So far we’ve slept a little, eaten a little, and I’ve worked on homework. Can I screw up a vacation or what? Yeah, that’s me. Funsucker extraordinaire! Yeah, I know, there are worse things. Far worse. But still, I’m studying. No matter how nice the jail is, you’re still in it, right? My thoughts anyway. But doing what I must, when I must apparently has become my new mantra… WTF? Who am I, what have I become, and where is the pod?
As for the food consumed so far? And you know there’s food, we’re in Asheville after all. And, of course, like all good Asheville trips, this one started at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. If you really want to fall in love with organic? This is the place. A bag of homemade Rosemary Herb Crackers from some crunchy hippie girl… they’re delish! Tomme Cheese made from Goat & Sheep’s milk from Three Graces Dairy – and yes, another older crunchy hippie woman, equally as delicious. And a grand finale of Salami from Hickory Nut Gap Farms – no crunchy hippies there but it is organic meat and cruelty-free so there’s that. I can honestly state that if I lived here full-time my shopping would be mostly done there, every week. I really wanted to get Garlic Scapes… just to experiment with, but I didn’t think they’d survive the trip. Likewise I wanted to buy two of every herb there was there… I didn’t.
Restraint. I haz it.
After all that joy, and a side trip to Old World Bakery the next obvious step was to… go out to dinner. Of course. I know that’s what seems logical, right? And, as usual, we went to Vinnie’s, where I had a Cuba Libre Martini with homemade Cola Syrup no less. Yum. Should have had two, or three. Note to self – do this next time, especially if the whole famdamily is with us. Especially then. Pre-medicate with wine too. It will be easier.
But back to Dinner which, as always, was amazing. Ribeye topped with Gorgonzola, grilled Vidalia, and Arugula dressed in a lemon vinaigrette. Plus I had the grilled Caesar… nomnomnom. And today there’s more food on the horizon… more food. Wow. Imagine. Shocking. Brunch at Avenue M, then grilling hotdogs here at the house. Hoping to sneak in a visit to French Broad Chocolate Lounge… that’s my plan anyway. And I’m also planning on not doing any more homework. That seems like a good thing as well.
With all that, did I mention yet that I love it here? Did I forget? I’ll try to take more pictures and do less homework today… but I can’t guarantee that. Wish me luck. Right now though I’m going to find a cup of coffee and some eye makeup remover. Then I’ll be ready to face the day. This vacation is hard work, yo? Enjoy.