#OffbeatCLTeats: Asian Flare

Hello Charlotte! We know our beloved Queen City has no shortage of options for every spectrum of foodie craving. And with every CLT Instagram influencer sharing and reviewing all of the new restaurant openings for media days every day, it can be easy to forget about the local spots. But even the little guys need love and sometimes that hole in the wall offers the best grubs! So enter: #offbeatCLTeats!

We will be sharing at least 2-3 different restaurants with each post and tell you why it is worth your time to check them out even if they’re low profile. And if you’ve recently had some good eats at a hidden gem, tag them #offbeatCLTeats to be featured in our Insta-stories and who knows, we may just venture out to them as well!
#offbeatCLTeats: Asian Eats Edition

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#DoseofCLT: Matcha in the Queen City

I love tea so matcha.  Really, just so matcha love.  Everything is just so matcha better whenever I can get myself a cup of this goodness.  If I could just start everyday with some, like is that too matcha to ask?

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Alright, alright, alright.  I know y’all get it.  I’ve jumped on the matcha bandwagon and have been exploring the city’s coffee shops to get my fix since I got hooked on this stuff after our trip to NYC (which I’ve yet to still blog about!  Whoopsies!)  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still a coffee lover but getting to enjoy a cup of matcha every once in a while is a nice little change up in my routine, and I’m personally glad that the centuries old Japanese ceremonial tea has now made it here in the Queen City!  On this edition of #DoseofCLT, I’m sharing my top four picks—go check ‘em out and find out if you’re also matcha-made in heaven with this trendy, superfood.

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#DoseofCLT: Historic South End

These days, everybody is just craving more than a fleeting moment—we’re all looking for ways to fill our days with memories and experiences. Everybody works hard and wants to play even harder. So when in the Queen City and you get some time off in your hands, how should you spend it? Well, as your pharmacists in town, we’ve got a new series we would like to share: #DoseofCLT. We’re putting together different itineraries that we ourselves have tried and tested, and we will be dispensing your prescription for a dose of CLT vibes and experiences!

So up first, the Historic South End! There are many ways to enjoy and explore the much sought after area of South End, so we’ll likely be doing several posts about it but this one’s definitely one of our favorite ways to spend at least half the day here!

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Dot Dot Dot: A Culinary-Driven Bar Experience

We all know what a speakeasy is, but it’s only really until about a year ago that Charlotte finally got one that truly lives up to the concept.  The people behind Dot Dot Dot have succeeded in where most ventures have failed; commitment and restraint.

The experience begins immediately once you walk into what was a former storage unit located in the back lot of Park Rd Shopping Center. The red leather booths, tin coffer ceilings, and low light give the feeling of what one might imagine speakeasies were like during the prohibition era without being kitschy.  The shining star of the space has to be the marble bar that faces an the extensive collection of whiskey and other spirits.  If possible, try to grab a seat at the bar, it will give you a chance to chat up the bartenders and maybe even meet new friends in the process.

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A Charlotte (K)night!

Hotdogs and beers.  Peanuts and Cracker Jacks.  The seventh-inning stretch and belting out “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”  All the classics that you’d expect at a baseball game, but there’s more!  When you come out to see the Charlotte Knights play at the BB&T Ballpark, you’re treated to the full Queen City experience.  I mean, let’s just start with this view…

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Quincy in the Queen City

Our furry littles also love exploring out and about the Queen City, and luckily for Charlotteans, there are many places that embrace having our four-legged kids around!  I mean, let’s face it.  Life is better with dogs around!

So for the inside scoop on some of the city’s dog-friendly offerings, we turned to a local native who knows the ins-and-outs of the city–Quincy, the dog! Instagram’s @Crooked.Ear.Quincy is @Kaylbee87‘s not-so-little furball who is a lab mix, busy doing doggy business, which includes going on long walks on urban greenways, hiking trails, and posing for adorable pics for his dog-mama.  In this interview, Quincy shares with us his most favorite outdoor activities and pro tips, so you and yours can also enjoy the great CLT outdoors!

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