Category Archives: Chinese Food

Top Chef Season 7, Episode 8: United Nations

Before we start, one sigh of relief.  Thankfully, last week’s producer-driven stunt of pea puree-gate was given little screen time this week. Ed and Alex commented on it once each at the beginning and we were done. Top Chef, you should know better, save the manufactured drama for “Real Housewives” or the other Bravo ilk.

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Pearl Chinese: As happy-go-lucky as the DMV?

Pearl Chinese (3215 Avent Ferry Rd Raleigh, NC 27606-2720) is dwarfed by its much more cheerful neighbors: the NC DMV and the U.S. Post office, both vacuums of beauty hope and everything that is good about the world.   But don’t be fooled by the surrounding student slums, the pawn shop, or the most ghetto looking Food Lion in Raleigh, Pearl Chinese is worth a second look.

I don’t work far from Centennial Campus, so I often patronize area businesses, but finding one I like is often a rather tall order.  Honestly, before I heard about Pearl from a couple of workmates I didn’t even know there was anything on that part of Avent Ferry.  Expecting nothing, I was pleasantly surprised the first time I happened upon this place and below I talk about my experiences during my second  visit.

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