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Weekend Picks! April 18-20th


Mint Julep Jazz Band
(Photo by Ashley Warren)

Easter weekend is usually a little quieter but there are still plenty of things to do in the Triangle this weekend. My selections this week include all my favorites: Music, Food Trucks, and Beer! Here are my weekend picks! 

Friday April 18th
Mint Julep Jazz Band Plays Lounge at G2B – Durham
Shake off these winter blues and come check out the spring menu goodness at G2B Gastro Pub and the swinging jazz of the Mint Julep Quintet! It’s recommend making a reservation if you would like to eat or have a seat – please specify that you would like to be seated in the jazz lounge

PopUp Jazz Jam at Cocoa Cinnamon – Durham
The Art of Cool project pop up jazz jam returns to Cocoa Cinnamon this Friday 4-7pm! Drop by and get your AOCFEST tics and enjoy FREE local live jazz! You will not want to miss this!

Labour of Love Artist Last Third Friday – Durham
This is the final artist reception before Labour of Love closes it doors. The reception is from 6 pm – 9 pm with LabourLove Artists. Come to LabourLove and wind down from the work week with a glass of wine, creative people and art.  All events for third Friday are free and open to the public.


Saturday April 19th
Wake County SPCA K9 3K Dog Walk – Moore Square Raleigh
The 15th Annual K9-3K Dog Walk is a benefit event to help animals in Wake and surrounding counties. All the money raised at this event goes to support the work of the SPCA of Wake County! Visit the website below for more information and to register.

Brewery Olympics at Raleigh Brewing Company
Six local breweries, eight spectacular events, and a cask tasting. Come help vote for your favorite cask and watch the brewers take on each other in head to head challenges! Events include such daily brewery tasks as keg sacking, speed bottle capping, and grain bag carrying. The event is free to spectate, though the cask tasting includes a charge. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Ted and Erin Gross of Bottle Revolution to aid in her recovery process.

Fairview Garden  Flora & Food Trucks – Raleigh
Saturday from 11am-2pm. The Flora and Food Trucks series promotes the idea that local food and local plants go hand in hand.  Event attendees will have the opportunity to attend classes on vegetable gardening, herbs, perennials and container gardening. The events are family friendly and admission is free.  The food trucks will be charging their regular prices for the food offered.  Food trucks: Only Burger, Srage’s Chef, Will and Pops, Dump Pho King, Sweet Stacey Cakes

Durham Farmers’ Market
The Durham Farmers’ Market runs from 8-12 each Saturday. It is my favorite market to visit. Not only do they have tons of great local farmers with a great selection of produce, but there are also food trucks along hunt street, live music, and great people watching. This market is very popular and has a great energy.

Sunday April 20th
Happy Easter! Easter Sunday Brunch Ideas:
Midtown Grille – North Hills – Raleigh
Driftwood – North Raleigh Lafayette Village
Lafarm Bakery – Cary
Piedmont – Durham
Joule Coffee – Downtown Raleigh

Looking Ahead to Next Weekend
A few things you may want to note coming up next Saturday April 26th:
Pitt BBQ 6th Annual Cuegrass – Beer, Bluegrass & BBQ
3rd Annual Brewgaloo – Local Beer and Food Trucks
E3 Project’s Earth Day Field Day – Yoga, Biking Dancing and more





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Weekend Picks! May 10-12th


This weekend I have the garden on the brain so my picks favor farmers’ markets and garden tours. There is also a huge Food Truck Rodeo coming to downtown Raleigh that is sure to be quite the scene Sunday. See below for my top picks for things to do this weekend in the Triangle. Have a tip or suggestion for next week? Send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday May 10th

Art After Hours in Wake Forest
It’s the second Friday, and that means it’s time to head down to Downtown Wake Forest for an evening of family entertainment, food, and to see what the local merchants (your neighbors) have on offer.

The event brings out a good crowd of folks, and tonight’s cooler temperatures are a nice excuse to get out and walk around.

When: Friday 6-9:00
Where: S. White Street, Wake Forest
More Info: website

Saturday May 11th

Durham Farmer’s Market
Strawberry Season is here so it means it is time to visit your local farmer’s market and stock up on locally grown NC Strawberries. The Durham Farmers’ Market is my favorite market to visit. Not only do they have tons of great local farmers with a great selection of produce, but there are also food trucks, live music, and great people watching. This market is very popular and has a great energy. It is a great way to start your saturday!

When: Saturday 8-12
Where: 501 Foster Street (Durham Central Park)
More Info: Website

Share Your Wake Forest Garden (Sat/ Sun)
A Self-guided tour of gardens in Wake Forest. List and directions to gardens available on the website below.

When: Saturday 11-5 & Sunday 12-5
Where: Various Locations in Wake Forest
More Info: website

Sunday May 12th

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – 40+ Trucks!
Downtown Raleigh is set to have its biggest Food Truck Rodeo to date this Saturday. There will be over 40 food trucks lined up single file on  one side of the street starting at the State Capital buidling and running several blocks along end Fayetteville Street. There will also be beer and coffee for sale, in addition to live music and seating. There is sure to be a crowd, so get there early and avoid the long lines!

When: Saturday 12-5pm
Where: Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Wild Food & Herb Market in Carrboro
The Wild Food + Herb Market is a monthly outdoor market featuring foragers, herbalists, wild food cultivators and local nature educators. The Market is the first of its kind in the United States. This market is a great place to buy, sell, trade and gather with others interested in wild foods and herbs.

When: Sunday 1-4pm
Where: 301 West Main Street, Carrboro
More Info: website

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Monuts Donuts of Durham – The Best Donuts Ever! Period.


Monuts Donuts!

I’ll be honest with you, I have a lot of experience eating donuts. I grew up in New Jersey eating Dunkin’ Donuts and currently work around the corner from a Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh. On a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest I even made an early morning excursion to the famous Voodoo Doughnut shop in downtown Portland to try their famous donuts.

Well, I am here to tell you that none of those places even come close to the awesomeness of the donuts made by Monuts Donuts in Durham. As the title of this post states, Monuts make the best donuts ever! Period.


Monuts Donuts at the Durham Farmers’ Market

I first heard about Monuts through facebook when they opened a little over a year ago in Durham.  It started off as a two person operation by Lindsay Moriarty and her partner Rob Gillespie but their reputation and popularity has quickly blossomed requiring them to expand their team to include Lindsay’s father and a new employee to help meet the growing demand for their donuts.


Monuts & bike coffee setting up along Hunt Street in Durham

Lindsey and Rob started off making a few dozen donuts each week in the  professional shared space kitchen at the Cookery. Now it isn’t unusual for them to make 60-70 dozen doughnuts each week. Customers can pre-order their donuts online and receive them by delivery each Friday or you can find them at the Durham Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. They typically set up their donut table on Hunt Street each Saturday morning alongside the cool folks at BikeCoffee.


Fresh Monuts Donuts

Monuts Donuts are all hand-made. The dough is made the night before, and Lindsay and Rob get up well before dawn to perform the glazing process literally minutes before they head out the door to sell the fresh donuts at the Farmers’ Market.


Monuts fans lining up at a recent RTP Food Truck Rodeo!

The donuts typically run around $2 each (well worth it) and they offer a limited number of Saturday pre-orders through their website providing a great deal at $12.50 a dozen. Their donuts are very popular and they often sell out within 2 hours at the market.


Dulce de Leche Donut

In addition to their donuts being super fresh, Monuts Donuts stands out for their unique flavors using seasonally-inspired local ingredients whenever possible. On my recent visits to the market to buy their donuts I have experience everything from a Dulce de Leche donut, to flavors like Cinnamon Hibisucs, Maple Bacon Bourbon, and Blueberry Cabernet with Dark Chocolate Shavings (a favorite of mine).


Maple Bacon Bourbon Donut

As mentioned above, their donuts are very popular and in high demand each weekend at the Farmers’ Market. Fortunately for donut lovers like myself, Monuts has plans to open a brick and mortar location in 2013. Planning for the store is still in the early stages, but we do know it will be located at 110 E. Parrish Street, right across from Bull City Burger and Brewery.


Blueberry Cabernet Donut with Dark Chocolate Shavings

Recent updates on their facebook page indicate the store will feature 14ft ceilings, exposed interior brick walls and original hard wood floors in the dining room. Having their own store is an important next step for Monuts since it will mean more prep/ baking space allowing for them to increase production and experiment with even more flavors.  For a behind the scenes glimpse at their current donut making process check out this fun video below.

You can  read more about the cool people behind Monuts Donuts in a recent feature about them in last month’s Durham Magazine. Or you can also follow them on Facebook and  Twitter  to stay updated on the flavors they are working on and where you can find them each week.


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