Make 2015 a Great One

I have a love-hate relationship with this time of year.  I love it because it is a time of reflection and renewal. I hate it because, as I get older, it also brings with it the realization that life is about constant change–children grow up too fast and people we love don’t live forever.  There is always a bit of sadness in looking back and realizing that another year is gone. Thankfully, the idea of a clean slate at the beginning of a new year holds an incredible amount of hope.  Whether we proclaim a New Year’s resolution or simply make a quiet promise to ourselves, this time of starting anew can be exciting…even exhilarating.

Each year, I make a restaurant bucket list.  Part of the process of making this list includes reviewing the list from the previous year.  It is a fun walk down my food memory lane.  In 2014, my list included both new and established places in my community and beyond.  I believe life is too short to eat at chain restaurants, so you will not find them here. I have had the great fortune of getting to know some of the owners and employees of these amazing places.  It isn’t just about eating for me–it’s about community.

Rose’s Meat and Sweet Shop

Bida Manda


Acme Food and Beverage

Tazza Kitchen

Mami Nora’s

Pompieri Pizza

Jubala Village Cafe

Driftwood Southern Kitchen


Straw Valley Cafe

Cala Vela Empanada & Tequila Bar


Poole’s Diner

I remember each meal, and I enjoyed every bite!  I look forward to tackling my 2015 bucket list.  I promise to share a few of them with you…and if you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments.  Happy New Year!  May your 2015 be filled with delicious local food and drink!


6 thoughts on “Make 2015 a Great One

  1. Nice list, Stacy! I still need to hit up Mandolin and Straw Valley Cafe. On my 2015 bucket list (good idea, I may borrow it 🙂 Is ONE restaurant, LaPlace out in Hillsborough and several others…

  2. Happy New Year! Love this list. Rose’s Meats and Sweets is well placed at the top. The pastrami and kimchi sandwich… crazy delicious! I need to add a bunch of these to my 2015 list. Have you been to Lucette Grace in Raleigh? I drool every time someone posts pictures of their pastries. Can’t wait to read about your 2015 adventures!

  3. Lucette Grace is at the top of my 2015 list!! Daniel is a talented man. Love Rose’s Meats and Sweets SO MUCH. Have you tried their ramen on Wednesdays…talk about crazy delicious!!

  4. I’ll have to add all of these to MY list! I’ve been to Pompieri – amazing – get your own pizza so that you can take home leftovers 🙂

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