Apr 23 2014

First Take: A Civilized and Relaxed Dining Experience at Second Empire, Raleigh!

Entrance for the Tavern at Second Empire, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies


So FINALLY I made over to Second Empire and let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed at all which is pretty impressive given expectations.  After living in Raleigh for 6+ years, I had seen plenty of reviews and friends come here for dinner so I was just hoping to not be disappointed.  And I’ve walked by Second Empire many times wondering what lay inside that big brick house on Hillsborough.  And I’m glad to say that I finally know and it was an excellent dining experience with my two fellow bloggers, Kristen, Leigh and her husband Will… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20 2014

Media Event: Spring Menu Preview and Derby Day at Washington Duke Inn

Spring menu preview event at Fairview Dining Room, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

Spring menu preview event at Fairview Dining Room, Durham- Foodalicious Follies


Is it time to break out the big hats and seersucker yet with the Kentucky Derby right around the corner?  It certainly feels that way after the Fairview Dining Room’s Spring Preview dinner for local bloggers and foodies.  I got the invite and wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and the preview events at the Fairview Dining Room at Washington Duke Inn have always been quite impressive. Running late, I joined the event in progress as they were showing the mixology behind three favorite cocktails for the three horse races that make up the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing: Kentucky Derby (Mint Julep), Preakness Stakes (Black-eyed Susan) and Belmont Stakes (White Carnation).  A great preview for their upcoming Derby Day on May 3… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 18 2014

Event: Gizmo Brew Works Beer Dinner at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Chef Jay Pierce at Lucky 32 Beer School in Cary, Foodalicious Follies


It’s been a busy month of eating but thankfully I was able to get out to my first Beer School at Lucky 32 in Cary!  Put on in conjunction with Gizmo Brew Works, the menu looked awesome and my friend Kristen (Gadabout Food) promised me it would be a great meal.  I headed over on a quiet Tuesday evening and grabbed a beer at the bar before dinner guests started filing in.  Lucky 32 put us up in their side, private dining room and the places was bustling with activity and excitement, bring on the food and cervezas! Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 14 2014

Tir Na Nog for Dependable Food, Irish Music and Beer

    Front of Tir Na Nog, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies


Lost in the shadows of Moore Square is the popular Tir Na Nog, Irish pub! I say lost because it always seems like a secondary spot to me. A place where I don’t usually have a huge desire to visit but usually somebody else I know suggests it. Tir Na Nog straddles the line between bar and restaurant sort of like the Raleigh Times but they also have a music schedule for Irish folk, cover bands and more. Add in the Nog Run Club and there always seems to be people floating in and out of the Nog. But for me, it always seems to get lost in the cobwebbed corners of my food brain. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12 2014

Food Take: Flavor Plus with Ben & Jerry’s Core Ice Creams!

Ben & Jerry Core Ice Creams- Assortment at Target


As a big fan of premium ice cream, I usually end up with either Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s in my fridge.  Even being a bit lactose-intolerant, it’s one of those guilty treats that I can’t resist from time to time.  There’s nothing like a creamy scoop of delicious cream at the end of the evening.  And recently, Ben & Jerry’s announced a new product they were rolling out: Cores!  Think a rich pint of flavorful ice cream with a core of fudge, caramel or fruit right down the middle.  It’s sort of hard to innovate in this category so you can bet I was REALLY excited to try these four new Core flavors out… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 08 2014

Flash House in Raleigh for a Bit of Bar Funk and Punk…

   Exterior of Flash House, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

When I go out for a beer or cocktail, I have a tendency to be a bit like Goldilocks.  This bar is too busy, this bar is too boring, this bar is JUST right…  It needs to be the right mix of space, ambiance and beverages to help you enjoy an evening of chatter and people-watching.  Which is why I like places like Flash House on Peace Street. Brought to you by the folks who own the Black Flower, Flash House’s location off the beaten path means the only people here have made an effort and are looking for something different.

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