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Love Valley, a North Carolina Ghost Town

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After replacing the top on the Mustang from Kee Tops in Charlotte, we decided to take off to Love Valley, North Carolina. It's an old west themed town between Winston Salem and Statesville. Okay, you're thinking... this is the South, not Arizona. It's true, Love Valley immediately brought memories back of Oatman, a small gun slinging town on Route 66 with burros in the streets and tons of gift shops. Love Valley seems to be having trouble with their publicity model though. We were literally the only ones there. Yes, it's an old west town. Yes it looks like a movie set, but there's nothing there. All the buildings are for sale, and the few occupied buildings were closed. Was it worth the drive, sure! Just don't expect much unless you're willing to invest a few hundred thousand dollars into this defunct tourist town and settle down.


Love Valley needs some serious capital investment and some really good publicity. It appears what's left these days are a f…

Is Burlington's Wrightsocks the Wrong Socks?

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Let's talk about socks. I know, I know... you're thinking I've lost my mind. No, no I haven't. Something that I didn't know until a few weeks ago was that Burlington is home to a well recognized performance sock manufacturer called Wrightsock. Cool ya? Of course, I figured I'd support our local businesses first by trying out a pair to see how they compare to my good old fashioned Wal Mart socks when put in a 17 KM (10 Mi.) day. They come highly recommended and I'd love to say they make the cut, but I still have mixed feelings over it.

At first, I thought I noticed additional hot spotting with the dual liner sock technology. Lot's of runners, walkers, hikers use two socks to avoid blisters (Wrightsock guarantees against blisters) and these have a second liner sock already sewed in. While I tried to debate whether the heat I felt was a result of the socks or increasing my distance, after switching back to plain cotton socks for day,  I realized that they…

Winston Salem, A Foodie Wasteland?

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Wasteland or Wonderland? That's the question. Last week I have a test for a government job in Winston Salem. Signing a non-disclosure agreement made me feel like I had entered the ranks of some super secret government organization. The real secret was where to eat? My go-to favorite in Winston was always TJ's Deli and their Sicilian sandwich. One problem, I don't eat bread anymore. Cheeseburgers are always a safe comfort food for me as I can ditch the bun. But where does one find a good burger in Winston Salem? Google is useless except for the image search and weeding through the preppy, bland burgers that have popped up in the last few years that people claim are great. What makes a burger great? Well, it should look like an absolute mess. The restaurant should be the size of a Dairy Queen takeout window and there should be a line around the building at lunchtime with normal looking people.  I'm talking old-school, cash only, greasy bags and they better sure as shit …

A hidden, must try dessert from a spicy Greensboro cafe

Went for #Indian and this happened. Chocolate naan, I think I love you! A photo posted by Liv Jones (@liv_adara) on Jun 9, 2016 at 5:31pm PDT
Honestly, I went out for Indian food yesterday after an intense craving for some cheese naan and discovered something amazing. First thing is first, Café Mirchi (formerly Indian Palace) has a superb menu of traditional Indian and Pakistani cuisine. You can order it white person tasteless to Indian hot and the portions are generous. I loved the Chicken Karahi.

Even better yet, they're on Restaurant.com for a $15 for $6 gift certificate, and if you sign up with their newsletter, they'll send you a 10% off coupon in your email, immediately. But seriously, the best reason to go to Café Mirchi, besides their super cool Tate Street location? Chocolate naan bread. That's right! Traditional flat bread covered in butter, drizzled in Nutella with a scoop of ice-cream. Think of it as a fat crepe. It's out of this world.

If you're look…