Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Year in Pictures

It’s been a great 12 months, Arkansas. Here’s looking at you:

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Pleased As Punch


Big holiday parties are an ideal time to knock the dust off that matching crystal bowl-and-ladle set, and to convince yourself that sugary drinks pair perfectly with turkey and pie. But punch doesn’t have to be red, fizzy and sherbet-topped.…

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Favorite Things: Payne Harding


Payne Harding of Little Rock’s Cache restaurant.

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, just about a month before his new Little Rock restaurant, Cache, opens, and Payne Harding is difficult to get on the phone. On the agenda for today? …

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Auld Lang Syne, Y’all


The Biltmore House in all its Christmas splendor, on view through Jan. 6.


Let us guess: In all the hustle and bustle that comes hand-in-hand with the holidays, all the shopping and baking and hosting and toasting, you’ve neglected

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A Foodie Year in Review

A fried-egg top Big Orange burger at the restaurant’s new midtown location.

The past year was a packed one for Little Rock’s bar and restaurant scene. From buzzed-about openings and patios packed with margarita-crazed masses, to quick name changes and …

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Twelve Days of Arkansas Life Christmas: Day 12


With as much as there is to do before the holidays arrive—before the extended family uncoils and spills out of their rented car into the house, before the must-have gifts of the season vanish from shelves, before all the chores …

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Twelve Days of Arkansas Life Christmas: Day 11

Here’s how you probably envision Christmas mornings: The family gathers around the Christmas tree, pink-cheeked and outfitted in brand-new matching pajamas. After blissfully opening presents—while sipping hot cocoa and listening to your favorite Christmas songs, of course—you all sit down …

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Twelve Days of Arkansas Life Christmas: Day 10

Under normal circumstances, playing one program over and over and over during the course of 24 hours might suggest that an engineer had ingested a controlled substance. But in the case of A Christmas Story, it’s tradition. Since it first …

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Twelve Days of Arkansas Life Christmas: Day 9

With as many preparations as you’ve surely undertaken in anticipation of the looming holiday, there’s no shame in admitting your brain is roughly the consistency of gingerbread. Or, more importantly, that you forgot someone on the list. It happens. So …

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One on One: Back to Black



Martin Thoma and his wife, Melissa, like to joke that they share a congenital defect: Neither can say “no.” Which, it would seem, is a good thing for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. More than 15 years ago, the couple, …

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The Making of a Cook


I hold firmly that a good meal is its own reward. When it’s had in the company of friends, it becomes something even greater. Throw in a fun story with an Arkansas angle, and you’ve made my week.

I got …

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