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Celebrate National Pie Month at Capital Hotel

Have a sweet tooth?

February is National Pie Month and to celebrate the month-long observance, the Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, will serve a different pie each day. Talk about yum! 

Here is a rundown of the pies they will be serving up each day:

  • 3: S'Mores
  • 4: Black Bottom
  • 5: Banana Toffee
  • 6: Grasshopper
  • 7: Lemon Meringue
  • 8: Dark and Stormy
  • 9: Chocolate-Mocha Cream
  • 10: Malted Walnut
  • 11: Custard
  • 12: Ancho Chile Fudge
  • 13: Blackberry
  • 14: Chocolate Lovers
  • 15: Snickers
  • 16: Strawberry
  • 17: Chocolate Chess
  • 18: Apple Streusel
  • 19: Key Lime
  • 20: Brandied Cherry
  • 21: Peanut Butter Silk
  • 22: Lemon Ice Box
  • 23: Raspberry
  • 24: Butterscotch
  • 25: Coconut Cream
  • 26: Pumpkin Praline
  • 27: Nutella
  • 28: Mississippi

OK, now we're hungry! Which one(s) are you looking forward to trying?

Boulevard to Extend Hours in River Market Location

Good news for all you Boulevard Bread Co. fans! The delicious eatery just announced it will extend its hours at its River Market location this Sunday (Feb. 2).

The eatery, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, will now be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.

The artisan bread shop serves sandwiches, soup, a variety of baked goods, cheese samplers and beer and wine.

For more information, visit: www.boulevardbread.com

Learn the Science of Good, Bad Habits at Museum of Discovery Tonight

It's that time of the month again when the super-fun adult "Science After Dark" gets underway at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 150, Little Rock.

From 6-8 p.m. today (Jan. 29), the monthly event will focus on the science of good and bad habits. There will be junk food science experiments, nicotine demonstrations, technology etiquette, recycling with Keep Arkansas Beautiful and much more. Damgoode Pies will sell pizza by the slice. Yum!

"Science after Dark" takes over the museum the last Wednesday of each month. Educators at the museum pick a cool science-related topic and develop an interactive program for adults 21 years and older. The museum will be open.

A cash bar is available.

General admission is $5 per person. All Museum of Discovery members get in free.

For more information about the fun event or the museum, click here or call (501) 396-7050. Get a preview of the event below.

Blue Cake Company Moving Locations in Little Rock

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Little Rock's Blue Cake Company will be switching things up a bit this spring.

The popular decorative cake spot, now located at 14710 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, announced it will be moving to a more centralized location in Little Rock-- a few miles down the road next to Casa Manana and Dam Goode Pies.

They are looking to be open in the new location by March.

Blue Cake Company is a custom cake shop offering dessert cakes for special occasions with modern and whimsical decorations, in addition to petit fours, cupcakes, cake pops, cake slices, brownie bites and macarons.

For more information about the shop and move, click here.

After-Hours Fun: 7 Places to Try Tasty Adult Beverages

Several spots like Crush Wine Bar, Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar and Cajun's Wharf are offering a place to explore your vino side.

It's only Monday, but that might be reason enough to already think about after-hours wine or cocktails. 

Here is a look at seven spots in the area offering special drinking events after 5 p.m. this week:

  1. Crush Wine Bar, 318 N. Main St., North Little Rock: Stop by the Argenta wine bar for a special Seghesio Family Vineyards tasting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today (Jan. 27). Here are the wines for the evening: Seghesio Pinot Grigio, Seghesio Sangiovese, Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel, Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel and Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel. Crush's fine selection of cheeses and meats will also be available for $15. Get more information here.
  2. Big Orange: Midtown, 207 N. University Ave., Little Rock: The favorite burger spot will be featuring a special firkin keg from Vino's Pizza-Pub-Brewery with all proceeds going to the Dunbar Community Garden Project. The benefit will get started after 5 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 28). Get more information here!
  3. South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock: The SoMa restaurant/music venue is gearing back up for its first "Local Live" concert of the year with rapper Big Piph & Friends, which means a chance to sip on wine, beer or one of South on Main's fantastic cocktails while enjoying the free show, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 29). The series features a free live show every Wednesday, so this isn't the only week to get in on the action! Get more information here.
  4. Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar, 300 River Market Ave., Suite 1, Little Rock: Enjoy five selected wines from around the world at this cool downtown Little Rock wine and beer spot tonight during its weekly Wine Tasting Wednesday event from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 29). Or, if you can't make it Wednesday, Zin has Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, offering $5 house reds, $5 house whites and $1 off all beers. Also, for the music lovers, check out live music every Saturday during their "He Done Her Wrong Series." Get more information here.
  5. Stone's Throw Brewing, 402 E. Ninth St., Little Rock: The Southern Gourmasian food truck is gearing up for its first monthly beer dinner beginning Wednesday (Jan. 29) at Stone's Throw Brewing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include five beers and a five-course meal. Tickets are $50 and a menu will posted here later this week. For more information, click here or email thanhrasico@gmail.com
  6. Cajun's Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road, Little Rock: Stop by the Riverdale fixture on the river for its weekly Wine Down Wednesday where you can sip on a variety of $5 wines and pair them with yummy seafood. Get more information and see what their specials are closer to time here.
  7. The Joint, 301 Main St., Suite 102, North Little Rock: This weekend, take in a special performance of The Joint's latest production "Winter Sucks!" while enjoying a yummy libation and nibbles. There are plenty of drinks to choose from-- coffee drinks, beer, wine and cocktails (a somewhat new addition!). Tickets are $20-- go ahead and reserve your tickets here.

Green Leaf Grill Now Open at Arkansas Blue Cross Building

With work as busy as it is, it's hard to get that healthy breakfast or lunch you need to keep you on track for the rest of the day. 

In Little Rock, there is another place offering healthy options for the masses-- the Green Leaf Grill, found in an unlikely place, the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield building, 601 Gaines St., Little Rock. 

The cafeteria style restaurant is open to the public both for breakfast and for lunch, offering grill, deli, pizza, soup and entree items, and a tossed-to-order salad bar. Breakfast prices average $5 and lunch prices range $7-8. Menus and food are under the direction of award-winning chef Jason Knapp.

It is open from 7-9:30 a.m. for breakfast and 10:45 a.m.- 2 p.m. for lunch Monday through Friday.

Get more information about this cool new eatery here!

ZAZA in the Heights Closes for Two Weeks to Renovate

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ZAZA offers a variety of pies including (from the top going clockwise,) the Margherita, Petit Jean Ham and Pineapple, and the Quattro Stagioni.

Changes are on the way for ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Co., 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, starting this weekend. 

The popular Heights restaurant announced it will close at 3 p.m. this Sunday (Jan. 26) and reopen at 5 p.m. Friday (Feb.7) for kitchen and dining room renovations and maintenance.

On its Facebook page, the eatery thanked its customers for their support over the years and upon reopening wrote the restaurant will be "shiny and new and ready for another wonderful 6 years." 

Known for their fresh, local ingredients and wood-fired oven pizza, great salads and gelato, we know what's for lunch today!

Get more information here.

 

National Pie Day: 5 Places (And Pie) To Try in Central Arkansas

Image by Kat Robinson
The coconut meringue pie at Charlotte's Eats & Sweets in Keo is perhaps its most famous of its long list of delicious treats.

We love pie! Who doesn't?

In honor of National Pie Day today (Jan. 23), we're highlighting a few places to get a delicious slice of pie in and around central Arkansas with the help of Kat Robinson's book "Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State." 

Here are five places (and pies) to check out:

  • Three Sam's Barbeque Joint10508 Mann Road, Mabelvale-- Recommended Pie: Peanut butter pie. After feasting on one of the mouth-watering barbeque sandwiches, don't forget about this super peanut-buttery pie that is topped with peanuts and chunks of peanut butter cups. Robinson said the mousse-style filling was dense and a little salty, in addition to being sweet.
  • Bobby's Country Cookin'301 N. Shackleford Road, Little Rock-- There are so many made-from-scratch pies to choose from, where do you start? Coconut and chocolate pie, as well as pecan pie and cherry cream cheese pie are restaurant staples that are always on the menu. And don't forget about the others in rotation-- key lime, vanilla chocolate chip, lemon ice box, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter or strawberry.
  • Charlotte's Eats & Sweets, 290 Main Street, U.S. 165, Keo-- Recommended Pie: Coconut meringue. You might have to travel a little far for this one, but it's worth it! This renowned sit-down restaurant is nationally known for its pie, especially its coconut meringue.
  • Lindsay's Hospitality House207 Curtis Sykes Drive, North Little Rock-- Recommended Pie: Sweet potato pie. As Robinson says, the best barbeque places serve up delicious pie, and Lindsay's Hospitality House is no exception. The sweet potato pie-- a strong-flavored pie with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice--  is a must at the eatery.
  • Ed and Kay's Restaurant15228 I-30, Benton: Known as the "Mile-High Pie Shop," this spot serves up a delicious coconut and chocolate meringue pie, along with Robinson's favorite, the PCP-- made up of pineapple, coconut and pecan.

Here are a few other options to get a yummy slice of pie in the area:

Sim's Bar-B-Que (Little Rock)

The Wagon Wheel Restaurant (Greenbrier)

Ashley's and Capital Bar and Grill at the Capital Hotel (Little Rock)

Hunka Pie (Little Rock)

E's Bistro (North Little Rock)

What are your favorite places? Tell us in the comment box below!

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