Brewery Bhavana has been all the rage in downtown Raleigh over the last several months, and for such good reason! Not only is it a brewery, flower shop, book store, and dim sum restaurant in one, but it’s also received critical acclaim and awards since it opened. Bon Appetit named Brewery Bhavana in its top ten new restaurants in the country (!!), and it’s been lauded near and far by everyone who’s visited. It’s so many of my very favorite things in one place… beautiful and inspiring story and space, flowers galore, bookshelves lining the wall, delicious dim sum and traditional Chinese food, and unique, locally brewed beers. Yes, please!
Rob and I made reservations for a fun date night downtown, and Brewery Bhavana was an even better all-around experience than we expected! I’d stopped by a time or two before, but it was our first time eating at the restaurant. We scoured the book shelves, I marveled over the beautiful, locally-grown flowers, and we sat down to an incredible meal. We started off with beers from their expansive, impressive, unique beer list, with Rob ordering the Piglette (a Belgian table beer with brett and sour cultures), and I had the Bask (a sunshine and grapefruit brunch ale). We both loved our beers, and they were excellent selections! We started off with the duck egg rolls with hoisin sauce, along with the char siu bao – Cantonese barbeque pork buns. So delicious! There were so many items on the dim sum menu that sounded so good, and our picks were amazing. We split the General Tso chicken for dinner, which was tossed in a tangy hibiscus sauce. Though you can get General Tsos from any Chinese carryout, this was far and away the best we’ve ever had – and we keep talking about how insanely delicious and fresh it was. Peeking around at all of the others tables was fun, too, as every single dish looked so amazing! The service, decor, and atmposhere were impeccable, too, and we were awed by our visit.
Raleigh friends (and anyone visiting town!), be sure to make yourself a reservation and head downtown to Brewery Bhavana for a date night or an evening with friends! Go a little early to grab a beer at their impressive bar, pop into the bookstore and flower shop, and prepare to eat one fantastic meal! We had such a wonderful evening downtown, and I’m already eagerly anticipating our next visit.
August was a quieter month for me work-wise, which means I fully relished my evenings and weekends work-free! I love summertime, and I’m not wishing it away just yet. We’ve got a trip to NYC and the Outer Banks coming up, and those two big trips feel like a perfect time to savor the lingering days of summer before transitioning to autumn! And I am SO, so excited for our vacations!! Over the last month, we’ve indulged in some sweet summer fun, if you’d like to see what we’ve been up to in August…
Vineyard day + wine tasting + picnic + celebrating my dad’s birthday in the mountains of NC
Cinnamon rolls for breakfast in bed + reading by the pool
Dates with my sweet husband (sushi this time!) + coffee dates with great friends
Al fresco dinner date nights
Articles Club, one of my favorite evenings of each month
A trip to Carolina Beach with some great friends… playing in the ocean, Can Jam, enjoying the sun + salty breeze, and seafood for dinner!
Catching up with friends + competitive date nights (this is our fave!)
Exploring downtown Raleigh and the fabulous Brewery Bhavana
Kayaking on the lake – a blissful afternoon!
annual Summer Soiree dinner party, inspired by the lavendar of the French countryside
It’s been a fun and happy month as our first married summer begins to wind down. How has your August been, and what’s been your best memory from the last month?!
Watch the sunset from the back of the Lincoln Memorial
Stroll the grounds of Mount Vernon
Watch planes take off and land from Gravelly Point
Bike the Mount Vernon Trail or the Custis Trail
Venture to Great Falls National Park
Bike the Mall and monuments
Eastern Market (and cook a meal after with ingredients you picked up)
Outdoor movies during the summer
Jazz in the Sculpture Garden during the summer
Ice skate in the Sculpture Garden
Smithsonian museum hopping
Stroll the Mall and monuments at night
Go to the top of the Washington Monument
Drinks at the POV Lounge overlooking the White House
Enjoy a picnic and bocce on the Mall
Go to a brewery – Port City, Bluejacket, or DC Brau
Enjoy a show or performance at the renowned Kennedy Center, and don’t forget the rooftop terrace before or after
Drinks at The Tabard Inn
There are seriously endless ideas for great date ideas in and around Washington, DC – one of my favorite things to do is to think of new adventures to go on and new places to try. Being outdoors, indulging in touristy activities, trying new restaurants and bars, taking in the beauty of the city or of nature, and sharing that all with something you love… not too shabby!
Fellow DC-dwellers, what are some of your tried and true favorite date ideas? I tried to narrow down this list so it wasn’t too overwhelmingly long, but I can already think of dozens more favorite things to do/see/eat/drink already! I’d love to hear your top picks!