Monday, July 12, 2010
Another one down!
Yes, I am now 4 down and 96 to go with the Our State list of 100 places you must eat in North Carolina's 100 counties. My little sister, Moo, came down to spend a week with me and we went to High Rock Lake, near Lexington, NC, for a few days. Lexington, the seat of Davidson county, is very well-known for its pork barbecue. There is an annual BBQ Festival there every October. So, you just can't go without eating the local speciality at least once.
Our first stop was at Jimmy's Barbecue.
We had a a few wonderful, relaxing days on the lake. Sunbathing, reading, working crossword puzzles, catching up on family gossip... sister stuff. Moo is a pretty good Southern cook. But she had never had risotto so I made the Almost Hands Free recipe, adding shrimp this time. She really liked it, thank goodness. (Otherwise, I'd never hear the end of it-- you know how sisters can be!) I used Picpoul de Pinet wine from Wine Authorities in the recipe. Trop bon!
How about this for a beautiful North Carolina evening?
The Candy Factory on Main Street.
Then we walked across the street to Conrad and Hinkle Food Store, a real grocery store that's been around for 90 years.
The last stop on the way out of town was at The Barbecue Center. David Bailey, author of the Our State article, recommends the Q soup and the banana splits. I did not try the soup, opting instead for another sandwich. Comparison eating, I suppose.
After watching several banana splits head for other tables, we decided to take the plunge. I honestly cannot remember the last time I ate one of these to-die-for summer treats.
A perfectly ripened banana, sliced lengthwise, on the bottom, large scoops of strawberry and vanilla ice cream on the bottom, an equally huge scoop of chocolate ice cream on top of that, chocolate sauce, walnuts and whipped cream. Oh! And a maraschino cherry on top, of course. We did our very best to finish it, but just couldn't.
Bon appétit, Lexington and Davidson County!