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Merci Train Boxcar Symbolizes French-American Ties
Following World War II, in recognition of American postwar relief efforts, the people of France sent over bnoxcars fliied with gifts to say "thank you." Far from home and aching for familiar comfort, a young French soldier spied a glimmer of hope on the blo...

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Five years Ago, Piedmont's Crawford Leavoy Succumbed to Alcoholism in New Orleans. Now, He's Running One of Durham's Best Restaurants.
Two weeks after finishing his first marathon, Crawford Leavoy waits in the starting chute of Cary's Tobacco Road Marathon. Indy Week photos by Alex Boerner. M ardi Gras drifts on the calendar. Based on the dates of other nearby holidays, it's not as easy to...

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The right tools make oyster shucking simple
We’ve been gearing up at Southern Season to celebrate National Oysters on the Half Shell Day on March 31. There’s just one problem: Not all of us know how to shuck an oyster. We asked Chef Ricky Moore of Durham, North Carolina’s acclaimed Saltbox Seafood Jo...

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Think Outside of the Box for Passover
There are few things that Melissa Krumbein enjoys more than cooking for her large family at the holidays. Add in the challenge of not using leavened products during Passover and the Richmond, Virginia-based caterer is truly in her happy place. “There’s no r...

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Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is March 1st
Mark Overbay is deeply amused by the notion of March 1 being National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. “For me, that’s like having a National Oxygen Lover’s Day,” quips the founder of Big Spoon Roasters, a maker of artisan nut butters in Durham, North Carolina. “...

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Pure Parmesan
At Southern Season, when you
buy a chunk of Parmesan cheese, you get 100 percent premium Italian cheese
chosen by our Cheesemonger in Residence to deliver exceptional flavor and
quality. “We’ve heard from customers who are concerned about reports of
wood pu...

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The First Taste of Pizzeria Mercato
With brown craft paper still on some windows,  Pizzeria Mercato  made its long awaited debut on Friday. Located about as far from the  Carrboro Farmers’ Market  as one can roll a winter squash with gusto, the “soft opening” of the much anticipated eatery wa...

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Dental Assistant: Tom & Jenny's Caramel Is the Sugar-Free Miracle That Won't Hurt Your Teeth or Taste
Tom Thekkekandam pours xylitol-based caramel into molds in his home kitchen. The caramel is intended to help teeth, not hurt them. Indy Week photo by Jeremy M. Lange For candy makers, Valentine's Day is the second-sweetest sales day of the year, bested only...

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Ponysaurus named in Food & Wine's list of hot trends for 2016
Dried okra bar snack (Ponysaurus photo) Food & Wine  restaurant editor  Kate Krader has included Durham's  Ponysaurus Brewing Co.  in her  2016 food trend predictions story . Based on a recent visit, she hailed the Hood Street taproom as a "next-level brewp...

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Poole's Diner named in Eater's National Top 38 restaurant list
Ashley Christensen (Indy Week photo by Jeremy Lange) Poole's Diner  has joined another elite cast: Esteemed critic Bill Addison named chef Ashley Christensen's Raleigh flagship to Eater's second-ever  National Top 38 restaurant list . It is the only North C...
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