P INK R D & FOOD
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lan an extravagant daytime rendezvous on Saturday or Sunday. Several local restaurants offer special brunch menus over the weekend – we went with Harvest 18’s brunch menu (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and ordered the grilled pork belly sandwich topped with a sunny-side up egg and sweet pepper jelly, and the crabcake Benedict with heirloom tomatoes and sprite melon salad. (The restaurant also offers family meals for two or four people for curbside pickup.) For an extra bountiful brunch, grab a few croissants and scones from Guglhupf’s Chapel Hill or Durham location and local jams or jelly. Alley Twenty Six has a wide assortment in its Mixers & Mercantile shop – we chose the blackberry rum jam for this feast. Start the meal with a 96 oz. Joe Box from Joe Van Gogh – its organic Sumatra Ketiara coffee has notes of dark chocolate and cherry. The shops are open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offer no-contact pickup and weekend delivery within 4 miles of its Woodcroft cafe. Drink as much as you need on the weekend and save the remainder for iced coffees at the start of the workweek! When it comes to a boozy brunch, there are plenty of options. You can go simple – try Alley Twenty Six’s peach syrup with orange juice and Cantina di Carpi 42
ABOVE Harvest 18’s grilled pork belly sandwich, sunny-side up egg and sweet pepper jelly. BELOW Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary’s Love & Hope Bouquet, with blooms sourced from local farmers.
Make staying in special with these fun at-home ideas Photography by B et h Mann
‘NotteBianca’ Brut from Durham Food Hall’s Auctioneer Bar for “kind of a cross between a mimosa and a Bellini,” says Alley Twenty Six owner Shannon Healy. Or add ½ ounce of the bar’s cucumber-watermelon syrup to the bubbly for a refreshing sparkler. If you want to take your beverage game to the next level, grab some premade mixers from Durham Food Hall as well. Its bloody mary mix is packed with veggies and pairs beautifully with Durham Distillery’s colddistilled cucumber vodka. Layer on the accompaniments – we went with pickles, blue cheese-stuffed green olives, lemon, lime, celery and even a hard-boiled egg and bacon. But if bloody marys aren’t your style, go with the crowd-pleasing Squeeze the Day blood orange shrub (a drinking vinegar perfect for mixing) and try it with Top of the Hill Distillery’s Organic Piedmont Gin. After you’ve had your fill and made another round of drinks, challenge your partner to a good-natured tournament – the winner claims the title of Brunch Boss. Triangle Lawn Games offers game rentals for delivery or pickup, and most are $20-$30 a day and $5 per additional day (use the code “FunAtHome25” for 25% off at checkout!). Most importantly, employees wear masks and disinfect all games before and after each rental. Have a small space to work with? Go with a game like Giant Jenga or Giant Connect Four. Larger yards are perfect for the classics like cornhole and ladder ball.
The Food and Drink Issue