Tag Archives: Raleigh restaurant

Easy as Pie: Dinner at Piebird

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There’s something about winter that just makes you want to hole up and hibernate. I have never been one for cold weather and even the mild winters in Raleigh have me bundled up like Ralphie’s brother in “A Christmas Story.” It’s no surprise then that I turn to homey comfort foods in the winter; lots of soups, stews, and pot pie. We have heard about the delicious desserts at Piebird (618 N. Person St Raleigh, NC 27604) for a while, but I needed a piping hot pot pie on a particular chilly night. Continue reading

Out to the Market

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When it comes to Brunch, it’s almost like a contact sport trying to beat the crowds in Raleigh (I must have sports on the brain, it is Super Bowl Sunday after all). If you don’t make that golden hour between church crowds and late Sunday risers, you could be waiting a long, long time for your pancakes. Add a hip little restaurant opening its doors for Brunch for the first time and you can see the dilemma. Luckily for Market (938 N. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604), the food is so good, I would have waited a whole day for it.

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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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Making Mojoe’s Hall of Fame

As I get closer and closer to the big 3-0, I’m trying to check more things off my “Things to do before I leave my twenties behind” list. I still haven’t traveled to a lot of exotic locales, haven’t gotten my crazy tattoo (yet), or ran a marathon (I’ll get to the treadmill…tomorrow). But one thing I knew I could check off on my birthday was a fun challenge, win a food-eating challenge.

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Moonlight over Raleigh: Moonlight Pizza Company

Some people say that even when Pizza is bad, it’s still pretty good. But, in my experience, this is sometimes brutally untrue. It’s hard to get that perfect combination of crispy yet doughy crust, flavorful sauce, and well-prepared toppings.  Lilly’s pizza has come close (Tony loves their crust), Mellow Mushroom was a bitter disappointment (although it’s a prime people-watching spot), but there hasn’t been a pizza place that has wowed me. With that said, I was bracing myself when we went to Moonlight Pizza last weekend…

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Congrats to the Triangle’s James Beard Finalists!

The finalists for this year’s James Beard awards were announced today and woo-hoo! The Triangle is representing! Magnolia Grill in Durham got nods for Outstanding Service and Outstanding Restaurant, Crook’s Corner (Chapel Hill) is also up for Outstanding Restaurant, and for the Southeast region, Ashley Christenson (Poole’s-Raleigh), Scott Howell (Nana’s – Durham), Andrea Reusing (Lantern -Chapel Hill), and Bill Smith (Crook’s Corner) were all nominated for Best Chef.

As if we needed more reasons to eat out!

You can see the complete list of nominees here:

http://www.jamesbeard.org/files/2010_SEMIFINALISTS_FINAL.pdf

Finding some peace at Cafe Harmony

There’s a lot that makes me happy about the expanding organic movement; the focus on the source of our food, attention back to local, non-corporate farming, raising the questions of ethics into what we eat. But, I’ve also seen a lot of bad with the movement when it comes to the food it prepares. Food can be healthy and ethical, but it should also taste good and a lot of restaurants I’ve been to focusing on the organic lost the focus on imagination and basic seasoning. When I heard that my local organic food store Harmony Farms had opened up a small brunch/lunch cafe, I was hoping that they’d be able to jump that hurdle and offer something really surprising…

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Hidden Treasure at the BP

Tony and I like to go off the beaten trail from time to time. But I was nervous by how far Tony wanted to lead us when he mentioned he found a taqueria in a gas station. Really? Gas Station tacos? The three most deadly words in the English language? Immediately, thoughts of late night 7-11 burritos came to mind.  Would my taste buds survive…much less my intestinal tract?

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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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If you want to brave the cold and really wants donuts…

then get thee to NC state campus tomorrow for the Krispe Kreme Challenge. This has been going on four six years now, where the brave and iron-stomached run two miles to the Krispe Kreme on Person Street, eat a dozen donuts, then run back. Unfortunately, Tony and I won’t be able to make it this year, but we’d love to hear some stories for the tough souls who make it through 🙂

Here’s a link for more details:

http://www.krispykremechallenge.com/

~Julia