Durham Mardi Gras 2016!


Durham Mardi Gras is bringing a taste of New Orleans to the Bull City Tuesday, February 9th, with a Mardi Gras parade and free live music at multiple venues. The fun starts at 6:45pm with the annual “Tutuing-of-the-bull” CCB Plaza (201 Corcoran, outside of the 21C Hotel). At 7pm the Bulltown Strutters lead a New Orleans inspired “second line” parade. All are welcome to join in the procession and encouraged to dress up. As soon as the parade reaches Motorco revelers can enjoy a night of FREE entertainment at Motorco, Fullsteam, The Pit, Blue Note Grill, and The Bar. Full schedule below:

Durham Mardi Gras

Durham Mardi Gras Schedule – Tuesday, February 9th
6:45 p.m. Opening ceremony at CCB Plaza – 201 N. Corcoran St

7 p.m. Parade

7:30 p.m. Parade ends at Motorco

Sidecar Social Club – as soon as the parade arrives
Bulltown Strutters – 9:15

The Pit Authentic Barbecue 
MSA Ramblers – 8:15
The Cajammers – 10:00
(Restaurant will have special Mardi Gras Menu)

Fullsteam Brewery
John Dee Holeman – 8:00
Gasoline Stove Band – 9:30

The Blue Note Grill
Boom Unit Brass Band – 8:30
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles – 10:00

The Bar – Durham
Durham Mardi Gras Drag Show – 10:00

For more information visit http://www.durhammardigras.com/.

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Weekend Picks: February 5th-7th


Krispy Kreme Challenge
(Photo courtesy @BeerAndRacing)

The month of February is starting off with a busy weekend. Here are my top picks of things to check out for the weekend of February 5th through the 7th.


Olympic Trials Send off at Runologie
Meet Raleigh’s 2016 United States Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifiers this Friday, February 5th at Runologie. Sir Walter Running will co-host a First Friday reception/send off, which will be held from 6-8 pm, with a “Question and Answer” panel with the athletes starting at 7pm. Trophy Brewing will provide beverages and Pat Price will have his Prefon (Peach) Saison to sample. Details here.

Artist Opening for Ben Night Art at Rebus Works in Raleigh
Rebus Works is proud to present new works by artist Ben Knight. Join them and Knight for his First Friday Raleigh opening of unique, vibrant paintings on Friday, February 5 from 6 to 9pm. Please note Knight’s work will be on display for First Friday and during the The Saturday Market at Rebus Works only. They will also have beer from Fullsteam Brewery and the Cockadoodlemoo Truck. Details here.


Krispy Kreme Challenge
The Krispy Kreme Challenge starts at 8:30am Saturday with a 2.5 mile run from the NC State Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street to the Krispy Kreme store at the intersection of Peace & Person Street in downtown Raleigh. Once there runners eat a dozen original glazed Krispy Kreme donuts and then run 2.5 miles back to the Bell Tower – all in under one hour. Come out and cheer on the runners!

Patchwork Market at Fullsteam
The Patchwork Market is a monthly market with makers and vintage vendors. The market is held the first Saturday of the each month from 12-4 PM at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. Local makers and vintage vendors will come together to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high quality and original goods.

Beauty Operators & Bulltown Strutters Play Motorco 
Mardi Gras is next Tuesday, but on Saturday Night The Beauty Operators & Bulltown Strutters kick things off with “Samedi Gras“. Samedi is the Fat Saturday, if you will, on the Saturday before the big Mardi Gras celebration. Music starts at 8pm w/ $10 cover.


Big Boss Run Club
My Favorite brewery supported run club meets all winter long at Big Boss Brewery each Sunday at noon. Multiple distance options and all runners are welcome. This weekend they will have the Arepa Culture Food Truck. An Ambassador from the All American Marathon will also be on hand to share news about the upcoming race in Fayetteville on April 3rd. 

Super Bowl Sunday at Breweries
Check out my post from yesterday sharing my pics of five great local breweries hosting Super Bowl Parties.

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Five Places to Watch the Super Bowl

There are a lot of great places around the Triangle to watch the Super Bowl and I’m sure some may have other picks, but I like the idea of watching it at a brewery surrounded by a big crowd and good beer. Below are my top five suggestions for catching the game this Sunday. 

Neuse River Brewing Company (Raleigh)
Neuse River will host a Reggae Sunday pre-party with steel drums by Sensory Expressions from 3-5pm and Cousins Maine Lobster food truck from 3-8pm. Come game time watch the Panthers take on the Broncos via their 120″ projection screen (with sound). Beer special will be $4 Laila’s Midnight (a dark IPA).

Big Boss Brewing (Raleigh)
Big Boss will broadcast the game on two big screen tv’s at their new bar downstairs in the brewery including sound from large speakers. The game will also be on three tv’s in the upstairs bar area. Tons of beer on tap with wine available too. High Roller IPA will be on special for $3 and FREE PIZZA while it lasts. 

White Street Brewing (Wake Forest)
White street will be showing the game on several big screen tv’s. Pizza Amore, located right around the corner is offering a Super Bowl special for brewery guest: Large cheese pizza and a dozen wings for $21.95.

Ponysaurus Brewing (Durham)
Taproom will have the game on all four flat screens. Pie Pushers are preparing a special Super Bowl menu including their famous pie slices, wings & more! The Pushers start serving at noon when the taproom opens. Super Bowl 50 begins at 6:30pm. Come grab a seat early!

Fullsteam Brewery (Durham)
Fullsteam will have the game up on their Big Screen and popular food truck American Meltdown will be there. During the game Fullsteam will have their famous chip and dip set up for snacking. Fullsteam giveaways every quarter. Preferred seating up front for those who bring their own camping/lawn chairs.

Places to get Buffalo Wings
If you are planning to stay home but want to order Buffalo Wings for your Super Bowl Party I recommend checking out Heavenly Buffaloes in Durham and Lynnwood Grill in Raleigh. Both are currently taking orders, but hurry. I think orders need to be in by Friday.



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Cocoa Cinnamon Opens Second Durham Location Monday February 1st


Owners Areli & Leon of Cocoa Cinnamon
(Photo courtesy Laura Conte)

I have exciting news for Triangle coffee fans! Durham coffee shop Cocoa Cinnamon will open the doors to their second location this Monday, February 1st at 7am. The shop is located on the corner of Hillsborough Road & Trent Drive in Old West Durham.  Much like the original location this opening is being done “beta mode” style, meaning things will evolve over time. Initially there will be a smaller menu, fewer hours, and some touching up of the final details of the space as the new location comes into its own organically in the weeks ahead.

Starting out the new Hillsborough Road location will be open 7am -5pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday and evening hours will be added a little further down the road. I’m looking forward to checking out the new spot and sharing more pictures soon. In the meantime you can stay up to date on happenings at both of their locations by following Cocoa Cinnamon on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

I’d also like to extend a special thanks to Laura Conte of Milton’s Famous Cookies for permission to use her great photo of Areli & Leon above. You can find Milton’s Famous Cookies for sale at both Cocoa Cinnamon locations. I’m looking forward to trying them the next time I visit!

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Weekend Picks: January 29th-31st


NC Museum of Art – Iris Restaurant

Now that the Triangle has thawed out it is time to get out and explore. Here are a few fun events this weekend that caught my eye:


Peter Lamb and the Wolves Trio returns to the NC Museum of Art for a night of jazz music and art. The museum’s “Art in the Evening” series is free and open to the public. Music begins around 5:30pm. If you need dinner plans check out the Iris restaurant inside the museum. Reservations encouraged.

Have you been to the Mystery Brewing Public House in Hillsborough? If not this is the weekend to check it out. Plenty of their excellent beers on tap and Curtis Eller’s American Circus & The Wiley Fosters play the taproom. Show starts at 8pm.

The Durham Winter Food Truck Rodeo is this Sunday from 12-4pm in Durham Central Park. The event will feature 50 trucks, live music, and local brewers Fullsteam, Ponysaurus, Triangle Brewery, and Bull City Cider.

New Coffee Shop in Durham Opening This Weekend
Thanks to a post by my friend @MetroMonk on twitter earlier this week I learned about a new coffee shop opening on 9th street in Durham this Saturday next Tuesday February 2nd. I don’t know much about the shop yet other than that it is called George’s Java and they appear to roast their own coffee beans. I’m looking forward to checking it out soon!

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