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Sunday Roast at Fortnight Brewery

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fortnitSunday, traditionally a time to relax and reflect with friends and family can also be a time to replenish – preferably with food and drink – whether at home, or a place of gathering. In the Triangle Area, such locations abound. Belle, Traveler and I often use Sundays to explore new and interesting places that give us opportunities to inform our readers, providing them a variety of options. On occasion, we have gone to extremes, while on other occasions we have found options close to our base-of-operation. The example provided here is of the latter, surprisingly.

trali-logoMany of you are familiar with one of the Triangle’s esteemed breweries called, Fortnight Brewery, located in Cary, where locally handcrafted, English-styled ales are drawn for thirsty patrons to appreciate. The Friends of Triangle Street Eats are themselves, no strangers to this uniquely popular draft house, where regulars can sample English inspired ales while admiring the ‘brew-engines’ through huge, unobstructed glass panes. Most nights, patrons can also enjoy a rotating fare from popular Triangle food trucks. Recently however, Sundays have become somewhat special with a distinct difference. Fortnight has introduced the carvery, from Trali Irish Pub in Brier Creek, which consists of a roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, braised carrots and leeks and two kinds of potatoes – all for $12.50. Prepared by Chef Eamonn Kelly, this carvery luncheon will please the most discerning palate, as well as satisfy a ferocious appetite. The roast beef is served with gravy so delicate, that it lightly clings to the meat, almost like a glaze, providing a medium that enhances the flavor, instead of smothering it. According to Belle the Yorkshire pudding was perfect! Owners of Trali Irish Pub, Martin and Beth Mahon were on hand to talk with patrons, and were very eager to discuss with us other foods and events they have at their Brier Creek, and recently opened location in Morrisville. They also explained they planned on making this a Sunday tradition for the foreseeable future.

If you are looking for something distinctive, as well as unexpected, stop by Fortnight Brewery one Sunday – between 1 and 5 pm. There are sandwiches and children’s portions available as well. Arrive early and you can take Fortnight’s complementary brewery tours at: 2, 3 and 4 pm as well. Bonus!

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Fortnight Beer Dinner at Academy Street Bistro

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With 24-hour news and social media bombarding us all day and night, I decided not to become consumed by it. I limit my news sources to three: MSNBC Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski; The Skimm, a daily email newsletter founded by Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin; and Twitter, all you need to know about what’s happening in the Triangle in a 140 characters.   Both Morning Joe and The Skimm are great for world and national news. As a blogger of Triangle happenings, restaurants and food trucks, I count on Twitter to keep me abreast of Triangle news and events. In the past several months I had noticed tweets about “Beer Dinners.” Now beer, particularly local micro beer, is one of Bad Boy and my favorite beverages; so I needed to check this out.

A Beer Dinner is the process of paring food dishes with beer to enhance the dining experience. This modern art of food and beer parings is a relatively recent phenomenon and doesn’t depend on a “set of rules.” It’s all about local cuisines paired with local craft beers. From the tweets it appeared a local brewery and restaurant would partner to present a 5-7 course beer dinner and you would either have to make reservations or buy tickets for it. Well, it’s food and beer (two of our favorite things) and Bad Boy and I just had to do a Beer Dinner.

bistro_logoWe were in luck, Academy Street Bistro, a restaurant we had on our list to try, and Fortnight Brewery were having a Beer Dinner. This was perfect for us. We arrived via Uber and walked into a cozy, friendly atmosphere. Although small groups had formed, we were warmly accepted into one. As we began munching on appetizers and sipping a porter, we found out this was a first Beer Dinner for everyone in our group. After the reception, we moved into the dinning room for the main event. There were two long tables set up for dining which afforded participants easy conversation and comradely.

As each plate was served Derek Garman, head brewer and Colin Spark, account manager from Fortnight Brewery, told us about our beer/ale selection and Chef Brian Fitzgerald, a CIA trained chef, expanded on our course and how flavors of the beer and food played off and complimented each other. Our courses and beer pairings are shown below:

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My favorite plates for the night were the Diver Sea Scallops and Roasted stuffed Pork Loin. Bad Boy agreed with me about the Scallops, but the Pastrami Spiced Venison Medallions was his other favorite. Before dessert was served, Colin explained how the special cask were made and Derek gave us a demonstration on how to infuse beer using a French Press. We ended our beer dinner with a wonderful dessert paired with a Chocolate-Cherry Stout-Special Cask.

brianAfter the dinner we had the opportunity to meet Chef Brian and his sister-in-law MaryLynn. They shared the story behind Academy Street Bistro, how MaryLynn convinced Chef Brian to re-locate and open a farm to table restaurant in downtown Cary. Thanks to both Chef Brian and MaryLynn for making great food available to the residents of Cary. Bad Boy and I will definitely be returning, maybe for Sunday Brunch.

Our first Beer Dinner was a great experience and when things calm down after the Holidays we will be checking Twitter for other Beer Dinners to attend. We highly recommend you make reservations for a beer dinner to enjoy all of the culinary delights and local beer the Triangle has to offer.

s_belle_smCheers to Triangle breweries and restaurants – Belle

Downtown Cary Food and Flea Market

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signSunday, October 12th was the first Downtown Cary Food & Flea Market. This will become a monthly event – 2nd Sunday of each month from 12 – 4.   Downtown Cary Food and Flea is the creative collaboration of Michelle Smith of Gather NC, April Schlanger of Happyfoodwine & Jessica McCarthy of The Humble Pig. Their plan is for the Downtown Cary Food & Flea to be a Multi-cultural market that features local food, local beer, vintage, art, crafts, food goods, kid’s projects and more. It’s their goal is to bring together all the amazing art, food and fun that Cary and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Although it was damp and dreary, Belle and Bad Boy decided to head to downtown Cary for this “first. “ We arrived a little before noon and took a few minutes to do a walk around to take in all the Cary Food and Flea Market had to offer. In addition to the vendors with vintage items and artisans with their wares, there was Liv’s food truck, Boulted Bread and Fortnight Brewery on site. While we were there, we sampled delicious jams and chutneys from happyfoodwine, admired the jewelry from Tiffany Coley Designs, enjoyed the live music and were entertained by the Circus Family. We also had the pleasure of meeting April and Jessica, two of the ladies who are responsible for organizing the Cary Food and Flea Market. They excitedly told us that the next Cary Food and Flea Market would be bigger and better with more vendors. We left with hair bows from Lucy2’s and croissants from Boulted Bread. We will be returning to this market in the months to come.

We encourage you to attend the next Downtown Cary Food and Flea Market, Sunday, November 9th. The circus family, Fortnight Brewery, and live music will all be back. Olio & Aceto food truck will also be there. – Belle

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All Aboard! – Brew-n-Choo in New Hope Valley

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bruce_smIn New Hope Valley, North Carolina, there are a group of dedicated volunteers whose passion is to share their love of trains with our community. How fortunate for us who live in the Triangle Area to be able to share in their zeal. Triangle Street Eats recently attended their first fundraiser, Brew-n-choo.

It would make perfect sense that a dedicated group of people, sharing their love of trains, would exist in the Triangle Area. Anyone who is curious about early forms of transportation/commerce, as well as inquisitive about early engineering accomplishments would appreciate the contribution that railroad systems has made in our nation’s history. It is difficult to put a dollar value on how much rail commerce contributes to our GNP, or how many miles there are of track, but I assure you, it is significant. By this same logic, people sharing a passion for full-scale trains as a way of educating and enlightening others about the contribution trains have had on our nation, would be so dedicated.

New Hope Valley’s train club, The Triangle’s Train, held this fundraiser this past Saturday, to help offset operation costs, as well as help restoration of ‘Old # 10’, their most ambitious project to date. It is interesting to note that this was their first such event ever. The Belle and I purchased tickets to ride on their train car on-line. We chose to ride with Locomotive 110, an oil-fired steam locomotive.

We arrived about 5:30 pm, even though our departure time wasn’t until 7:30. I was surprised to see how picturesque the location was, as well as how well attended the event was. Beer, wine and food venders were available to visitors from; Fortnight Brewing Company, Chatham Hill Winery, Manna Concessions and LadyBug’s Treats. India Cain and Keith Allen also provided Blue Grass music. The atmosphere was family friendly with lots of curious children playing and enthusiastically engaged in the history of trains.

Our train departed after dark, and took us along a wooded path that was illuminated only by the light of a waxing moon. The sound of the train’s steam whistle, slicing through the cool Autumn night, add a haunting element to the hour-long ride.

There are several more events scheduled this year. The first will be the Halloween Express, Saturday October 18, from 4:00 – 7:45 pm, then again on Saturday October 25, 4:00 – 7:45 pm.

A Christmas themed event is also available in December, which will include Santa Clause. All tickets are available on-line. Please take time, and your children, to ride the rails of days-gone-by. You won’t regret it. Stay Hungry …for knowledge my friends! Bad Boy.

 

 

 

 

Brunch with Olio and Aceto – A Review

 

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As this is Memorial Day week-end, Triangle Street Eats, wants to say “Thank you to all veterans.” We are grateful for those who gave their lives, so we could live ours! We will remember with gratitude and pride all those who served and died for our country and our freedom – “All gave some, Some gave all”

For the three day week-end the Belle and Bad Boy decided to do a staycation in the Triangle but The Traveler’s itchy feet got the best of her and she took some extra time off to head out on a road trip. Look for a post in the near future about all her adventures.   Just because The Traveler was out of town there was no reason for Triangle Street Eats not to do a review. So Belle and Bad Boy decided to see where the food trucks were planning to serve Saturday and Sunday – preferably a food truck at a local brewery. We were in luck! Chai’s Global Street Food was scheduled to be at Raleigh Brewing Company Saturday. After arriving and ordering Moravian Rhapsody, a crisp, hoppy pilsner, we were told the food truck had broken down. Of dear, what to do? What else but order another round! As another well-known Southern Bell said, “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Once again, we were in luck and Olio and Aceto was going to be serving brunch at Fortnight Brewery on Sunday.   Although we usually think of food truck fare for either lunch or dinner, brunch was a novel idea. So, Sunday found Belle and Bad Boy headed out to have brunch with Olio and Aceto.

Southern Belle:

s_belle_smSunday, before leaving for Fortnight Brewery to sample the fare of Olio and Aceto, I was checking their menu on the web and couldn’t help but tweet about how good menu selections looked. I quickly received a response from them saying they would not be serving their standard menu, but a brunch menu instead. Thanks, Olio and Aceto for being so thoughtful – great customer service! On our way to Fortnight Brewery via Uber, Bad Boy and I decided we would have to order at least one item we knew The Travel would have ordered. As soon as we took a look at the brunch menu we knew biscuits and sausage gravy would be The Traveler’s choice (she orders this whenever available when the friends do breakfast) along with Mac and Cheese bites. A cheddar biscuit with honey mustard glazed ham and French Toast with raspberry cream cheese, lemon icing, raspberries and granola were my selections.

The cheddar biscuit with honey mustard glazed ham was not your typical ham biscuit. The biscuit was tender with just the right about of cheese and the ham was moist. The honey mustard glazed added to the perfection of this selection. The biscuit and gravy was quite hardy and filling. The gravy was smooth with a velvety texture and loaded with tasty sausage. Next, I moved on to the Mac and Cheese bite. The bite was lightly breaded which let the flavor of the mac and cheese with just a hint of spicy come through. It was a bite of gooey goodness, yum. I think Bob would have liked the bite. Now for the pièce de résistance, the French Toast!! Olio and Aceto’s presentation of the French Toast was picture perfect, encouraging you to dig-in. The first bite of this raspberry cream cheese ladened piece of heaven made my eyes roll back. I definitely did not want to share the French Toast. It was delightful and I wanted it ALL. But, that’s not the way this works, so I grudgingly gave the Bad Boy a small piece to try.

Now that I have sampled the brunch menu, I can’t wait to give the standard menu a try. Thank you. Olio and Aceto for a wonderful brunch, it was awesome, awesome. Can I say awesome one more time!

Bad Boy:

bruce_smBrunch, the word beckons the opportunity to sleep-in. No wonder it has become a tradition for Sunday morning when the following Monday is a holiday. Since we had missed an opportunity to catch Chai’s Global Street Food at Raleigh Brewing Company the day before, we decided on Sunday to dine with Olio and Aceto at Fortnight Brewery, and sample a ‘flight’ of English-styled-brews as well.

Upon arriving, we found the crowd thinner than on our previous visit. Likely a tribute to the holiday weekend, with so many people having planned to be elsewhere and who could blame them. After looking over the menu board, I had decided that I would try Biscuits & Gravy, in honor of the traveler, who was not able to join us. For a dollar more, I had added a poached egg. I had also decided to try a mac-n-cheese bite. With the Southern Belle’s selections of a Cheddar Biscuit, with honey mustard glazed ham and French toast with raspberry cream cheese, lemon icing, fresh raspberries and granola, we had a broad enough sampling of Olio and Aceto’s fare.

They brought it to us inside, where I was now working on my second of four samples from the ‘flight’. Eager to sample the cuisine, I started in on the biscuits & gravy. I was glad I had gotten the poached egg with it. It gave the course a good balance, with a thick full-bodied sausage gravy and a biscuit for balance, it was very special. If I had one critique, it was that the biscuit could have been a little more tender and flakey.

The Cheddar Biscuit, with honey mustard glazed ham on the other hand was perfectly developed, even the biscuit! The flavorful honey mustard glazing complemented the ham wonderfully, as well as the third brew I was now starting on. I had a bite of the mac-n-cheese bite. I was pleased to note that it had just enough heat to appreciate the balance of mac-n-cheese, enveloped in light breading, deep-fried. As I fought back the urge to go outside and get another mac-n-cheese bite, I realized that we still had one dish left to sample, French toast! The French toast was made from a baguette, giving it a true French emphasis. Accompanied with a wonderful raspberry cream cheese and fresh raspberries, the dish was a delight. Who needs sticky syrup when you can have lemon icing instead anyway.

To the hard working ladies of Olio and Aceto, you can make me breakfast anytime. I also look forward to sampling you usual fare, perhaps at the up-and-coming Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo next month.

The Traveler:

mary_smOn a road trip.  Sorry I missed brunch with my friends.  Belle and Bad Boy get ready for another food truck adventure when I return.  I can’t wait to do another review with you!   Right now, I’m writing my travel log for this trip that I will be sharing with everyone later.

 

 

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Baguettaboutit at Fortnight Brewery

 

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As everyone knows southern belles have an innate knack for planning social events and making sure everything runs smoothly and everyone enjoys themselves. This Southern Belle is true to her heritage. So it would only make sense for Belle to be the one of the Three Friends to keep everything on track for Triangle Street Eats. I realized it was time for us to do another truck review. So after finding out everyone’s schedule for the rest of May, it looked this week end would be best time to get in a review. Remembering how much the Traveler and the Bad Boy wanted to try the Pale Ale POPPERS at the rodeo, I checked to see if Valentino’s would be in our area. We were in luck and I let the Traveler know Valentino’s would be on Hillsboro Street for lunch. The Traveler got right back with me and reminded me we had tickets to see Driving Miss Daisy at 2 pm and it would be a challenge to eat and get to the play on time. So, I went back to the planning stage again and soon found that Baguettaboutit would be at the Fortnight Brewery from 5 – 9 pm. I presented this to everyone and they agreed this would work just fine. The Bad Boy really liked the idea that the Tap Room would be open for a little tasting.

Southern Belle:

s_belle_smSince we arrived at Fortnight Brewery before Baguettaboutit was scheduled to begin serving, we decided to try something from the tap. I choose the Blonde Ale which was light and a little “hoppy” – very nice.   Our early arrival gave me time to look over the menu and I decided on “It’s Greek to me,” a chicken and spinach sausage with tzatriki sauce and pizza. The sandwich did not disappoint me. The baguette roll had a crusty outside and firm inside (just right). The sausage and sauce was a good blend and exemplified the sandwich’s name. The pizza was just OK and was a little difficult to eat. Now, I moved onto my friends’ selections. The U Betcha was exactly as advertised and a good standard for the menu. This left the South of the Border for me to try. Just the description “Habanero Hellfire Sauce” intimidated me. Then I looked over at the Traveler and Bad Boy and they were smacking their lips, wiping sweat off their faces and remarking to each other, “Yeah, that’s got some heat!” As I’ve said before, I am still trying to develop a taste for the hot and spicy but I was afraid this one was going to push my limits. I took a deep breath and forged ahead. The first bite of the South of the Border assaulted me as soon as I put it in my mouth – my lips and mouth felt like they were aflame and the back of my throat was burning.   For me this one was too hot but for those who like heat it should be very satisfying. Sampling the offerings of the Fortnight Brewery and food from Baguettaboutit with my friends was a great ending for the day.

The Traveler:

mary_smThe Belle, has taken on role of our social director for our food truck adventures. We had tickets to see Driving Miss Daisy at the Fletcher Theatre at the Duke Energy Center. The play was very good, but could not compare to the movie version starring the late Jessica Tandy and the award winning Morgan Freeman. We utilized the services of Uber to avoid the post-graduation and Mother’s Day traffic to and from the play, then on to our Food Truck destination.

We met up with the Bad Boy to go to the Fortnight Brewery on Northeast Maynard to sample some of their microbrews while dining on the gastronomical delights of Baguettaboutit. I am typically not a beer fan, but found the English Ale palatable.

I ordered The South of the Border sandwich, with a habanero sauce and the Schez Slaw. Typically in the North Carolina region when a food item is listed as hot and spicy, it means it will be on the bland side; however Baguettaboutit delivered exactly what they promised. The Habanero sauce was delightfully hot. I felt a tingling on the lips followed by a sensation of heat on my tongue that slowly increased in intensity as I ate. I loved it! The Schez Slaw was a disappointment. It lacked salt.

I sampled the Belle’s “It’s Greek To Me” and enjoyed the Chicken sausage with a good Tzatziki Sauce. It was a nice contrast to the heat of the habanero sauce. She also tried the Pizza sausage, which was an open face sandwich with sauce, sausage and lots of cheese.   It was okay, but lacked pizzazz and was very messy to eat. The Bad Boy’s U Betcha was ok, but could have used spicier mustard.

We had the opportunity to speak with the owners of the Fortnight Brewery and they were very nice. We wish them well and hope they have continued success. It would have been a regular in my college years and may return again to relive some of the experiences.

Bad Boy:

bruce_smThe decision to visit a local brewery, Fortnight Brewery, and sample some handcrafted English style ales, as well as Baguettaboutit’s brats and whatnots, seemed the perfect late Saturday afternoon diversion. Unfortunately, I have yet to develop an appreciation for finely crafted beer and ale, but looking at the brewery through the observation glass, as I sampled a mildly flavored blond, I could appreciate the effort it took to develop the entire selection of libations they offered patrons. If you have developed an affinity for this style of brew, please visit Fortnight Brewery in Cary for an unforgettable pint.

As I had observed previously, there exists a symbiotic relationship between small businesses throughout the Triangle Area. I have noticed microbreweries, and food trucks seem to complement one another, and why not? The expense and time of developing a single, unique product is a labor of love, as well as risky, doesn’t leave much room for diversification – say in operating a restaurant – as well. This is where food trucks can fill in a much needed gap, in providing these establishments’ patrons with sustenance, while they sample a fine product.

Baguettaboutit provided food for hungry patrons this particular afternoon. Using freshly baked French baguettes to complement locally made bratwursts and Italian sausage, the food was an excellent complement of the beverage. I had chosen the “U Betcha” for myself, in keeping with the theme of “beer and brats.” The U Betcha has a warm, crusty baguette, infused with a full-flavored bratwurst and spicy mustard. I found it complemented my blond ale perfectly. I sampled the Belle’s “It’s Greek To Me” which utilized the same crusty baguette, except with Chicken sausage and a Tzatziki Sauce. I found it a little bland for my pallet. It would be the Traveler’s choice, The “South of the Border” sandwich that took all of us by surprise! Hot Italian sausage with Baguettaboutit’s “Habanero Hellfire Sauce” gave the sandwich some real heat. If you get this, be ready to sweat. We shared a Baguettaboutit Pizza, which resembled an open-faced sausage sandwich with mozzarella cheese. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t memorable either. Their available side of “Schez slaw” missed its mark.

Bob the Cat:

bobcat_smI was not in the traveling mood, so I remained home. The Traveler failed to tell me about the Fortnight Microbrewery.   I was upset because I did not get to sample the unique beers from the Brewery. I saw a dog in one of the photos, so pets were allowed.

I love hot, so I loved the spiciness of the hot Italian sausage and habanero sauce. I cooled my mouth by drinking a small bowl of cream. I wanted more, but had to make do with other pieces of baguettes filled with sausage. I detest cabbage so I had no intent of sampling the slaw and it’s dressing, which had a brown color that I did not find appealing. I liked the chicken sausage sandwich, with bread bathed in a creamy sauce; the meat had a small amount of heat. The U Betcha sandwich was spoiled due to the mustard. It was sour and unappealing to me; the taste made the sausage unenjoyable. The open-faced sandwich was okay, but difficult for me to get my mouth around due to the shape of the container.   I did enjoy the melted cheese.

I am looking forward to sampling new food from other food trucks. You never know when I may decide to pay a visit to the trucks. I may need to take a break from my new brother Jack after he arrives.

 

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