Who is….

Who exactly makes up Dine & Opine? The following post will give you a slight introduction to the current members, and a few of those from the past. It appears that we have trouble letting go a few of our members. We have each chosen a piece of art/photography that we think best reflects ourselves and share a tab bit of personal information. We hope you can take a moment and get acquainted with each of us!

Name: Jill

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Alma Mater: Purdue University

Family Status: Married, 2 kids

Favorite Book: Crime and Punishment

Favorite Local Restaurant: Ilios Noche

Hobbies: Reading, Cooking

Favorite Vacation Spot: Caribbean

  • Quote to live by: “Be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.”

Name: Amy

Hometown: Auburn, MA

Alma Mater: Philadelphia University, formerly known as Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science

Family Status: Married, 3 kids

Favorite Book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Favorite Local Restaurant: The Fig Tree

Hobbies: Reading, Tennis, Gardening

Favorite Vacation Spot: Lake Winnepesaukee, NH

Quote to live by:

  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  Winston Churchill

Name: Meera

Hometown: Bombay (what Mumbai used to be called), India

Alma Mater: Pune University, India

Family Status: Married, 2 barking devils

Favorite Book: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Favorite Local Restaurant: Thai House

Hobbies: Sleeping between Movies

Favorite Vacation Spot: My bed

  • Quote to live by: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” –Sarah Palin, interview with CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co”, July 2008 (Watch video clip)

Name: Suhanthi

Hometown: Madras (what Chennai used to be called), India

Alma Mater: Metropolitan State University, Minnesota

Family Status: Married, 2 devils (one of each) and a dog (the only one in the family who does not talk back)

Favorite Book: Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Favorite Local Restaurant: Kabob Grille

Hobbies: Reading, Cooking and spending time with friends

Favorite Vacation Spot: Thailand

Quote to live by: And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years – Abraham Lincoln

Name: Karie

Hometown: Deerfield, Ohio although consider Charlotte my home now! over 18 yrs and counting!

Alma Mater: University of Mount Union  GO Raiders!

Family Status: Married, 2 boys- I’m an Uptown Mama! And a 4-legged rescue!

Favorite Book: Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen/ The Devil in the White City/ Out

Favorite Local Restaurant: Alexander Michaels (Al Mikes)

Hobbies: Exercising, Enjoying time with the family, reading, being outside, traveling, spending time with friends

Favorite Vacation Spot: Salzburg, Austria or any beach

Quote to live by: I don’t want to change my past… it would change who I am today. ~ Karie

Name: Shobha

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Alma Mater: Indus Valley school of art and architecture, Karachi Pakistan

Family Status: 1 kid

Favorite Book: loved all the books i read and never finished the ones I didn’t!

Favorite Local Restaurant: sonoma grill, uptown charlotte

Hobbies: working out, baking, cooking for and drinking wine with friends, reading, watching movies

Favorite Vacation Spot: my home….my balcony with coffee hearing and watching the city noises or my bed with a book… TV on and music playing in the background

  • Quote to live by: “I don’t believe in God, but I miss Him” from Nothing To Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

Name: Margot

Hometown: Plano, TX

Alma Mater: Hendrix College

Family Status: Married, 3 kids

Favorite Book: The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield

Favorite Local Restaurant: Nikko’s Sushi

Hobbies: Reading, kick-boxing, pilates, music

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Hilton Head, SC

Quote to live by:

“It is not what happens to you in life that matters as much as how you respond”.  R. R. Musch

Name:  Sondra

Hometown:  Winston-Salem, NC

Family Status:  Married, 2 kids

Alma Mater:  Appalachian State University – Its Great to Be a Mountaineer!

Favorite Book:  Gone With The Wind

Favorite Local Restaurant: Ilios Noche, Cantina 1511

Hobbies:  Running, Yoga, Reading

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Hawaii, Hilton Head Island

Quote to Live By:

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere” (Albert Einstein)

Name:  Jennifer

Hometown:  Cheboygan, Michigan

Family Status:  Married

Alma Mater:  Central Michigan University-Undergrad; Northern Arizona University-Graduate

Favorite Book:

Favorite Local Restaurant: Alexander Michaels or Vida Vida

Hobbies:  Reading, Playing Games/Trivia, Watching Football

Favorite Vacation Spot: Italy

  • Quote to Live By: “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem” Eldridge Cleaver