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[26 Mar 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

We know, we know –  you’ve probably already been and formed a strong opinion for or against. It seems Dashi was all that the foodie community talked about for weeks after its opening this past winter. The lines wrapped around the block, the instagram shots flowed freely and suddenly everyone in Durham was hankering for ramen. Dashi seems to inspire strong feelings, either complete and utter devotion or a quick dismissal based on the prices. We’ve managed to check both the upstairs tapas bar and the downstairs ramen shop.

First up, this …

Restaurants, Uncategorized »

[9 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

We put up a quick post about Gregoria’s back in 2012, but since then they’ve moved buildings, expanded their menu and started offering brunch on Sundays.

It’s getting harder and harder to find a brunch spot in Durham where one can just stroll in grab a table and relax until noon rolls around and the bloodies and mimosas start flowing. But Gregoria’s is still off the beaten path enough when it comes to Durham’s dining scene, that you can easily walk in on a Sunday morning no …

Mobile, Tacos, Uncategorized »

[10 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Sol Taco is a southern-inspired taco truck that is serving up locally-sourced ingredients on freshly made flour tortilla shells. It’s pretty awesome. All you really need to know is – BBQ and pickled okra in a taco. Seriously, BBQ and pickled okra in a taco. Unfortunately for us, Sol Taco mostly sticks to the streets of Raleigh.

We caught up with them outside Beer Durham, Durham’s newest bottle shop, and ordered one of each of their four tacos (buttermilk fried fish, roasted chicken avocado, burger and …

Announcements, Beer, Uncategorized »

[13 Feb 2014 | One Comment | ]

Another new fun beverage on tap in Durham is Sourwood Cider. We were able to snag a glass of the tasty cider on tap at Geer Street Garden. From Sourwood’s facebook page, Sourwood is making European-style dry ciders.

It’s a refreshing change from many of the super sweet ciders available. With the every growing part of the population avoiding gluten, a local cidery is an exciting addition to the bull city.

Sourwood describes their cider as “crisp, slightly tart, and dry with a light apple nose. It has been compared …

Announcements, Groceries, Uncategorized »

[13 Feb 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Did you know Durham has its very own soda company? We spotted Brood Soda on the shelves at our beloved beer mecca Sam’s and were really impressed by the flavor variety. Available in six flavors, three of which pay tribute to local universities, there should be a Brood for everyone.

Based on the lengthy, clever descriptions listed on Sam’s cooler, we went with a Spicy Brood (thai chili and cloves). If you’re a fan of Blenheim’s spicy ginger ale, then you’ll dig this corn-syrup free soda – …

Mobile, Uncategorized »

[26 Jan 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

I love a banh mi and have long lamented Durham’s lack of the flavor-packed, usually affordable sandwich. Motorco’s Parts & Labor has a gentrified, pate-topped version on their menu that’s good and Banh’s offers one but only on Saturdays, but I long for a readily available classic version served alongside a bubble tea. When rumors of Bang Bang Banh Mi food truck started circulating I had high hopes. Bang Bang Banh Mi is specializing in Vietnamese street food but done all gluten-free with lots of …

Announcements, Events, Uncategorized »

[29 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]

I wasn’t going to do a list of New Year’s festivities this year, but we received several requests and emails – so here ya go – a quick list. As usual, it’s in no way complete.

Our money is on the Wusses and the Pusses Yacht Rock Motorboat New Years at Motorco. This party is aways a good time with throw-back tunes, seventies nautical costumes, amateur fireworks, a balloon drop and plenty of free champagne at midnight. Bonus this year – the food at …

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[19 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

I used to live much closer to this gem, so it has been a while since I perused its aisles packed with well-priced South Asian and Middle Eastern goodies.  Spice Bazaar is tucked away on that odd little street in front of Super Target, near Li Ming.

I went back last week and was happy to see that after 5 years or so, the place is going strong.  I picked up some mustard seeds, cardamom, coconut milk (on sale!), and chutneys.  As I was checking out, I noticed a …

Announcements, Events, Uncategorized »

[22 Aug 2013 | One Comment | ]

Photo Credit: SpectreArts.org

Spectre Arts, our new favorite space in town, is having something like a pie social this Sunday at 4pm.

There will be sweet and savory pies, lemonade, beer and wine for a $20 donation to a program that supports the creation of public works of art in Durham. Local restaurants from around town will donate the pies. Note: There will be gluten-free options.

Get tickets here.

If you haven’t checked out Spectre Arts during a Third Friday or other event, it’s simply lovely. A simple cinderblock building, that once housed a …

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[19 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]

Hey loyal readers,

Thanks for voting for Carpe Durham and making us a finalist for best Local Blog in the Indy the third year running!

Doing it for the Bull City,

Carpe Durham