A week ago, one of my co-workers alerted me to an incredible deal; Dino’s Capri restaurant (6325 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615) was holding a special night where their menu would be at 1964 prices. Now, I love Italian food, so hearing I could get a full meal with pocket change was too good to pass up. However, as the state got a snow smackdown, it seemed like we’d need to rough it out for good food. That would be the theme for the night unfortunately.
Posted in dinner, food, Food blog, Italian food, marsala, Raleigh, Raleigh Restaurants, snowstorm, The Capri
Tagged food, Food blog, Italian, North Carolina, Raleigh, Raleigh restaurant
The holidays have been hectic for Tony and I. Family, gift-buying, and work have led to a retreat to comfort food. So, what better meal to run away to for some post-holiday, back-to-work prepping than Sunday brunch? Plus, after living in Raleigh for almost 2 and a half years, it was time to get myself a meal at the well-known Irregardless Cafe.
Posted in breakfast food, brunch, food, Food blog, Irregardless Cafe, Raleigh, Raleigh food, Raleigh Restaurants
Tagged breakfast food, food, Food blog, Irregardless Cafe, North Carolina, Raleigh, Raleigh food, Raleigh restaurant
I had been wanting to cook something new for a while; I’ve been trying to eat healthy lately and it’s meant a lot of skinless chicken breasts and salmon fillets. I scoured Julia Child’s recipes, consulted my Jacques Pepin, checked to see if we had brandy, artichokes, or swiss chard, and was this close to seeing how much a tank of liquid nitrogen for frozen tomato puree pellets would cost when Tony casually mentioned how much he loved meatloaf growing up. Huh, meatloaf? That sounds complicated.
Posted in bacon, cheese, cooking at home, dinner, food, Food blog, home cooking, recipes
Tagged cheese, cooking at home, food, Food blog, Julia Child, meatloaf, North Carolina, Raleigh
I’m a sucker for a good burger. It’s been our mission since we’ve moved to Raleigh to find the best burger in town and we’ve made some pretty good discoveries (Char-Grill, Mojoe’s) and still have a lot to try (the burger at Porter’s is supposed to be legendary). So, imagine my happiness when we heard that a new burger joint, Uncle Fatty’s Drive-in (Woodburn Road, Cameron Village). Cameron Village has always been a little boring when it comes to food for me, how many “upscale” bar and grills can one place have? I think they’re trying to revitalize its culinary side, a few new restaurants have popped up. But it was Uncle Fatty’s that really picqued my interest. I mean, with a name like that, who could resist…right?
Posted in burger stand, burgers, Cameron Village, cheese, cheeseburgers, chili, dinner, food, Food blog, french fries, local food, Raleigh, Raleigh food, Raleigh Restaurants
Tagged Bar and Grill, Burger, cheese, food, Food blog, french fries, grill, local food, North Carolina, Raleigh, Raleigh restaurant, Uncle Fatty's
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
Posted in barbecue, BBQ, food, Food blog, french fries, local food, Man v Food, North Carolina, Pork, sandwich, Southern cooking
Tagged barbecue, food, Food blog, french fries, local food, Man v Food, North Carolina, Raleigh, Raleigh restaurant, southern barbecue, Southern cooking
Tony and I have a mutual friend who used to travel 90 minutes to go shop at Trader Joe’s where we used to live. We thought he was crazy, why would anyone get so excited about a grocery store? Fast Forward to last month, where I was giddy like a kid waiting for Christmas. Trader Joe’s has the effect on me.Trader Joe’s is definitely not a place where I would do my regular grocery shopping. However, for hard to find items and good organic foods, it’s a great place to stop by. I always find something surprising, like a great seafood cioppino in the freezer aisle and delicious sea salt brownies. Continue reading
Tony and I have been waiting patiently for a long time to get to eat at Roast Grill. Seeing it featured on one of my favorite food shows, “Man vs. Food,” made the wait even more excruciating. It’s been weeks, maybe even months. You’d think that we were on a waiting list for some fancy restaurant, not hot dogs. The problem was that the legendary Roast Grill (7 S West St., Raleigh, NC 27603-1849) has crazy hours and every time we went, it was closed. We showed up two Saturdays in a row and they were closed each time for a wedding. I love roasted hot dogs, it seems like you only get the boiled kind around here, so I wanted to cry out of disappointment. The thing we were most afraid of was after the wait, would these hot dogs be worth it?
Posted in chili, food, Food blog, Hot Dog, local food, Raleigh food, Roast Grill
Tagged chili, food, Food blog, grill, hot dogs, Man vs. Food, North Carolina, Raleigh, Raleigh restaurant, Roast Grill
When my in-laws came to town, they wanted to go out for Greek food. I went into a panic going to Taverna Agora (6101 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612-2613) for the first time; a new restaurant, new food, in front of two people that I really wanted to impress. Luckily for me, I loved every bite there and couldn’t wait to go back. The timing was perfect too, since last Saturday was Greek night! Continue reading
Posted in cheese, dinner, food, Food blog, Greek food, lamb, North Carolina, potatoes, Raleigh food, Raleigh Restaurants, Taverna Agora
Tagged cheese, flambé, food, Food blog, Greek food, lamb, North Carolina, Ouzo, Raleigh, Raleigh restaurant, wine
This past week has been crazy if you’re driving down Blue Ridge. Cars lined up as far as the eye can see. It can only mean one thing: State Fair!!!!!!!!!Tony and I love the N.C. state fair; there’s local culture*fried food*, the arts*more fried food*, and agriculture *did I mention fried food?* Oh yeah, and then there’s the food. I love fairs and carnivals because it’s such a great excuse to indulge and the fair always finds new ways to push the fried envelope.
Posted in barbecue, Cabernet, fair food, food, Food blog, fried twinkie, Italian Sausage, junk food, nc state fair, Raleigh food, wine
Tagged barbecue, Childress winery, chocolate covered bacon, food, Food blog, french fries, fried food, grill, Italian Sausage, nc state fair, North Carolina, Raleigh, Raleigh food, RDU, Southern cooking, wine
Tony and I had a one-day vacation last week. Work’s been crazy for both of us, hence the radio silence this week, so we needed to get away (we’ll post about our trip to Winston-Salem/Greensboro later this week). Just to show sometimes you can get away and stay home too, we came back and went out for Sushi at Haru Sushi (2603 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27608-1044). Continue reading
Posted in Asian food, dinner, Food blog, Food critic, Japanese food, Raleigh Restaurants, sushi
Tagged Asian food, food, Food blog, Japanese food, North Carolina, Raleigh, Raleigh restaurant, sushi