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March 2016: Chef Isaiah Allen

When you first meet Isaiah, all you see is a tall bearded guy in his mid thirties. When you get to know him, and understand his skills and talents, he is even “bigger and taller”.

February 2016: Chef Brian Whetsels

When you meet Chef Brian Whetsels, you are automatically drawn to his simplicity, his humility and his kindness. Left handed, with a purple Chef jacket, a bandana in his hair, and sunglasses on top of his head, it totally set… Continue Reading →

100% Organic Spirits, local Chapel Hill business: TOPO Distillery!

The TOPO distillery is conveniently located at 505, West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The building is easy to find, with plenty of parking available on site.

The Celebrity Dairy Inn, Siler City, North Carolina

It took barely about 50 minutes from South Durham to drive west and arrive at the Celebrity Dairy Inn in Siler City.

Trip Gastronomic to Burgundy and Bordeaux with French born, Executive Chef Lilian Lacassagne

French born Lilian Lacassagne, Executive Chef at the Burke Manor Inn, has released his guided Trip Gastronomic to France for 2016.

The King’s Daughter Inn, Durham

As a Durham resident, it took me no time to get from South Durham to The Kings Daughters Inn boutique hotel which is AAA Four Diamond rated. Located few minutes from Duke, couple of blocks from Brighleaf Square and close… Continue Reading →

Trilogy Restaurant University Mall, Chapel Hill

It was nice to get a tour inside the modern new restaurant/cinema that opened in University Mall in Chapel hill. I had been invited with others to have dinner and experienced the restaurant. I had already met with the restaurant… Continue Reading →

Segway tour with Charlotte NC Tour

We meet and went uptown, I had never been on Segway, I was scared a little, from the outside,  it looks kind of dangerous. The Tour that we had been sign up on was the one for 1.5 hour around… Continue Reading →

The Burke Manor Inn: An oasis close to home

I usually try to write a review in a page, in this case I could write an entire chapter about my experience as a guest at The Burke Manor Inn. I have lived in North Carolina for over 17 years,… Continue Reading →

A French Dinner at Saint-Jacques at The Burke Manor Inn.

When the restaurant of a Bed and breakfast opens just for you and your dinner companion, and tells you it will be “A la bonne Franckette” which means simple, no fuss, you have no clue what to expect. I was… Continue Reading →

Hidden Gem Culinary spot: Youssef 242, Hickory, North Carolina

I was so delighted when I found out I was going to have the opportunity to review the Restaurant Youssef 242, in Hickory. The name had been mentioned, I had heard wonderful things about it. I, honestly , was not… Continue Reading →

Silverspot Cinema and Trilogy restaurant in our community!

I received my invitation for the grand opening of Trilogy. Trilogy is the second of three restaurants that is a part of the “David Burke Group”. A total new concept of bringing together cinematography, contemporary menu, modern restaurant and drinks…. Continue Reading →

Paris, Je t’aime

Ha Paris! Who has not dreamed of the romantic city? Waking up in Paris, listening to the guy on the bank of the Seine river playing “La Vie en Rose” with the accordion, smelling the fresh warm croissants or pain… Continue Reading →

Danny’s Cafe, Historic Downtown Burlington

On my way back from Greensboro, I decided to go through Downtown Burlington as I had never been. What a surprising quaint little district! It was 2pm, and I needed a quick inexpensive lunch. After looking at different places, I… Continue Reading →

Highland Avenue Restaurant in Hickory, North Carolina

What a nice welcome to the restaurant Highland Avenue in Hickory, North Carolina. We sat outside the restaurant on the top patio. Weather was gorgeous. Waitress was very helpful and knowledgable about the menu. Highland Avenue  is a farm to… Continue Reading →

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