Thursday, May 28, 2015

Exploring the Triangle....Dame's Chicken and Waffles Durham NC

Durham has changed over the years since I moved to the area in 1991.  There are many new and interesting restaurants, and other venues, that I have heard about but not explored, at least not yet.  I have decided to make an attempt to explore the many interesting places in Durham and the surrounding area.  My friend Cindy and I decided to start with Dame's Chicken and Waffles.  Unique flavor combination.  I had heard rave reviews.  Everyone that has mentioned this restaurant said you need a reservation because the line is out the door for those who show up without one.  So, we made reservations and off we went.....

We got there a bit early and yes the line was out the door.  The reservation got us in quickly and we decided to sit at the bar.
Here is a quote from their website...
"Dame’s is where crispy, Southern fried perfection meets deliciously sweet European decadence. Dame’s pairings are world-class, comfort food combinations meant to fulfill your appetite’s and heart’s desires. From “first-timers” to “barnyard veterans”, Dame’s Almost World Famous Chicken & Waffle inspirations are truly palette pleasing pairings that offer something special for all comers. We hope you enjoy every morsel. But be careful, these dishes are truly, smack yo’ Mama good!"

We decided to start the evening with a drink.  Cindy and I both ordered what I call a tropical drink.  I don't remember the name of it but it was fruity and delicious.
Bar area.  I like the chicken at the top of the photo:-)
What to order?  I had studied the menu before we arrived and decided to go with the...

Orange Speckled Chabo

"A “Rare Breed” A chicken cutlet, a Sweet Potato waffle, drizzled w/ Honey Dijon, Orange-Honeycomb shmear"
What is a shmear you ask....Here is their description...
"Dame’s soon to be, Almost World Famous “Shmears” are made of sweet crème butters that have been delicately whipped with the freshest natural ingredients available.
Well there it is.  Chicken and Waffles, a combination I never would have thought of.  It works.  Really yummy.  The waffle was a sweet potato waffle that was just melt in your mouth good.  The chicken was moist and yummy.  You can see the drizzle in the top left corner.  The shmear I did not get in the photo.  It is a smooth flavored butter that I really enjoyed.  

A friend of mine has been to Dame's several times.  She said her favorite thing is the Shrimp and Grits.  With that in mind I ordered a side of grits.  The grits were smooth and delicious.  
As you can see I enjoyed my meal.  Took my leftovers home to enjoy at another sitting.
We had a great time at Dame's Chicken and Waffles.  If you find yourself in Durham I suggest you give them a try.  Nice people and great food.  Don't forget to make a reservation.
Happy eating and exploring.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dream Vacation...Talloires France....The French Alps

It is a beautiful day here in NC.  The sun is shinning, the humidity low and I am sitting on my back porch working on my book and dreaming of travel.  If I could hop on a plane right now where would I go?   I think I would go to the French Alps.  Why?  I would love to see the Alps,  I have never been to Europe, and since money is no object on my dream vacations I decided to pretend to go:-) (All photos are found online on tourism sites or pinterest)
So I am headed Talloires France.  Here is what I learned on a travel site called Talloires tourism & sightseeing....
"Talloires is a beautiful village on the shores of Lake Annecy.  Lake Annecy is a stunning lake surrounded by mountains and its edges are dotted with attractive villages the best of which is Talloires."

I am going to pretend to leave in July and stay for 7 nights.  Lets check out the flights.  Flights start at around $1500 - $2000.  Just the flight!!!  Oh thats right money is no object:-)

For my hotel I have selected Auberge Du Pere Bise.  Here is a note from their site...
"Welcome to our hundred-year-old inn very well-located between the Annecy Lake and French Alps"

(Not sure what this is but it looks interesting:-) 
(Not sure what this is either but I somehow know I would like it:-)
Activities I found listed on the travel site
 "..water based sports including: stand up paddling (this has come from Hawaii and is becoming quite popular in France), waterskiing and wakeboarding, diving (Lake Annecy is one of the cleanest lakes in Europe and so visibility is excellent) and  Talloires has a beach with a life-guard if you fancy a swim.You can also go canyoning or paragliding in the area around Talloires." Something else that may be fun....canyoning or paragliding.
While I am in the area I will visit The Castle of Menthon Saint Bernard.  I have always been intrigued by castles. 

I better go get packed.
Happy Travels Everyone, be they real or pretend.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Restaurant Review Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville NC

I spent some time in Asheville last weekend with a group of new friends.  Although we did not stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn we did visit.  Beautiful!!   They have several dinning options, I chose the Sunset Terrace. Below is a quote from their site....
"The Sunset Terrace features the finest hand cut steaks, premiere chops and fresh seafood. Partnering with local farmers, our chefs and staff are committed to providing you with a truly memorable Asheville dining experience with an incomparable view of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
The restaurant is to the left just behind the umbrellas. 
View from the table.  You can see the city of Asheville.
I studied the lunch menu.  I wanted to try everything but decided on lobster cobb salad.

Lobster Cobb Salad
lobster / applewood smoked bacon / eggs tomatoes / blue cheese / cucumbers basil-buttermilk ranch dressing $23 
I have to give this salad a 10/10.  I expected small pieces of lobster.  I am glad I was wrong.
I would go back just for this salad.
If you are in the Asheville area I suggest you give the Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn a try.  The service was great, the view beautiful, the ambience was rustic elegance, and the food amazing.
Get out and try a new restaurant.  I suggest the Sunset Terrace in Asheville NC