Dec 19 2014

First Take: Expert Mixology at Fox Liquor Bar in Raleigh!

Neon sign at Fox Liquor Bar, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Neon sign at Fox Liquor Bar, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

When you talk about cocktails in Raleigh, a handful of places come to the forefront of your mind.  For most people they typically name Foundation, C. Grace or Fox Liquor Bar.  And out of the Raleigh cocktail trifecta, Fox was the one bar that I frequented the least.  Why?  Because even though Fox is part of the AC Restaurants (Ashley Christensen) group and had a good reputation, I always felt they were over-priced and expected lines.  And while I like my cocktails, I don’t enjoy waiting in a huge line or over-paying.  But I always believe in giving places a chance regardless of rep so I made an effort to stop in for a visit to Fox Liquor Bar recently… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 16 2014

First Take: Hurricane Grill & Wings in Cary For A Solid Chain Experience

Front of Hurricane Grill & Wings in Cary- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Hurricane Grill & Wings in Cary- Foodalicious Follies

 

Every now and then, like Chris Farley in the movie Tommy Boy, I’m totally dreaming of chicken wings!  And sometimes the best place to do wings is a chain restaurant or sports bar.  But there aren’t a lot of great choices around with the closest Buffalo Wild Wings in Garner or Morrisville for me.  So enter, Hurricane Grill & Wings.  A small chain based out of Florida, they dish out a wide array of wings in an island atmosphere.  Yep, it was time for a visit to Hurricane Grill & Wings on Kildaire Road in Cary… Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 13 2014

First Take: lucettegrace for Super Fancy Pastries and Sweets

Glowing window at lucette grace in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

Glowing window at lucette grace in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

 

A while back I was invited to a media event and tasting for Pastry Chef Daniel Benjamin’s forthcoming patiserrie, lucettegrace.  Tastes of quiche, sweets and more, Daniel sent us home with a beautiful chocolate easter egg that showcased his wonderful skills and magic with sweets.  Fast-forward to November and lucettegrace is open in downtown Raleigh and ready to serve the local crowd.  Located in an old Cross-Fit space (ironic) on S. Salisbury street, lucettegrace glows with a sweet, warmth during the evening hours.  Inside you’ll find a lovely multi-hued wood plank floor, fire-fly incandescent lighting overhead and a small counter running around the space and in front of the large plate glass windows in front. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 11 2014

Are You Ready to Savor Seattle? Fun and Delicious Entertainment in a Great Food Tour

Savor Seattle Pike Place Market Food Tour, Foodalicious Follies

Savor Seattle Pike Place Market Food Tour, Foodalicious Follies

 

On my first visit to Seattle you can guess that I had food on the brain!  In an area that’s rich in great seafood, produce and more, it’s a struggle to figure out where to go eat and visit to maximize the fun quotient on your visit.  Especially when you’re just in town for three days like I was.  Enter Savor Seattle, a local culinary food tour company!  I have done food tours in the RDU, New Orleans and more so I knew that Savor Seattle would be a good way to get plugged into the Seattle food scene, stat. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 07 2014

Fried Deliciousness in the Best Donuts of the Triangle!

Bakers Dozen Donuts, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Bakers Dozen Donuts, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

Who as a little kid without calorie constraints, didn’t love a donut?!  Glazed, cake, chocolate, cream-filled and more, they were a delicious treat that I rarely felt guilty about.  But then you grow up.  And you realized that those durned delicious donuts were really not good for you.  And you cut back on eating those doh-doh’s but who wants to live forever?  Every now and then those delectable fried treats are ok, right?  So come to the dark donut side my friend, here are some of my favorite donut shops in the Triangle!

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Dec 04 2014

First Take: Industry and the Baxter in Chapel Hill, Hip Fun, Games and Food

Front of Industry in Chapel Hill- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Industry in Chapel Hill- Foodalicious Follies

 

When you talk about the Triangle, it’s easy to think about Raleigh and Durham (RDU) and lose track of the third option, Chapel Hill!  An area dominated by academia and UNC, Chapel Hill presents a much younger and smaller food and dining scene but one which you shouldn’t forget.  While Franklin Street is littered with sandwich, pizza and yogurt shops, there still is some good dining and done in a typical Chapel Hill way.  A recent visit to the Thrill reminded me of why I should try to get out this way a bit more often in the past! Read the rest of this entry »

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