Aug 15 2014

First Take: Harvest 18 in South Durham Does Southern Right

Front of Harvest 18, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Harvest 18, Durham- Foodalicious Follies


Southern is as Southern does and I’m not sure what the heck that means but I love me some Forrest Gump!  Harvest 18 is the latest offering from Chef Jason Smith who also operates Seaboard 18 and Cantina 18 in Raleigh.  Reviews on Yelp were really strong so I was excited to try out this new restaurant located on Renaissance Parkway in Durham.  Located near the very popular Southpoint Mall, is Harvest 18 worth the ride for a Raleighite like me?  Read on, my friend!  Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 11 2014

Media Event: Grand Re-Opening of Sassool Cafe in N. Raleigh

Front of Sassool in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

Front of Sassool in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies


When you think of Lebanese food, what comes to mind? Well around these parts, your thoughts should go to Neomonde and the family of restaurants operated by the Saleh family.  Beyond Neomonde, they also run Sitti with Empire Eats and the newly re-named Sassool way up in N. Raleigh. Located off of Strickland Road, Sassool has a familiar feel to it but the name is in homage to the Saleh family matriarch, Cecilia Saleh.  So of course I was a bit excited to get an invite from my friend Kristen for their grand re-opening!  Who can say no to delicious Lebanese eats and a family celebration? Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 09 2014

Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, 2014



I’m not sure about you but there are an awful lot of restaurant weeks going on over the course of the year.  And yes, we’ve got one more about to begin, the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week from August 18 – 24!  But you know what?  If you’ve had a place or two that’s been on your short list to visit, the restaurant weeks are a good chance to check them out for less money.  Just be careful to check their menus before committing.  In some cases, there’s no benefit to restaurant week and for others, definitely some value.  For this year’s 2012 Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, they are focused on $20 and $30 dinners and in some cases, a beer or wine pairing.  There’s also a $65 Elite Experience (more courses, wine/beer) that doesn’t seem to be that great a deal to me.  But here’s what caught my eye on the menus (at bottom of post)! Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 07 2014

First Take: A Return to Mo’s Diner in Moore Square

Interior of Mo's Diner, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Interior of Mo’s Diner, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies


Sometimes there are so many new restaurants popping up, older ones have a hard time carving out their space in the dining scene.  Restaurants that used to be well-known names slide into the back of your brain but I try not to forget em!  Take Mo’s Diner, for instance.  Known for their Southern cuisine with a twist Mo’s Diner sits kitty corner to all the action on Blount Street (Tir Na Nog, Bida Manda, City Market) making it a challenge to get noticed.  But what makes Mo’s Diner so much fun is its location and an interior which is great for special occasions and dates… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 03 2014

Media Event: Cooking It Up at Whisk in Cary with Chef Jeff!

Front of Whisk in Cary, Foodalicious Follies

Front of Whisk in Cary, Foodalicious Follies


As much as I like to eat, I nearly like to cook just as much.  I’ve done cooking classes at Southern Season, La Farm Bakery, and more over the years.  So of course, I couldn’t resist when I got an invite from Whisk out in Cary to attend one of their cooking classes.  Whisk is a newer kitchen goods store out in Waverly Place and with a very nice demo kitchen in back, they’ve put together an excellent series of cooking classes over the past six months. Peering through the very long list of classes I spotted one being given by my friend, Chef Jeff.  Tuscan Trattoria meal?  Sounds good to me so I emailed Whisk and I’m scheduled for their July 25th class. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01 2014

First Take: Battistella’s in City Market for Flavorful and Spicy Cajun Eats!

Signage in front of Battistella's in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Signage in front of Battistella’s in Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies


Right out on the corner of Martin and Blount you’ll find a taste of New Orleans in Battistella’s at City Market! I had walked by this place many times but for some reason, never made a huge effort to come in. But I’ve always loved cooking Nawlin’s style and a recent trip to the Crescent City had given me cravings for its spicy fare. So along with some fellow Yelper’s, we popped in for a special three-course dinner deal and here’s how it went down! Read the rest of this entry »

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