A Diamond as Big as the Ritz

“Dad, I’m going to run away from home.” We had just finished dinner at our home in Springfield, Mo. For my very pragmatic and level-headed daughter to make such a statement was tantamount to setting off a cherry bomb in church. “Really?” I said. “Where do you plan to run to? And who, pray tell,…

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Dressing the Part

A Night at the Symphony Southern belles know that the “LND”—the little navy dress—trumps the Northeast’s little black dress any day of the week. For a big night out, toss in a blingy bauble, a pop of poppy and an on-trend lucite bag. 1. Statement necklace, $235 at B. Barnett. 2. French Connection Classic dress,…

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May Good Tasting

Grilled portobello tacos Boulevard Bread Company, Little Rock With delicious meatless Monday dinners like this plate of portobello tacos with grilled avocado guac and Arkansas-grown arugula slaw, Boulevard Bread’s Heights location has us thinking of going vegetarian. (1920 N. Grant St.; (501) 663-5951) Ocean perch tostadas Good Food by Ferneau, Little Rock Don’t be fooled…

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Memphis is Still Midtown

Marking the entrance to the overflowing double-decker patio of trendy taco joint Chiwawa, an arched neon sign blinks a well-worn message: “Midtown is Memphis.” All that it takes is a quick glance for longtime Memphians to know exactly what the dictum means. They know, for instance, that the words, scripted in yellow out front of…

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Back to the Dining Room

It’s been four years since legendary Little Rock chef Denis Seyer returned to Little Rock, and four years since he’s had an official role in a restaurant dining room. But it only took one phone call to bring him back. The 67-year-old had been living in Little Rock in semi-retirement while recovering from a stroke…

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Dishing on the Past

#1 An American Institution Jones Bar-B-Q in Marianna made headlines when it was honored with an “American Classic” nod by the James Beard Foundation in 2012. But that’s not the only distinction the storied diner holds—it’s also the oldest African-American-owned restaurant in the South. James Jones, grandson of the original owner, tends the pits now,…

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A Story of Life

Families are about relationships, and this story is about a family— an exceptional one— the kind you would like to know. Their beginnings trace to a small town, Montevallo, set in a valley in the heart of Alabama during a time of momentous change. Legal racial segregation had ended, presenting a generation of African-Americans with…

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Getting Back on the Trail

As the frosty, drab days of this year’s abominable winter stretched into April, you burrowed deeper into your couch cushions and waited for a spring you thought would never come. Now, after a few false starts, spring has finally arrived. You’re ready to move off the sofa—move being the key word here—and treat yourself to…

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Mixed Media

Isaac Alexander is modest. “I don’t think that I’m all that interesting of a person,” he’ll tell you. But when prodded, when it’s suggested that, OK, if he’s not that interesting, what he does certainly is, he relents. A little. “Yeah, I guess I do a lot of things decently,” he says, “but it’s hard…

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A Killer in the Dark

It’s late in the afternoon by the time Ron Redman, Patrick Moore and Daniel Istvanko begin their third cave survey of the day on Jan. 11. There is nothing special about the cave itself. It’s not pretty. There are no vaulted cathedral ceilings, no slender stalactites and stalagmites. If it weren’t for the 100 or…

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