After my anxious morning, things brightened up! We had a great run, a fabulous lunch, and a really fun afternoon! And GREAT weather!!!
We set out on a run around 11AM and headed for the mountaintops! We ran up to the Grove Park Inn (elevation – mile high!) and back down. The first 2 miles were ALL up hill. The second 3 were much better 🙂
Post-run lawn yoga
Tide-me-over snack of almonds from home
A 20 minute walk later….we made it for the Annual Wall Street Photo Shoot!!
2005 + 2006
2008 + 2009
And finally, a chance to try Early Girl Eatery. It’s been recommended 1,000 times but we had never been. Soul food just wasn’t what we were craving. But today it was!!
Other Asheville Favorites:
- The Laughing Seed
- Rosetta’s Kitchen
- Cucina 24
- The Chocolate Fetish
- The Laughing Seed again!
- Tupelo Honey
- Tressa’s (for drinks + dancing)
Mom & Dad – my favorite blue glasses!!! I grew up drinking out of these. LOVE water in lightweight big plastic glasses!
Annnnndddd now we know what the hype is all about. Early Girl was AWESOME!
For lunch I ordered the Black Bean + Sweet Potato Cakes, which came with sour cream and avocado relish. I didn’t realize they were deep fried (that always seems to sneak up on me – I’m so naive!) but they were still realllly good. Matt proclaimed them the best thing he’s had all weekend!
I gave Matt one of my cakes in exchange for bites of his tempeh
I proclaimed this cornbread the best I’ve ever had!!! It was brown and crusty with thick grit-like cornmeal nuggets. LOVEEEEE
I got sides of beet and sauteed spinach. Both were amazing!
Matt got the famous Tempeh Reuben
HEAVENLY! I cannot even describe what was so good about this. Caramelized cabbage? Special sauce? The tempeh? And I don’t even like reubens!
Clearly we hated it all.
After lunch we went shopping!!
Amazing hand-made oatmeal bowl with handle!?!?! Yes please!! Matt bought it for me as an anniversary gift!! It came from Kim’s Clay Pots. Kim eats oatmeal out of them too!
After walking back to the B&B (Matt wore the Garmin and we covered EIGHT miles today!) we drove out to Black Mountain to try out Pisgah Brewery. The homebrewer’s only request on the anniversary trip was to try a few local brews!
Brewing was happening!
We tried 8 of Pisgah’s beers (BTW, all day I’ve been calling it PIGsah!!) and they were ALL fabulous!! I can’t remember the last time I loved a microbrewery so much!
And get this – all the beers are ORGANIC! This place was definitely worth the drive.
Endless Summer, Leaf Amber, Doppel Bock (my fav) and a Schwarz
Round II was Vortex I (double IPA), Vortex II (Russian Imperial Stout), Cosmos (a Belgian strong dark) and the Hellbender Barleywine.
LOOOOOVVVVVED all of these!! My fav. was the Imperial Stout.
For his anniversary present, I got him a Pisgah Organic glass! He collects pint glasses, I heart oatmeal bowls 🙂
More Mountain Mamas
Back in Aville, we stopped into French Broad Brewing
Learning about beer
These were a big disappointment after Pisgah 🙁 I didn’t really like any of them.
We’re back at the B&B now and are gearing up for cocktail hour (wine + cheese) on the big porch. Not sure I need more alcohol right now, but we brought a bottle of wine from our honeymoon and I have to have at least a little. And I live for cheese 🙂
See ya tonight!