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Where to Buy Turkish Ingredients in CH/Durham?

Harissa comes in a plethora of different consistencies and tastes. You can buy the tube of paste that is very spicy and similar in consistency to tomato paste from Cost Plus World Market. It comes in a yellow box with red writing I believe.

The jarred sauce is more like a condiment while this is definitely an ingredient to be used within recipes.

Apr 10, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

That sounds slightly worrisome. I'm a big believer in "stick with what you know/do best". Their menu is already huge, no need to try to do Southern as well as the rest imho.

Mar 12, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast
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Raleigh - Former Owners of Fortune Palace Open New Place!

This is great news! Thank you!! I've been sad about the loss of Fortune Palace for sure.

Mar 08, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Whole Foods and "donations"

They usually have a small sign/poster near the register which says the charity they're pushing for each month. Sometimes the cashier will ask and include the name of the charity at that time. It doesn't really bother me to be honest, I just say "no thanks" and move on.

Feb 22, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

Not one.

Feb 21, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I've never seen nutritional yeast at any TJ's on either coast. Whole Foods definitely has it in the bulk food section though.

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I was too! I wish they'd bring back the decaf instant, it was the best I've found. I would have stocked up if I had known it would disappear. I am still a little heartbroken over it!

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I haven't tried the hummus dressing however if you're looking for a tahini type taste, I've found that the Goddess Dressing (unrefrigerated bottle) is extremely good.

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Special Dinner in Triangle?

You should check out One Restaurant in Chapel Hill. I haven't been since the new chefs have taken over however the reviews I've read all appear to be glowing. It's something to keep in mind.

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

We went today for lunch. They're on a reduced menu until next week - currently only selling the Korean fried chicken and salad and edamame.

We had never eaten there before (but have had Korean fried chicken at other establishments) and enjoyed the chicken with the soy and garlic sauce. It was very good, we enjoyed it.

I'd like to go back once the grill is up and running. I didn't see any grill tables however there were table cloths covering some of the smaller tables so perhaps they were under there or perhaps they have yet to be delivered? I'm not sure.

Feb 15, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Thank you for posting this! I have a reusable Keurig cup that I keep filling with Cafe Du Monde chickory blended coffee and I could not figure out why it makes such a terrible cup in the machine. Now I know!

Feb 11, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

It doesn't taste like coconut at all because it's from the sap of the coconut palm, not the fruit.

I like it and think it works as a brown sugar type substitute.

Feb 11, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

They've now got Soo Korean Restaurant (or something like that) on the Stonybrook Shopping Center sign when you pass it on Capital!

Anyone know if they've finally opened?

Feb 06, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Blind Pig Asheville Comes to Raleigh

It's BYOB and many many people were partaking in wine and beer.

Jan 27, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Blind Pig Asheville Comes to Raleigh

Your review was spot on and matches my feelings quite well.

My favorite dish was the first course - the tartare with fermented vegetables (sriracha custard? yes please!) and I think my 2nd favorite was the beets, farro and mangalitsa (!) ham with smoked ham powder - wow the powder and the mangalitsa were incredible and the golden beet puree was delicious.

My least favorite dish was dessert. I enjoyed the milk sphere but the lime and orange were so intense that it felt like I was consuming melted Lifesavers. Interesting but not exactly delicious.

The chefs did a fantastic job especially considering they had no real kitchen and were cooking in the dark. We had no idea that was taking place until we saw their photos on facebook after the fact. Kudos!

It was a blast and we really enjoyed the event. I think we would go back in the future for a different event at the $65 price point, not sure that we'll be making it out to anything over that.

Jan 27, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast
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Blind Pig Asheville Comes to Raleigh

Scratch my original reply - doors are at 5, first course served at 6, we will be there by 5pm. I can't wait! :)

Jan 24, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

That's so weird, I haven't seen it in NC but I distinctly remember it from LA.

I wish we'd get the Crown of Rolls sourdough rolls out here, I cannot find anything to compare to the perfect texture and taste of those rolls.

Jan 22, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Primal Food & Spirits - South Durham

"Primal will offer a unique menu that utilizes naturally raised local meats and produce prepared into gluten-free entrees and seasonal side dishes as well as a full bar boasting craft cocktails created from local ingredients. Based on a primal eating lifestyle, the restaurant will give its guests the experience of enjoying fresh, unprocessed foods."

Paleo eaters avoid gluten and prefer to use pastured, local meats and vegetables. "Primal" is a term often used in conjunction with paleo although if you follow Mark Sisson (Mark's Daily Apple)'s version, he includes dairy. This sounds like a very Paleo-friendly establishment. I hope I'm correct in my assessment of their intentions. We shall see!

Jan 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Primal Food & Spirits - South Durham

This is so exciting! As someone who tries to eat strictly paleo when eating at home (I can't say the same for when I dine out), I can certainly appreciate a restaurant that will cater toward that lifestyle. I hope the food is as good as the concept!

Jan 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Blind Pig Asheville Comes to Raleigh

To me this means be there by 6pm. I'm not taking any chances, I will be there by 5:45pm.

Jan 14, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

Good to know! I don't often buy ice cream but I will make a point to get this one when I do rather than the Haagen Daaz "Five" variety which I have appreciated due to the limited ingredients. Thanks for the head's up.

Dec 27, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Do you shop at Aldi's?

Thanks to you both! I think I must have hit them up on the wrong day. That makes me feel better.

Dec 04, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Do you shop at Aldi's?

Does anyone happen to know how often they carry Fage yogurt? I went to my local Aldi for the first time about a month ago and was so excited to see Fage yogurt however I went back this past Sunday and, alas, none was to be found. Is this a once in a blue moon item or is it possible that I just hit them on a bad day?

Dec 03, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

Meh: Brussels Sprouts Parmeyere - "creamy brussels sprouts, Swiss and Parmesan cheeses, all topped with crispy fried onions" (the tag line on the box)

I bought this product on a whim as I'm a big fan of (fresh) brussels sprouts and the photo on the box was enticing (and this was in the fresh refrigerated section, not frozen, I don't do frozen brussels sprouts under any circumstances due to personal preference). My biggest issue with it is that it's a lot gloppier than I had expected for some reason - the sprouts themselves were totally covered in white cheese sauce and the fried onion topping was actually more breadcrumbs than onions. The flavor was okay, nothing I'd go rushing back for but not awful and certainly not bad enough to toss/return.
Texturally, the sprouts were softer than I would have prepared them if I was making a rendition of this from scratch.

I won't be purchasing it again but I'm quite picky. If you're a fan of soft sprouts and lots of white cheese sauce I say, go for it.

Dec 03, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

DO NOT DISCARD THE TURKEY CARCASS(ES)

There are plenty of reputable sources available - http://lmgtfy.com/?q=nutritional+anal... which support weezie's post. You really are throwing away a lot of great nutrition (and money!) when you toss your poultry (or other animal) carcass without utilizing them via stock - especially if you're spending the extra money to get them pastured/free range. I simmered my turkey carcass for about 8 hours and then refrigerated it and it gelled beautifully, meaning it released lots of bone-strengthening gelatin. It's not difficult, just be sure to add some vinegar to the water to help pull out the nutrients.

Dec 02, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Home Cooking
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What kind of turkey did you buy? Would you buy it again?

I got a Whole Foods "Natural" fresh turkey ($2.49/lb.) which turned out great. I spent less than half of what I've spent in the past on a similar size local heirloom pasture-raised turkey but it turned out just as well taste and texture-wise. I am still a little sad/guilt-ridden that it wasn't quite as sustainable or local as I would have preferred but money is tight and it was the best I could do.

Nov 29, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in General Topics

Thanksgiving recommendations in the Raleigh area?

We went to The Fairview Dining Room at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham for our Thanksgiving and enjoyed our meal overall however I'm not sure that we will be making this our new Thanksgiving venue of choice in the future.

The service was extremely amicable, the buffets well stocked, the food was well prepared and for the most part pretty traditional other than a few items which seemed a bit more Southwestern than normal (cumin roasted beets, roasted poblano chowder, and a few other cumin-filled dishes). The only complaints regarding the food would be that some items (especially the stuffing) were extremely over salted and some of the desserts were insanely overly sweet (and I'm no slouch when it comes to enjoying desserts or salt for that matter).

Now that I have something to compare Heron's to, I think my group was in agreement that Heron's was of higher quality food (and the price was only $10 higher) but the atmosphere was perhaps not as festive as we would have liked. I think part of it comes down to the fact that Thanksgiving is a holiday perhaps best enjoyed in the company of one's home rather than a corporate affair experienced at a restaurant.

I'm not sure what next year will bring for us but if we do again decide to eat out, we may take the completely unconventional route and hit up Captain J's (or someplace similar for Chinese instead, (at least if I have any say in the matter!)

Nov 29, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

If you were jonesing for a coconut cupcake/cake in Chapel Hill ...

I don't speak from personal experience, but I would imagine that A Southern Season would be a good choice. Of course, calling them first would be recommended as I don't know how frequently they make coconut cakes but it seems like they'd have them (and judging from the quality of their food, it would probably be delicious).

Nov 26, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

If those Hail Merry treats are the same as they sell at Whole Foods (which it seems like they are based on the ingredients you listed), you are in for a real (healthy-ish) treat! I will definitely keep an eye out for that in my local Costco.

What section were they in? Whole Foods keeps them in the refrigerator near the dairy.

Nov 26, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Blind Pig Asheville Comes to Raleigh

You are awesome for sharing this info. I've just purchased our tickets. I couldn't be more excited!

Nov 26, 2013
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast