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Picture of the Week – Fullsteam Brewery!

<i>Fullsteam Brewery ~ 726 Rigsbee Ave - Durham, NC</i>

Fullsteam Brewery

 

I took this week’s picture while exploring Rigsbee Avenue in downtown Durham. Fullsteam Brewery is one of my favorite Triangle breweries. They make some great craft beers and the brewery serves as a great community gathering spot. It is a great place to catch up with friends, grab a bite to eat from local food trucks, and catch live music on the weekends. It is a very family friendly spot and it is not unusual to see people there with kids and their dog during the day, while it transitions to a more mature crowd during the busier evening hours. Fullsteam has done so much to help revitalize the Rigsbee Avenue Corridor. It is a must visit for NC beer lovers and visitors to the area looking to capture the vibe of downtown Durham.

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Durham Mardi Gras Celebration – March 4th 7pm!

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday March 4th, downtown Durham will showcase a taste of New Orleans Mardi Gras! The night kicks off with the Durham Mardi Gras Parade leaving from CCB Plaza at 7 p.m. From there the celebration travels to Rigsbee Avenue down by Fullsteam Brewey and Motorco  Music Hall for a big block party that runs from 7:30 p.m to midnight. The street will be closed to traffic, food trucks will line the block and Free live music will be going on simultaneously at five different stages. Full Music Schedule Below! Hope to see you there!

Motorco Music Hall Main Stage
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Bulltown Strutters
9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos

Motorco Garage Stage
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Beauty Operators
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Children of the Horn

Fullsteam 
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Ironing Board Sam
9:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. The Screaming J’s

The Bar 
8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Radar’s Clown of Sedation
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Drag Show Spectacular

Cocoa Cinnamon
8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Bull Bayou Ramblers
9 p.m. Old Time Corner

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Durham Mardi Gras Kickoff at The Pinhook Saturday Jan. 25th!

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Bulltown Strutters

The Bulltown Strutters, Durham’s very own New Orleans inspired “Second Line Parade Band” will be performing at The Pinhook this Saturday January 25th at 10:30pm to kickoff fundraising efforts to support efforts to hold the Durham Mardi Gras Parade on March 4th! I play trombone with the band and can tell you first hand it is going to be an exciting fun-filled show bursting with great music and dancing!

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Durham Mardi Gras 2014
(Poster Created by Jamie B. Wolcott)

Saturday’s show is free and starts at 9pm with music from the Beauty Operators followed by the Bulltown Strutters at 10:30pm. It will be a fun night of entertainment including fire performers, hula hoopers, and a burlesque dancer! Rumor has it there will also be a couple of food trucks parked outside The Pinhook to help feed the hungry crowd.

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Durham Mardi Gras 2014 t-shirt!

All Durham Mardi Gras events are provided with no cover charge, funded by donations and uncountable hours of volunteer time. In order to make this possible, please take part in our IndieGoGo fundraising efforts at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/durham-mardi-gras. The money raised will be used for decorations, beads, city permits and music performances. You can also show your support by purchasing the official 2014 Durham Mardi Gras T-shirts now available and on sale at The Scrap Exchange.

Durham Mardi Gras Kickoff Party
When: Saturday January 25th ~ 9pm
Where: The Pinhook – 117 W. Main Street Durham
wesbite: http://www.durhammardigras.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DurhamMardiGras
twitter: @durhammardigras

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Picture of the Week – Big Eastern!

Big Eastern Regional Barista & Brewers Cup

Tim Jones of Raleigh’s Jubala Village Coffee Competes at Big Eastern

This week’s picture captures some of the action that went down at the Big Eastern Barista & Brewers Cup regional coffee competition this past weekend at The Cotton Room in Durham. This event featured talented baristas from the entire east coast including a strong field of local competitors from the Triangle. I took the above picture while Tim Jones of Jubala Village Coffee in Raleigh was competing in the Barista competition. The huge crowd looked on while Tim presented his espresso drinks to the panel of judges. Tim did an incredible job and secured 4th place among the highly competitive field earning him a spot at the national barista competition to be held in Seattle this April. You can view the rest of my photos from The 2014 Big Eastern Barista & Brewers Cup Competition here.

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Take A Break & Visit Respite Cafe In Durham

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Respite Cafe in Durham, NC

This month my tour of the great local coffee scene takes me to Durham for a visit to Respite Cafe. Respite is a relatively new coffee shop in downtown Durham owned and operated by local resident and Duke alumnus Courtney Brown. The Cafe is conveniently located along Duke Street just around the Corner from Brightleaf Square (map).

I have had Respite on my radar for a while now and was fortunate enough to pay several visits over the past few months. I find the cafe’ to be a great place to relax and recharge whenever I am over in Durham exploring downtown.

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Respite Cafe

Respite is housed in a building constructed back in 1929 and its interior is a little different than what you typically see in other local coffee shops, with its blue and white painted walls and original black & white checkerboard tile floor. However, the style fits the building perfectly and breathes new life into its space by creating a cafe with a 1920’s vibe infused with a modern touch.  I find the interior calming and relaxing making it a great spot for catching up on work while enjoying my coffee.

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Comfy Seating Options

There are several different seating options in the cafe, ranging from large tables that seat 4-5 people to cozy table tops, and comfy couches for relaxing along the window and in a smaller more private alcove in the back of the cafe. Their is even a small meeting room in the back that can be reserved for study groups or business meetings.  On my more recent visits I’ve noticed Respite is a popular destination for Duke students .  However, although it is a great place for studying it is also a great place for relaxing and conversation, lending the space more towards a community “living room” vibe in general which I like.

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My Latte

Respite serves locally roasted Carrboro Coffee which is one of my favorite local coffee roasters. Their high quality beans make for incredible espresso drinks that I find to be rich and well balanced. The organic homeland creamery milk Respite uses to make their lattes, my favorite drink, gives them a silky smooth texture that I love. Respite offers a full line of coffee and specialty espresso drinks. You can purchase coffees prepared via various different methods including traditional pour-overs and the Chemex method. In addition to great coffee, they also serve an extensive offering of 20+ different organic teas from Rishi Tea.

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Incredible Baked Goods from Local Vendors

Complimenting the great coffee and tea at Respite are the abundant local food products they sell. This is one of the great highlights of the shop.  Their pastry shelves are always filled with offerings from local and regional bakers including some amazing deserts from the people at Crumb in Raleigh that can be best described as edible works of art. Other baked goods featured are Kelly G’s cupcakes from Carrboro and Kismet artisan crackers from Durham. I’ve also recently learned that respite now also offers gluten free vegan baked goods from Zen Cat Bakery, cookies from Kukia’s Cookies, and gourmet popcorn from Durham’s own Mad Popper. Offerings vary weekly but there are always lots of great food options to pair with your drink. You can view a full list of their locally sourced products on their website here.

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Lots of Natural Lighting Provided by Windows

I enjoy coffee shops that feature a lot of natural lighting and love all the windows at Respite that look out along the sidewalk and Duke Street. It allows for natural sunlight to pour into the shop giving it warm feel that helps create a nice transition from the quite interior to the hustle and bustle of the outside world. On my visits I often found myself staring out the window daydreaming as I watched the world pass by as people make their way to work and class. This is exactly why I like spending time in a coffee shop like this. It isn’t just about getting in and out with a great cup of coffee, it is also about the experience and taking time to enjoy your surroundings.

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The Menu

I think Respite is a great addition to the blossoming local coffee scene in the Triangle and look forward to visiting them again the next time I explore Durham. Respite’s Falls/Winter hours are 8am-8pm Monday through Saturday. For more information about Respite check out their website and facebook page or follow them on twitter at @Respite Cafe.

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