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.
In February “More Love” opened at Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill (and I couldn’t give it enough love – brilliant work Ackland).
One day in March, brightly colored kites soared across Carolina blue skies over Bond Park in Cary.
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.
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.
Though the June weather outside was somewhat frightful at times…
…it was nothing but delightful during the tour of TOPO Distillery in Chapel Hill that same month.
Instead of one long Summer vacation, I took a few mini vacations around North Carolina. I fell in love with both Old Salem…
…and Downtown Winston Salem (as well as SECCA and Reynolda House art museums just beyond downtown).
Downtown Asheboro proved to be a surprising gem (and wonderful example of downtown revitalization efforts).
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).
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).
In August, I dined on a sumptuous gluten free feast at Bella Monica restaurant in Raleigh – gosh, that was so good.
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”…
…and the best beer I tasted all year during the Ponysaurus debut at The Cookery.
October was all treats, visual treats at the “Porsche by Design” exhibit at NCMA…
… 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.
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”…
…and the final Durham food truck rodeo of 2013 at Durham Central Park (where there’s always more than food trucks to enjoy).
Then in December, when skies darken earlier, an exceptionally brilliant twilight sky caught my eye (no filter on this image – all Mother Nature)…
…and words from a fortune cookie left me with wisdom that I shall carry through the coming year.
Thank you 2013. You were a good year.