Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Inspiration from the Capital City

The more time I spend in Raleigh, the more I'm inspired by the stuff going on in the Capital city.

The recent influx of young entrepreneurs, artistic expression, and community-focused development in the past few years is sprouting a seemingly endless supply of Raleigh spots worth exploring.

Last week, I was fortunate enough to take an entire day perusing the city (accompanied by an extremely patient girlfriend), and got to check off a few things that had been on my Raleigh to-do list for quite a while.

Here's how the day unfolded:

First stop was the North Carolina Art Museum's sprawling outdoor art walk: Art in the Park. 

NCMA commissions artists to create pieces that are interlaced with the natural surroundings, stretching across 30 acres of land between Blue Ridge Road, Wade Ave and 440. 

Varying in size, scale and subject matter, the Art Park exhibits sparked some great ideas and conversation, while we tried to decipher the artist's message about society and our current role interacting with nature. There were also some cool old chairs hanging out in trees.

Tom Shields's Forest of Chairs brings
wooden furniture back to their natural habitat
We wandered through the Art Park trails, back up towards the NCMA main buildings, and came across the Rodin Sculpture Garden

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Triangle Food Trucks: Pie Pushers

"How do you guys add a local egg to pizza?" a customer in front of me asked at the Pie Pushers trailer window. "Basically we fry an egg and stick it right on top of the slice, it's pretty great."

I would wholeheartedly agree.

Whether it's the enjoying the Breakfast Slice with a local egg perched on top at the Durham Farmers market, or chowing down on the State of Nirvana post Fullsteam Run club, Pie Pushers serves up slices that are far from the ordinary cheese and pepperoni

(purists fear not! they have those classics too).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Breakfast in Raleigh: Boulted Bread

While Durham could be considered the bakery capital of the Triangle, Raleigh has a very promising newcomer that's risen onto the local bread landscape: Boulted Bread.

Originally only available for pick-up orders or at farmers markets, Boulted Bread now has a storefront location serving up coffee, fresh pastries, and of course, bread.

After reading this great Indy article about the trio who started the shop, I had to stop in and check out Boulted for myself. And what better time to visit a bakery than at breakfast?

Sunflowers and Dell Curry

Walking into Boulted, your eye is immediately grabbed by the front display case, which is overflowing with croissants (plain, savory and sweet) breakfast breads and all manner of delicious looking baked goods.