While everyone talks about Durham being a burgeoning food capital, I always thought that Chapel Hill could give it a run for its money. I think the mix of academia, internationalism, and its hippie past create the perfect storm, it’s a place that both embraces the crunchy local food movement, high end cuisine, and a slice of Greasy faux-NY pizza, all within walking distance of each other. However, it surprises me that with all of different tastes and place to choose from, finding a decent sushi restaurant there is pretty daunting. After all, sushi is pretty darn ubiquitous now, so you’d think there’d be at least one good sushi joint in all of Chapel Hill. Tony and I didn’t realize it’d be such a search.
Posted in Asian food, edamame, food, Food blog, Japanese dining, Japanese food, sushi
Tagged Asian food, avocado, Chapel Hill, food, Food blog, Japanese food, North Carolina, sushi, tuna
So, here we are kids, end of the road. I think this episode exemplified the best and sometimes the worst of Top Chef. It’s always surprising who will rise to the occasion and who will self-destruct, but it’s also hard to take the show’s stance of, “it doesn’t matter what you did before, all that matters is the dish today” seriously, especially when we see middling chefs get the upperhand based on one night’s dish. Those who watched the finale know exactly what I mean…
This season’s finale seemed to come out of nowhere; it seems like just yesterday, I was being grossed out by chef John’s nasty long dreadlocks, and now we’re at part one of the finale. Maybe it’s because of the format of this episode’s elimination challenge, a team event (!), that I don’t feel ready to name anyone as a Top Chef. Continue reading
Posted in Asian food, Asian fruit, Banana, crab, curry, exotic fruit, food, Food blog, food tv, lamb, Padma, seafood, tartar, Thai food, Top Chef, tv, unusual food
Tagged Asian food, curry, food, Food blog, Top Chef
Well, my fellow Top Chef fans, we made it through to the final 4 reveal. Does anyone else feel slightly…blasé? Last year, the fighting Voltaggio Brothers, the seriously sultry (or sultriously serious?) Jen, and the loveable Yukon Cornelius (Kevin Gillespie) promised a showdown. This year’s final 4 promises that Angelo will mutter at least two or three sexual metaphors when describing his dish in the finale. But first, two great tastes that taste illegal together, drinking and outer space travel!
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.
Posted in Asian food, Chinese Food, food, Food blog, food tv, Italian food, Japanese food, lamb, Mexican food, Padma, Steak, Stew, Thai food, Top Chef, tuna, tv
Tagged Asian food, Food blog, Italian, Japanese food, lamb, Top Chef
Well, don’t ever bet money on what I think this season. Amanda and Stephen have had targets on their backs since day one, yet manage to slip into the top three for the quickfire (Stephen) and surpass Kelly’s elimination challenge porterhouse dish by actually serving the cut off the bone (Amanda). Instead, it was my sad little dark horse who was on the chopping block this week.
Posted in Asian food, caviar, food, Food blog, food tv, Illinois, lamb, Padma, Salmon, tomatoes, Top Chef, tv
Tagged Asian food, food, Food blog, Top Chef
This episode started with a look at the how do you say “partnerships” that have sprung up between Tamesha and Angelo and between Ed and Tiffany. I guess the producers are trying to put a romantic spin on both of these relationships, but it seemed like they were trying a bit too hard. Angelo seems to be trying to take Tamesha under his creepy wing, offering up lessons from the motivational posters he must own. I did rather enjoy Tamesha’s later comment about Angelo’s personality: “to each his own, but for me it works”. Continue reading
In theory, the Bull City Food Truck Fiesta should have been an awesome day. Foodies, loads of good food, and a great selection of beers at Sam’s Quik Shop, which was hosting. While the day was good for introducing the growing food truck scene in the Triangle, the heat and the massive amount of people turned a good time into a sunstroke-inducing afternoon.
Posted in Andrea Weigl, bacon, BBQ, Bulkogi, burger stand, burgers, cheese, chicken, crepes, food, Food blog, Food Trucks, French Food, french fries, Korean, local food, Locopops, Mom's Delicious Dishes, NC, news and observer, North Carolina, Only Burger, Parlez Vous Crepes, Raleigh, Raleigh food
Tagged Asian food, bacon, barbecue, Burger, Chapel Hill, cheese, crepes, Durham, food, Food blog, food truck, french fries, local food, North Carolina, popsicles, Raleigh food
Julia and I are big fans of Restaurant Week, because it really gives us a chance to try restaurants that we would not normally get a chance to try due to lack of funds. This time around we went with Chapel Hill’s own Spice Street which had very promising RW menu that included both duck and soft shelled crab, which get me every time. I had also heard great things about Spice Street in the past, plus it is in the same complex as A Southern Season which makes it very convenient. Needless to say, we were both very excited about our Restaurant Week excursion, which included an earlier excursion to the Weathervane for drinks, and to A Southern Season for wine and cheese. Continue reading
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Tagged Asian food, curried duck, massaman curry, restaurant week 2010, sesame noodles, soft shell crab, Southern Season, Spice Street
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.
Posted in Asian food, BBQ, food, Food blog, Kimchi, Korean, Pork, Raleigh, Raleigh food
Tagged Asian food, food, Food blog, Kimchi, Korean, North Carolina, Raleigh, Tacos