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A Fond Farewell to 2013

It’s that reflective period at year end, when reviewing the past year’s events seems most appropriate. I tend to relive the year’s memories visually, through photos.

The year began with a little snow, just a little, that soon melted away.

Snow on bench

 In February “More Love” opened at Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill (and I couldn’t give it enough love – brilliant work Ackland).

More Love at Ackland Art Musuem

 One day in March, brightly colored kites soared across Carolina blue skies over Bond Park in Cary.

Octopus kite flying in Bond Park

In April, the Durham Bulls took the field (along with a few new, yet familiar characters) while lines formed at the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the newly opened Parlour ice cream shop downtown.

Crash and Nuke from Bull Durham

 

On the last day of Full Frame

The Parlour began serving at the brick & mortar shop in April 2013

We had a lot of showers throughout the Spring. The flowers sure seemed to like the weather and were often the only bright spot on a dreary May day.

Brilliant blooms on an otherwise blah day at the State Farmers Market

Though the June weather outside was somewhat frightful at times…

A scary storm cloud moves over RTP

…it was nothing but delightful during the tour of TOPO Distillery in Chapel Hill that same month.

Shining copper equipment at TOPO Distillery

Instead of one long Summer vacation, I took a few mini vacations around North Carolina. I fell in love with both Old Salem

Old Salem

 …and Downtown Winston Salem (as well as SECCA and Reynolda House art museums just beyond downtown).

Grassy-hill-in-downtown

 Downtown Asheboro proved to be a surprising gem (and wonderful example of downtown revitalization efforts). 

Downtown Asheboro Murals can be found around most every corner

A road trip to Kinston proved to be worth the drive for the beer at Mother Earth and the food at Chef and the Farmer (although it took a second trip to have the chance to dine at Chef and the Farmer, as seen on TV).

Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston

In a return to my old stomping grounds in Greensboro, I explored the new SciQuarium, the enigmatic Elsewhere and my undying devotion to simple, delicious tacos at Crafted (another taste temptation worth the drive from the Triangle).

Crafted taco art in downtown Greensboro

 In August, I dined on a sumptuous gluten free feast at Bella Monica restaurant in Raleigh – gosh, that was so good.

Menu from the GFAF Blogger event at Bella Monica

September brought more taste sensations in the form of a new cookbook (and CLASS at Chapel Hill’s Southern Season) from local author Sandra Gutierrez, “Latin American Street Food”…

Latin American Street Food

…and the best beer I tasted all year during the Ponysaurus debut at The Cookery.

Ponysaurus Brewing

October was all treats, visual treats at the “Porsche by Design” exhibit at NCMA…

Porsche by Design exhibit at NCMA in Raleigh

… and at a very special tasting and wine pairing hosted by Raaga in Chapel Hill. My favorite bite of the evening was this lentil-battered and lightly fried cauliflower in a sweet and spicy garlic chili sauce.

Gobi Lasooni at Raaga

November proved to be once again the month of plenty, with a cookbook release from Lionel Vatinet (of La Farm Bakery in Cary), “A Passion for Bread”…

A Passion for Bread at La Farm in Cary

…and the final Durham food truck rodeo of 2013 at Durham Central Park (where there’s always more than food trucks to enjoy).

Durham Food Truck Rodeo

Then in December, when skies darken earlier, an exceptionally brilliant twilight sky caught my eye (no filter on this image – all Mother Nature)…

Sunset in RTP December 19 2013

 …and words from a fortune cookie left me with wisdom that I shall carry through the coming year.

Fortune cookie wisdom

 

Thank you 2013. You were a good year.  

 

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