local excites me.
someone had a good idea. he or she worked at it, brewing or distilling the thing over and over until it was perfect. then they marketed the heebie jeebies out of it + and the product caught my eye.
those closest to me know that Durham hasn't always been my jam. hubby and i moved down the mountain to the piedmont almost two and a half years ago and honestly, it's taken a solid two years for me to adjust. the heat (it's brutal), the flat landscape (it's...well, flat), and the lack of mountains (ummm, there aren't any) were hard to get used to. note to self for when we move again one day: city know-how goes a long way in making a place home.
because hubby and i live halfway between Durham and Chapel Hill, it manages to feel like we live in neither. it took me longer than i'd care to admit to familiarize myself with downtown Durham, but now that i have, i'm soaking it up. it's on the small side (apparently there's a rule against building any more high rises...not that the ones we have are all that high), but it's got a gritty, winsome charm that sets it apart from larger, trendier Raleigh and picture perfect Chapel Hill. There's brick everyone (hello, tobacco town); individual districts of shops and restaurants; historic neighborhoods chock full of Victorians and Arts + Crafts bungalows; and an exciting sense of revitalization that's so amazing to see. abandoned stores fronts are slowly being turned into breweries, donut and cupcake shops, a mommy + me play cafe, and so much more. i like Durham.
in my explorations of downtown Durham over the past year, i've discovered some spectacularly amazing drinks, locally crafted by fellow Durham-ites. This spiced honey liqueur (also known as krupnikas) is not only awesome because it's distilled locally by two brothers, but they (and the drink) are also Lithuanian. totally awesome. then there's this locally made bourbon. i'm not usually a liquor-on-ice kind of person, but this stuff--yes. a friend introduced me to cold brew coffee concentrate. i am so hooked. technically, it's brewed in Raleigh, but as that's only 30 min. down the road, i'm taking one for the team and considering it a local.
liquor + coffee...what more do i need?!