5 Reasons to Keep Durham Dirty: TidBit of the Day

| February 28, 2011

I’m going to have to brag here.

This photo won a contest!

1. Durham, NC folks have pride. This local guy started great graphic design company/blog, Dirty Durham to promote and keep Durham “dirty.” He runs photo contests on his site, and this one won the first one!

My photo won!: The Truck at Central Park

I promised I would show the other four I submitted (didn’t tell folks which were mine!) and here they are.

But first, see the t-shirt I won! It’s Dirty Durham’s design.


Dirty Durham

2. Normal people don’t always get Durham. And that’s not a bad thing! Durham is funky, unique, and full of super creative people who have no interest in becoming a drone…a clone of American cities. And who wants to be normal?

Yes, those are zombies who walk through the city on Halloween. I was just eating my fish ‘n’ chips and there they were.

Zombies at Fishmongers

3.  Not only was it named one of the top 41 places in the world (WORLD) to see in 2011 by the NYTimes, but also has been named one of the top foodie towns. Durham has THREE chefs named semi-finalists for the James Beard Foundation Award. For a place that’s not that big, that’s pretty darn good.

It’s a place to try new things in food. For example, a new culinary incubator, the Cookery, is opening to help facilitate new food businesses. Then there’s a new place I am so excited opening in less than 25 days, Bull City Burger and Brewery, a “farm-to-fork” concept with full-scale brewery brewing own beer, NC-raised, grass-fed beef, and the first Boylan Soda Fountain in NC (love their sodas – no corn syrup). Their menu is making me drooling already. If you find of their 5 Golden Bulls hidden around the city, you win free burgers for a year!

And THEN, in April, a new beer garden in the former gas station kitty-corner to the awesome King’s Sandwich Shop by the former owner of one of my favorite restaurants, Piedmont! I can’t get enough. This part of Durham is PUMPIN’!

You've seen this before! The Scratch Bakery Donut Muffin


4. It’s one of the only places I know of that you can marry. No kidding. You think I could start a registry if I marry Durham on March 19th? The invitation won’t quite look like the royal invitation…


Fliers on Main Street


5. Durham is also home to the largest population of lemurs outside of their native Madagascar at the Duke Lemur Center. No kidding.

Maybe they’ll play with these CAMELS I found near the building that everyone knows – it doesn’t have a roof.


CAMELS at the Green Building

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With a flair for spontaneity, pizzazz, creative excellence and her own unique sense of aesthetic grace and perspective, we have our very dear friend, Belinda (or B, to some of us). Although an incredibly accomplished professional and career woman, B’s down-to-earth approach and demeanor transcends all scenarios, communities and people. She manifests, in her day-to-day, the essence of the word “Zomppa” as demonstrated by her extraordinary commitment to creating sustainable and positive change for us and future generations to come. She’s asked for a dog every year since she was five. Check out Belinda’s work on global education research and coaching: www.hummingbirdrcc.com or more about her portfolio www.belindachiu.com.

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  1. Kat says:

    I knew the donut muffin had to be yours!!! 🙂 great shots Belinda!

  2. Mavis says:


    I really enjoy Zomppa! So many nice things I can say about the site but I will keep it short. I moved away from the Bull City in September and your site helps me feel connected. Grazie! Obrigada! Danke! Merci! Xie Xie!

  3. Congrats! I love your photos- they’re so diiirty 😉 and lemurs in NC, huh?

  4. Julie says:

    ***errr….camels (not llamas)

  5. Belinda says:

    Oh my gosh! You’re right! I meant to say camels – thanks, Julie. =)

  6. Jeanne says:

    Durham sure looks like a happenin’ place! Love the truck photo! 🙂

  7. Looks like a fascinating place…great shots and cool T shirt 🙂