I am a carnivore. I’m not proud of it. But I do love a good burger. And while Summertime is the right time to burn some ground beef on the George Foreman, I still prefer seeking out my burgers somewhere on-the-road in the Carolinas. Here are my 5 picks:
In Charlotte and Raleigh, I am a fan of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Their Classic Southern Burger, topped with chili, American cheese, relish, mustard, and slaw, is a winner … but be sure to ask for plenty of napkins. I also enjoy the basic (and I mean basic) cheeseburger at O’Malley’s Pub in Raleigh. Basic…cheddar cheese…lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard (no mayo) … and a side of onion rings. Oh, and a pint of Guinness. Perfection.
I’ve mentioned numerous times that the Carolinas were fortunate to be among the last in to the housing downturn – and among the first out.
Last week, my remarks were further validated when four Allen Tate markets in North Carolina made the list of America’s 25 fastest growing cities since the recession.
The cities included Charlotte (No. 4), Greensboro (No. 9), Raleigh (No. 12) and Durham (No. 14). Each experienced double-digit population growth between 10.3 and 15.8 percent from 2007 to 2012.
Interestingly, 17 of the 25 ranked cities (population greater than 200,000) are located in the South and are largely suburban cities and lower density, spread-out municipalities. In comparison, major cities in the Northeast experienced only minimal growth during this time period, with Washington, D.C. as the best survey performer (No. 27) with 7.8 percent growth. New York has only grown 0.3 percent since 2007, while Chicago’s population has dropped 3.4 percent.
So today, March 14, is “International Pi Day”…a day I have even less use for than I do “Wiggle Your Toes Day” (August 6), “National Bubba Day” (June 2), or “I Forgot Day” (July 2).
Pi, my Wiki research tells me, is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant…the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter…which is about 3.14159. I say “about” because mathematicians seem to enjoy calculating Pi out to a massive number of digits. The record is now 5 trillion digits, set in August 2010 by Alexander J. Yee and Shigeru Kondo. Can you say “boys with too much time on their hands?”
Pi (Greek letter “π”) is an irrational number, which means that it cannot be expressed exactly as a ratio of two integers. Oh, of course…why didn’t you say so in the first place? (I don’t like explanations that make me feel dumber than a bag of hammers.)
So what can I get out of this Pi Day? I rarely need to know the circumference of a circle, and trigonometry is not my thing. So, I say we make this Pi Day one that gives us many reasons to indulge in the Carolinas’ best pies. Let me loosen my belt now.