Durham North Carolina
As we have written on this foodie blog and watched our visitors come and go, it’s hard to ignore that quite a few are coming to visit from the US because there’s another Durham Food and Drink scene – it’s in North Carolina in the USA! According to our man in the know, Durham NC is called the Tastiest Town in the South. Durham NC has more than 700 restaurants (a few more than our Durham), of which more than 50 have been recognised by their regional or national media.
Durham NC is increasingly recognized for its colony of nationally acclaimed chefs. There are dozens of restaurants that have earned national or regional acclaim. Many specialize in the adaptation and evolution of regional neo-American (Southern) cooking, but Asian, French, German, Jamaican, and Mediterranean styles are represented as well. Durham NC is also home to several restaurants well-known for North Carolina barbecue. In Durham, you can get both the Eastern North Carolina style (with chopped pork and a clear sauce of vinegar, pepper, and salt) and the Western North Carolina style (with chopped or sliced pork with a red sauce that includes ketchup and sugar, along with the other ingredients).
Also similar to Durham UK, Durham North Carolina is the county seat of Durham County. The city is many times bigger than little Durham UK, with a population of around 245,00 people in the July 2013 census. It has a humid, subtropical climate, with about 2.5 times as much rainfall as Durham UK, and big thunderstorms are common in summer. Durham NC is 130 miles from the Atlantic coast. It was founded in 1823 when it established a post office. The railroad arrived in 1853.
For those interested, here’s a guide to Durham North Carolina.
“Everyone who wants to be is welcomed in Durham. People who live here do so by definitive and deliberate choice and are staunch defenders of the place they adopt as their own. Durham is a place where new things are always happening, and it’s also where people can be who they are with gusto. We’re looking forward to you coming to check it out.
In 2012, Durham, NC was named the “Most Tolerant City in the US” by The Daily Beast/Newsweek. Durham is home to both the 10-day-long North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the NC Pride Parade. Establishments in Durham describe themselves in a variety of ways, including “queer positive,” and they have stickers on the door declaring them as “straight friendly.” It’s an open and friendly place with a large gay community that is fully integrated.”
Like Durham UK, Durham North Carolina has one of the top rated universities (Duke University) in the country. One of Durham’s college town areas is located along several blocks of Ninth Street, with funky shops, celebrated bars, fine dining restaurants, and numerous coffee shops.
Have any of you been to Durham NC, our twin city? Let us know what it was like. Maybe we can go one day?