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Best of 2007

Posted December 31, 2007

Here’s hoping your holidays have been wonderful. It was great to take last week off to relax with family and friends and enjoy more gifts than I could ever begin to deserve.

I thought I’d wrap up 2007 with my “Best Of” list. I invite you to post your own favorites as well.

Best Dinner: Black grouper & mashed potatoes at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh.
Best New Dish: Grits & grouper at 82 Queen, Charleston, SC
Best Coffee: Java Jive, Cary
Best Restaurant Coffee: Stonefish Grill, Cary
Best Wine: Vin Manent 2005 Malbec
Best Cookie: Hauser Chocolate Lace Florentine
Best Game: Appalachian State vs. Michigan in football
Best Book: Literary Trails of Western NC - Georgann Eubanks
Best Pimento Cheese: Fresh Market, Cary
Best Sports Warrior: Tyler Hansborough
Best Dancer: Danny Green
Best Movie: (sorry, I didn't see enough to weigh in)
Best Surprise: Lionel train set for Christmas
Best Quote: “The beginning of wisdom is humility.”
Best Morning: Blue Ridge Parkway in mid October
Best Afternoon: Whale watching off Friday Harbor, June.
Best Laugh: Ira David Wood in “A Christmas Carol”


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  • fishnett5977 Jan 2, 2008

    Best time this year - there are two! One was back in June '07 - my bestfriend since 7th grade, and two other high school bestfriends and myself for 5 glorious days at Sunset Beach at my bestfriend's house! I believe I've NEVER laughed so hard and long in my life!!! We had a blast!!! Shopping,beaching it,riding around and enjoy each others company! Gonna do it again this year too!! ;) Number 2 - Couples weekend at that same beach - same girls, with husbands/significant others and an extra couple. Again - fun for all and laughter abound!!! Guess the very best time would be my trip to Key West last May- got it together and paid for it for my husband's 50th birthday. Stayed a week with he and my bestfriend and her boyfriend. Had a great time and got to see him take it easy for the first time in 17 yrs!!!lol Actually got him to snorkle!!!lol Hope 2008 is just as fun filled and full of laughter!!! Happy New Year to you,Bill and all the readers!!! :)

  • acbulldog Jan 1, 2008

    The best state for National Championships: North Carolina! Best basketball game: Barton College Bulldog's National title over Winona State! The Bulldogs gave us what might be considered the best basketball comeback ever. If you have not seen the finish, do yourself a favor and watch it on YouTube. Best Football game: Appalachian State's upset over Mighty Michigan / or the Mountaineers third National Championship in a row! Thanks to both of these teams for the unforgettable memories!

  • jungleairforce Dec 31, 2007

    My post was cut off, here is part 2.

    Best Surprise: Rare 13th Air Force Silver Coin that has never been touched by human hands. It
    went from machine to sealed plastic case. Very rare and was given to me by my
    brother. Our father was in the 13th Air Force during WWII in the South Pacific.

    The next best surprise is winning a couple of CDs from one of my favorite artists,
    Bill Leslie, for posting about where I would like to spend Christmas if I could not
    spend it at home. I love both of them and have really enjoyed them. Thanks Bill. Best Quote: Not sure. Best Morning: Waking up with my wife to a Smoky Mountain sunrise in Gatlinburg, TN on our 1 year anniversary. Best Afternoon: My wife and I getting our picture taken with a Real Bearded Santa. Best Laugh: Jeff Dunham and his ventriloquist dummy, “Walter”.

  • jungleairforce Dec 31, 2007

    Best Dinner: Rib-eye steaks, baked potato, corn and black eye peas that I cooked for my wife
    for our 1 year anniversary while watching the sun set over the Smoky Mountains
    In Gatlinburg TN at the Mountain Loft resort.
    Best New Dish: Not sure.
    Best Coffee: Don’t drink coffee.
    Best Restaurant Coffee: see above
    Best Wine: Not much of a wine drinker but love any from Duplin or Biltmore Cellars. Best Cookie: Homemade Chocolate Chip cookies from my Mama. Best Game: Appalachian State vs. Michigan in football. Ditto. Best Book: The Red Suit Diaries, Volume 1 & 2, by Ed Butchart Best Pimento Cheese: From any of the ladies at my Church Best Sports Warrior: Any of Appalachian States football team. Best Dancer: Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars professional) Best Movie: Best Surprise: Rare 13th Air Force Silver Coin that has never been touched by human hands. It went from machine to sealed plastic case. Very rare and was g

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