Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Welllll, I WAS going to post about something else but on a whim tonight I decided to whip up these awesome burgers after a friend had mentioned making Andie’s Loaded Quinoa burgers. I’ve made lentil burgers mixed with walnuts, and plain black bean burgers but I’ve never made them with quinoa so I was intrigued and had to test these babies out. I ended up not sticking with her exact recipe since I have a hard time following directions, I simply used the black bean and quinoa idea and went to town playing with other spices.

As it turns out, they were awesome! So clearly I HAVE to share them, it would be a crime not to haha.

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

by Maria W

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

    For the burgers

    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 1 can low sodium black beans
    • 1 sweet onion, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper chopped
    • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 2 tbs chili powder
    • 1 tbs cumin
    • 1 tbs paprika
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

    For the avocado cream sauce

    • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    • squeeze of lime juice
    • 2 tbs plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)
    • 1 tbs mayo
    • pinch of salt and pepper

    Instructions

    For the burgers

    Saute onions, garlic, and bell peppers with a tbs of oil in a heated fry pan until softened. Add in rinsed beans and then add spices. Transfer mix to a food processor once cooled. Add in cooked quinoa and then pulse together until mixed evenly. Form into patties and place on an oiled and baking sheet. Cook for around 15 minutes on one side and then flip over to finish baking the other. If you have the pan oiled enough, it should be crispy on the outside, but soft in the middle.

    For the avocado cream sauce

    Mix the cilantro, lime juice, avocado, mayo, greek yogurt and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until everything is evenly mixed together and creamy.

    Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

    We topped our burgers with sharp white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and used my all time favorite Kings Hawaiian sweet sandwich buns. We also had sweet potato fries on the side and used the left over avocado sauce to dip them in. To be honest, the fries were merely just a vessel to scoop more sauce into my mouth.

    Boy, does that sound wrong 😉

    Anyway, remember my post where I confessed my love for my jogging stroller? And then I asked about what kind of double inline stroller we should get in preparation for kiddo numero dos? Well we bit the bullet and went ahead with the Phil and Teds Navigator. We got it in a few nights ago and oh my word, LOVE at first sight! This baby is sleek, easy to put together and maneuver, light, and just plain pretty. And I really happen to like pretty things.

    We took it out for a test run today and also loved how smooth it ran. As for our Joovy, I still plan on keeping it because I’m too attached to it and since it’s specifically made for longer distance all terrain running, I’ll keep it around in case I want to take one kid out and train for something crazy. I just can’t let go of that stroller quite yet.

    Here’s a size comparison between the two:

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    I definitely think KNOW we made the right decision. Man, I just love when that happens.

    Happy hump day y’all! We’re THIS CLOSE to the weekend…not that it matters for us because surprise surprise, both the hubs and I work all weekend! BOO. But since I can’t end this blog post on a sorry note….BACON!

    Natural care 101: grapefruit brown sugar scrub

    Happy beautiful Tuesday! We’ve been hit with gorgeous Spring weather so the fam and I have been soaking up the sun (and the pollen haha) a lot lately. Hence the lack of posts 😉

    Oh and thanks to everyone for the comments on my juicing post, I really hope that helped someone! Another topic I get asked a lot about the natural skin care routine I started with my first pregnancy and even though I’ve posted about it, I figure it’s time for an updated post. Particularly a post about this detoxifying scrub I use for the transition from winter to spring. This happens to be one of favorite homemade scrubs because it’s easy to make and smells so delicious that its only fitting I want to rub this all over my body, haha. I also love that it consists of ingredients that I already own in my pantry and that it’s super cheap to make. I’m a big fan of cheap 😉

    grapefruit brown sugar scrub

    Confession: I can count one hand the number of times I’ve shopped at places like Sephora. I’m just not a fan of spending money on beauty products. Once you go natural, you never go back!

    So here’s what you need to make this Grapefruit Brown Sugar Salt scrub:

    1/2 Grapefruit juice
    2 tbs Epsom salt
    1 cup Brown sugar
    1 tbs Vitamin e oil
    1 tsp coconut oil (softened)

    The grapefruit is a great natural exfoliate and Epsom salt is a wonderful way to soothe tired, dry winters skin. Brown sugar is full of b vitamins and is a much more gentle way to exfoliate and pave the way for fresh skin for spring. And because I’m a huge fan of oil, I strongly believe every scrub should consist of a type of oil. Oils act as a binder for the ingredients and is the one of the best ways to hydrate and rejuvenate parched skin, hair, and nails. Hemp oil can also be used as an alternative to Vitamin E Oil. Hemp oil strengthens hair and nails, and does wonders for the skin.

    grapefruit brown sugar scrub

    Ever heard of the oil cleansing method? Or the no-poo method? There’s a reason why they’re so popular. Oils are basically a miracle product and can so wonder for your skin, hair, and nails if you keep an open mind and try them.

    So try this easy scrub and let me know what you think!

    I’m off to run, shower and then use this scrub but before I head out, here are a few of my other favorite tips for oil I must leave you with:

    1. Add a teaspoon to your conditioner. Only condition the ends of your hair before rinsing to avoid a greasy scalp.
    2. You do NOT need to buy those fancy pregnancy oils that supposedly prevent stretch marks. Most of those are made with concentrated oil with a ton of unnecessary ingredients. Just buy the pure oil an use that after a shower when your pores are the most open. It saves you money, cuts out all of the “fluff” ingredients and because its just pure oil, you can use it for a variety of things.
    3. Hemp Seed Oil is my personal favorite and it is not only great for your hair, but also your skin too!
    4. It’s best to apply oil immediately after showering when your pores are open and can absorb the most product.
    5. If you tend to have dry skin on your feet, use a pumice stone, then rub the oil onto your feet, wait a few minutes, then place a pair of socks on to “trap” the oil in and sleep with the socks on over night. You’ll wake up in the morning with baby soft feet, sayonara to dry cracked heels!

    And that’s all I have for y’all right now. I’ll be sure to post an awesome “recipe” I use on my fried ombré hair soon so stay updated for the rest of my natural care 101 tips.

    Speaking of ombre, I’m thinking of going back to dark before our move overseas. It’ll be my last appointment with my favorite stylist before we both make moves for the Army 🙁 Thoughts?

    I know, I know…talk about first world problems right? Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful day! Off to do some stroller running!

    My Yoga Teacher Training Experience Part 1

    As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, I finished the first 10 day session of yoga teacher training. I wanted to write about everything while it was still fresh in my mind but I knew that if I tried I wouldn’t sound very coherent because my brain was FRIED. In fact, I’m pretty sure if I attempted to write a post so soon after the session, it would turn out like this: “yoga yoga aldkakadfa I want cake aldjakf yoga ahdalkdfjakjfak”.

    So here I am with a clear mind, a week later, and ready to reveal why those 10 days have been so emotionally, physically and mentally challenging, and why those 10 amazing days will go down as one of the best 10 days ever. Get ready because this is going to be LONG…and I’m only covering a few things with this post too. Yikes.

    1. To start, our first day of class opened with a discussion on yoga and religion which caught my attention right away. I was raised Christian and always wondered if practicing yoga could conflict with my background but those thoughts were nipped in the bud immediately when our teachers explained in depth that yoga can basically enhance your own relationship with whoever your God may be. They explained the in depth history behind yoga and I was so relieved to learn that I wasn’t secretly converting myself to Hinduism.

    2. Something I wasn’t prepared for going into this training was how much meditation would be involved. Again, I always figured that meditating was a religious thing with yoga so it was never something I went out of my way to practice. I meditated here and there for 10 minutes or so, without ever really knowing what I was doing so I never reaped any full benefits from it other then falling asleep (and sleep is always a benefit in my opinion).

    Once I started the training, I finally understood that meditation is the practice of being still and learning to be present. The importance of this is so that we learn to be still and present in the moment when it translates to our daily lives. Being present in the moment allows the body to respond instead of react, so that when we become present, we learn to create space and reprogram our urges to react a certain way. It allows us to deal with whats happening the present moment, and not at just what happened or could possibly happen later. Does that make sense?

    An example would be getting rear ended on the way to an interview. Instead of panicking and thinking “well now I’m going to be late for this interview, I’ll never get the job, I won’t be able to afford that vacation I wanted next year”, being present in the moment allows us to think about just getting through the accident without getting worked up over something that may not even happen later. You might be late for the interview and miss out on this job but what if another job that’s even more rewarding falls into your lap?

    The point is to not get so worked up over something that may not even turn out to be horrible. It’s about taking what the universe (or God) throws at you, and learning to work with what you’ve got at the moment. And it’s about taking things in stride, and not letting your emotions get the best of you. Meditation helps us create this space before our emotions, so that we can learn to use our energy effectively elsewhere.

    3. When people say that going through yoga teacher training is a transformational experience, they’re not kidding. During the 10 days I was in training, I noticed that I was letting things slide a lot more easily. When I got cut off by a crazy driver, instead of flicking him off or cursing to myself, my thoughts were instead replaced with “maybe he’s got a pregnant wife in labor” or “man, I am not a fan of you right now, but I still hope you have a nice day”. This applied to almost everything during that week and even now.

    The thing is, I normally do think this way before reacting harshly, but I have to make such an effort to do so. During the training, I noticed that responding in a kinder manner to things that would normally irritate me, came a lot more easily and without any real effort. I became so much more calm and learned to look at things with peace, instead of anger. And I really believe that all the meditation we did is the biggest contributor on why I’m now able to control my emotions a little more. From meditating I learned that peace is a matter of retraining my mind to deal with life as it currently is, and not what I think it should be.

    4. My teachers are absolutely freaking out of this world AMAZING. They know their yoga, and they know their shit. They live, breathe, and ARE all things yoga epitomizes. I have such an admiration for the two brothers that I’m doing my training under, and the word respect does no justice for how I feel about these guys.

    During our lessons, they’re able to provide scientific evidence to almost every thing that is done during yoga and it utterly blows my mind just how much science goes behind it all. I absolutely love it. They’re huge science nerds yet they make it so appealing to those that are not with humorous anecdotes and by using real life experiences to describe things.  They’re genuine, hilarious, and they really know how to keep a class interesting without boring us all to sleep. I mean, here I am halfway through my pregnancy and cooped up in a room for 11 hours and they still haven’t put me to sleep. That’s saying a lot here.

    But what I really admire most about them is how they keep it real with their stories and their personalities. They have no qualms about admitting that they’re not perfect and that yoga doesn’t make them the perfect husband, brother, yogi, etc. which makes them so much more easy to relate to.

    And look, there’s even a documentary being made about them (and a few other yoga gurus I’m a total fangirl about):

    5. As I mentioned in this post, I got into yoga mainly for the health benefits. Then it turned into so much more for me when it clicked that yoga is so much more then just about the body. And even though the body is such an important aspect in yoga (why else would we do such amazing things with our bodies during our practice?) during this training I learned that there is so much more to yoga then I originally believed.

    I’ve always prided myself on playing it safe with my body and never getting injured, so when it was stressed during our class that yoga is so much more then just sinking into our joints and trying to get as bendy as possible, I perked up. I was interested in learning the other side of this beautiful adventure that I can’t get enough of.

    As it turns out, yoga doesn’t have much to do with our ability to perform a posture but everything to do with our ability to pay attention. We do poses because it teaches us to pay attention to our bodies and to learn to be still through the pose, so that we can be “still” in our real lives.

    Another point that really stood out to me was that the highest level of practice is not the one that goes the deepest, but the one that knows it’s own body and is the most in tune with it. Instead of hurting ourselves to get into a deep pose, what happens in 10, 15, 20 years to our bodies? We can aim to get there, but at what cost? I learned that we should be strong with where our body is, concetrate on that very strength and not at what you want to get strong at. I learned just how important it is to always practice in a sustainable matter to ensure avoiding pain years from now. And I learned that we all need to be a little more thankful and kinder to our wonderful bodies.

    Whoo! This post has gotten long enough so I’m going to end this here. But can you believe that I still haven’t touched on half of the other topics I really wanted to talk about?! I honestly can’t wait to discuss our spiritual discussions, the 8 limb path, breakdown of poses, and why there’s so much more to being a  yoga teacher then just telling a class to inhale and exhale.

    Stick with me here though, mmkay? I do have a pretty sweet giveaway coming up 😉

    Som Tum Recipe

    Som Tum Recipe — Make It At Home

    Hi there! I’m alive, thanks for asking 😉

    I promise I’ll get a post up about my amazing experience with Yoga Teacher Training but right now my preggo brain is too fried from cramming a years worth of information in 10 days. When they call the 10 day intensive “intense”, they’re not kidding. And we still have a whole ‘nother session to go!

    So for now, you kind folks get another recipe while I recuperate and attempt to collect my thoughts.

    Just don’t start weeping into your bowls of oatmeal yet because this isn’t just ANY recipe. It’s one that’s incredibly special to me because it’s from my beautiful MOM!

    Easy Thai Som Tum Recipe

    This is a popular Thai dish, called Som Tum (spicy papaya salad or papaya kimchi), that my mom used to make for us when we were kids and since we always begged for more, she would end up making an asinine amount. For just a week or two our fridge would be stuffed to the brim with this spicy deliciousness.

    But only for a week or two at most, this stuff never lasted very long at our house 😉

    Easy Thai Som Tum Recipe

    So here’s what you need to make this tasty and healthy side that will clear your sinuses and make you cry for more.

    Ingredients (Note, I cut her recipe down to leave you some room in your fridge)
    1 tbs sugar
    1 lime
    1 lemon
    2 cups green papaya, shredded
    2 cloves garlic
    1 tbs fish sauce
    3 thai chili peppers
    3 tomatoes cut unto medium sized chunks
    Handful of cilantro, chopped

    Place the garlic cloves and the chilies in a food processor and process until crushed into chunks. Set aside. Peel papayas until the whites show and then shred into long pieces using a mandolin. Squeeze juice of lemon and lime over papaya. Mix with sugar, fish sauce, garlic, chili peppers, cilantro and tomatoes.

    And that’s it! It’s such an easy dish and one that’s so nutritious for you too. It’s best when served cold and is so refreshing with the sweetness of the papaya, the saltiness from the citrus, and the sourness from the fish sauce. And you know that I’m lovin’ all over that spicy kick from the thai peppers.

    GOD I JUST FREAKING LOVE THIS STUFF.

    Easy Thai Som Tum Recipe

    Make this dish, and then eat it as a side for whatever your eating, or top it on a fish or another protein as a garnish, or maybe even stuff your face with this stuff for breakfast. Hmm…just kidding about the breakfast part.

    And I promise that one of these days I’ll bring it back to the classics with a burger recipe or something. This is just the kind of stuff we grew up eating and I simply wanted to share the happiness it brings me to eat dishes I was so fond of during our adolescent years.

    Speaking of happiness, my brothers are here in NC staying with me! So not only do I have my parents here, but now my two brothers that I haven’t seen in years. It’s actually been 4 years since my entire family has been together, cue spontaneous HAPPY DANCE!

    I’m off to spend some time with my family but I’ll catch you guys tomorrow with….drum roll please….our gender announcement!

    I already announced on twitter and instagram so if you don’t already know, any guesses?

    Fort Bragg Gyms

    The start of my husband’s reenlistment date is coming up (meaning, the time frame of when he can either leave the Army or rejoin) which means that we could possibly be leaving Fort Bragg within the next year. So with this news in hand, I finally feel a lot more comfortable divulging some of my favorite places here.

    So without further adieu, I now present to you everything you ever need to know about good ol’ Fort Bragg, North Carolina:

    Ft Bragg Gyms: My Favorites

    Fort Bragg is home to the Special Operations and Airborne troops and as a result, fitness is a HUGE deal here. Besides all of the local races, the monthly 5k’s, and all of the fitness related events they have on post, there are 14-15 gyms on post and all of them are awesome in their own right. Unfortunately, the MWR just started charging for classes and we still don’t have awesome child care co-op like the Smith Gym at Fort Benning (booo!). BUT the following gyms make up for their lack of child care with their awesomeness:

    1. Tucker Gym – Located off Ardennes Rd, behind the Airborne PX and across from Towle Gym. It’s basically a CrossFit gym and they even post daily WOD’s. If CrossFit style workouts aren’t your thing, there’s also a separate room that carries regular gym equipment. And the best part? They have an indoor saltwater swimming pool. WINNING.

    Healthy living in Fort Bragg, NC

    2. Frederick – Located off Gruber Rd. Just like Tucker, minus the pool, but the gym itself is on crack. Ladies, watch out for the eye candy. Just sayin’.

    3. Pope Gym – I used to work at this gym so of course it’s one of my favorites. They have a great children’s room for parents to work out in with their little ones. Also boasts a big weight room, big cardio room, nice racquetball courts, and I love the outdoor track and outdoor workout area. Plus, it’s next to the trail around the flight line (more on that if you scroll down).

    4. Iron Mike – I’ve only ever used this gym because they have an awesome children’s room. They have several machines for you to work out on while you can watch your kid play, and let me tell you, they will PLAY. The childcare room is AWESOME. Miniature elliptical, spin bikes, and treadmills for the kids, anyone? As they say, play hard, nap hard!

    5. Spa Renaissance Center – Granted, this one is located OFF post and you have to be a member but I have a love affair with this gym because it doesn’t feel like you’re in Fayetteville when you walk in. It’s extremely fancy, has a gorgeous spa attached, great cafe and juice bar, awesome variety of free classes, indoor pool attached to the yoga studio, and 2 locations that are convenient to where I live. This doesn’t tickle my pickle as much as it might for someone else, but they even have a separate weightlifting room for women if you’re trying to avoid the meatheads.

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    Crossfit Fort Bragg Gyms

    1. RedPoint: This one has to be my top favorite because it’s also a climbing gym, MMA gym, yoga, and CrossFit all in one. So basically all of my favorite things rolled up into one little warehouse. Plus, it’s cheaper than the other gyms AND closer to where I live.

    2. Fort Bragg CrossFit: They utilize parallel bars, a wall climbing wall, AND have a childcare area. Enough said.

    iron forge

    3. Iron Forge: I haven’t been to this location yet but I’ve heard TONS of great things about it. Even though I’m happy with where I do CrossFit, I still plan to check this location out because of the fact that I’ve heard so many awesome things. Update on this soon!

    4. Team Roc: Another CrossFit and MMA gym that specializes in Jujitsu. They’re smaller, but the people there are so nice and encouraging. Love them!

    As an aside, I recently found this very cool CrossFit Workout Index that I thought I would share. It’s great because it not only gives you 7 weeks of CrossFit routines, but it also includes suggested supplements and recipes to keep you going strong. Can’t beat that! Follow this link to check it out: CrossFit Workout Index.

    Favorite farmers markets and where to satisfy your omnivore needs:
    1. Believe it or not, the commissaries on post actually carry a limited selection of organic meat. It’s located in the Organic Prairie section near the frozen meat bins at the South Post Commissary but all they carry is ground chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, and beef franks.

    And a quick note about the commissary: Both commissaries have a huge section portioned for health nuts. They have an awesome selection of Bob’s Red Mill products, gluten free products, non-GMO, vegan, vegetarian…pretty much everything your little health nut heart desires.

    2. Harris Teeter off Raeford Rd carries a better variety of meat AND seafood and the prices aren’t too bad either.

    3. T&T’s Farmers Market carries locally raised bacon and ham and sometimes they’ll have fresh poultry as well.

    4. Reilly Road Farmers Market: More like a grocery store but still carries seasonal, fresh produce and meats. Great prices, awesome staff, and they always have samples to taste, and the prices are the best in the area.

    Reilly Road Farmers Market

    5. Carolina Grown: Carolina Grown is a GREAT Community Supported Agriculture program where they deliver farm fresh produce and meats directly to your door for a monthly fee. We participated in the program and loved it but canceled our contract to make room in our budget. Plus, you have to be VERY quick to “order” your meat on Sunday nights otherwise everything sells out very quickly.

    6. Fayetteville Farmers Market: Open every Saturday and Wednesday, located downtown behind the transportation museum, and just like any other farmers market, has all the fresh, local produce and meat that you need.

    Favorite running trails
    1. If you have access to on post, there’s this trail that runs along the entire flight line on Pope Airfield that I used to run and LOVED during my half training. It’s exactly 6 miles so it made for easy mileage calculating. I also loved that it was an open trail, part of it is paved with that soft rubber material that’s less damaging on your knees, and I loved the views around the flight line. It’s also an amazing feeling having the nations best planes fly over your head as you run, you can’t help but be in awe and run faster. The time would pass by quickly when I ran this trail.

    2. Coolaconch: I’m not 100% sure if that’s the name but it’s 2 miles up, and 2 miles down on red clay. It’s a steep hill which always makes a run even more fun (for me that is). It’s also on post, located off Gruber road near the parade field. Sometimes you’ll run into soldiers doing their PT or training exercises but that’s okay. It’s extra motivation in my book.

    3. Cape Fear River Trail: This one is 8 miles, and it’s a pretty trail to run but can get pretty dangerous at night. It’s located near Methodist University, off Ramsey St. and during the day is littered with other runners, bikers, rollerbladers, and families walking.

    4. Maverick Park: This is a short 1.5 mile trail but it’s one of the prettiest since it’s located right next to a lake. It’s located off Bragg Blvd and is very easy to get to. LOVE this one!

    Maverick Park

    Favorite places to chow down
    Unfortunately, there aren’t too many choices in the Fayetteville area. You’d have to drive 45 minutes up to Raleigh for better choices in the health department. I’ve been to some amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurants while there but since I can’t stand driving long distances, I stick to my options in Fayetteville and do the best I can with what we have.

    1. Jason’s Deli: This one is pretty self explanatory. And while it may not be the greatest or healthiest option out there, it’s still better than lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s or something along the same lines. And you can’t hate on their awesome salad bar.

    2. Blue Moon: This is such a cute little restaurant located downtown on Hay Street. It’s gluten free friendly, vegetarian and vegan friendly, and they have an awesome beer and wine selection. You can never go wrong with that.

    3. Fresh Cafe: Also downtown and near Blue Moon, this is another gluten free friendly, vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurant that boasts using all locally owned and organic ingredients. The food is awesome, cheap, and the restaurant is quirky but charming. Love it.

    4. Royal Grill: This is one of our favorite Mediterranean restaurants in the area. Everything is moderately priced, the food is great, and never oily or greasy. They even offer fresh veggie juices, yum!

    Favorite Yoga Studios

     1. Embrace Yoga: SUCH a cute studio located in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. I love the instructors, and they have an awesome variety of classes. I also love that they do a lot of free sessions for military service members. Any service that supports the military, is a service that I support.

    2. Hot Asana: I recently checked this place out and it’s also adorable. You can tell everyone here has a huge passion for yoga and it’s the kind of passion that’s contagious. It’s kind of far for us city folk who hate driving more than 25 minutes to get anywhere, but I swear it’s completely worth it. It’s located in downtown Southern Pines which is also an adorably cute area to visit.

    Favorite miscellaneous:

    1. Studio X: This is a pole dancing studio that I need to do a separate post on. It’s located off Raeford Rd, in a safe location, and it’s SO MUCH FUN! Plus, they have CHILDCARE! Whoo hoo! Post on this coming soon.

    2. Ram’s Self Defense: Located in Hope Mills. They have an awesome staff, great Krav Maga classes, and affordable options. Occasionally you can catch a groupon for them as well. Highly recommend you check them out if you’re down to kick some ass!

    3. Apple Crate: This cute little store is a health nut’s DREAM. It’s like a Whole Food’s, but smaller and minus the delicious hot foods bar, but they still have a decent dry bins selection. It’s locally owned, and located right next to Great Harvest Bread off Raeford Road which also makes it a win in my eyes. They don’t carry meat or seafood but it’s across the street from Harris Teeter which as I’ve mentioned earlier, is a great place to purchase meat anyway.

    So that’s my list for now. I hope this helps any of you newcomers to Bragg! If you’re on your way here, don’t listen to what the rumors say, it’s really not that bad. As with everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. If you stay home and complain about being here, of course you’re going to hate it. We’ve called this place home for the past two years and I’ve actually come to love it! Shocking, right? Fort Bragg is 2 hours from the mountains, 2 hours from gorgeous beaches, an hour from the city of Raleigh and Durham, and 5 hours from either DC or Savannah. Less if you drive fast 😉

    If I left anything out, shoot me an email and I’ll update this post. Holla to my fellow Bragg-ilinians!