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When you write about restaurants, people naturally ask for your recommendations. I’m more than happy to satisfy curiosity and wax poetic about mouth-watering dishes, too.

Kindness & Kabobs

Kindness. It’s a concept that we see – we feel – time and again at Afghan Kabob. Co-owner Helal “Leo” Dur steps away from the kitchen to help Intissar Larouz on her first day working the counter where customer orders are taken and rung up.

For many years after I met my husband, late chilly winter afternoons called for sitting down for a cup of Russian tea with my mother-in-law.  It was a mysterious name for a  concoction that seemed distinctly American: A powdered mixture of Tang and Lipton instant tea with some sugar, cinnamon and ground cloves. She always had a batch at the ready in an airtight glass jar.

In his more than 60 years as co-owner of North Carolina’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, Fayetteville’s Steve Paris has witnessed many changes in technology and menu offerings. But the restaurant’s latest offering may be its most surprising: Beyond Fried Chicken, plant-based nuggets available for a limited time and billed as “A chicken-fried miracle.”

It's a long way from Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, to Eastover, North Carolina. But the two small towns have something in common:  "There's just something about that bread," said Josh …

The Best New Books of 2021

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” – Austin Phelps As a used bookstore owner, I am always reading book reviews. I also review lists of new books because, after all, they …

Milton Mazarick surely would be pleased to see the families, tennis players and even disc golfers who make his namesake park a bustling place year-round, but especially in mild weather.

The shape we’re in

A restful void appears where the festive tree loomed. No longer underfoot, shiny new toys have settled into a new home.

Loving our libraries

I’m only kidding when I occasionally tell my husband that I’d like my ashes to be sprinkled on the lawn of Cumberland County’s Headquarters Public Library on Maiden Lane. But as a …

New Year’s Resolutions for Other People            Every New Year’s Eve, I make resolutions for the coming year.  I vow to lose …

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