Long Weekend in Raleigh

Last weekend we went down to Raleigh, NC to visit my family. Here’s a rundown of the events:

  • Friday: Arrive in Raleigh, head to lunch at Hayashi where the food and service are quite good; later, my sister and her kids come over to my parents’ house and I get a workout playing dodgeball with the kids outside
  • Saturday: My sister shows us around the city. We notice some activity around Glenwood Ave. and downtown. Nothing crazy but there are pockets of restaurants/shops/bars if you look for it. We have a nice lunch at Hereghty Patisserie. The lush greenery in the area reminds us of Atlanta, GA (where my wife lived for a year) or Portland, OR (where our other relatives live). In fact, Raleigh is called “the city of oaks” for its many oak trees. We also take a look at many housing developments and see plenty of beautiful homes that we could actually afford, including those KB Homes designed by Martha Stewart (don’t laugh, they’re nice!). One of the model homes has my wife’s dream kitchen (pictured below) complete with an island bigger than most Manhattan apartments.

  • Sunday: We accompany my sister and her husband and the kids to the huge State Farmer’s Market but before that have lunch at the nearby restaurant. Despite the long wait, it was quite possibly the best fried chicken I’ve ever had! Along with it, I have some fried green tomatoes and mashed potatoes and wash it down with sweet tea. Afterwards we go to Frankie’s where we play miniature golf and ride go-karts with the kids. In the evening, we head to dinner with my parents at Vivace in the North Hills section of town. It was like a “New York” restaurant – good food, decor, and music but it also makes us realize how spoiled we are living in NYC where restaurants like this are a dime a dozen. Nevertheless, it was a nice meal and way to spend our last evening there. On the way back to their house, I marvel at the rental sign that says: “Two Bedrooms: $800”.
  • Monday: We have breakfast and run some errands at their local mall – Crabtree Valley – and before long we’re back at the airport and returning home to Brooklyn.

One Response to “Long Weekend in Raleigh”

  1. Katie Says:

    Nice, thanks for the MS shout out! I’ve seen the houses, they are nice. Glad you made it back, maybe drinks next week sometime?

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