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Monday, October 17, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 5

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Emily WallaceFifth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 4

Posted By on Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Emily WallaceFourth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 3

Posted By on Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Emily WallaceThird post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Friday, October 14, 2011

FDA report on oysters: Should you still eat them raw?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Last month, a report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighted an ongoing battle between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the oyster industry. The report, titled "Food Safety: FDA Needs to Reassess Its Approach to Reducing an Illness Caused by Eating Raw Oysters," emphasized the need for the FDA and the oyster industry to cooperate to develop a plan to reduce the number of illnesses and deaths caused by eating raw oysters. Read the report by clicking on the icon: oysters.pdf Each year, more than 30 people become ill after eating raw or uncooked oysters by...

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N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 2

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Emily WallaceSecond post in a daily series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 1

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Emily WallaceFirst post in a daily series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Free persimmons—Part 2

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I spotted some other persimmon trees today in the 600 block of West Proctor Street (near Duke Street) in Durham. Please note these trees are on private property, that of the Duke Physician Assistant program at 800 S. Duke St. Some fruit lay on the sidewalk, but the bulk of it had not fallen far from the tree, so to speak. I recommend asking before foraging. Perhaps you can appeal to the Duke's medical focus by explaining to the powers-that-be that persimmons contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, lycopene, lutein, beta carotene, folic acid and several important minerals,...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Libby's Too of Durham

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Libby Green of Libby's Too behind the counter at her Durham restaurant.Libby Green pulls a chair up to my table, one of nine at her Durham restaurant, Libby’s Too. She eyes my plate. “You like those?” she asks of the salmon patties I’d ordered for lunch at a waitress’ suggestion. “I do,” I tell her, to which she grimaces. “I don’t.” Nearly 30 years deep in the restaurant business, salmon cakes are the one dish of which Green’s grown tired. “I used to like them,” she tells me. Green’s frankness is reflected in the restaurant itself, where a hand-scrawled sign...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Finch's of Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Peggy Jin sells pecan pie to Antonio Lott at Finch's Family Restaurant in Raleigh.Finch’s Family Restaurant hasn’t changed its appearance much since 1945, when it opened on Peace Street. “Curb Service” remains stenciled in capital black letters on a front window, and the Raleigh institution still has a long covered walkway with diagonal parking spots from the days that it was a drive-in restaurant. Inside, Finch’s is known for its beige lunch counter, which stretches across a good length of the main dining room (there are three). Its worn formica top was one of the first things Peggy Jin wanted...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Campbell's Diner of Fuquay-Varina

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Dora Campbell opened Campbell's Diner in 1971.Dora Campbell didn’t want a diner. As a child, she watched her father, Carl Powell, run one of the only two eateries in Fuquay, the aptly named Fuquay Restaurant. He offered the place to her when he retired in the 1960s. But Campbell, now 82, declined, secure in a job at Cornell-Dubilier Electronics. “I said, ‘Daddy, I wouldn’t work myself and kill myself like you have.’” Never say never. Campbell ended up in the restaurant business. Earlier this week, she celebrated 40 years of running her own Fuquay establishment, Campbell’s Diner. “If you ever...

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Raleigh's Mecca

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Mecca, Raleigh’s oldest family-owned restaurant, seems like a tattered, cardigan-wearing grandfather compared to the minimalist hip style of its new down-the-street neighbor, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, a modern meat-and-three. It is. But well-worn cardigans are cool, and Mecca has managed to keep up with the times. Inside the dark, narrow restaurant, a long counter with red vinyl stools recalls Mecca’s start as a lunch counter that served Raleigh’s downtown workers. At the time it was located on Fayetteville and Hargett streets. Five years later, the entire restaurant and its furniture—dark wooden booths and a mirrored-backed drink counter—moved to the current...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Meet and Three: J.C.'s Kitchen in Durham

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Hand lettering on the side of J.C.'s Kitchen advertises the restaurant's weekly specials.J.C. doesn’t cook. That’s no news to the slew of regulars at J.C.’s Kitchen, a home-style restaurant in a buttery yellow building on the corner of Main and Fayetteville streets in Durham. But new folks, explains owner Phyllis Terry, often expect to find the namesake behind the counter. “It’s a form of witnessing to say they stand for Jesus Christ,” Terry says of the restaurant’s initials. The definition, if not explicitly explained, can be inferred from the interior of the building, where Scripture and inspirational plaques adorn the...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

North Carolina ranks 10th in U.S. in number of farmers markets

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM

North Carolina ranks 10th in the number of farmers markets in the U.S., according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 217 farmers markets, N.C. is the only Southern state in the top 10. California ranks first with 729. The numbers are self-reported, said Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, during a media briefing, and thus likely are undercounted. The report was released in conjunction with National Farmers Market week, which runs Aug. 7-13. Nationwide, there are 7,175 farmers markets—an increase of 17 percent over last year. “It goes back to the yearning for the...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Hillsborough's Riverside Restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Dorothy and Leon Lea, owners of Hillsborough's Riverside Restaurant. It’s easy to miss the Riverside. Hillsborough’s one-story meat-and-three-style restaurant sits on the edge of Exchange Park Lane, a curvy road that slims to one lane, making it difficult to accommodate traffic or walk-in business. Other than Quintina’s, a hair salon that shares one side of the building with the eatery , the area is void of commercial spaces, packed instead with trees that lead to the Eno River. That wasn’t always the case. When the Riverside opened in the 1940s, Exchange Park Lane was one of the major thoroughfares to...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

How did Ashley Christensen fare on Iron Chef America?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 7:56 AM

When challenger Ashley Christensen, the culinary wunderkind behind Poole's Diner in Raleigh, selected Iron Chef Bobby Flay as her foil in Iron Chef America Sunday night, the Twittersphere immediately responded with the hashtag #slayflay. When the secret ingredient, chum salmon, was unveiled lying in state among ice sculptures of—dancing? leaping? swimming?—fish, #filetflay never caught on, but Christensen and her sous chefs set to work with a zen-like focus to concoct five courses made from a less fatty—and thus trickier to cook—variety of the popular fish. No drama, just methodical cooking. Meanwhile, the swaggering Flay, who I've disliked since he exuberantly...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Raleigh gets cold feet, punts on food trucks decision

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Klausie’s pizza operator Mike Stenke feels like the Raleigh City Council left him at the altar today. Stenke, a leading figure in food truck vendors’s fight for inclusion in the City of Oaks, was expecting the city to finally approve new rules to allow him to operate there, but instead the council sent them back to the Law and Safety Committee. “I really heard a lot of fears and I didn’t hear a lot of courage. I wasn’t expecting that. I thought all the fears had been addressed,” he said. “It’s like the last minute just before you get married....

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Crop Mob raids 66 cities nationwide

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:27 AM

In 2008, a few friends with an ambitious idea launched the very first Crop Mob, in which young, landless farmers "raided" a North Carolina farm that October, harvesting 1,600 pounds of sweet potatoes in just a few hours. The raid shaved weeks of labor from the farm's workload. The event attracted media attention, including this Indy story, and the group continued its work for the sake of their mission, not fame. National press followed, including write-ups in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Photo with permission by Trace Ramsey.The Crop Mob raids Durham. The project spurred a nationwide...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Garner's Toot-N-Tell restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Perhaps you know what day your favorite local restaurant features lima beans on the menu as the vegetable special, or when the chocolate layer cake is destined to make an appearance. If not, here’s your chance to find out, or to broaden your horizon beyond the lunch shop on your block. Today marks the start of Meet-and-Three, a biweekly series on Big Bite that will present, over the course of the next few months, people and stories behind some of the Triangle’s meat-and-three style restaurants. Defined as a place with a plate lunch or dinner that offers a choice...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Update: Johnny's of Carrboro closes ... temporarily

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Sadly, it appears that Johnny's of Carrboro is closed this evening due to more than the impending rain. By the look of things, the local watering hole, community spot and haven for an array of food vendors has completely shut its doors. A note on the front door reads, "Closed, Thanks for 4 great years Carrboro." And inside, it looks as though most of the stock and furniture have been removed. No one could be reached at this time to comment. Update 6/24: Jan Halle, who helped co-open Johnny’s in Carrboro over four and a half years ago, reveled...

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Piedmont Grown Launches Local Label and Directory

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Spotting local food just got a lot easier. Earlier this week, Piedmont Grown launched a label that identifies farm fresh foods and artisan products that have been grown and produced within the 37 counties that constitute the North Carolina Piedmont. Noah Ranells, a project manager for Piedmont Grown, as well as a farmer and the Ag Economic Development Coordinator for Orange County, says the new brown and green label can appear “anywhere where food is sold.” Artisan producers who have been certified by the non-profit can place the local logo on their foods, for instance, and complying farms can display...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jim Anile to open L'Uva at American Tobacco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Jim Anile, chef and owner of Durham's Revolution, has a new venture planned for the former space of Cafe Zen (410 Blackwell St., Durham) at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. L'Uva, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, is set to open in July, after Independence Day. "I don't want to be there before July 4," he explains, alluding to American Tobacco's holiday baseball crowds. "I don't want to get off on those sort of feet." Anile says the restaurant will feature "simple, straightforward Italian food, all handmade." Weekly menu changes that incorporate fresh, local options will be announced regularly...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bull City Burger and Brewery introduces the Patty Wagon

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Last week Facebook and Twitter lit up when Seth Gross, owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery (107 E. Parrish St., Durham, 919-680-2333), announced that the restaurant would be "jumping on the bandwagon with a four-wheeled mobile vehicle." Fans were eager for another Triangle food truck. But it turns out that Gross intended his use of the word "wagon" to be read literally. His new venture: a hand cart called the Patty Wagon that will operate within a twohttp://www.bullcityburgerandbrewery.com/BCB&B/Home.html-block radius of the downtown eatery. One of Bull City Burger and Brewery's immediate neighbors is City Hall, where employees, Gross...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chapel Hill warms to food trucks, considers next steps to allowing vendors in town

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Chapel Hill moved closer to allowing food trucks within town limits Monday night during a public hearing where members of the Town Council expressed initial support for the mobile vendors provided that regulations could be set and enforced. “I don’t envision this as something that would only be a benefit to the downtown,” Mayor pro Tem Jim Ward said. “I think it could be many places in this community.” File photo by Jeremy LangeChapel Hill is considering crafting new rules to provide better access for food trucks such as Captain Poncho's Tacos, seen here parked at the corner of Merritt...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Food truck operators still fighting for a place in Raleigh as restaurant owners try to defend turf

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Mike Stenke parked his Klausie's Pizza food truck on the corner of Dawson and Hargett streets, just across the street from the Avery C. Upchurch Municipal Building on Tuesday night and handed out two pizzas worth of warm, gooey bite-sized free samples to build favor for proposed zoning changes that would allow him to regularly operate in the city. John and Karla Schriner of Knightdale each bought a shirt with a picture of a food truck and text reading, “Legalize It.” “It’s a lot harder for them to get permits here,” Karla said. “A lot of good food trucks stay...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dillard's Bar-B-Q: Back in Moderation

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM

There is a way back into Dillard's Bar-B-Q: host an event. The Durham restaurant, which closed in March after nearly 60 years in business, recently announced that it will open its doors for special occasions. "If someone wants to hold an event in the restaurant, we'll rent the restaurant out," says Wilma Dillard, who ran her family's business until it closed last month due to an uncertain economy. As for the new use of the former dining space, Dillard explains, "The building is still ours and it felt wrong to put someone else in it. I don't know how...

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