” … people have cooked for centuries using nothing more than simple tools and heat from a fire or the sun. So how did Americans get this way, expecting expensive kitchen trends and technology to show up in even very average priced homes?
‘People see their kitchen as the centerpiece of their house, in terms of entertaining and people hanging out,’ says Arlington, Va., real estate agentBrian Block. So getting a trendy new kitchen is like getting in shape before a high school reunion; sure it’s great for you, but it’s even better if someone else sees it … “
Interesting piece on what’s really important in the kitchen and how our views on that have changed over time. The concept of the kitchen as the heart of a home is spot on—it’s where you nourish, entertain, welcome, unwind, and break bread together. Good read.
American Meltdown came to my office today, and I finally got to try a food truck I’ve been lusting after for months!
Co-worker Laura and I split today’s two specials, the French Monster and the Buffalo Blitz.
The former: “French onion soup transformed into a sandwich. The onions are cooked down for hours in butter, wine and herbs until they are spreadable. Then we drop a healthy amount of muenster cheese onto it and toast it up. Served on Guglhupf Bakery’s rustic house bread.”
The latter: “Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good buffalo sauce. We toss grilled chicken in ours, add the local pepper jack cheese for an extra kick & serve it on La Farm Bakery’s sesame bread.”
Both sandwiches were excellent, though I’m giving a slight edge to the French Monster. American Meltdown’s sandwiches take you back to the buttery grilled cheeses of your youth to satiate your inner child, while bringing unique and locally-sourced ingredients into the fold to please your adult palate. The result is the best damn sandwich I’ve had out of a truck.
This past Friday night, some friends and I decided to check out ORO, a new tapas spot in the heart of downtown Raleigh. ORO is perfectly located, with a chic and open interior. ORO feels like a place to see and be seen.
My friends and I decided to share a bunch of plates, so we could try a bit of everything. Here are the menu’s highlights for me:
- Truffle Mac and Cheese : Rich and creamy flavor. For me, this wasn’t very truly cheesy, but nonetheless good and the truffle flavor adds a unique element.
- Red and Golden Beet Salad : Really cool mix of flavors, highlighting pickled watermelon and smoked goat cheese. I don’t say no to goat cheese.
- Flatbreads : We tried the BBQ chicken and shrimp flatbreads. Both were great and good for sharing.
- Chilean Sea Bass : Excellent preparation and good sized portion. We got two of these because it was so good—that should say it right there.
- Caramelized Pork Belly Skewers : Probably the best thing I tasted all night. Luscious, crispy, tender, sweet, salty—these things have it all.
- Grilled Sweet Corn : It sounds simple, and it is, but the flavor profile of this one was really nice. The miso compound butter pairs nicely with the sweetness of the corn and the charred bits from the grill.
Also, it should be said that they have a very solid wine list and feature local beers on tap. That earns points in my book.
The lovely Miss Skinner went to the Raleigh Farmers’ Market yesterday on my behalf, and man did we score big. Sweet corn, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, plums, succulent peaches. Eating locally never tasted so good.