Bull City

November 3, 2011

Welcome to Larb’s super swanky urban loft, former tobacco warehouse in the heart of Durham!

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It’s so much bigger in person!

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And …loftier ;)

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We gathered for Prosecco and conversation before heading out to dinner

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Our destination was Bull City Burgers, a super cool all-local Durham restaurant. EVERYTHING about this place was awesome – from the local North Carolina pastured beef served to the made-from-scratch everything to the no HFCS/trans-fat policies  to the Ball jar water glasses to the house-brewed pumpkin beer.

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Our group shared a couple of the fried-tizers

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French fries, pickles (yum!) and onion loaf. You can guess which were my favorite and least favorite!

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I ordered a simple burger topped with K+M and gruyere and jalapenos!

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Only wish there was a side salad option… !

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[Missed you Kanz!]

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Back at the loft, we met up with SARAH! She lives in the next building over! She joined us for some birthday cupcakes for dad.

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Larbs went all out with 6 flavors: Lemon, Almond, Vanilla, Red Velvet, German Chocolate and Carrot Cake

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Happy Birthday to you!

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It was a cupcake free-for-all afterwards!! With a family of frosting lovers, it was quite the enthusiastic event.

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I tried them all (of course!) and while carrot cake is NOT my favorite kind of cake, it stole the show tonight. But I also really liked the almond! I can’t quite remember where Larbs got the cupcakes, but it may have been Bull City Bakery? They were delicious. Good icing!

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My alarm is set for 6 hours from now…closing eyes

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1 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

What a beautiful evening you all had :)

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2 Cristina November 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Love the Bull City posts! I’m from Durham and used to live in Hillsborough, but it’s always great to see how much the places are evolving.

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3 kaila@ healthy helper blog! November 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Those cupcakes are gorgeous! They look like flowers!

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4 JenATX November 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

yeah I love the display with the paper wrapping & birthday candles, too cute

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5 Cait's Plate November 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Wow Larbs’ loft is AMAZING!!! I’m so jealous!

That burger place looks incredible – love love love fried pickles.

And there are no words for how good the cupcakes look. You gals definitely know how to treat a guy right on his birthday :) Glad you’re having such a fun celebration!!

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6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

The loft is so cool! I adore exposed brick walls. And cupcakes – YUM!!

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7 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

That NC restaurant looks amazing!

I love her loft! It’s so cute and those cupcakes….GAH! I want one!

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8 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

what a delicious day!

i LOVE onion loaf. there’s a restaurant in chicago called hackney’s that is famous for it’s massive, crazy greasy onion loaf. it’s in my top 5 of “worth it” foods.

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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

The almond cupcake sound so unique!

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10 Josie November 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Have you tried onions lately? I try foods I dislike once or twice a year to make sure my tastes haven’t changed. I was pleasantly surprised this year when I learned pumpkin doesn’t make me gag anymore!

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11 KathEats November 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

If smelling them means trying them, then yes. And I still don’t like them

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12 Krystina (Organically Me) November 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Those cupcakes are darling.

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13 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I would eat every single one of those cupcakes. Haha! Happy Birthday to your dad. Looks like everyone had an awesome time.

Love the loft. Always wanted one of those. I used to ride a bike around my friend’s loft. ;)

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14 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Get some sleep and have agreat trip!

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15 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

When you listed the cupcake flavors, I was thinking “Man, I would have had to sample each!” And, of course, you did, too! Good plan :D

I love that the restaurant served you water in a mason jar. Mason jars make everything taste better–I’m convinced!

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16 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

The restaurant looked awesome! Like you said, all the details to the food seemed fantastic. A good cupcake topped with lots of yummy frosting makes for a great end to the evening too, if I do say so myself! ;)

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17 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Those cupcakes. Wow!!

And Larb’s pad. Omg. I am in lust with it. I would love love love to live in something like that. There are places like that in downtown San Diego here but I’ve never lived in something quite that amazing look..wow. The wood, the lighting, the rustic nature…I want to move in :)

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18 Khushboo November 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Does anyone else is your family share your onion aversion?

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19 Mom November 4, 2011 at 6:03 am

Her dad and I love onions and her grandfather Al grew them in his garden!

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20 Sonya November 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

Viva l’onion! Silly me, I know.

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21 KathEats November 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

Larbs also hates them

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22 KathEats November 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

also, my mom needs to share the story about how she breathed onion breath on me at my birth – we think that’s where the aversion comes from

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23 lynn @ the actor's diet November 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm

i heart lofts!!!

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24 Sylvia @ My Attempt at Balanced Living November 4, 2011 at 12:33 am

Sounds like a fantastic day. Extra dry Prosecco is my very favoritest of wines :) Great call splitting up all of the cupcakes. I would have wanted to try each and every one too. Have a good night lady!

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25 Irina November 4, 2011 at 4:32 am

wow, those cupcakes look gorgeous! And so much more exciting trying all those flavours instead of just one in a cake (though cakes are good too of course). Happy Birthday, Kath’s Dad! :)

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26 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 4, 2011 at 5:12 am

What a super cool apartment your sister has. Looked like a perfect evening, dinner out with sister and both parents and ending with cup cake. Awesome.

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27 Marijke November 4, 2011 at 5:49 am

Those cupcakes… wow. I wish I wasn’t reading this post with two pieces of toast in front of me. Serious food envy right now! I feel that cupcakes for breakfast would be a solid life choice…

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28 Christie Inge ~ Intuitive Eating Coach November 4, 2011 at 6:07 am

Oh my goodness!! What a delightful surprise. My grandmother worked in that building for 36 years until it closed down!!! Very cool.

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29 sarah (the SHU box) November 4, 2011 at 6:14 am

so great to see you!!! have a fantastic trip!

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30 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 4, 2011 at 6:32 am

I hope to live in a loft like that some day. That would be after the boys are long gone and it would be just Tony and I. I hope your dad had an incredible birthday! Looks like it was a very special occasion!

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31 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 4, 2011 at 6:53 am

Those cupcakes look so cute wrapped like that! And I agree, I hate when restaurants don’t have a side salad option. Carbs carbs and more carbs can be a bit much for me!

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32 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

Larbs loft is beautiful! So stylish! That restaurant looks great! I’m loving those burgers. Oh, and can we talk about those cupcakes?! They look incredible!!!! I love cupcakes. They are my weakness :)

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33 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 4, 2011 at 7:05 am

I love the cupcake presentation…wrapped up in colourful paper…they looked like individual gifts! Personally, carrot cake is one of my favourite cakes topped of course with cream cheese icing that has a hint of lemon to it! Yummy! I too, would have wanted a side salad. The hamburger looks so loney on the plate.

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34 Emily November 4, 2011 at 7:09 am

Looks like your dad had a nice birthday with great company and what looked like fabulous cupcakes!

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35 Marlow November 4, 2011 at 7:10 am

Yay Bull City! We live in Durham and we absolutely love Bull City!! Last year before they opened, they hosted a Golden Bull scavenger hunt, where they hid golden bulls all around the city. If you found one, you would win one free burger a week for a year!

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36 Molly @ RDexposed November 4, 2011 at 7:11 am

That’s my kind of flight! I’d like to dream about being served a flight on a flight. A girl can dream, right?

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37 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte November 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

Love the cupcakes in the colored paper wraps! Mmm carrot cake!

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38 Amanda November 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

I love her loft! So much character.

Those cupcakes look awesome. And good to hear the icing was tasty! I’m an icing girl as well, and I’m always so disappointed when it’s plastic-y or the texture is too sugary. Ick.

Happy birthday to Kath’s dad! :)

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39 Katie November 4, 2011 at 7:34 am

What no pumpkin cupcakes? My 6 year old chose pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting with Trader Joe’s pumpkin ice cream for her birthday, after having calamari and grilled shrimp for her birthday dinner. Happy birthday to your dad. Love Larb’s loft. Looks like a fun time with your family, enjoy!

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40 Melody (Redhead in the Kitchen) November 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

How was the Bull City Burger and Brewery Pumpkin Ale? It wasn’t ready yet the last time I went. :( They definitely have the best burgers in Durham.

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41 KathEats November 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

Delicious!!

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42 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

Beautiful dessert presentation – you have so many neat restaurants nearby!

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43 Angel7 November 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

Awesome-looking cupcakes! They look so pretty in the colored paper, as opposed to the cupcake holders that most places use.

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44 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

Her apartment looks so cool! They renovated an old warehouse on my college campus and I got to live in it the first year it opened my junior year, very cool, funky vibe but open ceilings and walls are not necessarily the best idea when you’re in college with noisey roommates!

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45 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 4, 2011 at 8:36 am

What a cool loft! Love the look of the exposed brick, wood floors…and those ceilings! Dinner looks awesome (love those fried pickles!) and those cupcakes look, as you said in your last post, “to-live-for”! Fun post, thanks :D

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46 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

What a lovely evening and celebration! The cupcakes look excellent.

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47 Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

Do you think she’d mind if I moved in with her?

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48 Dad November 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

The cupcakes came from Carolina Cake Company at 2922 W. Main St., Durham, (919) 937-9715, via a Groupon offer. They were devine.

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49 Erin November 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

No way! I live in Durham and when the post title popped up on my Google Reader I was psyched. Glad you liked BCBB– they rock. Were the cupcakes maybe from Daisy Cakes? Either way… om nom nom.

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50 Erin November 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

Whoops… just saw Dad’s comment. I’ll have to give them a try!

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51 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

Oh mmmmmm those cupcakes ALL sound delicious!!

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52 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles November 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

That loft is absolutely gorgeous. I just want to move right in. Does it come with the cupcakes???

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53 Shannon @ My Place In The Race November 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

Prosecco is my fave! That burger looks so good and what a cute loft! I love how the buck walls! So cute :D

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54 Shannon @ My Place In The Race November 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

That is totally suppose to be “I love the brick walls”. What was I doing? ;)

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55 Pam November 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

my brother used to live in that building! it’s really neat!

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56 Karen November 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

Those cupcakes look delish!
Got home yesterday evening.

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57 Kerry November 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Lovely loft – it looks amazing! And those cupcakes look super yummy

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58 Davida November 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I live in Durham and my daughter and I LOVE Bull City Burgers. We were there last Saturday, would have been great to bump into you! I am an avid reader of your blog!

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59 Dad November 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Thanks for all my presents Kath. Happy to have some ID with me now.

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60 KathEats November 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

You are welcome! They are all the rage in the blog world. Mine says “eat real food!”

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61 Hillary November 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I am SWOONING over your sister’s loft. Good heavens, that’s perfection.

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62 Sandy November 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Love the loft! What a fun family day.

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