EATS AND DRINKS

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING,  THINGS TO DO

    Afternoon Tea at Sugar Magnolia Cafe

    For my mom’s birthday this year, we did an afternoon tea at Sugar Magnolia Cafe in Wake Forest, North Carolina! We were making a reservation a bit late, and thankfully Sugar Magnolia could fit us in on my mom’s actual birthday. Making a reservation was easy and straightforward! I called first but their voice mail directs you to send them an email. They are extremely responsive, which I appreciate. Sugar Magnolia offers a few different tiers of afternoon tea, and we opted for The Donna Lou “Magnolia Tea”, which is about $26 per person. While it is their fanciest option, it is comparable to the standard option for afternoon teas…

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING

    Durham Date Night: Fairview Dining Room at Washington Duke Inn

    I actually used to work at Duke a while back but I only recently visited Fairview Dining Room for the first time. As a part of Washington Duke Inn, Fairview Dining Room provides a fine dining experience as you would expect. It is definitely fancier and would be great for date nights, birthdays, or celebrations of all sorts. I don’t know about you but I have been to upscale restaurants where the service was not up to expectation, but that was most definitely not the case at Washington Duke Inn. Literally everyone I interacted with was cordial, polite, and welcoming. The dress I had worn was very cute but perhaps…

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING

    Durham Date Night: Gocciolina

    Gocciolina has been on my list of restaurants to try basically since I moved to Durham four years ago, and I finally crossed it off the list this weekend! If you haven’t heard of Gocciolina, it’s an Italian restaurant located at an unassuming strip mall in North Durham. They are open for dinner only Tuesday through Sunday. Alex and I were able to make a reservation for Friday dinner earlier in the week though there were limited time slots left. When you make reservations, you can choose from dining room, lounge, or patio. We sat outside and felt comfortable with the spacing between the tables. It’s peak mosquito season though…

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING

    Park’s Food St. – Durham’s Korean Food Hall

    JULY 2022 UPDATE: Unfortunately, Park’s Food Street has permanently closed according to their website. Hi, friends! You know I have been a big fan of Itaewon Grill since it opened a few years ago. When Jay from Itaewon Grill mentioned that he was working on a food hall concept, I was so excited! Naturally, I went to check out Park’s Food Street as soon as it opened—literally on their first day of soft opening! Park’s Food Street has three different menus—Cupdak, Ramyun Time, and Taco Park. I recently went back and was happy to see they have improved their menu even more. Keep reading to see photos and find out…

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING,  THINGS TO DO

    Ice Cream Camp at Rockwood Dairy Bar

    Hi, friends! I recently attended “Ice Cream Camp” at Rockwood Dairy Bar in Durham, NC. If you like ice cream and want to learn how to make it or try putting different combinations of ingredients together, this might be the perfect thing for you. For Ice Cream Camp, you can book your spot ahead of time on their Square page. The cost is $20 per person, which I think is very reasonable for an hour-ish of fun and for the ice cream you get to take home. They also offer Ice Cream Camp for children, and you can also do private events if you have a large enough group. We…