Monthly Archives: August 2010

LINK:’s Pulled Chicken & Avocado Sandwich

This sandwich is a shining example of someone using their leftovers to make something that looks and probably tastes better than the original dish. Vienna at threw this tasty little sammie together and it looks like the perfect combination of spicy and cool with the avocado and the Kansas City-style barbecue sauce. God…I want one of these right now.

Click here for the Pulled Chicken & Avocado Sandwich Recipe

Restaurant Week in Raleigh-wood

Restaurant Week and all of the fixed price menus are hitting downtown Raleigh this week. If you have been looking for an excuse to get out and eat food at fancy places for cheap like The Duck & The Dumpling or bu ku or 42nd Street Oyster Bar,  this is it.

If you can contain yourself from dropping a lot of money on alcohol, Restaurant Week can be a pretty cheap way to eat some tasty food that you would normally be paying an arm and a leg for.

Here are the offerings from these three restaurants this week. Check out the PDFs for more detail on each dish because they didn’t get too inventive on the names.

$20 Fixed Menu

First Course: The Duck’s Dumpling Sampler OR Lettuce Wraps OR Satika Joes

Second Course: Red Curry Chicken OR “Drunken” Noodles OR Pad Thai with Shrimp OR Classic Sesame Chicken OR Eggplant & Pork Wok Saute

Third Course: Thai Pineapple Float OR Molten Lava Cake

$30 Fixed Menu

First Course: The Duck’s Dumpling Sampler OR Seared Scallop Salad OR Grilled Beef Satay

Second Course: Bangkok Duck OR Massaman Filet OR South Sea Crab Curry

Third Course: Sweet Potato Bread Pudding OR Peach Cobbler

$30 Fixed Menu

First Course: Chef’s Selection Soup of the Day OR Green Papaya Salad OR Sweet Corn & Crab Tamales

Second Course: Charred Sirloin Pho OR Black Truffle Roasted Ashley Farms Chicken OR Pan-Seared, Wild Sitka Bay Sockeye Salmon

Third Course: Trio of House-Made Sorbets OR Local Honey Shortcake, Mixed Berry Compote,House-made Cinnamon Ice Cream

$30 Fixed Menu

First Course: Buffalo Shrimp OR Blackened Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Second Course: Seared Mahi-Mahi OR Lobster Raviolis

Third Course: Key Lime Pie OR French Silk Pie OR Apple Pie OR Pecan Pie

First Course – Choice of:

The Duck’s Dumpling Sampler

One each of our house-made potstickers

Lettuce Wraps

Peppers, chicken and water chestnuts with crunchy rice noodles and bibb lettuce

Satika Joes

Tamarind–spiced ground pork, brioche rolls and spicy slaw … The Duck’s Thai version of the American classic

Second Course – Choice of:

Red Curry Chicken

Zesty red curry, tender chicken, coconut, and mixed vegetables

“Drunken” Noodles

Flat noodles and beef cutlet, basil, egg and mixed vegetables

Pad Thai with Shrimp

Rice noodles with shrimp, sprouts, egg, peppers & onions, candied peanut and lime

Classic Sesame Chicken

Battered chicken in a specially seasoned sesame glaze with fresh broccoli

Eggplant & Pork Wok Saute Pork loin and eggplant with water chestnuts and peppers

Third Course – Choice of:

Thai Pineapple Float

With coconut rum sorbet

Molten Lava Cake

With ginger ice cream

REVIEW: La Vaca Ramona – Greensboro

La Vaca Ramona is as authentic as you are going to get in Greensboro and it offers about everything that you would need on a casual trip to the store. It is a supermercado (an idiom – supermarket) with a panaderia (bakery), carniceria (deli/butcher shop) and taqueria (taco stand).

The taqueria portion of the restaurant is extremely clean and there are about six picnic tables inside for customers to eat on.

Review: Basil’s & Co. – Greensboro

Basil’s & Co. is a bistro, wine bar and dessertery in Greensboro that is an upscale version of its sister restaurant, Sweet Basil’s, which is also in Greensboro. The bistro is tucked away in a recently renovated space on Westover Terrace only a few minutes from downtown. Basil’s & Co.’s sign beams across the parking lot to Westover Terrace so it is hard to miss after the sun goes down.

A few weeks ago, I made my first venture out to either of the Basil restaurants with Will, AK, Emma and Powell late on a Friday night. We decided that we wanted an upscale, late dinner and Emma recommended that we try Basil’s & Co. because she had eaten Sweet Basil’s before and heard great things about it’s sister restaurant.

Everyone but me ordered the Sweet Basil’s Signature martini before dinner. It is a citrus vodka infused with lime & basil dotted with a hint of grapefruit juice. I am usually not prone to drop $10 on a single drink so I stuck with one of Stone Brewing Co.’s Arrogant Bastard Ales but gave the martini a taste test and would definitely consider ordering it the next time I go.

LINK:’s Thai Green Mango Salad

I follow on Facebook (and you should, too!) and this little recipe popped up in my News Feed a few minutes ago. Salads are not my go-to meal but this little guy looks awesome especially if you go heavy on the cilantro.

Click here for the recipe from

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