Category Archives: Favorite destinations

Kel’s Café on Hiatus (plus eating and drinking our way through Europe)

Hello Dear Readers, I just wanted to let you know that Kel’s Café will be on hiatus until early 2020. I recently had shoulder surgery and need to take off a couple of months to fully heal before getting back … Continue reading

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It’s the Final Final Four: Get Your Tickets Now!

No, I’m not talking about hoops, but instead the just as exciting last two nights of The Got to Be NC Competition Series. Competing in tomorrow night’s battle are the Sedgefield Culinary Crushers, winner of the Greensboro teams, and Team … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Chef Christopher Hill, Faire Restaurant, Raleigh, NC

  As part of the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, Triangle 2015, I had the pleasure to interview the talented chefs from the four Raleigh restaurants participating in this year’s competition and learn more about their culinary experience, … Continue reading

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Introducing The Cake Lady: Four Questions Answered

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Jenny Albright, aka The Cake Lady (www.facebook.com/TheCakeLadyNC) and asking her about her business and her delicious cake creations. Jenny and I briefly worked together earlier … Continue reading

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Fun, Fun, Fun at Food Lion’s Frugal Cook-off! (Plus a Major Giveaway!)

  $15.00 to spend. 20 minutes to plan and shop. 45 minutes to cook. Oh yeah, and one secret ingredient. Those were the contestant guidelines at the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off, which was held last week in Raleigh, N.C. To … Continue reading

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Fired Up About Fire in the Triangle

  I had the great fortune to be a media judge this week at the Fire in the Triangle Competition Dining Series quarterfinal battle (lucky, lucky, lucky me!) If you’re not familiar with this Iron Chef-style competition, it is part … Continue reading

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Whisk Me Away to Whisk

*Note – Unfortunately, Whisk is no longer open. I wish Dan and Diane all of the best! If you haven’t been to Whisk yet, put down whatever you are doing and go. What a wonderful, wonderful kitchen store and more. And … Continue reading

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Jazz, Jambalaya and a Jolly Good Parade: Fun in the French Quarter

Brad and I recently went to New Orleans to catch the 30th Annual French Quarter Music Festival. This was Brad’s first visit to NOLA. I attended a conference here last year while the festival was going on and thought Brad … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Oyster “Rockefeller” Stew

“He was a bold man who first ate an oyster”  ~ Johnathan Swift My ex mother-in-law is a wonderful country cook. Her fried chicken is the best I’ve ever had, period. Geraldine also makes what she calls Oyster Stew. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Food Lovers’ Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon the “Food Lovers’ Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill” (Globe Pequot Press, c2012) by Johanna Kramer. I am so thrilled that I did — what a great guide to some of … Continue reading

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