Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Taste the Flavors of North Carolina
Sample the artisan food communities of North Carolina with Taste & See NC with North Carolina-themed city food gift boxes. This small business idea came from travel and food journalist, Shayla Martin who has explored many countries of the world and been to many states in the US and is currently making her home and business NC-based in Durham.

The City Collection includes gift box themes like the Durham, the Raleigh, the Winston-Salem, the Asheville and the Charlotte. Having launched the business in 2016 as a monthly subscription-based box delivery, Shayla is now transitioning to a quarterly subscription  and will feature 7-10 small batch snack and cooking ingredients from all over the state. The city collection will still be available for gift-giving.

Shayla recently sent us the Asheville city box filled with some great local food items from the Western NC area. Included in our box was honey from Asheville Bee Charmer, glulten-free pancake/waffle mix from Dolci di Maria, coffee beans from Biltmore Coffee Roasters and apple butter from Imladris Farms. These boxes are a great way to share a personalized taste of NC as a gift or sign up for the quarterly subscription box to receive your own boxes that she will be launching later in September.

A percentage of sales from Taste and See NC quarterly subscriptions will support a North Carolina-based charity specifically focused on feeding children in food insecure environments. Sign up for updates regarding Taste & See NC boxes via her website to receive more information.

If you want to check this out yourself, get $5.00 off by using a
special 'raleighwhatsup' coupon code.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CARY SPOTLIGHT: Let's All Scream for Homemade Ice Cream at Andia's in Cary

Stacey Sprenz Photography
Last week I packed up the teenagers and went on a mission for some homemade ice cream! We ventured out to Cary to visit the brand new Andia's Homemade Ice Cream shop that just recently celebrated their grand opening.  Their adorable new shop is located at 10120 Green Level Church Road, #208 in Cary.

We met up with several other media folks to hear their story and sample their ice cream treats and it was such a pleasure to meet Andia & George Xouris and their two children, Alyssa and Alex. We enjoyed hearing the story of their Greek family roots and how they came up with the vision of their homemade ice cream treats and the passion of creative flavors and top notch customer service.

Andia's Homemade Ice Cream is family-friendly and features 20 flavors of ice cream and sorbet like baklava, salted caramel, blueberry cobbler, lemon basil sorbet and cookie Xplosion. Vegan options are available as well. I had the lemon basil sorbet, which was fresh, zesty and full of great flavor. Very refreshing on a warm summer evening.

Andia's Media Event - photo by Stacey Sprenz
They feature unique menu items like the doughnut ice cream sundae, which includes a glazed doughnut with ice cream in the center, which is warmed and topped with a chocolate and caramel drizzle. Another unique menu item is the ice cream cannoli, which is just like eating a cannoli but with cannoli ice cream instead of cream. Also delicious!

It's summer and prime time ice cream eating season! Take some time to swing by Andia's and say hello and experience friendly people who genuinely love what they are doing, and enjoy delicious + unique ice cream treats (and free sprinkles!) for yourself! Be sure to take some ice cream TO-GO as well!

Let's all scream for ice cream! #scoopedwithlove

Lemon Basil Sorbet
Happy kids!

Garbage Can 

Cookie Xplosion + Birthday Cake

Warm Donut Sundae

Birthday Cake
Chocolate rocks, rock!

Take it TO-GO!

The Xouris Family, photo courtesy of Stacey Sprenz Photography

About Andia's Homemade Ice Cream
Founded in 2014 as the Freezing Pointe, Andia and George Xouris re-branded their ice cream catering business in 2016 to Andia's Homemade Ice Cream. With a focus on their Greek background and family, Andia's Homemade Ice Cream currently offers premium quality ice cream and sorbet through their catering operation and a retail store opening July 2017 in Cary, NC. Connect with Andia's Homemade Ice Cream on Facebook and Instagram.