Wynwood Kitchen and Bar – Miami, FL


On a recent expedition to the inner sanctum of Miami’s groovy art scene, I decided to go with my entourage to a very vibrant, kaleidoscopic restaurant in the Wynwood Arts District. Foraging through the neighborhood, one is on high-alert as splashes of art imbue every sphere of vision. Mutli-colored murals, painted on walls and concrete…

Banshee 2014 Mordecai


For those that love a good, somewhat subtle red blend, this California find is sure to please. Less than a decade ago, three friends, each with an interest in wine, got together and created the brand, Banshee Wines. Producing both reds and whites, their proprietorial 2014 Mordecai is an intriguingly regal blend of Cabernet, Syrah…

Val Do Sosego: Albariño


  For many years when one thought of Spanish wines, the predominant region that came to mind was Spain’s Rioja region. This has changed over the course of the last twenty years. Other regions have been receiving well-deserved attention.  For instance, the Rias Baixas region is situated in northwestern Spain, west of Rioja and lingers…

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label


People tend to overthink champagne. They save it for a special occasion, sometimes keeping it in their refrigerator for far too long. This can ultimately lead to the cork drying out and impeding the true essence of the wine.  There are exceptions, but champagne is meant to be consumed immediately, not intended to be cellared…

Zambra Tapas & Wine Bar – Asheville, NC


Asheville offers the eclectic diner a fair share of eateries to whet any global appetite. If you should begin to hear the rhythmic, woody clapping of castanets luring you to engage in the gastronomical delicacies of the Iberian Peninsula, then rest assured you’ll find your way downtown to Zambra Tapas and Wine Bar. The interior…

The Prisoner


A couple of years ago I was introduced to The Prisoner by one of the members on my research team – let’s be real – it was one of my drinking associates. Since then, we have fraternized with The Prisoner on many occasions. Recently, a bottle was offered to me as a gift; far be…

Competition Comes to Coastal North Carolina


  (Article originally published in the November 2016 issue of Cape Fear Living magazine.  http://www.capefearliving.com) Written By: Kharin Gibson | Photographs Courtesy Of: Got to Be NC Competition Dining Competition is the American way. We thrive on competition, especially when it revolves around our favorite pastime—food. This certainly explains the success of cooking shows like Chopped,…

Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine in Plantation, Florida


I was visiting South Florida as I often do and had the worst hankering for traditional, no-frills, yet tasty Cuban food.  My dinner companions mentioned Padrino’s and I was game. It had been close to two decades since I first stepped foot inside Padrino’s Ft. Lauderdale location, and since that time the proprietors have opened…

Plant Asheville, NC


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Before I began dabbling in the cultic lifestyle of veganism, I couldn’t have ever imagined an all vegan restaurant. Now mind you, a good percentage of the time I choose to eat vegan.  This is not for ethical reasons as is customary for many granola crunching, tree hugging, rainbow-happy hippie…

Starborough’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc


Summer is coming to a close (as of this writing), and I have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the season with Starborough’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.  Each sip of this wine undulates the good vibrations of summer, evoking memories of heady tropical sunshine, fresh cut grass and juicy, ready-to-pick fruit dangling from branches. From the Marlborough region of…

Joseph’s Italian Bistro in Southport, NC


Nestled next to the Intracoastal Waterway at the South Harbour Village Marina and perched securely within a row of well disguised Caribbean-style commercial denizens is Joseph’s Italian Bistro. Southport has very few fine dining establishments, but Joseph’s offers an upscale experience with both its ambiance and impeccable service.  Location is everything and Joseph’s doesn’t disappoint….

Fat Andy’s Burger in Southport, NC


Everybody has a concept of who has the best burger.  But what is the best burger and what makes one burger so uniquely different from another?  How does a ground beef sandwich regale in being deemed the best? Juicy patties, fresh airy buns and a litany of adorning condiments may be key. For some the…

Cola’s Restaurant in Columbia, SC


Imagine… it’s the middle of summer, the sun is waning into the Columbia, South Carolina horizon and it’s a roaring 100 degrees Fahrenheit at 7:00 pm in the evening.  That’s exactly where I found myself, in the center of the state, in the midst of a heatwave.  Dinnertime was approaching and the sweltering heat only…

Louie Bossi Ristorante – Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Over the last few decades, Fort Lauderdale has become quite a formidable competitor on the food scene. Many fine restaurants have made headlines there and as foodies from the neighboring southern city migrate northward, Ft. Lauderdale has been able to amply deliver. A new kid on the block, part of a Big City Tavern, has…

Britt’s Donuts in Carolina Beach, NC


Britt’s Donut Shop just off the boardwalk on Carolina Beach is touted as the best donut shop in all of eastern North Carolina.  Read reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor and other travel websites and you’ll be assured that Britt’s is number one. I traveled over an hour, by water and land, taking the ferry and…

Bento Box of Wilmington, NC


  I love sushi yet I’m very skittish about diving head first and trying some obscure sushi joint without knowing that there have been survivors. I’m adventurous and I love to try new restaurants, but not when it comes to sushi.  I learned that lesson years ago when I dined at an anonymous sushi restaurant…

The Lazy Turtle on Oak Island, NC


We’ve all heard the story about the tortoise and the hare, so there should have been a moment of discernment before I entered The Lazy Turtle Bar and Grill.  Located beachfront, this local sea-shanty languishes amid the sand dunes of North Carolina’s Oak Island.  In my opinion, this place is a complete dive, but hey,…

Asheville’s Salt Caves


Asheville is one cool town.  I really dig the vibe. The downtown section is a virtual vortex of free spirited hippies of all ages, from incredibly talented musicians and artists to yoga clad, dread-headed, multi-tatted mountaineers. Their love for free expression is evident in their food, music, art and holistic endeavors. I can honestly say…