It’s truly hard to believe that we’ve been in North Carolina for 4 years as of next month! We’ve celebrated several birthdays, bought our first house, welcomed a niece and soon a nephew, and we have eaten a lot of great meals here. Also, I keep discovering local food in our region that amazes me.
So, let’s dive in with what I’ve explored over the past few months:
We had a few chances to explore some new spots in Garner this summer, which was a treat. We live kind of in between Raleigh and Garner, so it’s nice to support local businesses like this coffee shop/bar. They roast their own coffee, and they have a selection of local beers on top. They also host food trucks every so often!
Speaking of food trucks at Full Bloom, we got the chance to try tacos from La Republica there, and they were really great. I especially enjoyed the vegetarian option with sweet potatoes. They also had an impressive array of hot sauces for topping your order.
Even in the cold months, local ice cream is a real treat. And Two Roosters is no different with the cutest little food truck and really good flavors. Their Cookies n’ Cream flavor hit the spot!
Time has really flown around here. It’s been almost 6 months since I’ve posted an N.C. One Bite at a Time! Although I have been traveling here and there and there are still plenty of Triangle spots on my list, I have had the chance to try a few new places.
Finally, I was downtown during breakfast so I could try some tasty bites from this awesome little deli that supports homeless women in Raleigh. The food is so good, too! I got an amazing cinnamon sugar pop tart and a spinach feta kolache.
Bond Brothers is relatively new to the beer scene in the area, but it has certainly made a name for itself. The IPAs are on point, and the sours are super tasty, too. They also have a nice patio section.
Recently when in Durham, I stopped by Loaf to grab some baked goods. The thin, crispy chocolate chip cookies were a treat and made the perfect sandwich for these.
I tried out this little donut shop in Garner and was impressed with the range of flavors and prices. This would be a great weekend morning stop for families nearby.
Speaking of more bakeries, it was fun to explore this cafe in Cary for a lunch date. They have a nice selection of sandwiches and salads, as well as a range of baked goods. This massive tiger cookie was full of flavor!
N.C. One Bite at a Time is a series in which I share about all of the new places that I’ve explored or eaten at in Raleigh, Durham or the surrounding areas.
Guys…This post is waaaay past due.
I’m not even sure how it’s been six months since an update on my whereabouts in the Triangle.
Seasons have passed, temperature have cooled, and there are so many new spots in the area that are on my list for 2017!
Let’s get to eating and exploring!
I have had this downtown Raleigh spot on my to-eat list for a long time, so it was a treat to finally visit. This is the perfect place for a tasty lunch, a classic ice cream sundae or a creative fizzy drink. I was very impressed by my pimento cheese sandwich and sweet potato salad, paired with a homemade ginger beer!
While we were back visiting Haw River Brewery in Saxapahaw, we hopped on over to Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill, a 15-minute drive from the brewery. What a delightful spot to drink tea, study or just relax! It’s surrounded by trees, and it’s one of the few places where I’ve drank the tea right next to tea plants. How cool is that?!
It’s coming up on a year that we’ve been in our home, and it’s over two years that we’ve been in North Carolina! Wow!
All I have to say is that I’ve loved all of the food and other adventures so far…and I can’t wait for more.
Here’s what I’ve enjoying locally for the past few months:
We were so thrilled to recently discover that Crude Bitters (near downtown Raleigh) offers very affordable cocktail classes at their cozy little shop. We had a fabulous time trying the amazingly creative cocktails featuring Crude Bitters combined with Foggy Ridge Cider. Both of these companies are worth supporting! You can sign up for other Crude cocktail classes here.
The cocktail class also helped us realize that we have a lot of local distilleries. One of them that we got to try was The Flying Pepper vodka from Fair Game. This stuff is incredible. It’s got heat, and made an amazing cocktail that tasted like pepper jelly. We hope to tour Fair Game in Pittsboro sometime soon.
Another three months have flown by here in NC.
For me, that included a Thanksgiving in Charleston, Christmas in Arkansas, and lots of local eating, drinking and discovering in between.
Here are some of the highlights:
Cedar Falls Snack Company is an honorary NC product because it’s made by one of the first North Carolina natives that we met…while living in Arkansas. These delicious and well-branded snacks are made by one of Jason’s former coworkers, and they are perfect with a good local beer. Thanks for the snacks, Stewart!
If you’re looking for a place to get rugelah in Raleigh, check out the Groovy Duck Bakery. They also have plenty of other baked goods and decorated cakes to choose from.
I know that I’ve mentioned how much we love State of Beer, but you might not have known that they occasionally have events like this Sour Beer Tasting. The beer and the food pairings were incredible. Another expert tip: They serve soup now!
Wow, how time flies around here.
I bet with the summer in full swing and the heat making itself known, you’re seeing the days fly by, too.
My husband and I have been in NC for one year plus, and now we own a home in Raleigh, which means we’ll be here for quite a while. We sure do love this state. There is always something to explore and enjoy locally, like these places below.
I can hardly believe that this is my 10th N.C. One Bite at a Time! What a fun year plus it’s been exploring my part of North Carolina and acclimating to living in this beautiful, food-loving state.
Here are some of the new things that I’ve discovered in the past few months.
My husband and I have found our new fave North Raleigh spot for Indian food, and it’s Swad. Their lunch buffet is affordable ($10 during the week and $12 on the weekends), and their dinner is just as good. My favorites are their Chicken Tikka Masala and the Paneer Masala.
And we’re back again.
It’s been another two months since we explored what’s new and fun in Raleigh (and the surrounding areas).
This past weekend, my husband and I even celebrated our 1-year anniversary of moving to NC. I can’t believe it was just one year ago that we made the long journey from AR to NC. But, thankfully, we really love it here, and I’m looking forward to tons of NC adventures in the future.
So, here’s what has been up in my part of the Triangle recently:
I figured the week of Christmas is as good a time as any to look back on what’s been up in my food/local world here in Raleigh, NC.
This is a special week, too, because I get to introduce some of my family members to the city (which means delicious trips to some of my fave spots)!
So, here’s what’s been up:
There’s a new brewery in town…well, in Saxapahaw. If you don’t know where that is, then you need to take the short trip and enjoy the views, farmhouse ales and more.
Well, hello out there.
Are we ready to jump into this new week? Well, whether we are or not, let’s take a few minutes to explore some of the fun things that have been going on in the past two months.
Boulted Bread, the beloved artisan loaves that are served at many restaurants in Raleigh, finally has a shop that’s open and serving some amazing pastries and breads. I’ll let you in on a little secret: These croissants are the best!