In the Land of Fire and Ice

It had been a rough a few autumn months with a string of challenges that left my family and me exhausted and wishing for a change of scenery. The holidays were approaching, but we weren’t feeling festive. We weren’t feeling much of anything except a level of fatigue that required copious amounts of downtime. We needed next-level self-care. 

New Year, New Flavor

Amy Ridgell's original plan was to be a teacher, hence the degree in urban/multicultural education from the University of Tennessee. But after several years of teaching and working for a nonprofit, Amy felt the nudge to return to a first love: cooking. 

Run On

Marty Sonnenfeldt was a high school student in the Netherlands when long-distance runner Frank Shorter won the 1972 Olympic marathon. An article about the man appeared in Boys’ Life Magazine, and though Marty was already running and participating in other sports at his American school, there was something about Frank’s story that lit a fire under the teenager’s feet.

Bring It On

Lizbette Bond, a California transplant and former rower, was a typical gym rat. She knew the benefits and didn’t mind doing the work. However, her husband, Nick, was enjoying a different experience as a member of F3, a free, participant-led boot camp for men rooted in fitness, fellowship and faith. She wanted to get out of the gym cycle and do something…

Stocking Stunners

Christmas morning is all about the big reveal, and usually, that means eyes look under the tree first. However, there are good gifts to be found in stockings, and three West Knoxville shops may have just what you're looking for. 

Cheers!

 Sparkling  No holiday is complete without bubbles, and if you’re looking for high quality at reasonable prices, then Spain has you covered. While cava can be white or red, it is primarily made from the three grape varietals macabeu, parellada and xarello. At $15, Castillo Perlada Cava Brut Reserva from Penedes is a crowd favorite. A blend of 40 percent macabeu, 30…

Avoid the Creep

One of the easiest ways to stay on a solid financial path is to intentionally avoid lifestyle creep, which happens when our spending increases with our income, but our savings stays stagnant. If we’re blessed to receive a raise at year-end, we can easily absorb those extra dollars into our spending. As this happens year over year, the impact compounds…

Taste and Savor

The goal for the Oliver Royale was simple: create an authentic, intimate space where guests could enjoy a local, seasonal and original dish in a historical building where the integrity had not only been maintained but fashionably updated.

Winter Reads

 Beartown by Fredrik Backman  Fredrik Backman is the author of the wildly popular A Man Called Ove, and anyone who loved that book will love this. This book sets up a town and world that is populated by lovable characters who are obsessed with hockey. Beartown is the first in a series (there are currently two out) that tackles some pretty…

(Not) Home for the Holidays

Come mid-November, folks are slipping into holiday mode. They're making travel plans, drafting holiday menus and looking forward to some much-needed time off. However, public servants rarely spend holidays at home. They keep the city running so we don't have to. Read about three community members who'll be working on Thanksgiving this year.