Look who we bumped into in Asheville!!! Jenna !! Actually, the whole trip was planned but we wanted to keep it a surprise from all you bloggers 🙂
But first, an Asheville recap:
Friday Lunch @ Rosetta’s Kitchen
In my opinion, Asheville had more cool, funky and healthy restaurants per square foot than any other city. We chose Rosetta’s Kitchen specifically for the peanut butter tofu – it did not disappoint!
I can’t even really describe what it was like – maybe a peanut butter smoky BBQ sauce with chunks of peanuts? It was amazing.
My tofu came with kale and mashed potatoes and gravy. I could tell the gravy was made with nutritional yeast! I ate about 1/3 of the tofu, all of the kale and only about 2 bites of the taters.
I also got a side salad, which I ate all of, minus all the gross raw onions they couldn’t take out and told me they were easy to pick off – not so much!
We got sweet potato fries for the table and I had about 5 of those…yum!
The husband got a Tempeh Reuben – amazing!
And he got a beer – this beer rocked! I had about 5 sips of that too. It wasn’t a light lunch 🙁
We’ve been to Asheville every summer minus last year for 4 years. Here’s the traditional photo I take on Wall Street every time 🙂
2006: (Around 125 lbs)
2005: (At the beginning of my weight loss! In the mid 130’s)
While shopping around we got some frozen custard. I totally didn’t need it, but it tasted good. Mine was Rum Coconut ! I only had about half of this guy and gave the rest to Karen.
We got back to the B&B around 4:00 and I was pooped. But the husband said he was going biking on the two mountain bikes they provided so I couldn’t let him go off and exercise without me!
We ended up biking for over and hour and I’m so glad I went. We were right near the UNC-Asheville campus and scouted out our run for the morning while getting to see the campus for the first time.
After we showered, etc. I enjoyed about 2 oz of wine on the porch while we waited for our dinner reservations. Sorry for being all leg here!
Headed to dinner 🙂
Dinner @ Cucina 24
We dined at a wonderful new Italian restaurant called Cucina 24 .
Started with a glass of Rosso –
We all split some antipasto – cod fritter, fava bean on crustini, olive tampenade, and beats with hazelnuts.
Karen wanted to try this asparagus + egg appetizer – it was pretty good.
I ordered a second glass of Pinot Nero since the pours there were small. Unlike most modern restaurants, it was the proper portion of about 5 oz instead of 6-8 oz sometimes!
My entree was FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Seared tuna with a compote of roasted (buttered!) eggplant , cauliflower , pine nuts, golden raisins, currants and arugula = ENTREE OF THE YEAR! I shared some of the tuna but I ended up eating most of the dish. I also tasted the husband’s rabbit polenta.
And we ended the night with some taleggio cheese ! Jenna had recommended it a while back and I have been looking for it on menus since. It was like a stinky brie! I had about 2 bites of the cheese with a dab of jam and a bite of crostini
Run + Breakfast
The husband and I set out on a 4.5 mile-ish run. Felt good.
Then we headed in for breakfast at the B&B –
Fruit cups with lemon and strawbery yogurt. I think those are sprinkles on top!? It was kind of strange. I ate all of it, knowing what followed wasn’t that light.
Also underneath is an almond tart. I had about half of it – delicious, but not really what I want to eat for breakfast.
I also finished Karen’s fruit – she’s not a fruit eater.
Hot tea with OJ . Since I’m a fan of chewing, I don’t drink juice that often, but every now and then I need a good glass of OJ!
Breakfast was turkey sausage (homemade but the chef who runs the B&B) and Dutch Baby Corn Cakes. I had 1 bite of the sausage (not my thing) and half of the pancake, which was way too rich. We weren’t that impressed with this meal.
We had a blast getting to play in person!! Jenna is just like you’d imagine her: sweet and cool as a cucumber. Our day was quite the foodie fest. Of course we headed straight for the best restaurant in Asheville: The Laughing Seed.
It was quite the foodie lunch – we took 20 minutes to decide what to get! The husband was on DOUBLE camera duty all day – and we felt like we were in a photo shoot at times 🙂
We started with some Sweet Potato Pakoras made with curry –
I had 1.5 –
For lunch I ordered the Low-Country Roll-ups : A sweet and tangy tofu barbecue wrapped in whole wheat tortillas with Monterey Jack cheese, topped with tahini mustard sauce. Served with a tossed salad and brown rice. They were awesome!! We did a lot of sharing, so I probably ate 1 whole roll-up, most of my salad and not much of the brown rice.
The inside –
The husband got the Caribbean Empanada : An island inspired filling of curried butternut squash, fresh spinach and fire roasted tomato mojo, wrapped on a whole wheat flour tortilla and topped with slow cooked organic black beans and vegan cilantro sour cream. I had a few bites of that as well. Along with some of Jenna’s sandwich (see EatLiveRun.com for the photo ) Anndd a sip of the husband’s beer.
We scouted out a wine tasting for dessert! We tried 4 different wines – about 1 oz each. I think we all liked the Frei Brothers Chardonnay the best!
For more excitement, we decided to hit up Asheville’s Chocolate Fetish !
As usual, it took us a while to decide what to get:
I got the most amazing chocolate disc – with toffee inside!! I had about 3 bites and saved/shared the rest.
And for kicks, we took a photo of our matching Kashi bars – figures we’d have the same emergency snack in our purses!
Once we parted with Jenna at the Grove Park Resort where her family was playing golf (I got to meet Ryan briefly when he dropped her off in the morning – he was cute and seems like a really fun guy!) Karen hadn’t had lunch so we stopped into the cafe there for her to get a sandwich. I drank an ENTIRE bottle of Pellegrino and started to feel a little sick…
Aches + Pains
Turns out I AM sick 😥 I started to feel worse and worse on the car ride home. Karen and I though it might have been the sausage at breakfast that neither of us liked. Within 20 minutes of getting home, the aches started, followed by the chills and zapped energy . I got in bed – freezing in 90* July heat – while the husband got me blankets and a thermometer. Turns out our thermometer was dead. He biked to Harris Teeter for ginger ale and a new thermometer and decided mid-way there that the meat thermometer would do just fine. So 10 minutes later I had our Williams-Sonoma talking meat thermometer under my tongue! Despite how horrible I felt, it was quite hilarious to proclaim "your food is ready" like the talking thermometer does.
Apparently my fever was 104* . I haven’t felt this sick since I was a child. I slept most of the evening and woke up around midnight having to go to the bathroom. I should have used a bed pan or something because I should not have gotten up. I felt faint, then nauseaous and ended up throwing up everything I’d eaten that day. But then I felt a little better. I got up again around 6 and blacked out again. Now I’ve started just crawling to the bathroom because I am so weak!
This morning I’m all achy and my fever is down to 100*-ish, but I still feel pretty horrible. The husband brought me breakfast in bed when I got a little appetite back –
Toast with jam, banana + PB and watermelon
I hope I am better by tonight because I have a huge week of classes coming up – including 2 finals and 1 test. I can’t afford to miss a single class.
This post has zapped all of my energy again (I’m blogging in bed with my laptop) so I’m going to rest and see how I feel in a few hours.