Jul 28 2014

The Pizza Dude Abides in Apex with Large Floppy NY Slices!

Front of Pizza Dude in Apex, Foodalicious Follies

Front of Pizza Dude in Apex, Foodalicious Follies

 

Now I confess that I’ve always been partial to thin-crust pizza and in the States, NY-style pizza is usually my preference!  Thin, floppy with a dab of flavorful sauce, melty cheese and light crust is my motto.  A friend and co-worker of mine pointed out a new pizza joint in Apex called Pizza Dude.  Yeah, the name’s not exactly traditional but given my time in California, well, dude is ok by me.  So off we go Williams Road in Apex for lunch! Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26 2014

First Take: Shake Shack in Dupont Circle DC Rocks Out the Beef and Buns!

Front of Shake Shack in Washington, DC- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Shake Shack in Washington, DC- Foodalicious Follies

 

As luck would have it, a business trip in Washington DC has me downtown and right in the thick of the action.   After meeting up with a friend for happy hour, we’re searching through Yelp to see what’s nearby and voila, Shake Shack!  This small NYC chain has been getting a lot of press for its delicious take on the common hamburger and I couldn’t resist since there are none in North Carolina!

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Jul 22 2014

First Take: Piedmont Restaurant for a Tasteful and Tasty Dining Experience in Durham!

Front of the Piedmont, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

Front of the Piedmont, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

 

Way back when, when I first moved into the Triangle area, I remember my friend Allison bringing me to the Piedmont in Durham for dinner.  And I clearly also remember not being that impressed.  I tried it one more time and then sort of mentally wrote it off.  I have a hard time with restaurants that over-promise and under deliver so it had been years since I had eaten at the Piedmont.  Fast-forward to June 2014 and Triangle Restaurant week.  Another friend wants to give the Piedmont a shot and I had heard good things through my network so I guess it was time to go back!

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Jul 20 2014

News: Cooking Italian at Whisk in Cary!

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Have you checked out Whisk over in Waverly Place, Cary?  It’s a newer kitchen goods store, think of a Williams-Sonoma done local and you’ve got a pretty good idea about what’s going on here.  With a large selection of kitchen tools and gadgets, Whisk also has a nice demo kitchen in back to show you how to put their tools to use.  I had stopped by during their grand opening and recently received an invitation to visit and attend a class of theirs.  Perusing though their long list of cooking classes, I finally spotted the winner:  Tuscan Trattoria – Dinner and Date Night!  My friend Jeff is the instructor so I was keen on seeing his kitchen skillz in action. 

 

Tuscan Trattoria – Dinner and Date Night, Friday July 25th (6:30pm)
Fridays at Whisk are a great alternative to a restaurant dinner. Eat, sip and learn as Chef Jeff whisks you away to a relaxed Italian trattoria. In this class you will learn authentic recipes from central Italy that are perfect to recreate for your very own summer dinner party.

Chef/Instructor: Jeff Grimm

Menu
Abundant summer salad with fresh mozzarella and sugar snap peas
Grilled flatbread with heirloom tomatoes and basil oil
Bistecca Tagliata: grilled steak with garlic and parsley
Marsala zabaglione with seasonal fruit

 

Whisk- Cooking Classes
316 Colonades Way #214
Cary, NC 27518
919.322.2458

Jul 19 2014

First Take: Jaleo in DC for Delicious Tapas, Paella and More…

Side of Jaleo in Washington, DC- Foodalicious Follies

Side of Jaleo in Washington, DC- Foodalicious Follies

 

Visiting Washington, DC on a business trip, I got a chance to visit and dine at the acclaimed Jose Andres restaurant, Jaleo!  With a long, tasting menu in front of us, a group of us from work were ready to eat.  And eat.  And eat.  Here’s how it all went down at this authentic piece of Spain right here in Washington, DC! Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17 2014

An Unusual Asian Entry in Cary: Himalayan Nepali Cuisine

Front of Himalayan Nepali Cuisine, Cary- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Himalayan Nepali Cuisine, Cary- Foodalicious Follies

 

I’ve lived in a lot of big cities but there are some cuisines I have yet to try.  Nepali fare would fall into that category so imagine my surprise when I hear that Himalayan Nepali Cuisine has opened up in the ethnic eats corner of Cary on Maynard and Chatham.  My friend is jonesing to try them out and I can’t resist either so we’re off for a quick lunch about two weeks after they’ve opened! Read the rest of this entry »

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