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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Swig: How to make Apostrophe Lounge's Smokin' Hot Martini

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM

In this episode of "Swig," Kyle Musumeci, bar manager of Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 South Tryon St., shows us how to make Apostrophe's signature Smokin' Hot Martini.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Blue dessert reception for a good cause

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I absolutely love dessert. This week, I've indulged in a flourless chocolate cake, two Napoleons from Amelie's French Bakery, and two kinds of cupcakes from Soul Gastrolounge.

Hey, it was my birthday. No judging!

But tomorrow evening, Sept. 29, you're invited to a dessert reception, hosted at Blue Restaurant, for a good cause.

Your $10 donation at the door goes to benefit My Sister's House, a Friendship Community Development Corporation program. They have assisted over 150 women in securing safe affordable housing in the area since 2007.

With your donation, you' ll get two beverage tickets and tastings of a number of desserts, including ricotta cheesecake, pecan pie, almond cake, chocolate truffles, pumpkin cheesecake, and more. All to the lovely backdrop of cool jazz.

My mouth just started watering.

The event, going from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., is sponsored by The Law Office of Harold Cogdell, The Sol Kitchen and RoundTable Ent., Inc. Blue Restaurant is located at 206 N. College St.

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Groupon deal for Zizi's Vegetarian

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Today's Groupon deal is up to 59 percent off vegan fare at Zizi’s Vegetarian Restaurant in University.

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For $14, you get a vegan dinner for two (up to a $30.72 total value) that includes:

* One appetizer (up to a $6.99 value)
* Two entrees (up to a $19.98 value)
* One dessert (up to a $3.75 value)

For $25, you get a vegan dinner for four (up to a $61.44 total value) that includes:

* Two appetizers (up to a $13.98 value)
* Four entrees (up to a $39.96 value)
* Two desserts (up to a $7.50 value)

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Friday, September 23, 2011

There's something Great American about a Bake Sale

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

What is it about adding the words "Great American" to the name of an event that makes you feel like it's going to be a good one. Finishing that off with Bake Sale, as in the Great American Bake Sale, and you can practically already smell the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, presented to you on a platter by a Donna Reed look-alike.

Maybe that's not exactly what we have here, but a bake sale, nonetheless, begs for your attendance.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, Good Eats & Meets will host the Great American Bake Sale at SouthPark Mall, Center Court, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, the nonprofit organization working to make sure no kid goes hungry.

For more information, check out this link.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Coming soon: Savory Spice Shop

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

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In November, Atherton Mill and Market will welcome Savory Spice Shop to the family of businesses.

From a press release:

Founded in Colorado in 2004, Savory Spice Shop has a loyal customer base in the Denver Metro area. They began franchising the concept in 2009 and since have shared this cook's paradise with ten locations across the United States including a shop in Raleigh. The new Charlotte location will be owned and operation by local residents Amy and Scott MacCabe.

Savory Spice Shop offers more than 400 fresh ground herbs and spices, 140 hand-blended seasonings, organic selections and gift sets. The product is ground and hand-blended weekly to ensure superior freshness. Savory Spice Shop also offers extracts, sauces and more.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Swig: How to make Crave Dessert Bar's Patriot Martini

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Although the Patriot Martini is great for 4th of July, Clint Medlock, operations manager of Crave, 500 W. 5th St., shows us that the colorful drink can be served any time of the year.

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Halloween-inspired drink recipes

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

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I just love the people I follow on Twitter. They put me on to so many cool things.

One article I came across today was tweeted out by DJ Spider, who regularly spins at Retroactive Fridays at Breakfast Club, Single Cell events and more. (She's also been voted by our readers as the best DJ in the city, and she's also really nice.) She'd found an article on Nightclub.com, recommending "Sinfully Sweet Treats" for Halloween. Sinfully sweet as in alcoholic.

My head is already filled with Halloween themes, as I'm trying to brainstorm an awesome costume, so of course I clicked to read up on some new cocktail recipes.

The Sour Witch (courtesy of Lucid Absinthe) sounds pretty fitting for the spooky occasion, if only for the folklore that it causes hallucinations. Although, the last time I tried Absinthe, I did not have any visions of fairies — and it tastes like cinnamon.

Another drink mentioned in the article is called Vampire Crush, made with Vampyre Vodka. Tell me that's not the perfect bottle to have on hand at your Halloween party.

Do you have any recipes for spooky cocktails you'd like to share?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oyster/Wine Pairing Event at Vin Master

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Although autumn officially begins this Friday, Sept. 23, I can't help but dream of the beach, pondering if there's any way at all I can wiggle my toes in the sand one more time this year, without goosebumps prickling my skin.

Sadly, my hectic schedule probably won't allow that to happen. And if you're in the same boat, I know you feel my pain.

But on Wednesday, Sept. 21, Vin Master and Seafoods.com offers us one last romance with summer with a oyster/wine pairing. Here's the info.

Send the Summer of Riesling out in style with a oyster and wine tasting, 6:30-9p Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Vin Master Wine, at Atherton Mill, 2000 South Blvd., Charlotte. Seafoods.com will provide six different oysters to be paired with an appropriate wine, Riesling or otherwise. There will be both raw and cooked oysters and sparkling, dry and sweet wines to sample. $45 per person; RSVP: 704.996.7471, www.thevinmaster.com.

Maybe you won't be on the coast, but if you close your eyes and focus on the taste of a sweet Riesling, you might be able to smell the sea air.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Free frozen yogurt today

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM

To celebrate Yoforia's grand opening at the EpiCentre, head out that way for a free treat.

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Swig: How to make Dressler's Queen City Martini

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

In this episode of "Swig," Brian Lorusso, bar manager of Dressler's Restaurant, 1100 Metropolitan Ave., shows us how to make the deliciously sweet Queen City Martini.

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