Being from North Carolina, people will ask you plenty of questions. About places to see, sights to explore, mountains to climb. But any transplant can tell you Charlotte is a booming metropolis and to definitely eat at [insert fancy restaurant here]. The tried and true North Carolinians know the real North Carolina (but no offense to transplants, especially those that have been here a long time). It comes with the culture and the ingrained knowledge of growing up in a place. Ask us these twelve questions and we’ll most certainly have an answer for you.
1. What's the difference between Eastern and Lexington style BBQ?
Eastern-style uses the 'whole hog except the squeal,' and the sauce is vinegar and pepper based. Lexington style uses a 'red sauce' that is seasoned with tomato, ketchup, pepper, and vinegar. Lexington style also mainly uses the pork shoulder.
2. What is livermush?
Livermush is made from pig liver, head parts, and cornmeal. Yum...
3. How many times has a North Carolina team won the NCAA championship?
UNC:5 Duke:5 NC State:2
4. What does Tar Heel mean exactly?
Honestly, no one is quite sure where it originated. Some say the Revolutionary War, while other sources say the Civil War because the North Carolina troops stuck to their ranks 'like they had tar on their heels.'
5. What's the big deal with Bojangles?
I mean, have you tried a cajun filet biscuit?
6. Have you ever seen a wild horse?
Yes, actually on the Outer Banks you'll find the wild horses or 'ponies,' that were left by Spanish explorers and have found ways to survive in the harsh landscape.
7. What does Cheerwine taste like?
How about you try it for yourself. And...another one converted to the Cheerwine side.
8. Where should I go if I visit North Carolina?
Mountains in the fall, beach in the summer. And of course, there's plenty of beauty to explore in our state in-between seasons.
9. Does it actually get cold there?
People seem to have this perception that since North Carolina is in the south, it doesn't get cold. Well, it certainly gets cold here. The worst part, it can be 30 degrees one day and 60 the next.
10. Do y'all only care about basketball?
Are you kidding me? The Panthers remain undefeated, the Hurricanes have a national championship, and we love a great baseball game on a spring night. There's so much more to North Carolina sports than college basketball (although we certainly love that one).
11. Are you really going to eat that?
Sure, some southern food is an acquired taste (like collard greens) but some southern food will have you believing you've died and gone to food heaven.
12. Why do you love North Carolina so much?
Simply put, it's my home. A beautiful, amazing home where there's always something to see, a mountain to climb, an ocean to swim in, and a smile to greet me. There's nothing quite like North Carolina.