Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Burger joints are trending in Raleigh

Seems lately that hip new gourmet organic burgers are one of the latest things to trend in restaurants popping up in Raleigh and the Triangle area. I've spotted several recently. I haven't been to the couple of burger/sushi combo spots yet, but they are on my list to try out!!  We've eaten at BurgerFi, Bad Daddy's, Elevation and Chucks.  I have a favorite so far,  does anyone else?

BurgerFi in Raleigh

Chucks in Downtown Raleigh

Elevation Burger (now open) in Brier Creek

Zinburger coming soon to Streets of Southpoint Durham

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Instagram Travel Thursday: NC Coast

Another fabulous thing about Raleigh is the proximity to some stunning east coast beaches. Within a couple hours drive, you can find yourself playing in the waves on some gorgeous Carolina coastal beach. 

Hitting the beach in OKI

We recently spent a relaxing weekend with some great friends at their place in Oak Island, NC.  Oak Island is a very low key location and we enjoyed the beautiful, wide open beaches, sand and salty air. Sunday we headed into the town of Southport nearby. The weather and the company was amazing and we had a great time splashing in the waves, sharing a few cold beers, tasting some delicious food and plenty of great conversation.

Taking a trip doesn't always have to be across the ocean to some grand destination, sometimes a spontaneous trip to somewhere close and sharing it with good friends or family is the destination. Just getting away from it all is usually the goal and feeling like you are really living life.

Raleigh is lucky to have such amazing travel opportunities within a couple hours of leaving the city proper. Head west to the mountains or east to the beaches, we are pretty fortunate people here.

*Thanks again to our friends Marci and Paul for their friendship and hospitality!

Beach time

Necessary coffee options at the Flying Pig

Never a lack of sweet treats (on the beach!)

Getting out of the sun


This place was REALLY hard to leave! @Old American Fish Co.

Lazy Sunday in Southport

"Good sign" and great food at Provision Co

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.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Instagram Travel Thursday: Grand Bahama Island

Sometimes you just need to escape.

Time to fly.
In March, my mom and sisters and I did just that. We went to the quieter and more affordable of the Bahama Islands, Grand Bahama Island. We enjoyed five days of relaxing,  amazing views, eating, shopping and catching up with each other.  It always takes some planning, but it's worth it to take a moment with family and/or friends and make a memory.  One of the great things about travel is getting everyone out of their element!

Grand Lucayan Island Resort

Stunning Beaches

Breakfast to die for!
Pool time

Drinking the local beverage (brewed on the island!)

Resort activities

Pirates of the Caribbean ship used in the movie

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Poolside beverages

Local conch fritter stand

Island delicacy: Fried conch fritters!

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.

Monday, August 12, 2013


Another big turnout for the Raleigh Downtown Food Truck Rodeo yesterday!

Food Trucks are gaining momentum now in the Triangle, with new laws recently allowing them in Downtown Raleigh. They provide tasty gourmet food conveniently and quickly at reasonable price points.  Many Raleigh folks have been able to sample a variety of these eats at the Raleigh Downtown Food Truck Rodeos that have occurred recently.  The general public is starting to gain awareness of them and a fondness for particular food specialties served up fast and hot from these trucks.  There is one more Food Truck Rodeo event coming up in Downtown Raleigh on October 13th. Downtown Durham features many Food Truck gathering events as well.

Pie Pushers in downtown Raleigh
If you find a truck that you love, there's an easy way to follow them and find out exactly where they are at any given time and to know exactly what they are featuring! Follow them on Twitter and you can easily locate them wherever they may be parked and make a plan to go and grab a taste! The Rodeos are a lot of fun and a great way to discover many of the different trucks, but it can be a  little frustrating if you went there to specifically sample a particular truck or two and you find the lines to be quite long. Why not track them on Twitter and make it easy on yourself?

Stoke & Smoke at Downtown Raleigh
Food Truck Rodeo
The following list is a reference to local area Food Trucks and their Twitter handles. Add them to your twitter list and you can see anytime where they are in the Triangle area.  Another thing to help find new and old favorites are to follow the local breweries on Twitter as well. They almost always have a truck or two parked outside their brew pubs most evenings. They usually announce who's at their breweries on Twitter. What's better then a local brew and a local food truck lunch or dinner? Definitely a fun and easy way to get your share of delicious food on the go!!

Click here to find out what events are going on in Raleigh and Durham that are featuring Food Trucks.

This list will continue to be updated and feel free to send in any I've missed!!


Chirba Chirba: @chirbachirba
Kona Ice: @konaraleigh
Captain Poncho's Tacos: @captainponchos
Cafe Prost: @cafeprost
Bike Coffee: @bikeCOFFEE
Dusty Donuts: @dustydonuts
Barone Meatball Co.: @baronemeatball
SweetWater Ices: @SweetWaterIces
Locopops: @locopops
The Parlour: @parlourdurham
Sunset Slush: @SunsetSlushNRal
Chick 'n Que: @Chick_N_Que
Bulkogi Korean BBQ: @NCBulkogi
Klausies Pizza: @klausiespizza
Only Burger:@onlyburger
La Farm Bread Truck: @lafarmtruck
King Creole: @kcfoodtruck
American Meltdown: @americanMLTDWN
Only Burger: @onlyburger
Parlez-Vous Crepe: @parlezvouscrepe
Philly's Cheesesteaks: @phillycheesest
Baguettaboutit: @baguettaboutit
CJ's Street Food: @Acjstreetfood
Mac-Ur-Roni: @MacUrRoniRDU
Pie Pushers: @piepushers
Porchetta: @porchettardu
Stoke & Smoke BBQ: @stokeandsmoke
Daisy Cakes: @daisycakesNC
The Humble Pig: @thehumblepig
Triangle Raw Foods: @trianglerawfood
Valentino's : @valentinotruck

King Creole

The amazing Sweet Water Ice!

Porchetta at Wilkinson Supply Co.

American Meltdown in front of First Friday Oak City Cycling Event

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Instagram Travel Thursday: Snapshots from the Road(Trip)

Last week we were on the road. Covered 1300 miles from Raleigh to Western North Carolina, to Virginia, to West Virginia. I am back home and desperately catching up on work and events. I decided to share a few shots of our journey....love road trips!!
Getting on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Stunning, rain-soaked drive

Natural waterfalls on the road!

Beauty everywhere on the Parkway

First stop! Blowing Rock! SO much rain we barely got in for dinner and a beer at Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

Coffee to go! Back on the parkway!

More wet roads but stunningly beautiful

Stop off for a short hike to Linville Falls

Asheville! Our favorite, Wicked Weed. Coolcumber...light and delicious
An amazing breakfast at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Late night Belgian beer stop at ThirstyMonk!
House-made charcuterie, artisan cheeses at the Imperial Life in Asheville, just above Table Restaurant

Picked up a book for our travels, while shopping in Asheville

Chocolate and Iced Coffee at French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville.

Late nightcap at Sky Bar

Hearty breakfast to get back on the road! Awesome Early Girl Eatery

DuPont State Park drive. Waterfalls are amazing with so much rain this summer

Covered bridge beauty

 Great folks here at Brevard Brewing Co., Brevard, NC

Window shopping
Cozy accomodations in Brevard. AND, more rain!

Frog Level

Pisgah National Forest,  NC, home of the country's first school of Forestry

A stop in VA. Good old Blacksburg VA. Home of the Hokies!

Gillies breakfast. A local favorite

Off to WV for some outdoor activities

Beauty at the Gorge

LOVE this local favorite from Canaan Valley!

Amazing sunset at Adventures on the Gorge

Lunch break in Greensboro on the way back home

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.