Good Times Roll On

Gulf Coast hospitality is showcased in Mobile, Ala. full of history, charm, a knock-out culinary scene, and plenty of outdoor fun. You’re never far from the water when in Mobile, Ala., nor do you want to be. As a sinking red-orange fireball sunset streaks across the coastline, I snake along the Mobile-Tensaw Delta on the “Osprey,” Wild Native Five River…

Funky Fusion

Ramen is the latest trendy dish to take over the food scene. Chef Troy’s version is a Cajun-influenced fusion dish perfect for experimenting in the kitchen. Gumbo Ramen 1/3 cup shortening or canola oil 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup celery, fine dice 1/3 cup green bell pepper, fine dice ½ cup onion, fine dice 3 cloves of garlic, fine…

Flour Power

After 30 years working in human resources, Deborah Hamilton retired at age 55 to start a second career managing dough—bread dough, that is. Five years ago, she and her husband, Bob, opened a Great Harvest Bakery Café in north Charlotte and this spring, they are gearing up to open a second location in Cornelius. The bakery is slated to open…

Fresh Finds

Summer has finally arrived in Lake Norman, and that means it’s time for lots of fresh fruits and veggies. But before you go to the grocery store to stock up, check out some of the area’s farmers markets. With multiple markets offering everything from vegetables, fruits, and cheeses to homemade bath products, woodworking, and pottery items, there’s something to capture…

Crafting a Community

Lake Norman’s newest brewery opens its doors this month. On this Friday afternoon, Jack Lippy has just returned from Raleigh, where he got Eleven Lakes Brewing’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) permits. No longer is this a hobby or an 11-year dream—Cornelius’ newest brewery is licensed to sell. Eleven Lakes sits off Bailey Road in an office park space reminiscent of…

The Top 5

June’s essential dates. June 3 – 4 Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show: Looking for the perfect thing for the out-of-school kids? Bring them to this interesting and fun family event. See lots of amazing animals and learn about them in the live animal seminars going on throughout the day. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are $5 for children and…

Holy Smokes

A Huntersville cigar shop looks to modernize the traditional boys’ club. It’s not a typical night out. In fact, it seems almost a throwback to a slower time. Burners is Lake Norman’s premier cigar shop and smoking lounge with a surprisingly hip vibe. The crowd is a mix of men and women, first-timers in their 20s and people who have…