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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: The compact, fun and bubbly 2018 Fiat 500L

SEATTLE — Compact, fun, bubbly; just a few adjectives that come to mind after driving the 2018 Fiat 500L. The “L” edition is quite a bit larger than the standard 500. You may remember the famous “Viagra” pill commercials for this car during the Superbowl, several years ago. Well, it’s not simply metaphor as the ...

Idaho: The next great frontier of pacific northwest wine

SEATTLE — You love wine, you love good people and you love incredible scenery with great food options. Visit Idaho. You heard me, go to Idaho. At what may seem to fly in the face of stereotyping the state for its famous potatoes, you need to check out its blossoming wine culture. What we’re starting ...

Last minute New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wine Guide

SEATTLE — With the new year hours away, the time-crunch is on to find some kick-ass bubbles to help ring in the new year. As always in the world of wine, your options and selection is nearly endless. With so many great wines to choose from, we’ve narrowed down a few bottles of bubbles that ...

Red or White: The best 2018 Christmas Wine Guide

SEATTLE:.  With so many clamoring to snatch up last minute Christmas gifts, it can be easy to overlook many a great wine. This somewhat brief line-up comprises a list of white and red wines that will help make your Christmas meals memorable.  Or double as a great gift idea. Keep a few on hand, in ...

2018 Thanksgiving wine description and purchasing guide

SEATTLE: Another Thanksgiving is near and that means my yearly, obligatory Thanksgiving Wine recommendation list. While opinions of what pairs well with the foods at a typical Thanksgiving table vary, one that that most all wino aficionados agree on is that sparkling rose’ goes with nearly everything.  So a nice Sparkling Rose is the no-brainer pick. ...

Cirque du Soleil Volta: Amazing action under the bigtop

SEATTLE: If you’ve never been to any of the Cirque du Soleil performances, you’re really missing out on an amazing production. Founded in the mid-80s up in Canada, Cirque has grown to a world tour de force, with several full-time shows at various Las Vegas hotels to performances in cities around the globe. The current production ...

From burgers to baseball, spending 72 hours in Tulsa, Oklahoma

TULSA — Oil city. Metropolitan. Diversity. Culture. Route 66. History. Just a few of the adjective that comes to mind when thinking about the great city of Tulsa Oklahoma. Known for its wild Tornadoes, the state of Oklahoma has a lot going for it and much of that is found in Tulsa. While you may ...

Road Tested: The 2018 Lexus ES350

SEATTLE:  Even though the car hasn’t seen any major changes since 2012, the 2018 Lexus ES350 continues to be a hot-seller for Lexus and is the number-one selling vehicle in its class. The chief reason for this is that it starts at under $40,000. Built on the same chassis as the Toyota Camry and Avalon, the ...

72 hours in Oklahoma City: What to eat, see and do

SEATTLE:  Oklahoma City, a thriving cattle town, has blossomed into being a central hub of industry in the state it was named after. Even though we may conjure up images of tornadoes, cowboys, and farmland, this city has a great deal going for it in 2018. It still has industries of oil and natural gas ...

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro still reigns supreme off-road

SEATTLE.If ever there was an iconic, everyman, off-road vehicle for the masses, it’s the 4Runner. Its pedigree as an adept off-roader that still behaves well on road has made it a favorite of drivers all over the world. Thus, keeping in mind the adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”   The 2018 Toyota 4Runner ...

Toyota bolsters its Prius line up with the Two Eco and Prime models

SEATTLE, July 22, 2018 — There’s no question that the Prius has been the butt of many jokes via Social Media but there’s also no question about its success. It ushered in the hybrid market in a way that hadn’t been done before. Additionally, its body styling has been rather polarizing but that hasn’t stopped ...

The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport delivers power and class

SEATTLE, July 08, 2018 — Who would have thought that a South Korean auto brand could be both captivating and luxurious. Genesis, the spin-off luxury brand of Hyundai, has done this. In a relatively short amount of time, it has garnered a loyal fan base of its luxury vehicles.With its 2018 G80 Sport model, Genesis ...

72 hours in Wichita, Kansas: Things to do, places to eat, fun to have during

WICHITA: Regarded by many as a fly-over-state, Kansas has a great deal going for it, both as a place to live and certainly one you should consider visiting. There are some things that are just Wichita true.  Like a farmer’s rough-skinned hand-shake that tells the story of life in The Wheat State. A warm greeting from a ...

Driven: 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

SEATTLE, June 14, 2018 — The name, C-HR, stands for “Coupe-High Rider”, however, it’s not a coupe and doesn’t ride too high. There’s little question that Toyota’s design language has changed across its entire line-up over the last few years and Its 2018 C-HR XLE is Toyota’s foray into the affordable, compact crossover segment. It ...

Anthony Bourdain: The Chef and adventurer who inspired millions

SEATTLE, June 8, 2018 — Like many of you, I find inspiration in life from many experiences and from those who we esteem. Anthony Bourdain, a man I never met but plan to hang out with in the next life, touched countless millions. It wasn’t his cooking, even though he was an accomplished chef, nor ...

Mazda’s 2018 CX-9 Grand Touring continues in excellence

SEATTLE, May 31, 2018 — To say that I’ve been a personal fan of the Mazda CX-9 over its past few model years would be to understate things. What Mazda has done with the CX-9 has really helped hone it into one of the finest crossover SUVs in its segment. While the average-sized family won’t ...