Tag Archive | Eats

Mac-n-Cheese Off ~ Bulldog Beer & Wine ~ Charlotte

Checkout the Ballast Point Brewery Mac-n-Cheese off at Bulldog Beer & Wine Dilworth at 7PM on Thursday, October 20.

Make a batch of your favorite Mac ‘n’ Cheese using one type of Ballast Point’s beer in the recipe. The contest is limited to first 10 participants that register. To register send an email to fortnc@gmail.com

Ballast Point’s Cinnamon Raisin Commodore American Stout and Mocha Marlin Porter wirh Coffee and Chocolate will be released and on tap for the event.

What the Fries Food Truck ~ Charlotte, NC

Despite the unfortunate moniker “French” Fries, the Fry (aka French-Fried Potatoes, Finger Chips, Steak Fries, or Chips) is about as American as baseball and apple pie.

Simple, cheap, salty (or not), crispy (or not), wedged or straight cut, seasoned (or not), dipped, topped, smothered. There is no end to the ways that fries can be prepared;  And, there are endless debates on what constitutes “Good” fries.

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Fresh Med Food Truck ~ Charlotte, NC

Food Trucks have become all the rage.  Their ability to setup quickly and to deliver a quality product fast makes them a wonderful option for all sorts of activities, including festivals, parties, gatherings, rallies, sporting events, and even weddings.  But today’s eateries on wheels are much more than the corner hot dog vendor of yesterday. 

These mobile behemoths often incorporate professional kitchens complete with all the cooking, baking, and frying tools (and gadgets) found in top brick and mortar restaurants.  

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Blowing Rock Brewing Co. ~ Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock Brewery, Ale House and Inn
It was my first trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, but it was trip I won’t soon forget.

In point of fact I had no intention of visiting Blowing Rock on this trip.  I knew I would pass through this tiny hamlet on my way to Boone, NC for the fourth of July holiday, but I was going to reserve this spot for another time.  Most of what I knew about Blowing Rock was that it is a great spot to visit when you want to escape the mid-summer heat of Charlotte.  After testing this theory for myself I can confirm its authenticity.  The temperature in Blowing Rock was easily 20°F cooler when I passed through just a little over an hour after departing Charlotte; Note to self…must visit here again.

My goal for the weekend was not, however, an escape to a cooler climate, it was to tour around Boone, checkout the scenes, and partake in some of the local craft breweries scattered throughout.   Since there are only three breweries in Boone, I accomplished my intended plan in short order and decided there was time to venture into Blowing Rock which isn’t all that far down the road.  Besides it was on my way home and I knew I would need a pit stop along the way.

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