June 11, 2012
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Treat Your Man to Mandolin - Serving Sat. & Sun. Brunch 


When it comes to being the fun parent, there's no contest - Dad always wins!  On Father's Day, help him keep his 'cool credentials' and take him to a great place to eat for Brunch or Lunch without going broke.  Your chips-off-the-old-block can have a chilled-out time with dear old Dad and at the same time make him proud that you didn't have to hand him the bill.


MandolinMan oh man it's Brunch at Mandolin!  Mandolin Restaurant is now serving Brunch and Lunch on Saturday's and Sunday's, starting 11am till 2:30pm.  Begin your Father's Day celebration with a Bloody Man-dolin, a special Bloody Mary Mix, Luksusova Vodka, and Pickled Okra.


The Menu offers locally-sourced Southern food with international influences.  Owner, Raleigh native Sean Fowler has taken the old southern classics and added unique twists paying attention to every detail that will make your taste buds say, "Whoa"!


Your waiter will begin by serving you homemade biscuits that are tastier than your granny's. Fresh marmalade and creamed churned butter compliment them.  Choices of entrees range from country Steak and Eggs; seared hanger steak, scrambled eggs, and home fries, to Chocolate ButtermilkMandolin Brunch Waffles with poached pears and Chantilly cream.  You'll love every bite.


The breakfast menu is impressive and mostly under $9, as well as their lunch menu.  A fresh variety of salads are offered, such as their Panzanella Salad with country croutons, smoked farmer's cheese, caper berries, oven-roasted tomatoes, house-made pickles, and herbs.  But if Dad is looking for something to sink his teeth into, we'd suggest the Beef Short Rib Sloppy Joe with Home Fries and mixed greens.


Mandolin uses the highest quality of local ingredients to create seasonal menus that represent a fresh Mandolin Home-Made Biscuitstake on Southern food. They source their meats, poultry, seafood, produce, and specialty products from a bounty of North Carolina farmers, ranchers, and artisans whenever possible.  By keeping cooking and ambiance close to home their food is seasonal, sustainable, and allows them to be true to their culinary and business philosophies based on the core values of preparing the best food, using the best ingredients, supporting our local economy, and conserving our natural resources.


Father's Day is the only day of the year that he monopolizes your time (or is it the other way around?), so entertain the man... take him to Mandolin!


Mandolin: 2519 Fairview Rd., Raleigh, 27608, Phone: 919-322-0365.

Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Dinner 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday Dinner 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm.   Website. 


Lizzy Fisher and Sean FowlerWedding Bliss:  Congratulations to Mrs. Lizzy Fisher Fowler and Mr. Sean Fowler, owners of Mandolin, who were married last Saturday, June, 2nd.  They are already back to work at the restaurant after a relaxing tropical honeymoon.  We wish you many years of happiness and best of luck.        



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He's the Man - Top 5 Father's Day Gifts


Ok, you've done the tie and custom cuff links routine.  And the soap-on-a-rope year is long forgotten.   Mow the lawn for him???  Fuhgeddaboudit!  Perhaps it's time to think like the "Mad Men" sixties and cater to his basic instincts.  For those of you who need help, consider some (or all) of these Top 5 Father's Day Gifts:


No.5 Grilling tools
Big Green EggThe grill, like a man's office, is a personal sanctuary where mastery means everything. But what kind of grill you say.  Subtly ask him how he likes his eggs? ... More often than not he'll respond that he's been dreaming about owning the Big Green Egg cooker.  This air-tight ceramic cook system supports precise cooking temperatures and keeps food moist.  Plus it looks really cool!  It'll translate to better meals for you when you drop in on his next barbecue.


Buy the Big Green Egg cooker: Seaboard Ace Hardware, Raleigh  


No.4 Alcohol
Nothing can take the edge off of a day of stress and work like a nice, stiff drink.   However, good liquor is a luxury he's unlikely to give himself. Buy your "Mad Men" dad some top-shelf booze like a bottle of Lagavulin 16 single malt scotch.  He'll remember Father's Day every time he serves the best.

Buy Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky aged 16 years: NC ABC Stores


No.3 Fishing gear
The traditionalist in your dad may lead him to believe that fishing is only about a rod, a reel and some line. However, once he opens the luxurious Ross Evolution fly rod reel, you'll likely to see his vision ofFly Fishing Reels this age-old pastime expand to include new toys.  Perhaps he'll catch and serve you fresh trout (cooked on his Big Green Egg cooker) ... no rules say you can't get two gifts off this list. 

Buy Ross Evolution fly fishing reels: Great Outdoor Provision Co.  


No.2 i-Phone Gadgets
So what if your dad still "fat fingers" his iPhone.  At least give him credit for entering the digital age.  Perhaps he would get more excited about it if there was a way to make the i-Phone/Pad/Pod sound like a bona fide high-end audio system.  ALO's new Rx-3-B headphone amp and Cypher Labs' digital-to-analog converter are portable (i-Phone size) devices for use with good headphones.  The sonic difference is amazing and will make him feel much more in tune with the times.

Buy the ALO/Cypher Labs stack: ALO Audio   


No.1 Meat
The Meat HouseEvery dad thinks he holds the secret to the best grilling tricks on earth. Working with top quality ingredients will just add to his sense of confidence the next time he's called into action for guests or the family.  Luxury meat is available from mail-order meat establishments such as Omaha Steaks or locally from The Meat House (locations in Raleigh, Cary, and Chapel Hill).

Buy Prime Steaks:  The Meat House


Hall of Fame - Cigars
He probably won't admit it, but he's secretly hankering for some relaxed, post grill time with his single malt scotch and a good cigar.  Good cigar choices are the Fuente Fuente Opus X Reserva D Chateau or the Tatuaje Cabinet Noella:  The Opus X is one of the more sought-after cigars on the market and Tatuaje has become one of the hottest boutique cigar brands in America.  Both work best when smoked outside the house (Wife Acceptance Factor).

Buy Cigars:  Empire Cigars (Raleigh)  



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Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd is holding its Two-Day Summer Estate Auction that will include the personal collection of Mary Jo and Dick Bell, formerly from Raleigh. The auction begins on Friday, June 15th, at 7:00 pm, starting with Session I, the Bell's Collection (Lots 1-114). Session II is the Fine & Decorative Arts Auction (Lots 115-736) beginning on Saturday, June 16th, at 9:00 am. And ending with Session III: Rare & Fine Wine Auction (Lots 2001-2373) on Saturday, June 16th, at 5:00 pm.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. 620 Cornerstone Ct. Hillsborough, NC, 27278. Ph: 919-644-1243, WebsiteClick Here to view catalogue.


Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy - Starting June 13th some of the best talent from both North Carolina and New York for this critically acclaimed series. Broadway star and Raleigh local, Lauren Kennedy is the company's Producing Artistic Director along with her Executive Director husband, Tony AwardŽ nominated actor Alan Campbell. The Kennedy and Fletcher Opera Theatres are located at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts (2 E South Street, Raleigh). Click Here for info and tickets (season or singles).  


TC Artwork Faux FinishesTC Artworks, Inc. Classes: June 15 Jet Set, and June 16, An Affair to Remember. Both are Decorative Finishes Classes.  Website.



The Raleigh Beehive Girls First Meetup!  Thursday, June 28th from 5:30pm until 7:00pm..  Hey Future Beehive Girls!  Are you ready to just let loose and have a great evening? It's time to call your best gals and let them know where to be and let your hair down! Call a babysitter, get it down in your books, put it on your smart phone calendar and don't double bo...ok!! Do NOT miss this first event of the Raleigh's First Beehive Girls Meetup!  Prizes, Gift Cards, free stuff will be well worth your time... oh yea... one more thing, CASH BAR!!! yes, get yo'drink on (responsibly).  We can't wait to meet you and "celebrate the power of girlfriends"!  The London Bridge Pub, 110 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 Click Here to RSVP. 


Pens and Needles Studio: Grand Opening! Sewing Classes for Teens, Preteens and Adults. Call to sign up and to get more information at (919) 412-0617 or Email Pens and Needles located at 518 Pershing Road, Raleigh 27608.


Allen ClappGrand Opening New Art Gallery: Newly open Tipping Paint Gallery houses accomplished Raleigh artists with a broad range of styles and media in an inviting atmosphere. Don't miss the grand opening on June 15th 6-10 pm. at 428 South McDowell Street, next to Poole's Diner, across from the Raleigh Convention Center. For more information: Website. 



Hunt & Gather Corn Pitcher Hunt & Gather on Bernard Street holds a Save After Six Shopping Night on the third Thursdays of each month.  On the third Thursday of each month you will find great markdowns, refreshments, and friendly faces at Hunt & Gather, 1910 Bernard Street, Raleigh 27608.  

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm, many dealers will have 20% and more off on selected items. Don't miss this opportunity!  Website. 

Kenna Custom Painting, Inc.  is available to tackle your residential painting needs.  With their great crews that perform very professional jobs on residential homes, you won't believe Paint Sampleshow quiet and unobtrusive they are.  So if you have that "itch" to freshen up your home, interior or exterior before springtime, contact them now.  Call 919-855-0082 or Email:  Website. 




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Performance Edge: If you are a fan of the hit television show, "Glee," you can experience Raleigh's own version of the show right here on the stage of Fletcher Theatre! Performance Edge presents its14th "Summer Showcase Show" on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Fletcher Theatre at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. More than 80 students, from grades nine through college sophomores, auditioned for the intensive week-long Summer Showcase.

40 of the Triangle's most talented students - from more than 25 area schools - were selected and will be featured in the "2012 Summer Showcase Show" that has something for everyone! Accompanied by a live professional band, these gifted young people will perform choreographed group selections as well as individual spotlight solos; everything from choreographed, showchoir numbers, to Broadway favorites, to oldies, to movie, to country, and to pop! This show is directed by Lisa Blair-Hawkins. Reserved tickets are $25; Reserved Student/Senior Citizen tickets are $20; General Admission tickets are $18; Student/Senior Citizen (over 65) General Admission tickets are $15.   Tickets are available at the door.

For information, call (919) 369-1616. Website.




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