Yesterday Marc and I had quite a day traveling around the triangle. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, the “research triangle” is made up of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. “The Triangle” originally referred to the universities, whose research facilities, and the educated workforce they provide, have historically served as a major attraction for businesses located in the region. Now it’s just used to refer to the geographic area.

We started off the day in Chapel Hill, of course, and made our way from there to the American Tobacco Trail in Apex (near Raleigh). The trail is part of the Rails to Trails conservancy and stretches 22 miles across the region. We took a lovely 6 mile hike along the route, walking 3 miles out and 3 back.

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On the way we saw a little turtle and admired the work of the local beavers who flooded a stream to create a natural habitat.

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After our exercise it was time for lunch. On a recent episode of Man v. Food (Marc’s new fave show), Adam Richman, the host, traveled to the Triangle to sample some local spots, including The Roast Grill in Raleigh. Since we love going to places featured on food shows we had to try out this local hot dog joint that’s been around since 1940. The line was out the door, but it was worth the wait. Once inside we took a seat and chatted with the owner (grandson of the founder) about his recent rise to celebrity status.

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You can get your dogs two ways, either “all the way” with mustard, chili, and onions or “all the way with slaw,” just add some slaw on top. The dogs are burnt to perfection and the chili is the still made the same way it was 70 years ago. If you ever go DO NOT ask for ketchup, because you won’t get it.

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YUM!

Post dogs, we made our way back to Chapel Hill and rested up for Marc’s birthday dinner at Magnolia in Durham (making our triangle day complete). Magnolia has won a bundle of awards, and is known around the triangle as one of the best. Needless to say the meal lived up to their reputation. I would write a full review, but Marc’s blog takes it to the next level and I don’t even want to compete. Read all about it at MarcZawel.com.

What a Carolina day!

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