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New Lunch Spot: Kiwi Cafe & Smoothies in Wakefield

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Seating at Kiwi Café & Smoothies

Every once in a while there is a place I have on my list to check out and for one reason or another I just takes me forever to make it there. This was the case with Kiwi Cafe & Smoothies located in Wakefield by the Rex Wellness Center and Harris Teeter off Falls of Neuse Road. A friend on twitter alerted me to their opening several months ago and I’ve had them on my radar for a while. A few weeks ago I finally had the chance to check them out for lunch. I’m really glad I finally checked them out because I’ve been looking for a new lunch spot and I was very impressed with their offerings.

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Kale and Apple Salad

Kiwi Café offers a wide range of salads, soups, sandwiches and smoothies. What really sets them apart is that the ingredients they use are in many cases non-gmo or organic. They also offer gluten free breads, pastries, and cookies which can be hard to find in this area. My wife ordered the Kale and Apple salad which included fresh kale, spinach, sliced apples, carrots, berries, goat cheese, pecans, with a honey lemon-lime dressing. The salad was very fresh and made for a great lunch.

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Smoked Turkey and Gruyere

I ordered the Smoked Turkey and Gruyere sandwich which is comprised of freshly sliced smoked turkey breast, gruyere, cranberries, arugula-spinach mix, pecans, basil aioli. My sandwich was delicious and I would definitely order it again. I think it is important to point out that I ordered my sandwich as a panini, but what I got I’d describe as a lightly toasted sandwich, not really a panini. Still it was quite good. I kind of wish it came with chips or a pickle but to be honest I could do with a few less chips in my life.

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Coffee Counter at Kiwi Cafe

Kiwi also has a full coffee bar offering a full range of coffee and espresso drinks. They use an organic coffee from a roaster out in Greensboro called Fortuna. While I find this coffee to be nice, I have to admit it would be even better to see them use one of Raleigh’s local roasters to keep with their stay “local” theme. They also offer a selection of fruit smoothies. I haven’t had a chance to try one yet, but plan to on my next visit.

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Kiwi Café & Smoothies in Wakefield

My wife and I both really enjoyed our meals and I definitely plan to go back for lunch again soon. It is nice to have a locally owned place to grab a healthy lunch and I definitely recommend giving them a try. Kiwi Café is open Monday through Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8am-4pm. They are closed on Sunday.

Kiwi Cafe’ & Smoothies

11211 Galleria Ave
Raleigh, NC 27614 (map)
website: http://www.kiwicafeandsmoothies.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kiwicafeandsmoothies
twitter: @kiwicaferaleigh

 

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Ella’s Race ~ 5K & 10K Saturday March 22nd!

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Are you looking for a 5K , 10K or 1 mile fun run this month and want to support a great cause in the process? Well lace up your running shoes for Ella’s Race on Saturday March 22, 2014 hosted by Chick-fil-A Capital Crossing and Falls Village in North Raleigh. The race will benefit The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to help pediatric research, aid, and support efforts for children with brain cancer & tumors.

The race will include:

The 10K and 5K Race time is 8am. The 1 mile fun walk is at 9:30am. The course will take you through some of the nearby neighborhoods in beautiful North Raleigh. Directly beside the finish line of the race will be a FREE Family FunZone for children under 12 years of age. The Family FunZone will be open from 7:00-10:00AM on event day and will be filled with free activities and inflatables!

Ella’s Story
Ella was diagnosed April 29, 2008 with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. This is a rare, aggressive, non-operable tumor located in the pons area of the brainstem. The prognosis for this type of tumor is extremely grim. There is no cure, no known effective treatment except for radiation-which, for some, provides only temporary relief of the symptoms.  Ella lost her brave battle on Wednesday, February 8th while at home with her family.

How can you help
Run. Donate. Support. Proceeds of the Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series of Raleigh help organizations fight for children like Ella. Ella’s supporters believe in the work that The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation do. They are partnering to make this race a reality and to save children diagnosed with cancer and brain tumors.

Chance to win FREE Race Registration!
Thanks to my friends at North Raleigh Family Eyecare I have four FREE race geistrations to give away to Triangle Explorer readers! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below sharing why you like to run. You can also earn additional entries into the drawing by sharing a link to this post about Ella’s Race on Twitter and/or facebook. Be sure to tag me @Trianglexplorer and use the hashtag #EllasRace so I can see you have shared the link. I will select 4 winners randomly on Monday March 17th and notify them by email with the promotional codes. Thank you for helping spread the word about this wonderful cause!

Ella’s Race 2014
When: Saturday March 22, 2014 at 8:00am
Where: Chick-fil-A at Falls Village – 6701 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC
For more information about Ella’s Race and to register visit http://cfaraceseries.com/races/103/

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Weekend Picks! Nov. 22-24th

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Videri Chocolate ~ Raleigh, NC

Holiday festivities begin in the Triangle this weekend with the Tree Lighting at North Hills and the Raleigh Christmas Parade downtown. See my recent post for a full list of holiday events going on now through December. Don’t worry though, there is plenty of other non-holiday stuff happening this weekend if you aren’t quite in the holiday spirit just yet! I’ll be taking a break from the blog next week to enjoy time with family and hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Here are my picks for the weekend:

Friday November 22nd

Coffee Brewing Demo & free tasting at Videri Chocolate
Stop by Videri Chocolate in the Raleigh Warehouse District this Friday between 6-8pm for a cool coffee brewing demonstration using the innovative Impress Coffee brewer. There will be free samples (tastings). You can also take a self guided tour of there chocolate making operations at Videri. Bonus: Make sure you stop by the bottle shop Tasty Beverage next door while you are down that way.
http://viderichocolatefactory.com

Jo Gore Performs at Sola Coffee & Cafe’– North Raleigh
This Friday Sola plays host to musical guest Jo Gore. I’ve seen Jo and her partner Bo perform as an acoustic duo several times. They are a truly amazing duo and are not to be missed. Music by Jo Gore along with dinner at Sola makes for the perfect Friday evening date night. Get there early for the best seating! Music starts around 7:30pm.
http://solacoffee.com

Saturday November 23rd

Raleigh Christmas Parade
Yes it’s still November, but the Raleigh Christmas Parade is not to be missed. Fantastic Floats, music, and entertainers cruise through downtown to huge crowds. My favorite spot to watch is on Fayetteville Street near the capital building.
http://grma.org/christmas-parade/

Pipe-Band Pub-Night w/ Bag Pipers at Tir Na Nog
Yeah Bag Pipers! Join the members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums as they celebrate yet another tremendous year together. This year the “Pipe-Band Pub-Night” will feature performances by members of Wake and District, the NCSU Pipe Band and My Three Kilts. It will be an evening full of piping, drumming, dancing, singing and meriment. They will have special edition FOR OUR FALLEN t-shirts, hats and mason-jar pint glasses available for sale. A $4 cover charge is being requested with proceeds for our fallen; there will be a toast to our fallen at 10:00 pm.
http://www.tnnirishpub.com/

North Hills Tree Lighting
Stop by North Hills this Saturday from 4-8pm for a day of Holiday activities. Vendor Village, Live Music, Train Rides, and Santa. The highlight of the night will be the lighting of the Christmas Tree. You may even see me out there playing my trombone!
http://www.northhillsraleigh.com/event/annual-tree-lighting-celebration/

Rent Party at The Cookery in Durham
Housing for New Hope’s Inaugural Rent Party will gather the community together for a night of live music and the city’s best culinary creations to raise funds to help families and individuals move from homelessness to home. All funds raised will help support security deposits, rent, utility deposits and associated costs of establishing sustainable housing for the homeless.
http://durhamcookery.com/rent-party

Sunday November 24th

Carrboro Film Festival
The idea behind the Carrboro Film Festival is to promote local area shorts films that are twenty minutes or less. The first year, the response was incredible, with nearly 100 entires. From those, a day filled with fabulous films was created, and that tradition has continued over the years. Saturday, November 23rd. at the ArtsCenter and the Century Center and Sunday, November 24th. at the Century Center! One day ticket is$10 and 2 day pass: $15
http://carrborofilmfestival.com/schedule.shtml

Sunday Night Swing Dancing – Raleigh Elks Lodge
The biggest weekly swing dance party in the Triangle. Celebrating 8 years of great Lindy, West Coast Swing and Slow Blues dancing. You can expect lots of friendly dancers who are supportive and welcoming to first time attendees. Cash bar, great air conditioning, set in a comfortable, smoke free atmosphere. No partner is necessary – all welcome.
See website for more info

Bonus Pick for Monday November 25th

“All Souls” Presented by NC Opera & CAM Raleigh
Falling somewhere between the categories of melodrama, radio play and opera, All Souls is a setting of nine excerpts from the novel All Souls Day. It will be performed by the New Music Raleigh chamber orchestra under conductor Timothy Myers and featuring Canadian vocalist Ashleigh Semkiw. Seating in this venue is limited, so get your tickets today! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or over the phone at 919.792.3850. Performance is Monday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. CAM Raleigh @ 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

For more information, visit http://www.ncopera.org/performances/all-souls

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Sola Coffee & Cafe’ Introduces New Dinner Menu!

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Sola for Dinner ~ Assorted Meats & Cheeses

If you follow me on instagram and twitter then you know I am no stranger to Sola Coffee & Café. They are one of my “go to” places for great coffee and espresso drinks in Raleigh. Yet my pictures of coffee and cool latte art only tell half of the story at Sola. Over the past year Sola has blossomed into a great café with a creative and ever growing food menu that now offers great options for the dinner crowd in addition to their already well known breakfast and lunch offerings.

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Bruschetta

Earlier this fall Sola introduced a new dinner menu featuring additional menu items diners can enjoy at their café after 5pm Mon-Sat. The new dinner menu features small plate items like meat and cheese boards with fresh fruit, nuts, olives and local honey, bruschetta, and new fresh salads and artisan pizzas. This is all in addition to their already fantastic menu of homemade soups and sandwiches that Sola continues to offer (along with their famous mini doughnuts which are always available!)

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White Garden Pizza

If you follow Sola on facebook you will often catch updates about the homemade soups they offer, like this weeks vegetarian chili! My current favorite new menu item at Sola is the White Garden Pizza (pictured above) with mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, spinach, pesto, basil and a flavorful balsamic glaze. As with all their menu items, the ingredients for the new dinner options are always fresh in addition to locally and regionally sourced whenever possible.

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Local Beers & European Wines

With the addition of new food items, Sola has also started offering a select menu of locally brewed craft beers and several great European wines. I love the local beer scene in the Triangle and am thrilled to see Sola offering brews made by some of my favorite local places like LoneRider Brewery and Big Boss Brewery. If you are more of a wine drinker they have a nice selection of whites and reds to enjoy with dinner. I’m a big fan of gruner veltliner wines out of Austria. I find the spicy fruitiness and dry finish of a gruner makes for the perfect white wine to enjoy during the colder fall months.

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Mixed Green Salad

If you have been following my blog recently you know I have been writing a bit about upcoming marathons and half marathons I am preparing for. Part of my training is about eating better and that includes eating more healthy salads. Fortunately I have found lots of great salads at Sola. I particularly enjoy their mixed green salad (shown above). It has a healthy portion of mixed greens along with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, almonds, red onion, and garbanzo beans. The homemade dressing is fantastic and is made using a secret recipe!

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Affogato

Of course, just because I am eating healthier these days doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a treat now and then. There are several sweet options to enjoy at Sola including yummy affogatos (espresso shot poured over a scoop of ice cream) or a slice of cheesecake or chocolate cake. They also now offer a gluten free apple crisp desert which I think is great. It is very yummy and I appreciate the fact they provide options for people with dietary restrictions looking for gluten free items.

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Live Music at Sola

If you are looking for a fun date night location in North Raleigh check out the Live Music scene at Sola. They typically have live music each Friday and Saturday night starting around 7:30pm. I’ve heard everything from bluegrass and Jazz to Celtic music played at sola. It is great to see the community support great local artists and I love that there is a great place to grab dinner and hear live music in North Raleigh now on the weekends. Visit their events calendar to keep up to date on the live music schedule.

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Cappuccino

Of course no matter when you visit Sola you can always enjoy a great coffee or espresso drink. My current drink of choice is the cappuccino. I always make sure I leave room for coffee after dinner! To learn more about Sola and keep up to date on their special events and new menu items visit their website and follow them on facebook.

Make sure you stop by Sola this week and pick up your free invite to their “Thank You Raleigh” celebration scheduled for this Sunday, November 17th. The invite is good for one free drink at the event – donations will be accepted to support the Friends of Guardian ad Litem Program of Wake County and the children they represent.

Sola Coffee & Cafe
7705 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-803-8983

Website: http://solacoffee.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/solacoffee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolaCoffeeCafe
Twitter: @SolaCoffee

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

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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.

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