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Getting al dente right

What’s the one ingredient you should always have in your cupboard? Dried pasta, of course.

  • Accounting for taste

    Flaking a bite onto his fork, John McQuaid took in the sight of the whole rockfish before him, its eyeballs, fins and tail visible beneath a chili-dotted red curry sauce.“This is an example of something I would never have eaten as a child,” he said, noting the way the Thai lunch stared back at him from a fish-shaped plate. “I just thought it was disgusting.”His 13-year-old daughter, Hannah, certainly would agree.

  • Burberry hosts starry show

    LONDON — London Fashion Week rolled out the big guns Monday, with British design powerhouse Burberry hosting the glitziest catwalk show of the season.

  • What’s hot in outdoor furniture

    Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic table.

  • ECU presents challenging "Arcadia"

    There’s no guarantee that those who go to see ECU’s production of “Arcadia,” will walk away with a complete understanding of everything they’ve seen.

  • Craft bloggers share secrets

    It may look easy and lucrative from the outside, but popular craft bloggers say their work requires long hours and commitment.The pay?

Hot Dish: Crossbones Tavern opens

Crossbones Tavern has opened at 114 E. Fifth St., the former location of Peasant’s Pub, with a bright new look, concept and menu.“Through marriage, I am related to the previous owner,” owner David Munoz said. “When Peasant’s closed at Thanksgiving, this was an opportunity for us to jump in.”Munoz said he and his team came up with more than 200 potential restaurant names, some of them pirate-themed and others “totally off the wall.” His father-in-law suggested Crossbones Tavern, and the name stuck.

  • Hot Dish: New dishes at Tokyo

    Here’s what’s going on in area restaurant and food news: Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Owner Jay Zheng said new menu items are available at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, 3525 S. Memorial Drive.

  • Hot Dish: Anchalee Thai moves

    Anchalee Thai Restaurant has a new home at 4056 S. Memorial Drive, Winterville, a new brick building in Community Square shopping center beside Pitt Community College.

  • Hot Dish: Bubba’s focuses on fresh

    A longtime Greenville restaurateur has taken over the operations of the Winterville burger restaurant previously known as Big Bubba’s Burgers, 4054 S. Memorial Drive.

  • Hot Dish: KickBack Jack’s opens

    The parent company of Tripps has renovated, rebranded and reopened its Greenville location as a KickBack Jack’s sports bar.

  • Hot Dish: Mediterranean fare

    Traditional Mediterranean fare is the specialty at Bateeni Mediterranean Grill & Café, 1868 W. Arlington Blvd. in Arlington Crossing Shopping Center.

Kolasa: Gluten-free not for everyone

Q I don’t have an allergy to gluten, but can eating a gluten-free diet help improve other diseases? — N.L., GreenvilleA It might seem like a subtle point, but some people are not allergic to gluten but may have a sensitivity to it.

Grizzard: Shorts in winter?

It’s a hot-button issue for a lot of parents I know: Why don’t teenagers wear long pants when it’s cold?

  • Keith: Having the house to myself

    Last weekend, something rare happened in my home — I had the house to myself for three whole days.

  • Grizzard: Taking down the tree

    By the time anyone reads this, there is a chance that someone will have shamed me into taking down our Christmas tree.

  • Keith: My Christmas wish list

    My wife and I recently received the final drafts of our chidren’s letters to Santa Claus.

  • Grizzard: Gift that keeps giving

    There is almost nothing I like more than having both of our boys home for the holidays. I say almost nothing because there is one thing I would like more.

  • Hudson: Fall speaks to Southerners

    Southerners love fall.A smart man by the name of James Farmer said, “Fall is a Southerner’s reward for surviving summer.” I agree.

March Go! Guide

Fun stuff to do coming up in the Greenville area:

  • Kid Stuff Calendar March 3

    Kid-friendly events and activities coming up in the Greenville area:  

  • Meeting place March 1

    Meeting times, dates and places for area civic, social and community groups.

  • Religion News Feb. 28

    ServicesCherry Lane Free Will Baptist Church, 210 Wilson St., will celebrate its 73rd anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday.

  • Go Guide Feb. 27

    TodayRev. C.L. BryantThe North Carolina Republican Party First Congressional District will host an event featuring speaker Rev.

  • After hours Feb. 27

    5TH STREET DISTILLERY annex: 120 and 122 E. Fifth St. Wednesday-Saturday: DJ. A.J. Mcmurphy’s: 1914 Turnbury Drive. 355-7956. Tuesday: Blues night.

Report card events March 3

Important dates coming up at area schools and photos of events, activities and student achievements.    

  • School Menu March 3

     Lunch menu for Pitt County Schools through Monday.  

  • Christ Covenant sophomore wins Shakespeare contest

    Christ Covenant School sophomore Holly Bradsher recently won first place in the Shakespeare competition, hosted by the Colonial Branch of the English-Speaking Union in New Bern.

  • A.G. Cox wins at N.C Beta Club Convention

    A.G.Cox Middle School’s Beta Club recently received honors at the North Carolina Beta Convention in Greensboro.

  • Report Card events Feb. 24

    Important dates coming up at area schools and photos of events, activities and student achievements.  

  • School menu Feb. 24

    Pitt County Schools lunch menu through Monday:

Pet Misbehavior

There are many ways your pet may misbehave, but obsession compulsion, separation anxiety and phobias can really cause problems for pets and their owners.

  • Pets for adoption

    Pets available for adoption through area shelters and animal rescue organizations:

  • Lost and found, pet news

    Lost and found pets and news from area shelters and animal rescue organizations.

  • How to properly bathe your pet

    One of the secrets to giving your pet a great and stress-free bath is to properly prepare long before there is any water in the tub.

  • Lost and found, pet news

    Lost and found pets and news from area shelters and animal rescue organizations.

  • Pets for adoption

    Pets available for adoption through area shelters and animal rescue organizations:

Pet resources

Click here to link to websites of various local organizations that help pets and their owners.

Your Photos: Pitt Pets

Share a photo of your favorite animal friend by emailing us at yourphotos@reflector.com or clicking the link below, and check out the photos your neighbors have shared.


‘DUFF’ gives genre a social media spin

All teen comedies owe some debt to John Hughes and Amy Heckerling.The milieu of suburban teenage life that they explored decades ago has defined the genre since.

  • Smith, Robbie charming in ‘Focus’

    If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on — when of course you haven’t a clue — that’s also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn’t it?

  • Movie capsules Feb. 27

    Capsules of movies playing at local theaters. New releases are indicated with an asterisk.

  • Movie capsules Feb. 20

    Capsules of movies playing at local theaters. New releases are indicated with an asterisk.

  • A pitch-perfect Costner in ‘McFarland USA’

    “McFarland, USA” could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie.

  • It’s ‘Fifty Shades’ of dissatisfaction

    Curious? The posters for “Fifty Shades of Grey” coyly ask.

Film studies at ECU

Are you interested in studying film? See what East Carolina University offers in this area.

What's at the movies?

Click here to see what is playing at Greenville's movie theaters.


Faithful begin season of Lent

Christians across Greenville started the Lenten season by filling local churches during Ash Wednesday services.

  • Religion News Feb. 21

    Special services, music and events at area houses of worship:

  • Religion news Feb. 15

    Services Burning Bush United Holy Church, 280 Bailey Lane, Vanceboro, will have quarterly meeting, homecoming and family and friends day at 11 a.m. Sunday.

  • Religion News Feb. 7

    Special services, music and events at area houses of worship:

  • Religion News Jan. 24

    Services Burning Bush Pentecostal Holiness Church, 5249 Whichard Road, will host an anniversary service for the church secretary, Eldress Maggie Hopkins, at 11 a.m.

  • Religion news Jan. 10

    Special services, musical performances and events coming up at area houses of worship:


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