A Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, VA

by Nikki Terpilowski   I've always enjoyed visiting wineries, but when I decided to try the keto diet earlier this year, wine was off limits... but whiskey with its zero carbs was in like flynn. As such, whenever I travel, instead of looking for the best wineries in the area to visit, I've been looking … Continue reading A Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, VA

How To Make Sweet Iced Tea

by Laura Beth Peters   Nothing separates the north and south like our preferences in iced tea. It’s funny to even write iced tea because I usually only call it sweet tea. Growing up in Tennessee, there was typically a pitcher always ready on the kitchen counter with the top covered in plastic wrap and … Continue reading How To Make Sweet Iced Tea

We’re Reading Shining: Ole Smoky Moonshine Family Cookbook by Jessi Baker

by Chika Gujarathi Jessi Baker’s Shining isn’t just an amalgamation of spot-on recipes, but also a delicious lesson in Appalachian history and what can happen when one follows their heart’s calling. Inspired by the history of making moonshine, Shining links the roots of early Scottish and Irish settlers in the mountains of Appalachia, distilling spirits … Continue reading We’re Reading Shining: Ole Smoky Moonshine Family Cookbook by Jessi Baker

Five Places To Find Great Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

Fuquay-Varina is a small town, but you'd never know it by the number of successful coffee shops located there. Further proof that drinking coffee never goes out of style. Our list of five coffee destinations is an eclectic mix. Several offer scratch-made in-house baked goods, another crafts exquisite chocolates on-site and one is a tiny-house of … Continue reading Five Places To Find Great Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

Savoring The Day At Cultivate Coffee Roasters In Fuquay-Varina, NC

by Tracey Holloway The sight of a good ‘ole-fashioned white picket fence always give me a feeling of nostalgia, evoking warm thoughts of the small town where I was raised. I was delighted to find one framing the entrance of Cultivate Coffee Roasters. Standing on the sidewalk in front of the coffeehouse, I had instant … Continue reading Savoring The Day At Cultivate Coffee Roasters In Fuquay-Varina, NC

Popcorn And Beer At Little City Brewing + Provisions in Raleigh, NC

by Taylor Brooks Just when I thought I knew of all the best spots to grab a beer around downtown Raleigh, I ventured a little further down West North Street to find Little City Brewing + Provisions, a hidden gem of a brewery. Pull up a seat, and stay a while is written on the window outside, … Continue reading Popcorn And Beer At Little City Brewing + Provisions in Raleigh, NC

Four Strawberry Beers To Drink This Spring

We're drinking all the strawberry beer this Spring. And why not? What better way to kick back and enjoy the fresh fruity flavors of the season than to drink the best strawberry-inspired beers we could find? It's the beginning of the strawberry season after all. Our roundup of seasonal favorites includes three beers from North … Continue reading Four Strawberry Beers To Drink This Spring

Taking A Coffee Break At The Mill in Fuquay-Varina, NC

by  Tracey Holloway Located on the corner block of a quintessential Main Street, USA, The Mill stands as a newer addition to downtown Fuquay-Varina in North Carolina. Upon entrance, wafts of aromatic roasted beans tantalized my nose and lured me in. I do love a good gut job and The Mill, with its brick-walled interior, … Continue reading Taking A Coffee Break At The Mill in Fuquay-Varina, NC

The Best Taproom In Wilmington, NC is The Sour Barn

by Dianna Dames Located on the outskirts of Wilmington, in a suburb called Ogden, I've passed The Sour Barn  many times and thought about stopping there. The parking lot is always packed, a variety of food trucks are frequently on hand and I've heard nothing but good things.  I decided Saint Patrick’s Day was the … Continue reading The Best Taproom In Wilmington, NC is The Sour Barn

Coffee And Biscuits At Jubala Village In Raleigh, NC

By Anika Williams Walking around Lafayette Village in North Raleigh is one of my favorite ways to pass the time. It's an adorable European-style village in the middle of suburban Raleigh that approximates a small town in France but actually houses locally-owned gourmet restaurants and upscale shopping. It was on one of my strolls around … Continue reading Coffee And Biscuits At Jubala Village In Raleigh, NC

What We’re Drinking This Week: Gizmo Brew Works Raspberry Milkshake IPA

Spring is upon us and we're ready for the season of light, fruity IPAs. One of our favorite local breweries is Gizmo Brew Works. Have you seen the crazy list of beers these guys offer? It's bananas and we love it. With beers infused with eclectic flavors like lavender, French toast and peppermint, we're not … Continue reading What We’re Drinking This Week: Gizmo Brew Works Raspberry Milkshake IPA

Love And Chocolate At Tsuru Sweets & Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

by Nikki Terpilowski I thought I knew all of the coffee shops in Fuquay-Varina. But recently, I drove down Broad Street and saw a new sign on one of the historic buildings I've always found so intriguing. It was the location for a butcher for a while, was empty and now it's filled with chocolates, … Continue reading Love And Chocolate At Tsuru Sweets & Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

Drinks At The Blind Barbour In Raleigh, NC

by Taylor Brooks I enjoy visiting new bars and was excited to visit The Blind Barbour. Pulling up to the strip mall, I had to double check my GPS to make sure I put in the correct address. At first glance, you wouldn’t expect a bar to be behind one of the doors, but it doesn’t take … Continue reading Drinks At The Blind Barbour In Raleigh, NC

Five Best Breweries in NC

Craft beer is booming everywhere, but it's fairly blossoming in the Tarheel State. You can't walk for tripping over a brewery. And just when you think you've got a grasp of all the breweries in your neighborhood, a new one pops up. We've done the footwork for you (someone has to) and made a list … Continue reading Five Best Breweries in NC