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!


Bring on the New Year!

As I look back on a year of transition–which included a new job, settling in to a new home, and the retirement of my husband from military service–I am feeling thankful.  I am lucky to live in a community with so much to offer.  The Triangle has been a fun place to explore.  We’ve discovered some amazing restaurants, great farmer’s markets, and serene places to commune with nature.  With each new experience, I feel more at home.

I have been given the opportunity to explore my love of cooking and photography both professionally and personally, which has been, literally, a dream come true.  This year started with uncertainty, provoked a great deal of anxiety, and is ending with exciting adventures.  Isn’t that what life is all about? Looking back always gives us the perspective and often the 20/20 vision we lacked during the journey.

Here’s to a 2014 full of incredible meals and time spent with those we love!