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.
With so many gods and goddesses with specific areas of expertise, I wonder when I’ll learn the name of the goddess of N.C. barbeque. Perhaps I’ll be introduced to goddess “Barbie” at the Hog Happenin’ in Lincolnton June 1-2. I can only hope.
Then there are the gods of beer…Yeastus and Hops. North Carolinians have been brewing beer since the 18th century, and N.C. is now the top craft beer brewing state in the South. I’m very proud of that distinction. One Raleigh brewery, Roth Brewing Company, will be hosting its 2nd Anniversary Party on June 2 and featuring their plum honey hefeweizen (a wheat beer), two bands, three food trucks and casked ales. All hail Yeastus and Hops!
On December 9, Allen Tate President/COO Pat Riley was named Realtor of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. Can you believe that this is the third time in his career that he has received this honor? Pat is a truly remarkable man and I am honored to have him work beside me. Then, not one month later, on January 6, Allen Tate Senior Vice President Phyllis Brookshire was honored by the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors with the same distinction.
What an honor this is for our company! And it is enhanced by the fact that the Realtor of the Year is selected by past winners.
Did you know that the month of January, what I refer to as the month of empty pockets, is named for Janus…the God of the Doorway? (Who knew there were doorway gods?) So, let’s walk through the door to 2012 and 5 things every North Carolinian should try to do in January. (Sorry about the conflicting event dates…they didn’t check with me first.)
In these times, it’s rare to find positive news about housing, but I found something good in an earlier edition of Builder Magazine.
In an article on the health of the country’s top housing markets, the Raleigh-Cary market was ranked No. 1 with a score of 86.9; Durham-Chapel Hill was No. 3 at 81.5 and in 9th position with a score of 76.6 was the Charlotte metro area. Now, after reading this, I must admit I was feeling pretty good that we are selling homes in three of the top 10 markets in the entire country…wow!
On Nov. 19, Pullen Park in Raleigh reopened after a two-year, $6 million renovation. Pullen Park was opened 124 years ago, making it the oldest amusement park in North Carolina, the fifth oldest in the United States and the 16th oldest in the world.
I have so many wonderful memories, as many who grew up in Raleigh do, of trips to Pullen Park as a child. My favorite part was the 1911 Dentzel Carousel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I would ride ‘round and ‘round for hours (or as long as my Mom could stand it) on one of the beautiful horses. The Carousel is now housed in a spacious, climate-controlled building that will protect it for years to come. My brother’s favorite ride was the miniature train. We loved riding around the entire park on the one-third-size replica of the C.P. Huntington locomotive. I remember thinking how funny it was to watch the adults try to fold themselves up so they could enjoy the ride with their kids.
Even though college football season begins to wind down in November, things are only just starting to get exciting!
I so admire anyone that has the discipline, commitment and stamina to complete a marathon. It is not something on my bucket list, but it is either growing in popularity in North Carolina or I have just been paying more attention.
Just a few weeks ago I learned that Genevieve Jooste (our social media coordinator) is about to run her third half marathon this weekend! Wow. Her third, can you believe it? I asked her how long she had been running and what got her started. She told me that she had always wanted to complete a half-marathon (13.1 miles!) but never had the courage to commit to running in one.
October is my favorite month for a number of reasons. First of all, I love fall. Second, it is my birthday month and I LOVE my birthday. Last but certainly not least, October is also the month of the North Carolina State Fair.
Growing up, I attended the fair every year. My best friend and I ate our way through the church booths and then ate candy apples and cotton candy for dessert. Of course we rode the rides (I will never forget the first time I rode the Tilt a Wheel and how my best friend had to talk me out of getting sick…). We also made “spin art” every trip. Those are memories I will carry with me forever.