Well it almost felt like Summer heat was over and then....it is a humid bath out today. So it may be that my fake tan isn't ready to be exfoliated off quite yet. 🤣
I helped write this article for the Visit New Bern blog and thought it would be perfect for my readers too! Here is the original link
Thanks Kait and Britt!
We have a super fun night planned and hope you will join us!
Here are the details:
Enjoy a fun night out of networking, shopping and mingling at Half Time Pub & Grill-They have amazing food, drinks and service.
Women 21+ are welcome to attend our FREE Networking Socials but please register your ticket via Eventbrite. https://bit.ly/2IKermY
Our vendors will be doing giveaways and raffles all night! Follow our Event Page to see their specials and giveaways!
If you're not sure what it's all about...you can see pics from previous Girls Night Out at New Bern Housewives! http://bit.ly/2u2gFaD
For vendor or advertising information, please email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can't wait to meet you!
I was out with David at Morgan's Tavern & Grill the other night because my lovely sister, Linda sent me a gift card for my birthday. We to share the Ribeye steak. David prefers med-rare and I am more of a medium girl so we had to decide which way to go to please us both.
Ultimately it got me thinking about my days behind the grill when I worked in the restaurant biz for years. I remember using the face test. You press the steak lightly with your fingertip and compare the way it feels to your cheek, chin, and forehead. A rare steak is soft like your cheek. Your chin, is medium; firmer to the touch with more resistance, your forehead, is firmer and means it is well done. I started trying it out until I noticed a patron or two looking at me a little strangely.
Some use the touch method and there may be a few that actually use a thermometer but it’s not advised to use one because you risk losing some juice or flavor by stabbing at it.
I did notice that Morgans had us check right away to be sure that the almost medium (we compromised) was cooked properly and it was. Plus the side dishes were divine as always. We have never had a bad food experience there, ever.
How do you check your steak to be sure it's ready and what is your preferred temperature?
See you soon,
I want to thank Brittany Reusch and Kait Fletcher for their assistance with this blog-they are both awesome writer and big fans of downtown New Bern.
Now to the story...WHERE CAN WE PARK?
Have you found yourself wondering “Where can we park?” Fortunately, the short answer is easy: practically anywhere! Historic Downtown New Bern is similar to most other downtown city areas as far as ample street parking, but unlike other cities, all of Downtown New Bern’s parking is free of charge! How does the city pull it off? With a 2-hr parking limit on select areas. If you tally the all-day lots as well as the time-sensitive areas for a combined total, there are more than 600 free parking spaces in town!
We’ve all spent more time than it was worth rolling up and down block after block looking for a free spot. When one finally opens up, there’s a flood of vehicles racing like you’re suddenly on the route of the Indy-500 to snag it before someone else does. This makes both the arrival as well as the departure from many downtowns stressful, ineffective and discouraging for visitors andlocals.
Fortunately, New Bern has a solution; the city’s 2-hour on-street parking is effective Monday through Friday 8 am - 4 pm with the exception of holidays and spaces identified as 15-minute parking spaces. The 2-hour parking enforcement helps free up parking spaces along the streets for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the shopping and dining experience New Bern has to offer. The 2-hour parking area extends down the following streets:
Two-hour parking is great for those planning just a quick trip into New Bern’s historically preserved downtown, or those who prefer driving from one attraction to the next. However, maybe you want to spend a longer portion of the day on the waterfront and don’t mind walking. We have an option for you as well!
Planning to extend you downtown experience past that 2-hour limit? No problem! Even locals come to the downtown district to spend a day walking between shops, seeing the sights and snagging a quick bite to eat. The city of New Bern also offers three parking lots designated for all-day use. Just like the rest of the parking along the scenic streets, these lots are free of charge! Labeled by the colors on New Bern’s flag, these parking lots are located within 1-2 blocks of shopping, dining, and other walkable attractions!
Just look for the big “P”signs pointing you to the Red, Gold, and BlackBear free public parking lots.
Red Bear Parking Lotis located at the South end of Craven Street towards S Front Street.
Gold Bear Parking Lotis located at the New Bern Farmers Market, near S Front Street and Hancock Street.
Black Bear Parking Lotis located at the corner of New and Hancock Streets with limited hours on Saturdays
If you’re like most people, it can be easy to forget where you parked after a day of shopping, dining and fun New Bern activities. Did you know that Google Maps and Waze not only help you get to where you are going with ease, they will also help you remember where you parked!
What is your favorite parking app? We’d love to share with our readers.
Until next time…
Brittany, Kait and Laurie
Hi 👋 My name is Laurie and I am a Social Media Marketing Manager based in New Bern, NC. I am married to the man of my dreams, a mom and in love with my adorable grandson, Noah. I love checking out new local restaurants, festivals and events while searching for great places to host monthly Girls Night Out. You can usually find me checking out all things live music, the best hospitality in town and working on my campaign to bring Bonefish Grill to New Bern-it's going to happen!!