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Cooking classes in Raleigh durham?

If you sign up for the listservs available through NC State's Center for Environmental Farming Systems you'll get all sorts of interesting food and sustainable agriculture-related emails, and I've heard about some really interested classes through these listservs, some traditional cooking some offbeat stuff as well. There was a neat mushroom cultivation class in Durham recently, as well as a class on fermentation on Easter (for homemade pickles, krauts, etc). Most of these are offered through indie groups not affiliated with the university, fyi. There is a really cool [sounding] homebrew class coming up May 21st that sounds like fun. Check it out! Have fun!

May 15, 2011
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Winter Interlude deal at Fearrington House - 3 courses, $49

Just found out the deal was extended until March 31st. Score!

Mar 02, 2011
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Market Restaurant in Raleigh

Cool, thanks for the feedback! Don't know if I'll be able to haul my lazy self all the way to Raleigh for this place alone, but I could be tempted to combine it with a field trip to Escazu...awesome tip!

Feb 18, 2011
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Double Devon Cream in RDU area

First stop for specialty items like this should always be Southern Season. I swear I don't work there, I swear I don't get kick-backs, but I swear every time I need some completely random or obscure food item, they sell it. They definitely sell the Double Devon Cream.

Feb 18, 2011
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ISO Zweiback in the Triangle

Saw zweiback at A Southern Season this past weekend in the dry goods aisles, across from the Thymes candles and book section, not near the sliced meats. I realize your craving was posted two months ago, TerryG. Sincerely hope you've had a fix since then. Sorry for the late response!

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A Southern Season
201 S Estes Dr Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Feb 18, 2011
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Best Mexican in Charleston?

I'm curious if people mention Taco Boy, a super cool looking restaurant in a shady looking part of downtown right after the Cooper River bridge. We were craving Mexican on our last Charleston trip in August, then discovered Taco Boy as we literally drove over it on the 17 overpass. Can't wait to visit on our next trip. There is another Taco Boy location on Folly Beach. Would love to hear thoughts on this place!

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Taco Boy
15 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439

Feb 17, 2011
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Market Restaurant in Raleigh

Has anyone tried this place? Just learned about it through a listserv posting from NC State. Sounds good--locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The brunch menu for this Sunday, 2/20, sounds totally delicious. Curious if it is worth that long haul from Chapel Hill to Raleigh.

Sunday Brunch - 2.20.2011

French Quarter Style Beignets $7
drizzled with local honey

Chai Tea French Toast $10
crispy baked french toast served in our homemade chai tea reduction with a side of sweet glazed bacon or vegan sausage (vegetarian)

Farm Hand Eggs Benedict $11
sweet potato biscuits topped with shredded pork BBQ with a poached eggs and a side of stone ground grits

Fall Pancakes $9
whole wheat pancakes with sauteed cinnamon apples served with sweet glazed bacon or vegan sausage (vegan)

Farmers Market Omelette $10
prepared with local eggs and vegetables topped with Hollandaise and served with side of fruit Quinoa (vegetarian)

Grits and "Grillades" $12
creamy stone ground grits topped with house duck sausage and mushroom gravy

Pumpkins Last Stand $9
crepes with pumpkin maple cream cheese filling and toasted pecans served with sweet glazed bacon or veg.sausage (vegetarian)

"Chorizo" Scramble Taco $9
marinated tofu scrambled with potato and vegan "chorizo" dressed with salsa fresca and a side of fruit Quinoa (vegan)

Huevos Mercado $12
slow roasted goat, black beans, sunny side up eggs, salsa verde, avocadoes, and queso fresco atop fresh corn tortillas

Drinks
Bar service starts at 12pm

Joe Van Gogh Coffee and assorted Hot Teas

Fresh Squeezed OJ - $3

Fresh Apple Juice - $3

Housemade Soy Milk - $3

Market Bloody Mary - $7

Chai Tai - with kracken rum - $6

Blount Street Daisy - $7

Kicked-up Coffee
Joe Van Gogh coffee with house infused chocolate coffee liqeur topped with fresh vanilla whipped cream $6

Peppermint Joe
homemade irish cream and mint syrup in Joe Van Gogh coffee $6

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French Quarter
321 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Joe Van Gogh
1104 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

Feb 16, 2011
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Litchfield/Pawleys - What's new and what's still great?

Chive Blossom rules! Hands down the best resto in the Litchfield area.

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Litchfield Restaurant
12223 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Chive Blossom
85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Feb 16, 2011
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Litchfield Beach area - where to eat?

We visit Litchfield at least three times a year, and IMO, Chive Blossom is without a doubt the best restaurant in the Litchfield area. Off the radar of a lot of tourists, but this is a local fave. I've been visiting the area for six years, this is the spot we return to every time. Great value at lunch time!

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Litchfield Restaurant
12223 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Chive Blossom
85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Feb 16, 2011
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Local Beef and/or Meat Market - Raleigh Area

Unfortunately the NC Farmer's Market doesn't necessarily sell local stuff, let alone organic and/or free range. Definitely visit the Durham Farmer's Market and Carrboro for the best local, organic meats and produce.

IMO, the best local beef comes from Baldwin Beef. They usually have a stand at Carrboro Farmer's Market, but in the winter months they aren't always there. You can also order online, and even visit their farm store near Yanceyville. Carrboro is near Chapel Hill, FYI, so might be your closest option if you don't want to order online. The Wall Street Journal featured Baldwin in a great article in June 2010, check it out here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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Farmer's Market Cafe
63 Chattahoochee St, Helen, GA 30545

Feb 02, 2011
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Triangle Tops?

Scratch - That's easy. Phoebe Lawless, the owner/baker/founder of Scratch is incredibly gifted. Her pies, tarts, and baked goods are outstanding. Not cheap. An empanada there can cost as much as $7, but it will likely be the best empanada you'll eat all year.

Casual bfast
Neal's Deli (Chapel Hill) - they house cure their own pastrami! I recommend a biscuit with pastrami and bacon. Killer!
Saxapahaw General Store - a bit of a country drive from Chapel Hill (about 20 minutes), but totally worth it. This gas station has several tables inside and out and offers some of the best locally sourced casual dining (bfast, lunch and dinner) in the Triangle. Your "young male heirs" will love it.

Best dinner -
Always a three way tie for me between Lantern (Asian in Chapel Hill, dinner only), Panciuto (Italian in Hillsborough, dinner only) and Herons (contemporary American in the Umstead Hotel in Cary). Lunch at Herons is a great value, and their bar menu offers great inexpensive fine dining.

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General Store Cafe
39 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Neal's Deli
100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

Panciuto
110 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Feb 02, 2011
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Winter Interlude deal at Fearrington House - 3 courses, $49

Has anyone tried the Winter Interlude deal at Fearrington House? Just found out about it via Fearrington mass email this morning. Wondering why you have to let them know when you make reservations that you will be ordering the Winter Interlude deal. Sounds like a bargain though, esp since the regular price is usually $69 for three courses.

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Fearrington House Restaurant
2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Feb 02, 2011
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If I worked in Cary, I'd eat here at least twice a week.

This is the best pizza in the Triangle. The chicken wings are somehow even better than the pizza. Coal oven herbed chicken wings. Heaven. They also tweet when they have fresh shipments of burrata, God's gift to cheese lovers. Their beer selection is small and well-curated, there are always great NC beers on tap as well as awesome craft beers from around the country.

Jan 19, 2011
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Looking for a couple of upscale, a couple of downscale or off-the-wall options in the Triangle

SHOCKED no one suggested Saxapahaw General Store. That's some of the best food cooked in Triangle kitchens these days, an absolute must for a tourist from anywhere. It's the best in real NC food these days: local, original, affordable, and makeshift. Go.

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General Store Cafe
39 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Jan 15, 2011
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YIKES. ELMO'S DINER

Yikes...when we moved here from NYC in 2008 I was psyched to see this always packed diner. Then I tried it once. Corned beef hash on the menu--cool! I love corned beef hash. I asked the waitress if it was made in house. She thought so, but decided to check with the kitchen staff. I saw the whole thing.
Waitress: "We make our own corned beef hash, right?"
Cook, huge smirk on face: "Nah. It's canned!" he said as he picked up the can and showed her.
Waitress, looking directly at me, huge smile on her face:"It's canned. You still want it?"
Me: "No thanks. Toast and eggs over easy will be fine."
I didn't ask if the eggs were from a box, but I will never eat at the 501 again.

Jan 14, 2011
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The Eddy - new pub in Saxapahaw

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Jan 05, 2011
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Lantern Restaurant for New Year's Eve

Lantern Restaurant just shared their New Year's Eve menu with their listserv...spectacular, as always. Three course fixed price menu , $75 per person, not incl tax, tip, or booze.

New Year's Eve at Lantern
2010
Warm winter vegetable salad with sunchokes, chestnuts, cauliflower and
fresh black truffle

Lantern sashimi- Nassawadox oysters with NC trout roe and yuzu, local grass fed beef filet with sea urchin and cured speckled trout tartare with fresh wasabi

Deviled blue crabcakes with spicy Japanese mustard and pickled mustard seed

Smoked Eco Farm pork belly with daikon noodles, pork dashi and 7-spice

Cured Hudson Valley foie gras with hot buttered toast, local winter lettuces, L'Hoste kumquats and honey-fried walnuts

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Spice-cured Moulard duck with roasted Hayman sweet potato, kasu and
pickled apple

Moon-viewing noodles- homemade Anson Mills soba noodles with black trumpet and chanterelle mushrooms, local carrots, red spinach and a poached hen's egg

Japanese steakhouse-style seared rare Niman Ranch beef with crispy spinach, ponzu sauce, warm green tea sushi rice and sea salt

Steamed Arctic char with house-pickled ginger, lemongrass, red onion, fresh lime leaf, spicy cucumber-mint salad, and coconut jasmine rice

Wok-seared Maine lobster, Nantucket bay scallops and wild shrimp in XO sauce with new onions, watercress and steamed jasmine rice

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Hot chocolate cake with fresh coconut ice cream and crunchy macaroon

High Rock Farm chestnut creme caramel with rum-soaked prunes and
cocoa bean cookie

Ginger sponge cake with caramelized fig ice cream and candied local pecans

L'Hoste meyer lemon-champagne ice with satsumas, local honey marshmallow, and candied Louisiana kumquats

Dec 23, 2010
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Looking for oysters in Pawleys/Litchfield

Salt Water Creek has raw oyster shooters for $1/piece during happy hour, they are acceptable quality, but they won't blow your mind.

Dec 21, 2010
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Looking for oysters in Pawleys/Litchfield

Gilligan's Steamer and Raw Bar SUCKS. We go to Pawleys/Litchfield about 8 times a year and we took some friends who were visiting for their first time to Gilligan's. We were so embarrassed by the poor quality and average raw oysters, from Apalachicola (in the Gulf) right after the oil spill. They waitstaff are really sweet, but the food is so mediocre. We cringe every time we drive past now.

Dec 21, 2010
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ISO Zweiback in the Triangle

I agree with LulusMom, I'm almost positive they carry zweiback at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill.

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A Southern Season
201 S Estes Dr Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Dec 21, 2010
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Brixx-sponsored brewery tours of LoneRider and Triangle Brewery on Saturday, Dec 11th

No comment on their pizza, but Brixx in Chapel Hill has amazing beers on tap. This Saturday, December 11th they have chartered a biodiesel bus to take people on a tour of LoneRider and Triangle breweries. Sounds super fun. The bus leaves the restaurant at 12:00pm, visits both breweries, and gets back to the restaurant around 4:30pm-5:00pm. Only $20 per person, including light snacks when the bus returns to the restaurant. Awesome.

Dec 07, 2010
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Panciuto Community Dinner - Wednesday, December 15th

Just wanted to let folks know that Panciuto sent out an email about their next community dinner. It will take place on Wednesday, December 15th. $65 per person. I've only been to one of these, but it was a total blast, and Panciuto is one of the top five restaurants in the Triangle, IMO.

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Panciuto
110 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Dec 07, 2010
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Floyd, VA -- Great day trip for foodies and winos in the NC Piedmont!

We planned a day trip to Floyd County, VA for this past Thanksgiving weekend. The town of Floyd is about 3 hours from Chapel Hill. We were shocked by the high quality of the food and booze joints we visited! Such a surprise. We find NC wine to be undrinkable, but we really enjoyed a lot of the wine we sampled in this area. This area has a handful of good wineries, and it is also home to Foggy Ridge Cider. I highly recommend this little escape from the Piedmont. Here are my recs:

Foggy Ridge Cider - Producer of hard ciders, more French in style than American. Their Serious Cider is crisp and dry like champagne without the yeast. So delicious and so food friendly. You can't leave this place (or their website) without learning shocking stats about the humble apple.

Chateau Morrisette - Gorgeous grounds and buildings. Lovely, snuggly restaurant for a winter lunch, lots of fireplaces and tudor-style finishes. Very reasonably priced lunch menu and wine menu that features their own wines as well as others from across the US. Their tasting room welcomes dogs! Very excited about that. Generous pours and friendly staff. Wines are really good.

Villa Appalaccia - VA vineyard featuring Italian grapes, founded by scientists from NC in the mid-90s. Designed to look like an Italian villa. Enjoyable wines, we bought 1/2 case. Favorites include the Pinot Grigio (and I am NOT a Pinot Grigio drinker!), Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.

Dogtown Pizza - Excellent wood fired pizza place with a great beer list and games for big kids.

Have fun!

Nov 29, 2010
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Bangkok 54 (Chapel Hill)?

Finally made it over to Bangkok 54 on Friday night. Wish I had gone over there sooner! This is my new favorite Thai place in Chapel Hill.

I love Thai food, and I love heat. Every Thai lover has their own favorites, and whenever I try a new place, I always order three things, always "Thai Spicy": Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles), Pad Prik King (green beans in red curry paste), and Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad). Bangkok 54 did an awesome job with all three, I was thrilled.

Perfect heat. According to the waitress, even though we ordered Thai Spicy, this ranked 3 stars on their 10 star scale. At home, we add Sambal Oelek (fresh ground chili paste) or Srichacha to just about everything we eat, so we think we have a pretty high heat tolerance. At the table behind us, one woman ordered her food with 4 stars of spice. She complained to her family that it was too spicy for her to eat. With a level 3, we enjoyed the heat and flavor of the food...but definitely couldn't have handled it without the $22 bottle of sauvignon blanc we also ordered. All of the wine here is $22, btw, and our Marlborough Sauv Blanc was crisp and grapefruity--a great value and surprise at a strip mall restaurant.

The Green Papaya Salad is a dish I think I could eat every day. I love the balance of sweet and sour. The flavor of the dried shrimps used to make the dish added great depth of flavor but I think they get rid of the shrimps before they serve it, we didn't see any in the papaya strands. They used Chinese long beans in the Prik King which noticeably improved the flavor--the curry paste clings to the wrinkly beans so you get more sauce sticking to the veggies. Delicious. Also loved our Drunken Noodles...they added tons of fresh veggies that had crunch, a nice contrast to the sweet and spicy noodles.

As soon as we left we went home and bought three gift certificates through restaurant.com, on sale for 80% off right now. This will definitely become a regular spot for us.

Nov 29, 2010
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Where to order a fresh turkey in the Triangle?

Just visited a homestead in Chatham Co to pick up my organically fed, free range Heirloom turkey yesterday. Saw the turkey processing process. WHOA. Crazy! I'm totally intimidated by this bird, but I was psyched to find the article on chow.com, "How to Cook Heritage Turkey and Grass-Fed Beef for the Holidays". You might find it helpful too. Good luck!

Nov 22, 2010
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Kumquats in Raleigh

Trader Joe's in CH usually has them, I bought them there this time last year but I haven't been looking for them this year.

Not sure about your kumquat needs, but they are excellent when candied and poured over David Chang's sour cream ice cream (found in the Momofuku cookbook and online here...http://momofukufor2.com/2010/07/sour-...

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Good luck!

Nov 22, 2010
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Terra Vita in Chapel Hill... Who is going?

This event was exactly what I love about this area. A mix of an academic, serious approach to celebrating food created using local, sustainable practices along with great snacks and bevvies and plenty of bluegrass to wash it all down. Lots of opportunities for learning, lots of opportunities for supporting local charities through the silent auction, and lots of great things to eat and drink. We need more events like this in the area. TerraVITA and its brothers and sisters in the foodie event world make us educated, discerning foodies! Anyone on this board up to the task? Get on it!

Oct 20, 2010
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Archira, Chapel Hill

I visited Archira a few weeks ago for lunch with a girlfriend. I ordered a standard dish, Drunken Noodle. Good to hear that walras' pad thai wasn't a gelatinous mess, but my Drunken Noodle came with a massive wad of noodles all stuck together like one of those rubber band balls. The space is lovely, but that was enough to keep me from going back until they sort out their noodle issues.

Sep 17, 2010
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ISO Great Happy Hour in Charleston, SC

One of the things I love about Charleston is that this town loves its happy hours! The best place to find out about happy hours is through dish, the printed mag of the Charleston City Paper, or you can just check it out online here...http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/

WOK has mediocre food but a pretty great happy hour drink special, SOCIAL has great food and drink specials, and McCrady's has a fantastic bar snack menu available.

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McCrady's Restaurant
2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

Sep 10, 2010
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Terra Vita in Chapel Hill... Who is going?

This is going to be a fantastic event, I can't wait! More along the lines of Farm to Fork than anything else in the area.

Sep 10, 2010
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