Monday, September 23, 2019

Late Summer Dishes from Chef Jason Smith at Cantina 18 in Cameron Village


FALL IS HERE?


Summer weather is persisting in Raleigh on this First week of Fall! Patio dining is something we seek out when the weather is warm but especially when it gets cool as the sun goes down. Hurry to Cantina 18 in Cameron Village where you can still enjoy favorite seasonal Summer ingredients while they last. They are currently featuring some tasty new dishes on their late Summer menu you don't want to miss before, like Summer, they're gone!

As most of you know, 18 Seaboard closed its doors this summer after a nearly 14 year long run in Seaboard Station. We miss the restaurant and Chef Jason Smith's amazing dishes there, but wanted to share that he is now spending more time over at Cantina 18 and creating new dishes there so if you are craving/missing your 18 Seaboard fix, make a visit to Cantina 18 and try one of his delicious new dishes, still using the freshest local catch, like the Swordfish with Stone Fruit & Heirloom Tomatoes. The local seafood and seasonal ingredients make this a must try in Cameron Village.

Other items we enjoyed were the seared tuna taco with grilled peach salsa, avocado and marinated red onion. Also worth noting is the seasonal side salad with cucumber, red onion and heirloom tomato salad.

Cantina 18 takes pride in sourcing all these ingredients from local NC Farms. Heirloom tomatoes come from Johnston County, Nectarines from Alexander County, Peaches from Anson County. Goat cheese is fresh from Holly Grove Farms in Wayne County and Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo from Carteret County.

Looking for a creative vegetarian option? Try Cantina 18's crispy  buffalo cauliflower wrapped in lettuce. It's got kick and great flavor.

We love the guacamole at Cantina 18 (a personal favorite) and currently on the seasonal menu it is being served up with one of my favorite summer foods...sliced heirloom tomatoes!

Pair any of these dishes with a craft cocktail. Try the skinny margarita for a lighter take on the tasty margarita!
BONUS: Monday is $2 off featured margaritas! Stop by + Celebrate the First Day of FALL!


ADDRESS: 433 Daniels Street Raleigh | T (919) 835-9911
HOURS: Mon – Thurs: 11am – 10pm, Fri – Sat: 11am – 10pm, Sun: 11am – 10pm

Skinny Girl Margarita | Blanco Tequila | Triple Sec | Lime Juice | Agave Nectar


Seared Tuna Taco (Seasonal) | Grilled Peach Salsa, Avocado & Marinated Red Onions


Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower | Pickled red onion, smoked blue cheese, romaine & cilantro crema 

Seasonal Side Salad | Cucumber, red onion & heirloom tomato salad


Seasonal Dish | Heirloom Tomato Goat Cheese Guacamole 

Fresh NC local ingredients!


Swordfish, Stone Fruit & Heirloom Tomatoes | Fresh okra, roasted sunflower seeds, spiced peanuts,
peaches & nectarines, heirloom tomato vinaigrette.




#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 2019 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!

Happy 70th birthday this Fall to the Shops at Cameron Village! Be sure to stop by and join the planned festivities in OCTOBER!


Monday, September 16, 2019

Pharmacy Café Owners Open New Farmhouse Café in Wendell Falls


Wendell Falls, one of the largest  master-planned communities in the Triangle, is launching a new restaurant concept TODAY in partnership with Patrick Cowden and Daniel Whittaker, the co-owners of the Pharmacy Café in downtown Raleigh. Located in the Wendell Falls Farmhouse, the Farmhouse Café will feature creative, seasonal dishes, local vendors and a community-focused atmosphere built on sustainable practices.

The Farmhouse Café will serve breakfast, lunch and a “social menu” for the evening comprised of shareable, small plates designed to be paired with a glass of wine or craft beer. Guests will be able to enjoy a wide list of beverages – almost all locally derived – including gourmet coffees, craft beers, wines and specialties like prosecco and kombucha on tap. Chef Patrick will also host food-related events at the Farmhouse, such as foodie dinners, crawfish boils and wine tastings. 

Last week we got to sample some of the delicious food offerings, including smørrebrød, a southern style take on these typically open face sandwiches (a Danish rye delicacy). We sampled wine and locally made kombucha and new sparkling spirit beverage SERCY by the owner of Mother Earth Brewing, all of which the cafe will be offering.

The Farmhouse Café opens today and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 






Southeast’s first smørrebrød (featured here with salmon), a Danish rye delicacy.

smørrebrød  on Boulted Rye, arugula, marinated peppers, olives + pesto butter.

Roasted beet humms smørrebrød with cucumber salad, feta, corichon butter, micro greens + toasted cashews



SERCY // New sparkling spirit beverage from Mother Earth Brewing