Getting Crafty

WE ASKED CHOCOLATE MAKER Nathaniel Izard to spill the beans on how his chocolates go from cacao to confection. (Spoiler alert: It ain’t easy …) 1. Sourcing Nathaniel sources “high-quality, fine-flavor” cacao beans (as opposed to the “commodity” beans used by bulk manufacturers) through an importing company based in California. (To date, he’s used beans…

Read More

The Sweetest Thing

IT’S ALMOST DINNERTIME, but Lauren Blanco seems way more interested in dessert as she sets the table for her company’s holiday gathering. Dozens of colorfully wrapped and meticulously arranged chocolate bars are the centerpiece of the long conference table she’s fussing over. And while Lauren cooked up a giant pot of gumbo for the night’s festivities,…

Read More

Perking Up

TERROIR: IT’S A TERM THAT MEANS “flavor of the land,” and it’s a concept that the folks behind the award-winning brew at Onyx Coffee Lab take seriously. To be sure, it’s the very reason they opt for a lighter coffee roast—the better to make sure the flavor of the land where the coffee’s from is…

Read More

Taking Notes

THAT CHOCOLATE YOU SPLURGED ON? It all started with the seeds of a cacao tree. Where and how these kidney-shaped nuggets are grown and harvested and the ins and outs of how a maker coaxes them into a mold is what determines how that preciously wrapped bar will taste. Here’s how writer Bonnie Bauman’s tastebuds…

Read More

Mack of All Trades

It’s Sunday dinner at the Mack household in a quiet pocket of downtown Bentonville, and the patriarch, Glenn Mack, is MacGyvering a smoking hot Big Green Egg into a backyard tandoor. He eyeballs the temperature—just about 700 degrees, he reckons. Bingo. With oven-mitted hands, he flips over the charred black grid to make space for…

Read More

Last Word

Bright and early, I put on a gray skirt suit, one that had been a little tight until divorce stress claimed the last post-baby pounds. I wore a red shirt underneath because red means power, and also because red means Caroline, the name I’d given to the collective spirit of all women who’d been stomped…

Read More

A Man of Simple Pleasures

There was just one photo before. Had you gone looking for his work at the Arkansas Arts Center before July 8, searched the backroom and other rooms for signs of the Arkansas photographer William E. Davis, the chances that you’d have found something are slim—there was just that one portrait of Winthrop Rockefeller, a photograph…

Read More

Good Tasting

Sushirrito Kemuri, Little Rock There’ve been quite a few foodie mashups that’ve passed us by in recent years (cronut, we’re looking at you). But this one? A bewitching blend of two of our most beloved lunch eats, sushi and burritos? It’s here, folks—namely, on Kemuri’s lunch menu—and we’re welcoming it with open mouths. (2601 Kavanaugh…

Read More

Wynne

The post on Half Fanatics, a Facebook group of runners who are fanatical about half marathons, reads: I have discovered race nirvana: Imagine plenty of parking, a warm building and real bathrooms at the start. Aid every FREAKING mile—not just water—port-o-potties, Gatorade, fruit, pickle juice and excited wonderful people cheering you on! ROTC kids cheering…

Read More

Posts navigation