Top 5 Best Desserts in the City
Charlotte has some of the best restaurants in the country to eat at whether it’s southern comfort food, celebrity chef restaurants, or international cuisine. So my big question is always, “What about the best place to eat dessert?” I happen to have to huge sweet tooth and after an incredible savory meal I want something that is going to end the night off right. Most restaurants have a dessert menu but not all have a GREAT dessert menu. Here is my list of the top 5 Best Desserts in the City for the next time you’re craving something sweet.
1) 1) Crave Dessert Bar - Bailey’s Bread Pudding
Crave does happen to be known for their desserts, but this one “takes the cake” if you will. Their decadent Bailey’s® Irish cream, artisan bread with brandy caramel bread pudding is absolutely to die for. I am a huge fan of bread pudding but the reason this is one of the best desserts in the city is its...
This Weekend Celebrate Charlotte Pride Festival 2014!
This weekend is Charlotte Pride 2014 and there are a ton of fabulous things to do! Starting on Saturday, Uptown will host the two day festival with so much to do including the Pride Parade on Sunday. This weekend you won’t want to miss some amazing nights out with Drag Shows, fundraisers, concerts, and of course - Rocky Horror Picture Show! Show your pride!
12:00pm: Music Box lunch at Romare Bearden Park: Kent Steel
5:00pm: Science on the Rocks - Discovery Place
5:30pm: Body Attack on Hate Live - Gold’s Gym Epicentre
6:00pm: Pride Basketball Game - Naomi Drenan Rec Center
7:00pm: Charlotte Pride Takeover - The Westin
7:30pm: Buff Faye’s “Dream in Color” PRIDE Party Bus - The Bar at 316
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Laura Thurston
9:00pm: Party like a Pinup/Calendar Model Search Party - Automatic Slims
9:00pm: Electric Rainbow Carnival - L4 Lounge
It's Time to Rock Out: Live Music Week
Starting another new week in the Queen City can mean anything: Restaurant week, Speed Street, Taste of Charlotte and everything inbetween. This week (unofficially) is live music week and is packed full of live music and incredible concerts. Lincoln Park, Panic! At the Disco, One Republic and more. Plus, check out some free live music around the city! Get your jam on this week and forgot about your daily responsibilities. (But don’t tell your boss I told you to!)
7:30am: Free fitness classes at Romare Bearden Park
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Yoga at Pizza Peel (plus discount on food)
6:30pm: Sweat out the Suds Run - Tyber Creek
7:00pm: Open Mics at Evening Muse
8:00pm: Live music at Amelie’s
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof
6:00am: Bootcamp at Romare Bearden Park
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at Romare Bearden Park: Mark Stallings
5:00pm: $3 Craft Beer -...
RECAP: Olde Mecklenberg Brewery's Opening VIP Night
The oldest local brewery in Charlotte is opened its brand new location on Saturday, August 15th with a grand opening VIP party and ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests enjoyed menu samplings including OMB’s mouthwatering and slightly addictive Beer Cheese, Pretzels, and other traditional German delicacies. Beers on draft included their main three all year round famed Copper, Captain Jack Pilsner, and their Southside Weiss.
The new facility is 8.5 acres and is located down the road from the previous facility at 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte. The brewery expansion cost an estimated $8 million to construct and features a 60-barrel, four barrel brewhouse, an expanded Brauhaus and a new Biergarten patio. This marks a huge win for Charlotte tourism and consumerism, as OMB’s prized facility had become quickly outgrown.
For those of you who haven’t experienced OMB’s previous facility, this is a mandatory addition to your bucket list. I was at a loss for...
Let's Go Panther's! New Bars, New Season #KeepPounding
This week is a BIG week for Charlotte guys! The Panthers are officially back in business with this Friday’s Preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Rain or Shine, fans from all over will be coming out to get their tailgate on. But, where do you go? What do you do? After a fast start to the week including Miley Cyrus taking over Uptown, DRAUGHT Charlotte opening in the old Hartigan’s (finally a local stadium bar), and Bar One’s first Charlotte location ready to keep the drinks flowing, this weekend is proving to be one for the books.
For some of you non-football fans (I know, I’m trying not to judge), this week is picking up to have a few great events to shape out the week. If you still are getting over your post Miley Cyrus concert coma, here’s a variety of different events to keep you busy!
5:00pm: Alive After Five at Epicentre–The Backbeat
5:30pm:48 Hour Film Project Auditions. Follow link for details
GOOOOOOOOOAL!!! DId you think the soccer fever was over after the World Cup? Not in this city! This weekend we are lucky to have two legendary soccer teams compete in our very own Bank of America Stadium. On Saturday watch Liverpool FC play against AC Milan for 90 minutes of pure adrenaline. If that game is not enough for you, start the weekend off by joining the Epicentre for their Liverpool Fan Center and don’t forget to buy your merch at Whiskey River and perhaps get them signed by the Liverpool team! The party continues the next day with the Guinness Champions Cup Bar crawl throughout Uptown and Tailgating at The Dog House. The rain this weekend isn’t going to stop us - hell, it may make us a little more official watching soccer in the rain.
10:00am Grand Opening events at Charlotte Premium Outlets
12:00pm: Lunchtime music at Romare Bearden Park
4:00pm: Build Your Own Boat Festival at Whitewater Center
6:00pm: Movies Under...
Make Way for the Charlotte Beerfest!
I hate to think about the Summer Season ending, but all of the new events that keep popping up for Fall are hyping me up for the impending colder weather.
BB&T BallPark has just announced their inaugural Charlotte Beerfest, which will be held Sept. 20 at the new Charlotte Knight’s conveniently located uptown ballpark. The late September event will show off top selections from all of the Charlotte area as well as North Carolina.
Chris Boukedes, executive director of the Charlotte Beerfest, says in a news release. “The North Carolina region has distinguished itself as home to some 25 locally brewed craft beers, and we’re proud to celebrate this culture of craftsmanship and artisan brewing at the inaugural Charlotte Beerfest.”
We love the breweries’ philosophy, which is based on “co-opetition”. In other words, they love to support each other, but love a little friendly competition. That’s what keeps the breweries...
Charlotte's "Got A lot"...of Beer
One thing Charlotte is known for is their craft beer. Home to many large breweries such as NoDa Brewery, Triple C, and Birdsong, (among many others), one thing I’ve learned is that Charlotte loves its beer. If you haven’t been to any of the breweries, I highly recommend stopping in and trying a flight. For those of you who have already enjoyed Charlotte Breweries, why not try a Brewery Tour, or one of the activities at a brewery? On Wednesdays, NoDa Brewery offers a 5K running group. Nothing says “making friends” more like sweating it out with a stranger and having a pint after to celebrate. Brewery Tour Charlotte offers a brewery tour on the last Sunday of every month. They explore up and coming breweries, as well as the big named ones.
For those of you who aren’t (yet) into the craft beer scene, check out our activities for this week!
1:00pm: Brewery Tour Charlotte’s “Hops and Pops”...
CONCANNON WINE AND WHISKEY TASTING AT Rí Rá CHARLOTTE
Rí Rá Charlotte will hold a Wine and Small Plate Tasting on the 8th August 2014 from 6pm. It will be a special tasting of wine from the Irish owned Concannon vineyard, located along California’s central coast. The tasting will comprise several different wines from the region paired with some delicious small plates developed to compliment these wines, capping the evening off with a tasting of Concannon Irish Whiskey.
The Concannon Winery, the first ever Irish -American winery, was built by James Concannon in 1865, when he sailed from the rocky coast of Ireland’s Aran Islands for America’s fertile shores in search of a better life. Nearly 150 years later, his family returned to Ireland to craft Concannon Irish Whiskey. They teamed up with Ireland’s Cooley’s Distillery to craft this special whiskey which is distilled then aged for a minimum of 4 years and finished in Concannon’ s wine casks to impart rich and complex flavors....
Do Something Different This Summer
Summer time in Charlotte can be wildly unpredictable; last year it rained almost everyday and was still somehow over 100 degrees! This year has been incredible with the days hitting the high 80s to low 90s and nights cooling off in the lower 70s and even high 60s. With this incredible fortune I can guarantee you’ve been to the beach, you’ve been to the pool, you’ve grilled outside, and you probably even laid out on your rooftop. So I think it’s about time to change it up this Sunday July 27th and get on board with Brewery Tour Charlotte.
When you think of craft beer you probably think of Fall with Oktoberfest and all the incredible festivals that happen right here in Charlotte. Well why wait till fall to have incredible craft beers right here in the Queen City? This tour screams Summer Sunday Funday! The July featured breweries include The Unknown Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewing, and Heist; and guess what they all have? Summer beers! If that...
Enjoy Science (The Adult Way) with a new Happy Hour
This weekend is full of fun and fantasy. Start your Friday night off at Discovery Place with their first ever adults-only happy hour featuring nerf gun wars, giant glow-in-the-dark Jenga and liquid nitrogen wine! Moving into late night you can continue your fantasy over at Suite with their 50 Shades of Men - The Show! I guess you’ll know where I’ll be…. Then to continue the weekend off right, head on over to the BYOB Barnstock Festival for 3 stages of amazing music. To finish off this epic weekend, enjoy your Knights play Scranton and soak up the summer sun.
Queen’s Feast - Restaurant Week
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch Series at Romare Bearden Park
5:00pm: Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place
6:00 pm Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.
7:05pm: Charlotte Knights vs. Scranton/WB RailRiders
8:00pm: 50 Shades of Men - The Show at Suite
8:00 pm Live music schedule for Summit Coffee
All Hail to the Queen's Feast
For those of you unfamiliar with Charlotte’s “Queen Feast” or Restaurant week, you might want to mark your calendars. Over 100 restaurants in metro Charlotte from July 18-27th will offer 3 (or more) courses at dinner for $30 a person. Certain restaurants even offer a glass of wine or beer with your meal. It’s not only a great opportunity to get out and enjoy Charlotte restaurants, but it’s a great way to support local businesses.
For the newbies unfamiliar with the Queen’s Feast, we’ve collected a list of tips to make sure you can enjoy restaurant week to the fullest.
1. Do your research.
This is one of the busiest weeks for restaurants, and you want to make sure that you know what restaurants you want to attend. Check out http://www.charlotterestaurantweek.com/main.html for the full list of restaurants, as well as their location
2. Make reservations early.
Like I said, it will be an incredibly busy...
Keep it Down! Silent Disco is Back on the Roof
Tomorrow is 7/11 which means if you head on over to several 7-Eleven locations they are giving away a FREE small Slurpee! If that’s not enough to start your weekend, throw on some headphones and rage in “silence” at Rooftop 210. Not only will you love jamming out, but so will the people around you! The day we can’t wait for is Saturday - why? Only one answer -JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE! Hope you got tickets! The rest of the weekend is full of free live music, brewery tours, and plain ol’ fun-in-the-sun. Enjoy!
11:00am: Free small Slurpee at 7-Eleven
5:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Company: Sincerely, Iris
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: The Fat Face Band
7:05pm: Knights vs Chiefs
8:00pm: Silent Disco at Rooftop 210 at Epicentre
8:00pm: Live music at Summitt Coffee: Mike Strauss...
Weekday Roundup 7/7-7/10
What a weekend, Charlotte! I don’t know about you, but July 4th weekend had us running all over town with events. From all you can eat Maryland crab at the 4th Annual Southeast Crab Feast in South Charlotte to BB&T’s truly impressive display of fireworks, our team was out and about enjoying Whether celebrating at the Whitewater Center, BB&T Stadium, bar hopping, or at a BBQ with friends, we hope you had a great Independence Day Weekend!
Assuming you spent Sunday and Monday trying to get your life together, here are this week’s upcoming events.
5:30pm: Zumba at Romare Bearden Park
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
8:00pm: Trivia night at Petra’s
10:00pm: Tuesday Night Mic Fights at Crown Station Pub
**All night Half Priced Wine at Nan & Byrons
3:00pm: Cupcake Wars at Mint Hill Library
3:00pm: Fossil Dig at South County Regional Library
4th of July Weekend in Charlotte! 7/4 - 7/6
This weekend is the 4th of July, which means it’s time to celebrate our wonderful country with friends, parties, and fireworks! There are a lot of things to do this weekend so mark your calendar for where to watch the fireworks, where to party, and where to get the best deals!
Free Bloomin’ Onion at Outback July 4
Military personnel free at Carowinds for 4th of July
Free Fishing Day in North Carolina on 4th of July
8:00pm - The NoDa Summer Musicfest at the Chop Shop
10:00am - Fourth of July Celebration - The Charlotte Museum of History
12:00pm - World Cup France vs Germany
2:00pm - 4th of July Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center
4:00pm - World Cup Brazil vs Colombia
6:00pm - Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.
7:05pm - Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides
10:00pm - Live July 4th Tito Rojas at Label
10:00pm - Toni Vegas at Suite