When Foodies Take On Asheville (Part One)

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday! Hope the week is treating you well.

You’ll have to excuse my lack of posts the last few days. I was recovering from a food coma.

Doughnuts, Vortex Doughnuts, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

This past weekend my good friend Jen came to eat everything in Asheville visit.

Jen, Biscuit Head, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

Jen and I have been friends since 2012, when we worked together in DC. We bonded over our love of food from the start. When you’re a foodie, meeting another foodie is kind of like finding your soulmate, someone who truly understands you and won’t think you’re weird for talking about the next meal as you’re eating the first one.  Someone who will read restaurant menus with you for fun and plan a vacation around eating.  Jen is my foodie soulmate and this past weekend I’m pretty sure we ate enough for all of you for the next three years.

Our foodie adventures started on Saturday afternoon when we picked Jen up from the airport.  I knew she’d be hungry for lunch after her flight so I asked some of my Asheville Twitter friends for restaurant ideas.  My friend Stepfanie suggested Luella’s Bar-B-Que and I was immediately on board.  What better a way to welcome your out-of-town friend to the South than to stuff her belly full of Carolina BBQ!

Luella's Bar-B-Que, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

But what does a vegetarian eat at a BBQ joint, you ask?

BBQ Tempeh, of course! (Also one of Stepfanie’s recommendations)

BBQ Tempeh, Luella's Bar-B-Que, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

In my opinion, Mac & Cheese and BBQ go together like peanut butter & jelly and I can never order one without the other.   So creamy and delicious! And those hush puppies in the background? Talk about southern comfort food at its best!

Luella’s had been on my list of places to go since we moved to Asheville last year. One of the things I really love about Asheville is that 99% of the restaurants have a vegetarian/vegan-friendly option on the menu; some have several! I also love that most AVL restaurants source from local farms and businesses. Luella’s uses tempeh from Smiling Hara Tempeh and buns from City Bakery.

After we stuffed our faces, we headed downtown to walk off our lunch.  We spent a little while wandering in and out of shops and eventually ended up at Vortex Doughnuts.

Vortex Doughnuts, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

How did that happen?

If you read my last post, Currently, you might have seen me mention Vortex Doughnuts. I’ve been following them on social media for months but had yet to try their mouth-watering doughnuts.  I knew I could count on Jen to help solve that problem.

Ginger Strawberry Doughnut, Vortex Doughnuts, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

Jen ordered one Strawberry-Ginger doughnut and, well,  Jeff and I ordered three doughnuts to share (pictured at the beginning of this post). To be fair, Jen helped a little! Whenever I go to a restaurant that specializes in a specific type of food, I like to try their most basic recipes first, just so I have a basis for comparison.  We decided on a vanilla, a chocolate and a fun flavor, orange-blackberry.  The vanilla was by far my favorite. I took a bite and immediately closed my eyes and decided it was the most delicious doughnut I’d ever had in my life.  My next favorite was Jen’s strawberry-ginger, then the orange-blackberry, and last, but definitely not least, the chocolate-frosted, which is pretty interesting since I’m usually a chocolate girl all the way.

I told Jeff that we need to have Vortex doughnuts at our wedding but he reminded me that we’re already having a cake and pie buffet and that would be ridiculous.  Pft. We’ll see, Jeff, we’ll see.

After we ate our weight in doughnuts, we set out to walk around Asheville even more, but not before stopping at French Broad Chocolate Lounge so Jen could get a Peanut Butter-Chocolate Truffle. Don’t judge.

A few more hours of wandering and relaxing back at our apartment and it was time for dinner at Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville. I’d been to Sunny Point several times for brunch but I’d wanted to try some their other menu items for a while.

Southern Hoppin’ John Veggie Burger, Sunny Point Cafe, West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

Once there, it was actually really  hard for me to not order breakfast. The Orange-scented Cornmeal Hot Cakes with Blackberry Butter were calling my name, but I finally decided on the Southern Hoppin’ John Veggie Burger instead.

Southern Hoppin’ John Veggie Burger, Sunny Point Cafe, West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

Black-eyed peas, rice, local sweet potatoes, cashews, oats, special seasonings melded together, hand pattied, and grilled to order. Topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and served on a City Bakery roll with green tomato ketchup.

Oh my yum! I asked to add avocado and garlic aioli, because, why not?  I washed this baby down with a side of delicious, crispy fries and a pale ale from a local brewery (can’t remember which one now though- oops!)

Jeff ordered breakfast for dinner, the Mighty Good Breakfast, to be exact.

Mighty Good Breakfast, Sunny Point Cafe, West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

A mighty good breakfast includes two free range eggs, with nitrate free maple black pepper basted bacon, herb tossed spuds and an angel biscuit.

Even a vegetarian can appreciate how amazing that bacon looks, am I right?

Jen ordered Fried Avocado Tacos.

Fried Avocado Tacos, Sunny Point Cafe, West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

Two tacos filled with crisp fried avocado, chopped romaine, feta cheese, cilantro crema, and black bean corn salsa. Garnished with corn chips

After dinner, we headed home to watch The Big Lebowski (Jen had never seen it) and plan our next day’s eats!

Since we  ate did A LOT over the weekend and I don’t want this post to become a book, I’ve decided to split my recap into two posts.  Stay tuned for Part Two on Friday!

Do you eat out a lot when you have guests? 

Best doughnut you’ve ever had?

Let’s chat!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday! <3

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Come To Asheville. We’ll Feed You Well.

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:

Sunshine Bowl, HomeGrown, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

And this:

Crimini, Kale, Roasted Garlic, Red Onion, Mozzarella Pizza, All Souls Pizza, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

And this:

Breakfast Tacos, W.A.L.K., West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

The End.

Just kidding.

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.

Keen Sienna MJ Canvas in Everglade from REI

Cute, right?

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.

Wine, Jerusalem Garden Cafe, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.

HomeGrown, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

HomeGrown, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.

Mimosa, HomeGrown, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.

Sunshine Bowl and Chorizo Scramble, HomeGrown, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca BlogSunshine Bowl w/ Sautéed Sesame Greens, Quinoa, Peppers, Two Eggs, Mushrooms, Onions, Pickled Onions, Sriracha Saffron Aioli  with Tempeh

Absolutely amazing.

Jeff ordered the Chorizo Scramble.

Chorizo Scramble, HomeGrown, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca BlogChorizo Scramble w/ Three Eggs, Peppers, Onions, Pepper Jack, Cilantro Crema & Crispy Tortilla

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.

IMG_5557Huevos Rancheros w/ Cheesy Grits, Country Taters, Corn Tortilla, Ranchero Sauce & Two Local Eggs *** Farmer’s Scramble w/ Housemade Mozzarella, Three Eggs & Seasonal Veggies.

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.

 All Souls Pizza, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

There was a bit of a wait, so we ordered drinks at the bar to pass the time.

Hi-Wire Spring Ale, All Souls Pizza, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

I ordered a Spring Ale from Hi-Wire, a local AVL brewery.

Then it was time for pizza!

Crimini, Kale, Roasted Garlic, Red Onion, Mozzarella Pizza, All Souls Pizza, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca BlogCriminis, Kale, Roasted Garlic, Red Onions, Mozzarella

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.

Lamb Meatball, Broccoli Rabe and Fresh Local Parmesan Pizza, All Souls Pizza, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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:

Chocolate Layer Cake, All Souls Pizza, Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

WHAT!?

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.

W.A.L.K., West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

W.A.L.K., West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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?

Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos, W.A.L.K., West Asheville, NC, Rosey Rebecca BlogScrambled eggs, potatoes, spinach, avocado topped with cheese and salsa fresca in a corn tortilla

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:

Keen Sienna MJ Canvas in Everglade from REI

You’re welcome.

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. :-)

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