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Raleigh ranks 5th for fast food

Tags: Mouthful

In the September issue of Men's Health, the magazine ranked cities for their penchant for fast food. Among North Carolina cities, Charlotte ranked 3rd, Raleigh ranked 5th, Durham ranked 20th and Greensboro ranked 23rd. 

The rankings are based on the number of McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bells and Burger Kings per capita. The following is the complete list, which is available on

1705Prime offers wine dinner Thursday night

North Raleigh's 1705Prime is hosting a wine dinner at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. (That's tomorrow.)

1705Prime is part of the local Rocky Top Hospitality
chain of restaurants, including Michael Dean's, Red Room and Bogart's. The chain's chefs are partnering with The Wine Merchant to choose wines to pair with the five courses. The featured wine is Frog's Leap, an organic wine. 

Mordecai baking contest on Sept. 19

Tags: Mouthful

My co-worker, Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, has details on Mordecai Historic Park's baking contest for both children and adults next month on the Triangle Mom2Mom Web site.

Here's the link to her post.

As Sarah notes, the best part is if you don't like to bake, you can just go and eat the entries. 

Piedmont offers takeout for Friday movie night

Durham Cinematheque will show the movie, "Crazy Italian Night," at Durham Central Park Friday night. Folks should bring their lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy a movie under the stars.

Piedmont, which is nearby Durham Central Park, will be offering a few takeout specials. 

Dining for Women starts in Raleigh

Tags: Mouthful

Reader Mary Choe contacted me a month or so ago about starting a Raleigh chapter of Dining for Women. Dining for Women is a nonprofit national giving circle. Women gather together for potluck meals and then donate the money they would have spent dining out to pre-selected programs that benefit women in need all over the world.

Reminder: Friday deadline for CD giveaway

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Remember, if you want a chance to win a copy of the CD, "North Carolina Homegrown Music for the Soil, " you have to leave a comment at the bottom of my post the other day.

The deadline is noon Friday. Only 8 people have posted comments so your chances are good. 


In today's paper: New pizza joint on Glenwood South

In case you missed it, Greg Cox's Epicurean column dishes on Sauced, the latest edition to Glenwood South, as well as updates on two other Triangle pizzerias.

And I remind folks that midnight tonight is the deadline for your short essay for a chance to sit on the readers' kitchen panel. Here is the story detailing the contest.  

Watermelon recipes from today's paper

Tags: Mouthful | Recipe

Here are the recipes referenced in today's paper for a Bacon-Lettuce-Watermelon sandwich, Watermleon Summer Salad, Pickled Watermelon Rind and Watermelon Granita.

Frugal Feasts: Crystal Shrimp

Each Wednesday, I offer a frugal recipe based on what's on sale at the grocery store. Two stores are having specials on frozen shrimp. Food Lion has buy one, get one 1-pound bags of shrimp for a total of $7.99. Harris Teeter has buy one, get two on those Ez-peel 2-pound bags of shrimp. That's either $4.33 a pound at Harris Teeter or $4 a pound at Food Lion.

Hot Stuff: upcoming classes, dinners

Each Wednesday, I publish a complete list of all the upcoming cooking classes, special dinners and food events across the Triangle. There is never enough space in the paper to publish the complete list so here it is: