Chow and Chatter blogger Rebecca Subbiah recently interview Winston-Salem resident and social media guru Susan Morris about a newly released app, Treks in the City, which highlights Winston-Salem's top spots.
I was raised by green parents. No, not by Martian-looking cartoon characters, but by thoughtful parents who recycled and planned car trips to minimize miles and grew a garden and even composted. All of this was in the 1970s, when these activities were far from fashionable. We always talked about how we could save resources and waste less. While I admit that now, like most Americans, I consume more than my fair share of the planet’s resources, I do try to avoid ridiculous overconsumption. To this day I cannot bring myself to turn the oven on if the air conditioning is running, or to buy foods that are out of season, or to buy a car that gets less than 20 mpg.
In between visiting the Riverwalk and Downtown Wilmington, we attempted to explore the beaches. Mother Nature was in a peculiar mood: One moment we baked in the sun; the next it poured. Another day we battled wind gust and temperatures in the 60s. If you look at the pictures of the Historic District from my last post, you’ll notice the deterioration of the weather within a three to four hour time span.
I’ve been known to, whenever possible, suggest the use of built-in features in design projects. When something is built into a room, it adds such a clean, custom element, saves space and (bonus!) it’s less furniture that you have to buy.
Green produce still dominates my CSA portion every week. I’m excited to see more than leafy greens and to try out new recipes with Cold Water Creek Farm’s produce offerings. Here are a few easy breezy green recipes that have been featured in my kitchen as of late.
Come meet the “Clay Cousins” who are devoted to making pottery as a way of life. On May 28 and 29, Seagrove potters Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery hold their 3rd annual Cousins in Clay event.
If you happen to love vintage-inspired jewelry like I do then you'll absolutely fall in love with the Charlotte design studio Neogranny. Molly Reilly is the artist and designer behind this collection of laser cut wooden pendants and earrings. She even creates some fabulous silhouette brooches, but I’m hoping she’ll soon offer larger pieces because her work is so unique.
“Food consists not just in piles of chemicals; it also comprises a set of social and ecological relationships, reaching back to the land and outward to other people.” Michael Pollan “In Defense of Food”
From Sunday through Thursday during the month of May, 16 Charlotte restaurants will participate in the city’s first Carolinas Farm to Fork Restaurant Month, serving special prix fixe lunch, brunch, and dinner menus featuring local ingredients.
I’ve learned over the years that when I’m in need of the perfect color scheme, direction on how to layer textures, or just a muse to jump start a new project, a source of inspiration that never fails is Mother Nature. The abundance of colors, designs and textures that occur in the natural environment possess exquisite, innate beauty and it’s hard to go wrong when their inspiration is used indoors.