If you were on vacation last week, you may have missed my newest post at WRAL’s Out and About blog. I was, and I almost missed it myself! This one is on all the amazing foodstuffs you can find within a block of what I call Durham’s Bermuda Triangle for foodies, also known as the intersection of Mangum and Parrish streets.
Pain aux pistaches at Loaf.
Take a food tour through the South’s Tastiest Town
By Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Posted: May 27
Updated: May 29
Durham, N.C. — For foodies, the intersection of Magnum and Parrish streets in downtown Durham is a Bermuda Triangle they may never want to escape. Within one block of it, in any direction, is a plethora of eateries, bakeries, and bars that prize local ingredients, quality products, and creativity. Consider this your guide to a perfect food lover’s day in Durham without doing more than crossing the street.
Stop 1: Breakfast at Monuts Donuts (110 East Parrish St.). This donut and bagel shop used to operate out of a tricycle. Cake and yeast donuts come in flavors like chocolate chai and the delicious maple bacon bourbon I sampled. Bagels are also a hot commodity and can be topped with eggs, cheese, and … maple sriracha? Counter Culture iced coffee should help with that morning headache….
Read on for all the stops on my foodie tour…and to see just how many times I can manage to misspell Mangum in one article. Find the rest of it here, along with a pretty awesome slide show of the tour, if I do say so myself.
I’m always excited to see what our creative chefs come up with when challenged, and the folks behind the 2010 Bull City Vegan Challenge are running a new one for the month of October. Much like the first, several Durham restaurants have agreed to come up with one vegan dish to compete for the votes of diners who try them out. This time, they’ve moved away from dinner and dessert and are doing brunch! Brunch without eggs, dairy, or meat? I’m intrigued!
There are a few additional rules the participating chefs must follow to avoid falling into the trap of presenting a standard vegan restaurant meal:
- Each entry must have both a sweet and savory component.
- Salad and lentil dishes cannot be considered brunch.
- Oatmeal, granola, hash browns, and fruit plates are off the table, so to speak.
I think that’s a pretty tall order to fill for a vegan brunch dish! Luckily, each of the participating restaurants are already serving their dishes, and here they are, along with the times that you can expect to find them offered—brunch is served at different hours at each location.
Alivia’s Durham Bistro
Bananas Foster french toast made with focaccia bread and topped with coconut ice cream and strawberry-jalapeno coulis–$10.50. Available Saturday and Sunday, 9 am—3 pm (starting October 13th).
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The LoMo Market
Various Durham Locations
The LoMo Market started making rounds about a month ago. It’s “a team of farm luvin’ folks who want to connect customers with farm fresh foods. If people who value high quality, local foods don’t have time to seek them out, let’s bring the food to them! We have created a new retail experience where the market is on wheels.”
In other words, the LoMo Market is for people like me who sleep in late on Saturdays and miss the Durham Farmers’ Market entirely — I value sleep more than fresh food, what can I say? Luckily for me, one of the LoMo Markets stops is in Woodcroft, about a block from my house. I can’t complain about that distance nor the hours of 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Convenience, they name is fresh produce on a truck.
There were golden beets, kale, scallions, cucumbers, and plenty other farm-fresh items for sale at reasonable prices last night. Farms include Uncle Henry’s and Cottle Organics and many more. Additionally, the LoMo Market stocks meat from Coon Rock Farms, Farmhand Foods, and other local producers and a variety of grab and go items from Scratch, Triangle Raw Food, and specialty items like Muddy Pond molasses. You can check out their daily wares and sources on their website.
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