Restaurants

I was lucky enough to get a copy of Sanford D’Amato’s Good Stock: Life on a Slow Simmer. It is, in short, a memoir with recipes. Not something I’d seen before, but it really works well with this book and I predict more of this kind of book in the future. Each chapter ends with […]

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Virgil on January 16, 2013

Mateo tapas Five Maudies – Highly Recommended My brother-in-law and his wife, Anastasia, introduced me to this unbelievably wonderful restaurant in downtown Durham, North Carolina. I was passing through on my way to Washington, DC. Mateo is a fairly new restaurant and it was packed on a Sunday evening. Reservations are a must any night […]

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Virgil on October 24, 2012

Frog Hollow Tavern Five Maudies – Highly Recommended I just got back from 18-months in Afghanistan and Iraq and, when I come home from places like that where the only food is normally lousy mess hall swill, one of the first orders of business is good food. So, for my birthday, Lynn, daughter Caitie and […]

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Virgil on October 12, 2012

Baghdad Grill – Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center Four Maudies – Recommended It is perhaps ironic that my last meal in Iraq was destined to be my best meal in Iraq. It was also the only opportunity to actually eat real Iraqi food I had while in Iraq. None of my friends and co-workers I asked […]

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Virgil on October 1, 2012

If you get the idea that Lynn and I are obsessed with Turkish breakfasts, you would be right. See, Breakfast at Halikarnas Restaurant, Egirdir, Turkey, and this won’t be the last post about breakfast. The Urkmez Hotel is in the heart of Selcuk, mostly known as the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, the […]

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Virgil on September 22, 2012

We spent a few days in Selcuk, Turkey, in July. This is the busiest time of the year and Selcuk is a center for seeing some fantastic sights, such as the ancient city of Ephesus. I don’t recommend coming here in July, mainly because the main destinations like Ephesus are packed with tourists, especially the […]

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Virgil on September 12, 2012

See the first two posts in this three-part series: Failaka Island, Kuwait, a unique experience – the Heritage Village Failaka Island, Kuwait, a unique experience – the tour One does not visit this very interesting and fascinating place for the food. However, you aren’t going to starve there, either. There are essentially five restaurants, a […]

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Virgil on September 5, 2012

Halikarnas Restaurant, Egirdir, Turkey Five Maudies – Highly Recommended First off, breakfasts in Turkey are unbelievably good. Better than American and English breakfasts and I love bacon, sausages, grits, and eggs. But, what we had in Turkey was simply devine and far more healthy. The best breakfasts we had were at the Urkmez Hotel in […]

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Virgil on September 2, 2012

The restaurant we had this dish at was wonderful and will be reviewed separately. The stuffed carp dish is posted on its own because it is a regional speciality and we weren’t overly impressed with it. I don’t want this one dish to detract from the overall restaurant review. Lake Egirdir is a huge (and […]

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Virgil on August 26, 2012

Turkey, as compared to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, uses a lot more “loaf” bread. In the aforementioned countries one sees mainly leavened flat bread (nan) made in a circular oven (see Afghan Flat Bread – Nan-e Afghani Made Traditionally for one type of oven in use by the Afghan National Police at a very remote […]

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