Hey #Raleigh, Celebrate #NationalBurgerMonth #NationalBurgerDay @BurgerFi 

May is burger month so SobeSavvy.com wanted to find the best burger joint in the Triangle. A friend had been telling us about Burger Fi for quite a while so decided to see what all the fuss was about. 

We had the pleasure of being hosted by their Wake Forest Rd location in Raleigh. We entered a bright and airy burger joint with an expansive terrace with flat screens showing the sports game. We opted to sit inside. After taking a few moments to look at their menu we finally got decisive with the following orders:


I went with the Breakfast All Day Burger:


Natural Angus Burger, American Cheese, Bacon, Maple Syrup, Fried
Egg, Hash Brown, Grilled Onions, Ketchup


This.Was.Incredible. The ingredients may look a little weird on paper but this went together so well. The hash browns and fried egg just melded
perfectly with my burger. The maple syrup was just enough sweetness to complete this burger of perfection.


Hubby chose the CEO:


Double Wagyu + Brisket Blend Burger, Homemade Candied Bacon-Tomato Jam, Truffle Aioli, Aged Swiss Cheese


He commented how he loved the deep flavor profile. The candied bacon tomato jam was so unique he asked the cashier whether they sold this on the side to take home !


My little one chose from their fun kids menu:


Single burger with a natural snack and a “freestyle” drink from their amazing soda machine, teas or Lemonades.


We went with a side order
of  “Cry + Fry” :                .


Double battered Onion Rings and hand cut Fries. We choose one of their fry premium toppings of Parm, Herb and Garlic Aioli. Awesome and a large portion more enough to share.


We had no room to try any of their custard Floats, shakes or Concretes this time. Next time somehow we will pace ourselves to have room !


National Burger Day {yup, that is a real thing} is coming up on Sunday May 28 . Get to Burger Fi and celebrate !!

Check out my delicious pics here:

BURGERFI ~Raleigh

3004 Wake Forest Rd •STE 100

Raleigh, NC 27609

(919) 999-3700

BURGERFI.COM      ■     #tryBurgerFi

4 Places to Brunch on Mother’s Day in #Raleigh |@seasons52 @simplycrepes @bonefishgrill @ncartmuseum 

Raise your hand if you think Mimosas and Moms go together like Sundays and Brunch! Eating brunch is one of my favorite activities no matter what the occasion, so I have compiled a list of some of my favorite brunch spots here in Raleigh, NC. No matter your tastes, there is sure to be something on here that Moms will like. 

SEASONS 52 ~CrabTree Valley Mall                4325 Glenwood Ave- Raleigh, NC 27612

Head to Seasons 52 and experience the wonderful flavors of the season from their a la carte Mother’s Day Brunch Menu. Check out my review here to see more of what they have to offer. Don’t forget to toast to Mom with any of their amazing Brunch Sips! Then take her shopping at Crabtree Valley Mall since the restaurant is conveniently located there.

SIMPLY CREPES~Lafayette Village          8470 Honeycutt Road, Suite 110                    Raleigh, NC 27615

Breakfast is being served all day at Simply Crepes and seating is first come, first served at Raleigh. If the sun is shining, grab a seat on the patio and watch the kids play on the courtyard lawn at Lafayette Village. This place is a family favorite, which I shared in my past restaurant feature. I highly recommend the chicken and waffles on a crepe entree. So good!

IRIS RESTAURANT~ NC Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road                     Raleigh,NC 27607

Sunday Brunch here is popular on any given weekend partly because people enjoy the food as well as the beautiful atmosphere. The cuisine is innovative and the setting is an expression of art and nature. Read here how I spent the whole day with my family at the North Carolina Museum of Art and what we ate at #NCMAIris. Reservations to dine at Iris Restaurant are a must. Call 919-664-6838

BONEFISH GRILL~North Hills                4421 Six Forks Rd.                                 Raleigh, NC 27609  

If your Mom is like me and loves seafood, along with Brunch cocktails and libations, then I suggest your Mother’s Day Celebration be held at Bonefish Grill. Take a look at my Sunday Brunch review here and hopefully you are inspired to go this Sunday. Afterwards, walk off that brunch and go shopping or catch a movie at North Hills! 

Have you made Mother’s Day Plans? Where do you enjoy Sunday Brunch?

Hope you enjoyed my list and now have some ideas where to take Mom to eat on Mother’s Day for Brunch in Raleigh, NC ! 




Hey #Raleigh ~Order these delicious #CincodeMayo Cupcakes TODAY from @HCakesbyTanya 

All images taken by Darius Davis

On Tuesday, I shared ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo at home, which included some drink recipes to serve your guests. However, I forgot one important thing that makes every party, event, gathering memorable ~ DESSERT. Not just any dessert, but cupcakes. This Cinco de Mayo, consider treating yourself and your guests to 2 delicious tequila infused treats made by a baker here in Raleigh, NC!

Heavenly Cakes By Tanya – has released these two Cinco de Mayo inspired cupcakes:

  • Cinco de Mayo-Rita (vanilla flavored infused with lime & tequila, brushed with tequila, topped with lime & tequila buttercream frosting)

    • Tequila Sunrise (orange juice, grenadine & tequila flavored cupcake topped with an orange, cherry and tequila buttercream frosting)

    My husband and I both enjoyed these moist and delicious cupcakes. They were indeed heavenly! I could not believe how the cupcakr tasted so close to a margarita and a tequila sunrise, 2 of my favorite cocktails! I enjoyed the fresh ingredients she used to make the cupcakes as well as the clever ways she chose to decorate them. I can bot wait to have my guests try these at my Cinco de Mato party. These cupcakes are available $2.50 for a single and $28 for a dozen. Custom Cakes and Deserts are also her speciality and will cater for your event. Don’t delay, get your orders in today and let them know SobeSavvy.com sent you!

    Heavenly Cakes by Tanya 3101 Bellenden Pl                        Raleigh, N.C. 27604

    Tanya P Davis|Owner 919-607-4406 HCakesbyTanya@gmail.com

    Be sure to follow Heavenly Cakes by Tanya at : http://www.HCakesByTanya.com

    Social Media

    Instagram: @HCakesByTanya

    Twitter: @HCakesByTanya

    Facebook: @HCakesByTanya

    Pinterest: @HCakesByTanya

    Please share with family and friends in the Triangle and Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

    SobeSavvy Tip: If you’re going to the Raleigh Food + Wine Festival on Sunday May 21st, Heavenly Cakes By Tanya will be sampling treats!

    Join @GildenOnline #EspirtdeShe 5k/10K Race #CaryNC on 5/13 + #EDSCary Registration Discount Code

    Today’s #WellnessWednesday share is for ladies only. Ever wanted to participate in a 5K or 10K that celebrates all women? Well now’s your chance to register for the 5th annual Gildan Esprit de She Cary 5K/10K run happening May 13, 2017! 

    This race draws inspirational female runners–including a two-time heart attack survivor, a woman running with her twin sister to come back after pneumonia, an amputee, and many others. In fact, since it’s the day before Mother’s Day, many moms and daughters have participated, including one mom running with her 5-year-old, and three best friends running with their three 15–year–olds. Here are the details:

    Gildan Esprit De She – The Spirit of Her Race
    Series – returns to Cary, NC 
    for 5th annual 5K/10K run 

    Registration open
    for nation’s premiere fitness event series for women, 
    hosted at Koka
    Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 13

     Inside of every woman – no matter what
    age – lies the spirit of courage, determination, strength, fearlessness and
    power – you just have to let her out. As the nation’s premier designer event
    series for women, there is a race for every pace and passion. And, you’re
    invited to
    Gildan
    Esprit de She 5K/10K
    Cary presented by Burt’s Bees, happening May 13, 2017 from 7am-noon
    at the
    Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    just 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh.

    From fashionable freebies to the signature
    Bubbly Bar, treat yourself to a designer experience celebrating
    the spirit of her in the company of
    truly inspirational women.

    It’s a morning that includes a designer race
    experience, high value participant gear, Lifestyle Market including the post-race
    Bubbly Bar and more!
    Whether
    getting in shape, setting a good example for your kids, or challenging yourself
    to reach a new personal best–r
    unners,
    joggers and walkers, you won’t want to miss Gildan Esprit de She presented by Burt’s Bees Cary, NC.

    This event begins with a timed 5K or 10K run and ends
    with a post-race lifestyle market of festive proportions. Participants salute
    their success with a drink at our signature Bubbly Bar and enjoy healthy eats
    and energetic live music while enjoying the popular Beauty Bar powered by
    LifeSpa and the many experiences brought to life by our event partners.

    Produced by LifeTime Fitness, Gildan Esprit
    de She presented by Burt’s Bees is teaming up with top national brands to give
    participants an unforgettable race experience. The generous support of title
    sponsor Gildan, presenting sponsor Burt’s Bees, and sponsors J. R. Watkins,
    Lorissa’s Kitchen, Experience Life!, Athlinks, LifeSpa and Gatorade Endurance
    make this event possible. In addition, charity partner, Girls on the Run of the
    Triangle, will be participating in the event and collecting donations.

    To
    register: 

    http://espritdeshe.com/cary-nc/register/

    Cost per registrant ranges from $25-$45
    per person depending on race

     About Gildan Esprit de She – The Spirit
    of Her Event Series: 
    Gildan Esprit
    de She – The Spirit of Her Event Series is the nation’s premier designer event
    series for women offering a race and fitness event for every pace and passion.
    Hosting events in 10 cities across the United States, Gildan Esprit de She
    hosts 5K/10K fitness-inspired “happy hour” runs, weekend runs, Triathlons
    Duathlons and in-club fitness lifestyle celebrations, all with the signature
    Gildan Esprit de She Lifestyle Market. Owned and operated by Life Time
    SM
    – Healthy Way of Life, the series was founded in 2013 and is currently in its
    fifth event season.

    Social Media:

    https://www.facebook.com/EspritdeShe/

    https://twitter.com/EspritdeShe

    https://www.instagram.com/espritdeshe/

    Snapchat UN:
    espritdeshe

    Hashtags:
    #EspritdeShe and #EDSCary

     

    SOBESAVVY TIP: For those of you who want to join in, I am providing my readers with a discount code to use. Register NOW and get $5 off  when you enter this code: SavvyCaryGEDS17 

    If I didn’t have a Mother’s Day weekend getaway planned, I would have enjoyed this. Please have fun and run for me ladies! I am there in spirit. 

    Thanks for reading and feel free to share the discount registration code!


    #Raleigh, Plan your Mothers Day Brunch NOW @Seasons52 @shopcrabtree #Seasons52 #SundayBrunch 


    This past Sunday, although rainy outside, my family and I found sunshine and the flavors of Spring inside Seasons 52. Located at Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall, SobeSavvy.com was invited to review their Sunday Brunch menu. Disclaimer: My husband and daughter joined me for this complimentary dine, however the opinions are our own.

    Since we arrived after 12pm, we thought we’d start off trying their “Brunch Sips” Seasons 52 is well known to be a top notch spot for creative craft cocktails, so we were not surprised by how refresing their Sangria is..(yes it is as good as it looks)

    …and how unique their Bellinis are. He ordered the white peach and I tried the rasberry Bellini for the first time. It was really good. Cheers!

    Our daughter had her own kid’s brunch menu to review. Take a look at all these tasty choices for children under 12!

    I am glad she chose the Brick Oven Brioche French Toast because that meant we could taste as well. She opted to have the pecans on the side and even ordered extra as those brown sugar pecans were so good, so addictive!

    Before our brunch entrees came out, the Chef sent out an amuse bouche of their housemade orange marmalade, greek yogurt mousse with granola. It’s available also a mini starter and a great way to get your tastebuds ready for more amazing flavors.

    On the Sunday Brunch Menu, there’s an array of creative entrees suited for anyone. Whether you choose sweet or savory, breakfast fare or lunch, Seasons 52 has one of the best gourmet menus that is very health conscious. I like how they actually list the calorie content of their dishes. Its good to know that the dishes we had not only taste good, but were good for us too! Here’s what we ate at Seasons 52 during their Sunday Brunch.

    STARTERS

    Hi my name is Leslie and I love Shrimp & Grits. So when I saw this listed on the menu, I knew I had to order it. I was not disappointed. The combination of cheesy grits, chorizo sausage and large shrimp were amazing! Warning it is not a shareable if you really love shrimp and grits. You are gonna want it all to yourself!

    If you are looking for a shareable try the Meditteranean Hummus …Duck Lollipops (my least fave of the 3 only because it is a bit too gamey for me)

    …or one of their flatbreads.  Lox on bagel lovers should definitely order the Smoked Salmon Flatbread. Our server Amy advised that it was one of her favorites and I really enjoyed Seasons 52 remix of this classic dish.


    ENTREES

    Even though Sunday Brunch starts at 10 am and ends at 1pm, dishes from the regular menu are available to order. My foodie family loves variety and Seasons 52 definitely serves up an array of “whats good now” emphasizing on fresh, seasonal ingredients. We tried two of their recommended egg based dishes. First up was their S52 Eggs Benedict. They put a new twist on this classic dish by replacing the traditional ham/canadian bacon with..wait for it..poached lobster ! Yup, it tasted BETTER than it sounds!!

    Next we tried a beautiful dish served in a  ceramic dish called ShakShuka . This is a arabic middle eastern breakfast recipe of  of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, spiced with cumin. They added chorizo and feta cheese. It was so flavorful and just such a pretty dish to look at {prior to eating it !}

    Seafood lovers must try the seabass. Mine was cooked to perfection. It’s served on “Forbidden Rice”  which I had for the first time. I don’t forbid you in trying this sticky black rice at all. It went well with snap peas and other asian flavors used to prepare this entree. Absolutely loved it!

    Another fave dish that all of us enjoyed is the Lamb Chops. You get a nice sized rack of lamb that my daughter called the rack of love because she loved the lamb chops. We all agreed that it was tender, well seasoned and simply delicious. Just check out the pic below that I shared along w/others via InstaStories on my IG @SobeSavvy

    DESSERT

    We were full but still had room for dessert. They serve dessert in shot glass sized portions. Little glasses of heaven. Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Red Velvet Cake..got your attention yet. Pick your favorite. All made in house daily. Incredible ending to an incredible brunch experience.

    SobeSavvy Tip: At some of their locations, they have a secret cocktail that is not advertised, nor is it on any menu but can be made upon request. But here in Raleigh, it is listed and goes by the name “Botanical Buzz”. We tried it and I will say its for the bold and not the faint of heart. After enjoying it, join the fun by sharing your reaction on Twitter and Instagram using #BotanicalBuzz

    Still looking for a unique place to take mom on Mothers Day then look no more. Seasons 52 is the kind of place any mom would love to spend time at on her special day. Make reservations now to reserve your spot.

    Seasons 52
    4325 Glenwood Avenue
    Crabtree Valley Mall
    Raleigh, NC 27612

    Photo Recap @GreatGrapesFest 4/22 in #CaryNC @drinkeatrelax @BoothAmp by SobeSavvy.com #soNCsavvy

    On Saturday, April 22, 2017 Wine Lovers & Foodies came ready to “Uncork the Fun” at the 14th Annual Celebration of Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival in Cary, NC. Thanks to our friends at Drink Eat RelaxSobeSavvy.com attended the festival in order to give you an inside look of the sips, sights, the people, the pours and more! Here is my photo recap of some of what you missed…Cheers!

    SIPS

    Upon entering the event, we each got to take a souvenir tasting glass and stroll from tent to tent and table to table, tasting and sampling the rich heritage of North Carolina vines. Guests got to taste HUNDREDS of wines available from over 22 wineries…and even more were available for VIP ticketed guests.

    If you wanted more after a sip or two and really loved the wine tasting, wine bottles were available for purchase to enjoy at the festival or later at home. 

    SIGHTS

    With plenty to see and lots to do, how much fun to be had at this festival totally depends on you! There was a free kids area, great live music,

     fun festival eats,

    *shoutout to my hometown of Baltimore where we all are raised on Old Bay

    Arts and crafts….

    and gourmet items to buy. 

    Sights in the The VIP Area included the following:

     
    The VIP Ticket option offers you early entrance into the event, a souvenir glass & bag and access to all the show tastings.  Plus you have access to the VIP area which features specialty higher-end wine selections not available elsewhere, free water and soft drinks, and featured food tastings (served Noon – 3pm). 

     

    PEOPLE

    Who goes to the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival? Everyone. Babies, Kids, Moms & Dads, Friends, Family, Guys Day Out, Ladies Meetup, anyone celebrating life. Even non drinkers are welcome to enjoy the festival and can purchase a ‘designated driver’ ticket. I even saw a bride to be enjoying her bachelorette outing with her bridesmaids. How fun!

    Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the lawn. Bring the family, bring your friends and take a day to UNCORK THE FUN!

    ITEMS ALLOWED
    Lawn chairs & blankets
    Sealed Bottles of water (1 per person) cameras
    all bags are subject to seach

    POURS

    Line up to your choice of winery and explore a new wine and learn more with each pour. I really enjoyed talking to the vendors and hearing the passion behind their product. 

    In case you missed it..check out my photos of last year’s festival HERE !

    It’s a fun event that is family friendly, so be sure not to miss in 2018! For more information please visit www.uncorkthefun.com

    Photo Recap #BeerandBacon Fest in #CaryNC @drinkeatrelax @BoothAmp @TownofCary by SobeSavvy.com

    On Saturday April 4, 2017, SobeSavvy.com joined beer lovers at a festival that celebrates the perfect pair: BEER and BACON! The Beer and Bacon Festival is known for being the Best Bacon Bash in The Triangle. If you love bacon and enjoy beer, this fest is for you! Drink Eat Relax, organized this fun event held at Town of Cary’s Booth Ampitheatre. Mother Nature was on our side because it was a gorgeous, sunny day…perfect for an outdoor beer festival!

    The Beer & Bacon Tasting Session was from Noon-6pm with a Beer Tasting Session from 2pm – 6pm. Attendees got a chance to enjoy:

    • 75 Craft Beers
    • 15 Restaurants
    • 10 Bacons From Across the US… and lots of Piggy Love

    This fun event has sold out for 3 years in a row! The ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza comes complete with the best craft beers for your tasting pleasure… and of course the food of the Gods: BACON . I tasted a gourmet bourbon bacon fresh off the grill that I really enjoyed! Each guest got a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and all live entertainment, which was a 90’s cover band. The band was great..I mean who doesn’t love the 90’s ?!

    This year the festival’s event planners changed their tickets up a bit based on guest feedback and suggestions. For instance, the early BEER & BACON TASTING SESSIONreduced the amount of tickets sold by over 20%. This allowed for less lines. Also there were NO THIRD PARTY TICKET SELLERS: Living Social, Groupon or whatever your favorite coupon site did not feature any of these tickets for sale.

    It was the perfect day for listening to live music, enjoying the fun foodie exhibits, playing games or just relaxing on the grass with your lawn chair or blanket while having some beer and bacon! For more info go to  www.beerandbacon.com Check out my photo recap video at the Beer and Bacon Fest >>>here<<< along with these fun pics as seen on the scene by SobeSavvy.com!