Archive for April, 2008

TTT: Get a beach safe or waterproof wallet

My travel tip this Tuesday is directed towards those of you heading off for fun in the sun – and especially cruisers.  People staying at a hotel can leave their valuables in their rooms and wander around with just a room key, but cruisers don’t want the hassle of returning to the ship to snag their cash.

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April 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm 3 comments

OMG, you guys!

The Durham Performing Arts Center just announced its first Broadway Carolina season (2008-2009).  Season tickets are on sale now for the season, which consists of:

Wow!  DPAC, booked by the Nederlander Company and PFM, promises Wicked in the next season.  With Broadway Carolina AND Broadway Series South, Triangle residents’ options for Broadway tours just keep getting better.

Speaking of BSS, they are also now offering season tickets for their 2008-2009 season:

  • Rain, the Beatles Experience – Novemeber 4-9, 2008
  • Chicago – December 2-7, 2008
  • A Chorus Line – January 6-11, 2009
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – March 31-April 5, 2009
  • Happy Days – a New Musical – April 14-19, 2009
  • Wizard of Oz – May 5-10, 2009

Now if only the two groups would offer make-your-own-combo season tickets… 

Images from Palace Theatre, DPAC, BSS, and BSS.

April 28, 2008 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

Events in the Triangle tomorrow

Ooh – I wish I had been paying more attention to what’s going on around here.  There are a few really interesting things going on in the Triangle tomorrow.

Triangle Beach Music Festival – This year the festival (the 10th!) is at Bryan Farms in Garner, NC.  The show is from 10 AM to 5 PM with the Chairmen of the Board, Band of Oz, Craig Woolard Band, Jim Quick & Coastline, and Spare Change.  There’s an after party beginning at 6pm at Cleveland Draft House, and there’s a pre-party there tonight.  Neat!

The Return of MMA – An MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) tournament is finally in Raleigh – April 26 at the Dorton Arena at 7 pm.  Very interesting.

The World Beer Festival is also tomorrow, but don’t bother looking for tickets.  They’ve been sold out for ages.  If you’re planning to visit downtown Raleigh tomorrow and aren’t going to this, be prepared; it’ll probably be pretty busy.

My Destination Friday post will have to wait until tomorrow some other day.  I’ve just been too busy today.  Arrg!

April 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Big Boss Brewery

Every second Saturday of the month at 2 pm, Big Boss Brewery, a brewery in Raleigh, opens up for a brewery tour.  After lunch in Franklin County, we met up with some friends to check it out.  I had a hard time hearing the first part of the tour due to people talking instead of listening, but the rest of the tour was neat.  The best part, however, were the free samples.  Upon entry, they give each person two tickets, which are redeemable for two beers.  They had 3 kinds available for sampling: Bad Penny, a nut brown ale; Hell’s Bell, a Belgian blond; and Angry Angel, a Kolsch style ale.  My dh doesn’t like beer, so I got to try all three.

I tried the two lighter beers first.  They were pretty good, but not something I’d necessarily buy on a regular basis.  Then I finally tried Bad Penny.  I was VERY excited because it reminds me of my new favorite beer, Southern Pecan (which I discovered on my Easter trip to NOLA).  It’s nutty and a bit sweet, but it’s not too sweet.  We tried to buy a couple six packs of the Bad Penny at the special brewery tour price ($7.50), but they were sold out.  Bummer.  I didn’t have too tough of a time finding it at a grocery store near the house though, so I’m all set.  For now anyway.

Recommendation: If you like beer and are in NC, look for Big Boss’s Bad Penny.  Visit the brewery for a tour if you’re around on the second Saturday of the month.  Otherwise, consider visiting their taproom upstairs to try their seasonal brews as well as their standards.  If you’re in MS/LA, look for Southern Pecan.

April 24, 2008 at 7:40 am Leave a comment

NC Eatin’: Franklin County

Saturday, April 12, 2008
Gigi’s Gourmet Deli
120 East Main Street
Youngsville, NC 27596

About a week and a half ago, I decided it was high time I visited another county for my NC Eatin’ tour.  I rounded up my husband and my friend Rachel, and off we went to Youngsville in Franklin County.

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April 23, 2008 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

TTT: Travel with friends – and say thanks

My travel tip this Tuesday is to travel with friends.  Since I finished school, I just don’t have as much time to spend with my friends.  A lot of them don’t live nearby anymore, so traveling is a great way to spend time with them.  For my friends who do live nearby, there’s time to get to know things I would’ve never known other than by traveling/living with them, and there’s time to catch up on things that have been going on since we last had a good chunk of time together.  Plus the shared experiences enrich our relationships.

After my recent trip to Disney World with some friends, I decided I really needed to say thanks to the friends who went with me.  They’d all been before, but they made sure I had a wonderful time and got to do things they wouldn’t necessarily have done (like the spinning teacups).  To show my appreciation, I made little 8×8 scrapbooks for them.  Click on this pic to see a slideshow of my album:

April 22, 2008 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Extra charges for seats in COACH?!

According to an article on CNN, US Airways is going to join the trend of charging passengers extra for some seats in coach.  “The new Choice Seats program, which begins May 7, will charge passengers $5 per flight for an aisle or window seat in the first several rows in coach.” 

JetBlue charges $10 per seat for its Even More Legroom seats.  Northwest has a Coach Choice program under which it charges an extra $5-50 per seat for preferred coach seats.  United has an Economy Plus section, which is a special section with additional leg room.

What do you think?  Is it fair to allow people to lay claim to the best seats by shelling out a few extra bucks, or should airlines let travelers lay claim to those seats on a first come-first served basis?

Image from United.

April 21, 2008 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

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