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Cheese Curds in the Triangle

I've seen them at the Wake Forest Farmer's Market for something like $8/lb. and I've also seen them (not that recently however but then again I don't really hang around the cheese section much) at Trader Joe's. Both worth a try.

about 16 hours ago
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Primal is open in Durham, NC

Thanks for taking one for the team and trying it out! I think we may wait a little while for the buzz to die down before we go out to Durham to try it based on your review.

You are correct btw that grass-fed steak cooks quicker - this is due to the lower fat nature of the meat. I prefer my steak rare and would have been miserable if I received a medium well steak (medium rare is okay though). It sounds like they may need a little while to work the kinks out (and for the children situation to mellow, if that's even possible.)

Jul 14, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Angus Barn in Raleigh What to have and what to avoid

I haven't been there for many many moons (I was taken there for high school prom...as a vegetarian no less (!), so my opinion on their food cannot be stated) however I do know that one of my favorite pastured meat producers (Ray Family Farms out of Bunn, NC) recently started supplying pork to the Angus Barn. Even though they're a primary beef restaurant, I might consider ordering pork because of this if I went.

Jun 18, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

I can't remember who served us last time however I want to say it was a woman so I'm not sure that your theory holds a lot of water. We've eaten there 3 or 4 times in the past 5 years and in the earlier days of our visits the food was out of this world however in the past year the food was mediocre to good, just not outstanding. The last time we were there it was about as good as any other Chinese restaurant around, which is to say, decent but not memorable. We have knocked it off our list to return to because with other better options around, why go for average?

Jun 01, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

Good list however I would recommend Captain J's (weird name but fabulous authentic Chinese) over Super Wok after our last experience at Super Wok which was extremely underwhelming. Banana Leaf in Cary is also a solid Chinese choice to consider however.

May 31, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

You're correct about Rise being hit or miss from our one experience there. We shared a few donuts and some were not so memorable (blueberry wonut in particular) but others went above and beyond (the banana pudding donut was incredible). I have not yet tried Monuts as I don't get out to Durham that often from Raleigh but I'd certainly be interested in a comparison!

May 30, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

I hate to be the lone voice of dissent in here but I have to throw out there that we went and had a very underwhelming brunch at Harvest 18 two weeks ago. Not to say that it was bad but it was nothing special to go out of your way for. What was special however were the donuts we shared after from Rise (in the same shopping center). I can't stop thinking about those delightful pastries!

May 30, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Raleigh: Anyone been to chicken and waffles off 440, Mr Wonderful's

The Yelp reviews are pretty darn frightening for this place. I know that people have varying opinions on Yelp but the fact of the matter is that you don't get mostly horrifying reviews when you're doing things right.

I hope for their sake that they read them and try to fix their service and other issues. I won't be spending my hard earned money there until I notice a turn around in the reviews, on any site.

May 01, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

New to Raleigh & Need Food Options

It most certainly still exists! http://midtownfarmers.com/

Apr 29, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

New to Raleigh & Need Food Options

My post is probably going to be mostly a reiteration from other's suggestions -

-La Farm Bakery in Cary has great bread but is a serious drive. I would certainly try Yellow Dog Bakery before driving all the way to Cary or Durham for good bread.

-I tend to order my grassfed beef online however I can recommend Ray Family Farms in Bunn (about 20-25 minute drive from Wake Forest) for excellent pastured pork and grassfed/finished beef. They're also incredibly lovely people who deserve to be supported. That said, their prices are a bit high for my budget. You can check them out online at rayfamilyfarms.com

- I happen to like the Wake Forest Farmer's Market. It may not be the largest but there's more pastured meats there than at some larger markets. I think it just depends on your preferences honestly. For pastured meats and poultry (non-beef) I prefer Walk Ahead Farms.

Carrboro is a hike, I've been to their market before and enjoyed it but didn't feel that it was so much more incredible than what I could find closer. I would certainly check it out if I were you just for fun but I wouldn't rule out some of the other nearby markets like North Hills, North Raleigh, and Wake Forest.

Oh and Roses Meats and Sweets is wonderful, I also recommend them. They're not that far from North Raleigh even though you need to take a trip around 540. Definitely worth checking out.

Apr 28, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

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