Farmers’ Market Recipe: Arbol Pepper Honey Shrimp

Mar 12, 2012 Comments Off

This recipe has just four ingredients, but it rocked our socks the other night. The secret? Cloister Honey. If you live in Charlotte, you can find it at local food stores like Atherton Market, Reid’s, or Fabo. If you live outside of Charlotte, look for it at Dean and Deluca. The Cloister people are incredibly [...]

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5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

Dec 04, 2011 Comments Off

Defy the Consumer Christmas! Instead of going into the red to buy things that will rarely be used, stay green – and sane — this Christmas season with simple eco-friendly tips. You’ll simplify your life, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money as well. A very merry Christmas indeed! 1. The Great Tree Debate: Live [...]

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$5 Challenge Recipes

Sep 16, 2011 Comments Off

The challenge: Can you make a great, homemade meal with local ingredients for the same cost of a value meal? Challenge accepted! Here are several recipes for The Slow Food USA $5 Challenge. Have more? Keep ‘em coming! Italian Dining for Two This recipe — or some variation of it — is a mainstay in [...]

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Ecolicious = Charlotte’s Eco-Goldmine

Aug 22, 2011 2 Comments

When visiting Asheville, I bemoan that Charlotte doesn’t have that same fun, eco-aware shopping vibe that they do. A new store in Plaza-Midwood, however, is infusing a little Asheville soul into the Queen City – Ecolicious. Ecolicious is to Plaza-Midwood what Paper Skyscraper is to Dilworth. It’s that gem of a store, the place you buy gifts that leave people [...]

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Slow Food’s Five-Dollar Challenge: Charlotte Edition

Aug 19, 2011 1 Comment

True or False? A fast food value meal is cheaper than a slow food dinner at home. False. And Slow Food USA will prove it. Slow Food USA has issued a challenge: Can you make a delicious meal made with quality ingredients for the cost of a fast food value meal? They think you can. [...]

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Temporarily Vegan: Day One

Jul 15, 2011 2 Comments

I’m going vegan for three days. That’s seventy-two hours without cheese. I’m freaked. I have many reasons for going vegan but only one reason for NOT going vegan. In the “pro” column are the biggies: I get that the vegan diet is better for the earth, for my health, for animals. Intellectually, vegan is the [...]

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Red, White… or Green? Vin Master Offers Sustainable, Organic Wines

Apr 14, 2011 Comments Off

South End Charlotte continues to grow into an eco-foodie delight. In addition to the all-local farmers market and Healthy Home Market, the area boasts a new green shopping option: Vin Master, offering natural and organic wines.   Vin Master is an attractive shop with couches, a tasting bar, and two adorable pups who greet customers at the door. Wine [...]

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Eco-Chic at the FROCK Shop

Mar 23, 2011 Comments Off

Recently I entered a FROCK Shop trunk show for some casual browsing, but I left with a moral dilemma as big as my shopping bag: Do I blog about this to get FROCK Shop every bit of attention it deserves, or do I keep this tip for myself to minimize the shopping competition?   Don’t make me regret this. [...]

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The Real Sign at the Gas Station

Mar 08, 2011 Comments Off

The signs we watch at gas stations become scarier each day. Some days, the prices on the signs jump a few cents; other days, they leap a dime. The scarier sign, though, is how much that number affects our lives. Are we at the mercy of the number on the sign? For many of us, commuting to [...]

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Reclaimed Fallen Trees Transformed Into Art

Feb 28, 2011 1 Comment

Local artist Stephen Owen sees art where others may miss it: in local fallen trees. By using these reclaimed trees as material for his work, Stephen transforms this wood — otherwise destined for the landfill — into gorgeous pieces of art.

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