Best Pizza in the Triangle?

I obviously still have a lot of places to try (see below), but here are my thoughts on some of the places I have been to.  What are your favorites?  What other places do I need to try?

1.        Bella Mia

2.       Pizzeria Toro

3.       Salvio’s

4.        Lilly’s

5.        Klausie’s

6.        Bocci

7.        Brixx

8.        Fuhgeddaboutit

9.        Maximillian’s Pizza Kitchen

10.        Moonlight Pizza

11.        Pop’s Backdoor South

12.        Cinelli’s

13.        Z Pizza

Still to try: Al Dente, Pie Pushers, Randy’s, Pizza Italia, Schiano’s, Vivace, Marilyn’s, Piola, Rosati’s, IP3, Capital Creations, Paparazzi

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

Coming up this September 17-18 is the 6th annual Eastern Triangle farm tour.  This year’s tour promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring 25 sustainable farms in Durham, Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Granville and Person
counties.

The event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market.  Advance tickets are $25 per carload or cycle group. Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm and can be used to visit all of the farms on the tour. Day-of tickets are $30 or $10 per farm.

Highlights of this year’s tour include:

  • The terraced fields of the small family farm of Wild Scallions have mixed production of heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as pasture-raised chickens and goats.  Also, see their native bees and worm castings operation.  Contact: Matt & Renee Clayton, 336-364-4169. (North Durham)
  • The beautiful rolling hills of Hundred Acre Wood showcase a solar home, sawmill and restored log barn with a variety of small-scale livestock and market garden. Contact: Jim & Cathy Dykes, 336-364-2972. (North Durham)
  • Free-range chickens, heritage turkeys, organic produce and flower operation at Meadowbright Farm. Contact: Sheryl & Ed Munt, 919-559-8924. (Franklin County)
  • Grass-fed cattle and pastured poultry at Lucky 3 Farm are used by local specialty butchers to produce delicious meats.  Contact: Traci & Calvin Nachtrab, 919-853-6304. (Franklin County)
  • Local expert Bob Davis will be available in Durham and Raleigh to field questions about caring for chickens in the city.  His workshops will be at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm on Saturday and the SEEDS Garden on Sunday.

Tour-goers can use the maps available through our website or in the tour booklet to determine which farms to visit and find their way. Tour goers are encouraged to bring a cooler. There will be lots of fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, and other products for sale at the farms.

For more information and tickets, go to www.carolinafarmstewards.org.

Best Burger in the Triangle?

photo courtesy of flickr

Keeping up the burger theme for one more post – what’s your favorite area burger experience?  Here is my totally subjective list, in order of places that I would go back to for a burger.  In other words, although I’ve used the merits of the burger itself as the main criteria, other factors like sides (esp. fries), price, and ambience have also influenced my decisions.  And yes, Five Guys is a nation-wide (?) chain, but I rather enjoy it.

  1. Chuck’s
  2. Bull City Burger & Brewery
  3. Only Burger
  4. Tie: The Federal / Raleigh Times
  5. Five Guys
  6. Tribeca Tavern
  7. MoJoe’s
  8. CookOut
  9. Geer St. Garden
  10. Chargrill
  11. Player’s Retreat
  12. Barry’s Cafe

Admittedly, there are many places I’ve yet to try: Dain’s Place, Wimpy’s, Buns, Porter’s Tavern, King’s Sandwich Shop, Abbey Rd. Grill, Corner Tavern & Grill, Blue Note Grill

Where do you get your burger fix in the Triangle?

 

Triangle Blogger Bake Sale

On May 14 2011 from 10am-12pm, Johanna Kramer of Durhamfoodie Blog and Matt Lardie of Green Eats Blog will host the Triangle’s first ever food blogger bake sale to benefit Share our Strength. As part of the Great American Bake Sale, the Food Blogger Bake Sale will support Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

The Food Blogger Bake Sale will unite 20 of the Triangle’s food bloggers. Each participant will bake a savory or sweet dish that will be for sale to the public from 10am-12pm on May 14, 2011. Community members can purchase tickets and then exchange those tickets for baked goods. One ticket is $3 or four tickets for $10, with each ticket good for one baked item.

The event will be held at The Art Market at Vega Metals, adjacent to the Durham Farmer’s Market.  I’m excited to be participating.  Right now I’m planning to make a raspberry buttermilk cake and some brown-butter toffee blondies.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page here.  I Hope to see you there!

Piedmont Farm Tour

This Saturday and Sunday is the 16th annual piedmont farm tour – billed as “America’s largest farm tour”.  It’s a great way to learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm & food scene.  You’ll get to meet local farmers & tour their farms!

With 6 new farms and 40 farms in all, the 2011 Piedmont Farm Tour has something for everyone! We are pleased to add to the tour this year, beautiful Lindale Organic Dairy, a 5th generation farm, an exciting new permaculture-style farm up in Hillsborough  –  Ever Laughter Farm, and Cozi Farm, which is raising animals near downtown Saxapahaw!  And, Suki Roth will be opening up her Herb Haven!  These farms, plus lots of your favorites, will make a great tour!

Load up a car with your friends and family , choose the farms on the map you’d like to visit and get out in the countryside! The tour is self-guided and farms and sites are located throughout the Triangle in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Person counties.. Visit any farm in any order. And, don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can take home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms!

Advance tickets are $25/car.  On the days of the tour, tickets will be $30.  The farms will be open from 1pm – 5pm each day.  For more information, maps, and tickets, visit http://carolinafarmstewards.org/pft2011.shtml

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

Wouldn’t it be cool to have your own food guide – to help you find the best taqueria, for example, or barbecue, or local cheese?  Wouldn’t it also be cool to chat with the chefs who make the local dining scene so exciting – to learn more about their menus, sources, and secrets?  To spend an afternoon with someone with the knowledge and connections to introduce you to the best of the best in local food?

This is all possible through a great new company called Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.  Joe Philippose and Lesley Starcks founded the company with the idea to take people behind the scenes, to find the hidden gems and local favorites, and, simply, to eat the best food that North Carolina has to offer.

The company offers walking tours of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, in addition to myriad other possibilities.  Venture out with Joe and Lesley for tapas hour, for example, or on a tour of the area’s best taquerias, or create your own customized tour in consultation with Taste Carolina.  Tours run during the week and on the weekends and generally cost $30-$40/person.

My wife and I recently joined the “Durham Taqueria Caravan”, which took us to four of Durham’s best authentic Mexican spots.  Over the course of a few hours, we feasted on outrageous enchiladas mole and the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had, tacos with countless fillings, sweet Horchata (rice milk drink with sugar and cinnamon), marvelous fried quesadillas and aguas frescas, and topped it off with a round of Mexican desserts.  By the end, I was completely stuffed, and I loved it.

Check it out at:

http://www.tastecarolina.net