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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.

Review: 2013 KIA Optima SXL

SEATTLE, March 26, 2013 – What do most successful companies do to a product when it’s successful? That’s right, leave it alone and let it keep pleasing the masses. This is the formula from KIA for its 2013 Optima series – this SXL edition is really the only model in the Optima line-up that has a few ...

Review: 2013 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 – With an ever-growing crossover market, the ability to distinguish oneself from the pack is becoming more difficult than ever before. Sure, there are looks and perhaps features that can differentiate various models. But the overall scope of what we perceive a crossover vehicle to be has been largely status-quo in recent ...

Recipe: Pan Seared Scallops with an Orange-Soy Chili Reduction

SEATTLE,  March 17, 2013 – This is a quick, easy Asian-inspired meal that’s a sure-fire hit for seafood lovers. It captures many of the Asian flavors I have come to adore and yet retains the freshness of the scallops and vegetables. Ingredients: 12 fresh scallops 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice 3 cloves of ...

Review: 2013 Volkswagen Passat SE V6

SEATTLE, March 16, 2013 – For many drivers, there’s simply something about the way a German-engineered car drives that is hard to replicate. And for those drivers on a modest budget the Volkswagen’s Passat has been a crowd pleaser for decades. Its 2013 SE edition ups the ante with an available 3.6L V6 engine, on-board navigation ...

Ever wonder why Napa Wines are so expensive?

SEATTLE, March 15, 2013 – Millions of wine lovers – both beginners and self-entitled “experts” flock to the Napa Valley every year in their thirst for that “perfect Cab, Merlot or even Zinfandel’. Certainly, Napa grows quite a bit more than these three varietals, but they are the reds that really helped shape this amazing region, ...