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Vibrational Food Tour: Raleigh, NC

Vibrational Food Tour: Raleigh, NC

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

A couple of weeks ago I was able to head back to my former home, Raleigh, NC. I love Raleigh and tend to miss it when I am on the road. However, when I left Raleigh I was eating very differently. When I arrived, I was a little concerned about where and what I would be eating for the weekend.

Let me say this, the south has a rich food history that should be praised. It extends beyond BBQ, biscuits, and sweet tea. The Triangle in particular prides itself in locally grown and seasonal produce along with creating wonderful atmospheres for people to dine in.

So what did I eat all weekend?

TROPHYS HAS THE BEST LOOKING PIZZA THIS SIDE OF NYC

TROPHYS HAS THE BEST LOOKING PIZZA THIS SIDE OF NYC

 

Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co

The place I miss the most in Raleigh is Trophy Brewing & Pizza. I used to live right across from the beer and pizza stop and loved ordering a beer and their signature Daredevil pizza covered in cheese while sitting outside. It was to my surprise as I scanned the salad offerings that they offer Daiya (dairy alternative) cheese ! I quickly whipped up my own pizza with arugula, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and LOTS of cheese. It was divine.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOUR SUSHI LOOKED SO ALIVE?

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOUR SUSHI LOOKED SO ALIVE?

 

Fiction Kitchen

For date night, my fiancé and I ate at Fiction Kitchen. I had never given this restaurant much thought and I am really sad I didn’t before. This restaurant takes the motto “I can make anything you eat vegan” to the next level. We started with a summer must-have, zucchini fritters with a vegan sour cream, and completed the meal with vegan sushi and vegan lemon blueberry donuts. The ingredients are all sourced daily from the local farmers markets and the plates are almost too beautiful to eat.  The flavors and textures leave nothing to be desired. Next visit I will be ordering their signature “chicken” and waffles.

POKE SO GOOD I WENT BACK TWICE! 

POKE SO GOOD I WENT BACK TWICE! 

 

 

Raleigh Raw

A friend mentioned to me that a new raw spot had opened downtown and I of course went. Twice! Cold press juices fill the fridges and kombucha flows straight from the tap. The coconut ceviche makes you feel like you are in the Caribbean. But the true star was the tuna poke, using sustainable fish piled high with greens. While not a completely vegan food choice, this is what fast casual food should be like. I also highly recommend their blueberry bee pollen smoothie.

 

Whole Foods Market

Whenever I travel in the US I always find the closest Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market on Wade Avenue had their salad bar set up and ready to go by 7 am each morning, which made for delicious salads topped with breakfast potatoes and a side of vegan steel cut oatmeal. If you know how to stick to lighter weight options, like shredded beets, zucchini, and seeds, you can make an impressive salad for under $10.

These restaurants are starting a new movement of raw and vegan food joints in Raleigh. As people start demanding healthier and sustainable food options, I can’t wait to see how the vegan and raw movements redefine the food of this city in the south. 

This piece was written by Travel Expert, Jennifer DeSimone.  Reach out toJennifer via Facebook or via email at Jennifer@theartofintentions.com

How To Book An Epic Vacation in Less Than Two Weeks

How To Book An Epic Vacation in Less Than Two Weeks

It's no secret that I love to travel. This time, I needed a SERIOUS getaway where I could realign myself with my passion for exploration and adventure. I wasn't going to take no for an answer, so it was time to take some action.

In less than two weeks, I planned a five-day trip to Playa Del Carmen from Raleigh, NC for less than $1,000 a person inclusive of airfare, accommodations, and transportation. I want to share my tips and tricks on how you can plan your spur of the moment getaway sans guilt. 

1. Find your inspiration. I frequently use the Kayak mobile app to search for deals based my days of availability and price range. I explore various destinations on the app by choosing "More" and then "Explore." 

I USED THE KAYAK APP TO VIEW LOCATIONS ALIGNED WITH MY DATES OF AVAILABILITY AND PRICE RANGE

I USED THE KAYAK APP TO VIEW LOCATIONS ALIGNED WITH MY DATES OF AVAILABILITY AND PRICE RANGE

 

2. Decide on your adventure. Trips come in many forms. Think about experiences that make you happy. Also consider whether or not you want to drive or fly. 

THE THOUGHT OF BEING NEAR THE BEACH WARMS MY HEART, AND IT WAS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR WHAT I NEEDED.

THE THOUGHT OF BEING NEAR THE BEACH WARMS MY HEART, AND IT WAS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR WHAT I NEEDED.

 

3. Decide on the duration. Time away should not be stressful. Select the right number of days that align with work or family schedules.

Example: We chose 5-7 day trip was selected for Mexico based on our work schedule. 

 

4. Find the best price for your flight. If you are flying, I highly recommend using the Hopper App. Hopper helps you determine when to fly and buy so you get the best fare for your trip. 

AFTER CHOOSING OUR DESTINATION, WE USED HOPPER TO TRACK OUR AIRFARE. THE APP SENT US NOTIFICATIONS WHEN THE FARES WERE PREDICTED TO INCREASE/DECREASE.

AFTER CHOOSING OUR DESTINATION, WE USED HOPPER TO TRACK OUR AIRFARE. THE APP SENT US NOTIFICATIONS WHEN THE FARES WERE PREDICTED TO INCREASE/DECREASE.

 

5. Consider bundled deals. If you are looking to purchase more than a plane ticket, you may be able to save more money by bundling your plane ticket, hotel, and car rental together.

FIRST WE PRICED OUR AIRFARE, HOTEL, CAR RENTAL, AND EXCURSIONS INDIVIDUALLY. THEN, WE USED TO EXPEDIA SITE TO EVALUATE BUNDLED DEALS. WE SAVED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT BY PURCHASING OUR PLANE TICKETS, ACCOMMODATIONS, AND RENTAL CAR TOGETHER.

FIRST WE PRICED OUR AIRFARE, HOTEL, CAR RENTAL, AND EXCURSIONS INDIVIDUALLY. THEN, WE USED TO EXPEDIA SITE TO EVALUATE BUNDLED DEALS. WE SAVED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT BY PURCHASING OUR PLANE TICKETS, ACCOMMODATIONS, AND RENTAL CAR TOGETHER.

 

6. Book it. Get excited! If you need assistance regarding the research for your trip post-booking, Papilia is here to assist and advise. 

SERIOUSLY? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? - (LOCATION: IN COBA, MEXICO)

SERIOUSLY? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? - (LOCATION: IN COBA, MEXICO)