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Ciao Down!  Brunch at Mia Francesca  


Force of Habit ... Biting your nails, chewing loudly (says who?), and picking the same loser of a boyfriend.  And when it comes to picking a brunch spot ... let's just say it's typically the ritual of the habitual as we migrate to the same old breakfast bar.  Every once in a while, however, something new Mia Francescacomes along that snaps you out of your routine.   For us, it was the new Saturday and Sunday brunch at Mia Francesca Trattoria in Midtown (North Hills, Raleigh).   Located adjacent to The Renaissance Hotel, Mia Francesca's lunch and dinner menu features the zesty cuisine of Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio.  Their new brunch menu also kicks breakfast enjoyment up several flavor notches ... and that's even before the $1 Mimosas and $1 Bellinis are served.  


Familiar Fare with Flair:  This well kept secret won't last long.  Mia Francesca just started serving Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10am - 3pm.  The early start time is great for those with full schedules and no time to wait for the typical 11:30am start time.  Inside, the atmosphere is comfortable rustic with plenty of seating and an extremely helpful wait staff.  Covered patio seating is also available.

Don't let the menu's Italian titles intimidate you; the descriptions will bring you back into focus.  You'll Arancini Benedictspot your traditional favorites (eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, breakfast sampler, etc).  What's unexpected is how the chefs at Mia Francesca have turned traditional breakfast fare into a gourmet treat without straying too far from the familiar.  For example, their most popular item, Arancini Benedict, serves the soft poached eggs with crispy risotto, sundried tomato basil hollandaise, and prosciutto di parma.  The combination is exquisite!  The Pane e Bourbon is their signature French toast with home-made challah bread soaked in bourbon vanilla bean batter and grilled, candied walnuts, maple whipped cream, and warm Pane e Bourbonstrawberry balsamic capote.  Their menu will tantalize and entice you to return next weekend.  Entrée prices range from $6 to $13. Click Here for Brunch Menu. 


Not too late for Easter Brunch:  For all you procrastinators, Mia Francesca is still taking reservations for Easter Brunch.  The chefs will be out on the floor preparing their signature dishes as well as manning meat carving and omelette stations.  The $1 Mimosas, $1 Bellinis and Italian Sangria ($5 per glass / $25 pitcher) enhance the festivities.  The price for this all-you-can-eat buffet is $20.99 for adults; $10.99 for children.


So check out Brunch at Mia Francesca Trattoria ... but be warned... It could be habit forming!   Location: 4100 Main at North Hills (adjacent to The Renaissance Hotel). Contact: 919.278.1525, Raleigh Website. Open daily and late nights.  Reservations taken and walk-ins welcome.  Elegant, private dining rooms are available for special occasions. Like us on Facebook 



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Nature Research Center -  NC Museum of Natural Sciences  


No need to be a lab geek or a know-it-all in order to partake in the 24 hour grand opening of the Nature Research Center wing to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.


Statement of the Problem: Subject suffering from underestimating Mother Nature's power to rip through populated areas destroying anything in her path.


Hypothesis: The touring of the new Nature Research Center with state-of-the-art laboratories, research opportunities, interactive exhibits and live presentations given by top scientists.  The Nature Research Center will make science a tangible and enjoyable experience and help visitors understand the practical applications of science in their daily lives.


Materials: The Nature Research Center will house four state-of-the-art research laboratories in which NC Museum of Natural Sciencesscientists will engage in research while visitors can observe "science in action" through floor-to-ceiling glass walls.  Adjacent public Investigate Labs will allow visitors to participate in real scientific research and other hands-on activities.  Interactive, multimedia exhibits will engage visitors in a wide variety of cutting edge research from Dinosaurs to DNA, to Weather, to Meteorites to Space and Deep Sea Explorations. 


Procedures: All of Raleigh is gearing up for the 24-hour opening of the new wing, beginning April 20th, at 5pm and ending at 5pm on Saturday, April 21st. Event planners are expecting as many as 50,000 people to converge on the streets surrounding the museum during that 24-hour time period. A full slate of concerts, exhibits, food and other surprises plus the wonder of the museum itself will add to the festivities.


A dazzling display of lights, roving street performers, musicians, aerialists and internationally-known scientists will greet visitors as the doors open to the Nature Research Center.  Unlocking how we know what we know, the public will discover science in a whole new dimension.


Results: Subject knowledgeable from immersed interactive science and technology exhibits and having the opportunity to perform science activities in investigative labs, and explore research collections in a high-tech Naturalist Center.


Conclusion: Problem solved...You don't have to be a lab rat to realize that the NC Museum of Natural Sciences encourages visitors to explore this natural world before we croak.


NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Website. Location: 11 West Jones St.  Raleigh, NC 27601.  Hours: Mon-Sat: 9 am-5 pm., Sun: 12 pm-5 pm.  Phone: 919.733.7450. Free Admission 


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Mia Francesca Trattoria, which opened its doors in North Hills this past October, is introducing 'Eat and Earn', a unique program established to support local non-profit organizations. Through this initiative, participating non-profits looking to raise funds can organize pre-set nights for their respective groups to dine at the restaurant, and Mia Francesca will, in turn, donate 15 percent of the dinner bill to the organization.  For more info call 919-278-1525. Website.


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