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20 July, 2014

TerraVita 2014 Tickets Now on Sale!

TerraVita 2014 Tickets Now on Sale!
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Readers, I know I’m not in North Carolina anymore (though I will be in Raleigh the weekend of 9/13–let’s get together, locals!), but I had to make sure you knew that tickets for Chapel Hill’s TerraVita went on sale today. Why? Because TerraVita is an amazing conference focused on food, drink, and ways to enjoy
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17 October, 2013

TOPO Piedmont Gin

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TOPO Piedmont Gin Chapel Hill, NC ABV 46% I have mentioned this gin before on this blog, when I took a tour of the distillery. But this is the first TOPO spirit I’ve had my hands on a bottle of and thanks go to Esteban, TOPO’s spirit guide, for the parting gift at my farewell
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26 June, 2013

Bloggers’ Night at TOPO Distillery

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Back in the fall, I spent a few days at TOPO Distillery’s facilities as part of the Terra VITA Sustainable Classroom. It was a strange sort of torture being so close to their organic, 99.6% local (more on that later) array of spirits that includes white whiskey, vodka, and gin. So I asked Esteban McMahan,
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29 May, 2013

Bring Me That Restaurant Delivery Service

Posted in : Dining in Durham, NC, Food, Product Reviews, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Bring Me That, a Web-based service for ordering food, is a startup with the Triangle Startup Factory in Durham. This is of particular interest to you, the readers of my blog, because you tend to like food from local restaurants and Bring Me That is making it easier for their food to end up in
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15 May, 2013

Noodles & Company’s Spring Asparagus Frenzy!

Posted in : Dining in Durham, NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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With spring comes new dishes at many restaurants, and that includes Noodles & Company, a chain I’ve sampled a few times before. Well, readers, it’s your and my lucky day, because I was invited to come to their Erwin Rd. location in Durham to try their spring asparagus menu and you get the chance to
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8 May, 2013

Bangkok Fever @ Jujube

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Bangkok Fever @ Jujube Glen Lennox, Chapel Hill My Restaurant Review $10 Once again, Jujube proves to me that their cocktail list is second to none in the Triangle. Bangkok Fever’s ingredient list is Thai-chili-infused reposado tequila, passion fruit juice, and cinnamon salt. And it’s amazing. The essential cinnamon salt livens up every sip, playing
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29 April, 2013

Triangle Foodie Happenings

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Time for another installment of Triangle Foodie Happenings! These are events coming up in the next week that I wish I could make, but hopefully you can! We really do have a ridiculous amount of foodie fun options in this area. Spanish Wine Dinner with Laurence Vuelta at Jujube! 4/30, 7 pm, $47. Jujube’s wine
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15 February, 2013

Nonfiction Bragging: WRAL Village Burgers Review

Posted in : Announcements, Dining in Chapel Hill, NC, Restaurants, WRAL on by : The Gourmez
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I’m a little slow this time in letting you all know I have another review up at WRAL’s Out and About. Forgive me? This one was on Village Burgers, the hamburger joint inside the University Mall in Chapel Hill. Was it worth reviewing? You bet your brioche bun. Here’s your teaser: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The
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28 January, 2013

Weathervane

Posted in : Dining in Chapel Hill, NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Weathervane 201 S. Estes Drive University Mall, Chapel Hill Website $11–$38 Weathervane is the restaurant portion of Southern Season, and hearty southern dishes have a definite home here. Chef Ryan Payne has had a fantastic year, winning pretty much every local cooking contest he has entered. I had previously tried his food at Fire in
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18 January, 2013

Elements

Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Chapel Hill, NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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elements 2110 Environ Way East Highway 54 Chapel Hill Website Entrees: $18 — $26 Opened in the fall of 2012, elements is a farm-to-table focused venture of Chef Michael Chuong’s. He opened ăn in Cary in 2006. I have never made it to ăn, but it’s always been high on my must-dine list, so I
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