Drink: The Manhattan – fall’s ultimate cocktail

by Charles Upchurch photographs by Juli Leonard Fall is woodsmoke. Football and oyster roasts. Leaves gone to gold. All of this nostalgia calls for a drink. Better yet, a cocktail. Something that captures the sublime and fleeting magic of the…

Summiting Everest: With Martin Middle School behind him

by Charles Upchurch photographs courtesy of Chip Popoviciu It’s called the Death Zone. The last thousand meters from Camp Four to the summit of Mount Everest is an oxygen-fueled ridgeline traverse at 28,000 feet over ice, rock and snow –…

Living with art: Young collectors Brooke and Will McDaniel

by Marjorie Hodges photographs by Missy McLamb Art is personal. Some prefer contemporary art or traditional art, while others favor an eclectic mix. Some develop a passion for a particular medium or artist and collect in great depth. Brooke and…

Ashley Christensen: A cultivated palate, a life of purpose

by Liza Roberts photographs by Lissa Gotwals   Raleigh’s hottest chef has no back burner. Take one week in late July: Ashley Christensen’s cross-country commitments had her outside and up all night in Sonoma, Calif., cooking a pig for a…

My town: NOFO’s Jean Martin knows Five Points

photograph by Hide Tarada map by Jeff Poe When Jean Poe Martin, 70, talks about the Raleigh she knows, start listening. It’s a place steeped in yesteryear, yet vital today; it’s a place with a familiar landscape, old and friendly…

Just one plant: Stokes Aster

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson   Though it grows wild from coastal North Carolina westward to Louisiana, gardeners in our area have traditionally found their Stokes’ Asters at the local nursery. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, all…

Hellebores: A rose is a rose, except when it’s a lenten rose

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Most folks don’t typically think of winter as a great garden season, especially if they migrated here from the northern gardening hinterlands. In Raleigh, however, winter is usually filled with windows of good…

Alex Long

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Travis Dove Long established in the world of Raleigh fashion, Alex Henriquez Long got her start as a store manager, then as an owner of Beanie + Cecil in Cameron Village. After a 14-year stint,…

The artful life of Eliza Kraft Olander

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jimmy Williams Her friends joke that they should have their passports stamped when they enter Eliza Kraft Olander’s universe. It’s not hard to see why. She lives in a world of another kind. It’s a…

At first sight

by Tim McBride “As G force increases, the visual field constricts” -USAF Aviator’s Medical Manual   No Cupid’s bow, no darling buds of May, no weakening of the tendons in my knees, no earth unsteadying, no trumpet blasts or violins,…

Verse: Reading the News and Thinking of the T’ang Poets

by John Balaban illustration by Ippy Patterson   When Li Po tried to climb T’ai-hang, he found its passes choked with snow. Thwarted, he turned back to lowlands, to streams sliding through bare willows where he sat and fished and…

Q&A with Billy Warden and Greg Behr: Joby Warrick

From Raleigh to Kabul, from the N.C. House of Representatives to mustard gas – reporter Joby Warrick has covered it all. As a reporter at The News & Observer in the 90s, Warrick shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series…

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