life list: edition outer banks stuff

101. Visit every US National Seashore. (Cape Hatteras National Seashore) 26. Take a photo of sunrise at every individually-named beach in North Carolina. (Frisco, NC) Two for the list! We had glorious sunrises every morning. The clouds made them unreal. I don’t post much these days but I am still working on the life list.

100 foods in 100 counties: scotland county

Scotland County – Laurel Hill: Mamie’s Drive Inn: Burger and Fries Stop at Mamie’s Drive Inn for the atmosphere and the chili! This is a fantastic little road side dive – in the best way – on US 15 near the SC border.

hot dogs everywhere: doss’ old fashioned ice cream

Where: Doss’ Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Kernersville, NC What: 2 chili cheese slaw dogs With whom: Trav Why: there was a botanical garden down the street Grade: B/B+. Buns toasted in grease, excellent chili, traditional red NC hot dogs. Good, not exceptional.

hot dogs everywhere: bob’s dogs, oak island nc

Where: Bob’s Dogs, Oak Island, NC What: a Chili Cheese Dog, and a Gator Dog, and an Oak Island Burger With whom: my Mom Why: there was a lighthouse I wanted to take pictures of. Grade: A. Good chili, real shredded cheese, excellent shoestring fries, amazing homemade lemonade.

that’s what the torch committee’s for

Justin at says the first post of the year should be thus, and so it is. 1. tales of new year’s festivities Spaghetti and meatballs, good wine, football, bad kitten cuddles, bed well before midnight, the end. 2. accounting for some unfinished business when did being a decent human being become political 3. envisioning…

explore your state: asheville in december

Because of how the holidays fell this year, Trav and I were unable to spend the actual week of Christmas with either of our families; instead, we’re seeing my folks in a few weeks here in Chapel Hill, and this past weekend, we met his parents in Asheville, for a long weekend centered around Christmas…

100 foods in 100 counties: buncombe county

Buncombe County – Asheville – 12 Bones Smokehouse: Baby Back Ribs Another entry for my 100 foods in 100 counties project! The fact is, I am not a Ribs Person. Generally I find them too much work for too little payout. That is not the fact at 12 Bones Smokehouse. They are well worth the…

christmas mix: something to hope for

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years CDs, and finally, in the digital age, many years of downloadable zip files and now the last four years have been…

album review: micah schnabel – the teenage years of the 21st century

Micah Schnabel – The Teenage Years of the 21st Century. Out now, available here. There’s plenty of evidence here on this site how I feel about Micah Schnabel, longtime frontman for Two Cow Garage and solo singer-songwriter, even if I haven’t been great about writing about his records in the last couple of years. It’s…

hot dogs everywhere: buns ‘n’ brews (columbus, oh)

Where: Buns ‘N’ Brews, Columbus, OH What: the Texan: chili and cheddar cheese on a pretzel bun With whom: Trav Why: for Project Heartburn, recommended by John Grade: A. Great dog – and they take a picture of YOU taking your first bite, which delighted me – and excellent beer selection. Also good company, as…