominently featuring her in the magazine and on its website; and leveraging other assets of its parent company, Rodale (which also publishes books). The prevalence of personal trainers in America has exploded in the past decade with the number of trainers climbing 44% and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects another 24% spike by 2020. And while a handful have become household names, WH recognized the immense amount of untapped star potential out there and devised a plan to bring the Next Fitness Star to the masses.

For more information and to view the finalist’s videos on June 24th head to http://www.thenextfitnessstar.com. 

 

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SCIENCE ON THE ROCKS

Jul 09, 2014

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Discovery Place Uncorks New Adults-Only, After Hours Event called ‘Science on the Rocks’ Shakes up Charlotte with Science, Cocktails & After Work Fun

 

Science is shaken, not stirred, at Discovery Place’s new adults-only event, Science on the Rocks. Every third Friday of the month, adults 21 and older are invited to experience Uptown’s latest nightlife happening, with a splash of science.

Launching Friday, July 18, Science on the Rocks blasts off with an out of this world party featuring Alien Worlds and Androids. Geek out in this new exhibition which features Hollywood replicas of famous aliens and androids like Iron Man, C-3PO from Star Wars, T-800 from Terminator and the extraterrestrial from Alien. Then, grab a Nerf gun for a Museum-wide Nerf battle, targeting alien invaders in a carnival-style shootout. Play ‘Angry Birds in Space’ on a giant touch screen or dive into a virtual reality adventure with Oculus Rift. You can even create your own alien in our Think It Up challenge.

But what’s a party without bar games? Challenge your friends to a game of Glow-in-the-Dark Giant Jenga in the black-light aquarium, or try your hand at Catapult Beer Pong. Be sure to stick around past 8:00 p.m. to sample liquid Nitrogen wine slushies while they last. And don’t forget to check out the gravity-defying aerial show from Caroline Calouche & Co. who will be performing solo works on silk, sling and trapeze, as well as sharing some secrets of how they fly with the apparatus.

Unlike fieldtrips from your childhood, Science on the Rocks transforms each floor with a cash bar and music from Channel 96.1, 96.9 The Kat and 106.5 The End. Don’t miss favorite Discovery Place experiences like lying on a bed of nails, jetting up in the Air Chair or exploring Charlotte’s only Rainforest. So meet your friends, bring a date or leave the kids at home for a Friday night you won’t soon forget.

Science on the Rocks takes place every third Friday of each month from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Cash bar. Parking in Discovery Place Parking Deck is not included. Guests must be age 21 and older to enter. Photo IDs are required. Guests can purchase tickets online at discoveryplace.org or via phone at 704.372.6261 x300.

About Discovery Place
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261, visit discoveryplace.org or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Discovery Place, Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council. 

 

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QUIKTRIP® LAUNCHES FRESH, MADE-TO-ORDER MENU

Jul 09, 2014

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QuikTrip, one of the nation’s premier convenience and gasoline marketers, today officially launched its fresh, made-to-order menu of food, premium drinks and frozen treats in Charlotte. Customers are able to order fresh, made-to-order food at the new QT Kitchens full-service counters each day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Six Charlotte QuikTrip locations are currently offering the new QT Kitchens menu, with all area stores making the conversion to full service counters by mid-August 2014. QuikTrip is in the process of installing the QT Kitchens full service counter in most of the over 696+ stores across the U.S., providing this fast, fresh and convenient option to all of their customers.

“Charlotte has embraced QuikTrip since we opened our first store here in October 2011,” said Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip Chairman and CEO. “We can’t wait for Charlotte area residents to sample our newest fresh food and premium drink concepts. We are confident this will change the way they think about quick food and QuikTrip”


The new QT Kitchens menu includes breakfast sandwiches, flatbreads, gourmet toasted sandwiches, made-to-order personal pizzas, pizza-by-the-slice, specialty coffee drinks, frozen lemonades, smoothies, and ice cream treats, to name a few.


“Our customers have been asking us to provide more options, and based on test store results and customer feedback, I believe we have delivered,” said Cadieux. “For 56 years, QuikTrip has set out to deliver the highest level of convenience and service to our customers. We are confident that this new offering will once again exceed expectations, and in fact, will change the way our customers think about quick food and QuikTrip.”


QuikTrip is a favorite of customers who appreciate and admire its clean stores, friendly customer service, and over-the-top variety of cold drinks, hot coffees, teas and grab-and-go food items. The new QT Kitchens provide even more choices, with high quality food and flavor – made-to-order. 

 

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Lonerider Beer to Can Bottles for Cans

Jul 08, 2014

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Brewery to Convert for Taste and Convenience

Bucking convention in its signature style, Lonerider Brewing Company has decided to transition from bottles to cans. The announcement comes on the heels of the brewery’s expanded distribution along the East Coast.

 

 

“Cans are the next wave of revolution in Craft Beer,” said Sumit Vohra, Lonerider CEO and Chief Drinking Officer. “Our primary objective has always been brewing high quality beer and we are excited to bring our Outlaws to you in cans.”

In fact, canned beer essentially crushes its competition when compared. For instance:

  •   Cans protect beer from oxygen (that can otherwise seep in under a bottle cap over time and turn the     beer flat).
  •   Cans guard beer against light, which can lead to “skunky” beer.
  •   Cans are more portable – they are lighter and consume less space than their glass counterparts.
  •   Cans don’t impart a metallic taste, as many falsely believe; the aluminum is coated to prevent contact    with the beer.
  •   Cans chill quicker than bottles do.
  •   Cans can go places bottles can’t.

To the last point: “Cans don’t shatter like bottles, and so they’re allowed a lot of places where bottles are banned – like parks, pools, and beaches,” said Vohra. “And let’s face it, what better time to enjoy an ice cold high quality craft brew than when you’re hanging out with friends on a sunny day by the water?”

Beer retailers are also excited about the rise in popularity of canned beer. “Regardless of what’s in our name, we love that canned-options are on the rise!” said Ted Gross, Owner of Raleigh’s Bottle Revolution. “Several of our top-selling beers are canned – so consumers are getting the message and enjoying them all the places that bottles aren’t safe to go.”

Lonerider in cans will be available on the shelves in July 2014.

About Lonerider: Lonerider opened its doors in Raleigh, North Carolina, on January 23, 2009 with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider has 25 employees and is one of the CED’s 25 businesses to watch. With an eye for quality, Lonerider crafted each of its beers with the highest quality ingredients. As a result, Lonerider has a portfolio of award-winning beers, and two of Lonerider’s brews, Sweet Josie and Deadeye Jack, have taken home some of the highest honors from the Great American Beer Festival. For more information visit Loneriderbeer.com.
 

 

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The Pastel

Jul 08, 2014

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Naming drinks is a catch 22. Either you come up with something that describes it perfectly, but makes you sound like a douchebag anytime you try to order it at a bar, or you have to go with something generic like “Grapefruit Gin Spritzer” that sounds like it belongs at a book club consisting exclusively of novels Oprah mentioned once.  

 

It’s even more of a pain when you’re trying to name something with absinthe in it (or in this case, Pernod: the O’Douls of absinthe). Lord knows if the name doesn’t have the words green or fairy or devil in it some fedora-topped mouth is gonna yammer on for an hour about how you’re not appreciating a culture neither of you neither knows nor cares about.

So I went with The Pastel. Does it sound kind of pretentious? Sure. But find me a drink that doesn’t and I’ll point you to the nearest sorority girl throat it’s probably being throttled down via a plastic dollar store squirt gun. It’s a drink with something vaguely pink in it, and something green in it, and those are pastel colors, so there you have it. The Pastel. No I don’t think Manet drank this stuff, I just took the tenuous grasp my dichromatic (it’s a kind of color-blindness, look it up people) self has on colors and winged it.

Just don’t try to order it at a bar yet. You might get some looks, and not the good kind.

Here’s what you need:

- 2 oz gin
- 1 dash dry vermouth
- 1 dash Pernot
- Top generously with Grapefruit Perrier

Here’s what you do:

First, get a rocks glass, and put a few ice cubes in there.
Add the gin, vermouth, and Pernot, in that order.

Pour the Perrier on top. Now there’s a very important reason why you’re not getting all Roger Moore with this and shaking it up. Three, actually.

First, if you put fizzy stuff in a shaker and shake it, it’s gonna explode all over your face. Welcome to basic chemistry, folks.

Second, that fizzy stuff is gonna do the mixing for you: once you pour it in and start drinking, the bubbles will move everything around until all the ingredients are just where they need to be.
Third, shaking up drinks that don’t have anything non-alcoholic in them (i.e. juice) makes them taste like crap. Leave the foam for the fruity stuff, folks.

You can shuffle up this week’s track as much as you want, though. It’s American Gazaway with his take on music from Yasiin Bey and Marvin Gaye. Check out Living for the Funk (feat. Toshi):

https://soundcloud.com/amerigomusic/yasiin-gaye-living-for-the

I’ll be honest: it’s hard to do what I do and not sound like a douchebag. The line between boring and pretentious is slim and probably wearing stupid-looking hipster-y suspenders. It’s my job to try to find that line and not look like a complete idiot in the process, and I feel like most of the time I get it right. But when you’ve got a drink that’s got vermouth and freaking Perrier in it…it’s tough. So give this drink a try, and then complain about the name. Or give five of them a try and forget it.

Truthfully, I’m hoping for the latter.

I’ll see you next time.

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THE PERFECT DESERT!

Jul 01, 2014

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One of the first lines of the Wikipedia article for sherbet pretty much sums it up:

“Sorbet is often confused with Italian ice and often taken to be the same as sherbet.”

Translation: like most other things, we usually don’t know what the hell we’re eating.

Say the word ‘sorbet’, and you instantly think of a gently-mustached fellow handing you a warm hand towel and giving you a soft, refreshing lemon sorbet to cleanse your pallet in preparation for a cut of meat that will probably cost roughly half your net worth.

Say the word ‘sherbet’, and you think of multicolored garbage (that for some reason is always labelled “Superman flavor”) in the back of a gas station, served to you in a paper Dixie cup with an ice cream scoop that’s older than you are and made up of at least 75% rust.

And yet, if you do a little reading, you’ll find out that they’re…pretty much the same thing. One ingredient (milk, if you didn’t do your homework already) separates sorbet from sherbet, and it’s only one damn percent of it. One. And trust me, there’s plenty of sorbet recipes out there on the food-blog-net-web-thing that don’t have a trace of milk or cream in them, and plenty of sherbet recipes that do.

Case in point: if you’re looking down on Gas Station Steve for eating that nuclear raspberry-flavored sherbet, just know that you’re pretty much eating the same thing over at Chez Paycheck.

Minus the superhero themed flavors.

And the rust. Here’s what you need:

Jam:
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice (just take half a lemon and squeeze it a bit, it ain’t enough to bother measuring)

Shortbread:
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans

Sherbet:
- 1 ½ cups water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 cups crème fraiche
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about half a lemon’s worth)

Here’s how you do it:

First, we’re gonna do the jam, because it’s face-cripplingly easy.
Hull your strawberries (that means cut the tops off, people) and add them to a medium pot along with the sugar and lemon juice.
Crush the strawberries with a big wooden spoon as best you can, then turn on the heat to medium-high. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved, then turn it down to low.

Stir occasionally, making sure you keep crushing the strawberries, and wait until it’s jam. It should take around half an hour, but all you have to do is keep stirring, crushing, and checking. Is it jam yet? No? Keep waiting. Yes? Congratulations, you’ve got jam. This ain’t rocket science.

Once the jam is done cooking, take it off heat, let it cool, and store it in the fridge until later. Preferably in a mason jar. It just feels…wrong in anything else.

Next, the shortbread.

Again, easy stuff: shortbread is basically a brick of cooked butter and sugar. It is the cookiest of all cookies, and also the easiest, so if you can handle a batch of chocolate chip, this one won’t be a problem.

Whisk the dry stuff in a bowl: flour, baking powder, and salt.

Get your stand mixer (and yes, you better have one, they’re glorious alters of pastry-making bliss) and beat the butter and sugar together on low until they’re light and creamy. Remember not to overmix any of this stuff; shortbread’s supposed to be rough and sort of chunky. If you’re looking for light and flaky, go find yourself a croissant or a freaking flavorless wafer or something. This ain’t that.

Mix in the egg yolks and the vanilla.

Add the dry stuff and mix that in too, just until you have a recognizable dough. And if you can’t recognize what dough looks like, go take up painting or interpretative dance or something.

Wrap the dough in some plastic wrap and refrigerate it for an hour.

Take it out, preheat your oven to 350, and spray a 10’x10’ baking pan with non-stick. Or whatever you have lying around, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s close to that size.

Here’s a trick I learned from this recipe: shred the dough with the largest holes of a box cheese grater into the baking pan. That’ll give you the nice kind of rough texture I was talking about before. Also, you’re gonna have to press the dough down a little bit, (ignoring what that recipe says) just don’t do it too much.
Put the pan on the bottom rack of your oven for 18 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for another 17; 35 minutes total. If it still isn’t golden brown and delicious-looking, take the foil off and keep baking at 5 minute intervals until it gets that way.

While the shortbread cools, start the sherbet.

Put the water and sugar in a small saucepan, and bring it up to a boil while stirring. Keep stirring until it’s clear, then take it off heat and let it cool completely.

Beat together the crème fraiche, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a stand mixer, then slowly pour in the sugar/water syrup and mix on low until everything’s combined.
Pour it all into a container and refrigerate overnight. In case you didn’t already notice, this recipe has a crap-ton of refrigerating going on.

When the shortbread’s fully cooled, layer the jam over it with a spatula and freeze for about half an hour.

Mix the sherbet liquid in an ice cream maker until it becomes sherbet, layer that over the jam, then top with the pecans. You might not need the whole cup, but you want enough to get a solid layer of nuts for that old-school strawberry shortbread bar goodness.

Freeze the whole thing for a couple hours more (I promise this is the last time), let it thaw for 7 minutes, then cut yourself a square and enjoy.

Cut out a square of some of these beats too. It’s The Roots with Lazy Afternoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Smk-f9Uu_4&feature=kp

I’m sure if you’re a real scholar of cooking-related things instead of me, you know the exact chemical/historical/whateverical differences between sorbet and sherbet. There’s probably a law in France that executes you if you don’t have the right ice content in your sorbet or something, I don’t know. But for us laymen, it’s frozen, it’s fruity, and it’s delicious.
I don’t know about you, but that’s sure as hell good enough for me.

I’ll see you next time, readers.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.
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LIMES, SUGAR, AND CACHAÇA

Jun 23, 2014

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I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy (meaning you should too) that you can usually trust a national dish. Yes, there is the occasional outlier, and that outlier is usually near some ice caps and involves a kind of fermented dead fish. Regardless, 9 times out of 10 if it’s sold on every street corner in the country, it’s probably gonna be delicious. I mean, if an entire nation of millions upon millions of people willingly eats it several times a day…how could they be wrong?

 

 

Granted, those kinds of specialties are usually street food, meaning at least half of the times those lovable citizens hop on down to their local corrugated sheet metal and asbestos food cart they’re probably blind drunk. But I maintain my stance, damnit: if you want to eat well, eat with the locals. Bring me your tired, your hungry, and your stumbling/slurring/trying to convince a taxi driver that true love is real and I totally won’t throw up in your refurbished Cadillac masses, and I’ll take you to a plate-full of something delicious.

Luckily, one of Brazil’s staples is decidedly un-disgusting: the Caipirinha. Limes, sugar, and a nearly unpronounceable white rum. It’s simple, it’s strong, and it’s completely devoid of fermented fish.
I dare you to improve on it.    

Here’s what you need:
- 2 ½ oz Cachaça (see, I told you it was unpronounceable)
- 2 ½ teaspoons sugar
- Half a lime, cut into quarters

Here’s what you do:
First, put the limes and the sugar in the bottom of a shaker, and muddle them until the sugar’s mostly dissolved.

Pour in the rum, add ice, and give it a good shake. Remember, you want to make sure you don’t get a grainy drink, so really shake the shit out of it.

Strain into a rocks glass, add some rocks, and fish the lime pieces out of your shaker and add those too.

All that’s left is to drink it up, along with some beats from One Self. Check out Bluebird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk7CDFEDD-g

As crazy as some of those aforementioned delicacies can be, most of them are pretty much a no-brainer. If it’s food, it’s probably gonna be something fried, grilled, or stuffed with something fried or grilled. And if it’s a drink, you’ll probably be ok as long as it doesn’t come from a bottle with a dead cobra in it. Hell, if you come across some of the cobra stuff, give it a try anyway. 300,000,000 can’t be wrong.

…probably.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.
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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Relocation

Jun 17, 2014

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Grab A Beer, Take A Seat & Stay A While New Biergarten, Brauhaus At The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Are Especially Inviting

 

CHARLOTTE — There are acres of room to spread out and enjoy German-style beer and food at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s new Biergarten. Really.

John Marrino, owner of the Queen City’s oldest local brewery, set out in 2009 to create an oasis for beer lovers in Charlotte’s lower South End (LoSo) neighborhood. Now one of the top five breweries in North Carolina, OMB is ready to realize the next phase of that dream.

In August, the brewery will complete the move to a newly renovated 30,000-square-foot facility on 8.5 acres at 4150 Yancey Road, just 200 yards from the brewery’s current home on Southside Drive.

The move enables OMB to launch an expansive traditional German-style Biergarten, populated with mature shade trees and ample natural greenery. Tables, chairs and umbrellas will dot the grounds, creating a welcoming refuge for beer lovers in a laid-back, family-friendly setting.

OMB’s Brauhaus, the taproom and restaurant will also be expanded as part of the move, creating flexible public/private event space with a total capacity of close to 500 people. OMB will also enhance the Brauhaus menu. In addition to its current menu of sandwiches, wraps, appetizers and German-style bierhall fare, the new location will offer traditional American fare such as pizza and burgers, fresh salad selections and additional appetizers.

The new facility, with a price tag of $6 million, will also house a 60-barrel brewhouse (four times larger than the previous space, making it one of the largest in the state).

“The idea is people will drive up to the brewery and feel like they are leaving the city,” Marrino told the Charlotte Business Journal recently.

ABOUT OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
Founded in 2009, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery ignited the ultra-premium beer scene in Charlotte and has been at the forefront of the local market ever since. OMB adheres to the oldest purity guidelines in the world, the German “Reinheitsgebot.” That law says there can be only four ingredients in beer: barley or wheat malt, hops, yeast and pure water. OMB is committed to making only the best beer possible. Shortcuts — to save time and money but result in unbalanced, watery beers lacking in flavor, body or aroma — are not part of the OMB brewing process. Try OMB because it’s local, drink it because it’s good. For more information visit oldemeckbrew.com.
FOR IMAGES OR INTERVIEW REQUESTS, CONTACT RACHEL SUTHERLAND: 704.287.8642; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

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LOCAL RESIDENT AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP BY NATIONAL MS SOCIETY: SHELBY

Jun 17, 2014

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The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced one of 30 local scholarship program winners. Keilah Hawk, 2014 graduate of Crest High School and Shelby resident, will receive a $3000 scholarship to attend the university of her choice. Keilah Hawk is also one of thirteen recipients being recognized as a National MS Society Top Scholar. These scholars are recognized for their academic performance, leadership in extracurricular activities, outside recommendations, work experience, education and career aspirations, and an essay on the impact of MS in their lives.

 

The National MS Society Scholarship Program and the Golden Corral MS Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students who have multiple sclerosis (MS) or who have a parent living with MS while pursuing a college or technical school education. MS can take a terrible toll on the family, both emotionally and financially. Direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages, (even for those with insurance coverage) are estimated at more than $69,000 annually, with a total lifetime cost per family of $3 million. These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.

Keilah, whose mother lives with MS, remained actively involved in extracurricular activities throughout her high school career, participating in National Honor Society, Yearbook staff and North Carolina Governor's School. She did this while maintaining a strong academic standing and helping to care for her mother, brother and grandmother.

"I refuse to settle beneath my talents and capabilities or to accept the roles that others have assigned for me," said Keilah.

With this passion, Keilah plans to pursue a career in science or technology, with a potential interest in engineering. She hopes this career path will combine her interests in mathematics and science, and allow her to apply these interests in the real world.

"Pursuing a career in these fields motivates me to do the unthinkable and change the unchangeable," said Keilah. "My ultimate aim and purpose in life is to be an extraordinary individual, making an impact on someone's life."

To help remove the barriers for those students impacted by MS, Golden Corral launched an initiative in 2011 in partnership with North Carolina and South Carolina-based chapters of the National MS Society. Golden Corral restaurants in North Carolina raised money during the year to fund Keilah's scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship or to make a donation, please visit http://www.nationalMSsociety.org<http://www.nationalmssociety.org/> or call
1-800 FIGHT MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three
times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by
MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives
change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates
with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services
designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their
lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).

 

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LOCAL RESIDENT AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP BY NATIONAL MS SOCIETY: CHARLOTTE

Jun 17, 2014

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The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hasannounced one of 30 local scholarship program winners. Victoria Bonagura,2014 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School And Charlotte resident, will receive a $3000 scholarship to attend the university of her choice.

 

The National MS Society Scholarship Program and the Golden Corral MS
Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students who have multiple
sclerosis (MS) or who have a parent living with MS while pursuing a college
or technical school education. MS can take a terrible toll on the family,
both emotionally and financially. Direct and indirect costs of MS, including
lost wages, (even for those with insurance coverage) are estimated at more
than $69,000 annually, with a total lifetime cost per family of $3 million.
These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.

Victoria, whose father lives with MS, has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout
high school, and taken part in several extracurricular activities, including
Mock Trial, Relay for Life and Varsity Tennis. Victoria remained busy during
high school, maintaining several jobs and assisting her mother with
household activities.

"Multiple sclerosis has taught me to value every opportunity that you are
given and make the most of it," said Victoria. "Working hard and making the
most of what you've been given has guided me to where I am today."

Victoria has a passion for protecting the environment and looks forward to
attending law school to focus on environmental law. Later in life, she
hopes to become involved in politics at both the local and national level.

"Not only am I motivated to succeed in school to make the most of my
educational experience, I also want to make sure that I can provide for my
parents later in life," said Victoria. "I am confident that my ambition will
light the way and help me achieve my fundamental goals to have a truly
successful and fulfilling life."

To help remove the barriers for those students impacted by MS, Golden Corral
launched an initiative in 2011 in partnership with North Carolina and South
Carolina-based chapters of the National MS Society. Golden Corral
restaurants in North Carolina raised money during the year to fund
Victoria's scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship or to make a donation, please
visit http://www.nationalMSsociety.org<http://www.nationalmssociety.org/> or call
1-800 FIGHT MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central
nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and
between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to
blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS
in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and
treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS
are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three
times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more
than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by
MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives
change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates
with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services
designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their
lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350
research projects around the world while providing programs and services
that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to
achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a
difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by
talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS
Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).

 

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Apple Pie with Salted Caramel and Bacon Lattice

Jun 17, 2014

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Apple Pie with Salted Caramel and Bacon Lattice: Certain foods come with a particular level of animosity attached, and apple pie is one of those.  

 

I love apple pie, but I also, deep down, taste the mind-numbing process of peeling every single apple every time I shove a forkful into my mouth. It’s one of those old-timey recipes that’s loveable only because you had a grandma who was so hardened from her decades-old shouty marriage that she could put all of her rage into peeling apples and mixing dough, so you get all the flavor and none of the yelling about why Harold couldn’t pay more attention to her after the war.

Caramel’s another one of those foods, for obvious reasons: it’s heat-seeking super napalm disguised as a Werther’s Original. Again: something that tastes delicious, but serves as a constant reminder of how it tried to kill you not two hours earlier. From bubbling candy magma to delicious, creamy treat; just like that.

So, because I’m your friendly neighborhood masochist, I decided to inflict both of those horrors on myself in one, swift go. I also added bacon, because I wanted to have one thing on there that wouldn’t put you in a hospital.

You’re welcome.

Here’s what you need:

Crust:
- 1 ½ cups AP flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 8 tablespoons cold butter
- ¼ cup ice water

Pie:
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch salt
- 6 apples (usually you want to get a mix of sour and sweet, but for this one you’re gonna want to go all sweet. I picked pink lady apples, but go for your favorite)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
- 10 strips applewood-smoked bacon

Salted Caramel
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 3 ½ tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon sea salt

Here’s what you do:

First we’re gonna do the caramel sauce, since you’ll probably need some time between this and making the actual pie to visit your local burn unit. And because it keeps well overnight. Either one.

Get a medium pot and stir the water and sugar together until the sugar completely dissolves. That means clear, people, not “kind of grainy but still mostly clear and eh screw it close enough”.

Turn up the heat to a boil and keep it bubbling until it’s the color of caramel (duh), should take about 6 to 7 minutes. Brush the sides with a wet pastry brush while that’s going on to keep the sugar crystals from sticking to the sides, and don’t stir. At all. Not even a little bit.

Take the pot off heat and SLOWLY whisk in the heavy cream. Keep it painfully, “leaky faucet in the middle of the night” slow, otherwise you’re gonna get clumpy, hard garbage instead of smooth, silky caramel.

Stir in the butter and salt until it’s all melted together, let it cool, then pour it in a container and refrigerate while you make the pie.

To make the crust, start by whisking together the salt, sugar, and flour.

Get a pastry blender (the thing that you totally don’t pretend to be wolverine with when you’re alone), cut the cold butter into 8 slices, and mix it into the dry stuff until it’s roughly the texture of cornmeal. Making sure the butter is cold matters, because that’s what keeps your crust from being mushy. Keep it frosty, people.

Add the ice water in and combine until you get a nice, doughy ball of…well, dough. You might need to add more to get it to all stick together, so just keep adding in ice water a little at a time until you’re golden.

Press the ball down into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it in the fridge for an hour while you do the rest of the pie. Now’s a good time to take out the caramel sauce and let it warm up, too.

Once the dough’s been chilled, take it out and let it un-chill for a few minutes. Then spread some flour on a flat surface and roll it out with a rolling pin. I could give you the thickness down to the millimeter like most recipes do, but you’re a smart person: just roll the damn thing out until it covers your pie pan.

Preheat your oven to 450.

For the actual pie part, get yourself a large bowl and mix together the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Peel the apples, then cut them using the largest setting on a mandoline. Sure, you could go the normal route and hack them up into gross, giant chunks, but we’re going for apple pie here, not “apple boulders surrounded by a hint of other stuff”. Slice ‘em up thin and you’ll get a nicer-tasting, nicer-looking pie. Period.

Stir together the apples, lemon juice, and cornstarch with the crap that’s already in the bowl.

Alternate layers of apples and salted caramel until you’ve filled the pie. You don’t have to be exact, just make sure the caramel is nice and mixed in with the apples.

Take the bacon strips and make a lattice over the top, like in the picture. The bacon is going to fall over the edges of the pie a bit, but don’t trim the edges, since the strips will shrink in the oven. Sprinkle a little more sugar in between the bacon holes, too (sorry folks, there’s no way to not make that sound disgusting).

Put the pie on a rimmed baking sheet and stick it in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 and bake for another 50. The bacon grease is gonna go everywhere, so you can even place the pie on some foil and turn up the edges to make a grease trap if you want.

Let the pie cool on a rack until it’s cool enough to eat.

And then eat it.

Eat up these beats, too. This week they’re from DIBIA$E, with a track called unfortunate: http://mrdibiase.bandcamp.com/track/unfortunate-90

Cooking is work, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. Sure, there’s the soccer moms and the Sandra Lee’s and anyone else who gets all glowy and doe-eyed whenever they’re frosting something for a kid under 10 years old. But for the rest of us saner people, even if you like that stuff, it’s still a pain in the ass. And 9 times out of 10, the ratio works in reverse: the tastier it is, the more annoying it’s gonna be to make.

So cramp up those hands, grab a handful of apples, and hope your fingers don’t get chopped off in the process. It’s (probably) worth it.

See you next time.

Here’s a recipe that’s eerily similar to the one I used. Almost like I copied it or something: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/kelsey-nixon/salted-caramel-sauce.html

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats. 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Amber Marie Rowe

Jun 12, 2014

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Amber Marie Rowe
Age: 28
Company Name: Big Boss Brewery & Lazyday.com
Position: Brand Representative & Manager
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Six Years.
What’s your occupation and position?

- Brand Representative, Big Boss Brewing Company
- Manager of Lazyday.com
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I have teamed up with several local charities to help spread awareness and raise money for their causes. Also, through Lazyday.com I have executed many events throughout the city such as Santa Bar Crawl and Socialympics.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Traveling, history, and reading, I love getting lost in a good book or a new city.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Opening my own events company that will benefit a wide range of businesses in the Charlotte community.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To write a book.
Tell us a little bit more about you?

I was born in South Bend, Indiana and moved to North Carolina when I was 20. I started working in the medical field at 15, until I found I enjoyed this industry and made the switch.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
When I was younger I wanted to be an Egyptologist.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I find positive aspects of my community to share with other people and encourage residents to drink locally, increasing the chance for new businesses and helps promote growth. I attend many local festivals and events that help raise funds for non-profits through sponsorships that I not only supply but can put them in contact with other sponsorship opportunities. This allows local businesses a chance to support great causes and also helps to bring attention to other companies in the Charlotte area.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Angela Kim

Jun 12, 2014

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Angela Kim
Age: 28
Company Name: Tastemade
Position: Cooking Channel Host
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty-three years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Food blogger/cooking channel host, Tastemade.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
My own philanthropic project, Pack Away Hunger which distributes sack lunches to the homeless.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
I was published in The Charlotte Observer, Elevate Lifestyle, Creative Loafing, and The Asian Herald in the past year.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Cooking and sharing food in as many arenas as possible whether it be feeding the homeless or planning a dinner party.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“There is always, always, always something to be grateful for.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Becoming a published cookbook author and perfecting my craft. I would also like to travel the world meeting like minded people that are as passionate about food as I am.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To share my version of Korean American fusion with Korea, via a television show or restaurant.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I started cooking for my baby brothers when I was 7 and necessity grew into a passion as I realized that from my hands, I could spread joy. My particular brand of food reinforces my identity because it’s a direct reflection of who I am by blending together both my Korean and American heritage. I’m proud to be an American but I never forget that I’m also a second-gen Korean that came from hard working immigrant parents that came to the states not even knowing a lick of English. I feel that every time I produce another dish that’s been crafted together through love and care, I’m instilling pride within my family and I feel closer to where I came from.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I’m super obsessed with Bobs Burgers and to be honest, I started watching it because it had the word ‘burger’ in it.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
Every new person I meet, I get them to try Korean food. It’s my personal goal to at least show people how rich and vast Korean cuisine is. For my pack away hunger project, I even passed out Korean bbq sandwiches once!
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Bradley David Rhyne

Jun 12, 2014

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Bradley David Rhyne
Age: 29
Company Name: Ole Mason Jar
Position: CEO & Chief Editor
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
I actually grew up just out of Charlotte, and have worked in Charlotte the past 6 years.
What’s your occupation and position?
CEO and Co Founder, OLE MASON JAR
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
OLE MASON JAR is very involved, we advocate with our “Buy a Shirt, Feed a Family” campaign, where for every item we sell, we donate a portion of the proceeds to feeding an entire family to local organizations (Second Harvest Food Bank).
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Voted Best Casual Clothing Brand in Charlotte in the 2014 Elevate Lifestyle Best of Awards and Finalist at the 2013 Belk Southern Designer Showcase for OLE MASON JAR
What are your hobbies or interests?
I am an avid photographer, love to travel and also love to learn new things and find new hobbies.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time”. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to be sitting on the beach, but that is probably a 10 to 15 year goal. In 5 years I would like to see OLE MASON JAR in your major big box retail, along with some brick and mortar store fronts in Charlotte, New York and Chicago. Additionally, hope to have made a unique and substantial impact in the local community.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Back pack and photograph Europe and Asia.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am married, have a great and supportive family and have multiple passions and interests. In addition to being the CEO of OLE MASON JAR, I am a freelance photographer and also an analyst and VP at Bank of America. I am a believer that in this day and age, your most successful individuals are well versed and good at multiple things, not just one or two. Additionally, am strong in my faith, and attribute all my success to God.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I have a fear of spiders.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to my local community through volunteering and financial donations.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Brendan Lee Couture

Jun 12, 2014

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Brendan Lee Couture
Age: 29
Company Name: Racetrac Petroleum
Position: District Manager
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty Years.
What’s your occupation and position?
District Manager, RaceTrac Petroleum.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Currently I am a member of the Gaston County Jaycees, a Committee Chair for Relay for Life: Gaston County and the current President of the Gardner-Webb Wrestling Alumni Association.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Collegiate wrestling, sports, investing and spending time with family.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” –Jackie Robinson
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be living a productive, happy and healthy life I would also be doing my part to better the community and encouraging those around me to do the same.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Visit every continent.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a 2007 graduate of Gardner-Webb University where I received both my BS in Finance and MBA.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I was the worst swimmer on my neighborhood swim team growing up.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
By being a great friend and co-worker, I truly believe that a person’s life can either positively or negatively impact those around them and that unless you’re striving to better yourself and those around you, it’s usually the latter.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Brendan Lee Couture

Jun 12, 2014

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Brendan Lee Couture
Age: 29
Company Name: Racetrac Petroleum
Position: District Manager
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty Years.
What’s your occupation and position?
District Manager, RaceTrac Petroleum.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Currently I am a member of the Gaston County Jaycees, a Committee Chair for Relay for Life: Gaston County and the current President of the Gardner-Webb Wrestling Alumni Association.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Collegiate wrestling, sports, investing and spending time with family.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” –Jackie Robinson
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be living a productive, happy and healthy life I would also be doing my part to better the community and encouraging those around me to do the same.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Visit every continent.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a 2007 graduate of Gardner-Webb University where I received both my BS in Finance and MBA.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I was the worst swimmer on my neighborhood swim team growing up.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
By being a great friend and co-worker, I truly believe that a person’s life can either positively or negatively impact those around them and that unless you’re striving to better yourself and those around you, it’s usually the latter.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Cassiday Proctor

Jun 12, 2014

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Cassiday Proctor
Age: 30
Company Name: KISS 95.1
Position: Morning DJ
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.
What’s your occupation and position?
-Member of The Drex and Maney Morning Show, Kiss 95.1
-Flash Reporter, WNFZ The Fan.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
-Our morning show does all day radiothons to raise funds for Levine Children’s Hospital. Our most recent one had us raising over $42,000 in one day. I also am a big supporter of RAIN, The Regional AIDS InterFaith Network.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Named best morning show and favorite radio personality by Elevate Lifestyle.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Craft Beer, Travel, Working out, and cooking.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History” (I have a tattoo that says this as well).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I want to still be working in media and striving to be the best I can be in my field. If I happen to have my own reality TV show on Bravo, which would be alright with me too. =)
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Learn and start brewing craft beer and make my own beer.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I just got married in October 2013 to my husband Jerry. We met in Austin, TX, which is where I worked in TV and Radio before moving here. I’m an avid fan of college basketball, and I think mascots are hilarious, (Chubby from The Charlotte Checkers was in my wedding party).
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I can sing with my mouth closed.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I think I am a good role model for little girls in Charlotte. Those are my favorite listeners to meet because I was once like them, loving morning radio, and idolizing my favorite hosts. I want them to see they can achieve what they want to in life.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Charles Frank Meyer

Jun 12, 2014

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Charles Frank Meyer
Age: 29
Company Name: HDR
Position: Project Architect
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Six years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Associate and Project Architect, HDR
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Every Monday night I volunteer at Carolinas Medical Center after work. I have held such responsibilities as helping out the nursing staff on the cardiac unit to helping escort patients within the emergency department.
I’m also the founder and captain of the Mo’ Mustache Mo’ Money team for the Movember Foundation, an organization that helps raise money and awareness for men’s health. Over the last three years we have raised over $10,000 and I couldn’t be more proud!
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
During my thesis year in college I won a Furniture Competition held by Virginia Tech for a stool that I designed out of a single piece of sheet metal. This led to the production of my stool and it was showcased in the largest furniture fair in the world, the Milan International Furniture Fair. After graduation, my work was also exhibited in the imm Cologne Furniture Fair and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Three years into working I applied for Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo scholarship and the Herman Miller scholarship. I was fortunate enough to win both and was able to attend two different conferences that year to learn more about healthcare architecture.
Most recently, I was selected into the inaugural BOOST program developed by HDR to build its leadership talent pool through strengthening of leadership abilities, tools and competencies. After graduation from the BOOST program, I was selected as an Associate within the company which recognizes individuals who demonstrate enthusiastic leadership appropriate to their current roles.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy the outdoors, staying active, and playing sports. Usually you can find me mountain biking, running, playing softball, or site-seeing. Recently, I have run a couple half marathons in Savannah, GA, and Denver, CO, and plan to run another in Myrtle Beach, SC, this fall. I also love travelling, whether it is to see new places or stay in touch with friends and family. Over the past year I have started to experiment with brewing my own beer
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Listen to advice, but follow your heart” – Conway Twitty
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a tough one and I’m not sure I see myself in a particular place; location, career, or personal life. The only thing I can hope for is that I continue to push myself out of my comfort zone, to continue to learn, and most of all, find a way to always have fun.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to live abroad, preferably Australia.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a big family guy. I’m the youngest of three boys, which in itself makes my mom a saint. I’ve always looked up to my older brothers and have counted on them for advice. It’s very difficult being away from them, but I couldn’t have accomplished anything without their support.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
When I was growing up my dream job was to be a monster truck driver and to be a part of Monster Jam. I remember watching it with my father, my favorite driver was Bigfoot and I even had a Power Wheels truck to match.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I always want to lend a helping hand and I wish there was a way for me to help hospital patients directly, but as a healthcare architect the best I can do is help design a comfortable space that can facilitate the best care possible. I get a huge sense of pride when I get to tell someone I design spaces that help others heal.
I think another way to contribute is by leading charitable efforts. It’s hard to make a difference by yourself, but if you can enlist others you can really start to make changes. I think I’ve done this as the founder and captain of the Mo’ Mustache Mo’ Money team for the Movember Foundation, an organization that helps raise money and awareness for men’s health. Or even as the founder of the Speaking By Design Toastmasters group, which helps improve leadership and speaking skills to its members in Charlotte.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Christopher Lorenzo Davis

Jun 12, 2014

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Christopher Lorenzo Davis
Age: 28
Company Name: The Chris L. Davis Agency, LLC
Position: President & CEO
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
All my life!
What’s your occupation and position?
CEO/President, Chris L Davis Agency, LLC.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Selection Committee for the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
-Speaker for the Exodus Foundation
- Speaker for the 75th Anniversary of the Charlotte Housing Authority
- Recently signed an Olympian from the Dominican Republic to our agency
What are your hobbies or interests?
I love to workout, going fishing and doing business.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
"Nothings a waste of time as long as you use the experience wisely”, Agatha Christe
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Our business will become an empire with a headquarters in downtown Charlotte, we will expand our
representation of athletes from Track and Field to Basketball, Football, and Soccer.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Go to Dubai
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I wrote a book. I am fun, charismatic, ambitious, can be serious and I love public speaking!
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
Sometimes I do not fix my bowties so that a pretty lady can help fix it. Lol
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute by working with the Charlotte Housing Authorty Scholarship Fund to allocate scholarships to many students every year, speaking at schools such as Phillip O'Berry High School and much more…
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Danna M. Jones

Jun 12, 2014

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Danna M. Jones
Age: 30
Company Name: Harris Teeter
Position: Communication Specialist
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Eighteen years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Communication Specialist, Harris Teeter
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I serve on the Aesthetics Committee at Eternal Church. I volunteer at FreeMore West 5K; Dress for Success Charlotte; the food bank on Thanksgiving Day, and for Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival. I oversee execution of all Harris Teeter corporate giving; plan and execute many different events throughout the year through my role at Harris Teeter such as donation card campaigns for JDRF, MDA, food bank partners, USO and Wounded Warrior, to name a few.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Hobbies: Instagramming; shoe shopping; crossfit; patio-sitting; playing golf; spending time with great friends enjoying good food; sneaking away to Charleston as often as I can to visit my sister, brother-in-law and my puppy nephew, Cooper; playing outside with all my “littlest BFFs” a.k.a., my friends’ kids.
Interests: Clemson Football
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come”, Proverbs 31:25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working as head of Corporate Communication for a distinguished Charlotte-based company and living in Charlotte with a handsome husband, 2.5 kids, and an amazing shoe collection.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Learn how to sail, and by sail, I mean relax and sip champagne on a gorgeous boat in calm, crystal blue waters.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I love Jesus. Everything I am and everything I have accomplished in my life are the direct results of talent, gifts and blessings He has bestowed upon me. Born in Greenville, SC, my dad’s name is Danny; my mom’s name is Donna. They put their names together to come up with “Danna.” It rhymes with banana, but everyone calls me “Dana;” it’s a life-long struggle. My baby sister, Danielle, is my best friend; my other half; my essential person. Although she is five years younger than me, she is who I want to be when I grow up. Her faith in Jesus Christ, her grace, her confidence, as well as her love and encouragement for others are captivating and inspiring. I hope and pray I am half the woman she is, and if I ever have daughters, I hope they grow up to be just like their Aunt Dani. Everyone in my family, except me, is certified to scuba dive. I would rather play on the beach with a cold beverage in the warm sunshine!
Known for my heels, my hair and my laugh – all of which are definitely too high. I am a walking contradiction: I hate working out, but I crossfit. I am scared of feet, but I love shoes. I’m a southern girl, but I hate sweet tea.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I didn’t get my 12-year molars until I was 16, and I don’t have wisdom teeth. They never grew in … guess that explains my lack of wisdom. 
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to the community the best way I know how – I simply try to make our home, our city, our world a little bit better than I found it. That can mean a simple RAK (random act of kindness) by paying for the person behind me in the Starbucks drive-thru; packing Thanksgiving meal bags at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina or by meeting a stranger and sharing Jesus Christ with them.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Darnell Brown

Jun 12, 2014

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Darnell Brown
Age: 29
Company Name: Darnell Brown
Position: Creative Artist & Designer
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?

Twenty-one years.

What’s your occupation and position?

Creative Artist & Designer, Writer, Thought Leader, (Self-Employed)

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

Yes, I taught an aspiring designer how to become a unique, successful graphic freelancer in 12 months with a strict, user-friendly curriculum. I’ve also become this person’s official mentor and coach in professional life. This student was able to quit his full-time job 9 months into the course I created and now is living out his dream. I also recently set up a profile on Meet Up, which is a great resource for meeting with people who share similar interests to you in both professional and personal aspects of life. Both of these venues allow me to share and give back to the community.
Nothing recently, as I’ve been in a bubble for the last several years freelancing for clients - I was not submitting anything for consideration and was not attending booths or shows, etc. However, in 1996, I won the Academic Award for “Cities In Schools” by the Public Library of Charlotte. In 1997, I won a Veteran’s Day Award here in Charlotte for a patriotic series of portraits I put together.

What are your hobbies or interests?

Reading, podcast and music listening, film watching, exercising, meditating, dining, traveling, and healthy dieting.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would have founded and be successfully running at least 2 companies rooted in inspiration: one is a product line, the other will be a mobile app. I will have authored at least 2 books - transforming into a thought leader in design, entrepreneurship and minimalism. I would have traveled to several countries and have full fluency in at least 4 languages. Most importantly, I see myself having provided tremendous value to my audience - sharing with them stories of failures, triumphs, and how-to’s. The best thing I can do is give back without any expectation of anything in return.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Hang-gliding.

Tell us a little bit more about you?

I’m insanely ambitious and determined, constantly transitioning and evolving because I don’t fit neatly into any type of box. I’m very unemployable and I don’t wait for or expect others to give me a job - I’ve created my own time and time again. I wake up around 4am daily to work out and then begin a new journey. My overarching goal in life - besides aiming to share my gifts with the largest audience possible - is to create an invaluable brand that people believe in and trust without prejudice. Oh and I love laughing and being inspired!

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?

I am incredibly inspired to be a better artist every day by the indelible work of Michael Jackson. I’ve got to unlock within myself whatever he did to become the single greatest entertainer of all-time! I’m always finding analogies with musical arts and visual arts. Most great music artists are very much into fine art and some can draw themselves. Ironically, most great visual artists usually need some awesome tunes to get into their zones.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?

By providing intrinsic value that enriches lives, and being a beacon and trying things first to help alleviate the risk for those who might be timid or unwilling. I contribute by being the change I wish to see in the world and by putting myself in a position to create jobs and opportunities for others.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Desirae Nicole Walker

Jun 12, 2014

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Desirae Nicole Walker
Age: 30
Company Name: Desirae PR & Charlotte Models
Position: Founder & President
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Five years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Founder, Charlotte Models & Desirae PR
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I have tutoring children at YWCA and supported Loaves and Fishes, WDAV, All We Want is Love, and Charlotte Works. I have also worked with local fashion events that raise awareness for local charities, and co-developed Fashion for Compassion Summer Camp at local children’s charity, A Better World.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Fashion, Film, Cooking, Traveling, Hiking, and Spending Time with my amazing fiancé and our (3) Beagles, AKA “The Beagle Brigade” wink
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Seize your Dreams.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself being heavily involved in local charitable efforts that tie fashion with supporting the community.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Meeting Karolina Kurkova.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was born and raised in Charleston, SC, and fell in love with Charlotte while attending college at Winthrop University. I have always had a passion for charity work, the arts, and fashion, and am so blessed to have had a chance to be involved in all of those things. I have truly loved working with such talented, driven, inspirational, and innovative individuals of this community!
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
My favorite animal is a sea turtle, and I spent a great deal of time on “The Island Turtle Team” in Isle of Palms, SC watching nesting sites and ensuring the safety of hatchlings to the ocean.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to the community mostly through my efforts through Charlotte Models, by supporting and creating events that educate local talent and assist them in launching their careers. I have created a networking outlet that gives me an opportunity to see every day great talents getting together and producing amazing work. Also, the group and I have been tied with local charities and am proud to have supported multiple projects in the area.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Gregory Joseph Mascavage

Jun 12, 2014

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Gregory Joseph Mascavage
Age: 28
Company Name: Carolinas Healthcare System
Position: Manager of Innovation
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty-five years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Manager of Innovation, Carolinas HealthCare System
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I currently work with middle school and high school students who are exploring careers in healthcare through a program supported by Charlotte AHEC called HEROES (Health Career Education Reaching Out to Excellent Students). This year, we helped the students create inventions for healthcare. They pick a patient population, studied the disease and came up with patient-friendly solutions.
I am also actively involved with a number of initiatives through Search Ministries, a group that creates environments for spiritually hungry people to explore reasons for faith. Specifically, I have been working with them to design a program for men around my age that are looking to dive deeper into their faith and start grassroots ministries of their own.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I have to admit that I am huge geek when it comes to healthcare and I love reading about all the new advances in the industry. I am also huge fan of getting outside and hiking a new trail or paddling up a river.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Fail fast to succeed sooner.” – David Kelley, IDEO

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The past 5 years of my life have been a great ride and I look forward to the next five. I love working in healthcare and challenges of building the creative capacity in a large organization like Carolinas HealthCare System. In 5 years, I hope that we will have to still be on the frontlines of healthcare, working with my colleagues to build around even bigger opportunities for change. It’s inherent to my line of work that I never know where the wind will blow me, but I love the ambiguity and can’t to see where it will take me.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Walk the El Camino De Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was an EMT and firefighter while in college. It was an amazing experience to be able to work with patients in rural communities and understand their struggles with managing their health first hand. Those years have motivated me to become an innovator in healthcare.

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I want to start a bison farm.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I believe I am bringing energy and creativity to an industry that is typically overrun with extraordinary demands as well as constraints, both of which stifle innovation. The healthcare industry has so many opportunities for change and I feel that we need to find new ways of empowering the workforce to pull this off. In my work, I work with individuals and groups to give them the space necessary to perfuse their right brains and experiment. It is through this process that we can bring new services and great experiences for the patients we serve.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Jessica June Jeppsson

Jun 12, 2014

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Jessica June Jeppsson
Age: 25
Company Name: Marsh Risk Consulting
Position: Assistant Vice President
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?

Two and a half years.

What’s your occupation and position?

Assistant Vice President, Marsh Risk Consulting

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

I am a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and have been matched with my little since May 2012. I also serve once a month at the Dilworth Soup Kitchen.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
This Elevate award! smile

What are your hobbies or interests?

Training for and competing in triathlons, my favorite part is cycling, and I try to log about 100 miles a week.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?

 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win”, Corinthians 9:24

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Having my Masters degree in Human Factors and Systems Safety and hopefully be teaching to engineering students at the college level.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?

Climb El Capitan rock wall in Yosemite National Park

Tell us a little bit more about you?

I'm a consultant so I travel almost every week. I'm also enrolled in grad school at one of the world's top 100 universities, Lund. I've been a vegetarian since 2007, and I have a miniature pinscher named Zeke who travels with me.


What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I could climb before I could crawl/walk. My parents had to put a lid on my crib because I kept getting out!

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?

I am very active with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I see my Little at least twice a month to do fun activities together. I also serve at two of the Dilworth Soup Kitchen locations—one on Tuesdays and one on Saturdays. I enjoy helping others who are in need with my time and also contribute financially every year to my alma mater, NC State.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Julia Way Passos

Jun 12, 2014

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Julia Way Passos
Age: 29
Company Name: Crisis Assistance Ministry
Position: Donor Relations Specialist
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.

What’s your occupation and position?
Donor Relations Specialist, Crisis Assistance Ministry

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Working for Crisis Assistance Ministry allows me to be a part of the community every single day. Recently I participated in Encounter Charlotte giving me an orientation to Charlotte and to community leadership.

I'm actively involved with the United Way Young Leaders, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Metrolina Association of Volunteer Administrators, and MPUMC's World Outreach. All of these organizations help me connect with various agencies throughout Charlotte.

What are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy volunteering, traveling, supporting the arts, participating in outdoor activities (mainly because I like to be in the sunshine) and perfecting my craft. I'm always up for trying something new!

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined. ” - Deepak Chopra

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
- Nelson Mandela

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Continuing my work in leadership roles throughout the Charlotte community.


Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Skydiving and traveling around Europe.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in South Carolina. My grandparents were missionaries and dedicated their lives to serving others. It gave me a unique perspective growing up and it inspired me to do what I do today.

I’m extremely lucky to have two passions in life, serving others and photography! I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Photography from Winthrop University. Recently I begun to see how the two will intersect and I’m extremely excited!

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I’m obsessed with Eddy’s grape popsicles!

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I enjoy volunteering my time and supporting the Charlotte Community. We live in a wonderful city and I want to do all I can to make it even greater!
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kathryn Hart

Jun 12, 2014

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Kathryn Hart
Age: 30
Company Name: Compass Group
Position: HRIS Functional Analyst
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.
What’s your occupation and position?
HRIS Functional Analyst, Compass Group
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Charlotte.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Associate of the Month Nominee for Be-A-Star, a program recognizing business excellence.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Traveling, spending time with family and friends, working out, and cooking.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“I’m myself. I can stick my foot in my mouth. I can trip and fall. I can mess up in front of the whole world and be honest. Instead of trying to cover everything up.” Jessica Simpson
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I like to live life one day at a time, you never know what the future will bring but I make the most out of every situation and opportunity that comes my way!
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to visit wine country in Napa Valley.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m originally from Charleston, WV, I graduated from Marshall University with a BBA in Marketing. I lived in Columbus, OH for 5 years prior to moving to Charlotte. I love living in Charlotte, it has so much to offer! There is always something to do from a day at the lake to a night out on the town!
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I am a Big Sister to a 7 year old girl, we like to do arts and crafts, play at the park and roller skate. It’s such a pleasure to get to spend time with her and be a mentor to such a wonderful person. I look forward to watching her grow and provide guidance along the way.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kaylin Frances Ranagan

Jun 12, 2014

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Kaylin Frances Ranagan
Age: 27
Company Name: Devonshire Elementary CMS
Position: 3rd Grade Teacher
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
One year and ten months.
What’s your occupation and position?
3rd Grade CMS Teacher, Devonshire Elementary School
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Girls on the Run coach, Room In the Inn Volunteer, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Participant.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Running, biking, kickball, watching football and lacrosse, traveling, and volunteering.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working in the education field, but possibly in a leadership role within a school.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To spend a summer backpacking throughout Europe revisiting and visiting all of the beautiful historic cities that I’ve always wanted to go to.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am one of four children and was raised in Clifton Park, NY just north of Albany. For college I moved out to Western New York to attend Niagara University and major in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. After graduating I was hired as an Admissions Counselor for Niagara University where I worked and completed my master’s degree simultaneously. When searching for a teaching job Charlotte was a city I was very interested in relocating to. I was very lucky to have the offer here and moved in August of 2012. Since moving here I have had some life changing experiences and have really enjoyed living here.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
While I was studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland my third grade teacher came to visit me and we traveled throughout Ireland for a week together. She was not only my teacher but one of the reasons I developed the passion to become a teacher.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to the community in a few different ways. First of all, in my profession of educating the children of Charlotte I wake up every day with the ambition to help my students achieve their dreams. I also volunteer at my church’s location of Room in the Inn for the homeless of Charlotte. In October of 2013 I participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer to honor my mother’s battle and the money I raised went directly to local organizations and patients in need.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kenia Marisol Medrano

Jun 12, 2014

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Kenia Marisol Medrano
Age: 29
Company Name: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
Position: Robbery Detective
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Eighteen years.

What’s your occupation and position?

Robbery Detective, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

I Volunteer with PAL; am a assistant coach for youth Soccer and Basketball (Police athletic league).


What are your hobbies or interests?

Love to dance so I attend Zumba classes at the gym weekly.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?

“Don’t Give Up.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to still be serving my community as a law enforcement officer and living a happy healthy life with a family of my own.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?

I would like to visit all the states in the US.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am originally from El Salvador and came to the US when I was 4 years old with my mother, and the oldest out of 4. Ever since I was a young girl I knew that I wanted to work in law enforcement and for a long time my goal was to become a police officer but I had the odds against me because I came to this country illegally during the 80’s when there was a civil war going on in El Salvador. Many people didn’t think I would ever reach my goal of being an Officer; however my mother worked very hard and in time we were able to gain legal status and in 2008 I became a US citizen and I knew then that I would finally be able to follow through with my passion. I was accepted into the Police Academy in 2009 and I have been working ever since. I am now working as a robbery detective and I truly enjoy my job. I feel that I am doing my part to give back to the country that has given me so much.

I am the first one in my family to go to college.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?

Thankfully my job allows me the opportunity to give back to the community on a daily bases, I along with so many men and women put our lives on the line each day to make our community a safe place to live. In my free time however I volunteer with PAL because I believe that kids should have a positive image of police officers and not just based on what they see on TV.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kenya Cooper

Jun 12, 2014

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Kenya Cooper
Age: 28
Company Name: PR Firm
Position: Author & CEO 

 

Occupation and position?
International bestselling author /CEO of the PR Firm, The Book Nymph Publishing and Promotions
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I am an active volunteer and contributor for the Urban League of the Carolinas. I conduct writing and publishing workshops for the community and interview fellow authors, artists, poets, and performers for my writing website.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Three of my novels have reached the Top 20 Charts of Amazon Kindle for fantasy, and I was selected as an inspiring woman and featured in Women’s Voices magazine. I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award for my website Write Like a Wizard.
What are your hobbies or interests?
When I am not writing, I travel extensively. I’ve visited four continents, Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. I also enjoy cooking and reading.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living in a cottage in England, with a few of my books adapted into movies or TV series, and my publishing company producing bestselling authors.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to learn how to play the violin or piano so that I can perform the many songs I’ve written in secret.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a creator of horror and fantasy stories, but I have a secret desire to be a rock star. I enjoy learning and practicing foreign languages, and would rather live simply with the ability to travel than in a mansion and tied down to one place. Travel is one of my greatest pleasures and I do so at every opportunity.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I have a few journals with every dream I’ve had since high school written in them. Many of those very dreams and nightmares are the roots of many of my books and short stories. The first chapter of The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld and the entire collection of horror stories in Thicker Than Blood came from nightmares.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I market and promote other authors and artists, helping them gain exposure and fans all around the world. I also take great pride in being a positive role model to young girls. Whether a volunteer cheerleading coach, or a mentor to young writers, I like to believe I give others hope and confidence to pursue their dreams.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kristin Prentice

Jun 12, 2014

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Kristin Prentice
Age: 26
Company Name: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Position: Financial Advisor

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Three years.

What’s your occupation and position?
Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Planning committee member for AIDS Walk Charlotte, Executive Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House’s Young Professional Society, Director for the Colonial Village Neighborhood Association.

Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
A little over a year ago, I was promoted to partner status in our Financial Advisor practice at Wells Fargo Advisors. I’ve worked with my current partner, Peter De Arcangelis, for nearly 8 years in a practice that we relocated to Charlotte from the Washington, DC area.

What are your hobbies or interests?
When I’m not working on building our financial advisory practice, I’m usually planning events, either large ones like the AIDS Walk or smaller social events for the Ronald McDonald House YPS. I do a lot of volunteer work with both RMH and RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, the organization behind the Walk). I love to read, do yoga, explore Charlotte with my husband, Jesse, and spend time with friends.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ (I don’t know the original author of this quote, but it is a big theme in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In) Fear of failure can be debilitating, but it only gets in the way of achieving our dreams”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Helping more and more people to achieve their financial goals, and to grow our Charlotte practice. I’m looking to work in more leadership roles for the various non-profits that I work with, hopefully as a board member. Personally, I’m also hoping to look forward to growing my family.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I’ve already done 2 cross-country road trips, but there are still so many places in the US, Canada, and Mexico that I’d like to see! I’ve got at least three more in mind for the future.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I have moved around a lot, but when I’m asked where I’m from, I usually tell people I’m from Connecticut, the place I spent the most time in my childhood. I’ve lived up and down the east coast, but I really think that Charlotte is it for me. I met my husband, Jesse, just outside of DC and we moved here together over 3 years ago. We purchased our first home last year and spend whatever time we have working on all of the many projects that come along with homeownership.

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
This is a tough one. I’m mostly an open book!

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I believe it is important to find causes and organizations that have meaning to you as a person. I enjoy working with RMH and RAIN because I feel I can see the direct impact that they have on the community. When I walk into the Ronald McDonald House, I can see the families whose children are in the hospital and I can spend my time making their day a little easier, whether it be by cooking brunch or dinner, playing BINGO, organizing events, playing with the kids, or doing some fundraising. When you walk into the RAIN offices, you can witness the resources they provide, assistance finding medical treatments and testing, support groups for youth via their Empowering Positive Youth Program, support groups for families, and other HIV positive persons, and most importantly, the education they’re providing about HIV and AIDS in our community. In many cases, some of their current employees are former clients. It is nice to walk into an organization like that and be able to witness the results and see the positive impact that it has. Giving back in this way brings me a lot of joy.

While I’m working my “day job” I’m also doing what I can to give back and teach people. Many people look at what I do as they would a banker or someone out to help the “1%”. While to a certain degree, there’s some truth to that, what I love about what I do is the ability to teach people about their finances. As I’ve said above, a big motivation for me is to see the direct impacts of what I do and participate in. I work with foundations that are finding their own ways to give back to the community. I work with divorcees and widows who are coming into money for the first time in their lives. I work with families who are saving for college. I work with executives who are bringing more jobs to the city. I work with small businesses to provide their employees with retirement plans and benefits. I teach people how to give back to the community financially. I love what I do and can’t wait to continue doing it for many years.
Lastly, I’m also doing my best to be a part of my own microcosm within Charlotte. I recently moved into a relatively small and not very well known neighborhood called Colonial Village and immediately joined the neighborhood association. While this is still a newer role for me, I’m looking forward to growing into it and having the ability to affect our own little piece of Charlotte, as well.  

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Laney Danielle Sifford

Jun 12, 2014

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Laney Danielle Sifford
Age: 23
Company Name: Charlotte Film Community
Position: Vice President 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Vice President, Charlotte Film Community

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I work with a non-profit known as the Charlotte Film Community and we are currently coordinating a rally in support of the NC film incentives. We also work to advocate for the growth of independent films in Charlotte and foster the progression of emerging local filmmakers.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
The non-profit I work for received “Best Creative Gathering” in 2012.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy making short films and editing. Also, I like to paint and have recently started apprenticing under an artist who developed a specific kind of art known as “liquid art.”
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." -John D. Rockefeller
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It’s hard to say because 5 years ago I never would have seen myself where I am today. I do hope to see my non-profit grow and continue to gain momentum in the next few years. Ultimately, I want to continue to make films in Charlotte and I plan to achieve that however possible.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to go skydiving one day. Although I am terrified of heights, there is something about free falling that seems so peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’ve always been a bit of an adventure buff. I love traveling, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. This summer I will go on the biggest adventure of my life, so far, when I travel to Italy for two months to work a film festival. There will be an oppor