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Swapping Dresses and Hand Pies at Ninth Street Bakery

I first met Ari Berenbaum at the Durham’s  Farmer’s Market at Central Park probably about a year ago. I was heading back to my car from shopping at the market and gorging myself ...


My Grandmother’s Kitchen: Egg Custard

As my grandmother stood in her small kitchen with one elbow casually leaning on the counter and her left hand gripping an old Sunbeam mixer, she talked about how much ...

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Cuban Soul in the Heart of Durham: Old Havana Sandwich Shop

 A little while back I finally had a chance to meet and chat with the man behind the highly regarded, Old Havana Sandwich Shop. Cuban native and Durham resident, Roberto ...


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Kris and Marje’s Banana Bread

Originally posted on La Buena Vida:
It’s good to be back in Connecticut, ...
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Happy First Birthday Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop

I was honored to be a small part of Justin and Katie’s ...

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Dubai – The Las Vegas of the Middle East

Originally posted on La Buena Vida:
My last meal in Dubai at Trader Vic’s It been over three weeks since I left the metropolis in the desert that had its beginnings as a small fishing village on the shores of the Persian Gulf. I look back at the pictures of all the things I tried to stuff into…

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Carolina Raised Pork Bellies Meet Momofuku

Adapted from the Momofuku Cookbook by David Chang After a photo shoot at Yellow Wolf Farm, owner Stacy Martin sent me home with a cooler full meat that included some tasty pork bellies. Although I had eaten and drooled over them many times, I had never actually prepared it myself. For advice, I went to the all-knowing oracle “Google,” […]

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One Last Muffaletta and Stroll Down Royale Street

Saturday morning while many people were making their way into New Orleans for the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival we were looking to beat the crowds and make our way out of town after having a great Friday at Jazzfest. Over the last three days we absorbed as much New […]

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New Orleans Jazzfest 2014

We woke up on our third day in New Orleans ready for the main event, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. We packed up the backpack that would not only carry our 18 month old, high maintenance hitch hiker, but also all of the things we would need to get him through a full […]

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Empire State South – Modern Approach / Southern Cuisine

On a lay-over and missed flight earlier this month I finally had a chance to see a little more of Atlanta than its massive airport that I transit through every 28 days. I have always been impressed with the food at Hartsfield-Jackson International and so I was excited about the opportunity to take the MARTA train downtown to see […]

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Picadilla Burger and Tostones

Originally posted on La Buena Vida:
“Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines (where it is known as giniling) that is similar to hash. It is made with ground meat (usually beef), tomatoes (tomato sauce may be used as a substitute), and other ingredients that vary by region.” My…

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Fresh Ground Burgers at Home

1. Visit your local butcher for quality meat. Justin Meddis of Rose’s Meats Market & Sweet Shop recommends a chuck & brisket fat mix. 2. Cut meat into 1” cubes & freeze for 30-45 minutes. This will keep the grinder from getting stopped up. Add seasoning or herbs if you like, but hold off on the salt […]

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Entertained from Royale Street to Louis Armtrong Park: Jazzfest Day 2

The following is part two of a series. Please click here to view part one.   On our 1st full day in the big easy we fully immersed ourselves in the four things that draw us south to New Orleans a few times a year, food, drink, history & music. Royale Street has quickly become […]

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Muffalettas and Music – New Orleans Day 1

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Happy Mother’s Day

The mother and daughter above are rare Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs raised on Yellow Wolf Farm in Walkersville, NC by Stacy Martin. The mom, Ginny is 700 lbs at 3 years old and the piglet is a 1 month old female, tipping the scale about 10 lbs. They are a rare breed with about 400 in all of the USA. They are […]

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