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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Friends, Family And A Farmers’ Market

Before I start this post, let’s all just stare at this sandwich for a minute…

Vegetarian Sandwich: Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Portabella, Roasted Red Pepper & Mozzarella. Served with: Basil Pesto

Are you done?

Ok, now have a look at this, too:

Buffalo Brussels Sprouts: Fresh Brussels Sprouts, Battered, Fried Crisp and Tossed in Buffalo Sauce and Topped with Blue Cheese and Bacon Crumbles; Parmesan Truffle Fries: Hand Cut Fries, Dusted in Parmesan and Truffle Oil with Garlic Aioli

Still there? Or have you fainted? Because I practically did after eating all of this delicious food on Wednesday night.

No trip to New York is complete without dinner with our good friends, Dara and Ian.

Dara and Ian, Eddie's Roadhouse, Warwick, NY

Dara and I have been friends since preschool and we get along so well because she gives me birthday cards with messages in the them like this:

Birthday Card from Dara

Even though you’re having a small cake,  here is a big cake, and I’m hiding in the bottom of the cake, wishing you both well. Weird? Yes. But that’s how we do it.

She’s referencing the fact that we’re having a CAKE BUFFET at our wedding instead of a traditional tiered cake.

Eddie's Roadhouse, Warwick, NY

After Dara spoiled me with birthday presents, we had a great evening catching up and chowing down.

Eddie's Roadhouse, Warwick, NY

That, my friends, is the Vegetarian Sandwich from Eddie’s Roadhouse in Warwick, NY.

Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Portabella, Roasted Red Pepper & Mozzarella. Served with: Basil Pesto

Since we stuffed our faces with Parmesan Truffle Fries and Buffalo Brussels Sprouts for appetizers, I decided to eat ALL the veggies for my entrée.  My side salad came with an IPA Vinaigrette and it. was. amazing.

And, of course, there were drinks.

Eddie's Roadhouse, Warwick, NY

I got the Solstice and the Sunday Morning.

Jeff got the Swisher Grape and the Table Porter.

Ian ordered a tasting flight, complete with a Nutella Stout.

Eddie's Roadhouse, Warwick, NY

And Dara ordered a margarita.

Eddie's Roadhouse, Warwick, NY

We had an awesome night!

On Thursday morning my mom and I headed to Nyack to meet up with my brother Adam and his family at the Farmers’ Market.

Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

There were so many wonderful vendors and we all had a great time wandering around and sampling local foods!

Nicholas and Eloise

Aren’t my niece and nephew the cutest?

I fell absolutely in love with Bounty Granola.

Bounty Granola, Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

Bounty Granola, Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

The Rosemary Fennel was so delicious but I ended up with a jar of the Chocolate Rush Hour. 

I’m a sucker for chocolate, what can I say?

Speaking of chocolate, I also ended up with three of these beauties:

Adam's Chocolate, Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

Adams Chocolate: 85% Dark Chocolate. Two Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Sugar. That’s it. Swoon.

Oh, and you know I stopped here:

Mostly Myrtle's Bakeshop, Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

Mostly Myrtle’s Bakeshop

I saw these vegan, gluten-free apricot bars and knew I needed to grab one for our friend, Jess, who’s visiting later today.

Mostly Myrtle's Bakeshop, Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

I also got Lemon-Lavender Cookies and Ginger Snaps, because, duh.

Om Kombucha, Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack, NY

I almost left with 300 bottles of Om Kombucha, but practiced some self-restraint.  It was soooo good.

After my family dragged me out of the market, we headed to Art Café for lunch.

Eloise and me at Art Cafe, Nyack, NY

Nicholas at Art Cafe, Nyack, NY

I ordered the Hopper Rice Bowl.

Hopper Rice Bowl, Vegan, Art Cafe, Nyack, NY

Baby Arugula, Chopped Tomato, Carrots, Cucumber, Red Onion & Parsley. Lemon Olive Oil Dressing over Hot Basmati Rice Made with Israeli Spices. Side of Tahini & Pita.

I need to start making more rice bowls at home because this was so good and so simple.

After lunch we parted ways and my mom and I spent the rest of the day shopping and getting our hair done. No post-salon pics yet. Guess you’ll just have to wait and see!!

I’m savoring these last few days with my family in New York. I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I feel like we just got here! I’ll be back on Monday with a recap of WEDDING PARTY DRESS SHOPPING and our trip back to Asheville!

What are your weekend plans?  Favorite part about farmers’ markets? Let’s chat!

Have a Wonderful Weekend! <3

P.S. Head over to my friend Susanna’s blog, where my butternut squash smoothie is featured in her awesome Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Roundup!

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