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  1. I am lunching with a bunch of ladies this week, but yesterday's experience was just ridiculous. The woman I was going with wanted Indian or a local deli/grill. I figured we could go to my favorite Indian restaurant. We get there - CLOSED ON MONDAYS! What!?! Luckily, she knew of another place close by (there are A LOT of Indian restaurants in the area), so we headed there. Ordered an appetizer of pakoras. Nibbled on those while sipping on complementary ginger and lemon tea and BOOM - power goes out. REALLY?!? Waited a few minutes to see if it would come back, but there is construction nearby and it was the whole area down to the traffic lights. Third time's the charm??? We ended up at the deli/grill for a tasty lunch and laughed at our misfortune. Accidentally took a 1.5 hour lunch But we had to eat!! The universe just did not want us to get any Indian food for lunch, apparently.
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    Fair Fare

    @Thanks for the Crepes - two hours might be just enough time for me to do what I want. There's a lumberjack event I wouldn't mind seeing. And it looks like the animals are still there for free. Good to know about cash only. Since moving down here, I rarely carry cash. It's more prevalent back home than here, although I do know of some places that are cash only or it's just easier with cash. Yep - all of the buses are $5 and it looks like the Cary one starts at 8:30am. I don't need to worry about the job because I am not starting until the 30th. Next week is my own time! Also, I am a woman, so I will just have to suffer the bathrooms.
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    Fair Fare

    @Thanks for the Crepes - tell us how you really feel Basically, my only interest is the food, not really the rides. I hear too much about them collapsing. I miss funnel cakes and corn dogs. I wouldn't mind something fun, too, like a fried something. My anxiety can't handle parking like that which has been a huge deterrent in going by myself. I would definitely take a bus without hesitation. I've actually never been to a state fair, period. We used to go to a rib fest near where I lived when I was growing up, so I am very familiar with expensive food and large crowds. They did include a lot in the tickets like live music and pig races and farm animals. It's more about just the experience. I am not working next week as I transition to a new job, so I was actually thinking of trying to get out there in the middle of the day, hoping the crowds wouldn't be as bad in the middle of the week. Also, yep! I couldn't believe I'd been here that long, either! I'm just newer to egullet I remember when I was travelling to Raleigh from Key West last year, the counter/check in agent was from the same area. He asked how long I'd lived there and I said about 10 years. He looked at me and said that I wasn't new, but wasn't a local just yet. He was hilarious.
  4. In an effort to save money, but still have getaways, I am going to be camping for the first time ever this year. My state of NC has LOTs of parks with camp sites and hiking trails, so I am focusing on those for now instead of back country camping. They are considered primitive campsites, but some of them have grills and all locations I have looked into have at least a fire pit. I will have a backpacking-like stove with me, too. All of them are drive up sites, so I don't have to worry about weight restrictions. I am not looking to buy a whole bunch of equipment until I decide if I like it, so buying a portable grill is not an option I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll probably have to go get bagged ice every day and use a cooler for fresh/leftover foods. BUT, I am still looking to keep it mostly minimal. I don't want to come back from the trail and worry about whipping up a four course meal. It's only going to be me, so no leftovers or very few is preferred. I was thinking of trying to figure out some dried food that I can reheat in the morning with just some water for breakfast/lunch. Like some canned meat and cous cous or something. I'm ok eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch. I have a food jar to put the lunch in, so it can be kept warm or cold as needed. I am not stuck on "breakfast" foods. Then, for dinner, cook an actual meal. Maybe a foil packet or something simiilar. I am trying to think of veggies and fruit that don't actually need to be kept cold (not dried) If there is anyone out there with any suggestions or tips on the food part of camping, I'd appreciate it.
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    Cheese (2008– )

    I got another mini cheese plate. This one wasn't as much of a win for me. Here's the package. The only cheese I knew was cheddar (obviously) and goat cheese. I was really worried that the crackers were going to be some horrible olive thing. Here's my plate. The cheese on the top(ish) didn't have any identifying marks. It was my favorite besides the goat cheese. So, I'm guessing it was the cheddar even though I wouldn't be able to identify it as that. The cheese on the lower left had this rind. Honestly, it tasted like swiss. I do not like swiss. I'm guessing this is the Grand Ewe The one at the top had two rinds. I saw M on the label, so I'm guessing it's the Madrigal. I liked this one, too. It was still kind of swissy, but not as strong As for the crackers, the ones in the package were wonderful for the goat cheese. A little sweet from raisins and really crunchy. Well, as crunchy as it could be after bring store in the fridge. Also, everything bagel flavor crackers and the crackers from the last package. Now, I want to go get goat cheese and those crackers.
  6. Ooooo. Thanks for the tip! I will check it out for next time. When I go, it's the same camp site the whole time. Thanks! I was pretty happy with how everything turned out. Sadly, I used heavy duty foil Maybe because it was store brand? I actually almost threw a whole potato in the fire, but that's when I realized I forgot my butter. Baked potatoes with no butter? No thanks. I have books to distract me No booze needed.
  7. I recently went camping again and did the cooking all over the fire I apologize for the quality, at the time, I was rushing to get things cooked so I could eat For the first night, I cooked a beef sausage, peppers, and packets of potatoes. I didn't get a pic of the whole meal (see hunger above), but here's some shots of different elements. I definitely need to work on the potato cooking. They were mostly not cooked when I took them out of the fire. I put them back in as I was relaxing so I could use the potatoes in the morning. Unfortunately, one ripped open and the potatoes were mostly burned in that packet Packets of LIES The next day, I used the edible potatoes and some of the sausage to eat with eggs. It took about 2 hours to get the fire started and I definitely didn't heat up the sausage and potatoes correctly, but I was so hungry by then, I didn't care 🤣 I kept that fire burning ALL day so I wouldn't have to re-light it. I used it to cook some ham for later use and burgers. I forgot the spatula to turn them, so I decided to use some foil to cook it. That way, if it fell apart or something with the tongs, it would be saved. It worked pretty well. The only thing I adjusted was I poked some holes in the foil so the fat could drain. So. Good. With cheese of course I also had sandwiches, chips, trader joe's instant ramen, and tried to have some soup (that fell over and spilled when cooking) I don't have any other trips scheduled, but since it's fall, I think I'm going to have to go again. Definitely need to practice lighting the fire and the packet potatoes!!
  8. The first time through, I read Wahoo as "WAHOOOOO!" I was wondering why you were so excited. Like maybe you just really like ceviche and carpaccio. Then, I realized it was probably a fish. Further scrolling confirmed - fish. Where's the facepalm emoji (Post quote trimmed to relevant parts)
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    North Carolina Restaurants

    Never claimed to be Jewish Don't knock it until you try it. just a different flavor of sweet to go with the savory
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    North Carolina Restaurants

    Ugh. I had a whole post written and accidentally closed the browser I was almost done, too!! Hillbilly Grill in West Jefferson NC Very tasty. The interior was a lot nicer than I expected from the name The bacon was the best I ever had. Smoky and crisp. I would definitely go back. Tortugas Lie in Nags Head I would never go back here. It was a really bad meal which was surprising because it was PACKED there. Waveriders Coffee and Deli in Nags Head, NC While it was tasty, I don't understand why the line was out the door. I wouldn't wait in that line after eating there. You can't even customized the egg on the sandwich, so even though I prefer scrambled, I had to get the hard cooked as shown below. Peddalin Pig in Boone NC I went here hoping to run into an old friend, but he wasn't there. The food was fantastic, though. I would go back even if I didn't know him! It was so good. There were leftovers for breakfast Sticky Boy Kitchen in Boone, NC Now, THIS is a bagel sandwich on a pumpkin chocolate chip bagel! I would happily go back My favorite lunch of the whole trip Homemade bagel sandwich with chips and ginger ale
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    North Carolina Restaurants

    Sqeeza's Country Kitchen in Elizabeth City, NC It was pretty good. Service wasn't fast, but I kind of expected it in a place like this. It seemed like the sandwiches were faster. Maybe next time. In the meantime, those mashed potatoes? SO GOOD. Slightly lumpy and delicious. The chicken was piping hot. The coleslaw was standard.
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    Cheese (2008– )

    It's really late, but I'm here with an update Here's the whole what I got on the left and the salami I bought on the right All set up! I bought some local bread to eat with it and some everything flavored chips! Just the cheese and salami Just the bread and sides I had some with salami, some alone, some with fig spread. They were all really good, but I think the package was mislabeled. There was no herbed gouda, just the regular gouda (which is good cause I love gouda). The white cheese was more brittle than expected. It reminded me of swiss, but didn't taste like it, thankfully. It was possibly the monterey jack? I don't know what the other yellow cheese was, but it was tasty, too. It's something I would definitely buy again.
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    Fair Fare

    NC State Fair is coming. I've yet to visit in 12 years. Maybe this year is when I will.....
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    Homemade Crackers

    I LOVE making homemade crackers. I've made a couple from King Arthur's Baking Book (or some similar name)
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    Breakfast! 2018

    This is similar to what I had......except not nearly as neat. Mine was Cinnamon Raisin muffin, scrambled egg, ham, and colby jack
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    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    @HungryChris - That's the type of restaurant I want to have! Eat what I want to cook that day!!
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    Cheese (2008– )

    Noo! They were great suggestions! Very helpful. I can have a nice little platter - even in the woods I will check it out when I've exhausted the pre-made stuff. My biggest fear is that they're going to stop making them Too late? To get bread? Not yet. I was thinking of that, too, but the bread won't be fresh since I won't be eating it until Monday. I could run down to the Piggly Wiggly, though. It's only about a half hour away from where I'll be. A plate with cheese, meat, fruit, and something crunchy is one of my favorites! If I'm feeling froggy, I'll even throw some dip and veggies on there. Thanks for all the cheese suggestions! I love gouda, too. Brie is hit or miss for me. I haven't experimented with using Ricotta for anything other than baking. It might be fun to make it. I had burratta recently and thought I had died and gone to heaven. I found an Italian shop where the owner hand makes all the cheese. I was thinking of getting some of that, too, but I am going to wait until I can enjoy it properly. I've never heard of butterkase, but I've had havarti (don't remember if I liked it) and I love fontina. I haven't had it alone, though, I don't think. Ugh! So much information! I'm going to be full of cheese for a while Thanks all! I'll post an update with pics afterwards!
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    Cheese (2008– )

    @blue_dolphin - thanks for all the wonderful information! I'm definitely pre-slicing the meat, but I may leave the cheese as is for transport. It looks so pretty! Oooh, an apple might be a tasty addition. I'll have to see what's at the store. I was going to get some bliueberries anyways for baking. I can take a few and see if I like it. I like dried berries, but not much of any other dried fruit. Is there something special about Marcona almonds? I'd never heard of them until reading the label. I'm so excited! It is actually just me eating this . To be honest, it's going to be my lunch on my last day of camping this weekend There was one package that had some sheep's cheese in it, but it had pepper spread in it and I really wanted to try the fig spread. There was another that had a little container of what, I assume, was soft cheese. It's a fun thing to experiment with and I'm glad I saw it. It's not too expensive (I don't think), so it's definitely something I'll be trying more than once. I may even leaf through my cheese and cheese cookery cookbook!
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    Cheese (2008– )

    Rebooting an old topic, cause I just bought a container of cheeses from the grocery store put together by the cheese monger and I have questions. There's three types of cheese, Marcona almonds, fig spread, and crackers. Questions: what do I do with the fig jam? Does it go on the cheese or do I eat it alone? Is pineapple a good accompaniment fruit? Or should I stick with grapes? What about dried blueberries? What kind of meat? I don't like prosciutto raw (please put down the pitchforks!), but I want something a bit fancier than the summer sausage I usually eat with cheese. Would salami be good? Maybe one of those logs you slice yourself? Would you add any other nuts? Or are the almonds enough? What do you drink with it if you can't have wine? Water and food is not good to me. The cheeses are: Monterey Jack, Gouda, and Herbed Gouda. I know, I know, not very adventurous, but I wanted the first one to be something I knew I would like. Next one will be more adventurous because I'll be eating it at home, so if I hate it, I have other food to eat
  20. Right now, I am not lighting fires. The weather currently is devil's buttcrack, so it's not very appealing to me. When it gets chillier, I am hoping to do a lot more fire cooking. I kind of liked not lugging around the grill this time, though. That's why I'm looking more towards meals that can be cooked on the camp stove. The egg muffins is a good idea. How would I reheat those, do you think? Without a grill or fire. With a fire, I'm totally putting them on a skewer I usually make the sandwiches before I leave. One less thing to do on site. Less food to carry. Less clean up, etc. I like sandwiches with hiking. I don't see a need for protein bars if I have a sandwich. I could do that with the cheap cooler, but all the food goes back in the car at bedtime or if I leave the site. It's suggested by all the state parks to prevent attracting animals. I could also use it just for drinks - who cares if they get a little warm. No harm there. And it would save room in the good cooler. Thanks for the comment!
  21. I have returned! It was about half successful and half not so much. The first day, I was going to hike, but decided to just chill in my hammock in the rain. I switched the meals around and made some soup the first night. Cream of chicken, canned chicken, and the "canned corn" linked above. I added a little pepper, too. It was DELICIOUS. Do you know, I had someone think I was weird for eating cream of chicken soup?? @Thanks for the Crepes - the corn was pretty good! Nice and crisp. No weird flavors. I'm not sure what normal canned corn tastes like, but I would eat this again. I want to try the carrots now, too. For dinner, I tried my first ready made meal. This one wasn't dehydrated. It was an all in one package that cooked the food and everything. It was ok. Not a lot of food, though. If I was a proper backpacker, this would in NO WAY be enough food. Plus, all the waste was just horrible. The heating element stayed hot for a very long time, basically until all the water was gone. So, if you add too much, it can go on quite a while. The idea is a good one, but using a silver pouch with no way to pull it out safely caused a bit of an issue. I had to use a handkerchief to get it out of the boiling packet. I also had to put it in the pot to eat it. There is just simply no way to hold the hot pouch. The only way I could see me buying these again would be for emergencies. Since any liquid can be used to activate the heating element, I could see it being perfect for emergency usage. Packet Inside Pulling the packet out. I had to use the scissors to open it, too The food itself The next morning was a DISASTER with the dehydrated eggs. I missed a step, so the eggs weren't completely hydrated when I ate them. They were overwhelmed with a bacon flavor with no egg flavor to offer a break. All of the extra water was a pain to dispose. I am going to have to figure something else out for breakfasts "cooked" I had a sandwich while hiking for lunch Dinner was another win from my pantry. Rehydrated broccoli (that was from Trader Joe's in the snack section because apparently there are weirdos that eat dried broccoli as a snack ), Bear Creek Broccoli Cheese soup mix, and canned chicken. Heating up the water Rehydrating the broccoli All mixed together The last breakfast was another of the OMeals packets. It was oatmeal. It looked like oatmeal, I guess. I still don't think I like oatmeal. I only ate half of it. The other sandwich I made had mold on the bread So, there was no hiking on the day I left since I didn't have enough food for it. I'll tell you what. I really liked the home pantry meals. So much easier than dragging the grill around. I have another camping trip the beginning of September and I think I am really going to try to do it all like this again. One thing I did lean is that I have to use my good cooler even for a few things. The other cooler was completely warm by the end, even with two 48-hour cold packs.
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    Rice cookers for singletons

    Awesome! That would be perfect for me! I shall be eagerly following along....
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    Breakfast! 2018

    Don't feel bad - mine NEVER look as good as the ones here Even your's looks better than mine! LOL I cook once and reheat all week. If I didn't it would be fast food every day. One for me, please! That bacon looks out of this world. I'm sad I probably can't get it in the states
  24. Thanks! I'm not a canned veg person myself. I am hoping that drowning it in cream of chicken soup will make it more palatable Maybe I'll get corn instead of carrots. I was thinking of this form since it's more of a single serving type deal (they have corn, too).
  25. I've thought about getting those!! Unfortunately, I don't like pie. I was thinking more for grilled cheese, or meat and cheese, or (OMG - just thought of this) chocolate and marshmallows!! But NOT smores - I do not like smores Dang. Now I'm hungry. I don't know how I would do with oil and fire, though Hopefully, I won't have a rained out camping trip, soon, so I can actually LIGHT a fire! I have a telescoping hot dog fork I want to try, dammit!!
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