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 »

Jul 12 2014

Patio Dining and Beers at the Borough in Raleigh!

Patio and front of the Borough in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Patio and front of the Borough in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

Drive down Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh and you’ll probably catch the Borough out of the corner of your eye.  Corner patio, people lolling out front with cervezas and plates, all seeming to have a good time.  I hadn’t been back in years, the Borough is in an in-between location that’s neither S. Glenwood nor Fayetteville Street so you sometimes forget about it.  And even though I hadn’t been back for a LONG time, my re-visit last week showed me that not much has changed in a great way at the Borough! Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 07 2014

Triangle Banh Mi Challenge, the Best Vietnamese Sandwiches Around!

Awning at Saigon Sandwich in San Francisco

Awning at Saigon Sandwich in San Francisco

 

If you enjoy Vietnamese food, you understand that there are basically four categories or types that it comes in: pho (soup), com (rice), bun (noodles) and last but not least, banh mi (sandwiches).  A melding of Asian and French, banh mi are delicious and flavorful sandwiches with meat, pickled veggies, cilantro, jalapeno and a bit of mayo spread for depth.  When it’s done right you get hit with all these textures and flavors.  Crunchy warm bread with a soft fluffy inside.  Savory meat, rich mayo, spicy, sweet and acidic from the condiments.  And a bit of veggie crunch to balance out the richness of the other ingredients.  My favorite spot in SF was a place called Saigon Sandwich on Larkin Street which specialized in banh mi.  These two Vietnamese ladies would stuff these delicious sandwiches all day long and it was a total bargain at under $4.  So of course here in the Triangle, I decide to try and find out who had the best banh mi in the area.  Or at least the best of the places I tried!  Are you curious now?  Read on and see how Battle Banh Mi for the Triangle unfolds… Read the rest of this entry »

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