Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

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I hope you all are ready for another vacation recap! Day two in North Carolina started at the North Carolina State Farmer’s Market. Any time I searched “things to do in Raleigh” their State Farmer’s Market came up. And seeing as I absolutely love farmer’s markets I figured I needed to somehow bribe Eric into taking me there. It turned out that all I needed to do was tell him that barbeque sauce would probably be sold somewhere at said Farmer’s Market and he jumped on board. Simple joys. The NC State Farmer’s Market was huge and consisted of some outdoor stands and an indoor market. There were fresh vegetables, homemade salsas and sauces, wild honey, and barrel after barrel of penny candy.

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It was really fun perusing the different aisles of all the homegrown foods. Unfortunately there weren’t many items we would be able to take back with us on our plane ride home, but we did leave with an Old Fashioned Orange Soda for Eric and a birthday present for my dad. Next stop was a little lunch. And we decided that the best choice for lunch would be cupcakes. Obviously. We went to Gigi’s Cupcakes, which first started in North Carolina, but now has stores all over the country. We got two cupcakes to share. The first was my favorite, The Cinnamon Bun Cupcake. It featured a French Toast Cake, Brown Sugar Praline Frosting, Candied Pecans and a drizzle of caramel. So. Good.

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Eric’s favorite was the Midnight Magic. Dark chocolate cake topped with Vanilla Buttercream and mini Chocolate Chips. Classic and Delicious.

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And later that day we headed to Downtown Raleigh for the evening. Check out my dates for the night:
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For dinner we went to The Pit. This barbeque restaurant has been featured on a number of Food Network shows and has been named one of Raleigh’s top barbeque spots. Our meal started off with cheesy biscuits and hushpuppies. The biscuits were classic  buttermilk biscuits and although they were delicious, the hushpuppies were the star of the show. You can’t really find these deep fried cornbread balls up in Michigan, so it was definitely a fun treat.

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For my entree I decided to go with Baby Back ribs. They were covered in a tomato based barbeque sauce and they were pretty darn good. They came with cole slaw and mac and cheese, and although I don’t think their sides held a candle to Detroit’s own Slow’s Barbeque, they weren’t too bad. And thus ended Day 2 of the Food Coma Vacation.

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