life list: baltimore orioles @ seattle mariners

4. Visit every MLB stadium. The Orioles are bad. The Mariners are bad. We saw two former first rounders pitch for two last place teams. Safeco Field is gorgeous. Seattle hot dogs are weird. Kyle Seager is still and always and belovedly a dope, and he hit a home run. We now own a Lou…

100 foods in 100 counties: carteret county

Carteret County – Beaufort – Beaufort Grocery Co.: Apple Granny Chicken Sandwich This was some of the best chicken salad I’ve ever eaten, creamy and full of dill and not overrun by celery. Sharp apples, good cheddar, excellent croissant. Would eat again. Frankly, would eat everything on the Beaufort Grocery Co. menu, so I have…

life list: thanksgiving dinner

48. Cook a full Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family (including a turkey in the oven). I had forgotten that this was on my life list until a few weeks ago, but damn if Trav and shep. and Clea and Erin and I didn’t cross it off like a boss yesterday. Recipes I made: Tangy…

100 foods in 100 counties: granville county

Cheese and sausage biscuit at Sunrise Biscuit in Oxford, crossing Granville County off the Our State 100 Foods list. The biscuit was fabulous and I would have eaten half a dozen plain.

the thing that ate my life: house photos

So some but not all of you know that right before Christmas, I closed on an amazing little townhouse in a cute neighborhood in Chapel Hill. And some but not all of you know that three weeks after that, during an incredibly unseasonable-even-for-January cold snap in the NC, I had two pipes burst in the…

concerts: bobby bare jr & cory branan

Wednesday night at the Cradle was a Bloodshot double shot, just like I like it — Bobby Bare, Jr, out in support of his fabulous Undefeated, and Cory Branan supporting, touring behind last year’s Mutt and next year’s new record? Regardless, a great night. Cory took requests and charmed everyone (although to be fair most of…

wilson, nc whirl-i-gig festival

Part of my life list: 63. Attend 10 North Carolina festivals. Wilson has an annual whirl-i-gig festival celebrating the work of Vollis Simpson, and the parentals and I stopped there yesterday. Mr. Simpson’s work is being restored by artists in Wilson and surroundings, and being installed in a park in downtown Wilson to preserve and…

life list: 100 foods in 100 counties

58. Eat at every restaurant in Our State magazine’s 100 Foods To Eat In North Carolina’s 100 Counties. Chatham County. Foie gras at Fearrington House Restaurant. I’m not super into goose liver, but the meal as a whole was the best I’ve ever eaten. Plus a bonus carved root vegetable from Halloween. Fearrington’s pumpkins were awesome.

life list: 100 foods, 100 counties

One off the 100 foods list … Hot Dipped Fried Chicken from Keaton’s Barbeque, in Cleveland, NC, Rowan County. I need to go back because I think the chicken suffered from a drive to Augusta, GA, in my trunk, which is not Keaton’s fault. But when they say hot, they mean hot. The spice is…