How To Have The Best Weekend Ever

Hiya! Happy Monday! How was your weekend?  Mine included this sandwich…

Veggie Thing- Asheville Sandwich Company- West Asheville, NC

…so I guess you could call it a win.

Before I tell you all about this beautiful sandwich though I want to back up and tell you about a few other things that made my weekend great (including Friday because I firmly believe that Friday is part of the weekend and that’s that).

I’m happy to report that on Friday morning I completed a whole hour-long yoga class without pulling my pants down by accident.

Yoga

I also took a 2.5 hour nap on Friday afternoon  because my body doesn’t believe in 20 minute power naps.

Aslan & Buffalo Tempeh

After I woke from my coma nap, I managed to keep the cat from devouring all of the Buffalo Tempeh I made for dinner.  I also managed to make a perfect buffalo sauce using only Frank’s Red Hot,  water, oregano and a whole bunch of garlic (I found the recipe here). I was completely amazed at how easy and delicious it was. I used Smiling Hara Tempeh  and had roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts on the side.   I can totally understand why Aslan wanted some too.

Smoothie Bowl

On Saturday morning I made my first ever smoothie bowl and I blame Erin entirely for the inspiration.  Last week she wrote a post on how to make a perfect smoothie bowl and I was drooling all over my computer.  I’ll admit, I never saw the appeal of pouring a smoothie into a bowl until I actually tried it. It’s so fun to be able to top it with all sorts of things that would never fit through a straw.

In my bowl*

  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 TBSP Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Butternut Squash
  • 2 TBSP Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

Toppings

  • Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut
  • Oat My Goodness Sunrise Granola (orange, coffee & macadamia nuts…yes, really)

*Measurements are approximate

It kept me full all morning and was so tasty. Definitely give it a try if you haven’t already.  After breakfast, I did level one of the 30 Day Shred along with some hip strengthening exercises and then it was off to vote early! I don’t like to discuss politics on the blog but I just want to say how important it is, no matter who you support, to get out there and vote, and that’s all I will say about that.

Now… back to this sandwich:

Veggie Thing- Asheville Sandwich Company- West Asheville, NC

After we voted we headed to a local sandwich shop, where I proceeded to stuff my face. This, my friends,  is the Veggie Thing from  Asheville Sandwich CompanyEggs, Spinach, Feta, Pico de Gallo, and Potatoes.  Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t know it was going to come buried in fries? I don’t know what I was thinking… maybe roasted potatoes?   I’m not complaining – it was so worth it – I was just really surprised.  So surprised that when I tried to post a picture on Instagram my keyboard stopped working. There were just no words.

We popped over to Odd’s Café after lunch and I got an iced coffee with hazelnut and vanilla syrups mixed in. So good!

Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC

Saturday was my father’s birthday. He would have been 66 and this was the fifth birthday we’ve celebrated without him.  My father loved taking trips to new places on the weekends so that’s exactly what Jeff and I decided to do to celebrate.

Marshall, NC

Marshall is a small, sleepy town nestled into the mountains about 35 minutes north of Asheville.  As we drove into town, we were excited to see a bunch of cute shops, restaurants, and an island park surrounded by the French Broad River.

Marshall, NC

My father loved being near the water and I know he would have loved this little river town.

French Broad River, Marshall, NC

French Broad River, Marshall, NC

We did a lap around the park and then headed over to check out the town. We popped into a little natural foods store, where we bought a bag of coffee bean, stone ground grits, and this delicious iced tea. Have you tried ASITea? Do it!

Asi Honey Blossom & Mint Tea

We explored a little more and I made a mental note of all the cute restaurants and cafes to try, specifically The Sweet Monkey Bakery & Café.  Western North Carolina is seriously a foodie’s dream. I have a mile-long list of places to try but we’re trying to space it out a bit. We’ve been in Asheville since September and I already have so many favorites!

My father was a major foodie and every year on his birthday I like to go out for a meal he would have loved. So after we were done checking out Marshall, we hopped back in the car and drove to have dinner at Mela, our favorite Indian restaurant in Asheville.  The atmosphere in Mela is dark and intimate so I wasn’t able to snap any decent pics, but, believe me, it was delicious. My father loved spicy foods so Jeff ordered Chicken Vindaloo in his honor. I’m a wimp when it comes to hot food so I stuck with the Vegetarian Thali Platter, which included a sampling of four vegetarian dishes with rice. We got garlic naan and raita on the side, because, duh.  And of course no birthday is complete without cake, so we also shared a piece of chocolate mousse cake for him.  It definitely wasn’t an easy day but it made it a little sweeter to celebrate doing the things my father would have loved.

Sunday was a rest day (as all Sundays should be). I ate Indian leftovers for breakfast (no shame) and then spent the day hanging out at Green Sage Café and grocery shopping.  I got this beauty for lunch:

Egg sandwich from Green Sage Cafe, Asheville, NC

Eggs, spinach and feta AGAIN! I’m obviously going through an eggs-for-lunch phase because that’s all I’ve been having for the last couple days.

And now that I’ve written a book, I’ll leave you a picture of this magnet I saw on Saturday.

Juicing

You’re welcome.

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever tried a smoothie bowl? What new places have you explored lately?  What foods have you been obsessed with lately?

Have a great Monday! <3

I’m linking up with Marvelous Monday.

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38 comments

  1. That DOES sound like a seriously awesome weekend! Small world, I grew up an hour and a half southwest of Asheville, so I always do a double take when I start recognizing things on other blogs. :) I love Boston, but I do miss those mountains.

    I can’t wait to try that recipe for buffalo sauce, I do a buffalo tempeh too, but haven’t perfected the sauce. Thanks!

    1. Becki, I love Boston! One of my favorite cities, but I can understand missing the mountains. Western North Carolina is truly a magical place. We just moved here in September. I’m from New York originally and the NC mountains, although much bigger, remind me a lot of the mountains I grew up near in NY. :-)

  2. I love how you celebrate your dad on his birthday :) Hugs!

    That sandwich looks SO good! I should show that to my husband to recreate at home (he’d love it!).

    AMEN to 2.5 hour power naps. What is this 20 min bs that is recommended to us?! LOL
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  3. I think that your dad would have approved of all your weekend travels and treats! :) Happy Birthday to him!

    That first sandwich looks amazing and I don’t even like half the ingredients haha!

  4. Great post! I loved getting a glimpse into your weekend of celebrating your Dad. :-) Also, your photos are incredibly sharp and well-lit! Are you using phone camera?

    1. Thanks, Mareesa! The only iPhone photo is the last one in this post. Otherwise I use a Canon Powershot (SX280 HS) for most pics. Jeff got it for me for Christmas a few years ago and it’s basically one step below a DSLR (not as huge and awkward to carry around but has a lot of the same settings). I love it! :-)

      I also edit them using Picasa before posting.

    1. Haha Thanks, Ange. It’s actually not a reference to the Chronicles of Narnia, like most people think. Jeff’s family lived in Turkey for a year when he was a teenager and Aslan means Lion in Turkish. :) She’s a cutie!

  5. All of your food looks great. Taking notes for my Asheville trip.
    I am so sorry about your dad. Tomorrow will be the 14th anniversary of my father’s death; he died when I was 21, so I am definitely in the same boat as you!

  6. Everything about your weekend looks great! I haven’t made a smoothie bowl in a while, but I love them! I don’t know why, but I prefer my smoothies in a bowl as opposed to drinking them. And that sandwich. Oh my goodness! And now I want one and it’s only 5 a.m.!

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