RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING

    All You Can Eat Sushi in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill

    Hi, friends! Sushi is one of my favorite foods, and naturally eating lots of sushi is one of my favorite activities. While I appreciate high-quality sushi, I enjoy eating sushi in large quantities too. I have tried all three All-You-Can-Eat Sushi restaurants in the Triangle area and I am excited to share my thoughts with you! I am also sharing some tips to maximize your AYCE experience at the end of the post. FYI, all of these places have recently increased their price by a dollar or two due to the high cost of seafood. Orchid Japanese Restaurant – Raleigh Price: $19.45 for lunch & $28.95 for dinner. You can…

  • EATS AND DRINKS,  RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING

    Durham Date Night: Cucciolo Osteria

    If Cucciolo Osteria has been on your list forever (like it was for me), here’s a sign to move it up your list! We recently went for my belated birthday dinner and had a lovely experience. This blog post will not have a lot of photos because we went for a late dinner and the lighting wasn’t great (and you know my iPhone 11 is not equipped for poor indoor lighting lol); I will do my best to describe everything! We managed to get a Sunday evening reservation though we were looking sort of late. When you make a reservation, you can choose Standard (tables), Bar, or High Top. Proportionally,…

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    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…