Sunday, February 19, 2017
Thursday, August 25, 2016
I visited Asheville this past March, and had a great time. There was so much to do that my short trip left me feeling like I'd had gotten only the slightest taste of what the city had to offer. So, I planned another long weekend to visit my friend Jennifer and explore Asheville and its neighboring towns.
Our B&B, seen below, was in Weaverville, a small town outside of Asheville that seemed mostly residential and very cute! I loved the understated Victorian style of our room.. and the yummy vegetarian breakfasts served up by the host. An awesome detail that sets this place apart from any other B&B I've visited is that around 5pm every night, thy serve appetizers and drinks on the back porch. Needless to say, we had a great stay!
We also paid another visit to the Biltmore. Jen's family gave us tickets as a welcome gift! I could really visit this place repeatedly and enjoy it just as much as the first. So many stories play themselves out in my mind as we walk down the gilded corridors and through the obscenely elaborate rooms of the mansion. The history is overwhelmingly all-encompassing and my imagination has a field day when we're there.
If you know much about Asheville you probably know that it is known for it's great restaurants and breweries. The first night of our trip, we had dinner at a 100% Gluten Free Restaurant called Posana. It was stunning, atmosphere-wise, and my homemade fettuccini with asparagus, chanterelles, trumpet mushrooms, sun gold tomatoes, and tarragon butter was SO good.
The next day we had some White Duck Taco based on a coworker's recommendation. They're located in the industrial River Arts District of Asheville and serve up ethnic fusion style tacos like "Bahn Mi Tofu," "Jerk Chicken," and "Korean Beef Bulgogi." YUM.
We also stopped into High Five Coffee Bar, because, coffee. I got an earl grey latte, but Matt vouches for the beans, and he is quite the coffee snob so I don't take that lightly!
Finally, on our last day we drove to 12 Bones Smokehouse about 15 minutes before they opened. We were intent on getting some BBQ for the ride home. To our surprise a line was already forming to order! This place got great publicity when the Obamas visited a couple years ago but, IMO, it is totally warranted.
Now that I've got a real feel for Asheville, I'm planning my next vacation to somewhere new. Nashville, Tn and Austin, Tx are at the top of the list.
Thanks for reading!
Monday, May 16, 2016
If you didn't already know, it's National Vegetarian Week in both the UK and US.
I will personally be eating only vegan foods for the entirety of the week, and I encourage you to do the same! Or, if that's too daunting, give vegetarianism a go for at least a few meals. I think you'll be surprised by how easy, affordable, and satisfying this type of diet can be.
Clockwise, R-L: 1. Tofu scramble 2. If there is fresh fruit in the apartment-- and there always is-- I will compulsively pick at it all day. Without guilt! 3. Vegan chocolates made with cocoa powder, coconut oil, agave, and strawberries. 4. Vegan banana bread! (I've made this gluten free, as well.) 5. Vegan Coconut Chip from Lulu's Sweet Apothecary 6. Marinated Portobello 7. More fruit!! 8. Baked apples with earth balance 9. Sweet Potato fries 10. Tofu with sweet chili sauce.
I've been a vegetarian off and on for about 5 years, so I've yet to develop a large inventory of my own vegan recipes. Fortunately there are so many amazing veggie food bloggers out there sharing great recipes, tips, and tricks along with stunning photos. I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you!
Oh She Glows
Thursday, May 5, 2016
The original painting was very small and hanging on a wall n the background of a living room in some home decorating magazine. (If you know the original artist, please let me know!) It was clearly done with oil, but I wasn't ready to revisit that medium. So, I got my trusty goauche and some acrylic and tried to emulate the style. This is what happened:
Not perfect by any means and the true beauty of the colors are a bit lost in the photo, but I'm proud of this. It means something to me in that it marks a shift in my perspective, and brings me closer to finding my own artistic voice.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
The original plan was to check out the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market which was taking place down the block at The Bell House-- a favorite music venue of ours. However, it seems the turnout was more than anyone organizing the event expected. Being a small venue, they were only able to admit people in groups of around 30 at a time, resulting in a line that wrapped around the block. Matt and I decided to bypass this spectacle and go straight to the museum itself!
I have been wanting to visit the Morbid Anatomy Museum for quite a while now. The exhibition currently on display is House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, And Ethnographical Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869-1922. And, I have to admit, it was way more disturbing than I expected. I didn't getting shots of the main exhibition, but couldn't resist getting out my camera when we ventured into the smaller adjoining room.
After we explored the upstairs exhibits we headed down to the cafe for some Variety coffee-- our favorite local brew!
Hope you had a wonderful Sunday filled with new adventures, or at least some good coffee. ;)
The original plan was to check out the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market which was taking place down the block at The Bell House-- a favorite music...
If you didn't already know, it's National Vegetarian Week in both the UK and US. I will personally be eating only vegan foods ...
A couple of months ago, my mom sent me a photo of a painting and said, "Can you make me something like this?" I stared at the gor...
I visited Asheville this past March , and had a great time. There was so much to do that my short trip left me feeling like I'd had gott...
During my trip to Asheville, my friend Jen's family treated me to a ticket to tour the historic Vanderbilt family's Asheville es...
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