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The Round Bistro……….Brings Flavor and Atmosphere a Full 360!

By Mr. Urban The Round Bistro located in Gastonia N.C. was a unique find, upon a suggestion from a friend, The artwork on the walls and warm brown tones from the furniture and fixtures set the tone for a great dining experience. The menu hails a “Regional Cuisine” created by Chef Jack Acheson, a visionary of blending various styles of cuisine to fully enhance flavors within. From fish, poultry, meats and fresh vegetables. We started with an appetizers, Fried Asparagus with a flavorful remoulade sauce. Not over fried, and the freshness…

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Drinkin’ Vegan by: April D. Richmond

With the Vegan movement gaining momentum daily, it’s time to take a look at something that is surprisingly un-vegan, WINE! To the chagrin of many Vegans, most wines fall under the category of   “no- no”. What causes wine to not make the Vegan cut, and how can you get around this technical foul? Let’s take a look at some surprising facts and safe wines. Believe it or not, animal products are commonly used in most wines during the fermenting process to remove proteins, yeast and cloudiness often found in wine….

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Shamarr Wall …Gastronomy Unlimited!

At a restaurant/lounge in downtown QC,  I was afforded the chance to meet this gentleman of culinary talents. Shamarr Wall is truly a student of the craft. Prior to the meeting, I did my homework on this brother and of course with me being a foodie/former chef/4th generation gastronomy guru… I was impressed by the creations seen on his FB page. There was not a limited scope in the dishes he created, as a matter of fact, I saw that Mr. Wall took dishes and added his own touch to…

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A New Spirit in Town…Onyx Spirits!

There’s a new spirit in town, well, it’s been around for a long time, moonshine that is. But the owners of Onyx Spirits has redefined the taste and true history behind moonshine. When we talked to Adam von Gootkin, co founder of Onyx Spirits, he shares a rich history of his family, the area and how Onyx moonshine came into existence. “With moonshine, every has their thoughts about moonshine”, says Adam “Moonshine = backwoods,,,but when we started with there’s a family history” We learned that Adam’s  family has been transporting…

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Whiskey Notes

  American Musician, Jerry Vale, quoted this statement “Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won’t cure a cold.”   It may not cure the common cold, but for some it does bring a smile to the face.  So the question remains, what makes whiskey such a distinctive spirit?  First off, whiskey has been produced since the 1700′s and like a few of its counterparts was given its name from the meaning “water of life” and has become produced globally.  I bet you’re going to ask…”what’s the…

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