Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Boozin' on the Cheap: Lilly's Pizza in Raleigh

It was a happy accident that I found myself at Lilly's last Monday night (after checking out a new brewery in Five Points), but it lead to an amazing discovery:

Lilly's has $2 drafts on Monday's. 

Their pizza alone is good enough to cure even the worst case of the Monday's, but pair that with $2 beer and you might just forget how far away the weekend is.

Take note of the sensual pizza kiss

Big Star: Pesto, mozzarella, Parmesan, Gorgonzola,
fontina, roasted red peppers and pistachios 

"And it rules us all..."

Being a Durham resident, I'm veryyy familiar with the Lilly's Pizza in Brightleaf Square, but had never been to the Raleigh iteration before this visit. While the Glenwood Lilly's is significantly smaller than it's sister restaurant in the Bull City, it makes up for its lack of size in edgy character.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Drinking Raleigh Beer: Nickelpoint Brewing Co.

Big shout out to raleigh what's up? on her great post about new things to check out in Raleigh this month, which inspired me to pay a visit to the new kid on the Raleigh-beer-block: Nickelpoint Brewing Co.

English IPA
Beer Happy
Meeting of the Minds
Although their taproom just opened in the Five Points neighborhood, according to their website the brewery was founded in 2013.

Nickelpoint focuses on traditional English Style beers, which was evident when I visited, as they had a Blonde Ale, English IPA and Porter on tap. There was also a higher ABV Double Barley Steak Cake Stout, which I almost had to order just on principal of the name being boss.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Free Sunday Yoga in Durham

Leave it to Fullsteam, Durham's all purpose space for food truck gatherings, run club meet-ups, cheesy movie screenings and various local shenanigans, to casually morph a brewery into a Sunday morning yoga studio.

Breath deep the aroma of hops
and malted barley
I've been on a bit of a yoga kick recently, especially free sessions, and decided to check out Flow Yoga at the Brewery. The class meets Sundays at 10 45 AM and is open to all experience levels (just be sure to bring your own mat).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday Boozin' on the Cheap

Sometimes you need a little liquid encouragement to push you over the Hump(day). Two places in Durham to enjoy great beer on the cheap and celebrate the end of mid-week: Motorco and Surf Club.

Both are located on Rigsbee Avenue (aka the Fullsteam neighborhood).

Motorco features Pint Night on Wednesdays, with select discounted brews on draft, displayed below in chalk.
Pair a cheap beer with a Free Hug

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Free Yoga and (not free, but Tasty) Hot Dogs

Starting last night (08/27/14) and every Wednesday through September 24th, City Plaza in Raleigh is host to free Yoga held on the turf adjacent to Happy and Hale. 

It will feature instructors from different Yoga studios around the Triangle, and if the inaugural session is any indicator, is a great way to relax your body and mind while being outside to bask in the late summer/early fall evening weather. 
Free Yoga in the open air

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Beer?

It's Friday afternoon. The clock is inching further away from noon, and ever closer to 5. I find myself expectantly glancing at the screen of my iPhone, waiting for the text message to brighten the display.

"Friday beer?"
Dale's Pale Ale at Sam's Quik Shop

Monday, June 9, 2014

Big Boss Run Club

Running and Beer. At one time in my life I considered these to be two vastly different entities.

Running is a form of exercise, improves heart and cardiovascular health, strengthens leg muscles, burns calories and can aide in weight loss.

Beer is a tasty beverage created via brewing and fermentation, is alcoholic, consuming it does the opposite of burn calories and can aide in the emergence of the 'beer belly'.

But as I've grown to enjoy both beer and running separately, I see how they are actually pretty similar in a lot of ways. Both are used to de-stress and clear the mind, both are pretty healthy activities in moderation, both promote social interaction and spawn mini communities that come together specifically to enjoy their chosen interest as a group.

I wrote an earlier post about experiencing the running and beer loving communities overlap at Durham's Fullsteam Run Club. Recently I decided to check out another brewery-based running meetup, Raleigh's Big Boss Run Club.