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Are Foods Getting Makeovers?

Food companies are striving to make their products look more natural. While Domino’s workers are told not to

worry about making perfect rectangles, and McDonald’s Egg White Delight McMuffin should not look like a round

disc, but rather have a loosely defined shape, Kraft Foods is also jumping on the imperfect food shape

bandwagon. Kraft Foods has now developed a process to make their turkey slabs look more like leftovers from a

homemade meal rather than the oval shape of most lunchmeat. What is the reason for this? Meals that look

homemade are viewed to be more wholesome. When choosing lunchmeat, 31-year-old, Bernell Dorrough of

Alabama, said, “I know it wasn’t hand sliced but something about the aesthetic quality appealed to me.”

Outer Banks of North Carolina 2011 Taste of the Beach Weekend

Outer Banks, NC (January 10, 2011) – The 2011 Outer Banks  Taste of The Beach Weekend is right around the corner, March 17-20, 2011.  The Outer Banks Restaurant Association (OBRA) has been hosting the Taste of The Beach for over 25 years.  This will be the fourth year of presenting The Outer Banks Taste of The Beach as a weekend long event.  With over 50 individual events from Corolla to Manteo, ticket sales have already exceeded the 2010 event and several events are filling up quickly.  Events will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, tapas crawls, brew tours, pub crawls and an exciting array of creative combinations of culinary delights and fun activities on The Outer Banks, culminating with the OBX Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 12th at Pamlico Jack’s Pirate Hideaway located in Nags Head, North Carolina

“Capitalizing on the honor of being named one of the Top Ten Seafood and Wine Festivals in the nation by

OBX Restaurant Week

Outer Banks, NC – The Outer Banks Restaurant Association is proud to announce the first ever OBX Restaurant Week running from October 30th through November 7th.  Participating restaurants from Corolla to Manteo will be doing something they have never done before – at least in this coordinated way – offering exceptional dining experiences at lower-than-menu fixed prices!  For one week – spanning two weekends – you can know before you go, and try new restaurants without worrying about the bill.  

This new mouth-watering fall restaurant promotion showcases some of the best in Outer Banks dining.  Over fifteen restaurants will offer three-course meals for $20 and $35 featuring signature creations prepared by our top local chefs.  Offers vary from restaurant to restaurant, with some offering choices from a short list of appetizers, entrees, and deserts, while others have put together special combinations of dishes for couples!&n

The best of both worlds in Beaufort, N.C.

John Bordsen
McClatchy Newspapers

Some weekenders love nothing more than a relaxing stroll down a historic street, with a little fancy shopping topped by a visit to a fine restaurant. Others prefer wildlife — a preserve where animals and weather can be iffy, and comfort fits into a knapsack. You can have either here. Or both.

It's easy, in fact, to have it both ways in one day: The different agendas are separated only by a 1 1/4-mile sound stocked with frolicking dolphins and high-end pleasure craft.