What's The Real Reason For The Outer Banks Evacuation?

By now, you've heard all about the massive power outage caused by a construction company accidentally severing three major transmission cables on North Carolina's Outer Banks last Thursday (7/27). Electricity was lost on the popular tourist destinations of Hatteras Island and Ocracoke. It could still be another two weeks before power is restored. A mandatory…

Top 10 Barbecue Sides

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of social media and print features debating the virtues of one type of barbecue over another. Whole hog or Boston butt? Who makes the best brisket? Are ribs better served slathered in sauce or dry-rubbed? Speaking of sauce, what's the difference between those favored in Eastern North Carolina, Western…

It's KidsFest At Carowinds This Weekend!

Carowinds is celebrating its littlest guests all day this weekend with 'KidsFest' - Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16! Carwinds PR Director Laresa Thompson says to expect "dance parties, science experiments, interactive games and activities and a meet and greet with local heroes." She says KidsFest is being held in Planet Snoopy, with activities around every…

Top 10 Classic Summer Cocktails

The debate rages on across North Carolina: Should alcohol sales be allowed before noon on Sundays? Well, it might not be that much of a debate. The state legislature voted in favor of it. Now it's up to city and county governments to decide. I, for one, have never been much for breakfast booze, but…

Lenoir Hosts 16th Annual NC Blackberry Festival

Every summer it's the same thing! People go on and on about strawberries and blueberries. What about the poor blackberry? If ever there was an underrated, underappreciated piece of fruit, it's the blackberry. Perfect in pie, yummy in yogurt, and don't get me started on blackberry cobbler. It's time to celebrate this noble nugget of…

Top 10 Most Patriotic States

Here's something to ponder on our nation's 241st birthday: What makes one state more patriotic than another? Aren't they all part of the United States of America, and don't they all fly the star-spangled banner on the Fourth of July? Financial services website WalletHub quantified the level of patriotism in each state based on thirteen…

See NC's New Island!

I'd like to say this little island 'has appeared out of nowhere,' but odds are, it's been a gradual build up of sand, courtesy of waves, and tides...maybe with a little help from the gulf stream?

The Most Iconic Restaurants In Each State

BBQ, seafood, steakhouses - they all have their places in American gastro-history, and hearts and stomachs. Which restaurants 'made the cut,' and are listed as the 'most iconic,' by those epic listers, Thrillist.com?

Top 10 Summer Live Music Experiences

This was a hard list to write. There's no shortage of great concerts coming to the Carolinas this summer. The problem was whittling the list down to just ten. In order to make it easier on myself, I had to exclude any show before June 21st or after September 21st. Otherwise, Paul Simon (6/6) would…