Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Canapé Pop-Up Volume 2, Unfortunately Cancelled

Kimberly Houston | November 3, 2011

Yep, we’re on the cutting edge here in Wilmington — we have a pop-up restaurant, right here in our own charming little town.
What is a pop-up, you ask?
It’s simply a temporary, one-night-only kind of restaurant, often housed in a current restaurant space for an evening, featuring some kind of interesting “theme.”
Here in Wilmington we have [...]

Best Way to Spend a Saturday Morning: Riverfront Farmers’ Market

Kimberly Houston | June 4, 2011

I love the Farmer’s Market in downtown Wilmington. Love.
I recently went with my friend Carolyn, who I wandered around with, taking in the bounty of the market and the beauty of the setting, soaking up lots of produce-related knowledge. Damn, those downtown farmers’ market vendors know a lot about produce, I tell ya!
You just can’t [...]

Good Food, Done Dirt Cheap: Pizzetta’s

Kimberly Houston | May 28, 2011

I’ve heard heaps of positive comments about this place since it opened earlier this year.
The latest was last week when I stopped into The Wine Sampler, in the same shopping strip as Pizzetta’s (Anderson Square Plaza), where I had a lovely discussion about many things Pizzetta’s with the person selling me wine that day.
She said [...]

Downtown Deli Delight: Wayfarer Delicatessen

Kimberly Houston | April 24, 2011

I finally made it in here after wanting to visit since last December when they opened.  Wayfarer Deli is in the teeny-tiny space at 110 South Front St. (once home to Wilmington Wine Shoppe, among other things), and I do mean tiny.  But these guys have packed a lot of goodness into such a small [...]

Heaven on a Plate, in Five Courses

Kimberly Houston | March 6, 2011

Today I’m going to leave off writing and simply post a few pics from the Temptations Everyday Gourmet “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner held on March 4, 2011.  (For more information on “Forgotten Grapes,” and the list of wines paired with each of the five courses below, check out the post I wrote here.)

Every bite was sublimely delicious.  Thank you [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner at Temptations Everyday Gourmet

Kimberly Houston | February 24, 2011

On Friday March 4 at 7:00 p.m., Temptations Everyday Gourmet in Hanover Center will hold its second “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner.  (Check out pics and info of the first one here.)
It’s big fun. Chris Kern, of Forgotten Grapes, whose tag line is “doing for forgotten grapes what Dancing with the Stars does for forgotten celebrities,” [...]

Whiskey Creek Sports Pub: Get Your Burger On

Kimberly Houston | December 21, 2010

whiskey creek burger, half devoured . . .

In case you’ve never heard of Whiskey Creek – I hadn’t – it’s on Masonboro Loop Road in the old Heck of a Peck Oyster Bar location.  Weird, because I drive by this place four or five days a week, and I’ve never noticed it.
A friend of mine [...]

Crow Hill: A Great Place to Wind Down on a Friday Night

Kimberly Houston | December 10, 2010

I’ve been meaning to get to Crow Hill since it opened, and last Friday night I finally did. I had old friends in town I hadn’t seen in 15 years, and after enjoying a few glasses of wine at The Fortunate Glass, we decided we were in the mood for food, so off to Crow [...]

So Much Wine, So Little Time: The Fortunate Glass, Downtown Wilmington

Kimberly Houston | October 18, 2010


Hey Wilmingtonians, remember when Chelsea’s, that adorable little wine bar, was on the corner of Front and Market Streets?  I sure do.
It was the most charming place.  Great wine list.  Awesome  people watching downtown from your comfortable perch inside, as you sipped your glass of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc, or what have you.  Good [...]

Let’s Take This Thing in the Living Room (Wilmington Wine Tastings, Part Three)

Kimberly Houston | October 12, 2010

You know a nice bottle of wine would dress up the spaghetti you made for dinner.  You’d love to bring the right Champagne to your friend’s housewarming party. Or show up with a bottle of Rosé because it seems to be the new “it” wine. And wouldn’t it be nice to open a [...]