a bearded, skinny jeaned city
After breakfast with Mummy Dearest and family we headed to an apple orchard, but man were we under-dressed. The wind whipping through the orchard was too cold for North Carolina! We were all freezing, so we quickly gobbled hot cider and doughnuts and lunch we'd brought along and then left. Fastest orchard visit ever!
I headed to Asheville alone, getting to see remnants of fall colors in the south, and met up with Gary the Snail, Ellen, and some of their friends at Tod's Tasties, where I had the most amazing croissant and coffee ever. The place was packed and the food looked grood...I mean great and good, and I regretted not being hungrier.
|The amazing Battery Park Book Exchange--|
curse you, Blogger, I can't upright this gorgeous pic!
|The menu board, French Broad Chocolate Lounge|
|Terrible picture of my AMAZING truffles: L-Vanilla Bourbon,|
R-Strawberry Balsamic. BOTH AMAZING!
2. The husband and wife team were not culinarily trained, they self taught and learned from others! WOOT!
3. They keep it local as much as possible.
4. They are Green Restaurant certified.
From here Gary the Snail and I headed out in search of local beer, per my request, agreeing to meet up with Ellen later. Gary took us to the Greenman Brewery for some damn delicious beer and pretzels served with locally made Lusty Monk Mustard, which is freaking amazing! Our bartender told us that the woman who created it used to work at Greenman Brewery until she became too busy with the mustard business, now LMM is sold all over Asheville. And yeah, I have a jar in my suitcase and can't wait to get it home--so many delicious concoctions involving that mustard are storming my brain! I first had a Greenman ESB which was super tasty, then Gary the Snail and I followed up our first beers by splitting a sampler which included their IPA, a Sierra Nevada Headliner, an oatmeal porter and a stout. I love beer, but I really love the darker, thicker stuff, so my favorites were definitely the porter and the stout, but all 4 beers were really good. Would I go back? Heck yeah! Hey Greenman, can you open a branch in Ohio?!
|The sampler line up.|