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 here.  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 »

Oct 10 2014

Halloween Fun, Thrills and Fear for 2014!

Halloween 2011 at the Hibernian, Raleigh

Halloween 2011 at the Hibernian, Raleigh

The calendar has turned the page into October and thoughts turn to pumpkin beer, apples and Halloween!  And of course with Halloween comes the usual creepy, fall fun with Halloween haunts, corn mazes, pub crawls and more.  Here’s some good options in the Triangle area or within driving distance.  I’ll be updating this page with information as it becomes available!

 

Halloween Haunts

Haunted Forest at Panic Point, Youngsville- A mellow and local haunt in the Triangle, good for younger children and families

Clayton Fear Farm, Clayton- New entry in the Hallween haunt scene, if anyone tries it out, let me know if it’s any good!

Woods of Terror, Greensboro- Probably my favorite Halloween haunt in the area, lots of actors and scariness…

Spookywoods, Kernersville-  Another great choice and a bit more creative than most, worth the drive!

 

Halloween Pub Crawls and Parties

Tri Sports Boogeyman Bar Crawl, Raleigh- Probably one the biggest Halloween parties in the area, I haven’t joined one yet but have heard plenty of good things!

Homegrown Halloween, Chapel Hill- A classic party and costume parade in a great college town, should draw at least 25,000 people

 

Corn Mazes in the Triangle Area

Maize Adventure, Archdale

Phillips Farm Corn Maize, Cary

Green Acres Farm Corn Maze, Cary

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze, Garner

 

 

Oct 09 2014

A Tunaddict Experience at Mura Bluefin Chef’s Dinner

Bluefin tuna for Mura Chef's dinner in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Bluefin tuna for Mura Chef’s dinner in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

Over the course of my years living here in the Raleigh area, I’ve really grown to enjoy the special chef’s dinners that the Eschelon group puts out.  Usually paired with wine or beer (or sake), they’re usually a great value and also a chance to see one of their chef’s spread their wings with the menu.  A chef’s dinner at Mura had eluded me for years but I was finally able to make it to the Mura Bluefin dinner in September, woohoo!  Here’s how it all went down… Read the rest of this entry »

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