Walnut Creek Ampitheater
The Walnut Creek Ampitheater has been the spot for many concerts that I have seen growing up in the area. Among the bands I have seen here, Live, Pearl Jam, The Who, 311, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, OzzFest, Counting Crows, Tool, the list goes on. Some of these bands I've seen more than once here. It is the most popular venue around the area I think for bands to come and play.
The sponsorship has changed over the years a few times. Before it was Hardee's walnut creek, now it's Altell that sponsors it. It is outdoors, so rain can ruin a show, but there's a whole covered pavillion area with assigned seating and then a huge lawn ( I mean huge) that extends all the way to the top of a hill. Mosh pits abound on this grassy slope as well as the hurling of pizza boxes, pot smoking, beer drinking and anything else you'd associate with a concert. It's loads of fun in the summer time. The local radio station G105 used to host a concert called the Big Shindig every May that sort of kicks off the season. I've seen all manner of local and national bands at these concerts over the years and it's great fun. Parking is over abundant and you will be directed as you drive in. Expect a great time if you ever come here for a concert. Just pray for no rain.
North Carolina BBQ at it's best since 1928!
My parents were in town, and wanted to try some Southern BBQ. I asked my friends, and they all said Coopers is the place to go. It's just a hole in the wall that's crammed with booths and tables, but the food is excellent. You'll see businessmen and politicians in three piece suits, families, and construction workers alike there.
They close at 6:00, so it's best to go for lunch or an early dinner.
Please note they do not accept credit cards, so bring cash. Meals are inexpensive, lunch for three was less than $20. Barbeque - they offered pulled pork and chicken. Also each meal comes with hush puppies and homemade pork rinds (first time I've ever had them homemade).
If you're a vegetarian or don't like barbeque, it's not the place for you. The menu is one page and has limited options. But c'mon, they'v been around since 1928 serving just barbeque, must be doing something right!
Sushi seems to be a trend now in the very conservative Raleigh. The hope is that it is getting better!
This will be a one-stop for all Pan Asian restaurant, with very interesting and extensive menus of Thai, Vietnanese, Chinese food and Sushi.
We will have a lunch together there tomorrow, so will report back.
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am - 2pm, Sat-Sun 12pm - 3pm;
Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm - 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm – 10 PM Take a look at their menus online (see website).
north carolina state archives
the north carolina state archives collects and preserves historical documents and photographs that relate to the history of north carolina. the search room is open to the public to examine historical documents for research purposes. the north carolina state archives is an excellent place to visit for serious students of north carolina history.
Research Triangle Park
I work for Cisco who have a massive campus in the Research triangle Park in Raleigh, NC.
I was visiting here for training purposes, but experienced the night life in nearby towns such as Chapel Hill, famous for it's college and basket ball player.
There are a number of bars with their own microbreweries around the towns, but the Americans haven't quite got the idea behind making a good beer, the Belgians, however, do! Sorry guys.