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Weekend Picks: March 6-8th

Brushstroke Studio & Gallery

Brushstroke Studio & Gallery ~ 520 N. West Street, Raleigh

With spring just around the corner the weekend calendar is beginning to fill up with events around the Triangle. Here are a few things I think are worth checking out this weekend. Happy exploring!

Friday March 6th

First Friday Art in Downtown Raleigh
First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. I suggest checking out Artspace, and CAM Raleigh. I also recommend stopping by Brushstroke Studio which will feature photos by Felicia Perry. The American Meltdown Food Truck will be parked at the studio and free beer from Raleigh Brewing will be available. 6-9pm.

Live Music at Sola Coffee
World class guitar duo Bo Lankenau and Russ Corvey return to Sola Friday night 7:30-9:30pm! No Cover.

Saturday March 7th

The Cookery Public House
Sympathy for the Deli will have a special barbecue buffet in the Front Room, along with snacks on the truck. Parlour ice cream truck be serving ice cream! The Duke vs. UNC basketball game on the 15 foot HD big screen, great beer, wine and cocktails. 6-11pm

Nog Run Club Run Green 8K and Kilt Run
7th annual running of the St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K with attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Kilt Run with a short 200 meter run prior to the 8K! 2pm downtwown Raleigh.

Patchwork Mini Market at Fullsteam Brewery
New monthly market with makers and vintage vendors. The market will be held the first Saturday of the each month from 12-4 PM at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.

Sunday March 8th

Durham Food Truck Rodeo
50+ Trucks at Durham Central Park 12-4pm. Live music by PitchBlak Brass Band

Big Boss Run Club
All runners welcome. Meet at the brewery 1pm for group run with 3 & 5 mile options. Afterward enjoy a pint at the brewery and food truck Taco Grande.

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“A Film About Coffee” Raleigh Premiere at Sola Coffee March 2nd

After screenings all over the world, Sola Coffee announces the premiere of director Brandon Loper’s documentary “A Film About Coffee“.

The feature-length documentary from San Francisco-based production company and content collective, Avocados and Coconuts, and takes a deep dive into the specialty coffee industry, examining what it takes and what it means for coffee to be distinguished as “specialty.”

Film Synopsis
“A Film About Coffee” seeks to answer how the titular beverage has become a mainstay of culture all over the world. The film follows the production of coffee from farms in Honduras and harvests in Rwanda to its global consumption. Listening to farmers, buyers, roasters and baristas about the crop’s economic and environmental implications both locally and abroad, the narrative travels to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York, with stops in between. Dropping in on artisanal cafes to investigate how each prepares its own unique cup, the film opens a window into the little-understood world of specialty coffee.

Dates & Ticket Info
The screening will be held March 2nd at Sola Coffee Cafe. Join the staff at 7pm for a coffee tasting with Counter Culture’s Lem Butler. The documentary begins at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at Sola and are $10 (includes a complimentary coffee, beer or wine). Dinner may also be purchased. Space is limited. To guarantee a seat it is recommended that tickets be purchased ahead of time.


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Weekend Picks! April 10-13th

Carrboro Open Streets

Spring is always a happening time in the Triangle and this weekend is no different. This week’s picks start with notable local beer news on Thursday followed by some fun outdoor and music events happening over the weekend. No matter what you end up doing I hope this list of things to do in the Triangle helps you discover something new about the area and get out side to enjoy this great warmer weather!

Thursday April 10th

Sam’s Bottle Shop Grand Opening – Durham
The people behind Sam’s Quick Stop are opening up a huge craft beer bottle shop on NC 54 in Durham. Grand Opening is this Thursday. Read all about it here.

Brueprint Brewery Soft Opening – Apex
The Triangle’s newest brewery launches this Thursday with a soft opening starting at 5pm. This brewery is the first one in the area to be located in Apex. Check out their story and list of beers on their website.

Friday April 11th
RTP Food Truck Rodeo – Durham
Each Friday 11:30 am-1:30pm at 800 Park Office Drive in RTP. They typically have between 4-6 trucks.  Outdoor seating is provided and you’re welcome to bring picnic blankets, frisbees or hackysacks.

Nasher Museum Archibald Motley Exhibit – Durham
Archibald Motley includes 42 works from each period of Motley’s lifelong career, from 1919 to 1960. Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his native Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure. His portraits are voyeuristic but also genealogical examinations of race, gender and sexuality. 

Saturday April 12th
Historic Boylan Heights Home Tour & Tunes – Raleigh
Ten homes in historic Boylan Heights will open their doors to the public to celebrate the neighborhood’s historic and artistic character as area musicians perform in homes along the tour in a nod to the neighborhood’s longstanding musical tradition. Ticketed event ($10/$15)

Carrboro Open Streets
Enjoy a day of free activities with your family, friends and neighbors. Bike, walk, skate, dance and play in a traffic-free public space on West Weaver Street, closed to cars Saturday from 10 am to 2:00 pm. 

PopUp Market & Tea Cup Gin Jazz Music at Sola Coffee – Raleigh
Saturday morning Sola hosts 15 local artisans at their Spring PopUp Market. These events feature local artists and crafters selling unique locally made products. Market runs from 10am-2pm. Then Saturday evening Sola turns back the clock with some good old fashion jazz music with the band Tea Cup Gin. They play jazz and show tunes from early 20th century. Tea Cup Gin draws inspiration from performers such as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and Billie Holiday. Music starts at 7:30pm. Food, beer, and coffee served all evening.

Sunday April 13th
Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon – Downtown Raleigh
On Sunday 12,500 runners will descend on downtown Raleigh. It is always fun to watch these races and cheer on the competitors, but this race will have some added entertainment with musical performances scheduled in the morning and afternoon at the Red Hat Amphitheater. Check the even website for the full music schedule and showtimes!





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Valentine’s Day Recommendations


Valentine’s Day Ideas ~ February 14, 2014

I know things are getting down to the wire but I wanted to share some resources to those of you still working on your Valentine’s Day plans. Andrea Weigl, the awesome food writer at the News & Observer, has put together a great list of Valentine’s Day offerings across the Triangle here. The folks at WRAL Out & About have also shared a great list of suggestions.

I share a few of my own Valentine’s picks below. Whatever you end up doing I hope it is a great one!

Special Valentine’s Day Dinners

  • La Farm Bakery in Cary – http://www.lafarmbakery.com 
    The French bakery in Cary is offering a special four-course dinner on Feb. 14 and 15 (menu below). They are offering seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. Costs is $75 per couple. Limited reservations are available. Call 919-657-0657 for reservations.

    La Farm Valentine’s Dinner for Two

    Soup L’Oignon Gratinee

    topped with a gruyere cheese crostini 

    Individual Main Course

    (choice of:)    


    Grilled steak and sautéed mushrooms on La Farm bread with our rich Brandy, Dijon mustard and peppercorn sauce, topped with steamed asparagus


    Chicken Paillard layered with local City ham and gruyere cheese with a light marsala sauce, topped with steamed asparagus 


    Roasted salmon with mustard shallot sauce and haricot verts  

    Fromage et Salad for Two

    A selection of

    Chapel Hill Creamery & Goat Lady Dairy cheeses,

    along with a salad and La Farm breads

    Decadent Dessert Board

    A delicious selection of our signature desserts,

    Including our chocolate layer cake,

    chocolate covered strawberries, and French macaroons.


  • Sola Coffee & Cafe in North Raleigh – http://solacoffee.com
    Join Sola for a special Valentine’s Evening with a night of live Jazz music and dinner for two for just $29.95. Neapolitan pizza, salad, dessert and two drinks of choice. Reservations encouraged. Email: solacoffee@gmail.com

    Local Chocolatiers 

    • Videri Chocolate Factory – viderichocolatefactory.com
      Videri Chocolate Factory in downtown Raleigh will be open on Valentines Day until 11pm. They are offering a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy while browsing their shops for chocolates to purchase. Videri also has great chocolates and a special Valentines gift pack offer. If you plan to buy chocolates, make sure you stop by early this week to avoid the rush on Friday.

    • Escazu Chocolates – http://www.escazuchocolates.com/
      Escazu is another great bean to bar chocolatier in Raleigh that has wonderful dark chocolate bars and confections. Here is a post I did about Escazu back in 2010. Again, if you plan to buy some of these great local chocolates make sure you stop by before Friday as I garuntee there will be a line out the door for last minute shoppers!


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Weekend Picks! Nov. 15th-17th


This week we have some live music in Raleigh on Friday night and a massive food truck rodeo in Durham on Sunday. Saturday rounds things out with suggestions for a cooking class in Cary and a visit to the Life & Science Museum in Durham. No matter how you choose to spend it, I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday November 15th

Live Music & Dinner at Sola Coffee & Cafe’– North Raleigh
Sola Coffee regularly hosts live music each Friday & Saturday around 7:30pm. This Friday they play host to a great local band performing live folk & bluegrass music . While you’re there check out Sola’s new dinner menu featuring pizzas, cheese plates, bruschetta, and their latest wine & beer selections. Of course make sure you leave room for some great coffee!

Saturday November 16th

Whisk Carolina – Thanksgiving Light Sides Cooking Class- Cary
With all the traditional flavors you love, you would never know these recipes are low in fat and calories. Price $39. Class starts at 1oam. Visit their website for more details

Museum of Life & Science – Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys – Durham
The new Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys exhibit opens up this weekend at the Museum this Saturday. Press a button or crank a wheel, and with a whirring hum, the sculptures of New York-based artist and tag sale purveyor Steve Gerberich come to life!  Constructed from recycled and found materials such as old machine parts, kitchen utensils, lighting fixtures, toys and carnival figurines, this highly entertaining exhibit offers museum-goers a unique way to interact with contemporary sculpture and explore the principles of simple mechanical motion.

Sunday November 17th

Pop-Up Sunday at Ornamentea – Downtown Raleigh
POP-UP Sunday is this Sunday from 12-5pm in the Ornamentea Parking Lot. The event provides local businesses, artists and the community a chance to mingle. This Sunday’s market will feature several artist vendors, local Beer, Food Trucks. Always a fun time and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Durham Food Truck Rodeo – Durham Central Park
This is the last large scale food truck rodeo scheduled for 2013. They will have over 60 trucks in attendance. These events are always a lot of fun and make for good people watching while trying food from local trucks. As always try to get there early to avoid the lines.
Durham Food Truck Rodeo Website

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