Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Starting This Week: Raleigh Summer Scavenger Hunt with Kings!

Kings Bowl America, is opening its latest and greatest location in North Hills this September in the space that was formerly Sparians.

Each week from the end of July until the grand opening, Kings’ famous mascot, Woody T. Pin Esq., will hide one bowling pin at a secret location in a Triangle hot spot. All 10 pins have a special, unique prize attached for the first person to find it and return it safely to Kings.

The first pin will be hidden on Thursday! Stay tuned for more clues & if you find it, tweet/FB a picture, mention @KingsNorthHills and use #KingsPins.

Some of the prizes include VIP passes to the grand opening event, a cooking lesson with Kings’ executive chef – OR free bowling for a year!

In addition to bowling, Kings will also offer the following:
  • 30,000 square feet of pure entertainment
  • 18 ten-pin bowling lanes
  • Full-size billiards tables
  • Full-size ping pong tables
  • Full-service, executive chef driven restaurant and sports bar serving award-winning food
  • Customizable private space for parties of 3-700 people including corporate/team-building events, birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, kids parties and more.
  • Over 50 giant HDTV’s and HD projector screens for all of the sports action
  • The coldest draft beer and curated craft beer menus
  • Industry best sound, lighting and music environment

 Follow @KingsNorthHills today, and get ready to start searching
Raleigh for some fun prizes! Remember to #KingsPins!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Road Tripping from Raleigh (In 5 Hours or Less)

It's Summer and it's a great time for road trips. I love experiencing new places whether it be another country or a new town nearby. If you are seeking out new places to explore, Vivint has put together this great infographic to share that includes some fun destinations within five or less driving hours (one way) from Raleigh. It also includes what type of activities are available at those destinations such as water and outdoor activities, historical locations or museums, spas, clubs, golf and more. This is a great resource, especially if you are trying to take advantage of those last remaining Summer weekends!

Vivint offers home automation, home security systems, and solar panels for homes in the Raleigh area.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Wander Box Experiment in Raleigh

Last Friday night in downtown Raleigh two amazing events collided to form the perfect  Summer evening out. The weather was stunning, not too hot and it was First Friday where the streets come alive with art, food, music and drink. I was fascinated with the news of Raleigh's first mobile Beer Garden that was making its second night appearance at the CAM Museum down in the warehouse district.

We made our way down and met some friends who had already grabbed a table. We joined them and shared a couple delicious local beers together under the twinkling lights. They did a great job with this beer garden on-the-go. The beers are poured from
an old recycled shipping container, rusty and scuffed with the Wander Box logo stenciled on the front. Small picnic tables were laid out in rows in the CAM garden with the words "Make Room for new Friends". A great concept as we scooted down to allow another couple in at our table.

As we gathered, slowly the crowd began to grow with an amazing lineup of baby strollers, and a mix of the young and old joining the festivities. We had our kids and so did several others and they were roaming around in and out of the roped off garden and enjoying the Free admission to CAM and the string crafts that were going on inside for First Friday.  Music played in the background as we snacked on some delicious pork dumplings from the food trucks parked around the corner.

I couldn't help but think how wonderful this all was and how I kinda wish it would stay here permanently. Or at least through Summer. The Wanderbox will be pouring local brews from their solar powered taps at the CAM museum until June 15. Then it will wander on. Where I don't know but I will surely seek it out and find it.

Read more about The Wander Box at:

Pork Dumplings from Dump Pho King Truck. YUM.

Beers served from Deep River, Mother Earth, Raleigh Brewing, Duck Rabbit, New Belgium and Oskar Blues.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Instagram Travel Thursday: KINSTON, NC

Less then a two hour drive South East of Raleigh, heading towards the Eastern Shore is the little country town of Kinston, NC. It's pretty quiet and rural, but its the home of two of North Carolina's finest gems, Mother Earth Brewing and Chef and the Farmer Restaurant. Located within a block or so of each other, it's the perfect overnight trip from Raleigh. We've been a couple times now and both times have been fabulous. Recently they have expanded their offerings to include two additional locations in the same block, the Boiler Room Oyster Bar (also offering some amazing burgers!) and The Red Room which is great for cocktails and live music.

We decided to make the trip last weekend, four moms uniting in Kinston to enjoy some great company, beer and food. We accomplished just that. Josh Brewer, Brewer Master for Mother Earth made us feel right at home when we arrived and even gave us a personal tour of the brewery. They are an amazingly efficient brewery with sustainability being a primary focus. They are known for their fabulous tasting beers and are expanding into the distillery business as well. We really enjoyed getting to see the inside of the brewery and spent the afternoon on the back patio sampling more Mother Earth beer.




You may have heard of the show A Chef's Life based on the story of Chef Vivian Howard and hubby Ben Knight and her restaurant in Kinston, Chef and the Farmer. The series is available on PBS and features a 13 episode series of 30 minute stories each week showcasing some of Eastern NC greatest farmers and seasonal produce. True farm to table food. The film crew are especially creative and Chef Vivian is so fun to watch as she talks, prepares and explores local ingredients and how to incorporate them into her seasonal menu at the restaurant.

We enjoyed a late dinner at Chef and the Farmer on Saturday night and tried out flash fried collards, homemade grits with goat cheese and arugula, Blueberry BBQ Pizza and the delicious FarmerRita pizza. Chef Vivian was at the restaurant Saturday with her family enjoying a late dinner and was kind enough to stop by our table and talk a little with us. We chatted about the flash fried collards and the proper way to eat them. We talked about the show and we are excited about the upcoming season two coming this Fall. Southern hospitality at its finest!

Make sure to book a reservation before you go so you are sure to get a table! Cocktail specialties from the bar are also a must! 

Within the same block you can spend some time at the Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Fresh oysters from the Eastern coast and freshly ground burgers are the main staples here. Cocktails and local beers are served up here as well. It's a fun lively spot and another must stop in Kinston. For late night, check out the Red Room. Around the corner from Mother Earth, check their schedule for the music line up.

Plenty of great local food, beer and "Motherly" love to be found in Kinston, NC. Make time for a road trip this Summer!

This post is part of Instagram Travel Thursday hosted by Skimbaco Lifestyle,Child ModeLive.Do.Grow.Luxury Travel MomDestination UnknownHines Sight Blog, and House of Anais.

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