Life and Style

A Bahamian Dream Dinner


Bahamians, like Southerners, are a hospitable bunch. Wherever there’s food, fellowship naturally follows—and there’s always room for friendly new faces at the supper table. That’s exactly the ethos the folks at Kamalame Cay, a private island resort that runs parallel to Andros Island (the largest but least populated island in the Bahamas), are channeling with their new Progressive Dinner Series. ...

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Tickets to Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion


With all of Austin abuzz during South by Southwest, the capitol city’s music, film, and interactive festival (March 11-20), leave it to Willie Nelson to find a way to host a more intimate (and arguably cooler) party. The Luck Reunion festival is going down forty miles west of Austin, at Nelson’s private ranch Friday, March 18, from noon till whenever ...

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What’s Next for Southern Food?


With the annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival upon us, chefs, writers, and other food figures from all over the country have swarmed our sunny hometown with flasks and notebooks in hand. Southern food is still a powerful draw. But where is it going next? We asked fifteen attending culinarians for their visions of the future. From left: Chris Shepherd’s chicken-fried short ...

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Eat Like a Local in Texas


John Lewis, from El Paso, Texas, is a long way from home. After a celebrated stint cooking brisket at La Barbecue in Austin, he’s getting ready to open Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, South Carolina, where he’ll be an ambassador for smoked beef in the heart of whole-hog country. That isn’t all he’s bringing to town. “Tuesday will be Tex-Mex night,” ...

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Step into South Florida’s Secret Gardens


When writer Jack Staub set out to chronicle Florida’s stunning hidden retreats, he worried he wouldn’t find much diversity—a tropical garden is a tropical garden, right? But a handful of Floridians had a surprise in store for him—the lush and varied greenery of their secret Sunshine State gardens. “As I made my way around South Florida, from east coast to ...

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The Year in Southern Restaurants: Sam Jones BBQ


For the third year, we’re profiling five of the most exciting new restaurants below the Mason-Dixon line—one per day, in the order that they opened. Sam Jones BBQ, Winterville, North CarolinaOpened November 2015 Why can’t you find good barbecue just anywhere? There isn’t a lot of money in it. It takes all night to cook a hog, and diners still ...

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Alison Krauss and the Return of the Cox Family


Alison Krauss has won 27 Grammys and collaborated with laundry list of heavyweights including Robert Plant, Sam Bush, and Crosby Stills & Nash. And let’s not forget that outfit known as Union Station. But, according to Krauss, one act rises above them all in terms of a connection, an unspoken link of comfort and natural kinship: the Cox Family, consisting ...

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A Sandwich Straight from Heaven


Al Hodges heard the voice in Reidsville, Georgia, in January of 1984. What this town needs is a sandwich shop, it said. It was the sort of thing the recently reborn entrepreneur took seriously. “I didn’t have the funds, but I said, ‘God, if this is you, then you will provide it for me.’” Eight months later, he had secured ...

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The South’s Strangest Garden?


There’s always more to know about every Garden & Gun story. In our August/September issue, we visited a conservation-minded Chesapeake estate garden. Here, the owners take us behind the scenes. (Photo by Paul C. Haden) The stumpery. It sounds like Monty Python and looks straight out of the Hobbit, but is in fact simply a garden of tree stumps. Perhaps ...

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Bourbon Made from a Civil War Battlefield


To raise money and awareness for endangered battlefields in his native Tennessee, author, bourbon aficionado, and devoted preservationist Robert Hicks has created a whiskey of truly historic proportions. On August 30, the first of his two 2015 releases of eight-year-aged Battlefield Bourbon will hit liquor stores across Tennessee. The batch is small—micro, even—with just 1864 bottles available, a number that ...

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How to Make Chicken Mull


“I’ve been eating chicken mull from the time I could eat anything,” says Charlotte Griffin, the mayor of Bear Grass, North Carolina. In Martin County, people credit her grandfather with the simple chicken porridge, thickened with crackers and seasoned with salt, pepper, and chile flakes. “Originally, it was just about always for a gathering of menfolk that were either hunting ...

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The South’s Other Favorite Tea


Russian Tea is not from Russia. At least, not Russian Tea as we Southerners know it. The giftable dry mix that is the stuff of countless mid-century community cookbooks dates back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when American urbanites sipped black tea with lemon and sugar in imitation of upper-class Russians. Within decades, so-called Russian Tea, which ...

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