Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gadding About at the Kadhai

What a special lunch on Sunday!  My friend Jeanette treated me to lunch at the Kadhai, a new to me Indian restaurant, at the Pleasant Valley Promenade. I'm always happy to find a new restaurant especially when it is an Indian one and one as good as this.

There were so many different choices in the buffet that I had a difficult time choosing.  Highly spiced dishes I avoid, so I chose those that were mildly spiced. The hummus was particularly nice and so beautifully displayed.

My plate.
I always have a mango lassi when I'm at an Indian restaurant.  Sometimes in the summer I just go into one and order a lassi to go. A lassi has a cooling effect to counteract the spicy food.  I also like raita for the same reason.
Mango lassi. 
Raita (Photo from the Kadhai website.)
The decor in the restaurant is quite nice.  Lots of nice photographs and artwork.
Nice decor. 

There were three different desserts from which to choose: Gulab Jamun milk balls served in rose flavored sugar syrup and caramom, Carrot Halwa Rich carrot pudding flavored with cardamom and Rice Pudding.  I chose the rice pudding and it was perfect.

A trio of desserts from which to choose. 

I will definitely be going to this restaurant again.  I believe it is now my favorite Indian restaurant in Raleigh.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gadding about at "Two Doors Down" In Shelby.

After Virginia and I had lunch at Ni Fin's Kitchen the other day, we popped into the ladies' clothing shop next door. Back in the 50s and 60s another ladies' clothing shop, McNeeleys,  was in this same location. Both the former shop and the current one, Two Doors Down, which is actually one door down from Ni Fen's, are known for their beautiful collection of ladies' wear.
I love the vivid colors. 

The beautiful bright colors convinced me that Spring and Summer aren't that far off.

It was not  my intention to buy anything, but I couldn't resist this colorful top that will be perfect for my planned summer travels.

The decor inside is in keeping with the "door" theme.  Colorful vintage doors are mounted above the clothing racks and add a nice touch.
Colorful vintage doors. 

I'm glad to have discovered this shop.  I'll check in again the next time I'm in Shelby.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ni Fen Kitchen in Shelby

Ni Fen Kitchen in Shelby.

One of my favorite restaurants in Shelby is the Ni Fen Bistro,  and now there is a second Ni Fen Kitchen that has opened, and Peggy Jean and I had lunch there recently.  The Kitchen does not disappoint.  The decor is simple, sunny and inviting.
Simple decor in sunny yellow,

A simple arrangement of tulips in the window adds a nice touch. 

The food is just as delicious as the Bistro and what diners have come to expect. The Kitchen is more casual and is open for lunch Monday through Friday.

The white bean chili soup was just the thing for a cold day, and it had just enough Southwestern spices to make it spicy but not too.

For dessert we shared an apple cinnamon fritter with ice cream and caramel sauce.  Yum!
Apple cinnamon fritter. 

Outside seating at Ni Fen Kitchen. 
The food scene in Shelby has certainly improved since Jeanette opened her two restaurants!!  I'll revisit the Kitchen when I'm in Shelby next month.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Women's March in Raleigh, NC

In Raleigh (Photo by Ben McKeown)
Organized in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington, the goal of this March in Raleigh and those across the country, indeed across the world, was to send a bold message to the nation’s new government on their first day in office that women’s rights are human rights.  And I was proud to be among those in Raleigh, NC who gathered to make this clear to the new administration.  In my young days I marched for Civil Rights and I marched for the ERA, and somehow I thought as I approach eighty my marching days would be over.  Not so it turns out.  

In Raleigh, they estimated a crowd of 5,000 would march on the sidewalks from City Plaza to Moore Square and no streets were predicted to be closed.  To the surprise of even the organizers an estimated 17,000 turned out and many of the streets in downtown Raleigh were indeed closed.  Traffic came to a halt. 
For my granddaughter.
My participation was to make clear that I for one was going to hold this new administration's feet to the fire and when they try to step on women's rights (afterall women's rights are human rights), when they refuse to protect the environment, when they do not support an increase in the minimum wage,  when they do not support public education; then I will be right here in opposition and I will let my opposition be known to our public servants.  These marches were not one day events, but the beginning of a movement.  I intend to write letters, to make phone calls,  and to march again when necessary.  I am so proud to say that many of my friends and relatives, women AND MEN (in Washington, DC, in Portland, Oregon, in Alaska, in Greensboro, NC,  in Charlotte NC, in NY City, in British Columbia, and in Melbourne Australia) participated in these marches.  Proud of y'all!!!!

My friend Jan marching in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (second from right.)
The son of a friend of mine was marching with his mother in Washington. (Photo by Ava Barlow)
My friend and Dan's former graduate student Curt with his wife in Washington. Dan would be proud and so am I.  Thank you.

My sentiments too! A friend took this photo while at the Washington March.  (Photo by Janet Taylor)

The Raging Grannies are a choral group of grandmothers in Raleigh.

Our future is in our young people.  

Our Congressman, David Price, was there. 

So listen up Mr. President, we are watching very carefully!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gadding About at The Green Chair Project

I recently had some nice furniture that I wanted to donate to a worthy cause and a friend told me about The Green Chair Project.  I am so impressed with this organization that I plan to donate much more to them as I try to downsize a bit.  Here's the mission of the Project:

Our Mission Statement

Working together to provide everyone the comforts of home.

Our mission is to reuse donated household furnishings to renew lives of participants referred from area programs who are recovering after homelessness, crisis or disaster.

The other day Debbie and I took some of the smaller donations I wanted to make to them, and I talked with them about picking up the larger pieces of furniture that I planned to donate.  

The entryway was beautifully decorated and there were green chairs of all sizes around the area.  And lots of other "green" things. 

Bryan, one of the volunteers, took us on a tour of the area where the clients can shop. There are several packages from which they choose, and the clients use their own money, but the money goes much further here than at most places.  

There's a beautiful collection of artwork too.

One choice they can make is a kitchen pack. The clients can choose their own color scheme and select things that they will enjoy in their new home.  

Yes, this is a wonderful organization, and Debbie and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  I'm even thinking of volunteering for them.  And certainly any future donations of household goods from me will be to The Green Chair Project.

Check out their website here.