Our Year in Durham {Favorites}


We’re heading to back to the DC area in a few days for the rest of the summer, and like I’ve said before, I cannot wait to be back “home” there! We’ve been in Durham for almost a year now, and although it was a HUGE change for us moving here, we’ve really enjoyed our time so far getting to know this little city. For such a small town, Durham’s really got character and it definitely surprised me with all the local hot spots they have going on. Here are a few of our favorites, just in case you’re in the area any time soon:

{for eating}

Dashi— a ramen shop with options for all types of diets

Nana Taco— obviously Mexican, but you MUST check out their toppings bar

Lilly’s Pizzadefinitely our favorite pizza spot in the area

Refectory Cafe— best veggie burger. hands down. and lots of other delicious dishes!

Sage Cafe— a vegetarian, Persian and Italian inspired restaurant with some

of the best gnocchi I’ve ever had

Fiction Kitchen— an entirely vegan/ vegetarian restaurant that is up their on

our list with some of the best in NYC and San Francisco

The Parlour— it’s easily some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. plus they

have at least 3-4 vegan options every singe day (and I promise it’s not just vanilla)


{for night life}

Fullsteam— one of my favorite spots simply because of the atmosphere. You can bring your dogs, you kids, and enjoy some board games and ping pong while you drink!

Motorco— it’s actually right across the street from Fullsteam and is both a music hall and a bar. The bar has a huge outdoor patio with lots of cool cocktails and the most delicious smelling food I’ve ever smelled— plus lots of veg options!

Bull City Burger & Brewery— another cool brewery right in the heart of downtown. Good beer, good {veggie} burgers, and good atmosphere… is there anything better?

Tyler’s Taproom— this bar is right in the middle of the American Tobacco complex so it’s got a really great location. It’s super convenient to hit up before Durham Bulls games or events at DPAC, and has another awesome outdoor patio.

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe— right near the American Tobacco complex as well, but the patio backs right up to the Durham Bulls stadium so you can watch games (for free) while you drink! Also great for going to watch a game on television because they have a bazillion tv and couches.

Anyways, back to this post…. we still have about 2 more years here while Nate finishes up at Duke, and I’m looking forward to exploring this area even more (especially now that we’re done with his first year of law school and will have a little more time on our hands 🙂 )

I thought it might be fun to do a little year in review— sharing a photo from each month of our whirlwind year!


We moved from Washington DC to Durham NC, ready for our big 3 year adventure!




We took a weekend trip to Asheville for a little hiking and a lot of eating, and had one of the best meals of our lives!





We drove to Charlotte for the day to see Once the Musical and explore the city.





I officially started pumpkin & peanut butter. Can’t believe it hasn’t even been a year!


Clean Green Macro Bowl {pumpkin & peanut butter}

My favorite post: Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto



American Tobacco all lit up for the holidays! Such a cool area of Durham, packed with lots of restaurants and some awesome scenery.



My favorite post: Spicy Roasted Potato Burrito Bowl



I visited my family for Christmas and all four siblings were finally back together again!



My favorite post: Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle



Duke Chapel looking majestic, even in the snow and ice. I don’t think anything could take away from this campus’ beauty!



My favorite post: Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauces



Snowpocalypse in NC! The power was out for 2 days and we lived in the Duke library for heat. Lesson learned: North Carolina can NOT handle snow. Like I’m talking 2-3 inches.


Friday Favorites

My favorite post: Whole Wheat Blueberry Zucchini Loaf



First signs of spring! As quickly as the snow came, it went just as quickly and spring was in the air 🙂 Gotta love our walks through Duke Gardens.



My favorite post: Vegan Carrot Cake Balls



Spring Break in San Francisco to visit my sister! One of the best trips I’ve taken in a while, hands down. Check out all my travel posts for a play by play of all the delicious food and places we visited.


Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

My favorite post: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Dough “Blizzards”



When Nate finished up his first year of law school, we finally had some time on the weekends to explore and do the things we used to do when we both just had full time jobs… aka go for some awesome hikes and walks. We are in love with Eno River State Park and can’t wait to explore it even more!



My favorite post: Vegan Burrito Bowl Enchiladas



It isn’t a summer in Durham without the Durham Bulls! I honestly never knew Triple-A Baseball could be so much fun. Since Durham is such a small city, EVERYONE really gets into it (myself included now) and games are an absolute blast. Plus, you can’t beat less than $10 a seat.



My favorite post: Coconut Green Curry Noodle Soup



Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


  1. What a beautiful and full report of a very productive year! My favorite post? This one!

    • Thanks Sheila 🙂 It was really fun to look back and reminisce on this crazy, yet wonderful year!

  2. I actually went to Bull City Burgers recently! I love that they served the drinks out of mason jars and even though I don’t drink soda, the fact that they made their own sodas! So cool. And I also love the fact that we live so close to each other 🙂

    • Oh that’s too funny! I love it there. Such a cool atmosphere— and I’m all about the mason jars. It is so cool we live so close! We should plan a time to get together at the end of the summer when I’m back in the area 🙂

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