Blaze Pizza Fast-Fired Custom Build Your Own Pizza #HollySpringsNC


On a cold winter night, we loved the opportunity to experience the new Blaze Pizza Holly Springs by the new movie theatre! 

Perfect timing, after one of our boys' basketball practices, we visited Blaze for a great dinner!

The "fast fired" pizza is incredible and all done in 180 seconds! Here's what Blaze has to say:

"Exceptional quality at lightning fast speed is what we're all about. Blaze Pizza. Head food guy, Executive Chef Bradford Kent (aka "The Pizza Whisperer"). Fresh, made-from-scratch dough. Healthful, artisanal ingredients on the assembly line. Inventive to classic. You decide. Blazing hot oven + dedicated pizzasmith + 180 seconds = fast-fire’d, perfectly crisp perfection. Sound good? Enjoy the rest of your day."

You will love all of the options at Blaze Pizza! The signature pizzas are classic basics! The healthy toppings make your pizza guilt free!

We had visited Blaze in Morrisville once before with our friends. That was a fabulous experience! My husband had the incredible BBQ Chicken Pizza.

grilled chicken, mozzarella, red onion, banana peppers, gorgonzola, bbq sauce drizzle
pesto drizzle over grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, chopped garlic, mozzarella, arugula

Build Your Own: Of course, if you would like to 'blaze your own trail,' Build Your Own Pizza! You've got all the options with this Ingredients list!  

applewood bacon • crumbled meatballs • grilled chicken • italian sausage • pepperoni • salame • smoked ham 
artichokes • arugula • banana peppers • basil • bell peppers • cherry tomatoes • chopped garlic • jalapeños • mushrooms • olives • pineapple • red onions • red peppers • roasted garlic • sautéed onion • spinach • zucchini 
goat • gorgonzola • mozzarella • ovalini mozzarella • parmesan • ricotta • vegan cheese 
classic red sauce • spicy red sauce • white cream sauce • garlic pesto sauce • pesto drizzle • bbq drizzle • olive oil drizzle • ranch • balsamic glaze • buffalo sauce 
We hope you get a chance to discover Blaze Pizzas soon! :) 

You'll want to remember the old favorites on the dessert menu at Blaze. The Double Chocolate Chip Brownies were our favorites! The S'mores were delightful and fun to enjoy indoors right before the snow storm started! The boys said the Chocolate Chip Cookie was excellent! 

Blaze Pizza Desserts - S'mores, Double Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookies 

The homemade lemonade was fabulous! I tried the Original Lemonade and the Blood Orange Lemonade. Of course, I made my favorite Arnold Palmer and it took it up a notch with homemade Blood Orange Lemonade! This may be my own signature Carolina Mama drink! :) 

Blaze Pizza Homemade Lemonades 
Hope you get a chance to check out Blaze Pizza and Build Your Own pizzas soon! You'll be back again and again! Remember, you'll likely have take home left over for another great meal at home! Blaze Pizza reheats really well in the oven!

Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blaze Pizza. All opinions are our own. 

Handmade Blaze Pizza Gluten Free Crust

My First Podcast! Bold Living and Loving 2017, a Podcast

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Bold 2017! Welcome!

... go straight to Bold 2017! Podcast here. Or, enjoy how it all came about and read on and click Bold 2017 highlighted in the post! :) Thank you for joining me! 

I am so excited for this New Year! Y'all know I love a New Year! New calendar, lists, activities, etc. A fresh start.

There is so much in this post. A dream, a goal was achieved! Ready to write, I sat down ready to tell you all about my Word of the year, Bold! And well, a Podcast set in!

Bold Podcast by CarolinaMama©

Basically, I've been "Podcasting" for a while now. Podcasting where I'm the listener.  Podcasting while I cook, exercise, shop, work, do laundry, drive, all the things. So, naturally, I want to share with you all.  I always want to share the good stuff!

Naturally, just after the Lord gave me Bold!, it showed up everywhere for me. That has been such confirmation.

Without further ado, I give you my Podcast, which tells you all about my word, this year and how I'm using my life and voice in a whole new way for 2017!

I'll tell you in advance, it eventually lead to getting real right away! 

You know, something in my comfort zone. I was thinking I'd have a nice, safe introductory podcast. As life, blogging and, apparently, podcasting can be, reality took over. Grief sojourned.

Welcome to my first Podcast Bold 2017... living and loving 2017!

Bold 2017 Podcast!

My prayer is that my Bold can encourage your own version of a Bold 2017. That my Grief may comfort you in some way and may help lead you to your own peace in the journey. Please share with me your thoughts on the Podcast! I'd love to hear what you think.

Thanks for listening. I look forward to our next podcast. I plan to post weekly. My prayer is to be a light or encouragement to you as we explore many topics throughout the year. Blessings to you as we experience "all of the things that have never been this year!"


CUR|EAT Curate, Create, Eat Innovative New Restaurant APP in iTunes APP Store

Love, love, love that the new CUR|EAT innovative new restaurant app is now in the iTunes App Store! Think of it as Spotify for Restaurants! That's right all of the best curated award-winning, independent, classic restaurants in 60 cities empowered by users who create their own lists! This restaurant loving, food blogger is totally inspired! Downloaded! Loving it! Here's all the scoop... ! 

[Raleigh, NC, January, 9 2017] – CurEat – the innovative new restaurant app designed to help residents and travelers discover a great place to dine and drink – is now available in the iTunes App Store here. CurEat will provide trustworthy, curated lists of award-winning, independent and time-honored restaurants in over 60 cities across the United States, and empower users to create and share their own lists.
Created by entrepreneur, world traveler, and passionate diner, Steve Mangano, CurEat fills a void in the dining app world, now dominated by negative, customer-driven reviews and inferior restaurant lists. With a backgroung in the hospitality industry, Mangano’s inspiration for this app is the direct result of his desire to more easily discover “the place” to eat while traveling as well as help support independent restaurants. “While there are a plethora of food apps on the market, there is a dearth of quality apps in this industry. This restaurant app is designed around positive endorsements, with reliable and up-to-date content provided by the restaurants themselves. It will cut through all the clutter to give you a curated list based upon your tastes.”
A sophisticated, sleek, clean app, CurEat seeks to provide minimal but meaningful information to streamline the decision-making and discovery process for the consumer, based on location.  In essence, it enables users to discover the best place to eat in just two clicks. Restaurants not included in the app are chains, enabling the smaller independently owned locations to have prominence and a direct consumer channel.
A core feature to the app includes making lists of restaurants that you like and would recommend to friends and family. The app allows you to easily make your lists for different cities and to share them via text messages or emails to friends. Lists can reflect any topics that you choose, such as the best places for fried chicken in the country or where to eat with kids. The lists each user makes allows the app to further refine your restaurant tastes and curate more places for you to discover, based upon those findings.
Upholding its local principles, CurEat collaborated with Oak City Labs for the app development, and Purpose Ux for the technical design.
A unique quality to CurEat are the CurEaters, representing a cross-section of each community, including prominent chefs, bartenders, creative and artisan craft-makers and tastemakers that have an influential presence in the area. CurEaters will have a larger platform in the app to show different parts of their business and their city proffering a local, personal insight to an area thereby giving the traveler a more authentic experience when exploring the region. CurEaters in the Triangle include:

Ashley Christensen: Poole’s Downtown Diner, Fox Liquor Bar, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chucks, Death & Taxes
Charlie Deal: Dos Perros, Jujube, Juju Durham
Cheetie Kumar: Garland
Daniel Benjamin: lucettegrace
John May: Piedmont
Kevin Barrett: Dram & Draught
Lionel Vatinet: La Farm Bakery
Marjorie Hodges: North Carolina Museum of Art
Nation Hahn: Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation
Rochelle Johnson: Ponysaurus Brewing, The Cookery, Dashi
Ryan Hurley: Vert & Vogue
Scott Crawford: Crawford & Son
Sean Lily Wilson: Fullsteam Brewery
Victor Lytvinenko: Raleigh Denim Workshop
Wyatt Dickston: PICNIC Durham

Ashley Christensen of AC Restaurants states about the ease of sharing and making lists of restaurants she frequents: “I’m honored that guests and friends count on me for restaurant recommendations when they travel. CurEat allows me to curate thoughtful lists that can be easily referenced, and added to.”

The apps ease of use makes it a favorite with chefs, such as Scott Crawford of Crawford & Son in Raleigh: “I have never found a restaurant app I would care to use until CurEat.”

Mark your calendar for the CurEat launch party at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham on January 13th from 5 – 7 pm, with proceeds from the event donated to the Food Bank of NC.  For every list posted off the app onto social media for the launch weekend with the tags @cureatapp and #CurEat, CurEat will donate $1 to the Central and Eastern Food Bank of NC. One dollar feeds one child five meals and CurEat’s goal is to reach 10,000 meals. All are invited to make a reservation for the event by emailing  Find the app in the Apple store here.
No chains. No reviews. Just good food. Follow CurEat on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for up-to-date information @CurEatapp. More information can be found at:
About CurEatA restaurant app designed to help you find the best place to dine and drink, quickly (within two clicks) based upon your location. Providing trustworthy, curated lists of restaurants from local and national experts, the app allows users to create and share personal selections of restaurants. CurEat is a sophisticated, positive outlet for showcasing unique, local businesses and leaders, both in and out of the culinary industry, and enables you to identify the restaurants you frequent. No chains, no reviews, just good restaurant recommendations.

About Steve ManganoWith the creation of CurEat, Mangano fuses his love of the culinary world with his entrepreneurial spirit by creating positive community experiences that enhance business and urban development. Mangano received a degree in hospitality management from Florida International University and an MBA from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  His hospitality background led him to work for Hilton Hotels in Miami, NYC and the greater New York area. Additionally, he has worked with Fortune 500 companies and international clients and started his own national consulting company. Mangano has ties to all three triangle cities: his urban revitalization projects in Durham, including partnering to bring the award winning boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel to Durham; his alma mater in Chapel Hill; and his family living in Raleigh.