Posts Tagged 'snack'

Custom design pizza by the slice

20121017-104629.jpgOnce again I have my mind and stomach set on a certain type of meal and then end up with something completely different.  Knowing that I was going to be back in Chapel Hill I did some brief research for restaurants serving hamburgers. My intent was to stay in the Franklin Street area and make my final restaurant decision once I arrived. I was fortunate again to find a decent parking space on Franklin Street and began my journey across to locate one of the burger joints I had researched prior. As I was walking down the street checking out local restaurants Artisan Pizza Kitchen caught my eye. A craving for hamburger suddenly change the pizza so I entered the restaurant to take a look at the menu. Among the many pizza options,calzones, sandwiches and burgers.  I noticed that you could build your on slice. Knowing that I really didn’t want to order a whole pizza I chose a couple custom slices with some of my favorite ingredients. I was impressed with how fast my slices are out to the table. These are not your average size pizza slices. They are very large and by the time I finish eating both of them I barely had room for dessert. Maybe I will find a good burger during my next visit to Chapel Hill. I would recommend Artisan Pizza Kitchen for a delicious quick meal when you are in the Chapel Hill area.



James and Jenkiss met in 1998 when James was running a Manhattan pizza parlor. They quickly became friends and dreamt of one day owning their own business. James and Jenkiss would often concoct their own pizza from the Margherita to the Fresca. One day they began experimenting with alternative pizza sauces: thus the artichoke pizza concept was born.

Jenkiss learned his way around running a business while working with Trains Cafe in Carrboro and Cafe Bazaar at Spice Street. James continued to develop a pizza and sandwich menu for their future business while still living in Manhattan.

In 2008, Jenkiss convinced James that a quaint shop on Franklin Street would be the perfect place to open a pizza parlor. So, James packed everything and moved to Chapel Hill. Thanks to more than 10 years of friendship and a meticulous business plan, James and Jenkiss opened their doors of Artisan Pizza Kitchen in May 2009.

Today, Artisan Pizza Kitchen welcomes thousands of locals and visitors alike to enjoy everything from the signature artichoke basil pizza to our delicious sandwiches made with homemade focaccia bread, salads and fresh grilled burgers.

Dine in, take out or order delivery today! We hope to see you soon at Artisan Pizza Kitchen!

Artisan Pizza Kitchen
153 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 929-9119


We make EVERY event delicious!


36th Street Bakery, Cafe & Catering

I had the pleasure of visiting 36th Street Bakery, Cafe & Catering in Lincolnton, N.C. while driving to the  Blue Ridge Mountains.  As soon as I opened the door the aroma of fresh baked items attacked my senses.  I was immediately drawn to the pastry case.  I checked out every item like I was visiting a museum of sweetness.   It was obvious to me that I was going to enjoy this visit although it wasn’t easy choosing just one item.  There are several items on the menu that I would have enjoyed if it had been lunch time.  This was an early morning visit and the scent of the baked items required me to enjoy something sweet.  I finally decided on a cinnamon twist and enjoyed every bite.    I am rarely in the area and am not sure when I can visit again, but going out of my way on the next trip to western NC would be worth the time.  Linconlton is lucky to have this bakery and cafe in it’s beautiful downtown area.

Besides bakery items and catering, 36th Street also offers Murder Mystery Nights and Wine tastings.

Open Monday-Saturday from 7am until 9pm.

Weekly Entree Specials are W, Th, F, Sat from 5pm until 9pm.
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view a pdf file of their menu here



Missing the Holiday season.

I probably eat more during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays than any other time of the year.  Christmas parties, co-workers bringing in goodies and dinner with family give me more than usual opportunities to eat.  One of my favorite items to eat is pie!!  I realize that pie is not just for Holiday meals, but this seems to be the time when I eat pie the most.  There is something about having sweet potato pie after a Thanksgiving meal and chocolate pie for a late snack during the Christmas season.

Please take a moment to share your favorite type of pie below.


Delicious holiday pies

Henry’s Uptown Cafe – Rockingham NC

Henry's Chicken Salad on Croissant with fries.

There’s a new chef in town and word is spreading about a small restaurant in Rockingham, N.C.   Henry’s Uptown Cafe is the name of this popular establishment and some would be surprised at the menu offered.  This is not your ordinary small town dining room.  The main difference is the food being prepared in the kitchen.  You can get the usual Burger and fries as expected at a small town cafe, but other items on the menu may be surprising.  Beef Caprese Salad, Henry’s Chicken Salad on Croissant, Mahi-Mahi and the daily gourmet desserts are just a few items that make this cafe menu unique.  The random desserts, made daily, are alone worth a visit to Henry’s.  Each item has a special touch that make Henry’s a place unlike any other in the area.

The daily lunch specials range from Penne Pasta with Italian sausage to Sautéed Shrimp with Tricolor tortellini in a tomato cream sauce.  These are gourmet items at affordable cafe prices are too good to pass.  One visit to Henry’s should convince any patron that Henry is in the kitchen enjoying a passion of preparing delicious meals.

A complete breakfast menu is available for the early risers and dinner is now provided Thursday through Saturday until 9:00pm.

Gourmet desserts prepared daily.

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Henry’s Uptown Cafe
118 S Hancock St

Rockingham, NC 28379

Phone:(910) 895-6600

I trust the locals more than I do online reviews.

When I travel I like to search the internet for local eating establishments.  If I get the chance, I also like to get recommendations form the locals.    During a trip to Fort Wayne Indiana some locals suggested Don Halls Old Gas House for dinner.   Not being familiar with the area, I searched the Old Gas House on the internet and found several negative reviews.  I was hesitant to take the advise of the locals, but I have never been steered wrong in the past.  This place has been in business for more than 50 years and they must be doing something right to remain in business that long.   Don’s Old Gas House building houses two restaurants.  Don Hall’s Takaoka of Japan is located on the second floor and Don Halls Old Gas House is on the first.  The Japanese food is very noticeable when you walk into the building.  I didn’t venture upstairs but I could tell that a large amount of fish was being served up there.  Once seated the fish aroma left me and I was able to enjoy the music from the jazz guitarist playing in the far corner.   Service was one of the complaints that I read about online and I was prepared to run out of tea and possibly wait awhile before placing an order.  This wasn’t a big concern since I didn’t have any plans after dinner and wasn’t in a hurry.  To my surprise, two waitresses kept my tea glass filled and the food was ordered and delivered promptly.  I wondered if I had read reviews for the wrong restaurant.  This place was great!!!  Live music, fast service and a good selection on the menu, but how good is the food?  Bland was a word to describe the food on a few online reviews.  So far the reviews were incorrect, but I was still thinking about what I had read earlier.  Instead of ordering a steak as planned, I chose the Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and a Caesar salad.  The salad arrived with less dressing than I prefer, but it was a good salad.  So far so good.  Not bland.  Next, arrives the Fettuccine with beautiful pieces of chicken on top. They know how to make a presentation on the plate, but will it have the taste to match?  The answer is “Oh yes!”  To date, Don Halls Old Gas House has the best alfredo sauce that I have ever eaten. Nothing bland at all about this meal.  I hope to eat there again in the future.  Unfortunately for me, it takes approximately 7 hours or more depending on weather to fly to Fort Wayne, so I will not get to visit there often.

Don Hall's Old Gas House Restaurant

Don Hall's Old Gas House Restaurant

Don Hall’s Old Gas House Restaurant   (260) 426-3411
Conveniently located in the heart of historic Fort Wayne, the Gas House is the place for downtown business people and office workers at lunch hour. The Gas House’s casual atmosphere and friendly service also makes it the perfect destination for a leisurely afternoon lunch with friends.

Since 1957, The Gas House has been serving Fort Wayne exceptional food and drinks in a friendly, casual atmosphere, and from steaks and lobster to sandwiches and salads, the Gas House has an option for any taste or appetite. Enjoy your visit in our family dinning areas or come down and relax in the warm, neighborhood atmosphere of the famous Gas House Saloon. Just blocks from uptown attractions, a visit to the Gas House makes a complete evening with a concert or performance at any of Fort Wayne’s uptown theaters.


One of our family traditions when visiting any mall is to find the cookie shop.  Great American Cookie Co, Mrs. Rich’s Bakery or  Mrs. Fields Cookies.   Most of these locations have a nice selection of cookies as well as cakes, ice-cream and drinks. Be prepared to stand in line at most of the cookie shops.  I do not mind waiting.  A line of customers is sometimes good sign that the food is worth the wait.

We like a variety of cookies from the basic sugar to the Double Doozie cookie sandwich.  The cookies are great snacks for the trip back home after a few hours of walking and shopping.

mall cookies

Double Doozie

Garnish: Jewelery for food.

A Garnish is an item or substance used as a decoration or embellishment on a prepared food dish or drink. In some cases, it may give added or contrasting flavor, but a typical garnish is selected first to augment the visual impact of the plate, not necessarily to affect the flavor. This is in contrast to a condiment which is primarily a flavor added to another food item.

Do I want to be dazzled or excited by garnish?  Not really.  Although the garnish makes a dish look “pretty”, I’d prefer to have more of the item that I am going to eat.  Give me some more rice or extra sauce and I am happy.   I will agree that garnishing is, indeed, an art form.  Some of the additions that i have seen before appear to have taken longer to produce than it did to prepare the meal underneath.



Check out the TLC Cooking website, if you are interested in more details about garnishing.  There are a lot of cool ideas there.

Sour Cream. I don’t hate it. It’s just not good.

I am breaking my rules again and posting about a food item that I do not eat.  Sour Cream.  Sour cream or soured cream is a dairy product rich in fats obtained by fermenting a regular cream by certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria.  Commercially produced sour cream often contains additional thickening agents such as gelatin, rennin, guar and carrageen, as well as acids to artificially sour the product.   The description is not very appealing, but I know that it will not prevent others from eating it.

From what I see and hear, baked potatoes and mexican dishes require the fermented cream as a condiment.  I will eat it if it’s mixed with onion dip, but that’s the only time.  I have probably had it in some other dips or sauces and am fine with it as long as I don’t know about it.

sour cream

sour cream

FYI – Sour cream is not fully fermented, and as such must be stored under refrigeration. As with other dairy products, it is usually sold with an expiration date stamped on the container, though whether this is a “sell by” a “best by” or a “use by” date varies with local regulation. Food authorities, such as the USDA, advise that sour cream with visible mold should be discarded, as it may be contaminated below the surface and could contain dangerous mycotoxins and aflatoxin

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

I honestly do not know much about apples and do not eat them very often either.  So, I do not have much to say about the forbidden fruit, other than there are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples.  Until I researched, I had no idea that there were that many varieties.    I know red, green and yellow.  I like the green, sour, apples purcjased at fruit stands in the mountains.  Apple pie?  Not one of my favorites, but it does smell good.



Momma’s Apple Cake

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 6 North Carolina Apples-peeled, cored and medium diced
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Combine the sugar in cinnamon-set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended-do not over beat.

Add walnuts and apples by hand.

Pour batter into greased 13 x 9 pan. Sprinkle sugar-cinnamon mixture over top of cake.

Bake 350-degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

Production Facts:

  • North Carolina consistently ranks in the top apple producing states, usually 7th to 9th.
  • North Carolina produces 1 to 2 percent of the total domestic crop.
  • North Carolina typically produces 115 to 170 million pounds with a farm gate value of more than $18.5 million.
  • There are approximately 10,000 acres of apples in North Carolina.
  • Annual production costs range widely; the average cost for a well-maintained orchard is approximately $1,800 per acre.
  • The majority (60 to 70 percent) of North Carolina apples over the past 10 to 20 years have been sold through processing and juice markets; the remainder is sold through fresh markets. However, with increasing retail markets for tourism in North Carolina and diminishing prices and markets for processing apples, growers are striving to sell more apples through fresh-market channels.

Production Regions:

North Carolina has four primary apple production regions, all in the western part of the state and each with a different geography and climate. The major production region is in Henderson County where 70 to 80 percent of the crop is produced (Figure 1). The second largest production region is in the Wilkes/Alexander County area followed by the Cleveland/Lincoln County area, which includes the lowest elevation orchards in North Carolina. Orchards in the Haywood County area have the highest elevation, the shortest growing season, and the coolest temperatures.

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Orange Cranberry Club Sandwich. Yum!!

The first deli was opened in 1989 in a renovated gas station.   By 1995, McAlister’s Corporation was recognized by INC. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing, privately-owned companies.   There are currently has over 300 locations in 22 states.  The closest location to Rockingham is located on Highway 74 in Monroe.

My all-time favorite items is the ORANGE CRANBERRY CLUB sandwich.  The sandwich consists of Smoked turkey, hickory ham, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, Swiss, lite mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and orange cranberry sauce on harvest wheat bread.  Some delicious potato salad on the side and a large cup of McALISTER’S FAMOUS SWEET TEA™ completes a great meal.

McAlister's Club


“Dine in or carry out, McAlister’s has all the fresh, delicious menu selections for a great meal and a great moment to relax and recharge — whether you come in to dig in (and linger over bottomless glass of McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea), or call in or order online for a carry-out feast.

Get all your favorites, including our Famous Sweet Tea by the glass or by the gallon.”