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Five Last-Minute Day Trips in North Carolina

Even if you didn’t have the time to take a weeklong summer vacation, you’re still in luck. There are fantastic day trip destinations all across our state.
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Honeysuckle

The vine that twines over fences and through childhood memories lends its aromatic scent and unmistakable taste to grown-up fare.
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Pimento Cheese

Did you know those spicy pimentos were first mixed in to protect fresh cheese from flies? Did you know the spread’s origins may actually be from up North? But then our companies — Star Foods in Burlington, Ruth’s Salads in Charlotte — began making it, and then we all started eating it, and before long, pimento cheese belonged to us.
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Okra

Generation to generation, some traditions we’re born into. Others have more surprising beginnings.

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Redeye Gravy

You’ll know it by its unmistakable sheen and characteristic deep color. And when spooned over country ham, biscuits, or grits, it becomes our favorite sauce of the South.
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Boiled Peanuts

Eating a sloppy, salty cup full of soggy goobers isn’t nearly as difficult as finding the down-home delicacy.
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Cheerwine Boiled Peanuts

Boil peanuts, add Cheerwine. A simple recipe that’s full of flavor.
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The Story of Pepsi

You can find it in Frankfurt, but hoisting a cold bottle of the sweet, sugary, amber-hued creation feels far more refreshing — and authentic — in New Bern.
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Big Mike’s Barbecue

Michael Markham brings the barbecue to you. Just look for his truck (the one with a bright red barn in tow).

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Field Peas with Snaps and Okra

Food blogger Steve Gordon offers up a labor of love with this dish that uses freshly shelled peas and okra.
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