Matt, Riese, and I spent the weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina visiting household!

It was enjoyable to go again to North Carolina – I miss that beautiful Carolina Blue sky a lot. For newer readers: Matt and I lived in Chapel Hill, NC for a pair years (2010-2012) whereas I used to be getting my Masters of Public Health in Nutrition at UNC. We beloved it there!

Sadly we didn’t get the possibility to pop by Chapel Hill this weekend, however seeing the Carolina Blue sky once more was glorious. 😉

We had been in Raleigh to go to Matt’s older brother Chris, his spouse Jess, and their three boys (certainly one of whom was born in September, so this was our first time assembly him)! Matt’s youthful brother Drew and his spouse Morgana additionally got here down from NYC, so we had a giant crew!

We arrived on Friday in dinner time, and had a low key evening at their dwelling with some yummy enchiladas and tacos. 

homemade enchiladas

I went again for yet another laborious shell taco after the beneath pic. As you possibly can see within the background, Riese was on the child’s desk together with her cousins – she had THE greatest time with them this weekend! So enjoyable that she’s sufficiently old to play with them a bit extra now. 

On Saturday morning, we had a chill morning at dwelling with some almond butter toast, fruit, and laborious boiled eggs. 

simple toast and boiled eggs breakfast

Then we headed out for an journey! We all went to Shelley Lake Trail and walked the two mile lake loop, then hit the playground for a bit, too. Riese largely walked/ran, however she additionally borrowed her cousin’s cool pushable bike and had enjoyable getting a experience with us pushing!

It was grey out on Saturday however nonetheless hotter than DC. 😉

shelley lake trail raleigh

Lunch was at a very scrumptious quick informal Lebanese spot referred to as Sassool. I forgot to take an image as a result of we had been operating up on nap time and issues had been fairly chaotic, however Matt, Riese and I shared a complete bunch of their ready salads, hummus, and a pair pita sandwiches. 

The gang watched a film whereas Riese napped, and I received some work achieved (perpetually behind!). After she was up and had a snack, Matt stayed again with Riese and I went out for a fast jog earlier than dinner.

As a social runner, I’m all the time actually proud once I make it out for a run by myself with out the accountability of another person! I did a giant loop round Chris and Jess’s neighborhood and it was excellent – best temperature, I felt good, not too lengthy, not too brief. 

short jog in north raleigh

On Saturday evening, we had a giant deal with: a dinner out at Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh! It’s an Asian dim sum restaurant that was truly voted the #10 greatest new restaurant in America by Bon Appetit journal in 2017! Whoa. 

dinner out in raleigh

I beloved it from the second we walked in – tremendous cool vibe, and actually distinctive in that it had a giant brewery/bar space, a classy restaurant space, AND a bookstore and a flower store. There was loads occurring but it surely weirdly actually labored. 

brewery bhavana raleigh

And extra importantly, the meals was phenomenal! Seriously top-of-the-line meals I’ve ever had.

We mainly simply ordered half the menu and shared all of it, which was excellent as a result of all of us received to attempt a little bit of the whole lot. 

brewery bhavana dinner review

brewery bhavana dinner review

brewery bhavana dinner review

For dessert, all of us shared the fried ice cream (!!) and an unpictured key lime pie, which was from a neighborhood bakery and likewise phenomenal. I’m not usually an enormous cake particular person (I discover it too candy), but it surely was soooo good. Really nice texture!

fried ice cream brewery bhavana

Such an important evening out. And in case you’re questioning, the children weren’t with us – Jess’s household that lives within the space very kindly babysat!

On Sunday, we had slightly birthday breakfast for Chris with some scrumptious almond croissants (from Trader Joe’s). 

trader joes almond croissants

And then all of us headed out to a different nice path/playground space – Blue Jay Point County Park.

It was sooo good out on Sunday – such a deal with! Something I actually miss about residing in North Carolina isn’t solely the beautiful winters (a lot of random 60 diploma and sunny February/March days), but additionally the entry to a lot of trails/lakes/wooded areas! 

blue jay point hike

It was so fairly, and the children had a blast exploring and operating across the trails. The first picture on this put up was from this hike, too – the path was a brief loop that took you right down to lovely views of the water.

blue jay point trail raleigh

We got here again and had some leftovers on the home earlier than hitting the highway again to DC. It was so laborious to go away with such lovely climate – want we may have stayed and performed longer! Such a enjoyable weekend.

Once we received dwelling and received Riese to mattress, Matt watched the Super Bowl, however I made a decision my time could be higher spent taking a pleasant sizzling epsom salt bathtub after which studying in mattress. It’s my favourite bedtime routine!

epsom salt bath

Did you watch the Super Bowl?

Have you ever been to North Carolina? 

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