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It’s a family affair

North Carolina born and bred, I was raised in a region very similar to Hawaii in its love and affinity for family everything. With family reunions, family photos and especially family-style dining, you could say that the fondness for all da kine kin reaches across all borders — all the way from the dairy farms…

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At the Kobe, Kobe cabana

Known for specializing in teppanyaki or hibachi cooking, Kobe Steakhouse is a surprising dichotomy of deliciousness. For while the preparation technique of each meal is traditional — you can always count on its quality and taste staying consistent — one ingredient that is constantly changing is the charismatic nature of each chef who serves you….

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July 6, 2014

Chef Chai in the sky

Back in graduate school, my favorite course was English Literature, and one of the plays we studied that especially captured my heart was A Midsummer Night’s Dream by none other than good ole’ Bill Shakespeare. Perhaps I fancied it so much because of the quick British wit and ballsy, no-holds-barred humor that lined its pages…

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June 29, 2014

‘Roll’ with the punches

There’s a saying in life that is often offered by those optimistically inclined. When times get tough and all seems to overwhelm, the positive Pollyannas among us pipe up with a jolly “Just roll with the punches!” cliché. Now, most of the time, I take this advice good-naturedly to heart and welcome their pithy positivity….

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June 22, 2014

Who wants to be a Millionaire?

There is such a fascination these days with amassing money and wealth. Think about it, from TV shows to workshop how-to’s, the burning quest on everyone’s mind seems to fixate around one sole mission: attaining millions. Although it may seem like an unreachable goal to most, what if I told you that having millions was…

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June 15, 2014

Beware the ‘Sug-ah Snare’

We have a lot of interesting expressions in the South, and my Great Aunt Sadie was notorious for them. One in particular, my sisters and I secretly dubbed “the Sug-ah snare” — a spine-chilling, seared-inmy-brain memory I’d still to this day much rather forget than recall. Gathering us to her ample bosom, Aunt Sadie would…

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‘Wu’-ed by vegetarian food

I have always known that Chinese cuisine is often associated with vegetarianism, yet it wasn’t until recently that I decided to delve deeper into this mysterious meat-abstinence evolution of the ancient East. Dating back to 507 AD, China’s Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty, a devout Buddhist and strict vegetarian, is credited for converting to…

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June 1, 2014

Nothing beats a ‘Big Bear’ hug

His name was Happy, and by the time he got around to being my main squeeze (I was the youngest of three girls), he had been around the block and back and was pretty beat-up. One-eyed, balding badly in several spots and vaguely smelling of a hodge-podge of peanut butter, perfume and yesterday’s grilled cheese…

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Young grasshopper gourmet

Long before Donald Trump (and his hair) began deciding who was fired and not fired on national television, the concept of The Apprentice was much more than a reality show — it was a way of life. Countless examples throughout history exist of this unique, symbiotic system of learning. When America was settled, the tradesmen…

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May 18, 2014

Sharing in good taste

I was the youngest of three girls growing up, and although my siblings were wonderful and loving, sharing wasn’t always something we were necessarily thrilled about. Many memories have I of sisterly scuffles over something or other we wanted all to ourselves. Without fail, my mom would reach in amid the hair pulling, name-calling and…

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