Charleston Weekend Recap

Hello, internet friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog post. The last few weeks of the spring semester were full of challenges, some expected and others unexpected, just like most semesters. Anyway, I try to minimize talk of graduate school in this space for two primary reasons: 1. This blog serves as my escape from the ivory tower life I’m living. 2. Grad school is an incredibly stressful experience for us grad students, but it’s a particularly boring subject for most people in the real world.

Prior to the shit show that defines the end of every semester, I managed to take a long weekend getaway to Charleston with two of my best gal pals. After I read John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers last summer, I vowed to visit Charleston at least once while I live in this part of the country. Edge explains that New Orleans and Charleston are the main Southern “foodie cities,” so I obviously had to experience them both. I was fortunate to present some research in the Big Easy in January of 2017, and I fell in love with the city. NOLA seems like a polarizing place, especially after Katrina, yet I loved every part of my trip from the rich cultural heritage of the city (e.g. street art, architecture, jazz music) to the delicious dishes and strong drinks I consumed while taking in the sights of this progressive place. While New Orleans is not a favorite among some groups, I had never heard of anyone who disliked Charleston. Thus, I could not wait to explore Charleston to enjoy more classic southern fare and see if the city lived up to the hype!

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You Gotta Risk It for the Biscuit

Keeping a planner and handwritten to-do list (as opposed to emailing myself multiple messages at 1 and 2 am) were two of my 2018 New Years Resolutions. I can’t tell you after managing these goals for three months how satisfying it is to check off an item on this list. I felt the same adrenaline rush after my friends visited, and I checked two places off my Triangle Biscuit Tour 2018 list. Granted, this to-do list isn’t directly helping me get any closer to that pesky PhD, but y’all, it’s allowing me to remain semi-sane during the tumultuous dissertation/job market stage of my program.

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Biscuits and Biffles

This week was weird, but in a good way. I did not count down the days until the weekend, and I did not breathe a sigh of relief when I woke up Friday morning. If you’re thinking that I must have had a fabulous week in the windowless abyss that is Hamilton Hall (sidenote: if you don’t go to UNC, look it up online-I would bet *a small sum of money* that your office sucks less), you’d be incorrect. The cause for my appreciation of the workweek was my friends’ visit to Chapel Hill. They arrived early Tuesday morning (like 1:00 am early) and left this morning, and y’all, they drove 18 hours from Dallas just to hang out with me in the dead of winter. Friendship goals, amirite?

 

Just like any good staycationer, I used my friends’ visit as an opportunity to explore the Triangle food scene and begin my 2018 Triangle Biscuit Tour. This week, I had the pleasure of trying two delicious biscuits at Rise Carrboro and LaPlace Louisiana Cookery (in Hillsborough, so technically not the Triangle, but it’s close enough). We had a blast and made the most of our days together.

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Triangle Biscuit Tour 2018

2016 was a whirlwind of a year to say the least. As a political science PhD student, I noticed how this last presidential election produced a more intense discourse among the mass public than prior races. I love a good argument, but some of the dialogue I observed in person and in the media left me feeling overwhelmed, concerned, and for the first time, truly afraid of how our country would fair if someone outside of my political party won. Thus, I found myself seeking alternative topics to discuss, even though I was elated that so many of my non-political science friends were paying close attention to current events and taking their decision more seriously than in the past.

However, I read about one 2016 dispute that provided me with feelings of excitement rather than anxiety. Apparently, Kevin Gillespie (a chef from Atlanta) and Jennifer V. Cole (a food writer and editor from Alabama) engaged in a contentious debate over the ultimate southern side: biscuits v. cornbread. Continue reading “Triangle Biscuit Tour 2018”

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