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Western Wake Farmers Market


mary_smThe Belle and I had been reading and hearing about the Western Wake Farmers’ Market, so we decided to go check it out, after eating brunch at Toast Cafe. We had an excellent meal, chatted with Dean Kessel and his wife Beth, the owners as well as Brian Burchill, founder of the Toast franchise from Charlotte. With our bellies filled we braved the NC State Fair traffic and were soon at the market.

The produce at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market is grown locally. For mid-October, there was a large selection of vegetables. There were various turnips, okra, peppers, cabbage, greens and eggplant to name a few. I purchased Japanese salad turnips. They were sweet and not bitter. I normally don’t turnip greens, but I did these. I plan to go back and purchase more.

There were venders selling various types of meats, ranging from beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkeys, seafood and rabbits. Seeing rabbit meat available brought back memories from my childhood.

I grew up on a farm in northeastern Missouri and my father had decided to raise rabbits. They are a wonderful source of meat. My mother would make a rabbit sausage. It was a lot of work, but the results were worth it and we loved it. I could still remember the smell of it cooking and then eating it on warm homemade bread. I will be ordering rabbit from the Chatham Rabbit Farm in the near future.

Angelina’s Kitchen was there selling wonderful soups and other items. Annelore’s German Bakery had apple strudel, lemon bars and other fresh baked delights. Hillsborough Cheese offered samples of hand-crafted cheeses. Gertrude’s Garden Gems offered a select of home grown flowers and wild flower honey. The Great Harvest Bread Company offered freshly made whole grain breads. The Cilantro Mediterranean Grill had samples of Middle Eastern food, which was quite tasty. Fickle Creek Farm offered free-range eggs and pasture-raised meats. Local’s Seafood had offerings of fresh shrimp, sea scallops, crab meat, Little Neck clams and Chadwick Creek oysters. Fortnight Brewery and Pub was present with samples of their fine brews. The Fox Mushroom Patch supplied various mushrooms, Belle bought some lion head mushrooms to make mushroom soup. These were a few of the vendors present. I apologize for the vendors I failed to mention.

We finished our shopping and headed back to Belles to pick up the Badboy. We contacted Uber to get a ride to the North Carolina Theatre to see A Chorus Line. We ended our day of adventure by having an early dinner at Mura Sushi. The food was fantastic and the friends left feeling full and satisfied. We appreciated the personal attention from James Woods, Bar Manager. We Ubered back to Belle’s letting our driver deal with the fair traffic on 440 while watched the other frustrated drivers trying to get to their destinations.

The Traveler


Toast & T.MAC at Waverly Place


This past week, the doors opened to two new restaurants at Waverly Place in Cary. Both Toast Café and T.Mac are up-and-coming regional chains opening their first location in the Triangle. Charlotte-based Toast Café serves breakfast, brunch and lunch with a menu which focuses on organic foods. T. Mac out of Atlanta, a sports pub features wings and craft beers.

Toast Café

toast logoDean and Beth Kessler, long-time patrons of Toast Café in the Charlotte area, approached Brian Burchill about expanding Toast to the Triangle area.   Dean and Beth have now opened Toast’s newest location in Cary. Toast Café, with its gourmet better-breakfast concept believes in delivering great food with a home style atmosphere IMG_0653and great service. At Toast “every server is your server” and this assures every diner has a great experience.

The Friends met at Toast for breakfast/brunch this past week-end and it was a great experience. We had the opportunity to meet Dean, Beth and Brian who made us feel right at home as soon as photowe stepped in the door.   It only took a few minutes of conversation with them to see their passion for bringing great food to Cary.

After checking out the menu, The Friends made their choices. The Traveler selected the lobster roll from the daily specials, Bell decided on the strawberry and cream cheese stuffed French toast from “the griddle” and Bad Boy took advantage of the side selections and built his own breakfast of a pancake, eggs and sausage. The Friends were very pleased with their selections from the presentation to the IMG_0788freshness and taste of each selection. Tyler, our server, had told us the lobster was flown in fresh from Maine and The Traveler said it was evident the lobster was fresh when she took the first bite. We all decided we would be returning to Toast Café in the future.


tmaxLast Sunday was the grand opening for T.Mac (Taco Mac Sports Grill). Although wings are their specialty, the menu has a wide variety of selections including, burgers, chicken tenders, flat breads and other pub nibbles to name a few. Then there’s also over a 100 beers to choose from. As the sign over the door says “Genuine Food and Craft Beer”

Since The Traveler had decided to attend the Pepper Festival in Abundance, NC, Belle and IMG_1206Bad Boy chose to try opening day at T.Mac along with a large crowd of sports fans. This made for a lively atmosphere. Luckily we were able to join our friends Paul and Suzanne at their table or we might have had quite a wait. Bad Boy ordered their signature Original wings and a Lone Rider Brewery – Sweet Josie beer. Belle opted for the newly added Mushroom Steak Burger. All of us at the table agreed the wings lived up to their billing. Both Paul and Bad Boy IMG_1208enjoyed the beers from the myriad of craft beer selections. We also tried a very good caramel apple cake before leaving.

T.Mac has a plethora of flat screen TVs. So no matter who your favorite team is you will find them playing on at least one of the TVs. This along with the food and wall of taps to choose from IMG_1210makes T.Mac a great sport-watching environment. We plan to return to watch a little ACC action and maybe a little Pirate Nation football.