Live music, fireworks, crafts, food and fancy vintage cars. That's what awaits you in Wilmington this weekend. Created in February 1979, by some local folks who wanted to show downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear river, Riverfest has evolved into a cultural street festival attracting both locals and tourists. The festival stretches from Historic Downtown… Continue reading Riverfest
When one thinks about the south, a lot of things that pop into one's mind. Fried chicken, biscuits, sweet tea, cicadas, Spanish moss, catfish, moonshine...I could go on for DAYS! Literally. One big staple meal down here is of course, shrimp & grits. It's not for everyone. You either love grits or you haven't had… Continue reading Hold My Wine, Kiss My Ghost Grits
A little more than an hour southeast of Raleigh, NC, travelers will find themselves in Rose Hill, NC. This weekend is the 42nd annual Duplin Winery Grape Stomp. This regional favorite is sold out this year (it's popular, tickets go FAST), so put it on your radar for next year. Saturday, September 8th from 1pm… Continue reading Grape Stomp!
It's Labor Day! A day off from work for most folks, a day off from school, but do we really know why? Our friend Wikipedia educates us that Labor Day "honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the… Continue reading Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labors
Over in the mountains, close to Asheville, is Hendersonville, NC. This Labor Day weekend, the quaint town will host the 72nd annual Apple Festival. Over 4 days, visitors will enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and… Continue reading Apple Festival
North Carolina is one of the greatest places to live. You can hop in your car, point it east or west and in roughly a couple of hours find yourself at the beach or in the mountains. This weekend, point your car east. Drive till you hit the ocean, then turn right. Keep driving until… Continue reading Get Figgy With It
You know what you need? You need something yummy. Something that sticks to your belly, leaving you satisfied and full. My Grandma used to make the best chicken biscuits. Fluffy, buttery biscuits that melt in your mouth, salty, tender, fried chicken...Ohhhh it makes my mouth water! This one will take care of you after the… Continue reading This Ain’t Your Gramma’s Chicken Biscuit
I have a confession. Roger Moore is my Bond. He doesn't hold the swagger of Connery or the brute force of Craig, and let's just put it out there, Pierce Brosnan was born to be 007. But no, alas I saw "The Spy Who Loved Me" as my first Bond flick. I was young, forgive… Continue reading The Spy Who Loved Me
A little to the south of our beloved homebase state, is our sister state, South Carolina. They got it goin on this weekend! It's all happenin in Columbia. Have you embraced the craft beer craze that's swept, well, everywhere?! Head to the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden! Sample from over 100 varieties of imported, domestic and… Continue reading It’s all About Columbia
In 1982, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman open a little shop off-Broadway... a Little Shop of Horrors! Based on a 60's black-comedy of the same name, later spawning a movie musical with a cult following. https://youtu.be/EOdqriSeY7k Following Seymour, a small town florist who encounters a "Mean, Green, Motha from Outer Space" the musical is filled… Continue reading Little Shop of Cocktails
Wrestling, Speedway Race and more! This week, we head to Gaffney, SC. Since 1977, at the peak of Peach season, Gaffney hosts the South Carolina Peach Festival! For a couple of weeks in July people flock to take part in the festivities. Events such as the infamous Mug Bog, Road Race, Pageant, BBQ Cook-off and Downtown events attract… Continue reading Eat a Peach!
This day in 1978, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band made its NYC premier. No, not the album, but a movie starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees. Whilst generally panned by critics and Beatles alike, the movie does have somewhat of a cult following. IMDb describes it as "A small town band hits it… Continue reading It Was A Little More Than 20 Years Ago Today…
The 80's, man. Bright colors, big hair, and even bigger shoulder pads. It truly was a decade to be remembered. However, in the humble opinion of us folks at Carolina Cuisines, the true legacy of the 80's lies within the music. Hop in your time machine and journey back 32 years to 1985. Live Aid… Continue reading Go ahead, Drink the Live Aid
Beer! Recipe contest! Singer-song writer contest! Pageant! Food trucks! Live music! Where can ya find all of that?? Lenoir, NC! Throw the kids in the ole family truckster and head out this weekend. The festivities begin Friday at 5:00. Watch the pageant, check out the recipe & singer/song writer contest, then top it all off… Continue reading Blackberry Festival
Born in New Orleans, mentored in Chicago, a citizen of the world. In 1971, Louis Armstrong departed this world leaving an long, clear musical note on our hearts. In honor of ole Louis, throw on some jazz and mix up one of his favorite drink, the Southside. We like our cocktails with a little bit… Continue reading What a wonderful world
Time for a shout out to a little place in Wilson NC. We had the pleasure to end up in this establishement after a brief tour of the whirly gigs that frequent the area. Its a nice large establishment that seems to be part of the revitilization of downtown Wilson, and after eating there we… Continue reading Goin down to Da Bayou
At the end of a long week (for some reason, this week seemed REALLY long) there's nothing better than relaxing, enjoying your friends, sharing a meal and a refreshing beer. Add to your karma points by chucking $15.00 to do all of that while helping local farmers and provide food for families in need. Beer,… Continue reading 4th Annual Cardinal Directions Beer Festival
A wise man once said, love is love, is love, is love. We tell our kids every day, if you are not being hurt, hurting someone else, and are happy, it makes no difference who you love. Celebrate love in all it's equality tonight. The first "Pride" was a riot in Greenwich Village NYC, at… Continue reading Pride cocktail
One of the many great things about Summer is the fresh veggies! Shhhh, we won't mention this ridiculous southern heat. One of our favorite vegetables in season now is the ZUCCHINI! Rather than give you the same old, same old zucchini recipe (it's ok, we still love you zucchini bread) we thought we would come… Continue reading Zucchini, it’s what’s in!
♪ Go grab some booze, go on, get happy!! We're gonna drink all our cares away! ♪ On this day in 1969, the world lost a legend. Whether you met this lovely lady in the Wizard of Oz or Easter Parade, I'm sure she made an impression. Her unmistakable, angelic voice set the stage for many… Continue reading Judy, Judy, Judy
Wild night? Head hurting a bit? You know what you need? You need some cheese and eggs. We are gonna take a bit of a Mexican twist with this one! Ingredients 6 large eggs 1/2 tbsp. canola oil 5 oz. tortilla chips 1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/4 c. pickled jalapeño slices 1 avocado,… Continue reading Breakfast Nachos
It doesn't have to be Shabbat to have a Shalom! See what we did there? The Shalom features Orange juice, vodka and a new piece for us, madeira. If you don't know (we didn't) Madeira is a wine hailing from Portugal. Madeira’s unique taste comes from the process of repeatedly heating the wine. This repetitive process… Continue reading Frankly, Madeira, We Give a Damn
This week we head to Randleman, NC! Ya like food, ya like music? We got ya covered. Beginning Friday, June 15th at 5:00 you can sample food from food trucks around the state while getting your groove on to some local musicians. The judging begins at 2 on Saturday, but you'll have to wait until… Continue reading Food Truck Championship
Beer...who doesn't love a great beer? It seems like everyone is making beer, experimenting with hops, flavors, strength, types, you name it. One such type is Ale! An Ale is a beer brewed using a warm fermentation method, resulting in a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste. In its original form, Ale was originally bittered… Continue reading I am Gruit!!!
About 30 minutes west of Asheville, NC travelers will find Lake Logan. Lake's are cool all on their own, but add in a festival, you've got yourself a rockin good time! Beginning this Friday, June 8th, the Cold Mountain Music Festival takes off. Go enjoy local food trucks and craft beers set against the backdrop… Continue reading Cold Mountain Music Festival
Eggs and seafood works, trust me on this. Whether its a seafood quiche, a crab cake benedict, or a simple seafood omlette, there is something inherently rich and elegant about seafood for breakfast. It wasn't always that way though. For a long time seafood was subsistence food for the fishermen who caught it. I have… Continue reading Seafood for Breakfast? YEAH Seafood for Breakfast!
Lemme tell ya about a place, a special place, with a magical slab of copper that upon is served some of the best seafood we have ever eaten. Awful Arthur's down in Kill Devil Hills, NC is a special spot for more than just us. During peak season, people will wait for hours just to… Continue reading So Good, it’s Awful
I will put Carolina beaches against just about any beach in the world. They are pristine stretches of white sand, some have wild horses running free, legends of pirate's gold, and world class fishing. They also see their fair share of storms. Hurricanes roll through here almost like clockwork, keeping framers, and carpenters busy all the… Continue reading Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season
I was born in the South, raised, here, and probably will pass away here unless they open up Mars. As a young boy in the late 70's, I was introduced to cars, cbs, and Beaufort T. Justice by one man. He was a mainstay in my life, and faded away only to be revived by… Continue reading They Call Him the Bandit