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Cary Spotlight (Travel + Discover Edition): Issue #223

D-Day 80th Anniversary, Record-Breaking RDU, Global Foodie Capitals, Cary’s Japanese Cuisine

In this Cary Spotlight Issue…

💭Spotlight Hook Trivia

🔥 Daily Quote

🧭 Decades of Valor: WWII Veterans Return to Normandy for 80th D-Day Anniversary

✈️ RDU Sets Record with 22% Increase in Passengers

🎖️ Global Culinary Capitals: Time Out Ranks Top Foodie Cities for 2024

😋 Savoring the Best of Cary: 7 Must-Try Japanese Cuisine Restaurants

😋Tasty Trend: Cajun Butter Steak Bites

🏛️ Support Cary Local Businesses

Question: Where is the world's largest zoo located?

(Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

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Decades of Valor: WWII Veterans Return to Normandy for 80th D-Day Anniversary

As the 80th anniversary of D-Day approaches, more than sixty veterans of World War II, aged between 96 and 107, have embarked on a poignant journey from Dallas to France. Organized by American Airlines, this trip is one of several that will transport these honored individuals across the Atlantic for a series of commemorative events.

Once in France, these veterans will participate in a series of tributes beginning with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery and including visits to significant historical sites like the Eiffel Tower. They will also partake in the le Ravivage de la Flamme ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, honoring France's fallen service members.

The journey will culminate in Normandy, where the veterans will pay homage at Omaha and Utah Beaches, key sites of the Allied landings on June 6, 1944. During these landings, nearly 160,000 troops stormed the beaches in a monumental effort to breach Nazi fortifications and commence the liberation of Western Europe. D-Day resulted in 4,415 Allied fatalities, including about 2,500 Americans, and thousands more wounded.

In addition to the WWII veterans, the group includes six Medal of Honor recipients from more recent conflicts and two women known as "Rosie the Riveters," symbolizing those who sustained the wartime industry at home.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans underscores the urgency of preserving these stories as the number of living WWII veterans dwindles.

They continue to educate the public through school programs and exhibits to ensure the legacies of these veterans endure in collective memory. Read more

RDU Sets Record with 22% Increase in Passengers

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) distinguished itself as the fastest-growing major airport in the United States last year, with an impressive 22% surge in the number of passengers boarding flights, compared to the prior year.

This growth topped the list of the 50 largest airports in the country, outperforming others like San Francisco, Washington-Dulles, Luis Muñoz Marín in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Kansas City, which all reported around an 18% increase. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, RDU's performance marks a significant achievement in its operational history, reflecting its increasing importance in the national aviation landscape.

The year 2023 proved to be a landmark for RDU in several ways. The airport not only handled a record-setting 14.5 million passengers but also broadened its global connectivity by adding four new airlines and launching flights to 25 new destinations.

The expansion continues into 2024, which is already on track to surpass previous records. This summer, RDU is set to further boost its international service offerings with the introduction of new routes to Frankfurt, Germany via Lufthansa on June 6; to Panama City, Panama via Copa Airlines on June 21; and to Mexico City, Mexico via Aeromexico on July 1. With these additions, RDU will offer nonstop flights to 10 international destinations, the most in its operational history. Read more

El ceviche peruano de pescado es una de las comidas más deliciosas que ha podido inventar el ser humano durante su existencia. Ya sea de pescado, de conchas, de camarones, o mixto, el ceviche peruano no sólo ha estado presente en la mesa como maestro de ceremonias para todos aquellos que quieren degustar la magnífica gastronomía del país latinoamericano, este plato se ha convertido en un manjar internacional.

On Time Out's list is Lima, Peru, where visitors are encouraged to try ceviche

Global Culinary Capitals: Time Out Ranks Top Foodie Cities for 2024

Time Out's latest ranking identifies the top global cities for culinary enthusiasts, emphasizing both the quality and affordability of the food.

Naples is celebrated for its iconic dishes and vibrant food scene, while Johannesburg and Lima follow with their unique offerings and dynamic culinary cultures.

The list serves as a travel guide for food lovers seeking both traditional flavors and innovative dining experiences in cities that are experiencing a culinary resurgence. Read more

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Credit: Oiso Sushi and Korean

Savoring the Best of Cary: 7 Must-Try Japanese Cuisine Restaurants

If you're craving Japanese cuisine in Cary, North Carolina, you're in for a treat. Here are seven highly recommended authentic Japanese cuisine restaurants in Cary, NC, each offering unique flavors and experiences:

  1. Kashin Japanese Restaurant: Since 1991, Kashin has been serving authentic Japanese cuisine in Cary. Known for its extensive sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, Kashin provides a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. It's a favorite for its variety and genuine flavors.

  2. Yuri Japanese Restaurant: Yuri offers a comprehensive menu that features both traditional and innovative Japanese dishes. Known for its high-quality sushi and excellent service, Yuri is a go-to spot for sushi lovers and those looking to enjoy a great dining experience.

  3. Shinmai: Specializing in ramen with house-made broths and traditional Japanese dishes, Shinmai provides a warm and inviting atmosphere. Their focus on fresh ingredients and authentic flavors makes it a standout in Cary.

  4. Kabuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi: Kabuki offers a lively dining experience with its teppanyaki and sushi options. It's perfect for both family dinners and larger gatherings, where the interactive cooking and fresh flavors shine.

  5. Oiso Sushi & Korean: Although it includes Korean cuisine, Oiso's Japanese dishes are well-loved. They offer a variety of sushi and traditional Japanese meals, making it a great spot for those who appreciate a fusion of flavors.

  6. M Sushi Cary: As part of the M Restaurant Group, M Sushi Cary brings high-quality, chef-driven sushi and Japanese cuisine to the area. It's known for its meticulous preparation and premium ingredients.

  7. Koi Ramen: For those craving authentic Japanese ramen, Koi Ramen is the place to go. They offer a variety of broths and toppings, all crafted with care to provide a delicious and authentic ramen experience.

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Cajun Butter Steak Bites 😋

Ready in under 10 minutes without any marinating needed, these Cajun Butter Steak Bites are a quick and easy.

Credit: Cafe Delites

📋 Ingredients List( Cajun Seasoning):

  • 1 tablespoon mild paprika

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, add more if you like heat

  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar KETO: use brown sugar substitute

  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, add more if you like heat

  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper to taste

📋 Ingredients List (For Steak):

  • 23 oz (650 g) steak, cut into 2-inch cubes (Sirloin, Rump, New York Strip, Porterhouse or Ribeye)

  • 1-2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped

📝 Instructions:

  1. Combine cajun seasoning in a shallow bowl. Add the steak bites and toss to evenly coat.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat until hot.

  3. Sear the steak bites in batches for 2-3 minutes each side until edges are crispy and browned, adding extra oil as needed. Set aside.

  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add butter to the skillet and heat until melted. Sauté the chopped garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds), while scraping up any browned bits from the pan.

  5. Take the pan off the heat. Throw the steak bites back in and toss through the garlic butter to evenly coat.

  6. Serve warm.

    Notes: We make Cajun seasoning from scratch in this steak bites recipe. Feel free to use 3 tablespoons of store bought Cajun seasoning. Make sure the brand you use is low sodium.

Give it a try and let us know what you think. Print recipe & tips

The Answer to the Cary Spotlight Hook Trivia Question 👇👇👇

The world's largest zoo, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. It spans over 580 acres and is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 800 species. This expansive facility is renowned for its innovative habitats and a wide variety of species. The zoo also plays a significant role in global conservation efforts. Link to More Info