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Brewery Reviews, Charlotte, Cooking, Craft Beer Travel, Food, Travel, United States

Kayem Artisan Sausage Food Truck Competition at NoDa Brewing

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Kayem Artisan Sausage to help judge my first food competition – the Artisan Affair at NoDa Brewing. Not that I would normally pass up a free meal (you’ve seen my income reports…), but the deal was sweetened when I learned that the competition was between four Charlotte based food trucks.     Each food truck was to incorporate a Kayem Artisan Sausage into…

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Charlotte, Travel

An Afternoon at the Charlotte Knights Stadium

Sunday was one of those days that helped remind me why I love living in Charlotte so much. Neighbors invited us to go with them to the Charlotte Knights game, the Queen City’s minor league baseball game. It was Princess Day at the ballpark and little girls were encouraged to dress up in their best princess dresses to attend the game and run the bases afterwards. I realize we have a boy…

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Charlotte, Travel

Open Streets 704 Recap

Our Charlotte Adventures took a brief hiatus as Bryan traveled to Ireland for a week. Don’t worry. He didn’t leave me all alone. My mother stayed with Deacon and I, and we had a great time catching up. Now he’s back and the adventures continue as he described on Charlotte Today earlier this week (he’s a little too shy to share a link to his second television appearance, but I’m not). This…

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Charlotte, Travel

Exploring the Charlotte Rail Trail

I’m starting to get a little jealous of my husband’s travel writing and blogging “career.” I mean, can you really call getting paid to travel and write a career? He seems to think so… While he was off eating his way through Spain, France, and Belgium, I sat at home three months pregnant. While he spent what felt like the entire summer drinking beer in Asheville, I watched idly in the midst…

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Charlotte, Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel

Restaurant Snapshot: Growlers Pourhouse and Crepe Cellar in Charlotte, NC

Restaurant Snapshot is a new series on the blog where I review a restaurant that really captured my attention. The series is meant to provide a brief overview of what the kitchen offers and why you need to eat there.     As I sat at the bar of Crepe Cellar doing a side-by-side tasting of NoDa’s Hop Cakes alongside Bell’s Hopslam with restaurant owner Jeff Tonidandel, I thought to myself, “Why…

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Beercation Itineraries, Charlotte, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Charlotte Beercation: A Charlotte Breweries Guide

How would I design my perfect weekend in Charlotte? The answer is easy – with a tour of Charlotte breweries!     I’m not the only one who thinks Charlotte breweries are awesome. Fortune recently heralded the Queen City’s craft beer scene in an article. “Charlotte, N.C. isn’t a place that often springs to mind for craft beer lovers, but it’s a mistake to overlook it.” Charlotte’s craft beer scene is exploding…

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Charlotte, Travel, United States

Hotel Review – The Omni Charlotte Hotel

Omni Charlotte Hotel Review We dropped our bags as we entered our executive suite at the Omni Charlotte Hotel and immediately ran to one of the windows that flanked the walls of our hotel room. I say “windows” because the room was so massive that my wife and I had a choice of which one we thought provided the best view of Uptown Charlotte. I opted for the point, looking down on…

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Charlotte, Travel, Travel Tips, United States

Our Staycation in Charlotte, North Carolina

It’s strange being a tourist in your own town. As locals, we tend to take things for granted. Landmarks that bear so much significance to our city’s history become blurs on our daily commute. Monuments and statues lose their meaning and become directional beacons. Art museums are forgotten and reserved for school field trips. Downtown has become a place where we used to hang out in our younger days. And yet, we…

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Charlotte, Craft Beer Travel

Unknown Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina

It’s easy to be unknown in Charlotte’s exploding craft beer scene.  From the time Brad Shell, Boss Man at Unknown Brewing, decided to open shop in Charlotte and the taps started pumping beer, the brewery count jumped from one lone brewery to five. Today, a little more than a year after opening, the city boasts ten plus breweries with weekly announcements of additional breweries in the works. Up until I had the…

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Charlotte, Craft Beer Travel, Travel

Charlotte Craft Beer Week’s Annual Cask Ale Festival at Duckworth’s

What is cask ale?  According to the web site Cask Toronto, cask ale is “beer that is brewed from traditional ingredients and matured in the cask from which it is served. This means that it is fresh and unfiltered and therefore has a unique flavor.  Cask ale is naturally conditioned as a by-product of the secondary fermentation that takes place inside the cask.  It is then served directly, without the use of…

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