Category Archives: Pork

Pigging out at Chubby’s Tacos

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You can’t have everything in life I guess. I gave up on being the world’s first ballerina/private eye/scientist and I know I won’t win the lottery any time soon. But, is it so much to ask for decent, fresh Mexican food that doesn’t costs an arm and a leg? Everyone raves about Dos Taquitos, and deservedly so, but for budgetary reason, I can’t go there for a taco fix every time I want. Meanwhile, cheap Mexican restaurants are a dime a dozen, but unless you love cement-like refried beans and brown lettuce, it’s not very satisfying. With this in mind, despite hearing how awesome Chubby’s Tacos was (our pal Demandy is a fan), I was going in with very low expectations.

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Lucky 32, Hooray!

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Last Thursday was the Triangle Tweet-up at Cary’s Lucky 32 (7307 Tryon Road
Cary, NC 27518).  As always, the event was hosted by the lovely ladies @andreaweigl and @durhamfoodie. Tony and I thought that the Moldy Peaches’ song “Lucky Number Nine” should have been co-opted for the event, but I guess we wouldn’t have been able to get the rights in time. Luckily, the food there was so good, it didn’t need fanfare.

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Hidden Treasures: Bulkogi Korean BBQ at the State Flea Market

Last night, Tony and I went out for drinks with friends and had a great time. Maybe a little too great. Needless to say, this morning I was not feeling 100%. It was such a nice, warm day and Tony has been on a search for Ace double science fiction novels, so a trip to the State Flea market was on for the day. I wanted to be a good sport, but I needed a hangover cure…and maybe a long nap. Luckily, my salvation came in a truck at the Flea Market.

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Valentines Day at The Mint

Julia and I have long drooled over the menu at The Mint in Raleigh, but it has always been a bit out of our price range.  Naturally,  we were both very excited by the prix fixe menu this Valentine’s day weekend, which offered a 3 course dinner for 30 $ per person and included an opportunity to sample the truffled mac and cheese.  We made a 10 PM (the earliest they could fit us in) reservation for Saturday, and readied ourselves for what we hoped to be a tasty culinary adventure.

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Down home at Backyard Barbecue

 

Since we’ve moved to North Carolina, I have been touting the superiority of North Carolina to Tony. He’s a northernor who didn’t grow up with the sweet, tangy vinegary taste of NC BBQ.  We’ve been trying to find the best North Carolina barbecue in the Triangle area. Lexington is of course the barbecue mecca in North Carolina, but the Triangle has had a lot to offer too. Three places stand out in particular, the ritzy The Pit, Allan and Sons in Chapel Hill (that will be a future adventure), and Backyard Barbecue in Durham. Backyard Barbecue has two locations, one of which was featured on “Man vs. Food,” so we had to see if it was worth the hype. Continue reading

Stroll down bad food memory lane…

Writing about food has made me appreciate a good meal. It’s also made me more aware of when eating out is just outright terrible.  As much as I’ve had some wonderful food, it’s the bad moments that have been the most memorable…and most fun to talk about. Continue reading

Adventures in Home Cooking: Napa Valley Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

One of my favorite books lately has been The United States of Arugala by David Kamp, which details the rise of the Foodie subculture and its heroes and symbols. Baby greens and sun-dried tomatoes are two developments discussed in the book, so as soon as I saw this on bell-alimento.com, I was inspired: Continue reading