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24 May, 2016

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Gin, Product Reviews on by : becca
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Sunshine Beverages, out of Winston-Salem, NC, invited me to drink the Sunshine. No, there was no LSD involved in that exchange. Sunshine is the name of their energy drinks, lightweight alternatives to the metallic sludge of a Red Bull or Rockstar. I realize some people are quite addicted to those products, but I, assuredly, am
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6 August, 2015

Ad Astra: The 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook for Sale!

Ad Astra: The 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook for Sale!
Comments : 1 Posted in : Publication News, Recipes, Writing on by : becca
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What’s that? I share a contributor credit with such famous speculative fiction writers as Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Chuck Wendig, Mary Robinette Kowal, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Jim C. Hines? You bet I do! The Ad Astra 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook came to be when a few  fellow illustrious Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
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20 July, 2014

TerraVita 2014 Tickets Now on Sale!

TerraVita 2014 Tickets Now on Sale!
Posted in : Events on by : becca
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Readers, I know I’m not in North Carolina anymore (though I will be in Raleigh the weekend of 9/13–let’s get together, locals!), but I had to make sure you knew that tickets for Chapel Hill’s TerraVita went on sale today. Why? Because TerraVita is an amazing conference focused on food, drink, and ways to enjoy
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26 November, 2013

Abandoned Durham Funwerks Photo Blog

Comments : 9 Posted in : Travel Guide for Durham - NC on by : becca
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For eight years, I lived in Durham, NC, and for eight years, I told myself “Someday!” when I drove past the abandoned Durham Funwerks amusement park on Garrett Road, right before the 15-501 intersection. Someday, I would explore the mysterious giant castle. Someday, I would hike my way through the overgrown mini-golf course to the
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24 July, 2013

Fire in the Triangle: Battle Market vs. New Southern Kitchen

Posted in : Events, Restaurants, Spirits, Vodka on by : becca
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I was thrilled to again judge a Fire in the Triangle battle, having judged my first last year when NC Competition Dining premiered in the Research Triangle. If you love food and live in the area, then you simply must make next year’s series—it’s too late for this year’s. All the battles have been sold
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19 July, 2013

Broadslab Legacy Reserve Hand-Crafted Liquor

Posted in : Moonshine, Whiskey / Whisky on by : becca
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Broadslab Legacy Reserve Hand-Crafted Liquor Johnston County, North Carolina 45% BV This Broadslab liquor comes from a legacy of moonshiners according to the label. It’s corn heavy for a whiskey, but that moonshine history likely plays into that. Yellow corn is the coloring and it smells like corn, too, which either means that corn dominates
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2 July, 2013

Tweat-Up at An

Posted in : Dining in Cary - NC, Events, Restaurants on by : becca
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When An’s (2800 Renaissance Park Place, Cary) promotional team invited me to a blogger night to sample some cocktails and appetizers, I was thrilled. An’s beautifully presented dishes, photographs of which are always on rotation at the RDU baggage claim screens, have tempted me for years, but I had not managed to visit the restaurant
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26 June, 2013

Bloggers’ Night at TOPO Distillery

Comments : 6 Posted in : Distillery, Events, Gin, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, Vodka, Whiskey / Whisky on by : becca
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Back in the fall, I spent a few days at TOPO Distillery’s facilities as part of the Terra VITA Sustainable Classroom. It was a strange sort of torture being so close to their organic, 99.6% local (more on that later) array of spirits that includes white whiskey, vodka, and gin. So I asked Esteban McMahan,
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24 June, 2013

Bennett Place Visit

Posted in : Events, Travel Guide for Durham - NC on by : becca
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One of my goals before we move is to hit up a few North Carolina heritage sights I’ve wanted to explore but have never gotten around to before now. One was checked off the list on Memorial Day when my friend Ellen invited us to join her at Bennett Place in Durham. What’s Bennett Place?
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29 May, 2013

Bring Me That Restaurant Delivery Service

Comments : 24 Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : becca
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Warning! Please make sure to read the comment thread below, as many customers have reported having problems with this service in the past four years since I wrote this post. Use caution-the Gourmez, 5/23/2017 Bring Me That, a Web-based service for ordering food, is a startup with the Triangle Startup Factory in Durham. This is of
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