I'm sweet on...
Eating
The chicken panini at Toast. The spicy black bean burger and shaved ice sodas at King's Sandwich Shop. The grilled tuna melt at Parker & Otis. The perfect Cosmo and seafood risotto at Nana's. The famous BLTs at Merritt's Grill. The Thai Mussels and Fries at Kitchen. The "Nata's Chopped Salad" from my good friends at The Loop. The Cobb salad with grilled salmon at City Kitchen. The jalapeno hush puppies at Crook's Corner. The mountain of calamari atop spicy cabbage slaw at The Acme. The huevos rancheros w/ red beans and avocado at Watts Grocery Sunday Brunch!

 

Good People

My beautiful and talented mother Linda Kornberg at Minata. Every image in every photography project of my dear friend Lori Vrba. The unbelievably patient, kind, and talented tech genius, Neil Berman of TheONbutton. Pam Gutlon's dedication to the world of self taught artists at Outsiders Art and Collectibles. My girl Cheri Sterling, AKA, "The Hair Whisperer", at Atmosphair salon.The technicolor pooch portraits by Lisa Goldstein. The smell of ink and the beauty of real paper at Sarah Almond's Shed Letter Press. Rhonda Coleman's commitment to all things girl at Moss. The blow your doors off design talent of my not-so-local honey, Becki Griffin of Curious Details in Houston, Texas. Dana Lange's unwavering support for The Food Bank of North Carolina through her blog Less Dana, More Good!

Random Cool Places

Local Market Realty my workplace! The amazing sunflowers at the Carrboro Farmers' Market. Third Friday at Golden Belt. The warm feeling I get when I walk through the door of Flyleaf Books

Community

The helping hands behind organizations like, Porch and Table and the Inter-Faith Council. The incredible annual fund raising events to sponsor, The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, The Lineberger Cancer CenterSECU Family House, and Caring House

Local Honey

The sweetest finds in Durham and Chapel Hill NC
Thursday
Jun142012

Mmmmerritt's Grill!

People have been lining up for years at this Chapel Hill landmark. Merritt's Grill is famous for their BLT. You'll probably find Robin, the owner, greeting customers, replenishing the lemon-cucumber infused water, or adding fresh flowers to the galvanized buckets stationed by the register. Al can usually be found back in the postage stamp sized kitchen shouting out, "Single!","Double!" or "Add Avocado!" to the line cooks who calmly and quickly make magic happen amidst the chaos of the 12:00-2:00 non-stop lunch rush. This is a Chapel Hill must have if you find yourself in the neighborhood. I could eat here happily every day.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
May172012

Straw Valley Cafe

Ok. I've lived here my entire life. I've driven by Straw Valley on 15-501 a gazillion times. I never knew this tiny gem existed. Talk about the best kept secret! You won't believe it. The glass door leading you into the store front is just that, a front. What awaits you in back is nothing short of dreamy. Part coffee shop, part wine bar, part cyber schlounge-o-rama. Totally COOL.

 

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