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BALLANTYNE | faces ELAINE CHOPSKI Birthplace: Manila, Philippines. Job: Director of marketing and catering, Frankie Boys Burgers, BBQ and Ribs. What do you like most about your job? Providing great food to great people. I love seeing their happy faces after eating our barbecue. In addition, I get to meet and talk to new people ��� which adds a lot of excitement to my day. What���s your guilty pleasure? Hot, soft, fresh biscuits or rolls. Place the whole basket in front of me and most of the time I can���t say no to them. Do you live in Ballantyne? No, but I work, shop and go to the gym in Ballantyne. What is your favorite Ballantyne-area restaurant? Sushi 18. The Hawaiian Sunset rolls are amazing. It���s a favorite place for a date night with my husband. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Chasing my 4-year-old at the park and walking our 120-pound German shepherd. I love running and hiking as well. Describe your dream vacation. Maui, Hawaii. Feet on the sand, hot sun, delicious seafood, fresh pineapple, Kona coffee, creamy Roselani ice cream, luau on the beach, golf for hubby, spa for me and sur��ng for the kids. No phones, no computer, no alarm clock. This was my honeymoon destination, and I really would love to visit every year. What would your theme song be for walking into a room? ���Girl on Fire��� by Alicia Keys. What is your favorite news source? The Charlotte Observer. I also watch CNN and CBS News in the evenings. I would be rather caught dead than wear ____. Corduroy. It���s just not for me. What charitable organization are you involved with? Turning Point. The organization provides safe housing and counseling for victims of domestic violence as well as for their children. What is your biggest pet peeve? When people don���t say ���please��� and ���thank you.��� Share something that someone would never guess about you. I have a 15-year-old son who is 6 feet 1 inch tall. He is a sophomore in high school. People are always shocked when he introduces me as his mom. 28 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SPRING 2013

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