Caribbean Cravings – You don’t have to book a flight to find authentic Caribbean cuisine

BY ALICIA VALENSKI A cold glass of rum punch in your hand, the soft sounds of Caribbean music playing, the intoxicating scent of jerk chicken sizzling on the grill… If that sounds like the description of an exotic getaway, then you haven’t explored the authentic Caribbean experiences and cuisine that Charlotte has to offer. Walk through the heart of NoDa and…

Paradise Found – A Barbados vacation combines a beach lover’s paradise with the adventurer’s need for escape

By Vanessa Infanzon Barbados, “the bearded one” in Portuguese, is the easternmost island in the Caribbean. On the map, it’s a speck, but its 166 square miles of winding roads through small towns with shops, restaurants, bakeries and historic places pack a big punch. And with a year-round average temperature of about 78 degrees, the island is perfect for water…

Going Green – Local restaurants, cafes, and more are breathing new life into their interior décor with vibrant, indoor greenery

Indoor plants are having a moment in Charlotte. The trend is known as “greening,” or bringing the outdoors in with plant life, and the refreshing interior design move is sweeping the city in restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. The organic additions are aesthetically appealing, of course—the splash of color adds a certain organic glamour to an interior—but there’s a wellness…

Out on the Town: Here’s where some of the city’s top restaurateurs go out for date night.

Some of Charlotte’s top spots to eat and drink are run by couples. Here’s where the people who bring you your date nights go out. “One of our favorite date nights is making the drive out to Matthews to Thai restaurant Tamarind. The food is incredible, as are the owners! The drive gives us some much-needed alone time.” —James Yoder.…

Favor the Bold: 6 show-stopping looks for this year’s holiday party circuit

Dare to dazzle on this year’s holiday celebration circuit with looks and makeup that are both elegant and unapologetically show-stopping. Why not be the life—and talk—of the party? Photography by Joseph Bradley Wardrobe styling and creative direction by Whitley Adkins Hamlin | the Queen City Style Hair and makeup by Sarah Broyhill of Directions USA Modeling by Angelina Anderson and…