Foodie Adventures in Wrightsville Beach

On weekends off, sometimes members of the team like to hit the road and head to Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, NC. It’s just about two hours away and aside from clean, beautiful beaches, it offers amazing food, too.

Lauren Martin and I dined on this incredible sushi from Bento Box. This restaurant came highly recommended from our coach, who frequents the place in the summer. (Thanks, Ker!)

Chef Lee Creations

Our coach instructed us to find Chef Lee, the head chef at Bento Box. We introduced ourselves and within a matter of minutes, the amazing creations you see above were proudly presented to us. We’re not exactly sure what came in these rolls, but we know salmon, eel, tuna and shrimp were all involved. Oh, and spicy mayo, of course.

Oh, did I almost forget about dessert? Just some casual chocolate-peanut butter pot stickers with caramel dipping sauce… yeah. Did I mention they were on the house? You go, Chef Lee.

If you’ve been to Wrightsville Beach, you’ve definitely seen The Oceanic Restaurant at some point. Here’s a reminder of that restaurant you saw with the outdoor seating on the pier.

Kait and I headed over to The Oceanic after a long morning of Kayaking. We started off with this incredible appetizer creation– Shrimp, crab meat and avocado all mashed into one, served with tortilla chips. It’s oh so Pinnable.

After that delightful dish, we split these fish tacos. YUM

Get out to the beach and hit up these quality establishments! What are you waiting for?


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The Parlour Ice Cream Truck!

It’s been a while dearest foodie friends, but Goalie Spoon is back with a look at The Parlour, an ice cream truck that cruises the Durham streets offering decadent frozen treats. This ice cream is for real. My family owned and leased out a bunch of ice cream trucks for years while I was growing up, so I know my ice cream. We’re not talking about bomb pops or screw balls with this truck, though. Check out this sugar cone of Salted Butter Caramel and Maple Walnut… yum.

Maple Walnut and Salted Butter Caramel

Many of the food trucks in Durham perpetuate their businesses using social media web sites. @ParlourDurham tweets out where they’ll be and the customers come in droves! They’re great about getting back to people who tweet at them.

You can order your ice cream in a cup or choose from a sugar or waffle cone. My mom thinks the colorful plastic cups are “fun!” and I absolutely agree. Aside from cups and cones, you can order your ice cream in a float of various sodas (the root beer float is amazing enough that it’s Kait’s cover photo on facebook) and delectable ice cream sandwhiches.

The key to a perfect ice cream sandwich experience is to let it thaw out for a little while– the cookies will be perfectly soft after about 10-15 minutes.

Goalie Spoon urges you to try this place out. Not eating this ice cream should be considered a felony in North Carolina. The Parlour has a great website! Here, take a peek. Check out this page to see all of their incredible flavors.

The sheer joy in this picture survives its blurriness because the Parlour is just that good. Go get some! The truck is so cool- a miniature bus turned retro ice cream ‘parlour’ on wheels.


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p.s. We’ve missed you!

Quick, Healthy, Stir Fry

After days of traveling, which seemed like weeks, I needed a meal that would satisfy my taste buds and restore my body. I decided to whip up some stir-fry. First I made some brown rice, and let it sit on the back burner while I sautéed a myriad of veggies. After a light, relaxing run, it felt amazing to chop bright, ripe vegetables knowing that they would be doing my body good. Snow peas, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms, carrots and broccoli were all sautéed in my own special stir fry sauce that I’m willing to share exclusively on Goalie Spoon.

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Mackler Stir Fry Sauce: The ingredients must never be measured, only eyeballed. First, a thin layer of canola oil needs to cover your stir-fry surface. Then, add three-ish pinches of ground ginger, a little bit of onion powder, about a half a teaspoon of minced garlic, and a splash of soy sauce. Then add all of the vegetables your heart desires, and sauté to perfection.

Adding a few spoonfuls of soy sauce and a couple squeezes of lemon juice to your grilled chicken (while it’s still sizzling) will give it just the kick that it needs to keep up with the veggies. Brown rice is my favorite, but pour your steaming sliced grilled chicken and delectable vegetables over whatever type of rice you’d like, and enjoy this homemade Goalie Spoon specialty.

Jesse’s Steaks, Seafood and Tavern (Hanover, NH)

In the beautiful but extremely rural Hanover, Hew Hampshire, our team stopped for a much needed and much deserved dinner. After a 6:00a.m. departure for the first of our two flights to Manchester, NH, a 1.5 hour bus ride to Hanover, and an hour long practice, we needed something good.

As we walked into the restaurant, we knew we weren’t in Durham anymore. It looked like an upscale log cabin with an amazing salad bar, which Jesse’s is famous for. Everything we could have ever wanted in a salad was there including every vegetable imaginable (even beats), egg, avocado, shrimp, nuts and a selection of fruit. The house dressing was delicious, although I went with balsamic vinaigrette—my go to.

After I decided to have the Shrimp Scampi, I took some time to look around the seating area. It was completely adorned with moose heads (hooves included), antique pots and pans, huge snowshoes, boxes of gunpowder and all kinds of other miscellaneous northeastern knick-knacks.

The Shrimp Scampi came with no pasta, which was surprising, but aside from the lack of pasta, the shrimp, vegetables, and baked potato were delicious. My other teammates ordered either steak with vegetables and a baked potato or salmon with the same sides. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals—either that or we were all too ready for a shower and 10:00pm “lights out” to think or comment on it.

Last but not least, a rich and delectable serving of chocolate mousse was brought out to each of us as we watched our men’s team beat UNC via iPad. Unfortunately, despite a delicious pre-game meal, we suffered a heart-breaking double overtime loss to Dartmouth. Hopefully the memories we make during times like meals on away trips will stick with us longer than the losses we endure on the field. Goalie Spoon will certainly never forget this authentic, New England dining experience.

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Salt Creek Grille (Princeton, NJ)

After a long day of traveling to play the Princeton Tigers, the team was ready to settle down for a good meal. Luckily, one of our Princeton natives, Mie, picked out Salt Creek Crille for an evening of fine dining for Duke Women’s Lacrosse. Salt Creek Grille offered a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere. We made our way through a regal establishment with high ceilings, romantic lighting, an abundance of dark wood and a very large bar area. Our waiter welcomed us and brought us into a banquet room in the back of the restaurant. Here is a slideshow of the incredible buffet of food that greeted us there.

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Ideally, I would try to describe the highlights of a big meal like this but honestly, every dish was a highlight! We started off with two salads — The house salad and the tomato mozzarella salad with red onion. Each were great but the consensus seemed to really enjoy the house salad with mesclun greens, apples, walnuts, tomatoes and balsamic dressing.

The side dishes were delicious additions to the meat and pasta headliners. The asparagus was cooked perfectly and the roasted potatoes were tantalizing my table as they were brought out to the buffet. My table seemed to love the penne with vodka sauce the most out of the two pasta dishes. The wild mushroom ravioli wasn’t too shabby, either. The sauce was especially delicious.

The marinated flank steak was fantastically tender. The succulent marinade had to be in the teriyaki family and it took the steak to the next level. The salmon was served in a bed of delicious lemon beurre risotto which made the fish look great on our plates. Although both dished were good, the steak was definitely the favorite over the salmon tonight.

A very satisfied Goalie Spoon was delighted to dine at Salt Creek Grille tonight. Duke lax gives it two thumbs up, overall.

Wet Burritos

Tonight my freshmen year roommate (star volleyball player Kellie Catanach) and I made some Wet Burritos. Inspired by a recipe we found online, we decided to cook these suckers up.


Wet Burritos

They were absolutely delicious and pretty easy to make! We fed four people generous portions for about $35 total and it only took about us about 10 minutes to shop for the supplies. Check out the recipe here. Basically, you cook up some ground beef, onions and refried beans to roll up in your heated tortillas. Then, you cook some bean-less chili, condensed tomato soup and enchilada sauce and pour it over your beloved burritos. Sprinkle some shredded mexican cheese on top and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Finish by sprinkling shredded lettuce, red and green onion and chopped tomatoes on top. To top off our mexican creations, we decided to gingerly drizzle some hot white queso across each burrito. We had a lot of fun cooking this authentic mexican meal together. Goalie Spoon recommends this recipe to any and all mexican food lovers.

Mr. Hommel’s Meatloaf

It’s not always mom who knows where the meatloaf is. Mr. Hommel, the father of one of the best attackers on the team, made this delicious meatloaf for us the other night. Mrs. Hommel made all of the side dishes including an incredible crumb cake! Nothin’ like a good home cooked meal.

Mr. Hommel's Meatloaf

Mrs. Hommel's Crumb Cake

Thank you Hommels! Love, Goalie Spoon.

Mad Hatter’s Breakfast (Durham, NC)

Mad Hatter’s is a charming little restaurant and café right off of Duke’s east campus. Although they are great for lunch and dinner (amazing fries with delectable sauces, chicken caesar wrap, tomato mozzarella sandwich, goat cheese salad, etc.)  they have some amazing breakfast options that Goalie Spoon hasn’t been able to find anywhere else in Durham so far.

Mat Hatters Restaurant and Café

They have the classic Hatter Breakfast which comes with eggs however you’d like them, potatoes, fruit and sunflower toast. If you’re looking to do something a little bit different though, feast your eyes on these two delicious options.

Nine magical little Silver Dollar pancakes. I went with strawberries, but you can add whipped cream, chocolate chips, or all of the above to your own private pancake heaven.

Silver Dollar Pancakes with Strawberries

A breakfast burrito fit for mexican royalty. Complete with tomato salsa, black beans, cilantro, onion, scrambled eggs and your choice of bacon, sausage or mushrooms. Mad Hatter’s also has some of the most potent coffee in Durham in terms of caffeine.

Breakfast Burrito

Mad Hatter’s is the perfect place to snuggle up with a great meal, great beverages and a big pile of work. Stay as long as you’d like (if you can find a table) and fill up your coffee cup as many times as you need. Remember to bring your headphones, it can get noisy from time to time. If you do find yourself headphone-less, the outdoor seating is a wonderfully peaceful option on a sunny Durham day. The Goalie Spoon frequents this lovely little Durham establishment and we’re confident that you should, too. Happy Leap Day!

Good Morning, Parker and Otis (Durham, NC)

Parker and Otis is, simply put, a magical spot in Durham. I’m keeping this post short and to the point, but if I were to post pictures of P&O, they would be slightly reminiscent of Foster’s Market but with a much wider range of selection of goods, higher ceilings and more natural light streaming in through large windows. Parker and Otis is right around the corner from Brightleaf Square. I highly recommend giving them a try for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you’re a “local” or more of a “cupcake,” Parker and Otis has something for everyone, including their own quirky t-shirts with words like these on them.

Here’s the breakfast I went with: Black Forest ham and asparagus scramble with a side of fruit. Delectable.

It was a gorgeous day to relax at one of their many outdoor tables. The view overlooked the endearing area between Duke’s East campus and downtown Durham. This post is a bit of a tease but I promise you this much: good things come to those who go to Parker and Otis.

Carini Italian and Sweet-Frog Froyo (Richmond, VA)

After winning an action packed game against the Richmond Spiders, we settled in at Carini Italian Restaurant. Since we’re playing the “No. 1” team in the nation on Sunday, we were in need of some replenishing carbohydrates and a solid dose of protein for the days ahead. The restaurant was extremely authentic.

I also can’t forget to mention that the service was great. Our two servers put on an A+ performance, serving 37 people salad, dinner and drinks with ease and all while wearing a smile. They even made it fun to receive our meals, serving whomever raised their hand first when the name of their particular dish was called out.

Here’s some of the art we found in the banquet room- can you name all of the characters in the mural? There was some controversy over who all was who:

Banquet Room Art

Banquet Room Art... "Kiss my ring"

We all started off with a classic Italian salad (correct me if I’m wrong, Italian readers) and most of us chose the “homemade Italian” dressing when presented with a few different options.


Italian Salad

The bread came out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, still warm from the oven. We had to stop ourselves from devouring all of it before our meals were served.

Italian Bread

Italian Bread

The main dishes ranged from manicotti to chicken linguine to the classic chicken parmigiana. I stuck with the classic. They were pretty generous with the cheese — most of our entree’s looked the same under their marinara-cheese blankets.

Chicken Parmigiana

We were told not to say a word about dessert after this particular dinner (we usually attempt to demand dessert by chanting for it on the bus). Little did we know we were on the way to Sweet-Frog, a frozen yogurt place in Richmond! Our team is accustomed to eating froyo from Local Yogurt (LoYo), The Yogurt Pump (YoPump) and Tutti-Frutti so we were ready to get crackin’ on our froyo creations upon arrival.

The topping choices were lovely. I was a little bit lost without golden grahams on my caramel froyo, but I made due by crushing up some graham crackers and was pleasantly surprised by mini rolos. The classic fruit toppings along with mochi balls and popping bobas were all present, along with all of their usual chocolatey counterparts.

Here’s how my final creation shaped up. Cake batter and caramel froyo, Reese’s Pieces, Rolos, whipped cream and graham crackers drizzled with chocolate sauce.

This glorious meal should have done us all some good — a definite carbo-load and a sweet treat to top it off. We never forget how lucky we are to have coaches and support staff that do everything to always ensure both our health and happiness- especially in terms of food.