Five Outside – June Picks

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Venture outside of Raleigh (while practicing social distancing!) this month.

Carolina Moonlight Virtual Party
June 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden will bring its beautiful flora and fauna to you, in the comfort of your own home, with a virtual moonlight party complete with guided garden tours, a video exploring North Carolina botanicals with Tom Earnhardt of Exploring North Carolina, live music from Bland Simpson, a cooking demo from Jacob Boehm of Snap Pea and more. Through the tour, you’ll get a close-up look at the garden’s many unique plant and flower species, including the trout lily, Georgia indigo bush and a variety of wildflowers. The event is free and open to all. Donations are encouraged. Register at

Don’t Tell Mother

We’re all screaming for ice cream during North Carolina’s hot and humid summer days. The perfect fix? Don’t Tell Mother’s small batch pints. The underground ice cream shop specializes in unique flavors based on produce available from local farmers. Past offerings include chocolate mint stracciatella, watermelon buttermilk and dark chocolate tahini. To get your hands on a pint, sign up for Don’t Tell Mother’s email list. Every few weeks, they’ll send out an email with available flavor offerings. Reply with your order for pickup or delivery. Pints are first come, first serve, so act quickly!

Photo by Taylor McLean, @taytaystryintoeat

Miso Ramen Bar

Long, velvety noodles. Warm, rich broth. A glistening, jammy egg. These are just some of the delicious components that comprise Miso Ramen Bar’s signature ramen. Brothers Peck and Noi Chay, refugees who escaped from Laos, and siblings Long, Kea and Feng Wang, who were born in China and grew up in the restaurant business watching their parents, opened the restaurant in January. Miso Ramen Bar’s menu is rooted in their families’ cultures and influenced by the countries they have lived in. Signature ramen bowls include tonkotsu ramen, chicken curry ramen and spicy tan tan. Carryout is available Tuesday through Sunday. (984) 333-0110;

Apex Community Park

A stroll through Apex Community Park offers more than just gorgeous views of Apex Lake. Along the two-mile paved Lake Pine Trail, you might also stumble upon swans, turtles, unique birds and other interesting wildlife. Or take advantage of the open water and pull out your kayak, paddle board or canoe for a pleasant float. Fishing is allowed on the dock with a permit and popular catches include bluegill, largemouth bass and shad. The park is also home to soccer fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

Heavenly Buffaloes

Vegan chicken wings? You heard that right. Durham and Chapel Hill’s Heavenly Buffaloes offers North Carolina sourced soy protein wings, along with your standard bone-in and boneless wings. Smother the wings in your choice of one of 24 sauces, ranging from sweet Thai coconut chili to ginger and garlic to spicy barbecue. The Idaho waffle fries and sweet potato fries are also a hit. Order from the signature neon orange and green shacks for takeout or delivery.

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