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Tue Apr 26, 2016

Eat. Meat. Repeat.

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Eat. Meat. Repeat.

I knew there would be a number of my favorite foods I'd have to leave behind when I relocated from New York to North Carolina. I thought one of them was going to be my beloved arepas—Venezuelan stuffed corn cakes—from Arepas Cafe in Astoria, but once I got down to Durham, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were actually a couple areapa spots in town. Both ended up being fine, but fell short of matching the quality and combinations of Arepas Cafe and ultimately left a hole in my heart. This led me to try my hand at arepa making over the winter, and to my surprise, it wasn't difficult at all to make ones that came close to what I consider ideal. I've been so overjoyed with this discovery that I wanted to share what I consider the pinnacle of arepas with all my friends here in North Carolina, so made the first Meatwave of the 2016 season one that celebrated these Venezuelan specialities and a more.

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Thu Nov 12, 2015

Trick or Meat

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Trick or Meat

After an excellent launch of the Meatwave in North Carolina two weeks ago, I was itching to get another cookout in before the temperature takes a nose dive, so I scheduled the next one without delay for the day after Halloween and aptly named it Trick of Meat (thanks to Bryan and Jenny for that suggestion). Beyond how great the spread turned out, this was a truly notable Meatwave for a couple other reasons—it was the first one ever held past October and the only really successful one to take place in the rain now that I'm afforded the space to actually use my two large canopies.

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Thu Oct 29, 2015

Meatiterranean

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Meatiterranean

The long Meatwave draught is finally over! For those following the blog, you already know my wife and I decided to haul ass out of New York and down to North Carolina in the middle of this past summer, and with all the packing, unpacking, job searching, and general settling in, I had put the Meatwave on hold until I felt comfortable hosting it in our new home. In mid-Sept, I decided that time had come, but the weather gods felt the need bestow upon us epic rains for nearly two weeks that dampened my efforts to get this 11-year tradition back on track. So it took until October 18—three months after the last one—on a brisk fall day, for the Meatwave to jump back into action with an excellent assortment of Turkish-inspired meats among a host of awesome new friends.

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Thu Jul 23, 2015

Parting is Such Meat Sorrow

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Parting is Such Meat Sorrow

If you've been paying attention, you probably noticed that for the first time in a long time, I haven't been keeping up with my blogging duties. It's a bit shameful for that to happen during prime grilling season, but I have good reason—I recently left my longtime home of Astoria, NY and moved down south to Durham, NC. I kind of underestimated how much time and energy moving would take, so had to let some things fall to the sidelines, and writing was one of those things. I couldn't, however, stop grilling, and before I left the city, I had one last Meatwave blowout with all of my awesome friends.

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Thu May 28, 2015

So, We Meat Again

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So, We Meat Again

Anyone living in the Northeast knows this past winter was a bitch. We lived through months of frigid temps and snow with an equally cold, damp, and depressing start to spring. Having weathered all that made the start of the Meatwave season just that much sweeter, and we sure began this 12th year in grand style. With one of my most ambitious menus to date and a turn out that was only rivaled by last year's Memorial Day, this was surely a Meatwave that will be remembered for a long time.

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