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A long time ago, during my college days, I worked at a Greek restaurant. This is where I fell in love with Mediterranean cuisine. Some of my favorite go-to snacks are briny Kalamata olives, crispy pita bread dipped in creamy hummus, Feta cheese drizzled with olive oil and cracked pepper, and…

Every day of the week in my opinion is a great day to eat Mexican. Most of us can’t wait for Taco Tuesdays so we can affordably indulge in delicious chicken, beef or steak tacos and mounds of crispy chips and salsa. It’s the perfect meal to enjoy with friends and to help you unwind after a l…

According to legend, the history of tea began as early as 2737 BC when the Chinese emperor, Shen Nung was sitting underneath a tree. His servant was boiling water for him to drink when a few leaves from a Camellia Sinensis tree fell into the water, creating the first cup of tea.

It’s hot outside and most of us are looking for a reprieve. You’re in luck because July is National Ice Cream Month. So let’s take a trip to Washington, N.C., and visit Cups & Cones Ice Cream & Coffee Shop at 227 E. Water St.

It’s pretty safe to say that most of us have seen the movie, “The Godfather.” We find ourselves repeating famous lines like “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse,” or “leave the gun, take the cannoli.” It’s a great film with its Italian influence and still to this day is a cult cla…

I “donut” about you, but I have a sweet tooth and I usually eat something sugary at least once a day in order to function. Many times that sweet option is a donut, from glazed to chocolate-covered to maple and bacon. It seems I’m not alone because it’s estimated that 10 billion donuts are so…

If you have lived in Greenville long enough, you probably already know and love the food that Villa Verde serves at their 2601 E. 10th St. location. For over five years, the business has created dishes that blend Dominican, Caribbean and Spanish-inspired foods. The dishes are not only vibran…

If you looked in the food dictionary under delicious, you would see pizza dough and pasta as some of the top ingredients. With a little cooking magic, an assortment of toppings and homemade sauces, these two items can be transformed into delicious meals for any occasion.

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Breakfast for many is the most important meal, a chance to fill up with delicious food to get through the day. Villa Verde Dos, located at 2247 W. Arlington Blvd. next to Vidant Medical Center, is Greenville’s newest morning filling station. We all know and love Villa Verde for lunch or dinn…

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Lenny Gordon grew up watching his mother, Cameal, cook authentic dishes from her native Jamaica and learned his first food skills from her. His mom saw potential in Lenny’s knack for cooking and encouraged him to go to cooking school. Right after high school graduation, he attended Johnson a…

Many people eat to live, but I live to eat. The adventure of finding a great little restaurant is just as enjoyable as eating the food that they serve. Even more fun is getting in the car and taking day trips and finding new diners, drive-ins and dives, which usually offer knock-your-socks-o…

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the wonderful world of food trucks and over the next few months we are going to sink our teeth into great food and stories behind the food trucks that call Greenville home.

Searing is a technique used in grilling, baking and roasting that cooks the surface of food at a high temperature until a gorgeous brown crust forms. The technique is at the heart of Seared Chop House, 1909-A E. Fire Tower Road.

Feb. 9 is National Bagel Day, so now is the perfect time to talk bagels. It is estimated that over 200 million people consumed bagels in 2020. I wasn’t surprised by this statistic as I am one of the millions of people who eat bagels on a regular basis for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or wheneve…

Neon lights, swivel stools, Formica tables, dreamy Elvis Presley lyrics piped out of speakers and the hiss and whine of French fries cooking in hot oil. A huddle of boys laugh and smile while sipping orangeades and reminiscing about the baseball game and who cracked one out of the park. A ne…

When I think of the word rodeo, I think of sunshine, cowboy hats, horses, bulls and loads of fun. What if you added some amazing food trucks and scratch-made food? Now that is what I’m talking about. Over the next few months, I will have the pleasure of introducing you to many food trucks th…

When I think of incredible diner food, I always jump back to my childhood. My mom was constantly carting my brother and me to practice and school events and there wasn’t a lot of time for cooking. We frequented two small diners that both had neon signs and hugged busy main roads. One had sli…

The Rickhouse has been open for lunch since the summer but recently expanded its already impressive menu. General manager Jeremy Shelton along with manager Greer Jones and head chef Keisha Peterson have thought up incredible combinations and entrees combining flavors and textures that create…

It’s estimated that on average, Americans eat 3 billion pizzas per year, which breaks down to about 40 pizzas per person per year. From thin crust to thick crust to pepperoni to a smorgasbord of toppings, pizza is a dynamic and addictive dish for the masses. Pizza is a culinary symbol of uni…

Every day, on the way to work I travel across the river past the airport and an old Huddle House location that has been converted into a Mexican restaurant. Not just any Mexican restaurant, but Anita’s Authentic Mexican Street Food located at 1915 North Memorial Drive, in Greenville. If you …

I love how food has the ability to take us on a journey. It’s not just a journey with flavors, but with the process. This week we get to travel to the Dominican Republic to taste the sauce that has simmered for hours and the spice bouquets that bring fireworks of flavor to dishes paying trib…

Keeping our bodies healthy and in balance involves more than just diet and exercise. Many of us add supplements like protein shakes, vitamin regimens and plant based products. When we have aches and pains, we tend to reach for synthetic alternatives such as pain relievers and other medicines…

I don’t know about you, but the last three months have challenged my eating habits. I may or may not have gained a few unwanted pounds and made some unhealthy food choices. But there is hope. As we get ready for a new normal and a new school year, we need to go back to our food roots, exerci…

No matter what happens in the world, bad or good, there is one thing that will never change and that is, we need to eat. It’s a necessity and we want to eat food that is delicious and feeds our bodies and souls. If we can’t put the world back into harmony, we can at least put ourselves back …

The word family has taken on a whole new meaning this year as we navigate the unfamiliar terrain that is 2020. We are staying home more, gathering around the dinner table seeking safety and comfort in both family and food because these are two things we trust.