Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Buoy Bowls Adventure....Food Truck

For weeks all my daughter, from MomUnglued,  has talked about is Buoy Bowls.  She would go on about how wonderful they were.  She would stalk them to find out where they would be on what felt like a daily basis.  I finally gave in and said "Ok, I want to give them a try".  So off we went and I was not disappointed. They were amazing.
You will see quotes from their website in purple print, to match their truck:-)

"Buoy Bowls is the end result of an obsession with Acai Bowls 
that first started on a surf trip to San Diego, California in 2005."
"...he discovered the Acai Bowl- a bowl of frozen purred acai berries topped 
with a variety of fresh fruit and honey. It was absolutely love at first bite!"

"Our acai bowls and smoothies are made using the freshest organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible."

As you can see Maggie loves them too...
My favorite was the Surfs Up Bowl.  Chocolatey fruity goodness in a bowl.  
If you live in the Raleigh Durham area you should check them out.
Buoy Bowl Schedule.  If you go let me know what you choose and how much you love it.
Happy Travels and Adventures.

World Famous Frisbee Dog Event in Fuqua-Varina NC

Cindy and I were out and about again looking for adventure.  We came across the World Famous Frisbee Dog/DiscConnected K9s that were displaying their skills at the Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuqua-Varina NC.  Here is what they say on their website...

"The Disc-Connected K9s began rescuing dogs in 1992.All of our current performing dogs are rescued; meaning they have all come from either homeless, sheltered, rescued, adopted or abandoned backgrounds. We make the determination (and have all most stayed true) about whether or not we are personally going to keep a dog, or process them through our program and find them new homes. With few exceptions, this has been successful for us."

You can also adopt some of their dogs.  They do their best to find the dog and the family a good adoption match. 

These dogs are skilled and amazing to watch.

I found in watching the show that it was not just the dog that was agile.  Look at this trainer showing his agility skills.....

After the show I met one of the dogs.  So sweet. 
Check out their website for upcoming shows in your area and adoption information. 
If they come to your hometown please give them your support.  
A great group of folks helping some wonderful dogs.
Happy travels and adventures.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend June 22-25, 2017

With Tropical Storm Cindy hitting the golf coast I am wondering if we will get some of the rain bands here on the east coast.  Lets check the local forecast for the RTP area.  Does not look as bad as I expected. 

Lets take a look at a few things to do in NC this weekend...      

*Looks like a lot of great bands at Rock the Cape on Hatteras Island.  This is a week long event starting June 17-June 24.

*Friday June 23 attend Mountain Street Dances in Waynesville NC.  Sounds like fun to me.

*Friday June 23 in Blowing Rock NC is the Blowing Rock Mile of Flowers.  There will be tours of the gardens found at some of the  churches and homes in the beautiful town of Blowing Rock.
*June 24 you can attend Birds and Brews at SylvanHeights Bird Park in Scotland Neck NC.  I have been to Sylvan Heights Bird Park it is a fun experience, see the photos on my blog.

*June 24 is the NC Sunflower Festival in Chocowinity NC.  I love sunflowers and would love to go.

*June 24 you can join the fun at Y'all at Dix Park in Raleigh NC.  Games, food, music, and more.
*June 25 is Sunday at Dix Park Concert Series.   I would love to go listen to music in the park.
*June 24 is "One Day Sport Horse and Dressage Show in Raleigh NC.  I would love to go see the beautiful horses and take some photos with my new camera....what fun:-)
*June 24 Celebrate Downtown Park in Cary NC.  This looks like fun.  Check out the website for the list of activities for the day.

Mark you calendar for these special holidays...
June 22 -National Chocolate Eclair Day.  I don't remember the last time I had an eclair. 
June 23 -National Pink Day.  Maybe I will wear pink.
June 24 -Swim a Lap Day.
June 25- National Catfish Day
June 26- Forgiveness Day
June 27- Sunglasses Day...I need a new pair.

Hope you are able to attend on of these events.  
Get out and enjoy the weekend.
(Please check out the provided links for times and pricing of events.  All photos were taken from the event websites.  I do not own the photos.)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Visti to Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen in Raleigh NC

It has been a while since I have visited a new restaurant.  I did a google search and came up with
Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen in Raleigh NC.  Sounded wonderful so I called Cindy and off we went on a restaurant adventure. 
Here is a quote from their website....
"A refined take on traditional Southern cuisine. That's the essence of Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen, our onsite restaurant in the heart of Raleigh's vibrant downtown. Executive Chef Michael Rigot's seasonal menus feature the freshest, healthiest produce and meats, all from local North Carolina farms. A main dining room, private dining room, and outdoor patio provide an abundance of seating options. Craft beers, uncommon cocktails, and premium wines head the liquid refreshment line-up."

The restaurant itself is located in downtown Raleigh in Raleigh Marriott City Center.
The Bar was lovely.  The night we were there it was packed.  Lively place to be.
They brought this lovely platter to our table, they call it the Signature Bread Board.  Here is how they describe the bread board...
 "Right away, we offer bread from Boulted Bread Co. along with house made pickles and our house made Honey Molasses Butter made with honey harvested from our rooftop beehives."

I find it interesting they have a rooftop beehive.  Nice touch:-)
I decided on the salmon and Cindy had the BBQ biscuit sandwich.  They were both very good.
If you go, you have to get The Charred Carrots with Honey and Goat Cheese.  It's wonderful.  Their menu does change seasonally so check their website for the updated version.
I loved the ambience.  A warm inviting atmosphere. 
The food, atmosphere, and service were top notch.   We had a great experience. 

If you find yourself in downtown Raleigh and you want to enjoy a nice meal out I suggest you visit Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen.  You will be glad you did.
Happy Adventures!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Few Things to do in NC June 16-18,2017

Lets get ready for the weekend....
*June 17 - 18 you can experience the British occupation of Halifax in Halifax NC.  Not sure how far Halifax is from me but I would not mind seeing this. 
*Saturday June 17 there is a Charity Event in Wake Forest.  The Wake Forest Charity Car Show.

*June 16 & 17 you can head to the NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw.

*Friday June 16 take you kiddos to North Hills Commons in Raleigh to play.  Not sure of the name of the event but it is free and looks like fun..Click here for more info..

*June 16 & 17 you can pig out at the Peak City Pig Fest in Apex NC.  Check out their schedule of events, looks like fun.

*Sunday June 18 is a Father's Day Food Truck Rodeo in Durham.
Special Days to think about...
June 15 is Smile Power Day
June 16 is Fresh Veggies Day. (Maybe I will venture out to the farmers market:-)
June 20 is Ice Cream Soda Day
June 22 is National chocolate Eclair Day.  I don't remember the last time I had an eclair. 
Ok everyone, I have given you a few things to think about.  Get out and have a great weekend.
(As usual please check all provided links for pricing and hours.  All of the photos used are from the event websites.  They are not mine.)


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina NC

They were hosting the Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina a couple of weeks ago so Cindy and I decided to check it out.  We set our GPS and began our journey.  We parked in downtown Fuquay-Varina and walked to the venue.  There were several places closer to the event to park with prices ranging from $10-$20.   We did not mind the walk, you have to burn calories where you can:-)
From their website...
Project Uplift USA, Inc. is a North Carolina 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation responsible for producing the Freedom Balloon Fest. We are led by an all volunteer board with no paid employees, which means we can direct all of our sponsor funding and contributions directly to our key program services. Project Uplift USA, Inc. has three primary service program focus areas:  outreach to military families and children with mobility challenges, educational programs, and remembering and honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their nation.
(Photo from their website)
There was a lot to do at the event prior to the balloon launch.  There was a fun zone for kids, frisbee dog events, the Field of Flags, a wine and beer garden, vendors and more.  We spent most of our time at the wine and beer garden:-)

I went on line to find some hot air balloon quotes....
"If you're embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don't forget the toilet paper." 
Richard Branson
I guess that would be a necessary travel item.  I never really thought about it.

Another Quote....
"My dream date is a tall, dark, handsome, blue eyed man with a bubble butt who will whisk me away to Paris in a hot air balloon to wine me, dine me and."
Karen McDougal
In thinking about this quote I wonder just what is a bubble butt and why she did not seem to complete her thought at the end of her sentence.

After reading the two posted poems I decided to write my own...

I have never been in a hot air balloon but when I close my eyes I can see it.
The trees below becoming smaller and 
the view of the world becoming much larger.

I have never been in a hot air balloon but I can feel it.
The butterflies in my stomach as I lift into the sky 
and the touch of the gentle breeze on my skin.

I have never been in a hot air balloon but I can sense it.  
The scent from the flame above my head 
and the perfume from the flowers below.

I have never been in a hot air balloon but I know where it would take me.
Into a sky so blue I can feel it, into a breeze so soft I can sense it, 
into a world so fragrant I can see it, into a place I have never been.

Cindy and I had a great time at the Balloon Fest.  If you get the chance I suggest you attend one in your area.  It is beautiful
Get out, explore, and have fun!

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Few Things to do in NC June 10-11, 2017

Are you ready for the weekend?  Here a just a few of the fun events in NC.  Enjoy:-)
*Saturday June 10 travel to Blowing Rock NC for Art in the Park. I love Blowing Rock, wish I lived a bit closer.

*Saturday, June 10th, from 11 am to 3 pm (Rain Date June 17th), is Pork Out at Lafayette Village in Raleigh NC.  Quote from their website...
Enjoy up to 20 teams’ BBQ as they compete for People’s Choice. Be sure to enjoy the other great food, shopping, Live Music, and more!
Check their site for ticket info...

*Sunday June 11 check out Sunday Funday Lawn Party  from 3-6pm in Raleigh NC.  There will be lawn games, music, wine, food and ice cream.  Sounds like a great time to me:-)

*June 11 you can swing over to Carrboro NC for their Cupcake and Cocktail Event.  This is a ticketed event and they can be purchased on the website.

Special Holidays to enjoy...
June 9 is Donald Duck Day.
June 10 Iced Tea Day and also National Rose' Day
June 10 is also World Bike Naked Day...I won't be doing that:-)
June 11 is National Corn on the Cob Day.
June 12 is Peanut Butter Cookie Day...maybe I will make some.

If you attend take photos.
Have a great weekend.

(All photos are taken from the event webpages.  Please check links for pricing, dates, and times)   


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Visit to the Raleigh Rum Company in Raleigh NC...

A couple of weeks ago Cindy and I decided to go on an adventure.  I searched the internet for things to do and came across the Raleigh Rum Company in Raleigh NC.  They have free tastings and tours every Saturday so off we went.  

If you asked me what I know about rum, the answer would be next to nothing.  The only thing I do know is that I love tropical drinks that contain rum.  

Here is a quote from their website....
"Born of our love for craft beer and cocktails; we marveled at all of the amazing craft beer in NC.  However, in January 2014 we looked around at the liquor shelf and couldn't find nearly as many options for the liquor end. So we decided to help fix that and Raleigh Rum Company was born."

 Tours and tastings every Saturday at 2pm.  It is free.  Click here for details and directions.

 We were treated to drinks and a mini lesson on the workings of the stills and the history of the Rum Company.
We had a great time at the Raleigh Rum Company.  
If you have a free Saturday I suggest you check it out.  
So now when I want a taste of the tropics I will head over, buy a bottle of rum and make myself a tropical drink.  Yum!
Get out and have some fun.