Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Dive N Restaurant

I have been passing by this place in Pineville, NC, for years and always wondered what they had to offer in terms of southern cuisine. Finally, on a busy Friday afternoon, I decided to stop in while the traffic thinned a bit. I was not too crazy about having to perform a u-turn with all the Friday traffic so I decided to park inconspicuously next door at the quick stop and walk on over.

I found the interior decor of this establishment quite interesting in that it featured artifacts from the good-old days -- at least for me -- from the 1950's through the 1970's. These artifacts proved to be quite entertaining as I waited for my take out order. My favorite was a scaled replica of the restaurant from years ago. It is made of real wood and I was told by my server that one of their customers hand made it using an old photograph. That feat took a lot of talent, attention to detail, and patience!

I found the staff at this establishment quite friendly and cordial as I was deciding what to order. Since it was Friday, I decided to order the fried fish plate which came with fries, cole slaw, and sweet tea. The fish was of a type that I had never heard of and turns out was a blend of two different fish species one of which was Grouper -- one of my favorites from Florida.

I was quite pleased at the two heaping portions of fish that came with my order and the friendliness of the staff. Heck, they even offered to freshen my sweet tea before I departed!

If you are going to check out this place, make sure you plan to sit a spell if its rush hour because they are located at one of the most congested intersections in the area.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Roasting Oven Review

I found this place in the most unlikely of all places -- the mall. This mall is no ordinary mall in that it caters to Latinos and is located in Ft. Mill, SC, near the Carowinds theme park. I had planned to visit this mall for quite sometime -- by word of mouth.

This mall reminds me of the most popular indoor flea markets made famous in my hometown of Miami, Florida. There you can find a bargain on just about anything at any given time. After browsing and carousing this mall I came across one of the many cultural eateries set up for business. It is called The Roasting Oven.

The name caught my attention because I am a connoisseur of rotisserie chicken. I quickly learned that this establishment indeeds lives up to its name in that it does offers delicious roasted chicken. I have also discovered that the Roasting Oven has the best guacamole sauce I have tasted to this date in history.

Their special sauce is so good you can use it to dunk fries, salad, and rotisserie chicken, and who knows what other culinary delights.

If you are going to check out this place, make sure you order the meals as opposed to the a la carte items -- it is much more economical.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Trend Magazine Online

Alas, we have decided to continuously update Trend Magazine Online with fresh and new content as well as offer FREE listings in our business directory and event calendar. In addition, we will feature reviews by myself and you that lets you know what we like and do not like about the sites and establishments that we cover. So stop on by and check us out -- and if you like what you see and read, take out a FREE subscription!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Black History Month

February is Black History Month and contrary to popular beliefs it was not chosen because it is the shortest month in the year. Does anyone know why it was chosen? I do and I will tell you on this months 11th Annual Charlotte Black/African-American Heritage Toursm and Pilgrimage. This tour is a re-creation of a tour I directed back in August of 1998 for a group of interracial, interdenominational, and intercultural Pilgrims that walked, hitchhiked, and sailed from Boston, Massachusetts, to Senegal, West Africa.

Their goal was to pray for racial healing and atonement for the past institution of Slavery here and abroad. While in Charlotte they visited three Slave cemeteries in which they paid homage to and prayed for the souls buried at each location. It was quite the humbling sight to see Buddhist monks chant and beat drums along side Christians and other interfaith followers.

The event was so touching that I decided to offer it each year during the month of February to coincide with Black History Month. Will I chant and beat drums on each tour? Well, you just have to attend to find out! These tours are scheduled at 10 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturday February 14, 21, and 28, 2009.

Each tour lasts 3 hours and are sponsored and presented by Queen City Tourssm and Trend Magazine Online. LET THE HEALING CONTINUEtm! Hope to see you there!