Deen’s new restaurant perfect spot for a getaway with friends

By Shelia Huffman Moms, with summer winding down and school about to start, are you and your girlfriends ready for a “Mother’s Day Out?” Better than butter, and a short drive from Lakewood, is Paula Deen’s new restaurant and retail shop, “The Family Kitchen,” in Fairview. Whoever did “The Lady’s” merchandise design is a marketing […]

Rose Byrne’s performance in ‘Juliet, Naked’ irresistible

Rose Byrne’s performance in ‘Juliet, Naked’ irresistible

By Chic DiCiccio The romantic comedy is on life support. The last one that was both critically and financially successful was “Trainwreck,” which isn’t exactly in the same vein as the Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts hits of the 1990s. It’s highly unlikely that “Juliet, Naked” beats Tom Cruise, Marky Mark or a giant shark […]

Focus is in the kitchen at Pho Hanabi

By Sara Newberry Tucked in a busy strip mall, Pho Hanabi is easy to miss. But next time you find yourself hungry and near the intersection of Northwest Highway and Lake Highlands Drive, treat yourself to a delicious Vietnamese meal. You’ll be glad you did. Walking in, the space feels somewhat cavernous, especially during off […]

Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ stays true to Pooh

Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ stays true to Pooh

By Chic DiCiccio   There are companies that understand branding … and then there is Disney. For example, Disney took an animated movie from 1967 based on a collection of stories initially published in 1894 and turned it into one of 2016’s critical and box office hits, “The Jungle Book.” If Disney can market stories […]

Everyone’s favorite action hero is back in ‘M:I – Fallout’

Everyone’s favorite action hero is back in ‘M:I – Fallout’

By Chic DiCiccio     In “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” Tom Cruise hangs from a helicopter, leaps from one London rooftop to the next, and goes full throttle on a motorcycle around the Arc de Triomphe. Please keep in mind it’s all being done by a 56-year-old human being who carries this entire movie franchise […]

Tortas flying under the radar

Tortas flying under the radar

By Sara Newberry During the past couple of years, taquerias have popped up all over town. From the traditional like La Banqueta to the more upscale like Revolver Taco Lounge, there is a taco for everyone. But there are two other Latin dishes that get overlooked sometimes, which are just as satisfying as tacos that […]

‘The Equalizer 2’ leaves Denzel, and audiences, uneven

‘The Equalizer 2’ leaves Denzel, and audiences, uneven

By Chic DiCiccio The prologue of “The Equalizer 2” is set onboard a passenger train in Turkey where Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall is disguised as a Muslim bookworm. He’s sporting a kufi and wearing what is quite possibly the fakest beard in American movie history. This opening seems like it wants to set McCall up […]

To-go items preserve planet at Nature’s Plate

By Amity Thomas Nature’s Plate, the local go-to vegan eatery based on sustainable, plant-based meals is addressing the current challenges with plastic and making its largest step yet into sustainable packaging for the grab and go concept. In conjunction with the launch of new summer offerings, compostable containers will begin to replace the current recyclables. […]

‘Zaap’ means delicious, and it is

By Sara Newberry Zaap Kitchen Lao & Thai Street Eats is a new spot on Greenville Avenue offering Lao and Thai food. What is Lao food, you ask? Well, it’s the native cuisine of Laos, a small landlocked country located between Thailand and Vietnam. It’s similar to Northern Thai and Vietnamese cuisines in that it […]

The Rock takes on a ‘Skyscraper’ and wins over audiences

The Rock takes on a ‘Skyscraper’ and wins over audiences

By Chic DiCiccio Based on all the marketing, you could jokingly imply that Dwayne Johnson fights a building in “Skyscraper.” Once you see the film, you’ll quickly realize that’s no joke. Johnson/Guy Who Sometimes is Called The Rock pretty much spends three-quarters of this insane, preposterous action movie, well, actually fighting a building. While it […]

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