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Where to sip, sup and shop outside Raleigh this month

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1. Krill

“Far East funk” stars in the form of vibrant dishes—with a funky twist, natch—inspired by prolific Triangle restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias’ trips to Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong. Continuing to expand his restaurant “empire” with Krill, the Asian concept near Ponysaurus promises to satisfy with the likes of fried whole fish with green papaya salad, duck soup dumplings with foie gras, peanut-crusted calamari, and noodle dishes—plus sake, wine and Asian-inspired cocktails to wash everything down. Inside the space, colorful murals only add to the Southeast Asian nostalgia—and there’s also a patio for alfresco dining. “Play that funky music…”

2. Bless Your Heart Boutique 

Husband-and-wife team Todd and Jodi Stevens built their Holly Springs clothing and gift boutique on—what else—blessings. *Cue Drake song.* Originally started as a hobby tinkering with an embroidery machine, then an Etsy shop, Bless Your Heart Boutique now offers clothing, jewelry, local items, plus all things personalized for children, adults, brides, sororities, grandmas, fathers and so much more. The duo also surveys customers about their likes and dislikes regarding fashion, and caters to their wants and needs. So whether you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe with some local ’fits or need a gift for a friend/loved one, this Southern shop has got it all. Aw, bless your heart, indeed!

3. Sushi SUYU 

Roll out! Sushi night gets an upgrade at SUYU, which blends traditional Japanese cuisine with Korean-inspired flare—and boasts a head chef with over 20 years of experience and a Certified Sake Professional on hand to boot. Choose from specialty rolls like the Hotel California (made with avocado, crab and cucumber, and topped with spicy tuna, masago, mozzarella and sweet soy), nigiri and sashimi, small plates like dumplings and Korean fried chicken, and more. So, yeah, we like the way they roll.

4. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

“Jeni’s makes it better.” And the award-winning scoop shop certainly made the Triangle’s summer better when it opened its Brightleaf District location in Durham—aka Jeni’s second NC outpost (the first bowed in Charlotte). Jeni’s prides itself in not using any stabilizers, emulsifiers, synthetic flavorings, dyes or off-the-shelf mixes, meaning each smooth and creamy scoop is built on real ingredients (!). Melt over bestsellers like brown butter almond brittle, gooey butter cake, and brambleberry crisp, or take home a pint to enjoy on the couch in your jammies—rom-com encouraged. (Then scoop Jeni’s in Raleigh once it opens in Village District.) 

5. Waffee Station

“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter—but work is always third.” Parks and Rec’s Leslie Knope obv has her priorities straight, and we’re sure she’d be a fan of the Waffee Station, a beloved breakfast spot churning out authentic Liege waffles using pearl Liege sugar imported from Belgium (!) and cooked on—what else?—a Belgium waffle iron. Made fresh to order and topped with anything from cinnamon sugar and whipped cream to peanut butter, bacon and bananas, you’re sure to love these sweet creations a waffle lot.

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