Five Ways to Use Social Media to Plan Your Date Night

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Sometimes I feel like Trae and I get into a dating rut: dinner and a movie. (Actually, it is more like Chinese take-out and Redbox.) And honestly, this bothers me a little bit, especially since our area has a lot of fun events going on. The problem is trying to figure out what events are going on, who is having events, etc. I have found social media is the best way to be in the loop on what events are going on and to also know when a lot of unique events are happening.

And since the weekend is fastly approaching, here are the five tips on how to use social media to enhance your date night.

1. Like your local town’s page as well as surrounding towns’ pages

Towns continually update their pages not only with the news but also with new businesses opening up and community events. Trae and I just learned that our town is holding its first food truck rodeo thanks to its Facebook page. Also, thanks to the town’s Facebook page, we learned one of our favorite, but normally too expensive to eat at, restaurants is holding a tasting for its new menu items. Looks like we have two yummy dates in our future! We also like Raleigh’s page and get tons of updates of fun events and downtown festivals that are only a short drive away. Not too long ago we went to watch The Goonies (Trae’s favorite movie) for free in Raleigh’s town square. Don’t forget to check to see if your town’s downtown has their own Facebook page. A lot of times towns will have one main Facebook page and then one downtown page. Greenville, SC, has two pages, and I used to get a lot of great ideas and updates from their downtown page when we lived in that area.

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My Love Letter to the Clemson Family

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Dear Clemson Family,

I am so proud to be a part of this family. At the young age of 18, I had no idea what an extended family I was entering into when an acceptance letter came to my parent’s house. This family has a unique bond that other colleges just don’t offer. Regardless if you graduated from Clemson or have spent your life cheering for your Tigers, you are a part of this family.

Clemson is the only place I know that would come together 70,000 strong to not only support the team who won the National Championship but to also honor those who came before that winning team. In true Clemson fashion, you came out with your orange and cheered on the 1981 National Championship team and other alumni players as if they were the ones who had thrown the winning touchdown. And in a way, they did throw it because you realize that each Tiger who had come before this team laid the foundation for this win.

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Grand Asia Market: Raleigh’s Hidden Gem

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We found the Grand Asia Market by mistake. (Seriously, isn’t that how all the best places are found?) Now, this market is one of our favorite stops when we go to Raleigh.

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Trae plays hockey on a local team and had heard that Five Hole Sports off Buck Jones Road in Raleigh was the best place to get skates sharpened. Five Hole happens to be near an outdated-looking shopping complex, and in that complex, we found the Grand Asia Market. Since the town we live doesn’t have an Asian Market, we decided to check it out.

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Review of One World Brewery

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I would have ignored it completely, but the oddly shaped door caught Trae’s eye.
One World Brewing is located right underneath Farm Burger, which is also new to the Asheville, NC area. (I remember when Farm Burger was an oddball antique store with rugs and vintage Time magazines.)

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To get to One World, we had to go through the narrow alley that doubles a sitting area between Salsa’s and Farm Burger. (Seriously, I had to resist the urge to grab a fry or plantain chip off someone’s plate as I squeezed between tables.) When opening the door, I was convinced Trae and I were about to barge into a kitchen. But after following some purple-hued, dimly lit¬†stairs down and down, we found One Word Brewing. I really did feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole.

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The Best Sandwich in Asheville

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Trae and I went to Asheville, NC two weekends ago. We actually gave up going to the biggest Clemson University football game of the season against Louisville (which we won! Woo Hoo! Go Tigers!) to go to Alton Brown’s Every Day Cook book signing. Yes, we are those Clemson fans who brought a Tiger Rag with us and asked the very famous Georgia fan to take a picture with us.

I always love going to Asheville and look for any excuse to visit. (Fun Fact: I actually lived there for six months and worked as a tour guide at the Biltmore Estate. Yes, I sat in George Vanderbilt’s bathtub. No, I wasn’t supposed to.) This trip was super fun not only because we got to meet Alton Brown, but also because I got to visit one familiar haunt and discover a whole new place!

The Twisted Crepe is one of my favorite places to eat Downtown. It serves up the best crepe sandwiches and hardly ever has a crowd. Cafe 64, located right next to the Twisted Crepe, always has a line out the door; I have to fight the urge to pull people out of the line and drag them to the register at the Twisted Crepe. Really, why wait in line when one of the best sandwiches in Asheville is right next to you!?! Continue reading “The Best Sandwich in Asheville”

Deadwood…not dead at all!

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Trae and I are always looking for fun date destinations. Our go-to places have always been New Bern or Raleigh, but now we have a new place to put to our list: Deadwood. We found ourselves at Deadwood mid-August and every since going, all we can talk about is going back there.

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Deadwood is located in Williamston, NC and is place that kitschy dates are made of. When we headed out to Deadwood, the only thing we knew was that it was a Wild West “theme park” with a restaurant. I am normally a diligent researcher, but my normal avenues (TripAdvisor and Yelp) for gathering information were oddly cryptic. Deadwood’s website claims “new site coming soon,” so I ended up calling the number on the website to find out when it opened. If you plan on going yourself, I really would recommend calling ahead, because they have unusual hours. They open at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday, they open at noon.

With each winding back road we took, our expectations for Deadwood lowered, but the overly full parking lot restored our hopes. The suspense only built because we had to walk through the Wild West facade, which was still decorated for Christmas, before being able to view Deadwood in all its glory.

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