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Summertime in Raleigh means more opportunities for eating al fresco! Just in case you weren't already aware, so•ca has a fabulous patio with an abundance of outdoor seating. Much of it is covered which is nice for those NC summer rain storms that we know can pop-up anytime!

Not only is there an amazing outdoor patio for drinking and dining, there are some exciting (and maybe a little tiny adventurous) small plates on their menu that are perfect for expanding your culinary palates.

so•ca derives it’s name from several sources: a Peruvian word for sugarcane, a popular style of Caribbean music, and inspiration from a well known geographical divider, the Tropic of Cancer. Located just north of the Equator, this line of latitude divides many countries around the world. so•ca centers its focus on the islands and Americas south of this geographical border (south of the tropic of cancer).

This week I sampled three small plates at so•ca on the patio that were amazing in flavor and beautifully plated to look like works of art! I'm featuring those three plates in my blog post today as well as a colorful and tasty summer cocktail called the La Fiore Contessa.

JUST IN
Another great reason to visit so•ca in Cameron Village soon is a special pop-up they will be doing all summer long featuring their sister restaurant, kō•än opening in Cary this August!

kō•än pop-up at so•ca

kō•än, opening in Cary this August, plans to host a summer-long pop-up series at sister restaurant so•ca in Cameron Village. The pop-up features unique cocktails and small plates that diners can expect to find on the upcoming kō•än menu. Executive Chef Drew Smith and his talented team plan to launch the kō•än pop-up this Friday, June 28th at so•ca, located at 2130 Clark Ave, Raleigh. The regular menu will still be available at so•ca, along with the added kō•än pop-up items.

"The pop-up is a great way to showcase our upcoming menu at kō•än and allows for my team to have fun while being creative in the kitchen," states Executive Chef Drew Smith. He is working with Chef Eli Rodriguez’s talented team at so•ca, featuring craft cocktails by so•ca/kō•än beverage director, Tolson Kenney and pastries by Chef Amanda Haisley.

The limited kō•än menu at sister restaurant so•ca will change weekly each Friday through early August. The first weekly pop-up menu, starting tomorrow, features the following:

Small Plates: Charred Octopus | black rice, edamame, Chinese sausage, wonton and
Yakiton | shoyu glazed pork cheek, ginger ponzu, pickles, sesame.

Cocktail: Ume Spritz | Umeshu, Aperol, grapefruit, St. Germain, Crude ‘Sycophant’ Bitters, sparkling wine.

Weekly pop-up menus will be announced on social media on Thursdays through August, and diners are encouraged to visit so•ca to be the first to taste options from the kō•än menu.

See you on the patio soon!
HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm, Friday: 4pm – 12am, Saturday: 11am – 12am, Sunday: 10am – 10pm | LOCATION: 2130 Clark Avenue

Lots of great patio seating!





La Fiore Contessa | Bombay Sapphire, Lillet Blanc, strawberry, lemon, hibiscus, lavender,
Crude ‘Bitterless Marriage’


Peruvian Calamari Ceviche | grapefruit, mango, leche de tigre, cilantro


Causa de Beterraga | braised beet-potato mash, queso de cabra, avocado, aji mirasol


Charred Octopus Escabeche | butter bean puree, cherry tomatoes, lime, aromatics, hierbas






#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring/Summer trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!
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This week I got a sneak peek at a new residential development going up in the heart of downtown Raleigh, THE WADE. It's exciting to see a new residential building so thoughtfully designed and ideally suited to its location. The classic architecture of The Wade, breathes in the history of Raleigh best buildings, placing itself in a stunning neighborhood, providing a unique options for downtown Raleigh living. 

The Wade is a five-story luxury condominium building consisting of 29 residences and is located at the corner of St Mary’s Street and Wade Avenue, in historic Hayes Barton. The location is perfect for downtown living, with close proximity to shops, restaurants, arts and parks. Residents can enjoy short walks along tree-lined streets to nearby Cameron Village or Five Points.

The Wade is inspired by classic pre-war residential architecture but enjoys modern upscale interiors, including 10' ceilings, and bright, naturally lit open floor plans. Each home includes a covered patio and the building will feature a beautifully landscaped rooftop terrace with expansive views stretching from North Hills to downtown Raleigh. A beautiful lounge/ Owners Retreat area will greet owners and guests on the main floor and the building also has a dedicated fitness room. The grounds will host lush landscaping, including a rose garden and pocket park under the canopy of mature oak trees, providing plenty of shade and privacy.

With 60% of the building already sold out, the project is on schedule for an Early Fall completion date. I'm looking forward to going back when everything is done to see the homes and building complete. I've included a few 'in progress' pictures from my visit this week.

Go to 620wade.com for more info and to contact the sales office










Rendering of covered porch.

Rendering of living space with fireplace and built in bookshelves.

Rendering of kitchen.

Location is key to so many great places and things to do in downtown Raleigh!


Thank you Beacon Street for the invite to tour the residences as they are in development and look forward to seeing them when the building and grounds are complete! 
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Great Outdoor Provision Co. is a specialty outdoor retailer based in North Carolina founded in 1972. GOPC is filled with gear and clothing for life outside, Great Outdoor Provision Co. is committed to personalized retail encouraging consumers to try on, get fitted, compare and contrast, touch and feel products, and interact with staff who know and go outdoors!

We have enjoyed shopping for gear and outdoor items for many years now in Cameron Village. The staff is always friendly an very knowledgeable in all things outdoors. It got me thinking this is the perfect place for awesome Father's Day gifts and today I'm sharing my top ten gifts for Dad on the blog.
They will even gift wrap your purchase for FREE!


Another bit of great info I'm sharing today... if you are interested in paddlesports this Summer GOPC has an event June 20th where you can test "drive" a boat of your choice at Lake Crabtree Park. Just RSVP and let them know what boat you are interested in trying out.

LOCATION: 2017 Cameron Street Raleigh
HOURS: Monday - Friday: 10am - 9pm, Saturday: 9am - 6pm, Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
TRIANGLE BOAT DEMO: email gopc401@greatoutdoorprovision.com with the boats you are interested in.


10 FABULOUS LAST MINUTE FATHER'S DAY GIFTS FROM 
GREAT OUTDOOR PROVISION COMPANY!



1. Get Dad who needs a break an Eno.



2. YETI coolers and tumblers are a fantastic and useful gift for thirsty and hungry Dad.



3. OLD GUYS RULE t-shirts and caps are great for fun Dad.


4. PATAGONIA makes amazing gourmet provisions for outdoor dining Dad.



5. Get dad a chair that ROCKS, literally! Check out the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker.



6. Guaranteed to love this, a utility belt for dad that works for everything from ARCADE.



7. Traveling + safety Dad needs a SECRID RFID secure minimalist wallet that protects from digital pickpocketing and identity theft!


8. Hawaiian shirts are all the rage and HOWLER BROTHERS has some great hats and shirts.


9. Fabulous flip flops from OLUKAI for Dad who loves the beach.


10. Environmentally aware dad will love the HYDROFLASK!



Great Outdoors Provision Company is the one-stop shop for all things paddlesports. From SUP's to Fishing boats, they've got everything you need including life jackets and accessories including all the proper equipment you need to transport your boat!

If you are new to the sport or looking to buy a boat of any shape or size, mark your calendars for June 20th for an opportunity to try out the boat you are interested in! Just RSVP to gopc401@greatoutdoorprovision.com or call them at (919) 833-1741 and let them know what type of boat you are interested in demoing. They will have the boats available at Lake Crabtree County Park on June 20, 4-7pm. This is a great way to try out the boat you are interested on the water!














#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!
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May and June are probably the busiest months for gift giving second to December! It's a time of high school and college graduations, baby and bridal showers, engagements, weddings, Father's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays and more!

The Local Squirrel is your destination for all things gift. Whether it’s a present for yourself or a friend, they carry a curated selection of jewelry, home goods, and small accessories. Proprietor Rachael Riddle, a Raleigh native, is excited to showcase her collection of local and national vendors to Cameron Village. You’re sure to always find that unique something you didn’t know you needed. 

I decided to stop by and snap a few photos of some of my favorite gift ideas from The Local Squirrel in Cameron Village. Rachael has amazing taste and finds unique and almost always locally made gifts that are just perfect for all the gift giving occasions this time of year. Her boutique features everything from locally made art, jewelry and home wares to really unique, quality and meaningful gifts for the new bride, graduate, new mother, baby and more. Her store is SO cute and easy to shop. There's an adorable room on the side of her shop, dedicated to all things newborn baby 1 year and under. You can find really unique and clever baby gifts, clothing, art and lots of adorable items for the nursery.

She's also curated a great collection of items in her shop from books to bar ware to specialty pieces like handmade art, candles and jewelry. The range of items in her store is wide while keeping it creatively organized and easy to shop. If you are like me, you can spend a lot of time here with so many great things to shop and discover!

Stop by The Local Squirrel soon and get all your special gifting needs done here (can be gift wrapped too!) and also be proud you are supporting great local Raleigh businesses and artists!

HOURS: Monday-Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday: 1-5pm
LOCATION: 2014 Cameron Street, Raleigh  PHONE: 919-610-3400

FUN UPCOMING IN-STORE EVENT: Pet Portrait + Prosecco with Julia Hall McQueen on June 15 from 10-11am. Tickets are for sale here  https://www.juliahallmcqueenart.com/product-page/pet-painting-and-prosecco. Customers will learn watercolor techniques to watercolor their own Pet Portrait hand illustrated by Julia Hall McQueen. There will bubbly and each participant gets a $10 Local Squirrel Gift Certificate with their ticket purchase!

ALSO: Rachael is currently seeking local Raleigh artists to feature their work in her store! If you are an artist interested in showcasing your work, Follow her to see artwork and DM her on Instagram @thelocalsquirrel.

SOME OF MY #RWUFAV GIFT IDEAS
THE COLLEGE/ HIGH SCHOOL GRAD.



Handmade by a talented Meredith College student, she's got lots of local colleges represented!

Locally made leather goods.



WEDDING  + ENGAGEMENT GIFTS.




FATHER'S DAY.






BABY SHOWERS + NEW BABY GIFTS.







BRIDAL GIFTS.

These exquisite accessory bags make a great gift!





FUN + UNIQUE BIRTHDAY/SPECIAL OCCASION GIFTS.












#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!
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Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival
Once heralded as “The World’s Greatest Tobacco Market,” Wilson, NC is now a thriving (and artsy) city of almost 50,000 people. During the heyday of the tobacco market in the late 1800's to early 1900's, it was home to prosperous farmers and businessmen and had one of the most beautiful residential areas along Nash Street, in North Carolina. Now the historic downtown district, features many historically-preserved buildings that are successful restaurants, businesses and shops. The city plays host to a burgeoning arts community. A unique whirligig park is located in the center of town filled with massive, wind-driven, kinetic sculptures designed and constructed by renowned folk artist, Vollis Simpson. Eyes on Main Street, an outdoor photo festival, celebrates its fifth year in Wilson this Spring and Summer through August 4.

Never having been to the town of Wilson, NC, I was intrigued by an invite to attend the Outdoor Photo Festival that was kicking off April 27, called EYES ON MAIN STREET in the heart of historic downtown. Wilson is approximately 46 miles away, an easy drive from Raleigh.

EYES ON MAIN STREET
Eyes on Main Street is celebrating its fifth year and runs for 100 days in the Spring/Summer. The festival kicked off in late April and runs through August 4th. The main streets of Wilson (Nash Street and Tarboro Street) are transformed into a vibrant outdoor gallery of large-scale photographs.

100 prominent photographers from 45 countries feature their photos on 100 storefront windows over 100 days.

Arriving Saturday morning I attended one of the special lectures that was being presented for the grand opening weekend by one of the participating photographers, Robert Nickelsberg. Bob worked as a TIME magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. The crowd consisted mainly of American and International photographers that were participating in the event and they were in town to celebrate the kickoff weekend of the festival, many traveling to Wilson from different far away corners of the world.

After the lecture, I got outside and started walking the main streets of historic Wilson, excited to view the large scale photographs on display. These stunning photos are framed by historic building facades, old windows, brick walls and historic storefronts, some in good shape, some still in need of restoration. Either way, they provide a unique and creative setting for the large photos in the exhibit.

Turning the street corner and taking in the real fabric of the historic city block used to showcase these large photos taken from all over the world creates a unique experience for a photo exhibit, and makes it easy to view at a relaxing pace. I loved walking the streets at my own pace and see new and interesting photos everywhere. Historic Wilson is an ideal setting since the festival theme is the interpretation of main street and culture by the photographers. Each photo, framed by different buildings, telling different stories.

One of my favorite photos in the exhibit was taken by a photographer William Klein (who just turned 91 in April). His photo is also the largest featured in the exhibit and it can be viewed on the side of an old warehouse just literally on the other side of the Wilson railway tracks. I absolutely loved walking around the town and snapping my own photos on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. If you love photography, this is a fantastic place to exercise your creativity and snap your own photos (very instagram-worthy !).

HOW DID THIS FESTIVAL START?
Jerome De Perlinghi, a renowned photojournalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post, (check out his stunning portrait series!), spearheads this epic event. He is a Belgian born photographer who moved to Wilson years ago and created the Eyes On Main Street photo festival. The exhibit is co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson and the theme focuses on the idea of "Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures" and the photos exhibited feature the individual photographers' interpretations of the interweaving of cultures and geography through photography. The participating photographers are an equally balanced number of male and female photographers displaying work. This year is the fifth year of the festival and the addition of more exhibits running at the same time makes Historic Downtown Wilson literally a crossroads for photography.

I sat down with Jerome on opening day and he was excited about this year's festival and he shared with me about all the positive energy that the festival brings into the city and how it is helping with the rejuvenation of the downtown historic center by bringing more and more people to Wilson every year to participate or see the festival. This event is part of the exciting things happening in historic Wilson that is contributing to Wilson's art scene, creating more opportunities for businesses to open and is breathing new life into Wilson. All of these things make for a fun day trip or overnight from cities like Raleigh, Cary and Durham.

Jerome De Perlinghi, Director & Curator of Eyes on Main Street










ADDITIONAL EXHIBITS THIS YEAR
This year they have added additional exhibits enriching the festival for visitors with more photography, art and creativity on display. These exhibits include the Children's Photography Program that features more than 100 photos taken by local children learning photography, many for the first time in their lives using a real camera. There is also a large scale outdoor Children's Photo Gallery that includes 70 large scale photographs on the corner of South Street and Goldsboro Street an across from the Whirligig Park.

The Artist in Residence program/studio which is fast becoming popular for photographers from all around the world, looking to work on a personal project in which they stay in town for a month with a focus on Wilson for their portfolio or photo project.

Another more contemporary exhibit this year is in its own gallery, Eyes on Australia, a look at Contemporary Photography in Australia, curated by Lucy Stranger and includes all female photographers.




Opening of Children's Gallery

Children's Outdoor Photography Gallery

Local student art beautifying the walkways between streets


FOOD  & DRINK
There are several different places to eat and drink in Historic Downtown Wilson. Wilson is famous for BBQ and also hosts a variety of restaurants, breweries, and wine shops as well. We enjoyed a great sandwich and coffee at Tig's Courtyard.

While visiting Wilson, make time for a beer at 217 Brew Works in the heart of historic downtown. It is ideally located next to the outside children's gallery and the famous Whirligig park is directly across from the brewery. The park also hosts the Farmer's Market over the Spring/Summer months Wednesday through Saturday, 8-1pm.

Tig's Courtyard

217 Brew Works


Farmers Market at Whirligig Park

WHIRLIGIG PARK
You can’t go to Wilson without seeing the famous Whirligig Park with 31 spinning, shining whirligig installations. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum opened in the heart of downtown historic Wilson in 2017. The two-acre park features the largest collection of the 50-foot installations in the world! There is a lot of scheduled events for the summer.






Wedding Showcase May 21 6-8 pm at the Whirligig Park-Free to attend

WILSON IS ARTSY
Wilson is a great town for families with young children. There are plenty of kid friendly activities in the heart of historic downtown, including parks, museums, children's art galleries, ice cream shops and the Whirligig Park. If you enjoy art and photography, plan a relaxing day trip to Wilson to explore the Eyes On Main Street exhibit this Summer, and take in the outdoor and indoor galleries, antique shops, restaurants, breweries and much more!

I enjoyed my day trip to Wilson and will be back this summer with the family.
Get to Wilson...Lots of great photo ops for sure ;-)







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With Spring in full swing there are lots of things to celebrate in the months of May and June. Mother's Day, high school and college graduation celebrations, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, new babies, Father's Day and birthdays!
May and June are busy months for celebrating so many life moments and milestones! If you are looking for a great spot, I would suggest considering Tazza Kitchen in Cameron Village for Spring celebrations, if you haven't already. Tazza Kitchen is a high energy eatery centered on made from scratch wood fired brick oven cooking, using thoughtfully sourced ingredients in their dishes and drinks, and serving up unique quality hand crafted beverages.

This Spring Tazza is featuring some new items on the menu that are definitely worth ordering. The food and drink menu rotates seasonally (look for Summer items in mid-June!) and incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced locally as much as possible.

Spotlighted today are some of the new spring dishes that feature seasonal vegetables and are also available gluten-free. There are so many great flavors in these three dishes. Two of them can be ordered as starters, snacks or sides and the third is a main dish. Tazza also specializes in tasty tacos, salads and pizzas. I also love the crab cakes (not featured here in the blog, but absolutely delicious).

Raleigh's cocktail culture is as vibrant as ever. At Tazza Kitchen, well-crafted cocktails are made by experienced bartenders (thank you Mara!) who pay attention to every detail that makes a cocktail GREAT...creative quality ingredients, fresh squeezed juices, well thought out garnishes, quality ice, appropriate glassware, it's all there! Dining is available inside and outside and at the bar. Even if you are just celebrating making it through the week or making brunch or Sunday Funday plans, celebrate this season with a delicious dish and a fancy drink (or two) at Tazza!

Make those celebration plans!
Try these amazing new dishes + drinks while they're available!

HOURS: LUNCH Tue-Sat / 11:30a-2:30p | DINNER Sun-Mon / 4:30-9:00p,
Tue-Thu / 4:30-10:00p, Fri-Sat / 4:30-11:00p | BRUNCH Sunday / 10:30a-3:00p
BAR BITES Mon-Thu / 4:30-6:30p

LOCATION: 432 Woodburn Road, Raleigh, NC | (919) 835-9463


beautiful + delicious new spring cocktails on the menu at Tazza Kitchen!



THE NIGHTBIRD / sombra mezcal, el jimador blanco tequila, aperol, domaine de canton ginger liqueur, grapefruit, lime, honey, smoked salt 


PICNIC & CHILL? / plantation dark rum, old forester bourbon, zucca rabarbaro, st. germain, pineapple, lemon, raspberry


GARDEN PARTY / cathead honeysuckle vodka, beefeater gin, hibiscus tea, lemon, rosewater, lavender bitters


CANDIDLY YOURS / aquavit, plantation pineapple rum, lime, blood orange cordial, tiki bitters





BRICK OVEN CARROTS / whipped goat cheese, lemon, thyme




BRICK OVEN CAULIFLOWER / mint, red onion, grana padano



BRICK OVEN SALMON / tricolor potato, parsnip, carrot, dill labneh





#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!
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In December of 2017 Happy + Hale launched its first menu collaboration, the Bida Bowl, with Van and Vanvisa Nolintha of Bida Manda.  For 12 months Happy + Hale served a Laotian inspired red coconut curry dish in all four locations.  The collaboration was a large success, raising nearly $6000 for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Happy + Hale is proud to announce its second menu collaboration, in partnership with James Beard award winning chef, Ashley Christensen, and soon-to-be-opened Pooleside Pie.  The Pooleside Salad will be launching in all Happy + Hale locations on Thursday, May 16th, 2019.  The collaboration is scheduled to last 90 days, but may be extended based on various success metrics and guest feedback.

For the Pooleside Salad collaboration, Ashley has chosen NextStep Raleigh as the contribution partner and .50 for each bowl and all proceeds from each limited edition T-Shirt sold will be donated.  Next Step Fitness is an internationally recognized non-profit that makes life-changing rehab and fitness accessible and affordable to individuals living with paralysis.  The Raleigh location was started by the family of Michael Thor, Co-Owner of Whiskey Kitchen in Downtown Raleigh.  On November 20, 2015, five minutes from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, a car merged into Michael while he was on his motorcycle, sending him head first into a utility pole. He suffered a multitude of injuries, including six broken ribs, a completely shattered right elbow, a collapsed lung and a fractured spine at the C2 level causing an incomplete spinal cord injury.  This rehab center in Raleigh will allow Michael and the many other paralyzed individuals in the area to benefit from aggressive activity-based therapy and the creation of a community to provide social outlets and activities with a holistic approach to recovery.


Happy + Hale will be hosting an invite-only launch event with Ashley at Bridge Club on Thursday, May 16th and will be giving away tickets online at  happyandhale.com/enter-to-win.  Winners will be emailed Friday, May 10th.  


For more information on the collaboration please visit www.happyandhale.com/ashley 
NextStep Fitness |  Photo credit: Paul Mehaffey @paulmehaffey

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The pollen is nearly gone and fabulous weather is finally here! Time to grab breakfast or lunch 'to go' at Cameron Village Rise Biscuits & Righteous Chicken and enjoy some delicious food outside, especially before it gets really hot in Raleigh!

Notice something different? Cameron Village Rise Biscuits and Donuts recently officially became Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken. The new name and logo reflect the evolution of Rise from a single biscuit and donut shop to a new focus on delivering the best biscuits and its own “Righteous Chicken” for breakfast and lunch every day.

The updated concept focuses on Rise’s Southern Biscuits, Righteous Chicken, sweet treats and local coffee from Counter Culture. Rise makes their flaky, buttermilk biscuits every 30 minutes from NC-milled flour and 100% butter and fills them with savory ingredients ranging from crispy bacon and country sausage to fried green tomatoes and Righteous Chicken.

With the new concept, Rise also introduced cheddar and sweet potato specialty biscuits, available as an alternative to their classic buttermilk. And what makes the chicken Righteous? It’s tenderized, brined in buttermilk, fried to perfection and then served on a biscuit or as strips with your choice of toppings and sauces.

The re-branding began with updates to the menu that focus on innovative savory and sweet biscuit recipes, as well as biscuits and gravy topped with everything from crispy pork belly to veggie sausage and mushrooms. Donuts will still be available but their focus is now more on a sweet glazed blueberry biscuit, a flaky strawberry biscuit and cinnamon pecan biscuit rolls, with several more creative and fun biscuit-centric dessert items to come!

Last week we grabbed three fun Biscuit and Gravy boxes and the Righteous Chicken Box 'to go' and enjoyed a lovely lunch outdoors!
Which Came First? // Biscuit, country gravy, righteous chicken, fried egg, cheddar cheese and scallions.
Tree Hugger // Biscuit, country gravy, veggie sausage, and sauteed mushrooms. *Vegetarian
Belly Up // Biscuit, country gravy, crispy pork belly served "over the top", cheddar cheese and scallions.
Righteous Chicken Box // Four righteous chicken strips, served with Rise fries, biscuit and dipping sauce of your choice! *House Specialty

LOCATION: 530 Daniels St Raleigh | PHONE: (984) 200-6966 | HOURS: Open Daily 7am - 2pm

Three biscuit options ~ Cheddar, Sweet Potato and Buttermilk!

Made Fresh to Order

Which Came First? Righteous Chicken & Egg on Biscuit with Gravy

Tree Hugger - Biscuit, country gravy, veggie sausage, and sauteed mushrooms. Vegetarian.

Which Came First? Chicken and Egg 

Righteous Chicken Box
Four Righteous Chicken Strips, Rise Seasoned Fries, Biscuit  + your choice of Dipping Sauce!






Belly Up

Tree Hugger


#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!
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Looking for a Spring Refresh for your home? Now that Spring is officially here, I always like to do a bit of a refresh at home, whether it's a new set of pillows for the couch, a new chair, artwork or lighting, its nice to change it up a bit from the Fall/Winter months. Last week I visited Nest Interiors in Cameron Village for the first time. They opened about six months ago and are new to the Cameron Village area (you may know their sister store, located in the heart of Wilmington).  Nest is stunning inside and full of so many gorgeous contemporary furniture pieces as well as everything from light fixtures, wallpaper, gifts, jewelry, pillows, books, tables, dishware, and much more!

A premier provider of interior design and decorating services for over 7 years, Nest offers an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories and gifts at the store as well as offering full service interior design assistance to their customers. At the back of the store you can meet with an Interior Designer to discuss decorating services and they will even come to your home (first hour is complimentary!) The store’s cozy, home-like atmosphere is worth walking through and there is something for everyone here. It's the perfect place to shop for furniture and accessories to bring in that fresh Spring look.

Another great thing about NC-owned Nest is their beautiful furniture offerings are made in Hickory, NC. They are all about North Carolina and keeping it local.

I loved walking through the store and spent quite a bit of time looking at everything. There are so many beautiful items here. Keep them in mind for gift giving, bridal showers, even Mother's Day! I decided after browsing the store to feature five easy ways to add a little Spring Refresh to your living space, featuring my favorite finds currently in the store.

The Nest team are friendly and helpful so be sure to stop by and see this gorgeous store soon!

LOCATION: 446 Daniels Street Raleigh
HOURS:  Mon-Sat: 10 AM-6 PM, Sun: 12 PM-5 PM

Five Easy Ways
to Add a Little
Spring Refresh to
Your Living Space 
1. LIGHTING.
Beautiful lighting fixtures can be a great way to update any room. Nest has several chandeliers as well as lamps that add a great update to any room.




2. A NEW ACCENT PIECE.
I absolutely loved this chair! This chair caught my eye and would make for a great accent to add to a bedroom nook or extra seating in a living room space or home office. It's comfortable and easy to accessorize as well.


This chair was probably one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in!
It even rocked a little, but that back cushion was dreamy! 

3. COFFEE TABLE BOOKS.
This is probably one of my favorite ways to update and freshen a room. I am always adding new hardback beautiful coffee table books to my living room spaces and kitchen as well.  I absolutely LOVE all the books they sell here and its a quick and easy way to update and freshen up any room. 









4. PILLOWS!
So many great pillows here at Nest. And they are not just beautiful but comfortable as well. Pick a pattern or color to add new life to any room.



5. PICTURE FRAMES + TRAYS
I've been taking old photos that are in dated frames and adding new life to them with a new updated, trendy frame. Nest has several beautiful frames that are perfect for freshening your space. They are also perfect to give as wedding, graduation or shower gifts. Mother's Day too! I also love adding a beautiful tray to a coffee table and use it to highlight special items from trips, candles, books and more.




ADDITIONAL FAVORITES






ALSO: Nest will be participating in the upcoming VIP Shopper's Crawl happening in Cameron Village on April 30th! Be sure to stop by Nest for specials!


#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!
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Last Wednesday night, we ventured out of the North Raleigh suburbs to have dinner at Bodega Tapas, Wine, and Rum. Located on the southern end of White Street in Historic Wake Forest in the former Backfins restaurant, Bodega just recently opened in February.  If you are familiar with Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Lafayette Village in North Raleigh, Chef Nunzio Scordo from Driftwood brings his new concept to Wake Forest. The menu boasts an eclectic range of cold and hot small plates with influences from around the world. Bodega also offers a nice selection of wine by the glass and bottle, sangria as well as classic and unique cocktails.

The restaurant is rustic, cozy and inviting. Parking is available just steps away. We arrived early and over the next hour the entire place filled up including the bar area. We had a friendly and helpful server and we loved the half price wine bottle special on Wednesday night (and half off cocktails on Thursday!). We left happy and full after four tapas plates and dessert! I'm looking forward to coming back again soon and trying more of the small plate options.

Thank you Bodega for a wonderful night!
Rustic, cozy interior

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz from Australia. Wednesday 1/2 price wine bottles!

CHEESE BOARD
Manchego, comte, cana de cabra cheese served with fig cake, strawberry, and quince spread

PARISIENNE GNOCCHI
Porcini cream, Taleggio cheese

LAMB MEATBALLS
Green olive salsa, greek yogurt


FINGERLING POTATOES
Crispy chorizo, crushed garlic, aioli


RUSTIC PEAR TART
Buttermilk ice cream



LOCATION
110 South White Street Wake Forest, NC 27587

KITCHEN HOURS
Closed Mon, Tues | Wed, Thurs 4:30pm-9:00pm | Fri, Sat 4:30-9:30pm | Sun 11:30am-8:00pm

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