Academy Street Bistro

academystbistroThis is the second post of a series highlighting places Liz and I like to go eat and hang out. In some way they’ve impressed us with their food, their service and/or ambiance.

Liz and I visited Academy Street Bistro in downtown Cary last month, on our wedding anniversary. It happened to fall during the Triangle restaurant week, where restaurants all over the triangle offer special fixed price 3 course meals.

There is indoor and outdoor seating available and the weekday evening we were there had live music outside.

The staff were fantastic and we really appreciated getting to chat with Chef Brian a couple of times during our meal. They really looked after us and made our anniversary special.

The food was amazing. I especially enjoyed the duck salad (pictured). It’s hard to find duck on a menu here in the states, never mind cooked to perfection.

I also took advantage of the wine pairing with each course which I highly recommend.

For our budget, it’s a little on the expensive side for regular dining, but for special occasions or random splurges we will definitely be back to Academy Street Bistro.

STORYCHURCH Set List – 26 Jul 2015


  • Only King Forever – Elevation Church (B)
  • One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture (B)
  • Your Promises – Elevation Church (B)
  • This Is Amazing Grace – Bethel Music (B)
  • Good Good Father – House Fires (A)
  • How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (A)

Geer Street Garden

This is a first post (of a series…maybe) highlighting places Liz and I like to go eat and hang out. In some way they’ve impressed us with their food, their service and/or ambiance.


I’ve been meaning to try Geer Street Garden for a while as it’s fairly close to where I work. So last night (Monday) Liz and I happened to be in downtown Durham and decided to call in for dinner before going home. We were glad we did.

It was late – about 9.10pm. It was busy inside and the air was cool. However, it was a nice evening so we opted for outside seating. I know it’s supposed to have a beer garden feel but I think more individual tables outside (like inside) would have been nice rather than just a load of long benches.


In saying that, for large parties it would be fantastic. The outdoor area was covered and nicely lit with stringed lights – the kind my HOA doesn’t take a liking to. We like them though.

The staff were excellent throughout the whole evening, very helpful and attentive.

The menu was concise but still varied enough to keep us coming back. It may change periodically – I’m not sure. There’s also a great selection of local beers, imported beers and wine.

Both of us really enjoyed our food. The service was quick, the food was tasty and hot. The sauces were also a big hit. We asked for a few of those with our meals.

We would definitely go back again to Geer Street Garden. Another place I want to try is right across the street – Cocoa Cinnamon.

Video: Congregational Engagement

CONGREGATIONAL ENGAGEMENT – Like a lot of worship teams this is a topic that consumes a lot of our conversations and thoughts when we get together. Here’s a great video from Brian Wahl that discusses the topic at length. Lots to think about and take away from this. Great stuff from Brian and his team at Worship Tutorials.

STORYCHURCH Set List – 19 Jul 2015

  • Your Promises – Elevation Worship (C)
  • Multiplied – NeedToBreathe (G)
  • 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (G)
  • I Am – Crowder (G)
  • Pursuit – Daniel Bashta (G)
  • Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture (G)
  • Set A Fire – Will Reagan (G)

STORYCHURCH Set List – 12 Jul 2015

  • King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (E)
  • Come As You Are – David Crowder (A)
  • Came To My Resuce – Hillsong (G)
  • Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (A)
  • Waiting Here For You – Martin Smith (D)
  • Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture (E)

STORYCHURCH Set List – 05 Jul 2015

  • All My Heart – Alastair Vance (B)
  • You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman (B)
  • God With Us – Mercy Me (B)
  • This Is Amazing Grace – Bethel Music (B)
  • Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsong (G)
  • Oh You Bring – Hillsong (G)

STORYCHURCH Set List – 28 Jun 2015

  • Only King Forever – Elevation Worship (B)
  • The Same Love – Paul Baloche (B)
  • God Of The Redeemed – Bethel Music (B)
  • My Savior Lives – Glen Packiam (B)
  • The Same Power – Ben Cantelon (E)
  • Break Every Chain – Will Reagan (E)

STORYCHURCH Set List – 21 Jun 2015

  • Emmanuel – Martin Smith (C)
  • Only King Forever – Elevation (C)
  • Forever – Bethel Music (C)
  • I Am – Crowder (C)
  • Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (B)
  • How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B)