Monthly Archives: October 2010

REVIEW: String & Splinter – High Point

The String & Splinter is the city club in High Point, located right in the heart of of the furniture capital of the world. The club’s name derives from the two industries, textiles and furniture, that were such an integral part of the development of High Point. The String & Splinter focuses on fine dining with extraordinary service with a touch of Southern hospitality.

City clubs have long been a part of the upper-middle class culture dating back to 18th century London and the coffeehouses of that time. The idea of the city club (formerly known as a gentlemen’s club until strip clubs took over that moniker) came across the Atlantic with the American settlers looking for a new place to call home. In recent years, city clubs and country clubs have had trouble bringing in the younger generation but the String & Splinter is appealing to the foodies in today’s business world and should no doubt attract new members.

Growing up in High Point, the String & Splinter was the place that my family took us on special occasions like Easter lunch and birthdays to get everyone together for a nice meal. As a kid, I knew the food was good but I don’t think I knew how good it actually was. Looking back on it, I regret those times that I went through the kid’s buffet line snagging chicken finger and french fries when I could have been eating the really good stuff.

REVIEW: Bordeaux Drug Co. – Fayetteville

A few weeks ago, I made a trip down to Fayetteville to attend the wedding of two of my great college friends, Rebecca & Tyler. It was a beautiful Friday night wedding and there was an incredible reception afterward with a little more drinking than dancing on my part.

I woke up craving a good ol’ greasy spoon to help comfort me after celebrating a little too much the night before. I pulled up the Urbanspoon app on my phone only to be disappointed by the amount of the chain restaurants that Urbanspoon displayed. I went to their website and finally found Urbanspoon’s Top 100 List for Fayetteville. This was a little more settling because only two (BW3’s & Carrabba’s) of the Top 10 restaurants were national chains and the great Mexican restaurant (Mi Casita) that I had tried earlier that year was ranked #10.

I had a little bit of trouble picking out a restaurant off of the Urbanspoon list because I really wanted some good food and didn’t want to go out on a limb for my only meal in Fayetteville. I decided to call up a great college friend and the brother to the bride, T-Wood, who I knew wouldn’t steer me wrong. He was headed up to a different restaurant to watch the NCSU/Georgia Tech game with some friends but he told me to hit up Bordeaux Drug Co. if I wanted an awesome cheeseburger and fries. He said that he had to go there every time that he came back to Fayetteville to get his fix so I jumped in the car with my friend, Pendergraft, and headed up there.

LINK: TinyTestKitchen.com’s Vanilla Extract Recipe

If you bake a lot, homemade vanilla extract can save you bundles. Personally, I don’t bake a lot but I do use vanilla extract regularly in my french toast recipe and in a variety of stuff that I throw together at home.

Thisrecipe also gives you a reason to stop by the ABC store and try an Alton Brown-like experiment in the kitchen. Sure, it may take a few months to get the final product but its well worth it. Thanks to Vienna over at TinyTestKitchen.com for posting about this on her website!

TinyTestKitchen.com’s Vanilla Extract Recipe

REVIEW: Iron Hen – Greensboro

The Iron Hen Cafe is a quaint little cafe and coffee shop in Greensboro that has only been around for a few months but has already earned its way into the hearts and stomachs of many of the locals through good local food and an inviting atmosphere. I have heard their brunch is amazing but have yet to make it there to try their Peanut Butter Banana French Toast. It’s on my restaurant to-do list right now.

It is located off of Wendover Avenue on Cridland Avenue just on the outskirts of the historic Fisher Park neighborhood and across the street from Latham Park. The location is very easy to get to but parking can be an issue at busy times of the day.

I made my first trip over to the Iron Hen about three weeks ago with my brother (Will), his girlfriend (AK) and my aunt (Susan) who was in town from Florida for a Wake Forest University class reunion. We arrived at the Iron Hen around 1:15 p.m. and it was slammed. We had to park across the street near some office buildings because the Iron Hen’s lot was full and the wait a few minutes before a table big enough for the four of us was clear.  It was well worth the wait.

LINK: Mod Meals on Mendenhall’s Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Pancetta & Fried Capers

I just saw that Cecelia over at Mod Meals on Mendenhall posted this delicious picture and recipe for a  pork tenderloin with pancetta and fried capers and thought I would share it. Her inspiration for this dish came from her recent visit to the Goat Lady Dairy Farm over in Climax, NC which she has done a series of posts about.

Here is the meal that Cecelia made the other night including this beautiful tenderloin:

  • Camembert & Simple Kneads Baguette (from her baking bootcamp)
  • Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Pancetta and Fried Capers
  • Giant Butternut Squash Tortellini with Brown Butter and Fried Capers
  • Light Arugula and Lemon Salad.

Also, congratulations to Cecelia for winning GoTriad’s 2010 Readers Choice Award for Best Local Blogger. If you don’t read it yet, you should start!

Click here for the recipe over on Mod Meals

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