Tag Archives: Lafayette Village

North Raleigh Gets A Cheese Shop!

Six Forks Cheese

Six Forks Cheese Shop ~ Lafayette Village

I made a quick visit to Lafayette Village last night to check on the progress of Six Forks Cheese. This is a new cheese shop opening up in North Raleigh that will offer a host of fresh gourmet cheeses with a focus on American and European cheese and a special selection of local small-batch and NC farmstead cheeses (Chapel Hill Creamery, Goat Lady Dairy, Looking Glass, Spinning Spider, Cultured Cow and more). The shop will also feature a full line of unique meats, relishes, accoutrements and charcuterie.

When I stopped by I was happy to see a sign on the door announcing they plan to open this Friday July 18th! I’m looking forward to checking out this locally owned and operated cheese shop and plan to return once they open and share additional pictures. In the meantime check out their facebook page here.

Six Forks Cheese – Lafayette Village
8490 Honeycutt Road Suite 102 – Raleigh, NC
website: http://www.sixforkscheese.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SixForksCheese


Filed under Businesses

Jubala Village Coffee Turns Three!

Jubala Village Coffee

It’s hard to believe but it has now been three years since Jubala Village Coffee first opened their doors in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. Jubala’s arrival back in 2011 set the gold standard for 3rd wave coffee in Raleigh and remains one of my favorite places to enjoy a great pour over coffee or espresso. I’ve learned so much about coffee as a customer there and have enjoyed watching them grow these past three years. I’m excited for them as they mark their 3rd anniversary and even more excited to hear that they will be offering some very special menu items this week to celebrate!


I plan to stop by on Tuesday for the Birthday Cake Wafflegato! This is a twist on the traditional affogato (which means “drowned” in Italian). A typical affogato is a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Just add a small piece of waffle to the mix and you have yourself a “Wafflegato” – I can’t wait to try one!


Over the years I’ve tried a lot of new drinks at Jubala, but my favorite drink by far is the cortado. Cortado means “cut” in Spanish. The drink is an espresso “cut” with milk. Typically in a 1:1 ratio of espresso and steamed milk served in a four ounce glass. Perfect for when you want something more than a macchiato but smaller than a latte.

Jubala Brew Bar

My favorite spot to sit at Jubala is the brew bar, right by the pour over station. Even when they are busy, the baristas always seem to find the time to share about the coffee they are brewing. I’ve learned so much about the Counter Culture Coffee they serve, the origins of their different coffee beans and the art of pour over brewing while sitting at this bar.

Iced Latte

So make sure you swing by Jubala this week wish them a happy birthday and try one of their special menu items. While you are there give a shout-out to barista and Jubala general manager Tim Jones. Tim is representing the Triangle in the US Barista Competition at the US Coffee Championships being held in Seattle this April. Go team Jubala!

Jubala Village Coffee
8450 Honeycutt Road – Raleigh, NC
website: http://www.jubalavillagecoffee.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JubalaVillageCoffee
twitter: @JubalaCoffee
instagram: @jubalacoffee


Filed under Coffee

Picture of the Week: Ooh la la! Mini Eiffel Tower in North Raleigh!

photo (13)

North Raleigh Mini Eiffel Tower

I snapped this picture this morning in North Raleigh.  This mini Eiffel Tower is currently under construction on the corner of the Lafayette Village Shopping Center facing out towards Falls of Neuse Road.  I plan to go back and take another photo once it is completed.

Leave a comment

Filed under Picture of the Week, Raleigh

The Mint Julep Jazz Band at Lafayette Village Saturday May 12th!


Photo by Ashley Warren

Some great jazz music is coming to North Raleigh this weekend! The Mint Julep Jazz Band is performing at Lafayette Village in North Raleigh this Saturday, May 12, from 7-10 p.m. on the green in front of The Village Grill.

Their performance is part of ItalianFest, an all day event at Lafayette Village starting at noon.  ItalianFest will include lots of live music, Italian-themed activities and, of course, food! Bring your appetite for some delicious Italian food, relax with a glass of wine, and enjoy the sounds of the Mint Julep Jazz Band.

For more information about the schedule of events at ItalianFest, visit the event page on facebook.


Photo by Ashley Warren

About the Mint Julip Jazz Band
With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940′s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era.

Influences include Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, the Boswell Sisters, Annette Hanshaw, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Fletcher Henderson, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, and many other wonderful and talented jazz artists of the 1920′s and 1930′s.

The Mint Julep Jazz Band was created by Lucian Cobb and Laura Windley of Durham, NC, who have worked diligently to create a songbook that will swing your socks off.

Upcoming Shows:

May 12, 2012 – ItalianFest
Lafayette Village
Raleigh, NC
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Admission: Free!

May 18, 2012 – LabourLove Gallery After Hours Concert, hosted by The Art of Cool Project
807 E Main St, Suite 2-130
Durham, NC
9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Admission: $10.00 advance tickets, $15.00 at the door. Tickets available for purchase athttp://theartofcoolproject.com/buy-tickets

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Jubala Village Brings Great Coffee to North Raleigh!


Jubala Village Coffee Bar constructed with reclaimed wood

Coffee fans rejoiced last week as Jubala Village Coffee quietly opened its doors in the new Lafayette Village shopping center off Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh.  This new coffee shop fills a huge void in the North Raleigh local coffee scene and does it extremely well.  Although they have only been open a little over a week, I’ve already stopped by three times and continue to be impressed with each visit.

They serve locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee and have plans for a food menu that will focus on local suppliers of organic and sustainable farming products.  The folks at Jubala are easing into their new space by starting off with a limited coffee menu that features several single origin coffees and serving liege belgian waffles, with plans to expand the coffee selections and offer additional food items in the coming weeks.


Pour Over Coffee Method used at Jubala

One of the first things you will notice during your visit is the way the baristas prepare single cups of coffee at Jubala.  Individual cups are freshly brewed to order.  They grind the beans for each order and offer brewing either by “pour over” method or using a french press.  It is impressive to watch the care that goes into creating the perfect cup of coffee using the pour over method and also allows time to chat with the barista and learn about the brewing process. 

The staff is very knowledgeable about what the shop offers, where the beans come from, the different farms that grow the coffee.  They friendly and eager to answer any questions you have. I get the nice feeling that they not only want you to enjoy your coffee, they also want you to understand who and where it came from.


My Cappuccino

Of course, they also have an espresso maker, and on my very first visit I had a cappuccino that was prepared to perfection and tasted delicious.  On my second visit I experimented a little by trying a vanilla latte made from vanilla purchased from their neighbors at the Savory Spice Shop.   The Latte was also fantastic with just the right amount of vanilla flavor yet not overly sweet.  


Liegen Belgian Waffle & Single Origin Counter Culture Coffee

My third visit was an early morning stop so I treated myself to cup of a single origin coffee from Bolivia. The cup was brewed using the pour over method and during the minute or two it took to brew they were able to quickly prepare my very first liege belgian waffle.

The waffles are made with yeast dough instead of batter and have the perfect balance of a toasty outside with a feather light inside with a wonderful slight crunch from the pearl sugar used. The waffles are made in various flavors including cinnamon, blueberry, and chocolate chip.  I believe they have plans to expand the food menu in the coming weeks to include things like sandwiches, mixed greens, and locally made desert pastries.


Spacious Seating Area

In addition to the great coffee, the atmosphere at Jubala is very inviting and spacious.  The coffee bar area has a high ceiling and a nice layout that flows well into the larger seating area.  The seating features cozy tables for two and larger wooden tables with stools that can seat larger groups. 

A rustic looking bench constructed out of reclaimed wood that runs the length of one wall.  Some of this same wood is used along the coffee bar in the front which adds a lot of character to the space. You can tell the layout was designed with making Jubala a place not only for relaxing with a nice cup of coffee, but to also serve as a place for folks in the community to connect with one another.


View of coffee bar from seating area

Jubala is a great place to sit quietly and enjoy by yourself, run in to grab a quick cup to go, or stay to meet and make new friends. I plan on being a regular here and am already looking forward to my next visit. You can view more of my photos from my visit in my flicker photo album.  To stay updated on what’s happening at Jubala check out their facebook fanpage or follow them on twitter at @jubalacoffee.


Filed under Businesses, Coffee