Author: scrosland

The special ingredient in some of Charlotte’s best cocktails may shock you—but it’s delicious

Mushrooms are getting a makeover. From a decadent truffle creation to a Manhattan made with foraged fungi, innovative mixologists are incorporating this unexpected ingredient into some of the city’s best libations. In The Woods It should come as no surprise that Heirloom Restaurant, known for its foraged fare and locally-sourced drinks, would be one of the first to offer this…

S’mores galore: Where to satisfy your throwback craving—without the campfire and sticky fingers

Satisfy your summer s’mores craving, but skip the sticky fingers and campfire. Top chefs around town are drawing inspiration from the crunchy graham cracker, gooey marshmallow, and melted chocolate combination to create luxe desserts sure to have you going back for, well, s’more. 5Church Featuring a chocolate brownie and crushed graham streusel topped with marshmallow that’s toasted for an authentic…

Farm to City: Uptown’s new restaurant Haymaker serves up local seasonal ingredients in a stunning urban setting

Uptown’s newest restaurant, Haymaker, is serving up local seasonal ingredients in a stunning urban setting. When it comes to farm-to-table fare, Chef William Dissen is the real deal. Haymaker’s owner and chef hails from the mountains of West Virginia, where he grew up spending time on his grandparents’ farm and in his grandmother’s garden-fed kitchen. He attended the Culinary Institute…

BLT Steak unveils its new Sunday Roast—and it’s positively marvelous

The Sunday Roast may be a quintessentially English meal, but there’s no reason to let the Brits have all the fun. The latest offering from Uptown’s chic BLT Steak is an all-inclusive Sunday meal for $49 featuring a chef-selected roast with accompanying sauces, a classic side (think jalapeno mashed potatoes), and mini versions of the restaurant’s famed fluffy popovers—perfect for…

16 places with poke bowls to try, from Ballantyne to South End

By now, you’ve likely heard of—and maybe even eaten—poke (pronounced POH-kay). The wave of this Hawaiian raw-fish dish trend, which washed over the West Coast a few years ago, has finally hit Charlotte in recent months. From fast-casual spots such as the new Seoul Bowl on South Boulevard to upscale restaurants like Park Road Shopping Center’s CO, the bowls of…

Southern hospitality: Inside The Dewberry, Charleston’s new hotel

Charleston’s new Dewberry hotel offers midcentury modern vibes with a side of Southern hospitality. In a city known for its antebellum architecture and romantic rows of pastel homes, The Dewberry’s design draws attention. Overlooking Charleston’s Marion Square, the new 155-room hotel pays serious homage to midcentury design—but with plenty of subtle nods to its Lowcountry surroundings. The building was originally…

Unexplored Tuscany

From family-owned vineyards to truffle hunting adventures, Tuscany offers an allure all its own. The breeze in Tuscany comes gently with the scent of lavender and the sound of old church bells. This picturesque region of Italy is known for its rich history, Renaissance art, stunning landscapes, and fine wines and food, but there’s more to it. Tuscany offers a…

Seaside Serenity

Florida’s historic Amelia Island beckons beach lovers in search of the ultimate relaxing escape. Arriving at Omni Amelia Island Plantation instantly sets the scene for luxurious relaxation. Spanish moss-draped oak trees line the roads that wind past marshes and into the resort, which is at the southern end of the island. As guests take their first steps into the hotel,…