December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Anyone who knows me can attest to this fact: I love Christmas.

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

"Farm-to-table" is, undoubtedly, a buzzword—or rather, buzz-phrase. But what about "farm to finely woven accessories?" Or "farm to to-go box?" These days, local farmers aren't just growing veggies to hock at farmer's markets or box up for trendy eateries. Across the region, locally-grown produce and products are finding new homes in the mouths and on the bodies of Charlotteans. They're…

October 2017 Lifestyle Letter

There's no place like home. Home is where the heart is. A house is not a home. There's a reason idioms abound when it comes to the place we call home. It's not just where we lay our heads at night, it's where we lay our hearts. It's the place we go when we seek comfort or relaxation, where we…

September 2017 Lifestyle Letter

After seemingly endless weeks of beating sun and bursting storm clouds and humid air, autumn is finally here. The first signs of this most welcome season show up in color: in the yellow-tinged leaves of late summer, in the golden light of early evenings and, more importantly, in the swaths of creamy cashmere and dark wool that suddenly fill the…

August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I've written my fair share of brewery articles. I've interviewed maverick brewers in San Diego and old hands in Asheville. I've toured operations in Portland and Maui and Memphis. I've sipped and nodded along as dozens of brewers practiced their rehearsed speeches about their IPAs and lagers and ESBs. What I'm saying is, I'm a bit jaded when it comes…

July 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I’m finishing up the Outdoors Issue on the deck of a lakehouse in the middle of Tennessee’s mountains. To say I’m enjoying the outdoors at the moment is a bit of an understatement. But in truth, there are no outdoors I enjoy quite like our own. When I moved away from the Carolinas after college, my heart ached for them.…

June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Welcome, gentlemen, to your issue. Charlotte is a city teeming with restaurants, sports and destinations curated just for you—just like this issue. From kitchen gadgets to the ultimate steak grilling guide, this one’s for you. We sat down with the guys at Charlotte mainstay Cajun Queen to get a taste of their famous BBQ Shrimp recipe, the perfect dish for…

May 2017 Lifestyle Letter

We're a city perfectly positioned for travel. A speedy drive to the west or east drops you at the foot of mountains or the shores of the ocean. Southern hotspots like Charleston, Savannah and Atlanta are close enough for weekend getaways. Incredible Carolinian beaches and their auxiliary charming towns dot the coastline, awaiting our summer vacations under crystalline skies (see…

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

My earliest memories take place in the garden. Picking crimson raspberries warmed by the summer sun. Rinsing the wrinkled bodies of carrots in the cool pool of a watering can. The floral push of a lily's scent. Roly polies and earth worms.

March 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Detractors of our Southern city may scoff at the notion that our city is a mecca of vibrant arts and culture. This issue proves them wrong. It’s a testament to our thriving arts scene, a scene that’s flourished in the past decade, expanded to include artists of all mediums and a broader definition of culture that encompasses people of all…