Garland- Raleigh

My restaurant dine-in meal in Raleigh was a good one as I was finally trying Garland after its James Beard nod. The restaurant was eerily quiet in anticipation of what was to come, and unfortunately was one of the first to shut its doors in the city. My girlfriend and I managed to share a…

Layered Raleigh

There’s a new bakery in town. Wait, make that a croissanterie. Yep, that’s all they do are variations on the croissant! I had occasion this week to just happen to need a French good luck charm and this seemed like a much more reasonable alternative to say…mmm…Cartier? More calories though. Bummer. I was in a…

M Sushi – Durham

Last weekend some friends headed to the new-ish M Sushi in Durham for a friend’s birthday dinner and it did not disappoint! It was pricey for the Research Triangle area, but had the ambiance of a much larger city, so I guess with that comes larger price tags. We did what all ladies do and…

Unscripted Hotel Durham

“Live life unscripted,” the motto of the new Unscripted hotel in Durham, part of the Dream Hotel group. Having enjoyed the pool scene and restaurants many times over in Miami, I was super excited this was moving into the neighborhood. One of my fav travel partners and I decided a staycation was absolutely in order….

What’s Up, Raleigh?

Our little city is growing! Maybe some credit goes to T&L placing Raleigh on the to visit list in 2017, but the downtown neighborhoods are booming! I’ve never seen so much activity as I have this weekend! After working from the comfort of sweats and a couch all week-long, I “forced” myself to wrap up…

A Beach by Any Other Name…

I recently test drove my third instalment of North Carolina beaches, the brilliantly named Carolina Beach. I’ll never complain about toes in the sand and a drink in my hand…but less of a hillbilly carnival atmosphere is found elsewhere. I may have found a cigarette butt in an omelette, there may have been a few…

Atlantic Chop

A few nights of hitting the hay at 9:30PM and I think I’ve finally recovered from a couple nights on the Emerald Coast. On a seemingly tranquil beach, eight friends can certainly find ways to turn it up a notch, even if that notch is fueled by stiff citrus cocktails. The same eight folks took…