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Memorial Day Appetizer Recipe - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC and you are hosting a BBQ party in order to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, here is a unique, colorful and delicious appetizer recipe that you can easily cook make on the grill.

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon parsley, chives, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper until blended.
  • Unroll pizza crust and cut in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle; brush each side with oil. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from the grill.
  • Spread grilled sides with cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese; top with tomatoes. Return to the grill. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and cheese is melted, rotating halfway through cooking to ensure an evenly browned crust. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

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Many Millennials Want to Keep Renting – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 14, 2015

If you are wondering if it is true that many millennials eschew home-buying, you should see the comments section of a tiny piece Curbed Philly ran in the beginning of April. "Let 'em rent," says one guest. "It gives them flexibility to move where they want, do what they want and not have to worry about all the "bells & whistles" that come with something so pointless." And on the opposing side, another guest warns: "Millennials, you'll be kicking yourselves in 10 years for not getting in now, while real estate is still relatively cheap and rates are still at 3.5%."

All this is in reaction to the simple fact that the millennial population "can neither afford houses nor want to buy them." In a trend that's the consternation of real estate professionals nation-wide, many people under 40 still prefer to rent, rather than own a home.

Rent.com recently conducted a survey of 1,000 U.S. millennial renters to find out how they are planning their next move. And guess what: Millennials got their mind on their money and money on their minds: more than half (57%) rank affordability as the most important factor when choosing an apartment. However, it seems that the millennial heart and head are at odds: Despite their desire for affordable apartments above all else, 22% of millennials are spending up to 40% of their annual income on rent, and 12% are spending up to 50% of their annual income on their digs.

Check it:

  • Despite what people may think, Millennials do like to put down roots: more than half (55%) are willing to spend up to $150 more per month in order to stay in an apartment they love, and nearly one in four respondents (24%) are willing to shell out an additional $400 a month, just to keep their pad.
  • Give us the posh life: more than one-in-four, (27%) of millennials put apartment size and/or building amenities at the top of their apartment wish list. Because yes, I do want a roof deck with a pool AND a dog park.
  • Millennials are a bunch of heart-breakers: 43% of millennials surveyed said they moved away from their college towns for job opportunities or greater job potential, and only 21% said they moved for a significant other.
  • Millennials get by with a little help from their friends: 70% of millennial renters have at least one roommate, no matter their annual income, 24% are turning to their parents for additional support, and an entire 6% depend on the kindness of others.

Some may cite the 2007 housing market crash as a reason millennials tend to choose renting over buying. Nope. 85% of millennial renters either do not care, are indifferent toward, or are unaware of the 2007 housing market crash. Despite this, they are still not interested in purchasing a home any time soon. In fact, 78% of millennial renters are planning on staying renters with their next move.

For more information on renting an apartment in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove Apartments.

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philly.curbed.com

Cinco de Mayo Appetizer Recipes - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Do you want to have a celebratory Cinco de Mayo dinner at your apartment in Raleigh, NC? If so, you may be looking for a couple easy, fast appetizer recipes. Here are a couple suggestions:

Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 2-inch x 1/2-inch x 1/4-inch strips
  • 15 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits

Directions

Place a cheese strip in each pepper half; sprinkle with bread crumbs and bacon.

Grill peppers, covered, over medium-hot heat for 4-6 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted. Serve warm. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Fresh, Homemade Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe California Avocado, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chilies
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • Tortilla chips

Directions

In a large bowl, mash avocado with lemon juice. Stir in the tomato, onion, chilies, garlic and salt if desired. Cover; chill. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: about 1-1/2 cups.

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Renting or Buying? Things to Think About – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If you rent an apartment in Raleigh, NC and are considering future homeownership, here are some things you should consider while you make that important decision. Homeownership isn't for everyone. Three of our contributing writers explain the most important things to consider when deciding to rent or buy a home. Here is what they had to say:

1.The reality is you're almost guaranteed to spend more every month than you'll plan for if you've never owned a home.

To start, you need to budget for the following things:

  • Property taxes
  • Additional insurance like flood or earthquake, not covered by your regular policy
  • Utilities you're not paying for now, like trash pickup, water, and gas
  • Services, like lawn or pool maintenance, or the cost (and time) to do them yourself
  • Repairs and maintenance; replacing old appliances

Those are just the basics to keep your home livable.

You'll find things you want to change as well, like a flower bed, or new tile in the bathroom, or old, worn carpets. And I can tell you from experience how a small, few-hundred-dollar update can balloon into a full-on demolish-and-rebuild project costing thousands of dollars. And over time, you'll have more of these projects that need to be taken care of as your home ages.

Also understand that it will cost more time and money than renting, and you need to be prepared financially and emotionally for that commitment.

2.  One thing that should be a major factor in your decision of whether or not to buy a home is the length of time you plan on living there. If there is a chance you'll stay for less than a few years, it might not be worth it to buy.

In other words, in order for a house to be worth buying, you need to keep it long enough to overcome your closing expenses (both buying and selling) as well as commissions you pay. If you stay in the house for a short period of time, this is unlikely to be the case. In fact, you may even lose money if you sell too soon after buying.

3. One of the greatest myths about buying a house is that it's a great investment. Nothing could be further from the truth, and there are huge opportunity costs to take into consideration.

That's not to say you should never buy a house. There are lots of non-financial reasons to do so. But just make sure you're not buying because it's a "great investment."


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The Motley Fool

New River Gorge Earth Day Celebration – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can celebrate the 10th Annual New River Gorge Earth Day Celebration in downtown Fayetteville on April 25. The festival will be replete with beautification projects, live music, food and workshops for the entire family.

Event coordinator April Storm said the Fayette County Green Advisory Team and Plateau Action Network are teaming up to make this year's celebration the biggest and best yet.

The celebration kicks off with a Stream Cleanup at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to participate should meet at the corner of Gatewood and Cunard roads in Fayetteville. The cleanup will last until noon.

"Keeping a community cleaned up and keeping it looking attractive shows the community is involved and interested in their surroundings and the place they live," said Sally Kiner, executive director of the Historic Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Main festivities start at noon on the courthouse lawn and run until 4 p.m.

Attendees can see educational exhibits on recycling, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, agriculture and reducing our ecological footprint.

There will also be live music, local farmers, artisans, conservation activities, food and more.

A Kid's Zone will be set up with games and hands-on activities.

Lastly, wind down with a free yoga class for all levels and abilities on the courthouse lawn at 4:30 p.m.

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register-herald.com

NC Beer Month Events Happening in Raleigh This Weekend

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NC Beer Month is still going strong. If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC here are just a few beer month events that are taking place this weekend:

North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival

  • Noon-6pm
  • The Pit - Address: 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Admission: $5 at the gate

The North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival 2015: The Pit's 7th Annual 'Cuegrass Festival returns to the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh Saturday, Apr. 18, at noon, with a jam-packed day full of great 'cue, local brews and toe-tappin' bluegrass music!

Brewery Tour

  • 2:30-3:05pm
  • Bombshell Beer Company - Address: 120 Quantum St., Holly Springs
  • Free

The Bombshell Beer Tasting Tour gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at our working production brewery. A small tour group of up to 20 people, will get an overview of our production process. Visit website to register for tours; space is limited.

Deep River Tap Takeover

  • 3-6pm
  • Triangle Wine Company - Cary
  • Cary

N.C. Beer Month event featuring a Deep River Brewing Company Tap Takeover!

Food Truck at White Street Brewing Company

  • 1-5pm
  • White Street Brewing Company
  • Wake Forest

Have fun at the White Street Brewing Company Tap Room for food truck goodness, by Amigosan!

Raleigh City Farm 3rd bEARTHday & BrewHaHa

  • 9am-10pm
  • Raleigh City Farm - 800 N. Blount St., Raleigh

Raleigh City Farm is excited to celebrate its third birthday this month and to share the Farm's progress with our community of supporters. Saturday, Apr. 18 is bEARTHday and BrewHaha. There will be a whole lot of digging and biking and paddling and eating and toasting going on, plus a bEARTHday Bazaar featuring a locavore Farm Food Court and vendor booths, bEARTHday cake, family activities, farm tours and sustainability talks and comedy and local bands on the Raleigh City Farm Stage. Free and ticketed events all day long - check out the event calendar!

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More information - visitraleigh.com

Try 50 Types of Beer at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the third year in a row we have an exciting array of activities lined up. More than 90 are participating, ranging from decades-old, award-winning brew houses to the newer breweries eager to make a name for their batches. It’s a month-long celebration offering dozens of beer-inspired festivals, tastings, dinners, special discounts, travel deals, giveaways and more. You can be certain that by the time April comes to a close, you’ll have an even better appreciation for North Carolina’s thriving beer scenes.

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you should know that one of the highlights of N.C. Beer Month is the World Beer Festival Raleigh. This festival on April 11th will showcase 30 North Carolina breweries presenting 50 beers made in the state. The World Beer Festival Raleigh happens at Moore Square in Raleigh on April 11.

Two sessions to choose from to fit your schedule: 12-4pm & 6-10pm

General admission includes:

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4 oz tastings!
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini-commercial brewery, and more!

VIP Admission includes:

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4 oz tastings!
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini-commercial brewery, and more!
  • Enjoy a private lounge complete with private bathrooms, food and live music!
  • Three-issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine!

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More information - allaboutbeer.com and ncbeermonth.com

Lebanese Festival This Weekend in Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the 17th annual Lebanese Festival this weekend. This is a celebration of authentic Lebanese food, non-stop performances, fortune teller, belly dancers, Lebanese coffee and sweets, Hooka, games, and tournaments, Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt and more fun activities. Everyone is welcome.

The annual Lebanese festival is here! Lots of authentic Lebanese food, Lebanese beer and wine, variety of sweets, fortune teller, Belly dancers, dabke performances, Tabouli contest, Easter bunny and egg hunt.

Last year's attendance estimated at 5000. Come see what the buzz is about. Best of all, it is free to attend.

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godowntownraleigh.com

Beer & Bacon Festival Comes to Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the Beer & Bacon Festival on March 28th from 12-6pm. This is the second annual festival, and last year’s fest was a huge hit but it was just the beginning.

WHAT’S COOKING:

  • Guests enjoy a souvenir glass plus 75+ of their favorite international beers and wines.
  • T-Shirts! The first 100 Guests in line for EACH SESSION receive a FREE “COLLECTIBLE Bacon” T-Shirt to celebrate the show.
  • VIP Beer and Bacon Admission will host over 15 restaurant tasting stations featuring the BEST restaurants in the Triangle. They will be on-hand vying for the $500 Best Bacon Dish Prize. (VIP Beer & Bacon Session food tastings included, regular beer tasting session food is ala carte.)
  • 2 tons of gourmet bacons  will be griddled on-site (until 3pm).
  • The Main Stage will host live music all day.
  • A Whole Hog Butchering 101 Class will be hosted on the Main Stage at approximately 3:00 by The Butchers Market! Your neighborhood butcher shop and specialty grocer.
  • All of this plus fun foodie exhibits and so much more!

What’s NEW:

  • More Bacon. We’ve increased our samples from all the participating restaurants.
  • We’ve doubled the Griddled Bacon Stations
  • The VIP Beer and Bacon Session will host more specialty beers and drinks than last year.

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More information - beerandbacon.com

Keep Celebrating St. Patty’s Day at the Irish Festival this Weekend – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC and are not done celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, no problem! Don't miss the St. Patrick's Day Irish Festival at Lafayette Village on Saturday March 21, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Show your green for a total immersion into an Irish experience. Far different than other rowdy “Wearing of the Green” celebrations, this Irish Festival is an unforgettable event for the entire family, offering an entertaining, fun-filled peek into Irish culture. Activities abound for children and adults alike, all revolving around Irish traditions, myths, legends and historical characters.

Scriptorium: Learn to write with a quill pen, color an illuminated letter, and help teach about manuscripts and how the Irish helped to save civilization.

Brass Rubbings: Young guests can create their own brass rubbings at our crafts tent.

Irish Myths & Legends: Characters from Irish mythology take some time to share legends and stories with young attendees. St. Patrick himself will even make the rounds throughout the day.

Irish Quest: Young adventurers will journey throughout Lafayette Village to gather clues and treasure to complete the quest and earn a token and certificate!

The Tavern at the Sign of the Oak and Acorn: Visit our recreated British tavern where you can learn all about pastimes in the days when iPhones and PSP’s didn’t yet exist. Games of chance and skills are taught, and outdoor historic games on the lawn are also available for family play. Here guests will also hear Irish folktales and stories. Housed in our replica 20’ x 20’ medieval pavilion.

Music and Dance: Our music and dance groups will combine to present 30 minute presentations of traditional Irish folk music and dance at designated times throughout the day (in between music sets on the main stage). The demonstrations will include audience participatory folk dances.

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wral.com


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