Sunday, September 19, 2010

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour of Downtown Raleigh: Wrap Up

Before we stopped at our previous destination, Spize, we took a detour to The Cupcake Shoppe where tour guide Amy quickly picked up some cupcakes for us to down later.  It has a pretty small interior so I was going to stay outside.  But I took a quick step inside to get some much needed air conditioning since I was melting in the sun, I mean take a picture of the pretty cupcakes in the the display case.  They have tons of flavors here--more on the cupcakes later . . . .

After leaving Spize we sauntered on down to Crema, also on Fayetteville Street.  Sorry but they don't have a website that I could find.  They serve up coffee drinks and ice cream with all the mixin's.  I ordered vanilla ice cream with Butterfinger, cookie dough, and peanut butter--very good but pretty comparable to a Dairy Queen Blizzard.  What makes it interesting at Creama is the way they incorporate the mixin's into the ice cream.  An auger type machine gets let down in to the ice cream and it mixes everything together.  Very cool.  We were mesmerized by this fancy machine. 

We stepped almost next door into Foundation next.  This is a bar that was built into the foundation of one of the buildings so you have to go down some stairs into this dark place.  It kind of reminded me of some of the eating establishments and bars on the lower levels of the Chicago River area in Chicago.  It was dark and dismal down there but most bars are, right?  They serve up homemade sodas and local wines and beer.   I ordered a homemade lemon lime soda that would put Sprite to shame.  This is where we consumed our cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe as well.  At least I didn't have beer or wine with mine like the others did.  According to their website, Foundation is a "social club" that you have to apply to.  Hmm . .not quite sure what that means. 

The whole Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour was amazing!  The next one we will go to will probably be the Chapel Hill tour.  Can't wait!

1 comment:

Blondie said...

We love the Cupcake Shoppe! For Will, it ranks with Krispy Kreme! lol

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