Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cameron Village Holiday Open House - NOVEMBER 15!

Join the holiday fun happening at CAMERON VILLAGE, tomorrow night, Thursday, November 15 from 5:00-8:00pm for shopping discounts, contests, giveaways and fun for the family. Bundle up as Raleigh gets a blast of winter temperatures and come join all the family fun in the Village!

As a special treat for arriving early, the first 800 guests that spend over $100 at any of our stores during Open House (during the 5-8pm window) will get FREE $25 gift certificates.

Here are some of the great deals being offered tomorrow night at the Holiday Open House!

Cameron Village is also kicking off their “Season of Wishes" event tomorrow night. They are granting holiday wishes all season long, giving away $13,000 worth of gifts!

Cameron Village will have their wishing tree by Steven Shell Living, and wish mailboxes for people to submit their charity of choice for a chance to win $1000 donation to that charity. Cameron Village will be awarding 5 charities $1000!

Granting Wishes with OFFLINE RALEIGH

Cameron Village has partnered with Offline Raleigh, one of the best ways to find things to see and do in Raleigh, to grant wishes in the Village starting Thursday night on the spot! Throughout the night, the Offline crew will be announcing winners and delivering their dream gifts. Offline will be sharing $3,000 worth of wish-granting power. What can you wish for? ANYTHING Cameron Village has to offer!

"Here’s the deal: you can wish for literally *anything* at Cameron Village, and we've got $3,000 to make it rain gifts and grant yo' wish like bada bing, cha-ching. Want those Glowgetter Leggings from GLOW? They're yours! In the mood for a delish dinner at Tazza Kitchen? Offline’s got the tab."

Here's all you have to do to win one of the $3000 worth of gifts during the Open House!
  • Find something you love and wish for and add it to your Instagram stories!
    The more creative, the better!
  • Tag with @offlineraleighdurham and the store insta account
  • Use hashtag #mycameronvillagewish
  • Stick around! You must be present to win!

Don't miss Santa in the Village tomorrow as well. He will be making an appearance and will be giving free photos to customers attending the Open House! There will be a real snow sledding hill, carriage rides through the Village and a full-size Ferris Wheel! There will also be music, stilt walkers, aerialists, magicians and more.


#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this FALL to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2018 Fall trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Six New Fall Plates to Share at Vidrio on Glenwood South

Last week we got to have a sneak peek at the new FALL menu at Vidrio on Glenwood Avenue. Vidrio is a gorgeous restaurant and bar with several dining spaces upstairs that are perfect for special events. Their food is Mediterranean style shared plates, and features simple cooking methods like a wood fired grill and stone hearth and always fresh seasonal ingredients.
Vidrio is an open window into the Mediterranean. Sharing plates both large and small are made with the freshest ingredients allowing the flavor to shine. Handcrafted seasonal cocktails with exotic spirits are exciting and delightful. The vibrant, modern environment is visually mesmerizing and filled with warm, personal hospitality. These touches speak to the patience, creative vision and hard work of Lou Moshakos and his attention to detail to bring this ode to the Mediterranean to Raleigh. Gather at the table with us, where we encourage you to savor every sip, every bite, every moment together.
Doug Frates is one of the leaders in the glass-blowing art industry and is the creator of the awe-inspiring
and vibrant glass wall at Vidrio.
The focal point of the 13,500-square-foot space is a stunning dining room wall that features 350 glass bowls and orbs. The eye-catching creation covers the two-story wall in a kaleidoscope of colors, and “A moment for the time being” is painted underneath, inviting guests to forget their worries and savor the present. Vidrio means “glass” in Spanish, and they wanted something spectacular to reflect that theme. Doug Frates, the artist behind the glass masterpiece, used silica from Italy to craft the vibrant orbs, which are designed to inspire visions of Mediterranean sunrises or sunsets over crystal-blue waters. 
Vidrio is hosting a wine dinner featuring Bedrock Wine Co. on Thursday, November 8th, at 6:30pm at hosted by Vidrio and Taylor’s Wine Shop. Bedrock is the brainchild of Morgan Tawin-Peterson (his father is Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood) and works with some of the best old vine vineyards in California. Meet Morgan’s business partner Chris Cottrell and try their wines paired with fresh and seasonal chef-inspired dishes at Vidrio. Tickets are $100 per person, all inclusive. Tickets and more info click here.


Mustard greens, piquillo peppers, hazelnuts, mitibleu cheese, maple vinaigrette

feta, orange, greenonion, pistachio dukkah, fennel

mascarpone chive creme fraiche, green onion, everything tuile

apple butter, camembert, pepitas, shaved raddichio

housemade pappardelle, ricotta, cured egg yolk, lemon zest

goat cheese vinaigrette, fennel fronds

Pisco, Lemon, Simple, Egg White and Bitters.

Hibiscus-infused Sombra, Mezcal, Aperol, St. Germaine, Lemon, Simple.

Artwork by local artist Louis St. Louis -
And...lastly, some parking tips
Vidrio offers complimentary valet parking for guests with valet service starting at 6:00pm. Garage parking is available at the 510 Glenwood South Parking Deck, which is adjacent to the building (entrance on Tucker Street). Street parking is free after 5pm on weeknights and all day on weekends and holidays.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018



Yesterday, I got a turn at carrying the RDU Baton on Instagram! If you haven't heard of them or don't follow them already, RDU Baton is a collaborative photo project to show off the Triangle through the eyes of local residents every weekday. You don't have to be a professional photographer, just have a passion for where you live.

Anyone can sign up (there's a bit of a wait list so it will take a while to get your turn) but it's fun to share a bit of insight to life in every corner of the Triangle...Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas.

Below are the places I featured on my turn yesterday! If you want to sign up go to and they will contact you when it's your turn!



Good Morning! My name is Chana and I’m excited to hold the baton on this beautiful Tuesday morning! I love Instagram and all things local. I started my own account @raleighwhatsup to help inspire + bring more awareness to fabulous local businesses in Raleigh + the Triangle area. I am from VA, moved to Sydney Australia before landing in Raleigh 17 years ago. Raleigh has grown a lot over this last decade and I’m excited to showcase a small part of all the cool things happening here. ******** First stop! @solacoffee , one of my very favorite places to hang here in North Raleigh. Jeanne + John, the owners have done amazing things with Sola and the community ~ speaking of which today 50% of their revenue will go to Red Cross to help the cities affected by Hurricane Florence. I am grabbing my coffee to go! Let’s get this day started! #ibelieveinraleigh #solalove #rwufav #raleighnc #solacoffee 📸: @raleighwhatsup
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Kale Me Crazy - Eating Clean is Coming Soon to Cameron Village!

Cameron Village is getting excited for the new KALE ME CRAZY superfood cafe to open soon in Mid-November!

What is Kale Me Crazy?
Kale Me Crazy is a superfood café. They offer juices, smoothies, salads and wraps in a sleek upscale environment. They want to support people's healthy lifestyle through the use of fresh, organic and raw food. They believe in real food and that everyone deserves access to real food. Kale Me Crazy provides a variety of quick and nutritious options to customers. The demand for healthy food is on rise and they are looking forward to providing the Raleigh downtown community with quick and nutritious options. Their new store is opening soon (mid-November) and will be located on 2018 Cameron Street in Cameron Village near The Local Squirrel and the new GLOW athleisure boutique.

Kale Me Crazy recommends their 3-Day Juice Cleanse for all seasons. This option packs an excellent combination of fruit-based juices and green juices to start your cleanse off in the right direction. Kale Me Crazy makes cleansing delicious and convenient for your mood and schedule whether you’re a first-timer or juicing veteran.

Kale Me Crazy offers delicious smoothies, the freshest poke bowls, wraps, acai bowls, toast, coffee, tea and more. It's great for grab and go or dine in. For my first visit, I picked up a poke bowl and a Tropical Trippin’ smoothie (orange, mango, pineapple, coconut yogurt, coconut milk). It was DELICIOUS! My poke bowl included wild caught tuna dressed in a house marinade, avocado, cucumber, carrots, edamame, radish, toasted sesame seeds, spicy vegan mayonnaise, and Furikake (Japanese seasoning), served on a bed of jasmine rice. I took it to go and had a lovely picnic over at the lake near Booth Amphitheatre. Kale Me Crazy is currently open in Cary and Wilmington and they are very excited and working hard for the new CAMERON VILLAGE location.

Stay tuned as we will have more updates as Kale Me Crazy gears up for their big opening in mid-November!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this FALL to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2018 Fall trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Three Must Order Dishes from Cantina 18's Fall Menu in Cameron Village

Just this week Cantina 18 in Cameron Village introduced their FALL menu and they have added several new dishes to their list of offerings. Chef-proprietor, Jason Smith, relentlessly searches for the freshest seasonal ingredients from North Carolina farms and purveyors for his take on on Southern-Tex cuisine. I was lucky enough to sample a few of these new dishes this week and wanted to share my three favorite must order plates that you won't want to miss.

1. 18 Seaboard Fried Green Tomatoes.
These tomatoes are perfectly fried and served with their amazing housemade pimento cheese dip. This dish is a great starter or snack with drinks and friends on the patio or at the bar.

2. Cantina 18 ACP.
Arroz con pollo is a traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, closely related to paella. Cantina 18 ACP is served with peppers and onions, verde rice, queso and tons of fresh avocado! Its a hearty meal and full of delicious flavor. You can also choose either chicken or shrimp.

3. Hawaiian Pork Belly Quesadilla.
This delicious Hawaiian pork belly quesadilla is made with pepper jack, charred pineapple, grilled jalapenos, and topped with chipotle crema. These quesadillas are so full of flavor and kick. It does lean on the spicy side so if you love spicy you will love this, if you are not into spicy but love this combination perhaps the jalapenos can be requested on the side.

Cantina 18 has a great outdoor patio for dining and enjoying the cooler temperatures finally arriving in Raleigh! I also wanted to mention that Cantina 18 has drink specials every Monday through Friday including $3.25 Mexican Bottled Beers on Thursday! I recommend dropping by for lunch or dinner soon, and trying out some of these tasty and creative new Fall dishes happening now in Cameron Village.

ADDRESS: 433 Daniels Street Raleigh | T (919) 835-9911
HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this FALL to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2018 Fall trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!