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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Raleigh-Durham, NC

The home of the Carolina Hurricanes among other sports great teams both professional and college. The hotel is located near many types of restaurants so your choices are plenty. I wanted something different that I may not find at home. Found the Haveli right down the street from the hotel.

Haveli is a family owned Indian Cuisine restaurant. They offer Dine-in or Take-out as well as FREE delivery (with a $25 minimum purchase). I can honestly say that I have never had Indian cuisine so I looked for something I was somewhat familiar with. Decided upon the Peas Pulao and Naan bread. Did as a take-out so I could relax and watch a movie at the hotel.

Peas Pulao: long grain basmati rice cooked with fresh green peas and saffron. The portion was huge and then to have the Naan bread as well made for an excellent lunch the next day. If you have never had Naan bread it is amazing, especially when it is hot out of the clay oven! Cost: $ 7.50. Seriously, that was it!

I don’t know how adventurous I will be the next time I find an Indian restaurant so if you have any suggestions please send them along. I am willing to try just about anything (notice I said “just about”?).


Omaha, Nebraska

Wow, the mighty Missouri is still really high. The gorgeous houses along the river are awfully close to the water. Just arrived in another new city: Omaha. Have never been here so this will be fun. My friends have been here before so they know where to go downtown.

The downtown is named The Old market and is full of art and entertainment in these old renovated buildings. There is the old Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot from 1887, the Skinner Macaroni Building from 1914 (I like the name!), and the J.P Cooke Building from 1885 which was the first municipal swimming pool. It is a walking tour area with many other historic spots.

Dinner was at Upstream Brewing Company, right in the heart of The Old market. Everything looked good from the Blond Pizza to the Beer Battered Fish and Chips. I wavered between the Fish and Chips and the Mac and Cheese. I went with the Upstream Mac and Cheese. Yummy! Made with cavatappi pasta (spiral tube shape), ham, smoked cheese sauce, and topped with jack cheese and scallions. Huge portion with enough for lunch the next day! Coat: $10.99. Worth every penny.

Since it was Happy Hour, my friend chose two appetizers for his main meal and also had enough for lunch the next day. He had the Chicken Wings which were 6 spicy wings served with a bleu cheese dressing as well as the Mojo Chicken Quesadilla, served with mushrooms, cumin sour cream, tomato chipotle salsa and a corn salsa. Homemade root beer from the bar tap was the beverage of choice.

I would go back to Upstream Brewing to try something else on the menu and to have the root beer on tap!

Grand Forks, ND

Have you ever been to Grand Forks, ND? I haven’t but I am here! Staying at the CanadInn, which is a small resort in the middle of nowhere. There are 4 restaurants to choose from so I decided on the buffet at Aaltos Garden Cafe. This way I can make my own meal and have dessert, too.

Started with a great salad from the salad bar with fresh vegetables. Next I went for the Chicken Penne Rose as well as a slice of  the Southwestern Chicken Quesadilla. The Chicken Penne Rose included bell peppers, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes and homemade rose sauce. For those who need gluten-free, the penne fits the bill! Now on to the quesadilla. The chicken was grilled with bacon, tomato, green onion and marble cheese and served in a flour tortilla, topped with salsa and sour cream. Yum to both entrees!

Aaltos makes their own soft serve ice cream so you can make your own root beer float. Who could resist? Paired that with a 7 layer bar in a bowl topped with more soft serve ice cream and chocolate sauce. Cost $14.95. Never got to the homemade soups and breads! Too bad I couldn’t get a to-go box for later snacking!

May try to visit again to try a different restaurant!

Washington DC

I have landed in Washington DC and the temperature is in the 100’s. Staying at the Sheraton National, which is within walking distance of Arlington Cemetery and some of the other area attractions. Saw the Washington Monument all lit up as we drove in, as well as the Pentagon.

Now, to find some food. Decided to try the Potomac Lounge at the Sheraton for something not too heavy since it is late. Chose the Buffalo Chicken Flatbread. Good choice. The chicken was a little spicy, but meshed well with the vegetables on top of a not too crusty flatbread. Cost: $8.95. I had enough left over for lunch the next day!

My friends had the “Best Burger”. They were definitely a meal, served with applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle and topped with a battered onion ring. They must have enjoyed them because their plates were emptied! Cost: $13.95.

The bar served up some pretty amazing looking drinks including some unique beers on tap. I, myself, was boring and had a soda. May next time I will have to try one of their margaritas!

Happy travels.