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Labor Day weekend picnic fun

So we decided to take a picnic this weekend that did not involve the cutting and eating of smelly exotic fruits. Here in Raleigh we go the first glimpses of Fall last week with 2 or 3 days in the 70s and we figured a picnic to a local park would be an a great way to go out and enjoy it. Unfortunately the heat was back and the mercury rose to the upper 80’s. Still, it turned out to be a great day to go out and have a little picnic.

Shelley Lake

Shelley Lake

We quickly decided that we would go with our cheese, fruit, summer sausage, and bread combo, a combination that we have indulged in many a night (have I mentioned that I like cheese lately?). So we headed out to Harris Teeter and choose some goodies to fill our picnic basket which in this case was a colorful reusable Trader Joe’s shopping bag.

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Durian: our pungent picnic

uncutdurian

It is feared and reviled among some; sought after and savored by others.  With an odor so strong it has been banned on airlines throughout Southeast Asia. Durian is nothing less than a divisive fruit.

We were both quite excited by the fact that Grand Asian Market carried Durian but we were way too nervous by its reported overwhelming smell to bring it home to try.   It took many more trips to GAM before we decided that we need to come up with a plan to find a way to try this pungent treat.  It still took us two more trips to the Asian Market (we wussed out the first time) before we finally buckled down went on a Durian picnic.

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