Hi friends! I hope each of you are having a wonderful week.
I love reading the News and Observer, Raleigh’s main newspaper, every year they put together a list of the best restaurants in North Carolina, many of which I have tried.
I also LOVE trying new food, new cuisine and experiencing a fresh take on a classic entree, so I thought it would be fun to work my way down the list of the News and Observer’s picks for the best restaurants in North Carolina this year. As I complete the list I will update this blog post and even add a few more restaurants from other cities in North Carolina that are not in the Triangle.
I will also add my comments and thoughts as to what I liked and disliked about each restaurant.
Without further ado, here is the list:
The Durham – Durham
Death & Taxes – Raleigh
The Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro
Herons – Cary
Lantern – Chapel Hill
Mateo Bar de Tapas – Durham
Nana’s – Durham
Oakleaf – Pittsboro
Panciuto – Hillsborough
Poole’s Diner – Raleigh
An Asian Cusine – Cary
Bida Manda – Raleigh
Elaine’s on Franklin – Chapel Hill
Glenwood Grill – Raleigh
Gocciolina – Durham
J Betski’s – Raleigh
Mandolin – Raleigh
Saint Jacques – Raleigh
Stanbury – Raleigh
Yamazushi – Durham
18 Seaboard – Raleigh
Angus Barn – Raleigh
Bleu Olive Mediterranean Bistro – Raleigh
Bloomsbury Bistro – Raleigh
Bruno Seafood and Steaks – Raleigh
bu.ku – Raleigh
Coquette – Raleigh
Crook’s Corner – Chapel Hill
Dashi – Durham
Elements – Chapel Hill
Fairview Dining Room – Durham
Garland – Raleigh
Guglhupf – Durham
Il Palio – Chapel Hill
Kitchen – Chapel Hill
La Farm – Cary
Little Hen – Apex
Margaux’s – Raleigh
Piedmont – Durham
Plates – Raleigh
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – Raleigh
Vivace – Raleigh
Watts Grocery – Durham
Hi friends, I will be back on a regular posting schedule starting Monday… finally.
My sweet boyfriend has been in and out of the hospital and had major chest surgery to repair a partially collapsed lung so my creative corner of the internet has not received the attention I wanted to give it as I’ve still been working long hours full-time (#bankinglife) and supporting Jordan as he goes through all of this.
Even if you are young anything can happen so it’s important to always be grateful for your health, I’ve found myself lately thinking a lot about life and stress and what my personal and professional goals are, at the top of the list is making a difference in other people’s lives and investing in my family and friends… that’s it, at the end of the day the rest doesn’t really matter. Although I wish Jordan was never sick, I am grateful for so many things, including a fresh perspective and a reminder never to take anyone for granted.
However! September 22nd is the first day of Fall so I thought it might be fun to put together a list of my favorite reasons to love Fall. We have a couple of weekend trips planned and many, many events coming up for the Holidays, I can hardly wait, I am so excited!! 🙂
One of my goals for this fall and for this holiday season is to finish decorating my house and begin entertaining a bit more, I LOVE having people over and planning events, life is short, I want to soak everything in I can.
Is Fall your favorite season? If so, what are your favorite things about the season? Do you have any trips planned in particular? If Fall isn’t your favorite season, which season is and why?
In lieu of having a monthly bucket list as I’ve done in the past I thought it would make more sense to create a list of activities I’d like to complete throughout the entire summer and have one combined “bucket list.”
Highlights of my summer will include:
Flying into Las Vegas to visit my younger brother, he is currently on a 51 day road trip across the entire United States! Luke and his friend are traveling to almost every major city in the continental United States!
I’m also excited to spend some time sailing in Charleston and volunteering. I’m hopeful to find a charity in North Carolina where I can tutor children who are not involved in any other type of enrichment or activity throughout their summer break.
What items are on your summer bucket list?
Is there anywhere in particular that you plan on traveling this summer?
I LOVE March. It is such a hopeful and beautiful month and it is the first glimpse of a long awaited spring!
I write “monthly bucket lists” in addition to my regular calendar and planner primarily to stay inspired and motivated and more importantly as a reminder to have fun and be spontaneous! It can be so easy to become caught up in “getting things done” that we forget that part of that is also doing things that make us happy, fulfilled and excited.
What goals do you have for this month?
What fun things are on your to do list?
Is there anything in March that you are REALLY looking forward to? (A trip to somewhere tropical is my number one priority this month!)
Hi lovely people! Welcome, again, to HMS Jewels. This post will focus on my favorite things in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I love North Carolina and for most of my life have called it home. Given that I know the area relatively well, I decided to write a post focusing on my favorite aspects of Raleigh, North Carolina and some of my favorite places to eat, grab drinks, or socialize.
Even if you’re just in Raleigh, North Carolina for the weekend there are plenty of places you can go without a reservation or at a moment’s notice. If you are here for longer, this list is also expansive enough to meet your needs. I’ve divided the categories by food, drinks, shopping, and culture. Enjoy! I’ll update this list as I try new places and I have new recommendations to add for visitors, and as always, feel free to drop me an email or reach out via twitter if you have any questions or comments!
If you’ve stumbled upon this post after December 2015, you can find the updated version of this list under “Best of the East Coast: Raleigh, North Carolina”
For Lunch: Village Deli, located in Cameron Village, perfect for a quick soup and sandwich
For Coffee: Joule Coffee
For Dessert: Sugarland, also located in Cameron Village, and there is also a location in Chapel Hill, North Carolina!
Cocktails: Foundation, a private, “speak-easy” type bar, very cool!
Beer: Village Draft House, over 100 beers on tap!
Boutiques: Cameron Village
Museums: Museum of Natural Science
Parks: Pullen Park
What are your favorite weekend spots or things to do in the city that you live in? What is your favorite thing to do first when visiting a new city?