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…

Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC


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Revered as a James Beard award-winner, Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina delivers all the authenticity of down home, low-country southern cooking. Hominy Grill encapsulates sweet southern charm with divinely, delicious creations of which regional, reliable recipes culminate into flavorful labors of love. Housed in an old red building with…

Charonge Orange Chardonnay Wine


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I was meandering through World Market’s wine selection one Sunday afternoon when I was summoned to an informal wine tasting amid wooden crates and various cardboard boxes. Not quite what I’m used to, in fact it felt borderline alleyway ghetto.  But then, I’ll never refuse an offering of an adult…

Burney’s Bakery in Southport, NC


  In the sleepy seaside town of Southport there isn’t a lot to get you pumped.  Most restaurants and bars close by 9 p.m. and the village goes to sleep.  Maybe it’s because there is a reason to spring out of bed at the crack of dawn and welcome the day.  All-knowing residents and discriminating…

Mojito Cafe in Virginia Beach, VA


Mojito Café is an amalgamation of several Latin cuisines, a fusion of flavors and dishes with a big emphasis on the Caribbean.   The restaurant itself is unassuming and casual. It almost feels like you’ve wandered into a local Hispanic neighborhood joint where home cooking is enjoyed in a laid back atmosphere. The food and flavors…

Mannino’s Italian Bistro in Virginia Beach, VA


On a recent trip to Virginia Beach I happened into Mannino’s Italian Bistro off Atlantic Avenue for an after dinner drink and found myself participating in a full blown social happening. The bar located directly to the left of the entrance is a horseshoe shaped arena where locals seem to converge.  Nothing upscale, just casual…

EAT. An American Bistro in Virginia Beach, VA


Tucked away on the upper end of the Atlantic strip, beachside of 40th street in Virginia Beach is a tiny, nondescript hideaway that is worth the visit.  Within the confines of this little gastropub, you’ll find no pretense, no pageantry, just the simple desire to cure a basic human need.  Aptly named, EAT, this divine…

Catch 31 Fish House and Bar in Virginia Beach, VA


Virginia Beach is home to a boardwalk that showcases the Atlantic Ocean, a colossal statute of Neptune, and beach access to the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel. A step off the boardwalk lands you into Catch 31 Fish House and Bar, one of the hotel’s eateries. This contemporary restaurant is designed to evoke images of the sea….

Charonge Orange Chardonnay Wine


I was meandering through World Market’s wine selection one Sunday afternoon when I was summoned to an informal wine tasting amid wooden crates and various cardboard boxes. Not quite what I’m used to, in fact it felt borderline alleyway ghetto.  But then, I’ll never refuse an offering of an adult beverage and a chance to…

Nightbell Restaurant and Lounge (Part 1) in Asheville, NC


Cocktail cavorting is one of my favorite pastimes no matter what town I’m in. I especially enjoy staggering around downtown Asheville where there is a plethora of bars and restaurants catering to any mood. There is never a shortage of fun to be had. One place in particular that I like to stop in at…

Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami’s South Beach


Joe’s Stone Crab is one of Miami Beach’s oldest iconic restaurants. This Magic City mainstay has been serving patrons for over a hundred years and it’s a haven for diehard stone crab lovers. Stone crab are one of South Florida’s most prized delicacies. They can only be harvested between mid-October to mid-May due to the…

French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC


Asheville has it all, even a tantalizing temple of sinfulness bestowed upon us mortals by Ixcacao, the Mayan goddess of chocolate. It is the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, a treasure trove housing scrumptious delights of handmade, artisanal chocolates and handcrafted pastries. This place is a chocoholic’s dream! It’s a wonderful meeting place for couples, friends,…

Valentine’s Celebration at Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table Savannah, GA


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When you think about celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other, the typical thought of a romantic dinner with champagne in an intimate setting is usually conjured up. But who wants typical? It’s time to break from the norm. This year I felt like doing something a little less pedestrian. …

Persepolis Lounge and Grill in Savannah, GA


I was looking for a late night bite in Savannah after enjoying a great performance at the Historic Savannah Theatre.  I was in a different mindset, my attitude was – When in Rome… take the fast track off the beaten path! Instead of settling for a proverbial plate of Southern fare, I bypassed Paula Deen’s,…

Gan Shan Station Asheville, NC


Gan Shan Station is the epitome of an Asian hybrid restaurant offering Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Some think it revolting to assemble such a menagerie of Eastern tastes together under one roof. I think it’s a veritable passport on the Orient Express to all the wonders of east Asian cuisine.   Gan Shan…

Savannah Taste Experience Savannah, GA


There are two things I like to do more than anything. I like to travel and I like to experience regional cuisine.  What better way than to kill two birds with one stone in a city that offers food tours? Recently while visiting Savannah, I embarked on such an adventure through Savannah Taste Experience.  They…

Valentine’s Celebration at Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table Savannah, GA


When you think about celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other, the typical thought of a romantic dinner with champagne in an intimate setting is usually conjured up. But who wants typical? It’s time to break from the norm. This year I felt like doing something a little less pedestrian.  I wanted to harness my…