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What discontinued products do you miss?

Nabisco Zweiback in the yellow box.
The old, good Entenman's products like sour cream chip and nut loaf and blackout cake. The current versions are terrible.

Jul 12, 2014
TerryG in General Topics

ISO Birthday Cake in the Triangle, but not Super Sweet

I have a challenge to find a Birthday Cake that doesn't offer a sugar high or rot your teeth. And something chocolate, too. Who knows of a good option. Preferably in Raleigh, but Durham would be OK.

Jun 10, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Chow-meet sounds good.

Jun 02, 2014
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Has anybody else tried the new Himalayan restaurant on Chatham in Cary?

We had a good lunch experience a few weeks ago. Sorry, I can't remember what we had -- a Thali, I think. It was good, but not as much variety as I am used to in a traditional Indian Thali. We also had a chow chow soup -- spicy and very tasty. And yes, liked the achaar. Very reasonable.

May 26, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Where to Buy Turkish Ingredients in CH/Durham?

I posted something about this in an earlier thread.

In Cary, there is a Turkish grocery -- Harmony Mediterranean on Cary Towne Blvd. It's in the strip with Ollie's. They have lots of Turkish foods. I don't remember pepper paste but I suspect they would have it.

One thing they offer that is very good are sesame rings -- but only on Saturday mornings. You see them all over Turkey and these are freshly baked and authentic. But get there early because they tend to sell out.

Hope that's still the case, Since the Galaxy closed, I don't get there too often. As I remember they also had some delicious feta cheese and other Turkish delicacies.

Apr 10, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

2 Nights in Durham..........................would like great food experiences

It's not authentic and doesn't pretend to be. I enjoy Los Comales and I enjoy DP. Two very different experiences and I don't think you can compare them.

Not sure what you mean by hype. When I think of hype, I think of loud places with micro portions and skinny, cramped seating -- or overpriced chains, but that's not Dos Perros. The margarita I recently had there (something like blood orange and cayenne) was damn good.

Mar 24, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

2 Nights in Durham..........................would like great food experiences

Never had a bad meal at Dos Perros and the friends we dragged there agree.

Mar 24, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Dinner & a Movie Raleigh/Durham

We popped into Zinburger a while back. I remember there was a great deal for one of the weekdays for lunch (don't remember which day). Liked the burger a lot and the hand cut truffle fries were terrific. I know those upscale burger joints are a dime a dozen these days, but this is one I would check out again. But I may have had rosy glasses since it happened to be such a deal that day.

This may be too healthy and casual for the girls, but Saladelia is also near the Carmike Cinemas on MLK.

Mar 14, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

Did they ever do banchan? Didn't know it was THAT kind of Korean restaurant. Thought they mainly did the fried chicken thing. The Korean fried chicken places I went to in NYC didn't do banchan.

Feb 17, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

Adding tea to just about every fruity soda. I hate tea. And 5 -10 tears ago you never saw tea in soda. Now it's hard to find a soda that isn't spoiled by adding tea. I keep trying to find new and interesting fruit sodas, but they keep putting &*((%$ tea in it.

Dec 22, 2013
TerryG in General Topics

Low Carb Cereals: Do they exist?

Keep looking for them. They seem to pile sugar and honey on just about every one that looks good/ interesting. Sticking with rice krispies or cheerios in the meantime. Not low carb particularly, but at least thry don't pile on sugars. What have you found?

Dec 22, 2013
TerryG in General Topics

Chinese Christmas

And a 2nd outing this week. In what we hope to make a CH tradition, a Christmas Day gathering at Gourmet Kingdom in Carrboro. Time TBD. Contact us via the Google board if you can join us.

Dec 20, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Rue Cler Eliminates Retail Bakery

Awwww. :>(. I'm definitely enjoying Yellow Dog Bakery's (the long overdue artisan bakery for Raleigh) baguettes, but Rue Cler's still had the edge. I'll miss them.

Nov 06, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Kroger taking over Harris Teeter - what do yo think about this?

So, where's the Raleigh Taj McTeeter? Don't see much difference between any of them in N. Raleigh - exc for the 2 story one in North Hills which is mostly empty and doesn't seem to carry better products.

Nov 04, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Raleigh North Carolina recs?

If you want something very close and ethnic (Crabtree Mall is full of American-style chain restaurants) there is a small, independently-owned Middle Eastern place called Tarbouch about a mile away -- at Creedmoor and Millbrook. Look to the right of the Food Lion. They have some interesting stews, a marvelous soup ((starts with an M), and fresh salads (try the cauliflower). Good gyros and shwarmas.

Don't know whether Tarbouch has been mentioned here yet, but it is worth checking out. Hard working, really nice people trying to make it work. This is exactly the kind of restaurant that needs our support.

Oct 12, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Stansbury - Raleigh

Pet Peeve: no web site. FB page has no hours (only shows info for today so what if you want to plan for another day?) and has not been updated since Sept. 6th. I know they are busy now, but customers deserve basic info (if not a menu).

btw, it is Stanbury not Stansbury

Sep 30, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

What's Wrong with Raleigh? Why No Interesting Bakeries?

It was for a class -- and based on the class requirement -- 2 minutes max. So, you can imagine, I wasn't able to film too many of those 52 steps. If I have a chance I'll try to dig it up and put it on vimeo.

Sep 14, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

What's Wrong with Raleigh? Why No Interesting Bakeries?

I once did a short documentary on "The Making of a Croissant" at the much longed for Gourmandises de France. I dragged my camera and tripod into the bakery at 3 am and filmed the very talented Denis Blanco make croissants from scratch. As I remember there were 52 steps -- many more than 4 turns before they were given their fillings. I think there were ready by 7 am -- so no more than 4 hours. I don't remember the price. My husband thinks the plain were $1.75 and the chocolate $2.25 but not completely sure. I just remember they were heaven.

$4.25 seems steep and I doubt they would be as good. I'll try once though.

Sep 13, 2013
TerryG in Southeast
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What's Wrong with Raleigh? Why No Interesting Bakeries?

Well, Raleigh has itself an artisan bakery - kind of. Just had a baguette and pecan roll. The baguette is properly chewy (could be a touch more crunchy, but I prefer it more crunchy than most people). Rue Cler baguettes may be a hair better but I am satisfied. Good taste; nice holes.

Pecan roll is laden with toppings and sweet -- sweeter than I would like but no more than is customary down here. I would have preferred a croissant but at $4.25 they seemed a bit pricey.

I agree with rockycat that the selection of baked goods was pretty ordinary. Still looking for more creativity in the offerings -- a la Scratch in Durham , but definitely a good start.

And the good news was that they seem to very busy mid morning on a week day. I wish them well.

Sep 11, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

What's Wrong with Raleigh? Why No Interesting Bakeries?

It's definitely on my to do list -- most likely will go tomorrow. Missed the grand opening but did email the owners with one of my pet peeves: no hours listed on their web or FB page AND to their credit I got a speedy response. And hours are now listed -- an ambitious 7 am - 7 pm.

My bakery purchases will need to be limited for a few weeks since DH is on a weird low-iodine diet and can't eat anything prepared outside the house.

Anxious to hear what others think.

Sep 10, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Wang's Kitchen in Raleigh

Me! DH is on a restricted diet right now so just one.

Aug 30, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

The chef of The Admiral (of Asheville) coming to Raleigh

I'm definitely up for it.

Aug 29, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Favorite ethnic markets in Raleigh - been to Polonez Polish Market?

The middle eastern markets in Raleigh are definitely worth exploring. Neomonde, of course, but also Al Baraka on Hillsborough St (try their variety of fresh roasted nuts --some with spices), Almadina on Method off western blvd (great Halal butcher-- very fresh meat) w/ a separate bakery, and in Mission Valley, you'll find the Nur Grocery and Jerusalem Bakery & Grocery. Way up in North Raleigh nr Triangle Town Center, there is a grocery attached to the Petra Grill.

All worth exploring and I often hit a number of them trying to hunt down our favorite Ziyad yogurt. Never know which store will have it at any time.

Aug 28, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Mateo. Durham nc

You're right. We really love the food. So, we go for a late lunch when the noise is tolerable and my DH carries a cushion with him for his tush.

Aug 25, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Mateo. Durham nc

Noise damping material is easy enough to do. I remember when Vivace in Raleigh opened, it was impossible to have a conversation with the person sitting next to you much less across the table. They did something to the ceiling and it's much, much better.

I agree with rockycat that it's more about creating a trendy buzz. And don't get me started on my pet peeve: those trendy, but torturous tiny plastic seats. That so-called cool "vibe" shows real disdain for customers who appreciate a comfortable seat and a conversation.

Aug 23, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Had the pork chop on rice today. Fantastic! Two nice size chops plus ground pork on large portion of rice with bok choy and a hard boiled egg. Tremendous value at $7.95. What a dish!

Aug 23, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

I totally agree with burgeoningfoodie. Dedicated foodies are a small slice of any restaurant's market. And since many restaurants don't show up on the Chowhound wave length, I admit I do check out Yelp from time to time.

Gads! I've outed myself now as an utter gourmet philistine. Before our Chowhound outing to Captain J's, I saw the Yelp rating and it was a complete turn-off. But I went anyway and was blown away..

We are doing a disservice to our favorite independent spots by disdaining posting to Yelp. We've seen way too many favorites go under while sticking to our small online enclaves like CH.

So, let's take Panthur's warning seriously and take action.

Aug 20, 2013
TerryG in Southeast
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Here are the photos. That's Kevin Yen demonstrating the proper XLB eating technique. Most of us (at least the ones at our table) realized we need more practice. Stay tuned for a video of the XLB-making.

Jul 23, 2013
TerryG in Southeast
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

The spicy cabbage, the tea-infused duck, and Szechuan Stir Fried Green Beans were also popular -- although the cabbage needs to be ordered in advance and the duck lacked tea flavor. But everyone enjoyed the meal. We're talking about doing it again -- and going a bit more adventurous next time. Photos to follow.

Jul 23, 2013
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Pompieri Pizza, downtown Durham

And a casual Moroccan. Had high hopes for Babylon in downtown Raleigh but it disappoints.

Jul 20, 2013
TerryG in Southeast