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Paul Campbell | Mister Bartender, Owner

Five Minutes with Paul Campbell | Mister Bartender:

I’m passionate about what I’m doing: I deliver articulate beverage service. There’s a method to creating drinks, you have to be educated in how ingredients mix and balance. You have to understand your demographic, what they prefer, and the price points they tolerate.

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Port Wine and Boxing Day – Perfect Holiday Duo

In Britain, the day after Christmas is Boxing Day, which gives Anglophiles in Wilmington NC – anywhere, actually – a reason to extend the holiday for an extra day. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off given to the servants following a busy Christmas of cleaning, cooking, serving and entertaining. The day was named for the “boxes” handed out by employers to the household help, filled with gifts, food, and perhaps a holiday bonus.

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Susan Jalbert | Chow Bella Cooks, Owner

Five Minutes with Susan Jalbert | Chow Bella Cooks:

Food is about what works best for you, whether that’s vegetarian, or pescatarian, or something else. You need balance. If it’s not something you are going to stick to and enjoy… life is too short. I have fun and work from a place of passion.

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Chow Bella Cooks Signature Suga di Compagna

Susan Jalbert, owner of Chow Bella Cooks, was gracious in sharing her signature Suga di Compagna, a red sauce – or gravy – to be served over pasta. Susan learned the base recipe in Italy, and tweaked it to perfection. Simple to prepare, it will become your go-to pasta sauce recipe, a thousand times more

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Hit up Dock Street Oyster Bar and order the seafood platter for two. Oh, don't forget to bring a friend!

- Sarah K, PCF Facebook Fan
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Pecan Cheesecake Pie

The pecan cheesecake pie is a wonderful combination of two favorite desserts: pecan pie and cheesecake. If traditional pecan pie is on the too-sweet side for your taste in desserts, this is a super option because the cheesecake layer moderates the sticky sweetness you would expect from the pecan pie topping. Serve with whipped cream,

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9 Inspiring Specialty Food Markets in Wilmington NC

The opening of a new grocery store on Front Street has inspired us to remind shoppers about the great specialty food markets in Wilmington. This big handful of stores offers international foods, imported groceries, and exotic gift items for both foodies and armchair travelers. These stores also bring it back home, with fresh organic produce, small batch food stuffs, and locally sourced specialty products from the sea and the farm.

Fresh oysters? Newly laid eggs? Japanese buckwheat noodles? Wilmington has it, and the food lover’s imagination reels. Check out this list of markets and get cooking.

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I'm craving cheesesteak eggrolls from Copper Penny!

- Carrie Williams Jackson, PCF Facebook Fan

Choosing one restaurant is soooooo hard. If you need comfort food - Freddy's- for linguine with white clam sauce. Drink wine and sop the sauce with their crusty bread. The salad is great too.

- Diane, PCF Facebook Fan
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