Sunday, August 30, 2015

Restaurant Adventures....The Pit, Authentic Barbecue.

It's the weekend.  A good time to seek out new advnetures in downtown Durham.  This time Cindy and I decided to check out The Pit.  

(The logo from their site)

I like this quote I found on their web page.

Gone to a ‘barbicue.’ Back in three days.
~ diary entry by George Washington~

(Cindy and I should have stayed longer according to George.  We only stayed a few hours.
I wonder if that is a good excuse to miss work?  I may try that:-)
(The outside, photo from their site....)
Our adventures and my photos start here with some quotes from their website in red...
"Our dedicated pitmasters then cook the pigs  around the clock to bring you 
the best barbecue you’ll find in these parts."
"You’ll get a fine dose of Southern hospitality when you walk through the 
doors of our beautifully restored warehouse-now-restaurant."
We arrived a bit early and were greeted by a friendly staff.  They said it would be fine if we went to the bar.  They did not have to tell us we went.
(Lovely Bar, Lots of Bottles:-)
 My choice of beverage...Hard Apple Cider
 Cindy's choice was The Bull City CiderWorks Sweet Carolina
 I took a sip, very good.  I am not a beer person, but I sure do like the hard ciders.  
I can just pretend I am drinking beer:-)
Everyone gets hush puppies and biscuits.
Which are delicious.
"At The Pit, we proudly carry on the tradition of wood-fired, free-range, 
vinegar-based, whole-hog Eastern North Carolina barbecue. " 
I decided to get the combo so I would have leftovers.
I love leftovers.
Fried Chicken
Chopped Pork
Mac and Cheese
 "..the hogs meet Animal Welfare Approved standards, guaranteeing the natural behavior of each animal. That means the hogs are raised outdoors and without the use of antibiotics, growth promotants, or animal byproducts

We enjoyed a delicious meal at The Pit.  I enjoyed the barbecue.  They have 3 types of sauce at the table for you to try.  I used them all.  The mac and cheese was a 10.  I enjoyed the chicken the next day and it was moist and tasty.
If you are hungry and find yourself in Durham NC.  I suggest you check out The Pit.  You won't be disappointed.  I would suggest reservations, sometimes the line is out the door.  You also may want to try their Brunswick Stew.  I was talking with a friend today and she said it is amazing.  I know what I am getting next time.
Get out and try a new restaurant...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Daydream Travel Adventures"...Haiku Stairs, Oahu Hawaii

I saw this photo on Twitter, the Haiku Stairs in Oahu Hawaii. Wow, it would be a perfect thing for me to do.  I would love the stair hike and the view.  Exercise and photos who could ask for more?  So I began to plan my "Daydream Travel Adventure"...

As I began my research I was sad to find that these amazing stairs are closed.  There was a major storm, according to the Huff Post, that destroyed what was left of the stairs.  They also said that the hike was an illegal one that could get you in trouble with the law.

For now, because this is my Daydream Travel Adventure lets pretend it is open to the public.  Let's go...
According to Wikipedia,  there are 3,922 steps along the Ko'olau Mountain Range.
Where would we stay on our adventure...? I have decided to stay at the Kahala Resort and Spa and since money is no object I will be staying in one of their signature suites...
"Private and exclusive, the Kahala Kai Suite is conveniently situated in the 
Dolphin Lagoon Wing, a secluded area of the resort offering easy access to the beautiful 
crescent-shaped beach, pool and Jacuzzi areas, and other resort amenities."
Kahala Resort website
Below are photos from their site....(They even have dolphins:-)

I have enjoyed my "Daydream Travel Adventure"  So far today I take a swim with the dolphins, walked the stairs on the mountain top and now I am headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool and a nice cold drink.  By the way, it will only cost a mere $846.00 per night.  Glad it is only Daydream travel:-)
Happy Travels everyone, even if they are only in your mind.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

21c Museum Hotel in Durham NC. Loved the Fuchsia Penguins:-)

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Museum Hotel in downtown Durham NC.  I remember when it was the old Suntrust Building.  Built 1935-1937 and called the Hill Building it was fashioned after the Empire State Building.  It just recently became the Museum Hotel.  Cindy and I decided to check it out.
Here is a quote from their website....
"Located in the heart of downtown Durham and occupying the historic Hill Building, 21c Museum Hotel Durham is a 125-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural civic center, and home to Counting House restaurant. Stay with us and the iconic Fuchsia Penguin."
"Other quirks make the hotel unique, such as rubber duckies in every bathtub — “They’re just a crowd pleaser,” and large pink ceramic penguins, art that the guests can interact with.Stites explained that the penguins can visit guests for dinner or even in their rooms. They originally began as an art piece at Louisville’s 21c, but when the exhibit rotated, the penguins stayed.“We couldn’t let the penguins go because everyone fell in love with them,” Stites said. “They quickly became an icon for the brand.”
Herald-Sun, Durham NC
We both really liked the Fuchsia Penguins.  You never knew where you might bump into one...

I found this guy in the museum....
The museum is open 24 hours a day and is free to the public.  I did hear someone say that the exhibits change every 6 months.....

At one point, we could look down on the art focused bar....
So we had to stop in for a drink at The Counting House.  They have a full bar and restaurant.  We only checked out the bar.  I do want to go back and experience the flavors for their food sometime hopefully soon....

A few of Cindy's friends happened to be having a party in the penthouse suite.  We were invited up to see the room and the view....
Nice view....
Nice room....
To quote one of her friends...."The Party Got a Bit Crazy"
Glad we didn't stay to see that:-)

"It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry"
Joe Moore

Another great evening exploring downtown Durham.  If you are visiting the area, I suggest you stay at the Museum Hotel.  It is a treat.
FYI If you use the museum restrooms be sure and turn the lock when you get inside.  The walls are glass and everyone can see in.  If you turn the lock the windows become opaque.  At least I hope they did, Yikes:-)
Happy Travels

Friday, August 21, 2015

Travel Fashion....The Finger Lakes NY. The Rain Coat.

I am thinking ahead to my upcoming trip to the Finger Lakes in New York.  So excited.  What should I wear in the 
fall in NY?  I don't have any idea.  First I researched the weather.  It seems to vary.  Could be warm but can be quite 
chilly.  So I started asking around.  I talked with a man this week that said the Finger Lakes were his old stomping ground.  He said be sure and take a raincoat, that this area was known for its rain.  Ok, that is a good place to start. 
 I consulted amazon.  I added a few rain quotes too:-)
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
Dolly Parton

"I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; 
What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again."
Arthur Freed

$63.99 cute but no hood.

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. 
Let the rain sing you a lullaby."
Langston Hughes

$197.50.  This is my favorite one:-)

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. 
Author Unknown


Now I am going to run by the mall to see what I can find.  If I can't find anything I will come back and order one of these beautiful rain jackets.  I will probably go with the $69 version to save a bit of money:-)
Next post I will need to look for some other items for my trip.  I will need something to wear to lectures, on a
 boat ride, to dinners, to wineries, on hikes, and sightseeing in the towns and museums.
Happy Shopping and travels everyone!


September, 45° Low - 72° High
October, 35° Low - 61° High
November, 28° Low - 49° High

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My A-Z Adventures...."E" is for Emerald Isle....Fort Macon

I know what you're thinking, Fort Macon is not in Emerald Isle.  That's true, but it is only a short drive from Emerald Isle so we decided to visit...
I will share a few photos of our adventure along with some quotes, in italics, from Wikipedia...

"Five-sided Fort Macon is constructed of brick and stone. Twenty-six vaulted rooms (also called casements) are enclosed by outer walls that are 4.5 feet thick"
 "Beaufort was captured and plundered by the Spanish in 1747 and again by the British in 1782.North Carolina leaders recognized the need for coastal defenses to prevent such attacks and began efforts to construct forts". 
"The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, and only two days elapsed before local North Carolina militia forces from Beaufort arrived to seize the fort for the state of North Carolina and the Confederacy. North Carolina Confederate forces occupied the fort for a year, preparing it for battle and arming it with 54 heavy cannons".
  "On April 25, 1862, Parke's Union forces bombarded the fort with heavy siege guns for 11 hours, aided by the fire of four Union gunboats in the ocean offshore and floating batteries in the sound to the east."
".... was a gun platform 23 feet wide where there were to be five 18-pounder cannons mounted. Each cannon could fire an 18-pound iron shot with an estimated range of just under one mile."

  "Each story contained five 13×16-foot rooms, three laid out for enlisted men and two for the fort's officers. The barracks could accommodate a single company consisting of fifty men. "
  "Fort Macon was used for about 11 years as a civil and military prison."
 "Fort Macon State Park is the second most visited state park in North Carolina, with an annual visitation of 1.3 million, despite being one of the smallest state parks in North Carolina with 424 acres."

"In addition to the fully restored fort, the park offers visitors both sound side and surf fishing, nature trails, ranger-guided tours, a protected swim area, a refreshment stand, and a bathhouse. "

 Cindy called this "The ole ball and chain"

 I saw the salt and vinegar and immediately wondered if they made french fries.  Nothing like adding salt and vinegar to fries.  Have you ever been to Thrashers Fries in Ocean City Maryland?  Yummy:-)

I enjoyed walking around Fort Macon.  If you are in the area I suggest you visit.  They have a lovely gift shop and folks are at the entrance ready to answer any questions you may have.
Happy Travels Everyone!