Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Toast Bar at Sola Coffee Cafe

Sola Coffee Cafe is now offering a brand new TOAST BAR in addition to their current menu offerings. Inspired by current trends from San Francisco and other West coast coffee shops and restaurants, the artisanal toast is a delicious and fresh compliment to your favorite hot or cold beverage.

Whether you lean towards a sweet treat like donuts or cupcakes or prefer a fresh baked biscuit or muffin, toast lends itself nicely to unique, creative and satisfying new options for pairing with coffee or tea. Try a sweet or savory (or spicy!) toast to compliment your breakfast, or late afternoon coffee.

Sola is exploring creative options, offering about five different varieties of toast from their new Toast Bar menu.  Challah bread with peanut butter or nutella,bananas, and cinnamon honey is one tasty option for a sweet tooth, or a fresh baguette with melted gruyere, green apple, and maple sriracha giving it a nice little kick for another. Other cheeses, spreads and seasonal produce combined with savory drizzles make for a delicious and healthy start to the day or afternoon pick me up.

goat cheese, green apple,cinnamon honey on Dakota bread
Tuesday night Sola invited several local foodies to come in and sample the new menu. We offered suggestions and our thoughts on flavorful topping options while enjoying new ingredient combinations and seasonal flavors. Personally I loved the goat cheese paired with apple and cinnamon honey on Dakota bread. Another personal favorite was Sola's own granola mix (which they sell!) on a grainy toast with almond butter and cinnamon honey (the perfect post-workout breakfast with coffee!).

Challah with peanut butter OR nutella, bananas, cinnamon honey
Personally I think the opportunity for ideas are endless and using local breads and toppings allow for creativity, while keeping the menu fresh and simple. After all, it's really about the BEST ingredients which Sola has always subscribed to for all their drink and food offerings.

The new Toast menu at Sola changes seasonally & weekly and is available before 11am and after 1:30 each day. Prices range from $2.40-$3.95.

Stop in soon, try something new and ask for TOAST.!

Mixing it up with gruyere, green apple, baguette and toppings.

Granola and Grain

Local foodies tasting new flavors.

John talks a little about keeping it fresh and local.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Beericana Rocks Holly Springs!

This past weekend we attended the newest Craft Beer & Music Festival in the area, Beericana. This first ever Holly Springs event was a little different than most beer tasting events we've attended in the past which have generally been hosted in downtown locations in both Raleigh and Durham. Beericana was held in Holly Springs at Sugg Farm Park. We google-mapped it and headed out to the event in a part of the Triangle we've never explored. Coming from North Raleigh, we took the new section of 540 which was easy and traffic-free.

Upon arriving, we were greeted with friendly volunteers everywhere with organized parking and easy access into the venue. The relatively new park provided a beautiful grassy park setting and partnered with some fabulous NC weather,  conditions were set for a great day of beer tasting!

The tents were set up for easy access and lines were at a minimum. VIP tickets allowed for guests to taste for over an hour before the general public arrived.  There was a great mix of local NC breweries as well as some well known national breweries. There was also a chance to sample and meet some of the newest breweries in the state, still in the development stages with their beers/breweries.

 Free water was everywhere, volunteers were easy to recognize and in abundance, and it was easy to access several food trucks for some great food options. Live music was provided on a stage and added to the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere of the whole event. The park was really a great location and we enjoyed talking and tasting with other beer folks.

Not only was the event a hit, but two non-profits benefited from the event, Meg's Smile Foundation and the NC Brewers' Guild.

Well done 919Beer! We hope the event will be back again next year! We appreciate how well  organized the event was and the ability to get to know some local breweries on a more personal and relaxed level.

Below are a few pictures we took from the event. Several photos are courtesy of Matt Lynn, "Brewtographer Extrordinaire"! Follow him on Instagram for more fabulous beer photos @matagonia.brew.