Out at the Shoppes of Kildaire which is already pretty durn crowded, they’ve added a new playa to the food scene, Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza. I’ll confess that I’m a purist when it comes to my pizza given I grew up in the Northeast. Great crust, sauce and cheese in the right proportions in a blazing hot oven is what gets me excited but the reviews for Patrick Jane were pretty solid. So I stopped in for lunch to try out their gourmet pies.
Check out this interesting event for NC Beer month offered by Eschelon Hospitality. Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer at the Cameron Bar & Grill for $40. I’m intrigued by the bacon jam-filled donuts! And how can you go wrong with brinner? I’ve done a bunch of their dinners and it’s always great value and great fun…
I have to confess that outside of the food Holy Trinity of Italian-Chinese-Mexican, I’d have to say Vietnamese is my next, most favoritest food type. With the mix of Asian and French flavors, the cuisine is very similar to Chinese but tweaked a bit with some slightly different flavor profiles and spices. And it can be done in so many different ways: on bread (banh mi), on rice (com) and on noodles (bun). So when I heard that Pho Vietnam was opening up in the old Hot Point Cafe space on Buck Jones, I was pretty excited since that area is within my work-lunch range. After stalking it for a month or so, I finally see online that it’s open and the reviews are coming in. Zero will-power here, I had to stop in today for an inaugural lunch!
So into everyone’s life a little BBQ must fall and I’m not complaining. Last week I received an invite to a “Meat-Up” at the new Big Mikes BBQ @ View Bar from my friend Kristen Baughman (Gadabout Food). I had eaten at Big Mike’s food truck several times and found his smoked meats pretty tasty. So I was of course excited to see what he can do in more permanent digs. So a group of food bloggers got to enjoy a six course meal paired with brews from Triangle Brewing Company on a chilly Tuesday night…
In my world of bars and lounges I like to spend time in mellow and friendly spots. A place where you can go solo, bring a date or come in a group and have a good time! And ideally it’s a place that’s not so “hot” that you can’t get in and have a conversation. But enough people to keep things interesting and maybe strike up a random conversation. Out in Raleigh and Durham, I’ve hung out in two bars that do a great job when you’re looking for a casual and cool adult beverage: the Royal James Lounge and Surf Club.
I’m usually the first person to complain about the dearth of authentic Chinese food in the area given I sort of grew up on that type of food. So it was welcome news to hear about the opening of Banana Leaf in Cary by Cary Towne Center. I heard it was a mix of Cantonese and Malaysian and a friend had stopped in and thought it was decent. Thankfully he was up for a second visit so off we go for lunch!
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