Have I mentioned how much I love my job? Well, I have the best job. I love working in the agriculture field because I get to meet so many people and attend fun events. On Friday I traveled to Greensboro for Strawberry Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. For breakfast I felt it was only appropriate to eat a few strawberries from North Carolina.
During Strawberry Day I passed out free samples of Lumpy’s homemade strawberry ice cream to visitors at the farmers market. Steve and I ate about five or six samples worth of ice cream (shhh, don’t tell anyone). The ice cream is made using fresh strawberries from Ball’s Berries in Wake County. If you’ve never had Lumpy’s, go immediately to their store in Wake Forest. Their strawberry ice cream is honestly the best I’ve ever had. Trust me, I’ve eaten my fair share of ice cream during my 22 years of life.
After eating strawberries and strawberry ice cream all morning and afternoon, my taste buds were wanting something a little more savory. Jammin’ George, my buddy I met during my first trip to Greensboro, invited me to join him for lunch. Steve and I went to his booth at the farmers market had the best time listening to George’s stories over traditional Lebanese fare. George needs to be a stand up comedian. He has such a great personality and makes fabulous Lebanese food, as well as jam! For lunch he made us a falafel pita with pickled radishes, and tabouli.The falafel was perfect. Steve and I could not stop raving over the delicious sandwich!
We also had George’s homemade hummus and baba ghanoush. George explained the process of making both of these spreads. To truly make a delicious hummus or baba ghanoush, you need to use the best ingredients. George is dedicated to quality and it really shows in the taste of his foods.
Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly eat anymore, George pulled out a large slice of baklava for Steve and I to share. George’s wife, Christine makes the baklava. The baklava is absolutely amazing. Sometimes baklava can be soggy or too sweet. Christine’s baklava is flaky and she adds a hint of cinnamon, which makes the dessert even more delectable. I appreciated all of the wonderful food and cannot wait to visit Jammin’ George and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market again soon.
I left Greensboro to head to Durham. Before seeing Wicked, I met a few friends from work at Bull City Burger and Brewery. I sat at the bar while waiting on my friends to arrive. The bartenders were awesome and recommended the Jack Tar Stout. The beer was delicious. The best part about my experience at the bar was seeing the fermentation tanks. You can’t get more local than that! Gotta love NC beer. On the back of the beer list I was also easily entertained by 43 beer quotes, ranging from Homer Simpson to BCBB regulars. Isn’t that crazy that they have 43 quotes? My local food challenge is 43 days, what a coincidence! Maybe it’s the Buddha of Beer telling me that BCBB was made for me?
The atmosphere was incredible at Bully City Burger and Brewery. The restaurant is dedicated to providing local foods and is environmentally conscious. The tables were made out of wood from old North Carolina barns, how cool! Once my friends arrived we went up to the register to order. The bartender recommended the Green Monster, of course I followed his advice. I also “checked in” on foursquare and got a free order of Dirty Fries for being a “newbie.” Not only did the restaurant grab my attention with their use of local products, they are even ahead of the game in the technology arena!
Chrissy ordered fried pickles as a teaser before our meal. The pickles were sliced extra thin with a “frost brewed” pretzel crust. Instead of the tradition ranch dressing for dipping, BCBB makes their own dipping sauce. It added an extra zing to the pickles!
My food arrived and I was blown away with the burger. The beef is 100% pastured raised in NC and doesn’t have any added antibiotics or hormones. Oh my goodness, it was honestly some of the best beef I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The juicy patty was topped with raw onions, gruyere cheese, and roasted poblano peppers. The bun was downright amazing and is baked in house. The flavors were perfect and the toppings were unlike anything I’ve ever had on a burger. The Dirty Fries were also delicious. I had to share them with Chrissy because there’s no way I could have eaten them all. I cannot wait to go back to Bull City Burger and Brewery. My trip to Durham was a success and BCBB allowed me to stick to my 43 day local food challenge.
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