The City that Dines Together

Nothing quiets a dining room ringing with the din of controlled chaos quite like the piercing wooden-spoon-on-metal-pot clang. It’s somewhere between the purloo and smoked-turkey sliders that Oxford’s reigning king of dining, chef John Currence, sets a pot ringing, urging a hush over a Monday-night crowd. Heads turn, wine glasses settle on white tablecloths. Currence…

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Fully Spiced

The staggeringly crowded shelves of squat, uniform jars at Dandelion are enough to make anyone dizzy. So many varieties are packed on the floor-to-ceiling display that a 10-foot rolling library ladder and a five-page stock list are needed just to keep track of it all. When a female customer from out of town dives into…

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Saving Warhola

Martha Slocum Sutherland was 17 years old when she enrolled at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh in the fall of 1945. Still sharp as a tack nearly 70 years later, she’s reminiscing about her days in the institute’s art studios. “Sometimes a class is good, sometimes dull,” she says. “This was a vibrant…

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Gaining STEAM

Among the parking lots and squat warehouses just off Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, workers are renovating a former police station and lumber-company headquarters. Drop ceilings and Sheetrock walls tumble, revealing century-old wooden beams and pale bricks. For the building, it’s a rebirth. But for central Arkansas—and possibly the whole country—it is something…

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March Good Tasting

Yogurt Plate with Lamb Layla’s Gyros and Pizzeria, Little Rock and Conway If we had to pick just one reason these halal restaurants are central Arkansas staples, it’d probably be the savory yogurt broth served with either gyro or shawarma meat, onions, mushrooms and basmati rice. (Multiple locations; laylasgyro.com) Vietnamese Curry Coconut Ramen with Braised…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

Beyond the faint suggestion of a river—an etiolated blue-and-green bend looping over a finger of black earth—and beyond the fleshy patina of a canvas slathered in wax, there’s a photo. And though it probably goes without saying, the photo beneath is of a river, and in the photo there are lines that would otherwise bring…

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Checking Your Balance

So much has been made of the need to harmonize opposing aspects of daily life—family and work, work and play, yin and yang—that “balance” has become a feel-good buzzword, with zero relationship to the biomechanics that keep you upright and moving throughout the day. Literally speaking, our ability to function relies on balance, a delicate…

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Cache Me If You Can

I’m loitering near the backdoor of a Little Rock Krispy Kreme on a bitterly cold morning. Three men I’ve just met half-circle me wearing wide, knowing grins. They’ve all been in my position before. I consult my hand-held GPS unit again. The screen says I’m right on top of it. “Let’s see how long it…

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Poet By Nature

Poet Davis McCombs grew up in Kentucky in a house his great-great-grandfather built in the 1840s. He spent his days on the nearby Green River fishing, canoeing and daydreaming. In the evenings, his father read to him from a book called Best Loved Poems of the American People. “During the time I was living it,…

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