Mouthful Blog

  • CalaVela coming soon to Carrboro, The Shoppe Bar & Meatball Kitchen to follow

    Posted by Greg Cox on January 22, 2015

    Ken Yowell, owner of CalaVela Empanada & Tequila Bar ( in downtown Raleigh is targeting the first week in February for the opening of a second location in Carrboro.

    The restaurant was known as Calavera until last April, when Yowell and his original partners parted ways, both parties agreeing not to use that name.

    Located in the same building as the new Hampton Inn at 570 E. Main Street, the new restaurant will sport the same distinctive Day of the Dead motif and extensive tequila selection as the original. The menu will be similar, too, though Yowell notes that “the full kitchen will allow us to add more empanada choices as well as expanding a bit on our appetizers.” Plans are to open initially from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, with Sunday hours to be added a few weeks down the road.


  • Kitchen offers ham, cider dinner

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on January 21, 2015

    Sam Suchoff of The Pig Restaurant and Lady Edison Hams.

    Monday’s five-course meal will feature Lady Edison Hams.


  • Honey keeps indefinitely

    Posted on January 20, 2015

    Q: About two years ago, I was given a large jar of honey. Is it still safe to use, or should I throw it out?


  • Salt-dried fish eggs recalled by Chapel Hill company

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on January 20, 2015

    Sleep Creek Seafood issues a recall for bottarga sold at Carrboro Farmers’ Market and Southern Season.


  • Japanese restaurant Basan opens in Durham

    Posted by Greg Cox on January 20, 2015

    The logo at new Japanese restaurant, Basan, opening today in Durham.

    Tuesday's opening of the Japanese restaurant Basan marks the first foray into Durham for Eschelon Experiences, the Raleigh restaurant group whose eclectic holdings include The Oxford, Zinda, Mura, Cameron Bar and Grill, and the recently opened Faire. It joins Ed Mitchell's Que and OnlyBurger in the Diamond View III Building between the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Durham Performing Arts Center


  • French Corner Bakery now open in Durham

    Posted by Greg Cox on January 14, 2015

    This table for two fashioned from a repurposed vintage Singer sewing machine is inside the new French Corner Bakery in Durham.

    French master baker Benjamin Messaoui opens a new French bakery in Durham off Interstate 85.


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