Jessica Stringer

The Golden Rule

Eleven-year-old Leanne Joyce was waiting for the results of an echocardiogram during her annual appointment in 2011 at Duke Children’s Hospital when a group of volunteers came around passing out small items. Leanne received an iTunes gift card, and, though she can’t recall what games or songs she downloaded with it, she remembers the gift’s impact. “It made me feel …

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The Dish: Olio & Aceto Cafe

It’s that chilly time of year when I can’t help but crave something warm and soothing. Thankfully Glenda and Suzie Keenan, the mother-daughter team behind Blue Sky Oil & Vinegar and the Olio & Aceto food truck, opened a cheery brick-and-mortar cafe earlier this year where you’ll find winter relief aplenty. Every menu item, from sandwiches and salads to soups (try the butternut …

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Model Home

  When Donna and Peter Stubbs left the Triangle for the D.C. area in 1998 following a few years at their post-collegiate jobs at the Durham Arts Council and Memorial Hall, respectively, the newlyweds thought they’d be back two years later. But with grad school, various jobs and the arrival of daughter Lauren, now 5, it …

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The Dish: Sage Vegetarian Cafe

For me, scanning the menu at Sage is like flipping through an atlas – I see a half-dozen exotic names I need to experience. Though Persian at its core, the vegetarian cuisine that Iranian-born Homa Jahannia and her son Ramin have perfected over the past 11 years borrows from Italian, Greek and other global culinary traditions. Take …

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The Dish: Top of the Hill

When out-of-state friends drove through Chapel Hill for the first time last week, I knew right where to take them. Boasting views of Franklin St. impressive to both first-timers and regulars, TOPO also has a menu chock-full of hospitable offerings. My fried chicken came topped in mushroom cream gravy with sides of mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans …

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