Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Durham Attractions

A friend recently came into town and in the process of brainstorming good spots, I realized the multitude of choices that now exist for the food and beverage enthusiast. Here at the tail end of 2015, with more construction and openings slated for 2016, I would like to set up a brief catalog of our favorite downtown establishments, incidentally none of which existed 5 years ago (save Bull Mccabes).  I was also reminded of this post made all the way back in 2013 when Durham really started to turn the heat up on new construction.

Bull City Burger
Pizzeria Toro
Bull Mccabes
Bar Lusconi
Atomic Fern
Surf Club
The Durham
Alley 26
Bar Virgile

Monday, December 14, 2015

Best of 2015

- Found Food Literature, Excerpt:  Proust

- Found Food Literature, Book: American Fried

- Foodie Magazine: Lucky Peach

- Insider Foodie Story: Marian Bull on Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (Lucky Peach, Issue 17)

- New NSB Pastry Item: Southern Coconut Cake

- Artisan Bakery: Boulted Bread

- Bar Menu: Criterion

- Anticipated Opening: Cocoa Cinnamon Dos

- Foodie Web Series: Munchies

- Beer for Refreshment: AVBC Blood Orange Gose

- Beer for Delight: Unibroue Blanche de Chambly

- Session Beer: Stone Go-to IPA

- Restaurant: Tower Indian Restaurant, Morrisville

- Comic Video of a Jewish Culinary Tradition: High Maintenance Seder

- Local Tee Shirt: DOOM DURM

- NSB In-House Pandora Station: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

*In Memoriam: As we close out 2015, we would be remiss not to recognize the passing of Mike Driver, owner of Speedeeque.  Mike had been a fixture in the Durham business community for decades and the printer of all of Ninth Street Bakery's package labeling.  Mike was a mensch and will be sorely missed.  Mike was an ardent motorcycle enthusiast and was able to attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally the Summer before he passed.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

In Which Case Bartleby and I Become Indistinguishable

He lives, then, on ginger-nuts, thought I; never eats a dinner, properly speaking; he must be a vegetarian then; but no; he never eats even vegetables, he eats nothing but ginger-nuts. My mind then ran on in reveries concerning the probable effects upon the human constitution of living entirely on ginger-nuts. Ginger-nuts are so called because they contain ginger as one of their peculiar constituents, and the final flavoring one. Now what was ginger? A hot, spicy thing. Was Bartleby hot and spicy? Not at all. Ginger, then, had no effect upon Bartleby. Probably he preferred it should have none.

-Herman Melville, "Bartleby, the Scrivener"