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A few months ago, 007 asked if I had been to The Pit, since she read about it being one of the best new restaurants in the country. Since then, I have read about it in probably half a dozen other places. The food world is pretty wild about pig right now–you can’t crack a foodie mag without discussions of heritage pork and how to cook it, and it’s been that way for a while. So tonight when I was too lazy to cook, I sat down at the computer to find a new place to eat (because we didn’t want to go to Moe Joes on a Friday night) and somehow The Pit popped up.

What is The Pit? It’s a bbq place downtown in the old warehouse district, pretty much across the tracks from the Amtrak station. Where the hoopla comes in is that the pigs are all local, free-rangey piggies and they are pit-cooked by Ed Mitchell, the pit master who is famous for his bbq.

It was worth the hoopla. The place was beautiful and spacious, and the food was fabulous. Reed had the chopped pork with collards and mashed potatoes, along with a cup of stew. I had silky, smoky pulled pork with baked beans and some of the best non-Mama-made creamed corn ever. I thought the pulled pork was great, until I had a bite of Reed’s chopped pork with the sauce mixed in. That was good bbq. It’s east Carolina style, which is frankly not my favorite most of the time, but I could get used to that. They also serve other homestyle eats like meatloaf and fried chicken, and maybe we’ll try those someday soon. After all, you can always get pork sliders for an appetizer.

Was it the best I’ve ever had? Pretty close for east Carolina style. ha! I don’t think I will ever get used to it, but it’s just because I like the mustard-based sauces I grew up with. Speaking of which, did you know that you can buy Foy’s online now? Lookee here. I still have a bottle or two left, so I’ll just put the link here for safekeeping.

Yates Mill

The end of the hiking year for me is fast approaching! By which I mean that July 4th is almost here and I will have to tally up my miles. I really haven’t done so badly, especially in comparison to past years, but I would love to be putting up more miles. Just have to get out the door and do it.

Today, I did, by scooting down the road to my favorite local park, Yates Mill. Do you all ever get tired of me talking about this place? I never get tired of it. It was hot and I went in the middle of the afternoon, but once I crossed the boardwalk and turned toward the High Ridge trail, I was in the shade.

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I went to the second boardwalk, as usual, to see if any bright little birds were out and about. No such luck, although I heard them. The blackberry thickets were full of red berries. I saw something spooky and interesting once I started on the ridge trail. This is the first one I saw, but there were many others along the ground. This spider’s web is shaped like a funnel and the spider just waits at the bottom for its prey. I tried to get a better picture of the spider, but it ran down inside the tree when my phone got too close. (Followed by me shrieking EEEEP! because I am not really fond of spiders and don’t like them moving that fast, even if it is away from me!)

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I like the ridge trail because it is nice to glimpse the mill pond down below through the trees, and because there are fewer people on it. Which is relative, since there aren’t crowds on the pond trail. Plus, the ridge trail has hills which makes it more interesting walking. It meets back up with the pond trail about 3/4 of the way around the pond.

I don’t know how many pictures I have of the mill pond. Probably every time I have my cell phone with me, I take a picture of the pond.

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Here is the mill itself. They were giving tours of it today, which is why the windows are opened.

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Ahh, a nice day outside, even if just for a very brief time.

Also, the NYTimes has an article about travel to the Research Triangle in this week’s paper. I now have a few new places to eat on my list to try out! There is a great pic of what I call the Stargates at the art park with the article, and a pic in the slide show of a new sculpture I haven’t seen yet. Looks like next weekend I might head over there to see what else I am missing. I will be glad when the new parts of the museum are opened.

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One thing I like about Durham is that there are good examples of Art Deco architecture in the downtown area. It reminds me of Asheville. I think it is beautiful.

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This is some detailing on the Snow Building along Main Street. The link will take you to a post on a great blog about historic Durham with a preservationist bent that features the Snow Building.

The Kress building is absolutely gorgeous! It is covered with carvings and has great style. I hope to get some close-ups when I am thinking of it. It was built in 1933 to be a five and dime, and was one of the first buildings in Durham to have air conditioning. Apparently Kress built these ornate buildings across the country for their stores. You can visit this site to find one near you. This building has been converted into lofts now.

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Here are some buildings I like, even though they are not Art Deco. This is the old courthouse. I eat lunch here frequently, because there is a [Enable javascript to see this email address.] in the basement.

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Yes, this building is pink.

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Finally, this building is not in Durham. This is the Roanoke Daily Herald’s building, in Roanoke Rapids, and it caught my eye because it seems so perfectly preserved. There is just something about the font of ‘Herald’ that screams contemporary, but of course isn’t any longer.

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I can’t seem to settle my mind enough to write a real post during the week, and on the weekends, I just want to veg out. And believe it or not, it takes some mental effort to compose these posts!!

1. I went shopping for clothes this afternoon, because I don’t have very many things I can wear to work in the warm weather. I bought unpretty shoes that are comfortable. And a semi-polka dotted top. It convinced me that I need a personal shopper. Need? ha.

2. Clear fingernail polish can also be used to glue the leather flap you scuffed off the toe of your shoe back on so you look less like a hobo. That is why I keep it in my desk. (This is why I bought the unpretty shoes.)

3. I still like my job, but I am still getting used to 2 day weekends.

4. It was good to have a real vacation. Reed and I hadn’t been on vacation since Alaska, and he was at the conference most of the time then. This time, it was good to hang out with our family so much and still have some time to ourselves. We went snorkeling in several freshwater springs in Florida a couple of weeks ago, and it was the coldest Florida vacation ever!

5. Last night, I made this for dinner: Rosemary Trout with Cherry-Tomato Sauce. It was super-duper easy, so if you like rosemary you should try it. I am not a huge fan of rosemary, but I would have this again. We had quinoa with it.

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