Spring menu preview event at Fairview Dining Room, Durham- Foodalicious Follies
Is it time to break out the big hats and seersucker yet with the Kentucky Derby right around the corner? It certainly feels that way after the Fairview Dining Room’s Spring Preview dinner for local bloggers and foodies. I got the invite and wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and the preview events at the Fairview Dining Room at Washington Duke Inn have always been quite impressive. Running late, I joined the event in progress as they were showing the mixology behind three favorite cocktails for the three horse races that make up the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing: Kentucky Derby (Mint Julep), Preakness Stakes (Black-eyed Susan) and Belmont Stakes (White Carnation). A great preview for their upcoming Derby Day on May 3…
It’s been a busy month of eating but thankfully I was able to get out to my first Beer School at Lucky 32 in Cary! Put on in conjunction with Gizmo Brew Works, the menu looked awesome and my friend Kristen (Gadabout Food) promised me it would be a great meal. I headed over on a quiet Tuesday evening and grabbed a beer at the bar before dinner guests started filing in. Lucky 32 put us up in their side, private dining room and the places was bustling with activity and excitement, bring on the food and cervezas!
Lost in the shadows of Moore Square is the popular Tir Na Nog, Irish pub! I say lost because it always seems like a secondary spot to me. A place where I don’t usually have a huge desire to visit but usually somebody else I know suggests it. Tir Na Nog straddles the line between bar and restaurant sort of like the Raleigh Times but they also have a music schedule for Irish folk, cover bands and more. Add in the Nog Run Club and there always seems to be people floating in and out of the Nog. But for me, it always seems to get lost in the cobwebbed corners of my food brain.
As a big fan of premium ice cream, I usually end up with either Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s in my fridge. Even being a bit lactose-intolerant, it’s one of those guilty treats that I can’t resist from time to time. There’s nothing like a creamy scoop of delicious cream at the end of the evening. And recently, Ben & Jerry’s announced a new product they were rolling out: Cores! Think a rich pint of flavorful ice cream with a core of fudge, caramel or fruit right down the middle. It’s sort of hard to innovate in this category so you can bet I was REALLY excited to try these four new Core flavors out…
When I go out for a beer or cocktail, I have a tendency to be a bit like Goldilocks. This bar is too busy, this bar is too boring, this bar is JUST right… It needs to be the right mix of space, ambiance and beverages to help you enjoy an evening of chatter and people-watching. Which is why I like places like Flash House on Peace Street. Brought to you by the folks who own the Black Flower, Flash House’s location off the beaten path means the only people here have made an effort and are looking for something different.
When Garland first opened up as a take-out window under Kings Barcade, I stopped in and did a rice bowl take-out for a meal and thought it was decent but not quite amazing. Fast forward six months later and Garland has expanded into a full dining-room and gone through a huge upgrade. Online reviews were excellent but the memory of my first meal stuck in the back of my head so I didn’t make a huge effort. Then a good friend of mine told me he felt Garland was easily the best new restaurant in Raleigh so my curiosity was piqued. I figured it was time to give this pan-Asian eatery a try and so, five of us headed on over for a Thursday night dinner.
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