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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Knight and Day is Good, Good, Good stuff ;-)

Great summer movie, this is Tom Cruise doing what made us all love him.  There are a few twists and turns, great adventure and Cameron holds her own too.  Of course you will need to leave logic at the door, but there is action, romance in the best sense of the word and a lot of laughs.  This is why we pay the price of admission....GOOD STUFF.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Toy Story 3 is GOOD STUFF!

Most movie sequels are usually not as great as the original and by the time the 3rd, 4th, etc. are insufferable, but Toy Story 3 is the exception and exceptional!  Disney Pixar manages to keep all the original elements authentic while keeping the story fresh.  As in the first two, Toy Story 3 is as enjoyable for adults as it is for children.  It has a wonderful story full of opportunities for later discussion about giving to others, what makes a family, and right vs. wrong.  The beautiful thing is that they are able to do it while making you laugh and with out beating you over the head with the moral.  This is the GOOD STUFF and the summer movie to see!  Enjoy and spring for the big popcorn.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

NC Aquarium @ Fort Fisher is full of GOOD STUFF!

OctopusWaters of the Cape Fear
Are not as scary as in the original or the re-make of the movie.  The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher welcomes visitors to tour the facility and take a journey down the Cape Fear River.  You will get to see the octopus, pictured above, up close and personal.  Visitors also get to meet Luna, a rare albino alligator, snakes, box turtles, moray eels, sharks, sea horses and so much more.  They are well staffed and ready to explain the habits and habitats of all the residents of the conservatory.  Holding 235,000 gallons, Cape Fear Shoals is the largest of the aquariums saltwater exhibits and is a two-story/360 degree view of a replica of an offshore reef.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

YUM!!! Britt's Donuts are GOOD STUFF!

They are only open certain times of the year and certain times of the day, there is only one variety of donut and bring cash!  YES, they are that good.  It is worth the drive to Carolina Beach, time and the stop at the ATM.  I have been a life long Krispy Kreme fanatic, but Britt's are in a class all their own.  Go, go now..... and bring me one.... no two!  I don't have any idea what their secret is, but they are GOOD STUFF.

The History and Legacy of Britt's Donuts
Britt's Donuts: Don't ask for sprinkles, don't ask for cream filled and for goodness sakes, don't forget to eat as many as you can in the summer because Britt's is only open during the tourist season.  
Some things never seem to change. I know it is all perspective, but eating a hot, delicious, handmade donut at Britt's is one of those experiences that doesn't need any embellishments. Started by the Britts and Wrights in 1939, the donut shop has long been the cornerstone of the Boardwalk area.
People drive from all over just to eat one or 19 of the steaming hot - glazed delicacies.  A fellow actually consumed that many in an impromptu donut eating contest recently. The process of making the donuts is a time honored, tightly guarded secret. It is thought that the unique mix of ingredients for the glaze makes them so unbelievably good. People who don't even like donuts or sweets will gobble down six Britt's donuts in a heartbeat. Why, I myself have eaten 9 for supper before.
Mr. Britt sold the shop and the secret recipe for making the donuts in 1974. Britt's long time employee Bobby Nivens purchased the shop. Since then, the Nivens family has cooked up and served hundreds of thousands of donuts to people from all over. During the summer season, you can sit on one of the stools at the counter and hear people order their favorite treat. You can tell the ones who aren't familiar with the drill. "Do you have anything besides glazed?" they say. The regulars always tell the girl behind the counter... "I'll have 1" or "Gimme a half dozen" or very often they'll say "4 dozen, please".
Bobby Nivens and his family have operated Britt's Donut Shop on the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach for over 30 years. Nivens has always included his family in his business. His daughter Lynn grew up working behind the counter. Maxine, his wife, still serves up the donuts, milk and soft drinks to eager patrons all summer long and now his grand daughter helps out as well. You can bet that swimming weather, warm breezes and bare feet are soon to appear when you can smell the aroma of donuts cooking at Britt's.

No Phone number!
Open for 2010.
Weekend operation started.
Fridays - 4pm until
Sat/Sun - 8:30am - 10:30pm.
Normal Summer Hours of Operation 8:30am until 10:30pm
7 Days a Week
From Carolina Beach, NC - Images & Icons of a Bygone Era
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