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Thursday, June 30, 2011

RECIPE: Parchment Salmon

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

My dear friend Betsy made an amazing recipe (for her, at least) for salmon that uses a parchment packet and fresh citrus fruit. The way she described it sounded so good, I demanded the recipe for this so-called Citrus Salmon in Parchment.

Unfortunately, the recipe didn't turn out so well for me when I tried it. I think I must have royally messed this one up somehow because my fish turned out pretty bland and overcooked.

Here are my step-by-step photos. Why don't you give it a whirl and let me know if it works for you... Find the recipe at here.


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Cheerwine filled Krispy Kremes are back

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Krispy Kreme has teamed up with Cheerwine once again to bring you Cheerwine filled Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The flavor is only around for the month of July, so eat 'em up while you can (or avoid as much as possible if you aren't a fan).


Where to find them, according to the press release:

This limited edition treat will be available by the half-dozen at participating BI-LO, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Ingles Markets, Kroger, Lowes Foods, Piggly Wiggly, Publix and Walmart stores as well as participating Krispy Kreme retail shops in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee (excluding Memphis) and Roanoke VA. Visit for your nearest Krispy Kreme location.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free food from Morton's for cabbies and limo drivers

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM

This Thursday, June 30th, Morton's The Steakhouse will be giving free meals to the taxi and limo drivers of Charlotte for "Taxi and Limo Appreciation Day."

From 11am to 1:30pm, local taxi and limo drivers will line their cabs along West Trade Street as servers hand deliver a steak sandwich, chips, brownie and bottled water.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Discounted gift cards for Ruth's Chris Steak House's anniversary

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Celebrate Ruth's Chris Steak House's 46th anniversary with a super good deal.

You can purchase a $76 gift card for only $46.

Purchase it online here.  Sale ends June 30.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

New at The Capital Grille: The Generous Pour Wine Event

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 2:11 PM

The Capital Grille will begin their The Generous Pour Wine Event next month, which will run from July 12 through September 4.

Similar to last summer's Master Wine Tasting Event, the event will feature a collection of wine from around the world, hand-selected by The Capital Grille's Master Sommelier George Miliotes. For only $25 per person with dinner, diners may enjoy as many of the nine wines on the list as they like.

The Capital Grille

201 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202


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Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen opening Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Chef and Owner Jim Noble will be opening a second location of his restaurant Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen in Uptown in 1 Bank of America Center's Urban Garden. (The first location of the restaurant is located in SouthPark.)

The restaurant is slated to have two levels with access from College Street on the first floor and access from the Urban Garden on the second floor. A wine bar will be housed on the first level, and second level will hold the restaurant and kitchen.

Construction is expected to begin this summer.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

New Spa-Tinis at Morton's The Steakhouse are all under 200 calories

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Now it's possible to have your martinis and still look good in your bikini. Drink guilt-free with Morton's The Steakhouse's new drink menu of "Spa-Tinis," drinks that contain less than 200 calories, yet still taste sweet and fruity.

The "Spa-Tinis" menu includes cocktails like the Skynny Blood Orange Cosmo, Red Velvet, Skinny Rita, Anioxidant Me, and Lean and Green.

Invited over to try all five cocktails last night, my favorite was the Lean and Green, which contains Soju, agave nectar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. The refreshing faint green drink came served in a lean champagne flute and was garnished with a cucumber. So good. The other drinks were fine, but a tad too sweet for me. Next time I'd ask that they be cut with a little soda water.

Stop here with the cocktails if you plan on squeezing into a swimsuit this weekend, but if not, keep reading ... and ordering.

It's wonderful that the Spa-Tinis are on the lighter side, because that just means more calories to burn on Morton's delicious Bar Bites!

A steal at $5 and $6 price points, their items are irresistible. The cheeseburger sliders are not to be missed. At $6 for a plate of 4, it's pretty ridiculous.

Check out it out for yourself:

Morton's The Steakhouse

227 West Trade St # 150

Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 333-2602

Open Mon-Sat 5:30pm-11pm

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to make a hydrangea cake

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 3:14 PM

So I just have to share ... check out the cake my boyfriend made for my birthday party held at VBGB Beer Garden (who were so nice to let us have a private area and party it up last week).


Impressive, right? As a first-time baker, the bf baked up quite the cake. With just a little assistance from me, he piped two-toned flowers all over his vanilla and lemon-curd-filled layer cake and turned it into a hydrangea plant.

To achieve the look, he (... or we) tried two different techniques. The first came from the blog I Am Baker. This blogger uses a petal tip and pipes each petal individually. Her flowers are beautiful, ours were not so pretty. (Check our her tutorial... she makes it look so easy!)

After struggling with this method for a bit and creating demented flowers, we switched to a different piping technique. This one, from Glorious Treats, uses a closed star tip to create a flower in one squeeze of the bag. It was much easier and yielded prettier flowers. Use this method if you are going to attempt this cake!

Now that we've figured it out for you, try making a hydrangea cake for your next occasion. It'd make a beautiful birthday, Mother's Day, baby shower, or bridal shower cake. Perhaps you could try shades of pink or white and green, too.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dress like a cow, get free chicken

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM

July 8 marks Chick-Fil-A's Customer Appreciation Day. As always, customers who dress up as cows will get a free meal. (Partial costume gets you a free entree, a head to hoof costume gets you a free meal.)

Heck, dress up the whole family and get free food for the entire herd.

Don't have any cow print in your closet? Chick-Fil-A's website includes a downloadable costume here.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Free food for students at Ikea

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM


Ikea is offering a free entree (worth $6.99) to students. Just stop by and show your student ID, along with this coupon (click to download coupon pdf).

This offer is good until July 2.

Go on and get some Swedish Meatballs!

(Oh yeah, and they have good soft serve ice cream too.)

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