Hello March

HI! Happy Wednesday!

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March is one of my favorite months of the year, and it’s not only because my birthday is on the 21st.  March means SPRING IS ALMOST HERE. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter but I’m SO ready for go-outside-without- a-coat weather, aren’t you?

Rosey Rebecca

Speaking of nice weather,  it was absolutely beautiful in Asheville this past weekend and I got to do a few of my favorite things: eat, shop and meet a fellow blogger!

Saturday morning started with a quick trip to the Asheville City Market

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This was my first time checking it out and I definitely plan to go back.

Asheville City Market

The market is year-round and moves indoors January through March.  It hosts vendors from a wide variety of local farms and businesses.  There’s also live music!

Asheville City Market

I really adore the Asheville community and its huge focus on supporting local businesses.

My original plan was to get to there around 10 and take my time walking around and talking to the vendors. Unfortunately, I am the biggest procrastinator in the history of procrastinators and didn’t get there until 20 minutes before they closed.  oops.  Since I had plans to be out for the whole day I decided not to take advantage of all the beautiful produce, eggs and dairy.  Instead  I just  grabbed a bag of coffee beans from Biltmore Coffee Traders, a bar of awesome-smelling soap, and a micro-fiber cleaning cloth from Shecology, a local business that specializes in chemical-free, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.  

Shecology at Asheville City Market

I know, I’m a pro at buying the most random collection of things.

After I sprinted through the market like a crazy person, I headed over to Rosetta’s Kitchen and Buchi Bar to meet this pretty lady for lunch.

Stepfanie, The Flexible Kitchen

Last week Stepfanie from The Flexible Kitchen blog reached out to me on Twitter to say that she remembered me from when I blogged in Albany and that she lived in Asheville too. We immediately made plans to hang out.  She recommended Rosetta’s for lunch and I agreed right away because I’d been dying to go there since we moved to Asheville in September.

The Buchi Bar at Rosetta's Kitchen, Asheville, NC

Rosetta’s is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in downtown Asheville with an attached Kombucha bar called The Buchi Bar.  You have the option to sit in the upstairs dining room, where you can order at the counter, but we opted to sit in the much quieter, full service Buchi Bar downstairs.

I was beside myself with excitement looking at the menu. I’ve been a vegetarian for six years and I still  get excited when I realize I can order  ANYTHING off a restaurant menu.  On top of that, I had never tried kombucha on tap before so I decided to go all out and order a flight of all the different flavors.

Kombucha flight, Rosettas Kitchen Buchi Bar, Asheville, NC

I can’t even tell you what all these flavors were, but I loved all of them. My favorite was this really awesome pineapple turmeric concoction.  I could drink it every day for the rest of my life.  Thankfully, I can actually drink Rosetta’s kombucha every day without actually going to the buchi bar because they sell it bottled at a lot of places around Asheville!

For lunch I ordered the Grilled Portabella Plate.

Portobella Mushroom Plate at Rosetta's Kitchen, Asheville, NCAn entire portabella mushroom cap marinated, grilled, served with sautéed kale and smashed potatoes with vegan gravy. Topped with grilled red onions.

Oh my, this was delicious! And those smashed potatoes and gravy… I’m eating those every day with my pineapple turmeric kombucha. You can’t stop me.

I really loved Rosetta’s Kitchen and hanging out with Stepfanie. We had so much to talk about and we already have plans to hang out again. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: I love blogger meet-ups.

After Stepfanie and I parted ways I headed over to High Five Coffee for this beautiful vanilla latte:

Vanilla Latte from High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

Easily one of the most delicious lattes I’ve had in Asheville so far.  I started to get hungry after spending a few hours at High Five and decided to grab dinner at Green Sage Café. I’d been meaning to try their Colossal Falafel Burger for a while and I’m so happy I finally did.

Veggie Burger from Green Sage Cafe, Asheville, NCCrispy Spinach Chickpea Veggie Burger, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickle and vegan chimichurri mayo

So good!  I spent the rest of the night grocery shopping and watching Fuller House on Netflix.  Have you watched it?  What do you think?

Sunday was pretty uneventful.  It was another beautiful day in Asheville and I took advantage of it by hanging out on the balcony with Aslan for most of the day.  Speaking of Aslan, she had her teeth cleaned at the vet on Monday and is  pretty hilariously hopped up on extended-release morphine right now.  Poor kitty.

Aslan

Full disclosure: this is not a pic from after her teeth cleaning- she’s too busy rolling around on the floor and bashing her head into things for that.  Yes, that’s a catnip cigar. She loves it.

On Friday I plan to talk about what my workouts have looked like lately and how they’ve changed post hip surgery.

What was your weekend like? Do you like kombucha? Fuller House? Fill me in!

Have a great Wednesday! <3

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Blogger Dinner at Founding Farmers in Foggy Bottom

Please tell me spring is here to stay, because if it gets cold again after the beautiful weekend we just had in NoVa and DC, I might cry.

It was so nice out yesterday that I started writing this post on my balcony…at 6 p.m.

Balcony Blogging

Do you see that?! It’s still light out at 6 p.m.! Eeee! That’s daylight saving time for ya. Some people hate springing ahead, but I love it. Anything that gains us an extra hour of sunlight in the evening is ok with me.

And, yes, that is a running/biking trail right in back of my condo. You can be jealous- it’s ok. You can also come run on it. I’ll wave out the window and throw you cliff bloks or whatever it is that you runners eat while running for millions of miles. All joking aside, seeing people running and biking on the trail when I wake up in the morning makes for some pretty serious motivation to get my butt out of bed and work out. I love it!

But enough talk about that, I have other things to discuss.

On Friday night I got to experience two of my favorite things: a blogger meet-up with five amazing ladies and dinner at Founding Farmers in Foggy Bottom.

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Founding Farmers is one of my favorite places in DC, and the restaurant was so awesome to host us on Friday night. Especially because we had originally planned for a much larger group, but a lot of people couldn’t make it at the last minute. Amy, the hospitality coordinator, was so great about it. I absolutely adored her and can’t wait to coordinate another dinner with her soon! Hopefully more people will be able to make it next time.

To start, the restaurant sent out some complimentary apps* for the table.

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Popcorn of the day

I have no idea what this was but it. was. delicious. We got two orders and I could have easily eaten one whole bowl by myself.

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Devil-ish Eggs: Classic, Maine Lobster, Crab, Smoked Salmon

I don’t know how but somehow I forgot to try a classic Deviled Egg! Everyone at the table was raving about them though. Guess I’ll have to go back to try them!

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Farmers Chips, Cheddar Crisps and Dips: Onion Dip, Pimento Spread, Green Goddess Dip.

Sooo good! Again, I could have easily devoured the whole thing myself.

[Unpictured Oven-Roasted Cracked Black Pepper Wings, which I didn’t try for obvious reasons, but they seemed great for the meat-eaters!]

Our waiter, Nico, was the perfect gentleman. He was very patient and answered all of our questions. He also had no problem having his picture taken.

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When I couldn’t decide between two wines, he brought them both out for me to try but wouldn’t tell me which was which. Very clever!

I ended up with a glass of Malbec.

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It was gone and another one appeared on the table before I knew it. Don’t ask me how it happened.

Founding Farmers has a great food philosophy which is part of the reason I love it so much!

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The other part has something to do with the fabulous veg-friendly menu:

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I wanted everything!  After discussing customer favorites with Nico, I decided on the Tomato Cider Glazed “Meatloaf”

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My mom made meatloaf a lot when I was growing up, and, I have to admit, I’ve sort of missed it as a go-to comfort food. This was my first time trying a veggie version, and I loved it. Didn’t miss the real thing one bit. The dish was served with mashed potatoes (what else?) and Veggie Succatash (not my favorite to be honest). I licked the plate clean.

Just for fun, I took a picture of Jennifer’s ‘Shrimp Louie Cobb’ salad, too.

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Check out how loaded with veggies that is! Yum!

Over dinner, the drinks and conversation flowed. I ended up taking 50 pics** (50!!) but here are just a few of my faves:

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I love attending blogger meet-ups because it’s fun to meet so many like-minded people. It’s never awkward and the conversation is always easy even though most of the time we’ve never met in real life. I’ve made some of my best friends through blogging and I wouldn’t trade that for anything!

I want to thank Founding Farmers again for being such great hosts. If you live in or are visiting the area, I highly recommend giving The Farm a try.

It was wonderful to meet all of these lovely ladies. We’ll have to do it again very soon! (If you’re interested in attending a future DC Blogger Meet-up, email me: rebecca[at]roseyrebecca[dot]com)

Have you met any of your best friends online?

Jeff and I met on MySpace 7+1/2 years ago! (Yes, MySpace)

Have a great Monday!

*Although Founding Farmers provided our group with complimentary appetizers, we paid for the rest of our meal our of our own pockets (drinks and all). The opinions expressed here are strictly my own. 

** Sorry for the blur- the restaurant was dark!

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