Thursday, April 28, 2016

Burger Bach: New Zealand Gastro Pub in the heart of Durham

DURHAM NINTH STREET:  I had lunch last week at the New Zealand inspired Burger Bach, a Gastro Pub in Durham on Ninth Street near Duke University. Ninth Street is a lively neighborhood with lots of independently owned retail shops and plenty of food and drink options ranging from casual to elegant. Burger Bach – (pronounced batch) originally started in Richmond, Virginia is celebrating their one year anniversary of being in Durham. I was happy to sample some of their menu items. Their emphasis and focus is on quality FRESH food through better ingredients and preparation. 

The ingredients are fresh not processed and everything is made and prepared in the restaurant for the day/week. They make all their own delicious specialty dipping sauces (there's many tasty options - blueberry BBQ was my favorite). The menu is focused and simple. Good seafood like fresh caught oysters, mussels and shrimp. Shareable hand cut fries and dipping sauces, nachos and guacamole and chips.  Salads are made fresh and of course amazing hand-pattied burgers made from New Zealand grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as chicken and black bean.

The price point is good and their is plenty of free parking available at the restaurant. Nice outdoor seating available even for larger groups.

NC craft beers dominate the taps and they hand craft some delicious specialty cocktails including a killer margarita in the raw.  Burger buns are sourced locally from Neomonde bakery nearby. And you wouldn't maybe expect this from a burger place but available after 4pm, their roasted oysters, mussels and shrimp are super fresh and delicious and pair nicely with a cold beverage.

If you haven't been to Burger Bach and love a great burger, fries and North Carolina beer, put them on your list to get to soon and enjoy a little taste of New Zealand in Durham.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BREWGALOO this weekend! Make it all about NC Beer Friday and Saturday!

It's NC Beer Month and there's lots of ways to celebrate! One of the biggest events to enjoy this month is the annual Brewgaloo Festival in downtown Raleigh this weekend (April 22-23). It's not only a great opportunity to sample and discover some of your favorite NC beer, it's also about getting out and supporting local NC small business. There will be live music, local food trucks and vendors. Friday night will be a sampler event from 6-10pm. Tickets are $45 per person with a limited number of tickets being sold. Saturday's events go all day starting 2-10pm. By the pint or the taste. For tickets/details go to the Brewgaloo website. More info below as well. Come on out and toast NC! See you there!

2 events to choose from or attend both!

The largest NC Craft beer festival celebrating all things local

Brewgaloo Block Party- Located in Raleigh’s City Plaza
Friday- April 22, 2016   6-10pm
35 Breweries, Taster Event, One Price to enter
Beers available here that won’t be available on Saturday
Food Trucks, DJ’s, Vendors, Talks on Beer & Brewing

Brewgaloo! – Raleigh- All of Fayetteville St.
Saturday- April 23, 2016    2-10pm
85 Breweries, Food Trucks, Live Bands, Vendors
By the pint or the taste

Thursday, April 7, 2016

ART: Art in Bloom at NCMA

One of my favorite events last year was the NC Art Museum's Art in Bloom that premiered last Spring. It was so popular and successful that the event is back this year with almost twice as many floral masterpieces designed by many local and amazing NC artists and each is inspired by specific works of art in the museum's permanent collection.

Yesterday morning I was thrilled to be back for a sneak peek as the artists were in-house and setting up to have everything ready for a museum members party last night, kicking off the four day event. Many of them were just starting their masterpieces and were very kind to let us watch, take pictures and ask questions. And, with all the stunning fresh flowers that were being brought in you couldn't help but notice how fragrant the museum was as well! Also, because the artists have been given a specific piece of artwork to inspire them, it encourages guests to look a little longer and harder at some of the permanent artwork in the gallery. I've been there so many times and still discovered artwork new to me!

I have included some behind the scenes photos to peak interest without giving away the amazing finished products! Currently there has been an outstanding number of tickets sold, so I highly recommend getting online and picking a time to get your tickets and check out this amazing but brief exhibit that only lasts the life of the blooms! Starts today and goes through Sunday.

Be sure to vote for your favorite while you are there and also take time to visit the many outdoor gardens all around the museum's exterior including a special Bonsai exhibit, a unique display by NCSU Dept of Horticultural Science, the NC Elizabethan Gardens and Weston Farms. There will also be a Bloom market to purchase fresh flowers while they last!

Click here for tickets!
Visit the NCMA website to get a complete list of all the additional masterclasses, workshops, talks. family activities, demonstrations and more!