Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Best of 2007

Posted December 31, 2007 9:29 a.m. EST

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”