There’s now a Brasserie at Neuse River Brewing Co.

Neuse River Brewing Co. is one of my favorite breweries in Raleigh. I didn’t think it could get better but it did. It now has a brasserie in it, and today I tried it out for brunch. The brasserie opened fairly recently, (November), but I only now got down there. Yeah that is slower than I usually like to be about checking out a new place but better late than never, as they say. And apparently I’ve been missing out on a good thing! Enter through the big double doors with “NRBC

Wednesdays = Burger Night at Hummingbird

Wednesdays = Burger Night at Hummingbird in Raleigh. First things first though... One can’t come here & not get a cocktail. From the beginning, this place has been a favorite of mine for well-made cocktails. This cocktail is called Bobbin' for Apples. And now Hummingbird is also one of my faves for burgers too! I didn’t request any extras added, it comes this way: Bacon, cheddar, tomato, & arugula, and the fries. $14 total is worth this tastiness. Hummingbird 1053 E Whitaker

Healthy Brunch at Happy + Hale in North Hills

Last weekend I headed to brunch at the newest Happy + Hale location, in North Hills, Raleigh. Brunch at a healthy eats place? What? Yup, no typical Southern style greasy eats here. Firstly, this place is so beautiful. It's a fast-casual healthy eats place but it feels fancy. If you haven't been yet, I think you'll think the same after your first visit. The space is all mostly white & minimalist in decor, with lots of tall windows allowing plenty of natural light in and giving

Noodle Love at Tonbo Ramen

Last week I tried out downtown Raleigh’s Tonbo Ramen restaurant. Dang that was a great experience. Yeah, Ramen places are kinda trendy as of late, however, this place knocked it out of the park. That's a good thing because the Raleigh food scene is discerning. In the past decade I've seen a ton of places come and go. And also at the same time, the quality of places coming here have gotten better and more in line with what the locals crave. A couple of month ago, at the inaugu

MOFU Shoppe is Pho King Pho Nomenal

A stop into MOFU Shoppe, in downtown Raleigh is always an overall excellent experience. I first became aware of these ladies/business owners and their food truck a few years back when they started their food truck business. It was called “Dump Pho King Truck”. Cute hu? My friend Laura enticed me to check them out at a food truck rodeo in Durham. I’m glad I did. Since then, the food truck competed in Food Network’s reality TV show, -a food truck competition called, “The Gr

McCormick & Schmick’s at Crabtree Valley Mall

Last night I had dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s for the 1st time and it blew me away. It was an outstanding experience overall. I phrase it that because it wasn’t just the food that was so amazing. My friend and I kept commenting to each other how superb every aspect of our time there was. The restaurant is beautiful, dimly lit, with open floor seating as well as booths that feel very private. Makes for lovely ambiance. The service was impeccable. Our server Mike was perfect

Carroll's Kitchen 1-yr Anniversary Party at Highgrove Estate

If you've followed me on social media for the past year, then surely you saw the posts about the then-anticipated opening of Carroll's Kitchen in downtown Raleigh. They opened, and it's been full steam ahead this entire year. Here we are now 1 year in and at yesterday's 1-yr anniversary party, it was announced that Carroll's Kitchen would be opening a 2nd location. This one will be in the soon-to-open Morgan Street Food Hall in downtown Raleigh. Best part of this in my opinio

Annelore's German Bakery in Raleigh, NC

There are only a few bakeries in the area that I'm a die-hard fan of, and Annelore's German Bakery is one of them. You can find their stand at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, NC. (See address details below). They are the vendor at the very end of the line of vendors (across from the State Farmers Market Restaurant). Eventually, they will have a storefront in downtown Cary, NC, but that is still in the works. Come to think of it, I have read about the "coming soon" Cary s

Bida Manda - Laotian Food in Downtown Raleigh

Lunch at Bida Manada was delicious! You really need not read any further... maybe just scroll through the photos but rest assured, the dining experience will be on point if you decide to go. Bida Manda is a little Laotian restaurant, started by a brother and sister duo, Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha. They wanted to bring their beloved family cuisine to downtown Raleigh in a welcoming space. Sure glad they did... Raleigh was lacking in this arena but not any longer. Bida Manda

Chef Scott Phillips' Recipe for Tuna Tartare

Since I attended the Mystery Dinner & Wine Pairing last month at more. kitchen & bar, I've been thinking about the superb eats I had there and the man who is responsible for creating them. Executive Chef Scott Phillips. Although I plan to get back there again real soon for some yummy eats and drinks, in the meanwhile, I was able to obtain a recipe from Chef Scott that can be made by non-professionals like me in a home kitchen. Chef Scott shared his recipe for Tuna Tartare bel

Vidrio - Unlike Anything in Downtown Raleigh

GRAND OPENING: MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017 Two things about the soon-to-open, Vidrio restaurant in downtown Raleigh... food and art. Incredible! Make that, YUMcredible. Last week I attended Vidrio's media preview event and got to check out their gorgous digs and sample their cuisine. Vidrio's theme is togetherness anf cooking with love. They serve family style dishes as well as small plates, They feature Mediterranean food and focus on sourcing seasonably and as responsibly as poss

Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Cafe

One of my weekend stops was into Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Cafe. It's located in the Seaboard Station shopping center in Raleigh. This is the rustic blueberry & pear tart. It was top notch. No joke. Funny that I kinda forgot about this place after checking it out early on when they 1st opened. I stopped in a couple of times back then, but they had very limited selection of foods. Things have changed. Their bread and pastry offerings are plentiful and they have quite a few sav

Oak City Vegan Challenge

3 weeks of the Oak City Vegan Challenge. Can you handle it? Yes you can. What doesn it evan mean to be vegan? It means you eat all foods except aniamls and animal products. So that means, no milk, no eggs, etc. If you're like me, you're a meat eater, but you like incorporating a few vegan dishes into your diet every now and then. It's healthier, obviously, and frankly these days, what I encounter at restaurants is that chefs have gotten a good grip on making what many meat ea

Brunch at Provenance

Last Sunday, a friend and I headed to Provenance for brunch. Neither one of us had been there before, but afterwards, we agreed we'll be going again in the future. It's nice when you have your hopes set high on a place and it doesn't disappoint. Brunch is a great way to try a new place out, in my opinion. If brunch is not delicious, then I don't see a reason to make an effort to go to a place for lunch or dinner. Provenance, prides itself on keeping it local. According to the

Triangle Restaurant Week! (June 6-12, 2016)

One of my favorite times of the year is Triangle Restaurant Week. It's a great way to try out a new restaurant at a discount. Various local restaurants are currently offering special menus (typically) consisting of 3-courses, at a lower price than you'd pay if you were going on a regular day of the year. The way I see it is, even if end up not liking a restaurant, it's not as big a loss, because I didn't pay full price. Restaurant Week is a chance for Restaurants to shine and