Last week's column contained an error. The writer of the Piedmont Review of Food (piedmontreview.blogspot.com), a Carrboro food blog, is not Paul Jones. It's Jacob Kramer-Duffield, who is a Ph.D. candidate in the UNC School of Information and Library Science. I apologize to both men.
Kramer-Duffield's research focus is online identity. "I began a food blog because, well, I spend a lot of time online—it's what I study—and I spend a lot of time making, eating and thinking about food," he says. "So using a blog to catalog the recipes I use and create, the beers I drink, the restaurants I go to—so that I could actually remember what I liked and didn't, and how things turned out—was a natural step. I'm glad when other people appreciate what I've written, but it's also just nice to have a written record for myself."
The Diner (410 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 835-9010, www.TheDinerRaleigh.com) is now open on Glenwood South. The Diner serves up sandwiches, salads, burgers and entrees, plus breakfast anytime, including eggs benedict, omelets, French toast and a breakfast burrito. Oh, and shakes, sundaes and malts, such as the Fluffernutter, with vanilla ice cream, marshmallow fluff and peanut butter fudge; and the Knickerbocker Glory, with vanilla ice cream, fresh berries, raspberry sauce, crushed Nilla wafers and whipped cream. The Diner is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
In Durham, Alfredo's Pizza Villa (University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, 968-3424, www.alfredospizzanc.com) has expanded into Southwest Durham. Alfredo's second home is in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center (1125 W. NC Hwy. 54, 490-3200). Both locations serve pizza (slices and pies), calzones, stromboli, hot and cold subs, pasta, salads and appetizers.
Two restaurants have increased their hours recently. Glasshalfull (106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 967-9784, glasshalfullcarrboro.com) serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and its current menu offers small plates (wild mushroom ragout with leek bread pudding and chives, $6), sandwich plates (grilled prosciutto, cotto ham, fontina cheese, apple-rosemary preserves on toasted farm bread, served with crispy fingerling potatoes or market greens, $8) and large plates (tuna confit salad with radishes, eggs, pimentos, pickled anchovies and olives, $10) and desserts.
Also, the Broad Street Cafe (1116 Broad St., Durham, 416-9707, www.thebroadstreetcafe.com) has added a Monday lunch to its open hours.
This month, Whole Foods Market's Durham store (621 Broad St., 286-2290, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/durham/index.php) is offering free classes on selecting and preparing fish. Called "School of Fish," the series is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. On Jan. 14, the store's fishmongers will teach how to properly peel and devein shrimp with your hands or a deveining tool; on Jan. 21, the lesson is "All About Amberjack." No advance reservations are required.
If you're seeking an online resource to help you buy and eat fish that are not endangered or overfished, head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org), which publishes a guide by region.
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Correction (Jan. 19, 2010): Glasshalfull serves lunch Monday through Friday.