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I would almost rather gnaw off my arm than pick my way through the glob of traffic that is East Brainerd. That being said, there are some things that will turn my hand. Like a visit to Ross Dress for Less. Or Cheddar’s.

There’s nothing fancy about C&W Cafe, a red brick building on East 23rd Street. But this mom-and-pop business, owned by Carl and Willetta Hill, is where the magic happens at mealtime six days a week, drawing hundreds of customers for good times and captivating home-cooked soul food.

Nathan Lindley seems to have the golden touch in the restaurant business.

A five-course dinner paired with tastings of Bonterra, Jekel, left, and Sanctuary wines will be served 6-8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 14, at the Kitchen at Union Square in the Tallan Building at 2 Union Square.

I actually heard someone say to me the other day while trying to decide where to take an out-of-town guest to dinner: “I thought about XYZ because they have locally grown produce, but everybody does that here anymore.”

Last Saturday, the daughter and I were making the rounds of garage sales and resale shops — practicing for the World’s Longest Yard Sale — when we happened by Alot of Treasure Thrift Store on Hixson Pike. The rest of the sign hinted at the bonus of stopping here: the adjacent Cozy English Tea Room.

Cook them, paint them, photograph them, set them in motion to win.

Sometimes, a good beet or kale salad is just what you want for lunch.

Reservations are due by Sunday, July 27, for a dinner benefiting Crabtree Farms.

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