Hello! Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? What did you do? Where did you go? Who did you see?
More importantly, what did you eat?
I ate this:
Seriously, though, I uploaded the pictures from the weekend off my camera and the only non-related food pics I had were of these new shoes I got at REI yesterday.
Anyway, Jeff’s mom and stepdad came to visit for the weekend and, according to my camera, all we did was eat good food. Our dining adventures started on Friday night at Jerusalem Garden Cafe, a Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Asheville.
I snapped this picture of the waitress pouring wine and then promptly dropped my camera onto the table and decided that was the only picture I’d be taking that evening. We had a wonderful time though. There was live music, a belly dancer and lots of hummus and falafel. I ordered the Vegetarian Moroccan Cous Cous and, trust me, it was delicious.
On Saturday morning we went to brunch at HomeGrown, the restaurant that’s catering our wedding in October.
I absolutely adore this place and am so happy to have them be a part of our wedding. They source all of their food from local farms and businesses, and are a Green-Certified restaurant.
From their website:
“We take all the extra steps to make sure that our restaurant is as easy on the environment as possible. It’s a work in progress and always will be, but some of the stuff we do is pretty cool. We have solar panels which heat our water. The packaging we use for take-out is all made from highly renewable resources and is compostable. The dinner-ware we use in the restaurant is all reusable. Then, there’s that buying local food thing. And, we compost pretty much everything both in the kitchen and “post-consumer” in the dining room.”
I started with a fresh-squeezed OJ mimosa. Obviously. I think it should be against the law to not have a mimosa with brunch.
This was 99.9% champagne. I watched her pour it. Have I mentioned that I love brunch?
I got the Sunshine Bowl with Tempeh for breakfast.
Jeff ordered the Chorizo Scramble.
We also split a delicious house-made biscuit with local blueberry jam.
Jeff’s mom ordered the Huevos Rancheros and his stepdad ordered the Farmer’s Scramble. Plus bacon and a biscuit to share.
Two words: Food. Coma.
After we ate our weight in delicious food, we took a drive out to show my future in-laws our wedding venue and then spent the afternoon wandering around downtown Asheville shopping for a rehearsal dinner space. It was a very wedding-themed day.
We were finally hungry again around 7 and headed to All Souls Pizza in Asheville’s River Arts District for dinner.
There was a bit of a wait, so we ordered drinks at the bar to pass the time.
I ordered a Spring Ale from Hi-Wire, a local AVL brewery.
Then it was time for pizza!
All Souls is my favorite pizza place in Asheville so far. Their crust is super thin and crispy and they use a wood-fired oven. They mill their own flour and polenta and us e local and seasonal ingredients.
Jeff ordered All Souls’ special pizza, topped with lamb meatballs, broccoli rabe, and local parmesan cheese.
Jeff’s mom and stepdad shared a tomato and mozzarella pie with pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms.
And if that weren’t enough, there was also this:
OK, I definitely have separate stomach for dessert. I mean, how could you possibly turn down a triple chocolate layer cake with espresso buttercream frosting?
The answer is you can’t. And that’s that.
We had a pretty lazy Sunday morning. Our weekend guests headed home early and Jeff and I just hung around our apartment until lunchtime, when we decided to check out West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen (W.A.L.K.), a restaurant we’ve been meaning to try for a while.
We got there early enough to catch the brunch menu and I had a really hard time deciding what to order.
I finally decided on two Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos. I added avocado, of course. Who do you think I am?
Jeff ordered a Turkey BLT and a side of ridiculously delicious, cheesy grits that I stole half of to pour all over my tacos. No shame.
After lunch we headed to REI where I tried on every shoe in the store and ended up with the lovely pair of Keens you saw at the beginning of this post.
But in case you forgot, here ya go:
The moral of this post is Come to Asheville. Hang with us. We’ll eat, drink and go shoe shopping. What more could you want out of life?
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Aquatic PT to swim off all of my delicious eats from the weekend. Other workouts on the agenda this week: spinning, yoga and the 30 Day Shred. Gotta get ready for next weekend when my friend Jen will be visiting from DC and we eat everything in Asheville all over again.
Did you splurge this weekend? What workouts do you have planned for the week? How do you entertain out-of-town guests? Let’s Chat!
Have a Great Monday! <3
I’m linking up with Marvelous Monday.