Oct 29 2014

Media Event: Preview Dinner at the New and Lovely Faire at Cameron Village!

Entry-way to Faire in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Entry-way to Faire in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

With all the construction happening on Oberlin Street near Cameron Village, it’s hard to keep up with all the new businesses.  A new Brixx pizza, a new Benelux Cafe, a soon to be Tupelo Honey but what’s that on the corner?  I spy Faire Steak and Seafood and wasn’t really sure what it was about until I got an invite from the Eschelon Group to check out their newest restaurant in the family.  Given I live right around the corner, it only made sense that I stop in for a visit.  I headed on over right after work and it was a fun and delicious experience to not only learn more about Faire, but also about Eschelon Group and its plans for the future.

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Oct 26 2014

First Take: Sushi O Bistro on S. Glenwood For Delicious Pan-Asian Cuisine

Front of Sushi O Bistro, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Sushi O Bistro, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

If you’ve spent any time on S. Glenwood in Raleigh, you know what the story is.  Crazy crowds on the weekends, clubbers walking about in 5″ heels and Ed Hardy t-shirts.  Restaurants and food is always of the pizza and food cart variety but if you look closely, there are some decent eating spots.  Take Sushi O Bistro for example.  I had walked by this place probably dozens of times since it opened but never really bothered to eat here.  There was always a crowd on its sidewalk dining area but I never really had anyone want to go visit.  And yes, the pan-Asian (Japanese, Thai, Chinese) had me a bit worried but it was finally time to stop in for a meal! Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23 2014

Media Event: A Harvest Party at the Umstead Hotel to Welcome in the Season!

Harvest party welcome at Herons, Cary NC

Harvest party welcome at Herons, Cary NC

 

As September slips into October, pumpkins, Halloween and cooler weather come to mind.  Along with an invite from the Umstead Hotel for a Harvest Party!  As one of the few, top-luxe hotels in the area, I haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time on property. The hotel restaurant, Herons, has the same critical acclaim and I have yet to do a full dinner here but have enjoyed it for afternoon tea.  A recent change of chefs meant a promotion for Chef Steven Devereux Greene into the vacated role as Executive Chef for the hotel and Herons.  And this Harvest Party media event was a great way for the team at Herons to get some exposure for their new culinary leader!

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Oct 19 2014

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe in Raleigh! A Tasty Option For the Big Game…

Front of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

Way back when I had written up the flagship Tobacco Road Sports Cafe in Durham.  Its premium location at the Durham Bulls Ballpark gives it a unique and cool ambiance but the original Tobacco Road Sports Cafe lies on S. Glenwood in Raleigh.  And the reality is that it’s still doing a bang-up business and has its own charms that makes it a worthwhile visit for delicious eats and the game of the day whether you’re talking about baseball, football, basketball, hockey or the soccer!  And here’s why it works so well… Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16 2014

Media Event: Afternoon Tea at the Washington Duke Inn, Durham!

Afternoon tea at the Fairview Dining Room, Durham- Picture Courtesy of Washington Duke Inn

Afternoon tea at the Fairview Dining Room, Washington Duke Inn, Durham- Photo courtesy of Washington Duke Inn

 

Afternoon tea is one those age-old traditions that has evolved over the years but at the core it’s about slowing down your busy life and enjoying a couple of hours of sweets, savories and good conversation with friends.  In the Triangle, there are a handful of options to do tea at some classic hotels: the Umstead, Carolina Inn and of course, Washington Duke Inn.  I recently received an invite to visit the Washington Duke and its Fairview Dining room to experience their afternoon tea.  And it was enjoyable but certainly quite different than my first afternoon tea experience at the Umstead! Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12 2014

First Take: Only Burger Food Truck Still Delivers Deliciousness!

Only Burger Food Truck, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

Only Burger Food Truck, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

 

Wow, with all the burgers I eat and all the food trucks I eat at, it’s hard to believe that I’ve only hit up the Only Burger truck maybe once or twice in five years!  And it’s not because they don’t put out a good product because they do.  But I always figured I should hit up their bricks and mortar space instead of doing the truck.  But during the last Raleigh food truck rodeo I caved in and got in the line for Only Burger.  And thankfully the lines are a lot shorter than what they used to be.  But the biq question for me was: do they still measure up to the initial excitement and buzz they generated when they first come onto the scene?  And the answer is as usual, yes, it depends… Read the rest of this entry »

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