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Stories by Duane_Pemberton

Duane Pemberton is a lifestyle writer and CDNs Auto Editor. Pemberton loves anything that helps bring people together which is why he writes about food, wine, cars, and travel.

Road Tested: 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda has done a great job with this car and the evolution of its 2016 model that was announced not long ago looks to even further this car’s reputation as a “no-brainer” sports car.

Road tested: 2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD

SEATTLE, June 23, 2015 — The latest Genesis from Hyundai is quite the anomaly. It delivers world-class value for a performance sedan but still has the Hyundai moniker on it, which may not work for certain customers. This is a car that’s built to compete with the likes of Acura, Infiniti, Lexus, BMW and Mercedes – and ...

Toyota: Being fueled by bullsh*t!

SEATTLE, April 22, 2015 — They say that there’s something stinky about the notion of hydrogen-powered automobiles, so Toyota’s latest video looks to shed some like on the “bullsh*t.” It hired award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock to highlight why calling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles “bullsh*t” isn’t fair to the technology or based in facts. This first ...

Road tested: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4

SEATTLE, April 21, 2015 — Jeep fans are unabashedly loyal and because of that Jeep builds vehicles that not only placate to their loyal fan base but also needs to produce ones that capture new buyers as well. Its Cherokee seems to do both rather well. Outside of the fact that it’s a great-looking SUV, ...

Road tested: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T

SEATTLE, April 17, 2015 — To say that the latest Sonata Sport 2.0T from Hyundai is a great car for the money is somewhat understating the value this car offers consumers in its price segment. There are few sedans that come close to offering the sense of overall refinement that Hyundai has clearly done a ...

Shell set to co-engineer design and build of city concept car

SEATTLE, April 9, 2015 — Shell is working with road car designer Professor Gordon Murray and engine specialist Osamu Goto to co-engineer a car that’s ultra-compact, ultra fuel-efficient and based on an internal combustion engine. Currently dubbed “Project M,” it is scheduled to be unveiled in November, and those interested can follow the car’s progress on ...

Quick feta meatballs with marinara

SEATTLE, March 24, 2015—For those of us who love them, there’s something comforting about a delicious meatball. So many people seem to buy those pre-made ones in the freezer section at the grocery store but can’t remember the last time they had a homemade one. These easy-to-prepare meatballs are great to eat on their own ...

Science confirms that a vineyard’s soil microbes shape terroir

SEATTLE, March 25, 2015 — It appears that the major factor of a wine’s terroir has more to do with the soil microbes found around the plant’s roots than with the actual soil characteristics. New research published in the mBio open-access Journal of the American Society for Microbiology could have a long-standing impact on how ...

Winery Spotlight: Le Cadeau from Oregon’s Willamette Valley

SEATTLE, March 24, 2015 — While there are clearly lots of good Pinot noir producers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, there are a few that seem to do a really good job of ever-so-slightly edging out the competition; one of those is Le Cadeau Vineyard and winery. It’s a boutique winery in every sense ...

Blackened salmon burger with lemon caper aioli

Seattle, March 18, 2015 — Here in the Northwest, salmon is never out of style and with today’s method of flash-freezing fresh Alaskan salmon,, there’s nearly no limit to how far they can be shipped around the country. One of the more popular preparations of this amazing fish is using a simple blackening rub and ...

Nissan announces pricing for its 2016 GT-R Supercar

Seattle, March 17, 2015 —The news here is really no news for the pricing of the 2016 GT-R as Nissan has kept the same pricing structure as last year and have brought about a few enhancements to boot. These cars are now for sale at select dealers around the USA. Its “Gold Edition” sports a ...

Tested: 2015 Honda Fit EX-L Navi

Seattle, February 19, 2015 — The Honda Fit is a rather quirky-looking little car. It’s Honda’s answer to the compact, four-door car that still has a good miles per gallon rating and runs on gasoline. While it’s very tiny on the outside, the inside is chocked full of Honda’s touches to make it an interesting ...

The 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo – one of the best performance sedans going

Detroit, February 9, 2015 — Push accelerator, go fast – it’s a simple concept that’s been a hallmark of philosophy at Porsche for decades. Its history of chock full of cars that have excited the senses and the soul with heart-riveting performance, style and handling. Base price: $141,300 Price as tested: $194,685 MPG: 15/24 There’s ...

GEARHEADS: Guest Anne Fleming of Women-Drivers.com on Blog Talk Radio, 5:00pm EST

Miami, January 7, 2015 — Gearheads returns with special guest, Anne Fleming of Women-Drivers.com. Your host, Greg Sanchez, will interview Anne and she’ll tell us about all of the great things going on in the world of Women Drivers. Anne Fleming, President & CEO, started Women-Drivers.com through her participation in Landmark Education. Even though she didn’t ...

The 2014 Infiniti Q50S has tons of power, handling and style

Seattle, January 3, 2015 — As someone who has owned a couple of Infiniti cars during my life, it’s easy to have a soft-spot for them. There’s no other Japanese company producing more exciting performance cars than Nissan/Infiniti right now and the Q50s continues that excitement. The 2015 Q50 the first sedan in the world to ...

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD is a formidable crossover

Seattle, December 27, 2014 — There can be a bit of a challenge when describing how successful Hyundai has been over the past 5 years or so but this little cross-over Tucson provides some insights as to why. It’s easily one of the most stylish vehicles in its respective category and price point. They have ...