Feb. 5 is the annual giveaway from Bruegger's Bagels, celebrating its birthday (it's 32). You need a coupon to get three free ones and you need to get there before 11 a.m. Go to its Facebook page, or go to the website www.BehindTheTaste.com to get one (its eClub members automatically get one via email).
Tapas to tacos, foie gras to fries, Helen Schwab has written about food in and around Charlotte for more than 20 years. Her related experience includes traveling (pizza in Naples to pizza in New York), waitressing (she understands about tipping from both sides), journalism (a B.S. from Northwestern University), and cooking at home, the less said about which the better.