Sep 29 2014

Feel like a Kid Again (or Bring your Kids) at Pullen Park in Raleigh!

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Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks for a great reason.  All the trees and green space in Raleigh make it a great place to find a quiet spot to read a book or lay out for some sunshine.  On the list of city parks is the super-popular Pullen Park which just completed a huge renovation in 2013.  I had forgotten about this park since it’s in an odd spot between Hillsborough Street and Western Boulevard but if you’ve got kids (or enjoy being a kid!), Pullen Park is AWE-some! Large, clean and with plenty of classic amusements to keep you busy.  Or just take a walk around the ground to get some fresh air and sunshine, Pullen Park does it all really well…

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Sep 27 2014

First Take: Randy’s Pizza For Big Ol’ Slices of Pizza!

Front of Randy's Pizza in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

Front of Randy’s Pizza in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

 

I am a HUGE pizza fiend but oddly enough, wasn’t a huge fan of Randy’s Pizza.  Which is odd because this small local chain of pizzerias is super popular.  But it’s not because Randy’s isn’t awesome, they just happen to be mostly located in the suburbs of Durham and RTP.  Places I rarely hang out around.  As luck would have it, Randy’s Pizza finally opened up a Raleigh location off of Lake Boone Trail and it was time for a visit! Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21 2014

First Take: Tasca Brava on S. Glenwood For Slow but Delicious Spanish Cuisine!

Front of Tasca Brava in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Tasca Brava in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

When you think of Spanish eats in the Triangle, there really aren’t too many choices. Mateo and Taberna Tapas out in Durham immediately come to mind but it’s difficult coming up with other alternatives in Raleigh once Red Room closed down. Which is sad, given the richness and deliciousness within Spanish cuisine. But did you know that there’s a small Spanish eatery over in S. Glenwood that dishes out very authentic Spanish tapas and more?   It’s name is Tasca Brava.  You just may not notice this small restaurant and its discrete signage but that might be a huge mistake!  I hadn’t been here in ages but finally made it back for a return meal that was filled with surprises and savory wonders… Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18 2014

Sammiches to Die for at Killer Poboys in New Orleans

Logo for Killer Poboys, New Orleans- Foodalicious Follies

Logo for Killer Poboys, New Orleans- Foodalicious Follies

 

During my first visit to New Orleans I accidentally stumble on Killer Poboy’s during a visit to Erin Rose Pub but it was just too late.  For my second visit, I promised I would not be denied.  Even though I had already had dinner, I figured it was a catered hotel meal which just isn’t right when visiting New Orleans.  So after some beers watching Thursday night football, we hoofed it over to Killer Poboys to grab fourth meal! Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16 2014

First Take: Monuts Donuts in Downtown Durham Delivers Amazing Sweets and More

Line at Monuts Donuts in Durham, Foodalicious Follies

Line at Monuts Donuts in Durham, Foodalicious Follies

 

While the cupcake craze is slowing down a bit in the Triangle, another delicious pastry seems to be enjoying a renaissance, the lowly donut!  With Rise and Monuts Donuts opening up in Durham, these cakey and yeasty pastries seem to cause a crowd wherever they show up and Monuts Donuts is no different.  Given the popularity of Monuts, its hours are somewhat limited typically closing at either 3pm or 5pm which has caused some angst for this hungry guy!  I showed up once, right after closing, pressed my nose up against the window sadly as the last employee cleaned up the space and avoided all eye contact with me.  But finally a celebration brought me into Durham on a Saturday morning and I had my aha moment.  Wouldn’t donuts just go great with champagne?!  Yep, they will today…

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Sep 14 2014

A Delicious Visit to Blue Oak BBQ, New Orleans

Sign at order window for Blue Oak BBQ, New Orleans- Foodalicious Follies

Sign at order window for Blue Oak BBQ, New Orleans- Foodalicious Follies

 

After all my New Orleans eats, I was in the mood for some que and spotted Blue Oak Barbeque on Yelp.  It looks to be in mid-City New Orleans, a bit aways, but then I realize the Canal Street rail line goes right by so it’s time for a trip!  I grab a car on the streetcar line downtown for a $1.25 and it’s a fun experience.  Crowded with locals, it feels a bit more real than what you usually run into on Bourbon Street.  The street car drops me off a 1/2 block away from the music venue Chickie Wah Wah, and Blue Oak Barbeque serves up the food inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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