Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pigman, Sailboats, and a Bad, Bad...

I have been a bad, bad blogger. For the last week or so, I've neglected my cooking, my picture taking, and my writing. Instead, I decided to be a good vacationer and I did a damn good job doing it. With the help of my friend JR, his mom Rita, and their friends, I went swimming, watched plays, ate "Rita's Special" at Stripers, got stranded out in the "sound" while sailing, burned my hand by grabbing on to a hot pan that just came out of the oven, laughed like crazy, raced through South Virginia to miss not one but two different trains, and just simply had a crazy, wonderful vacation. The best memory I have of this trip is sitting on a rocking chair on the front porch, reading a book, smelling the fresh salty air, and listening to the water lap up against the shore. Everything felt so good out there.

We were down in North Carolina in the Outerbanks and barbecue was definitely on the list of "must eat." JR's favorite place is a place called Pigman's. Its a simple place where you order and pick up your food at a counter. BBQ pork ribs is how I judge most barbecue joints. I like my ribs tender and falling off the bone. Unfortunately, the ribs here were a little disappointing but the pulled pork was very good. And the coleslaw...probably the best coleslaw I can remember eating. It was crunchy, creamy, and refreshing with the bbq. I was not a fan of their hush puppies at first but the sweet, corn taste started to grow on me. Did I mention the cold sweet tea I drank with this meal? If I get a chance to come back again, I will be ordering the pulled pork sandwich.

A part of the trip included Manteo's Farmers Market. I'm glad to report that DC farmers markets carry a lot more variety and a lot more produce but I find the fruit and vegtables sold out of the back of a truck kind of charming. This vendor gave me a woven basket that I will be carrying with me to the market here in DC.

But all good things must come to an end. Someone told me that good things end so that better things can come along. ***frown*** I guess. I'd still rather be on vacation.

***Note: If it wasn't for JR, this blog would have been called "Thirfty DC Cook." Thanks for being a great proof reader, JR!


  1. I want a cool woven basket to carry to the market!

    North Carolina BBQ is my absolute favorite.

  2. The vendor at the farmers market was giving the woven baskets away for free! I wish DC vendors would do that. I'm going to give another NC BBQ joint a try the next time I'm down there. I really want to try to some Kansas City ribs someday too!