VITO has had a home on Ocean Park for twenty-five years. A popular favorite amongst locals, I was introduced to the restaurant by a friend who lives down the street. The knowledgeable, seasoned staff was fantastic and the food was delicious. Highly recommended. Pictured above: Linguine con Cozze–Fresh Mussels with Garlic, Olive Oil in a Tomato… Continue reading VITO


The best thing about last week’s dinner at Salt’s Cure was my discovery of this awesome root beer. MARGO’S BARK ROOT BEER started as a science fair project for seven year old Oscar Youd. This soda was DELICIOUS. Delicious. Thank goodness you can buy it in stores throughout Southern California. If you’re not in the… Continue reading MARGO’S BARK

Dongtai Lu Antiques Market

We headed over to the Dongtai Lu “Antique” Market, located on Dongtai Road in the Luwan District. This historic outdoor market is packed with stalls full of “antiques” (most are assumed to be fake). Goods included Mao watches, beads, all sorts of Chinese trinkets, porcelain vases, clothing, wooden statues and more! Regardless of whether the… Continue reading Dongtai Lu Antiques Market


Yesterday, we went to FOSTER’S MARKET for lunch. Opened in 1990 by one of Martha Stewart’s BFFs, Sara Foster, this Durham institution is always packed. Luckily, we went early and escaped the mad rush of ravenous Carolinians. The Cubano (pulled mojo pork, ham, Swiss, pickles, lettuce, mayo and mustard on pressed Italian bread) was delicious… Continue reading FOSTER’S MARKET (Durham, NC)


Went and grabbed lunch at Amy Tornquist’s WATTS GROCERY restaurant. This local favorite is known for seasonal cooking with local ingredients. I tried the cheesesteak made with (local) shaved ribeye and chili cheese fries. YUM. (Independent Weekly named Watts Grocery “Best New Restaurant in Durham”, 2008.) WATTS GROCERY 1116 Broad St Durham, NC 27705 (919)… Continue reading WATTS GROCERY (Durham, NC)