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Frosty’s Chocolate Orange Martini

Last week, I stumbled across this old familiar Christmas friend at the Trader Joe’s checkout line.


And it reminded me that I’d made a prize-winning cocktail inspired by the chocolate orange just two holiday seasons ago.

Me and my Frosty at the cocktail winner reveal.

That was me enjoying the spoils of my victory. Frankly, I’m sure anyone could have won with this as their inspiration:


Such a beautiful sight! My welcomed re-acquaintance with the chocolate orange inspired me to post the recipe again for those of you new to the blog in the past couple of years. It takes a bit of effort in that you’ll need to prepare a cardamom simple syrup and acquire a chocolate orange of your own, but that’s not much of a hardship, is it?

Frosty’s Chocolate Orange Martini

2 shots orange juice
1 shot Stoli Vanil
2/3 shot white crème de cacao
1/3 shot Grand Marnier
1 shot cardamom-infused simple syrup
Finely grated Terry’s White Chocolate Orange
Granulated sugar
Slices of Terry’s Milk Chocolate Orange

Chill a martini glass. Rim the glass with extra cardamom syrup, then duck it in a mixture of the ground chocolate orange and sugar. Shake up the first 5 ingredients. Pour into the martini glass. Garnish with a slice of chocolate orange on the side.

For tips on making the cardamom syrup, check out the Washington Duke Inn’s bar manager, Chris Thomas, mixing up the concoction back in 2012.

For the rim, the white chocolate oranges were ultimately chosen because they stuck to the rim a little better than the milk or dark chocolate and because they add festivity by mimicking a snow dusting. But white chocolate isn’t my preference, so I think it’s worthwhile to grate millk or dark chocolate instead, even if you sacrifice a bit of finesse on the final product. The choice is yours.

Enjoy! And tell me what you think.

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Triangle Foodie Happenings

The exciting events for Triangle-based foodies are piling up yet again! Honestly, I’m not sure they ever stop piling — we seem to support an awful lot of delishness for a relatively small metro area. I think that means all us eaters deserve a round of applause … or of digestives. Ouzo, anyone?

I’ve cherry-picked a few upcoming dinners and tastings for this week among the press releases I’ve come across. Here they are in order of soonest to latest:

AndreaMoore-44Tonight at 6:30 pm, Antonia‘s in Hillsborough is hosting a five-course, family style, Italian meal including wine pairings and the very special entertainment of opera singer Andrea Edith Moore. Ms. Moore, a featured soprano with the North Carolina Opera, will perform select arias throughout the dinner. She “currently serves on the voice faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has performed with companies including the Hamburg Kammeroper, Central City Opera, Aspen Music Festival and the North Carolina Opera. Her most recent roles are Micaela in Carmen and the Governess in Turn of the Screw. Among many honors, Moore has received the distinguished Yale School of Music alumni award twice.”

6/21 at 12 pm is a family-style lunch celebrating rose wine at Raleigh’s Zely & Ritz. For $20, you can try all these refreshing summertime sips:

Domaine Les Aphillantes Cotes Du Rhone, France
Marc Plouzeau Chinon Rive Gauche Rose, Loire Valley, France
Elio Perrone Bigaro, Piedmont, Italy
Tegernseerhof Zweigelt Rose, Krems, Austria
Markowitsch Pinot Noir Rose, Carnuntum, Austria

RSVP at 919-828-0018.

On 6/20 at 6 pm, Chef Steven Devereaux Greene of An is putting on a pop-up dinner at the King’s Daughters Inn bed and breakfast in Durham. It’s 5 courses, and the menu is $100 without pairings and $125 with. Chef Greene “is known for his unique take on modern Asian-inspired foods, using local vegetables as well as the freshest seafood and meats, and will be bringing this artistry to his meal.” The courses sound absolutely divine:

Course 1: Chef cocktails and Canapés

Course 2: Hamachi Tartare–Yuzu, Cucumber, Coriander, Barley, Aged White Soy

 Course 3: Sea Scallops–Tapioca, Asian Pear Salad, Ginger Puree, Thai Coconut 

Course 4: Border Springs Lamb–Marbled Potatoes, Preserved Lemon, 7-Spiced Honey

Course 5: Goat Cheese Cheesecake–Pickled Strawberries, Szechuan Dust, Moscoto Sherbet

For reservations, click here.

Bull City Burger and Brew is hosting Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses at 6/22 at 8 pm on the patio in Durham. As BCBB writes,

Zingerman’s is an inspiration to Bull City Burger and Brewery….We are thrilled to have Paul visit and talk about his business and developing a business within a community….Zingerman’s Delicatessen was founded in 1982…Today they have over 500 employees with a family of 15 unique businesses all related to food, community, service training, and more.

The event is limited to 30 people, and for $16.50, you can build your own burger, get dirty fries, and an alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage of your choice in addition to listening to Paul speak. Reserve a spot here.

On 6/26, Donatos Pizza, an Ohio-based chain, are opening a new restaurant at Seaboard Station in Raleigh. Donatos’s “golden crispy thin crust is legendary and when paired with the finest freshest toppings, the result is a pizza taste that you just can’t find anywhere else!” Donatos’s signature is the Edge-to-Edge pizza, meaning the toppings cover every inch of every slice. The menu is here, and Donatos offers delivery and limited in-house dining.

6/26 at 7 pm is the Elizabeth Spencer Wine Dinner, also at Zely & Ritz. The menu and wines are as follows:

Starter-Reception: Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino, CA 2012

1st Course: NC Mussels Steamed with Honeysuckle, Dried Pineapple and White Wine. Wines: Elizabeth Spencer Chenin Blanc, Mendocino, CA 2011

2nd Course: Tuna Tartar with Raw Chiogga Beets, Fresh Strawberries, Lemon Thyme  and Sweet Strawberry Vinegar. Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Grenache Rose, Mendocino, CA 2012

3rd Course: Duck Confit with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Braised Chinese Cabbage and Blueberry Sauce. Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Syrah, Sonoma Coast, CA 2011

4th Course: Ribeye of Beef with Creamy Risotto and Elderberry Sauce. Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA 2009

5th Course: Chocolate  Truffles. Larry’s Beans Coffees & Teatulia Teas

mystery beer dinner

For a third 6/26 option, try the Mystery Beer Dinner at the Washington Duke Inn at 6 pm. I’m just going to let the flyer speak for itself. Click it for all the details.


Is that enough for one week? Probably not, because I’m sure plenty of Triangle foodie fun in missing from this list. Enjoy, wherever your stomachs take you!

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Triangle Foodie Happenings

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.

jujube logoSpanish Wine Dinner with Laurence Vuelta at Jujube! 4/30, 7 pm, $47. Jujube’s wine dinners are my favorite in the area, and they are usually pretty affordable, which is always a plus for a food blogger like me. Charlie Deal, Jujube and Dos Perros’s chef/owner, hit some highlights of the wines and menu, describing it thusly, “When we sat down and started tasting through them [the wines], I thought it might be fun to put together a Spanish-inspired menu using Asian touches, which should be really fun for me to make and really tasty for you to eat. If I had to pick a star in the line-up, it would be the refined and effusive Terras Gauda Albarino. … Minerally, briny, but so lush and supple, all at once.  In honor of its Basque origin, we thought we’d serve it with a few pintxos, just like they might in Donastia. Well, they might if someone was working out of an Asian cupboard .Bookending the meal are a bright and lovely Cava from Gran Bach (paired with what I think is going to be an exquisite croqueta of local ham) and a friendly, yet regal Priorat, paired, as I think it should be with roasted lamb.”

Here’s the dinner menu:

JohnstonCounty country ham croqueta with Asian pear coulis
-Gran Bach Cava Brut NV

Pintxos platter of friend anchovy with almond-chile sauce
and radicchio-mizuna “ramo” with Chinese olive aioli
-Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia de San Campio 2012

Grilled quail with peanut sauce and cucumber salad
-Raimat Tempranillo 2008

Shiitakes a la Plancha
-Vina Zaca Rioja 2008

Roasted lamb with grilled onion-mixed grain salad, and yogurt sauce
-Scala dei Negre Priorat 2011

Reservations can be made at 919.960.0555.

taste carolinaTaste Carolina Tours Artisan Series! Next one is 4/30, 6 pm, $45. Taste Carolina is in the midst of a series of events focusing on local food producers, farmers, and chefs, and the next one is coming up on Tuesday! The series is intended as a package deal, but two events have already passed us by. The good news is that there are four more coming, and you can still buy package deals for the remaining ones if you’d like. Single event tickets go on sale the week of the event. This time around it’s Cackalacky Hot Sauce, Fullsteam Brewery, Pie Pushers, American Meltdown, and The Parlour: An Amalgamation. The event is described as follows, “Beer, hot sauce, food trucks, and ice cream? Perfect! Learn about these five local companies while enjoying food and drink. The evening will begin with a tour of Fullsteam’s Brewery and a beer tasting. Over dinner prepared by Pie Pushers, American Meltdown, and the Parlour (with off-the-menu items) and featuring Cackalacky products, we’ll talk with owners and operators of the businesses collaborating on this event. Arrive at Fullsteam at 6pm sharp. Dinner will take place inside the brewery.”

Upcoming events will focus on TOPO Distillery and the Crunkleton, several of Durham’s taquerias, and Two Chicks Farms and Panciuto. For tickets or more information, head here


Derby Day at Washington Duke! 5/4, 11:30 am to 12:00 am. Washington Duke is hosting a variety of events to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. They are having special brunch, tea, and dinner menus, and you can watch the race over three courses if you’d like. Most intriguing to me are the special cocktails of the day: Kentucky Derby: Mint Juleps, Belmont Stakes: Black-eyed Susan, and the Preakness Stakes: White Carnation. There’s also a Derby Day hat contest! Click on the image for the complete details. As the brochure describes it, “Join us for Derby Day at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’s Fairview Dining Room and Bull Durham Bar while watching the early show coverage, race and post show coverage on the big screens with winning Derby Day cocktail and food specials.”


straw valley


Straw Valley Cafe’s Farmers’ Market! Thursdays, 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Last week, Straw Valley Cafe started hosting a farmer’s market in the parking lot in front of their cafe and Once and Again. That means you should actually be able to see it from 15-501, which is helpful for this notoriously hard to find, but amazing once you get there, cafe. Who doesn’t want another option for fresh produce in the area? Straw Valley says, “Come by to help support your local businesses and farmers and grab a snack or drink from the cafe or bar!” Their Facebook page is the best place to get more info.


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