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This Month In Style: February 2024

Style Magazine – February 2024

While editing this month’s feature, “Our Favorite Things,” I couldn’t stop myself from singing “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…” You get my (Sound of Music) drift. Growing up, “My Favorite Things” was “my favorite” song; it’s the tune my dad always sang to me before bed (and he always gave the lyrics a silly spin: “raindrops on roses and whiskers on grandma”). Now, as a parent myself, the nighttime lullaby tradition continues—with slightly skewed lyrics and a bee that “stings” (tickles) my daughters.

But don’t worry, if you turn to page 72, where “Our Favorite Things” starts, you won’t find cream-colored ponies or crisp apple strudels (though you will find schnitzel with noodles); instead, you’ll discover 10 individuals who are deeply rooted and connected to our community—from a fire chief and college president to a high school principal—sharing their favorite places (restaurants, breweries, boutiques), open spaces, and secret sanctuaries to visit when they’re off the clock. Get ready to explore our region like never before, guided by those who know it best.

It wouldn’t be a February issue without some Cupid content, so in The 10 Spot (page 18), “Hopeless Romantics,” contributor Caitlin Emmett rounded up some clever, non-cliché date ideas—like wine tasting in a clear, heated “pod” with picture-perfect vineyard views. If you’re seeking a gift for someone special, flip to “Think Pink” (page 60) and our “V-Day Gift Guide” (page 62) for fun finds found locally that promise to please the people you love the most, from dogs and dads to daughters.

This month also marks Lunar New Year. As someone who married into a Chinese family, I’m fairly familiar with the festival (it’s a personal favorite and super fun one!), but I still learned a lot in Jennifer Maragoni’s article, “Over the Moon” (page 28). Not only does she delve deep into “why,” “when,” and “how” it’s celebrated, but she also touches on our region’s rich Chinese past. For those unfamiliar with the holiday or history, I encourage you to read the piece and do something special to celebrate.

Finally, in Eat & Drink, our wonderfully witty culinary columnist, Sharon Penny, shares her “Fried Chicken Favorites.” Flip to page 90 for the winner, winner chicken dinners: eight comforting, caloric, delectable dishes full of phenomenal flavors, plus an unexpected “budget bite” you’ll need to read about (then try) to believe. More of a wing man (or woman)? Check out “Wingin’ It” (page 92) for some sauced, tossed, tasty options found ‘round town, including the ones on our cover from Relish Burger Bar.

Enjoy the issue, and be sure to fill your month with love, laughter, and all your favorite things. Cheers! 

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