Monthly Archives: January 2011

Goat Lady Dairy – Spring ’11 Dinner Schedule

The Goat Lady Dairy in Climax (Randolph County) just announced its Spring Dinner schedule for 2011.  I have heard a lot of great things about these dinners but I haven’t been able to make it out to one yet. You can find Goat Lady cheese at a variety of restaurants and specialty food shops throughout the Piedmont Triad. Using sustainable agriculture, Goat Lady Dairy works with nature to enrich rather than deplete the environment. They intentionally limit the size of their farm operation in order to maintain the personal quality of their products. They make approximately 250 poudns of handmade farmstead cheese each week.

Sadly, the founder and namesake of Goat Lady Dairy, Ginnie Tate, passed away in 2009 after battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease for three years. Her brother, Steve, along with his wife, Lee, and their sons, Nathan and Gareth, now run the farm and continue to put on the same events that Ginnie had when she was running the farm.

Goat Lady Dairy is located on 60 acres where they carefully hand craft cheeses from the combined herd of 50 Saanen, Nubian and Alpine dairy goats with the 60 dairy goats at Wilderness Trail Dairy also in Randolph County. The goat care and milking happens there and all the cheesemaking is done at Goat Lady. They also purchase organic cow milk from Lindale Organic Dairy to produce raw milk aged cheeses. Like a fine vintage wine from a small vineyard, all of their hand made cheeses have a special flavor with subtle qualities found only in local dairies.

Durham Farmers' Market


Today’s weather in Durham felt cialis canadian pharmacy like springtime instead of the end of January. The urge to get outside was strong so I headed buy cialis tabs downtown cialis buy canada to Central Park to see who was out and about at the farmers’ market and what was for sale. Noah from Fickle Creek Farm was there, standing in a sunbeam selling pork sausage and eggs. Scratch Baking was there with coffee and their cinnamon puffs. I bought arugula from Lyon Farms. Chef Marco Shaw from Piedmont was next to me checking out the frozen berries for sale. I picked up a couple of postcards from Bill Pope. (Durham Bull photos to send to a friend in Arles, France who has a thing for bulls– I plan to ask him to make dinner

for my

students and me in March when we are there!) There were radishes, sweet potatoes, turnips and turnip greens for sale. I talked to someone from Tiny Farms about the vegetable boxes. I am determined to try this in 2011. And to not let anything go to waste. It was a wonderful morning. I look forward to spring when many other vendors return, especially the MacAllers from Four Leaf Farm and Elodie Farm’s Dave Artigues and his goat cheese.
I missed Dolly Mama, too. I had hoped she would be there selling her hot chocolate. Maybe she is busy gearing up for Valentine’s Day?

It was a great morning!

REVIEW: Emma Key’s Flat Top Grill – Greensboro

A new burger joint has opened up in Greensboro near the intersection of Elam & Walker in Lindley Park which is  right down the street from UNC-Greensboro. The place is called Emma Key’s Flat Top Grill and it was opened by Emmett Morphis, a partner in Fincastle’s Diner in downtown Greensboro, and his wife, Lee. Emma Key’s is a lot like Fincastle’s but more focused on their burgers and milkshakes.

There are a few off-the-wall items on the menu like a cheese cube plate dusted with a Rendezvous (the famous rib joint in Memphis) dry rub and served with a Memphis-style barbeque sauce to dip or the Moo Moo Platter which is grilled cheddar, provolone & Swiss triangles served with warm marinara or the (coming soon) New Orleans Sno-balls which is shaved ice. I haven’t tried these but they just stood out to me as weird things to put on the menu. I have the feeling that they are good but I just don’t know if I could bring myself to order them.

I asked the guys at the counter for a recommendation and they said that the James Taylor (a Carolina classic burger: chili, slaw, mustard, onions) was a hit with people and the Lou Lou (the Columbia, SC burger staple: pimento cheese) was another favorite. I love both of their recommended styles but really was just in the mood for a regular cheeseburger without any crazy toppings so I just went with lettuce, tomato, mustard and ketchup. The ketchup was actually a special house-made Tabasco ketchup which had a nice kick.

Downtown Winston-Salem’s The Big Eat 2011

Raleigh and Durham aren’t the only cities in the state that are trying to get people to get off of their kitchen table and into a new restaurant in the area with the Triangle Restaurant Week right now.

Winston-Salem is currently in the middle of its own event called “The Big Eat” that is put on by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership. Every Tuesday from January 4th until February 22nd, participating downtown restaurants are inviting customers to come in and try their signature dish at 50% off so they can literally get a taste of all the various things that downtown Winston-Salem has to offer.

A few of the restaurants that are participating in “The Big Eat” are Mozelle’s Bistro (pan seared scallops for $11.50), Wen Hwa Asian Fusion (Singapore street noodles with shrimp and chick for $4.95) and Kernel Kustard (50% off their chicken vesuvio sandwiches)…but that is just to name a few.

Here is the list that I have found of participating restaurants:

– 6th & Vine
– Bayberry Bistro
– Bib’s Downtown
– Breakfast of Course, Mary’s Too!
– Brew Nerds
– Caffé Prada
– Chelsee’s Coffee Shop & More
– Christopher’s
– Downtown Thai
– Finnigan’s Wake
– Foothills Brewing
– Fourth St. Filling Station
– Hutch & Harris
– Kernel Kustard
– Mellow Mushroom
– Meridian
– Mooney’s Mediterranean Cafe
– Mozelle’s Bistro
– Noma Urban Bar & Grill
– Rana Loca
– Soup’s Orchid Vietnamese
– Screaming Rooster
– Sweet Potatoes… a restaurant
– Twin City Chop House
– Wen Hwa Asian Fusion
– Willow’s Bistro
– Wolfie’s Frozen Custard
– WS Prime- A Cafe

This is a pretty stout list of great restaurants in Winston-Salem. I’m definitely going to try to make it over to the Twin City to check out “The Big Eat” and do a review of one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Anyone have any recommendations?

Our State’s Guide to Breakfast in North Carolina

Credit: OurState.com

There are few things in this world that I love more than a good breakfast. I am not just talking about Waffle House’s All-Star Special or Denny’s Grand Slam even though I love both of those. I am talking about the family-owned places that North Carolinians just can’t get enough of. I have only tried one restaurant on Our State’s list but if the rest of the breakfast places are anything like Smith Street Diner and their massive biscuits and apple butter in Greensboro, you are in for a treat.

Our State has included a wide variety of places on their list including Capt’n Jim’s Seafood Restaurant in Sneads Ferry where you can fried flounder with fried eggs and grits and Ward’s Dairy Bar & Grill in Saluda (which just recently reopened) where you can try Ward’s legendary homemade sausage. I haven’t been to either of these but I have the feeling that all of these places will be on Eat It, North Carolina’s Restaurant To-Do List very soon!

OurState.com has put together a really cool interactive map of the breakfast places where you can see each the location of each restaurant in North Carolina . You can even download and print a PDF of a checklist of all of the restaurants that they recommend that includes addresses and dishes not to miss.

My only issue with this checklist is that I wish that Our State had put in a section about which of these places serve breakfast all-day long or what hours that they serve it. Make sure that you call ahead and get that information because there is nothing worse than going to a restaurant for breakfast when you really, really want it only to be told that they are no longer serving it and you can only order from the  lunch menu.

Make sure that you pick up the January 2011 issue of Our State Magazine as a travel companion so you can salivate over what you are about to eat as you travel around the state to these places!

REVIEW: Vin Rouge steak-frites – Durham

<p style=”text-align: left;”>Saturday night I went to <a href=”http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com/” target=”_blank”>Vin Rouge French Bistro</a> to specifically try the steak-frites. I just had an amazing experience in Paris with steak frites at the Café du Commerce and I wanted to see how Durham’s offerings stacked up against the Parisians.

I ordered hangar steak with bleu cheese butter.

It was absolutely delicious.

I eat my steak rare (as everyone should!!) and it was perfectly cooked.

I couldn’t finish it (I had ordered the porc rillette for an appetizer because I have tasted Chef Matt Kelly’s rillette before and couldn’t help myself) and the leftovers were as good the next day for lunch. I only wish that I’d had some more frites…

I ordered a carafe of <a href=”http://louisdressner.com/Texier/” target=”_blank”>Éric Texier 2008 Côtes du Rhône</a> red and was very happy with that choice, too. When you are in the mood for excellent steak and hot crunchy fries, head over to Vin Rouge on Hillsborough Road! You won’t be sorry.</p>
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Saturday night I went to Vin Rouge French Bistro to specifically try the steak-frites. I just had an amazing experience in Paris with steak frites at the Café du Commerce and I wanted to see how Durham’s offerings stacked up against the Parisians. I ordered hangar steak with bleu cheese butter. It was absolutely delicious. I eat my steak rare (as everyone should!!) and it was perfectly cooked. I couldn’t finish it (I had ordered the porc rillette for an appetizer because I have tasted Chef Matt Kelly’s rillette before and couldn’t help myself) and the leftovers were as good the next day for lunch. I only wish that I’d had some more frites… I ordered a carafe of Éric Texier 2008 Côtes du Rhône red and was very happy with that choice, too. When you are in the mood for excellent steak and hot crunchy fries, head over to Vin Rouge on Hillsborough Road! You won’t be sorry.



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