Words. Here’s what I mapped out today – the next five months of big-ticket to-do’s. Next step – delegation. Harold? Noodle? Any takers?
Also – a couple of off-topic bonus shots. We finally tried out Gourmet Kingdom in Carrboro to see if there was actual, decent Chinese food in the Triangle. The menu is extremely authentic, so if you’re looking for Americanized options, you won’t be too happy here. But, I did enjoy my yang chow fried rice & Harold liked his beef soup – two of the tamer dishes. Plus, the portions are gigantic and perfect for sharing. I wouldn’t give it 5 stars, but for the South, I’ll definitely take it.
We also finally made the trip over to Gimghoul Castle, a creepy old stone structure on UNC’s campus with a mysterious history! I would recommend pairing the short walk to the castle with a nearby hiking loop in order to get in some real exercise. There were plenty of folks out enjoying the sunshine/global warming since February has kicked off with spring weather. Groundhog’s Day just doesn’t have as much meaning when you have yet to see a snowflake!
We had a great start to 2012 with a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Pit (some of the best BBQ around) and an evening of entertainment at First Night Raleigh. For $9, we saw not one but two fireworks shows (and cheered on the giant acorn drop), heard some gypsy-style jazz, marveled at some parlor magic tricks, enjoyed some improv comedy, and basked in the mild temps that make New Year’s in the South so pleasant.
Here’s a few local hot spots that we’re hoping to try out in 2012:
Happy Noo Year, everyone – and happy eating in the months ahead!