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Cockadoodlemoo at Foodie Fest – Waverley Place, Cary, NC

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Waverly Place in Cary, NC hosts many family oriented events throughout the year. On Saturday, November 8th, between 11am – 2pm, the Local Foodie Fest was held in front of the Whole Foods Market, who hosted the event. Billed as a local lunch, several food trucks, as well as one new addition to the growing food truck fleet in the Triangle, Cockadoodlemoo, and two favorites among food truck enthusiast, Olio and Aceto and Halal Brothers attended the event. Also on hand were Patrick Jane’s Pizza, located in the Shoppes of Kildare and Humdinger Juice.

mooThe friends took the opportunity to review the new addition to the food truck fleet, Cockadoodlemoo, and introduce ourselves to the proprietors, Doug and Jolie Rollins, as well as give a review of the fare. Cockadoodlemoo had been following us on twitter for several months before this, and we felt that we were already acquainted. The food offered by Cockadoodlemoo consisted of many North Carolina favorites, including; pulled-pork, pork rinds and beef brisket. The menu also included; chicken and waffles, French fries, chili cheese fries and turkey and black-bean chili. It was apparent immediately that Cockadoodlemoo was following a ‘farm-to-table’ approach to their cuisine, which is fast becoming popular among food truck venders, as well as patrons in the food truck culture. Their ‘Raven’ used beef brisket from Mills Family Farm, while the ‘State Divided’ pulled-pork sandwich offered pork from Seven Springs Farm. The ‘Foghorn’ and the ‘Ro-Ro’ offered chicken from Walk Ahead Farms.

We each ordered an entrée from the menu and sampled it. I had always been fascinated by the nation-wide phenomenon of chicken-and-waffles, but had yet to have the opportunity of trying it for myself, so I ordered the Ro-Ro. A delicately buttermilk fried chicken breast, served with a waffle, with spicy/sweet molasses butter. The Traveler ordered the State Divided, which featured Seven Springs Farms pork, apple wood/hickory smoked, served with a crispy slaw. It can be dressed with either a vinegar style BBQ sauce, or a tomato/molasses BBQ sauce, hence the name, ‘State Divided’, depending on which part of North Carolina you hail from. Belle ordered, The Raven, which is made from a smoked Angus chuck from Mills Family Farm, and served on a grilled ciabatta bun with apple-horseradish slaw on top. We also ordered the fresh, sweet-and-spicy pork rinds, French fries and a chocolate chunk cookie. Below are our critiques of each dish.

beefThe Raven – Moist and delicious, made from Mills Family Farm smoked Angus chuck, toped with an apple-horseradish slaw, between as grilled ciabatta roll, served with quick-pickles. This sandwich is hearty and satisfying. We gave it high-marks across the board, including Jack and Bob.

The State Divided – An extravagant sandwich, made with a porkhearty portion of Seven Springs apple wood/hickory smoked pork, with crispy slaw on top. Moist, tender and delicious, the friends all gave this entrée high-marks, and praise. Jack and Bob also enjoyed a few morsels of this, and found it pleasing to their pallet.

The Ro-Ro – What could be better, a hearty chicken breast, with a wafflesspicy-sweet molasses glazing drizzled over, between two crispy, delicate waffles! Even the quick-pickles seemed to complement the entrée. Call me an official fan of the chicken-and-waffles craze. However, the same could not be said for my cohorts. They both gave this dish low marks, leaving me to wander if chicken-and-waffles is a ‘guy-thing’. It seems that more research will be needed to determine if this, in fact, is the case. Among the two cats, they too were divided, and only Jack found it delicious.

rinesSweet-and-spicy Pork Rinds – These were truly the biggest surprise. Light, delicate and flavorful, the pork rinds were not typical of others we had tried anywhere. We all gave this side high-marks. The cats were again divided in their review, and only Jack found the rinds to his liking.

After eating, we mingled with a few other people who had attended and asked them of what they thought of the small, informal event. It seemed that most people had enjoyed their selection, regardless of which truck they had patronized. We also had an opportunity to talk with one of the organizers of the event, Ken Weeks, with Farm Brands Food Distributers. Ken told us that he works hard to bring local grocer, like Whole Foods, to bruce_smappreciate – and support – local farms like those mentioned above. We at Triangle Street Eats applaud your effort Ken, and hope that your passion to bring local NC brands to retail grocery stores is a success. I’ve learned that, if you follow your passion, you’ll live fewer days disappointed with your choice of occupation. – Bad boy

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The Handmade Market – Cobblestone Hall, Raleigh, NC

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Belle’s and Traveler’s plans for this past Saturday included breakfast at State Farmers Market Restaurant, heading Downtown Raleigh to the City Market for the Handmade Market and then to Waverly Place for the Foodie Fest. Bad Boy decided not to go on to the Handmade Market but said he would be ready for the Foodie Fest. Now, The Friends normally use Uber when going to a downtown event for the convenience of being dropped off right at the event and not having to worry with the hassle of parking, but not this time. I had gone online to Visit Raleigh and printed the Downtown Raleigh Map. Over breakfast Traveler and I discussed our route in and back and where we would park. After our hearty breakfast we headed downtown. I was driving and Traveler was navigating with “the map.” We found Person Street with little difficulty and headed toward the City Market and a parking garage. Although parking was shown on “the map” things didn’t seem to be in scale nor was every street shown on “the map” We ended up parking about 5 blocks away instead of the garage across from the City Market.

Market_fall2014We were excited about the Handmade Market at the Cobblestone Hall. This is an indoor designer craft fair and market showcasing hand crafted goods. The Handmade Market is a semiannual shopping event featuring more than 50 of the best and brightest artists, designers, and crafters. This event also includes a fundraiser to benefit a local charity: Read and Feed was this year’s charity. It is a local volunteer led charity focused on bridging the gap of reading deficiencies for low income elementary students in Wake County.

From 11 am to 5 pm admission was free, however Early Birds could enter for $5.00 cash from 10 am – 11 am. The Traveler and I had decided ahead of time to take advantage of the early bird opportunity. We were glad we did because this afforded us a less hectic scene with more elbow room to enjoy shopping. Adding to this experience Jason Elliot (drummer from Porch Light Apothecary) provided a nice mix of jazzy funky tunes that added to the fun and “groovy” atmosphere of the market. Since we were Early Birds we received a recycled shopping bag with swag, including a gorgeous 2015 calendar with designs from local artists.

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We took different paths as we strolled the aisles and admired the art, apparel, jewelry, accessories, house wares and more available. I found earrings at Zass Design, I just couldn’t leave, and handmade soap from Whispering Willow for Bad Boy. The traveler selected a bouquet of flowers from Fleur de Leelee and a necklace by Patina South. At times Traveler and I would end up at the same booth such as Zen Succulent where Traveler got a DIY “Air Plant Grab Bag” but I opted for the ready-made terrarium. This happened again at HappyFoodWine – a jar of blood orange curd for me and an awesome brownie for the Traveler. For a full list of artists please visit The Handmade Market’s Artisans Page.

We left the Handmade Market happy with our purchases and having enjoyed our experience of shopping local. We plan to go the next market in the spring and highly recommend this event to all.

As we headed to the parking garage, the Traveler and I looked at each other and said, “Next time Uber!” – Belle

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Toast & T.MAC at Waverly Place

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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.

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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.

T.Mac

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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