Friday, October 20, 2017

Discover Comfort Food + 5 Tasty Fall Beers on Tap at Village Draft House

Cool weather is finally here! College football is in full swing and there's no better time to enjoy some fantastic FALL beers on the patio! I got to sample some amazing beers* at Village Draft House in Cameron Village this week and with 100 beers on tap, I thought I'd select five beers on tap worth trying that feature a range of Fall flavors. Village Draft House offers an outdoor patio that is dog-friendly and they've got all the college and NFL football you could ever want!

  1. Stone Xocoveza Stout - Imperial Milk / Sweet 8.1% ABV | Stone Brewing
    This is a fantastic take on a Mexican hot chocolate and is super smooth with flavors of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Should be warned, it's a strong one but definitely no trick, it's a real treat.

  2. Night Owl Pumpkin Ale (2017) Pumpkin / Yam Beer 6.7% ABV | Elysian Brewing Company
    This beer is brewed with over 7lbs of pumpkin per barrel and includes flavors like nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and allspice. This one is hard to put down!

  3. Pumking Pumpkin / Yam Beer - Imperial 8.6% ABV | Southern Tier Brewing Company
    Deep copper in color, you will immediately taste the pumpkin and pie spices, vanilla, clove, cinnamon and allspice. It's heavy on the ABV but delicious on taste.

  4. Märzen 4.6% ABV | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
    Light German-style lager for easy drinking. Perfect for a day on the patio!

  5. Wild Turkey Nitro Bourbon Barrel Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company
    If you are a bourbon fan, you will love this stout! Strong bourbon flavor, with woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrel and other rich flavors like chocolate and roasted barley, so savor this one!

    *These beers were available on draft this week and due to the popularity and availability of kegs, the beers on tap may change and are updated on their online beer tap list.

The menu at Cameron Village Draft House is extensive with everything from bar snacks, salad plates, sandwiches, burgers and delicious platters. I was in the mood for comfort food and I want to share two dishes that feel like Fall that offer up plenty of food, even enough to take home for leftovers!

1. SHRIMP AND CREAMY CHEESY GRITS | Sautéed shrimp seasoned with a savory spice mixture, chopped bacon, and chives over creamy, cheesy grits and a drizzle of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. The flavors all come together so well and pair nicely with a dark beer on the patio!

2. MAC & CHEESE FEATURE | Ask your server or read the chalkboard for the current creamy concoction, but today's dish  we sampled featured blue cheese in the mac & cheese and buffalo chicken with a little kick! Rich and delicious! This dish pairs nice with any pumpkin ale on draft!

HOURS: Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 12am, Thursday 11am - 12pm, Friday - Saturday: 11am - 2am, Sunday: 11am - 12am
ADDRESS: 428 Daniels Street

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Early Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cameron Village "Joy Ride" + 8 NC State Hidden Gems

Last weekend I had the thrill of taking a "joy ride" around Cameron Village and NC State University in a beautiful red 2017 Jaguar XE! Truly a dream car, I couldn't believe I was actually getting this car to test drive for 24 hours! I've partnered again with Cameron Village this Fall along with the great folks at Jaguar Land Rover Cary and they were kind enough to provide me with this stunning and sporty red Jaguar XE for the day and I decided with the perfect weather to take this beautiful car out for a "joy ride" and explore some amazing places around NC State.

As you know I love all things local to Raleigh and since I am not originally from Raleigh, I really have not spent much time on NC State campus other than a few visits to the amazing James B Hunt Library and Pullen Park. I was excited about getting out and exploring NC State more in depth. We were pleased to find several "hidden gems" on campus!

We swung by Cameron Village Friday night in the Jag for a quick bite at Cameron Bar and Grill. By the way in case you have not heard about their Thursday Night Brunch, you can read more about it on a blog post I shared last month. Its fantastic!

Driving the Jaguar was a dream for me...I loved the get up and go power of the engine, beautiful interior, back up cameras, moon roof, and its actually a good starter opton for getting into the Jaguar brand with a more affordable price then I thought! Check out the exact details of the car here.

Saturday morning we got up and headed to NC State Campus to explore some of the cool places around campus on Hillsborough Street and just minutes a way from Cameron Village Shopping Center.


1. Gregg Museum of Art & Design on Hillsborough Street.
Admission is free to the brand new (just opened in August!) Gregg Museum of Art + Design and there is free parking. It's located at 1903 Hillsborough Street. Be sure to check out the current exhibits in both buildings as well as the gardens in the back. They are beautiful and educational. The museum are closed on Mondays but have hours the rest of the week.

2. Theatre in the Park.
Theatre In The Park, located in the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park, is internationally acclaimed for its outstanding theatrical achievements, with more than 40,000 people attending shows last year! Beautiful gardens surround the venue. You can click here for a full list of what shows are coming up.

3. Family friendly Pullen Park.
Another "hidden gem" of Raleigh is Pullen Park. We used to bring our kids here when they were little. It's a dream day out for families with young children. They've completed some recent park  renovations and there is a lot to explore here.  Big park and great playgrounds, perfect for picnics, a fantastic train to ride, kiddie boats, paddle boats and their restored indoor carousel is stunning! There's good parking and food options available.

4. James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
The NC State James B. Hunt Jr. Library is the library of the future and probably one of my favorite places to hide out and explore! Stunning design, amazing selection of fantastic chairs, and don't miss the sunset on the fifth floor terrace! Definitely a "hidden gem" on campus! We just recently checked out Hunt after Dark on First Friday featuring Brewery Bhavana and it was an AMAZING evening out!

Terrace views.

Hunt After Dark with special guest Brewery Bhavana

5. Lake Raleigh.
How did I not know there was a lake in the middle of NC State? And you can fish and you can walk the trails around the lake! We will be back to hike the path for sure when the temps cool down. Stunning and peaceful respite from the city!

6. State View Hotel. Marriott / Autograph Hotel.
This brand new luxury hotel is just opening this week! Located on the Centennial Campus, this stunning location is the ideal event space for social gatherings, meetings, weddings and more. Check out the new Flask + Beaker restaurant and bar, as well as an outdoor pool and patios.

7. The Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center.
Located near Lake Raleigh, this building is the on-campus destination for reunions, post-game gatherings, weddings, receptions, parties and seminars. It’s located on Centennial Campus near the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Snap a picture here with the wolf sculpture in front of the NC State University Park Alumni Center. It's also next to the new State View Hotel.

8. Talley Student Union.
Worth a stroll through this building to enjoy vibrant art, natural light, comfortable furniture and amazing views, Tally Student Union is such a great place for students. It's reminiscent of some of the same style as the James Hunt Library. There's coffee, ice cream and more dining opportunities and plenty of spaces to sit, work and relax.

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village and Jaguar Land Rover over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Late Summer/Early Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Want to try Yoga? Try a Free Week of Classes at CorePower Yoga in Cameron Village

The beginning of a new month or season is always a good time to start something new, get inspired or take on new challenges. If yoga is something you've been wanting to try, or you are looking for new yoga classes or even if you are an experienced yogi looking for training, Raleigh's Cameron Village CorePower Yoga studio offers a great variety of classes with a flexible schedule. Afraid to commit? You can try out yoga FREE for a week!

Why Yoga? It's great for the mind, body + soul. Yoga improves overall health and well-being through many different techniques, including postures, movement, breath awareness and exercises, relaxation, concentration, and meditation.

I used to do yoga religiously and loved it, then life got ahead of me and my favorite instructor left us for another city and I got lazy. Now, I'm on the search for another good yoga fit. Yoga was always the one thing that I didn't grow tired of, challenged me every time, and I always left class realizing that for an hour, I didn't think about anything else, which is amazingly refreshing.  I will admit that I'm a little overwhelmed by the number of choices and techniques to yoga. So if you are like me and want to try yoga before you commit, visit Core Power Yoga in the Village and try their free week of classes.  New to yoga and want a few tips?  Check out a recent blog post for yoga newbies on the website.

All students new to CorePower Yoga get a free week. You get seven consecutive days to take classes at the studio. Just select a yoga studio and class from the online schedule . They recommend the CorePower Yoga 1 (C1) or the Hot Power Fusion to start and to try and arrive 15 minutes early to meet your instructor and get signed up. After your first week, you can choose a membership option that works best for you. You can drop in, buy a class pack or sign up for unlimited yoga.

CorePower instructors teach a variety of yoga styles for all levels - from beginners to more advanced yoga students. They also train many Yoga instructors all around the Raleigh/Triangle area. The instructors teach meditation tips, posture alignment, and nutrition, and advocate for the yoga community at large. The class schedule is FLEXIBLE. You can go online or use their app to check the schedule for any time or day.

I asked Kathleen the Studio Manager a couple of newbie questions:
What time are classes and what are your hours?
Our class times vary! Our doors open 30 minutes before class starts and 30 minutes after.

What should a new student bring to class?
A new student should bring water, sweat towel and yoga mat however, we have all of those things if they don't own a mat or towel! I always tell people just wear clothes you want to sweat in!

Are the black CoreYoga mats for use?
Every students gets a FREE week or the option to purchase a $9 yoga mat and receive two weeks of unlimited yoga to try!

Cameron Village studios are open everyday of the week and offer a wide variety of classes to accommodate busy schedulesStop by the Village and say hello to Kathleen at CorePower Yoga + get signed up for yoga today. Namaste!

ADDRESS: 435 Woodburn Road in Cameron Village | (919) 229-8367 | Download the Schedule

"Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves." ~Pema Chodron

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!