Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We are horrible bloggers

Anybody out there?  We've been MIA in the blogging and eating world for a while now.  I know, I know, we suck.. especially me (Jamie) at this blog, but with good reasoning!  As of this Saturday, I will be a college graduate!  After 16+ years of my life and the past 3 summers being filled with school, and papers, and homework, we will be celebrating, HungrySisters style with a Pub Crawl of all of the finer Asheville establishments.  Did I ever mention that Asheville is BeerCity, USA? I've been spoiled in my adult life by living in such an awesome city with delicious brews.  I live within walking distance of the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company which has delicious food, awesome beer and is a movie theater: the perfect place for a date!  Their Asheville Amber is my absolute favorite beer of all time.  Then there is the French Broad Brewery that I just visited for the first time this past weekend.  (The picture to the right are just about the only type of picture messages sent between Sadie, Carrie and myself).  This is a picture of the ESB, but then after that beer I tried the Porter.  This porter might be in the running for my new favorite beer.  It has a smooth taste of chocolate, and by now you probably know that we LOVE chocolate anything.

Now that I've sufficiently spent time discussing beer, I guess I better get back to the endless process of applying for jobs.  If anyone out there knows of a full time job, anywhere for a business-educated southern lady with a love for food, good beer, economics and crafts please feel free to leave any information as a comment.  I am absolutely serious.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

We ARE still alive!

Holy crap, it has been a month and a half since we've last posted!  Shame on us.  The end of the summer has been crazy (in a fun way, of course).  Just wanted to stop in and let you know we are, in fact, still alive. 

To hold you over until we post again (which will hopefully be soon and more often):
Carrie (our oldest Hungry Sister)
-has a travel blog:

-has been sporadically posting to the Local Dish Winston-Salem blog:

-only has ONE semester of college left

-Valerie (not a Hungry Sister but might as well be) is currently on a road trip to Virginia/North Carolina!

....& we are ALL FOUR going to a Bluegrass festival next weekend!!!

The end of the summer is now known as our blogging 'off season'...but now that September is almost here, it's time to get to eatin' and bloggin' again.

Thoughts on Krystal:   We're sad (of course) that there is no Krystal Square Off this year.  We have high hopes that the contest will return next year and we'll be able to attend!  Jamie even drove an hour or so to Tennessee a few weeks ago to get her Krystal fix since we won't be getting it this fall :(

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Beer Club VICTORY!

Ahhhh!  We finally got our 25 beers for the Mellow Mushroom Beer Club!  Hello Koozies!

#24: New Belgium Ranger IPA.  With the Fat Tire craze that has swept the south over the past year, we thought we'd give another New Belgium brew a try.  Two thumbs up!

#25!!!!!  RED OAK!!!!  We knew we were gonna save one of our all-time favorites for the big 2-5 and here it is...RED OAK.  Yay!  It was hard not to order my go-to beer every time I went to the Mellow Mushroom, but it was fun sampling all kinds of new things! 

So there you have it, friends!  25 beers for the Winston-Salem Mellow Mushroom Beer Club!  
Here is a quick re-cap of our journey....
(it's also fun to see the evolution of Trey's facial hair over the past few months...from no beard to beard to no beard)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

NYC 2010

Lessons learned from this trip:
-I would be worth the extra money to take a direct flight after a night of mayhem.
-US Air Shuttle gives free beer and wine.
-In the future, if it is 100 degrees, sunny and no breeze I will not be standing outside for 5 hours.
-There is no really good place to see the contest at the actual contest. Honestly, you’re probably better off watching it on TV... but that’s no fun :(
-You know you are a special breed of girl when you spend a weekend in New York with the gals NOT drinking martinis and going shopping, but instead spent it watching an eating contest and tossing back tequila.
-It is funny when you get personally introduced to others as 'Hungry Sisters' and 'Silly America'
-We (Sadie, Jamie, and Carrie) can actually go on a trip without getting into one single fight!

This year we opted out of the ‘Great American Road Trip’ and flew to New York City for the event of the year: the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Lots of controversy surrounded the event this year, from rumors of cheating to contract disputes.

What we did:
We got to NYC on Friday around lunch, and immediately set out for some pizza. We found a little hole in the wall pizza place and it was quite delicious. After walking around Times Square, we headed back to the hotel to meet Valerie, our roommate for the weekend! None of us really had any plans going into the trip, so we just kind of played it by ear.

That afternoon, we decided to go out to Hoboken to find the Cake Boss, but our plan failed. I think a show was being filmed and the line was really long to get in…so we saw the outside of Carlo’s Bakery. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to eat any of the Cake Boss’s baked goods, BUT our hotel had free warm chocolate chip cookies waiting for our consumption in the lobby, and that was awesome.

Friday evening, we tried to go to Bamn, an automat, but it ended up being closed. We did find a good little burger restaurant Mark, that has a simple menu: sliders, fries, and drinks.  They even have a Guinness milkshake but we didn't indulge.  We also and had our first Pinkberry experience in East Village, so the night ended up being pretty awesome! We even walked into a filming of ‘Curb your Enthusiasm’ around Washington Square, so that was pretty cool too.

(...we really are hungry. always...)
Saturday, we had our NYC tourist-y day and tried to do as many cheap/free things as we could. We rode the Staten Island Ferry (for free), we had a picnic at Union Square park (cheap), we toured the Brooklyn Brewery (free), and we sampled Brooklyn Beers (not free but delicious). We were going to go mess around in Central Park and find scenes from Home Alone 2 and Enchanted (free), but we were tired, so we just sat and watched people in the park. We met up with Valerie again and we went to the hotel, basked in the glory of the air conditioner. That night we ate at this Mexican restaurant, Cancun, and wandered around Times Square.
Sunday, we woke up around 7, had some breakfast at the hotel, and set out for Coney Island. We got there around 8:45. We got close to the front, but our location was pretty crappy.  We were around some interesting folks: two crazy dudes who kept invading our space and some Jersey Boys with their guidette girlfriends.  You probably saw them if you watched the broadcast on TV. They were cool and all but we couldn’t really see around them. By about 10, it started getting a little bit miserable; it got hot.  Really hot. I expect this weather here in North Carolina, but not in New York! I guess all of ya’ll northerners got a taste of what it’s been like here for about a month and a half.
Anyway, the  pre-contest festivities occurred--neat eating contest, circus things, trampoline people, Badland's rapping, etc. (you know, the usual...).  The contest started and was over before we knew it (also...the usual).  Joey Chestnut won by eating 54 hot dogs and buns.  To be completely honest, the contest was kind of anti climactic this year. We all knew who would win since Kobayashi was out of the picture.  Speaking of, at the end of the contest, while we were still standing there watching, Kobayashi jumped on the stage and got arrested, and somehow WE MISSED IT.  THE WHOLE DERN THING.  We didn’t even find out that this went down until like 15 minutes later.

We headed over to Ruby’s to sit down and finally feel a cool breeze...and finally found out about Kobayashi's escapade. When we got there the power was off and it was actually cooler outside than inside (and it was like 96 degrees outside). The power came back on while we were there (yay!) and a crazy drunk man gave Jamie money to play some jamz on the jukebox (yay!), I drank the most refreshing $2.00 bottle of water of my life (yay!), and all became right with the world once again.

Sunday night: the after party! What can I say that wasn’t said last year? It was fun and is always nice to get to hang out with people you only get to see two or three times a year. Tequila shots flowed like water and we supposedly walked back to the subway like zombies while cursing the name of Joey Chestnut who yelled at Valerie. haha.  It was (apparently) a fun trip to the back hotel.  The next morning's McDonalds brunch of chicken nuggets and french fries were just what we needed to recover from the night o' fun and prep for the day o' travel. The flights home kind of sucked; it was a little shaky from NYC to D.C. and then we had to layover for three hours in D.C. yuck.

We had an awesome time in the big apple, but were all three pretty glad to be back in home.  Being in somewhere as crazy and busy as New York City really makes you appreciate simple, small-town life in the south....but, of course, we do hope to be back next year!

Thoughts on Kobayashi:
From the beginning of the whole contract dispute, I have always had thoughts that this might just be a publicity stunt.  I've watched enough professional wrestling to know a 'work' when I see one.  I mean, when you think about it, and as much as I hate to say it, the whole Kobayashi controversy was what made the contest; what everybody was talking about the next day.  With the whole resistance to the police officers and all of these 'Free Kobi' websites, it almost seems too dramatic to be true.  But a small part of me thinks it is true.  Ahh.  I don't know.  I guess only time will tell and we'll see how this all unfolds! 

The rest of our picturesNYC 2010 Photo Album

Local Dish WS

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Sunday, June 27, 2010


WTF do I do with a zucchini bigger than my arm???

Saturday, June 26, 2010

best deal in town

The Wal-Mart Deli of all places has been my go-to spot the past few weeks on the days I really don't want to cook and really don't have the money to go out to eat.

For example:
1 lb of boneless wings=$5.00
(different flavors on different days...sesame, honey bbq, buffalo, caribbean jerk, etc.)
1 lb of potato wedges=$2.50


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy & Sad

HAPPY:  Snack size cookie mix!  Best invention ever for people who don't know when to stop when it comes to chocolate chip cookies.

SAD: This mix was supposed to make 18 two inch cookies.  Instead, I got 12 cookies, and the biggest on of all was barely 1.5 inches.  I only ate one spoonful of cookie dough so I guess I could have gotten 13, maybe 14 cookies out of the mix.  Between two people, these didn't last but about 4 minutes.

CONCLUSION: Just buy the big cookie mix and eat the whole damn pan in one night.  and love it.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ribs, Beer Club & Nathan's Famous!

Summer is FINALLY here!!!  Trey and I kicked off the season by attending the Twin City Ribfest (held right here in Winston-Salem, NC).  We were pretty excited to go because we'd never been to a ribfest before.  Unfortunately, it was kindof a let down...I mean we got there, paid money to get in, paid money for an 'over 21' wristband, paid too much money for one beer, and walked around the entire festival in about 15 minutes. 

BUT...The ribs were good.  Really good.  There were probably fifteen vendors there from different places around the southeast and we just happened to choose Big Boned BBQ Co. by a random decision.  One thing I wish I did do though was buy the '2 bone coupon' where you could go around to different booths and sample 2 ribs at almost every booth. 

BEER CLUB: 21-23

We are almost at 25 beers at the Mellow Mushroom!  Those will definitely be celebratory brews next week after we spend the weekend moving from one apartment to another.  Fortunately, our new apartment is about three blocks from the Mellow Mushroom and now we can walk there (...which could be a good thing or a bad thing...I'm not sure yet).

Beer #21: Hummin' Bird!  Yet another 'Red Oak' beer.  It is a light lager that is refreshingly smooth on a hot summer's day :)

Beer 22: New Holland Mad Hatter.  An IPA that's pretty darn 'hoppy' but pretty darn delicious.

Beer 23:  New Holland Golden Cap -a Saison Ale (yeah I don't really know what that is either...).  It was okay, just not what I prefer.  BUT it was on special that night!

Charlotte Nathan's Qualifier 2010

Well, this was the third year in a row I've been to the Charlotte Nathan's Qualifier and every year, someone different has won!  I would like to thank whoever decided last year to move the contest inside, because it was very awesome once again being in the cool mall instead of outside in 100 degree weather.  Good call. 

Some of the rumoured entrants (Wing Kong, Juliet Lee) didn't show up at the contest so it was pretty clear from the get-go who was going to win: Pat.  He ended up eating 30 hot dogs & buns which was enough to qualify for Nathan's on July 4th.  I think someone ate 13, Richard Foley ate 11.5, Super Paul ate 10, and that's all I could really figure out.  The one & only drawback to having the contest in the mall is that the sound from the speakers really echo and it is hard to understand the announcers.  I attempted to 'tweet' the contest but it is hard to multitask.  Jamie usually does the cell-phone tweeting, but she couldn't make the contest this year. 

The 2010 Nathan's Famous shirts are pretty cute this year.  Supposedly you can buy them at Old Navy but I went to the one in Concord Mills after the contest & no such thing was to be found.  In other news, all 3 Hungry Sisters will be flying out to New York City on July 2nd and are super-excited about being in Coney Island once again on July 4th!!!


Friday, June 18, 2010


TOMORROW: Nathan's Qualifier at Concord Mills!
Expected Entrants: Pat Bertoletti, Juliet Lee, Wing Kong, Super Paul, Nick Giffen, & idk who else.

2 WEEKS FROM TODAY: 3 HungrySisters will be on our way to New York City!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

jimmy johns. but not really.

Let me take you on little a photo journey of our adventure to the Jimmy John's Eating Contest....

Once upon a time, Trey and I got in the car and decided to drive to Charlotte.  We were excited to journey to Speed Street to see the Jimmy John's eating contest.  To get from Winston-Salem to Charlotte, you have to go through Concord.  Concord is where the big NASCAR race is. 
When there is a race, there is race traffic.  When there is race traffic, you can sit on I-85 for hours without moving an inch.  When sitting in traffic a long time, a person can get annoyed.  Very annoyed.  So annoyed that.....

a person gives up on their journey to drive right into a rain/hail storm.  So ends the Jimmy John's contest adventure.  We didn't make it to the contest so we went back home and ate pizza and I was asleep by 9:30.  Jamie will have to fill you in on her Speed Street experience.

Luckily, the next day, Trey and I went to Tennessee and had big beers and went to eat at Krystal.  All became right with the world once again.


Thursday, May 20, 2010


Next weekend is going to be the best weekend ever for the following reasons:
-Jimmy Johns eating contest
-Free Everclear concert
-33 & 1/3 oz beers & beer cheese in Gatlinburg
-Rednecks & mullets in BOTH Charlotte & Pigeon Forge
-Harrah's Cherokee Casino
-KRYSTAL.  pickles, onions, cheese that brings ya to your knees.
-Outlet shopping!  This girl needs like 5 new pairs of shoes.

God bless you Memorial Day Weekend!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happenings, Strawberries, and 20 Beers

It's been a while since we've had a 'real' post so here goes....

Eating Contests
Jimmy Johns: ahhhhh we were really excited with the announcement yesterday that there is going to be a Jimmy John's Freaky Fast sandwich making/eating contest in Charlotte!  The contest is during Speed Street which is a fun event in itself.  It is a festival held in Charlotte every Memorial Day weekend before the race (which race... I don't really know.... but it is a big one).  Anyway, the festival consists of live music, fun events, and lots of rednecks at their finest.  It's not to be missed!  We will so be there on Friday night to see not only the Jimmy John's contest, but to see EVERCLEAR.  THROWBACK TO THE 90s, YALL!  Holy crap, we can't wait!

Nathan's Qualifier, Charlotte:  Who is competing?  I have no idea, but we'll be there to watch!  Hopefully it will be inside again, because it was freakin' awesome to be inside the air-conditioned mall instead of outside.

Nathan's on the 4th:  We are planning on going again, even though no real 'plans' have been made yet.  Unfortunately, we'll probably fly this year because of time constraints, so no road trip :(

Once again, life has caught up with us and we have been super-busy.  Jamie is getting ready to start an internship and will be finishing up her last semester of college; graduating in December.  I left the teaching world and got a 'real person job' as a Fitness Director at a local recreation center....and I must say it is the most awesome job ever.

Oh yall, I don't know what it is like in the rest of the country, but three of the best things about summer in the south are: locally grown strawberries, peaches, and tomatoes.  Strawberry season is upon us and I must say that they are so juicy and delicious this year, it almost feels sinful to eat them.

Beer Club
And last but not least, Trey and I have hit a landmark: 20 beers for our beer club!  We only have 5 more to go until we get our coveted Mellow Mushroom koozie!

#19 Great Lake Dortmunder Gold Lager: German-style lager brewed in Ohio.  Delightful on a 90 degree day in May.

#20: Mother Earth Weeping Willow Wit:  Brewed in Kinston, North Carolina.  I usually don't like 'fruity' beers, but this beer almost tasted like flowers!  It was unique and refreshing.  I didn't love it but I did enjoy it...if that even makes sense.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Beer Club 7 & 8

Just pictures...

#15 Lagunitas IPA

#16 Smuttynose Brown

#16 Smuttynose Brown

#17 BIG OAK!!!

#18 Bells Two Hearted Ale

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beer Club 6!

This was our first weeknight beer club adventure!  Ok so we intended on going to Subway on April 15th--tax day, to buy one footlong get one free.  BUT, the Subway near our apartment was so f-ing crowded we didn't want to deal with it.  We made an honest attempt to go to the Subway downtown, but it was closed.
Lucky for us :) the Mellow Mushroom is about a block from Subway.  Plan B: Thursday Night Beer Club!

Beer #12: Sweetwater 420. 
Hi Mr. Waiter, I'll have a workin' man's beer, please, because I'm still in my work clothes. 
I'd never had Sweetwater 420 before and it was DEEE-Lightful!

Beer 13: Sweetwater IPA
Sweetwater is the 'brewery of the month' at the Winston-Salem Mellow Mushroom so their beers were cheap(er)!  Out of the two, I liked the 420 & Trey preferred the IPA.

Beer #14: Sam Adams Seasonal (Noble Pils )...and this is what I look like after work...BUT the beer was fresh and tasty.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Beer Club #5!

With it being almost 90 degrees outside, we decided it was time to participate in beer club again!  Nothing beats sitting outside in the warm weather, sipping on some delicious brews. 

Beer #9: Natty Greene's Buckshot Amber Ale.  Brewed in Greensboro, about 20 minutes from where we live, this brew was smooth.  Would I get it again? Yes, especially if it was a special like it was last night at the 'shroom.

Beer #10: Duck Rabbit Amber.  I've had this before in a bottle and thought it was just ok, but let me tell you, it is pretty dern delightful on draft.  Yet another North Carolina gem (....we <3 supporting NC breweries!). 


Beer #11: Rogue Dead Guy Ale.  Not a N.C. beer, but still good and went really well with our pizza!


...yeah I don't have a lot to say about these beers.  I'm no beer connoisseur, but none were the best I've ever had.  Don't get me wrong, I'd try all three of them again, though!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Barbecue Capital of the WORLD!

Lexington, North Carolina aka the 'Barbecue Capital of the World' is located a mere 20 minutes from my apartment and it took me almost a year of living here before I ventured out to this town (which I will now refer to as heaven).  Pulled Pork Barbecue is a serious thing in North Carolina--especially in Lexington where many claim to be the best.  There are probably 10 or 15 family-owned barbecue joints in this town alone, all of which have their dedicated fan base of clientele who have been eating at the restaurants for generations. 

To give you an idea...
Lexington-style barbecue is made with pork shoulder cooked slowly over a hardwood fire, usually hickory wood. It is basted in a sauce (called "dip" locally) made with vinegar, ketchup, water, salt, pepper and other spices. The actual ingredients will vary from restaurant to restaurant, with each restaurant's recipe being a closely guarded secret. While each is vinegar based, the taste varies widely from tangy to slightly sweet or spicy.

The most distinguishing feature of the "Lexington Barbecue Sandwich" is the inclusion of red slaw (sometimes called barbecue slaw). Red slaw is a combination of cabbage, vinegar, ketchup and crushed/ground black pepper. Red slaw is distinguishable from coleslaw because red slaw contains no mayonnaise. Many Lexingtonians (and visitors) consider red slaw a staple for a quality barbecue experience. Red slaw is commonly served as a side dish with barbecue, grilled poultry and other meats, and on hotdogs as a relish.

I am now on a mission to decide for myself which Lexington Barbecue Joint reigns supreme.  I am happy to report that my first Lexington Barbecue Restaurant, Barbecue Center, was a it was actually euphoric.  The pork had such a deliciously smoky taste that no extra sauce was needed.  The onion rings. OHHH the onion rings.  A lot of times, hand-battered onions tend to flake, but the batter on these onion rings was nice and thick and did not flake off of the onion.  The sweet tea had so much sugar in it, I am still feeling a sugar buzz (and I'm not complaining!).  The desserts. OMG.  They had banana pudding, chocolate pie, and ice cream.  Although the ice cream was not homemade, the things they do with the stuff is no joke.  I didn't order one but many patrons ordered a banana split and I kid you not, each scoop of ice cream was at least the size of a softball, if not bigger.  I just got a single scoop on a cone and Barbecue Center's single scoop was about the size of a large at Baskin Robbins.  ahhhhhhh I am still dreaming about the meal I consumed last night.  I only wish I would have ordered some hush puppies.

Here is a picture of part of my meal.  Unfortunately the picture does not even do the taste justice.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Beer Club #4

Same seat, different night, different beer!
Theme of the night: get what is on special because it is the end of the month and we don't have a lot of money.

Beer #7: Highland's Black Mountain Bitter-Organic Pale Ale. To my knowledge, I'd never had organic beer until then. At first, I didn't really like it...but it actually grew on me towards the end. It is bitter (hence the name) but for those who dig the organic, I'd recommend it!

Beer #8: Foothills Pilot Mountain Pale Ale. I've had this one before at Foothills, but I got it again tonight for three reasons: it was only $3, we hadn't checked it off of our 'Beer Club' list, AND I just got a new job in Pilot Mountain so I thought this would be an appropriate celebratory beer! Overall a delightful beer, but out of the four Foothills brews I've ever had, it is probably my least favorite (1. Sexual Chocolate, 2. Oktoberfest, 3. Hoppyum IPA, 4. Pilot Mtn Pale Ale). However, I'm pretty excited to try their March seasonal--Foothills Red!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

21 Adventures

Yesterday was the big 21st birthday. Unfortunately school and snow prevented one of those sloppy birthday stories, but it could not have been a nicer day. I woke up to snow snow snow, we had a two hour delay, which later turned into classes being canceled and much excitement on my part. My friends and I planned on going to La Carreta, the local Mexican restaurant we visit regularly and I was able to have my first legal drink. I opted for the special, Dos Equis on draft. It went perfectly with my chicken quesadilla and complimentary chips and salsa.

I also got Flan!! This was my first flan too, I may have been more excited about that than anything.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

BEER CLUB! part 2

We ordered the same thing each round again...maybe this will be our beer club tradition!?

Beer #4: Brooklyn Brown Ale. Pretty tasty, very smooth, would order it again. Bonus:it was the special for the night so it was a dollar cheaper than the others! I'm thinking a stop at the Brooklyn Brewery next July 4th weekend for a tour/tasting is in order.

Beer #5: Magic Hat #9....'not quite pale ale'. Just okay. I hear people talk about this stuff all of the time & sometimes even see it in the grocery store. It is a little on the sweet/fruity side. Trey really liked it but I probably wouldn't get it again.

Beer #6: SEXUAL CHOCOLATE. OMG. If you live anywhere in or around Winston-Salem, you know this beer is a big F-ing deal, so I knew I had to finally taste it during beer club. Foothills, our local brewery, makes it once a year and has a huge release party when they first put it on draft. They also sell it in limited-release bottles and people line up outside for hours to get theirs...and they sell out really quickly--like within a few hours. ahhh it was everything I thought it would be and more. I mean with a name like 'sexual chocolate' how can you go wrong?
Two big thumbs up.

Not in beer club but worth mentioning: Burke St. Pizza garlic knots. Oh lord. After our night of beer sampling, we needed some good greasy food to soak up the booze. Out of all of the foods I've eaten since living in Winston-Salem, I'd have to say that these garlic knots are by far the most delicious thing I've tasted yet. I'm telling you, I have had my fair share of garlic knots and items of the sort, but I have never in my life eaten any so delicious as this (not even in New York). After they take them out of the oven, the pizza makers literally dunk these things in a tub of butter/garlic/parmesan/olive oil while they are still warm. Ohhhhh, it makes me hungry even looking at a picture of them.