TWO Clicks On My Bucket List !

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BobLee
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Oct 20, 2019

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TWO Clicks On My Bucket List !

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Everybody BPA knows what a Bucket List is… right?  BPA = But Prince Albert

A Bucket List – from the 2007 Jack Nicholson movie of the same name – is a list of stuff you hope to do before you die  (i.e. “kick the bucket”).   Climb the Matterhorn… Swim The Hellespont… Own a ’57 Chevy… Run a Marathon… See Hillary / Trump / Roy Williams / Coach K in a prison jumpsuit… etc etc etc.

Like snowflakes, everyone’s Bucket List is different and “personal”.  And can be as non-PC as we wish.

Bucket List

This past week, I clicked TWO items off My Bucket List.   They were both on secondary lists… NOT my Primary BL.

Blondie and I…

(1) Had Lunch last Saturday at The Lexington Barbecue i.e. “HoneyMonk’s” !!! … and

(2) Friday afternoon we went to Wegmans Raleigh !!!

One experience was HOLY MOLEY !!! … the other was “meh”.  … Read on in chronological order.

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Lexington Barbecue / “HoneyMonks”

We were in Lexington NC for a dear friend’s daughter’s wedding at The Childress Winery/Vineyards.  There are two eras in one’s life… your 20-30s when you attend your friends’ weddings and … in your 60s+ you attend your friends’ childrens’ weddings.  We are deep into the latter with no illusions of Era 3 … “grandchildrens’ weddings”.

Kid & Pastor Danny were married “in a for-real church” with “a for-real minister” in a good ol’ traditional “til Death do us part” ceremony and setting.  The past several weddings we have attended have been “untraditional”.    They were “legal”… I think. We’ll leave it at that.

NOTE: FWIW Kid & Danny still talk about how PERFECT their wedding was three years ago.  Blondie and I NEVER get tired of hearing that… 🙂

The highlight of this one was when Lexington police were called in.  No, it wasn’t a drunken revelry.  Our dear friend / Mother of the Bride “took aggressive exception” to the service of the caterer… ya had to be there to appreciate it… and ya had to know The Mother of The Bride.  Bless her heart!…

Where was I?  … Lexington Barbecue.

Blondie – who is NOT “in to barbecue” – suggested that – being in Lexington – we oughta check out their legendary world-class pork emporiums.  I consulted two native sons of Lexington for “which one”.  Both had The Lexington Barbecue … also known as “HoneyMonk’s”… as #1.

At 11:30 AM on a Saturday the gravel parking lot was filled with an eclectic collection of vehicles including enough pick-ups to assure me this was NOT a nouvelle-cuisine fru fru establishment.  As “traditional” as any North Carolina BBQ “joint” and worthy of its national reputation.

EVERYTHING about Lexington BBQ is  – How it’s suppose to be.  The building… the decor – lots of “pig stuff”… the staff… the menu… the clientele.  LOTs of backward ballcaps.

A table of nine young fellas coulda been… (1) a slo-pitch softball team on the way to a tournament … or (2) Brad Paisley’s road crew.  Definitely NOT “soy boys”!

I coulda been in King’s… Bill Ellis’… Bullock’s… Wilber’s… McGills’… etc.  I’ve never been to “SkyLight Inn” or “B’s” but I’m assumin’. … Everything except…

I knew the slaw would be red from their red sauce mixed in.  The slaw was fine.  The hushpuppies were OK.  The sweet tea was fine.  Have I left out anything? … oh yeah … the chopped pork barbecue.

The chopped pork barbecue was dry… very very dry.  There was sauce on the table but it was a really thick brown sauce.  I knew it would not be “a vinegar sauce”.  I’m not “into” barbecue enuff to know/care  – what kinda wood – or  – how long it cooked –  or  – how old is the old guy that gets up at 3 AM to stoke the fire.   My barbecue was certainly edible and I ate it all but it wasn’t “WOW, THIS is really good!”

My review is simply “one guy on one visit”.   I’m sure “HoneyMonk’s” deserves all of its walls full of awards.  But… I should tried Speedy’s”.

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Wegmans in Raleigh

I told y’all a few weeks ago that we would check out Wegmans after the Grand Opening Hoopla settled down. LINK   Raleigh’s 35th or 36th Grocery Chain opened several weeks ago to the Media Circus usually reserved for Bully Barber’s Hoot&Hates at the NCGA.  Those, according to The N&O and WRAL, draw crowds of “… at least 80,000, maybe more…”  (LOL) Not sure how many Wegmans has hosted so far.

Blondie & I spent about an hour+ on this first reconnoiter.  We coulda stayed “all day” and not seenBurgerBar it all.  YOWSA!

What grocery store has its own multi-level parking deck with freakin’ escalators?  This is The DisneyWorld of grocery stores.

Is it a Gianormous Food Court w/ a Grocery Store… or a Gianormous Grocery Store w/ a Food Court?  Not “just a food court” but The Mother of All Food Courts w/ “a Burger Bar”.

My burger expertise rivals my barbecue expertise… very basic.  My Wegmans cooked-to-order “Maple Onion Burger” was to-die-for.  I coulda eaten a 2nd one but I was full from the first one.  The sweet potato fries were great.  They have buffet lines for every cuisine imaginable.

The Wine Section !!!  I’m not into wine… but I betcha they have 10,000 bottles from Dom Perignon and Bollingers to “two buck Chuck” and everything in-between.  They have a temperature-controlled “wine cellar room” Wegmansfor the expensive stuff.

Sure, Wegmans has ALL the usual grocery store stuff … AND – yes – one of the aisle directories does list “Peanut Butter”.  I was already sold but THAT did it.

If they added condos on top of Wegmans and you had a home-based computer bizness… you’d NEVER have to go outside… REALLY. … add a barber shop, a nail salon, and maybe a dentist office.  It’s a freakin “mini-city”.

PLUS… all the employees we encountered were honor graduates of the Chick-fil-A School of Customer Service.

I’ve made an addition to my Bucket List… Go back to Wegmans.

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Dumb Football Crap and…

Rough day in Chestnut Hill. Is a Dave Doeren effigy hanging atop Wolf Mountain… yet?   Is anyone in Amedeo’s backroom talking DickSheridan2.0yet?

A much rougher day for My Badgers.  Caught “looking ahead” to next week’s Game Of The Millennium in The Horseshoe… 6th ranked Wisconsin fell on a walk-off FG to the freakin’ Illini… The Freakin Illini !!!  … sigh, sob, sniff.

UPDATE: America’s Most Famous “Back To The Future” CoachesLes Miles (KU) and Mack Brown … while Mack2.0 was losing a 6-OT THRILLA to VPI… KU was losing 50-48 to Mack’s old ‘Horns in Austin.  KU is only 2-5 and Mack is 3-4 BUT their mere presence has turned floundering programs into quite “competitive” ones.  Supposedly Mack is piling up a fine recruiting class having repossessed “in-state” from a Hated Rival in Western Wake County… proving that “He who can tout The Most Charging Stations wins”.  Who Knew?

I watched EVERY pitch of ALCS’ 6th game Humdinger twixt Astros and NYY.  OMG!  OMG!  Led by  a diminutive “David” – 5’6″ Jose Altuve… The Men of MinuteMaid walked-off the Mighty Goliath from The Bronx.  With “no dog in the fight” I enjoyed The Heck out of watching that game… proving I’m not sure what… but something.

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I may have just missed you at the Monk that Saturday. BTW, The RCR museum up at the race shop in Welcome is more fun than the winery. We rotate among 2-3 of the BBQ establishments in town, probably in Lex BBQ more often because of connections with the family and staff. Each place has a particular menu item or style that makes the decision(or we need to visit with someone). The dark, thick sauce on the table is kinda a second level seasoning. I occasionally use a small amount, but it overwhelms the meat. You actually needed “dip”, which… Read more »

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Former96Heel

I’m with you on civic pride and food establishments. I was just out of town for work, and nothing makes a place more miserable than asking where the locals eat, and getting a response that includes a chain restaurant. I fear our future when there are places that think Sonny’s is acceptable BBQ or Red Robin is the best hamburger place in town.

Ashley
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Ashley

You should have driven 15 miles southwest on 85 and had some good bbq in Salisbury

BaltimoreHeel
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BaltimoreHeel

This column excited me! Lexington BBQ Center is my favorite restaurant in the world, not because of the BBQ but because of everything else. Best hotdogs in the world! Great burgers, fries, name it. . I agree with you the Q is dry. I don’t think they put any sauce on the Q at all. They leave that to the customer, be that good or bad. For dessert the banana split will feed an army! Incredible! And of course all the Cheerwine or sweet tea you can handle. Greatly unfortunate I can’t do either since I am now diabetic. .… Read more »

Babs.n.Derm
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Babs.n.Derm

I thought the BBQ joint would be the one to warrant the “holy moley”. I’m looking forward to the Wegmans coming to the Blvd. over here.

Robert Kennel
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Good for Albert and his bucket list. He has enough class that anything he does is fine with me. We need to get Coach back east to be independent judge of Eastern/Western NC BBQ. I ate once at Lexington BBQ and it never deserved to be on my bucket list. I defend Doren because of what kind of coach he is. The same goes for State’s whole head coaching stable. If they weren’t good wouldn’t defend them. Hope we’ve found this year’s QB. Tar Heels found theirs but Mack hasn’t shown total magic yet???? Was in Sanitary this summer but… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Can’t confirm the accuracy but I heard a blurb on the radio earlier today. 2010-19 marks the first decade since 1910 that the Yankees haven’t been in a World Series.

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NCSU68GRAD

Lexington BBQ is OK. We eat there maybe 3 x year. Definitely a good ole boy/girl place and don’t see and “who are we today types”. I think they catered for some Californy actor who got a 8 year gig @ 1600 Pa Avenue. . Best Q was at intersection of 801 & 601 right down the road in Davie county. One garage, 2 gas stations with lube hoists and a Q joint. Locals called it Greasy Corners. Great Q….not as dry as Lexington. . YES. There is a dossier being prepared on HFBC DD. Word is that Drink’s agent… Read more »

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Mella

Well. Porgie and I gave Lexington BBQ a try not long after our relocation to the Piedmont. No comparison to the old Barbecue Lodge, Kings, or even Smithfield . Really don’t care for slaw with bbq sauce on it. Just can’t change being an eastern N C gal and loving our “cue” style!

Prince.Albert
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Prince.Albert

Guess what….are you sitting down? I have known for some time what a Bucket List was. In fact, I have a couple in mine at age 88…..in November.

RowdyBlueTarHeeler
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RowdyBlueTarHeeler

the best pork is pulled, not chopped.

Doug
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Doug

LOL. Honey Monks was better than Speedy’s when I tried them but that like claiming to be the tallest midget in town. Always reminds me of what Dennis Rogers said about western BBQ. So far I’ve not been able to find a place -I’ve really tried- which causes me to disagree: “Residing as we do in perfect Eastern North Carolina, it is tempting to look down our fortunate noses at those miserable wretches forced by bad circumstances to eat inferior Western North Carolina BBQ” DD is safe. The Old Reliable, BK, will come to his defense. Only a matter of… Read more »

ELB.Beaufort
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ELB.Beaufort

I have been to several places that were ” one man, one visit”, a couple of them right here in Beaufort or Morehead City. We visited the sanitary restaurant in Morehead a few weeks ago after about six or seven years. Now has a full bar and the food still overrated. Cannot understand why people continue to go there. I guess it’s because it’s almost 75 years old and has been here almost forever.

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BGY.77

“…. A table of nine young fellas next to us coulda been… (1) a slo-pitch softball team on the way to a tournament … or (2) Brad Paisley’s road crew. Definitely NOT “soy boys”…”
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THAT is such a vintage BobLee description. I love it!

Ruth.N.Wyoming
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Ruth.N.Wyoming

Looks like I can skip Western NC BBQ, not my favorite and save time for Wegmans . I get same feed back by all friends who have access to this establishment. Great review!