Friday, March 16, 2012

Whole Foods 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

Remember when everyone was awaiting the news of when the Whole Foods store would come to fruition in North Raleigh on Six Forks? We were waiting for construction to start for quite a while. Now, suddenly, that store is celebrating its one year anniversary this weekend with a whole weekend of fun events! Where did the time go?

I hardly remember life before the Whole Foods came to town. :) Last summer we enjoyed several evenings with a drink and live music out on the patio. Since the Borders went out of business, its been a great place to sit and do homework  while waiting for kids to finish dance, sports, etc. Although it may not be the cheapest store to shop, the quality of the food and knowing that we are making a healthier choice is worth it. I buy less now instead of getting tempted into bargain bulk shopping. I like going in the store and browsing the aisles, picking up a quick dinner,  running into friends or learning something interesting from one of the many activities going on in the store. Also, with our efforts to eat healthier while keeping it easy, the WF fresh produce and meat/fish department has become our favorite place for go to snacks and dinners. The fish, chicken and produce are SO much more tastier then I have found in other stores and I love the fact that you can trace back exactly where those foods came from. With all the scary stories coming out these days about what's in our food, I like knowing we are buying local and supporting these small business owners. When I buy produce, every strawberry and/or apple is good...and if its not, you can always take it back. Of course I have to give a shout out to the beer and wine department. The beer guy there is always helpful and willing to let you sample just about anything you want before buying. And the choices...

SO...happy one year anniversary, Whole Foods. I plan to hit the store this weekend for some FREE food, music and ...birthday cake!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wearin' O' the Green in Raleigh

So Raleigh what's up for St. Patrick's Day?? March 17th, 2012 looks great with warm weather and the holiday falling on a Saturday! Take the day off. Enjoy some of the fun things going on around Raleigh. Here's a few of them:

Raleigh Downtown Parade and Festival - Parade starts at noon and Moore Square gets started at 10:00am to 9:00pm with lots of food, beverages, and entertainment for the whole family.

World of Beer is hosting a block party starting at noon in North Hills. This is their first annual St Patrick's day block party and it is also kid friendly with a bouncy house and cotton candy machine.

The Hibernian on Glenwood will open their block party up at 1pm.

Tir na nOg will host an Irish breakfast starting at 9am and live music all day long. Napper Tandy's on North West Street is hosting live music from 11am - 2am!

Marbles Kids Museum will have St Patrick's day themed crafts and games like Leprechaun Freeze Dancing and all things green!

See you downtown, getting your GREEN on!! (No pinching please...)