Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

A Life in Color

The eight prints in the guest bedroom, wild and bold, tell you she’s still got it. Julie Staelin, who has a degree in architecture from N.C. State, has a legion of satisfied clients, but if you’re looking for a microcosm of her life and her work, these transformed pieces of art will do nicely. A …

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Southern Eating

Add Harvest 18 to the number of local eateries infiltrating the chain-heavy areas of southern Durham. Chef Jason Smith, who also owns 18 Seaboard and Cantina 18 in Raleigh, saw the location as a “neighborhood community by a mall, and we thought there was a pent-up demand for a neighborhood restaurant.” He’s made it a …

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Garage Grub

One of Durham’s go-to spots for music and entertainment is now serving up more than just great bands and delicious drinks. Motorco Music Hall opened its kitchen, Parts & Labor, in its garage bar late last year, and I finally had the chance to sample some of its dishes at an event this past week. From bratwurst and …

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