Wednesday, April 2, 2014

30 Days of Insta NC Beer!

Every day in April, in honor of #NCBeerMonth, I will be featuring one of my many INSTAGRAM shots of a unique #ncbeer! Check back to see what beer is featured each day! Maybe you will find one you never had and can add it to your NC Beer list!

APRIL 18: Enjoying a local NC brew at The Flying Saucer during Raleigh Beer Week.

APRIL 17: Just visited Fortnight Brewing Company for the first time last night. Sampled a Porter and it was smooth and delicious. We were also just in time for bingo!

APRIL 16: Tasting a refreshing Triangle Brewing Company IPA at Big Mike's BBQ blogger "meatup" at the View Bar on Glenwood. Delicious BBQ and other fabulous dishes being served up now regularly by Mike's BBQ. Add it to your list to tryout soon!

APRIL 15: One of my favorite places to hang outside in downtown Raleigh and have a beer has got to be Boylan Bridge Brewpub. Great patio seating, fabulous view of downtown Raleigh and beer! Usually you will find me sampling a We Support Public Transportation By Rail Pale Ale

APRIL 14: PERFECT COMBO! Pairing Mother Earth Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter and Slingshot Coffee!

APRIL 13: Sipping on a delicious Mother Earth, my favorite Sisters of the Moon IPA at Herons outside patio at the Umstead Hotel.

APRIL 12: IPA's are my favorite, especially from Foothills Brewing! Seeing Double IPA!

APRIL 11: Sipping on an American IPA known as Rocket Science at one of my favorite breweries for afternoon fun, Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.

APRIL 10: Checking out the awesome Steel String Brewery in Carrboro drinking a Rubber Room Session.

APRIL 9: Sampling a delicious, crisp and light White Street Kolsch-style Ale at White Street Brewing in Wake Forest.

APRIL 8: Enjoying a fun Friday evening stop at the Lonerider Hideout! Drinking one of my favorite NC beers,True Britt.

APRIL 7: National Beer Day! Spotlight on one of my favorite beers in Raleigh! Drinking The Trophy Wife by Trophy Brewing!

APRIL 6: Trying out a Good Deal Pale Ale from Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone.

APRIL 5: Drinking a Belgian Pale Ale at Blowing Rock Ale House & Inn. Pretty cool that you can stay here too!

APRIL 4: Drinking a Pumptrack Pumpkin Porter Seasonal by Crank Arm Brewing Company at Crank Arm!

: Enjoying a Ponysaurus IPA at Wine Authorities new location in Raleigh.

APRIL 2: Snap of Raleigh Beer Guide event at Tyler's Taproom.
Drinking a White Street Kolsch.

APRIL 1: In Asheville at Wicked Weed Brewing drinking an Abundance IPA.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sat, April 12: Tours & Tunes in Boylan Heights Returns!

The historic Boylan Heights neighborhood announces the return of the Tours & Tunes event in downtown Raleigh! The tours take place on Saturday April 12 and coincides with the Raleigh Rock n' Roll Marathon events that weekend! What a great opportunity to learn a little about the historic neighborhoods and residential architecture along with enjoying the talent of some great musicians! What a great day to get to downtown Raleigh! To find out more about the tours,  go to!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Some NC Inspiration

Several months ago we took part in a Raleigh Instawalk at James Hunt Library on the NC State Campus. It's a stunning new building bringing together technology and architecture to create an amazing space for learning and sharing ideas. Creativity is encouraged. If you haven't already been there, here's another reason to check it out. This link came from an NC State Alumni friend of mine. Thanks Kevin for sharing a little inspiration today as we head into a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Late Night Bites at the new Driftwood Southern Kitchen @ Lafayette Village

After a busy Saturday full of events and catching up with friends, we found ourselves hungry and looking for a late night bite. We decided to stick around our side of town and  head to Lafayette Village's newest restaurant, Driftwood Southern Kitchen. If you haven't heard about it, definitely make some time to get out to this great new spot in North Raleigh. When you enter it has the feel of being downtown or in another city. We immediately were reminded of some of the cool places we have discovered in Nashville. The restaurant is spacious with small booth seating, bar and kitchen seating as well as a large community table that is great for big groups.

We decided to sit at the bar in front of the kitchen and try just a couple small plates. We had a local beer that was on tap from the bar.  If you are a cocktail fan they have a great selection of moonshine and handcrafted cocktails. The food is farm to table fresh ingredients served southern style. We decided on the Honey & Ancho Glazed Chicken wings, the Country Caprese - fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and basil and the Fried Gulf Oysters. The oysters came out a little cold but they were quick to fix that. They are still testing out their menu selections and were very receptive to feedback as they work to perfect the menu. They have not really launched an official grand opening yet although they are open and fully operational. The fried green tomatoes were delicious as well as the wings.

We topped it off with a little dessert, which was a fresh baked to order dark chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of ice cream on top. I have to say this is one of my favorite types of dessert, putting ice cream on top of a warm chocolate chip cookie. It was delicious.

We look forward to coming back with friends and family soon to try more of the meals and the brunch. We are excited to have this option close by and I highly recommend checking it out soon if you are looking for somewhere new to dine out in North Raleigh. I have a feeling it will soon become a favorite for us.

*attn Jubala fans: Special custom blended french pressed coffee served for two from Jubala Coffee in the Village!

A selection of locally crafted NC beers on tap at the bar

Country Caprese - Fried Green Tomatoes, Goat Cheese &  Basil

Honey & Ancho Glazed Chicken Wings with Apple Slaw

Cornmeal Fried Gulf Oysters with Remoulade Sauce

Baked to Order Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie with High Road Seasonal Ice Cream

Community Table or Booth and Bar seating