I find it amusing that the next post after Nashville is Asheville. They may have nearly identical names, but they're two very different cities. Mom and I spent a weekend in the mountains, exploring Asheville, in... January (oops I'm behind). Being only a few hours west of where I grew up, I've been quite often over the years. It's only been in the last few years though where I feel like I've really gotten to know it outside of the Biltmore. Don't get me wrong, the Biltmore is an amazing place and I think everyone should go, and often, but there's SO much more to Asheville. It's a foodie and beer lovers paradise. It's alternative and hip, artsy and cool, with just the right amount of Southern.
Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Mom is gluten and egg free though, so breakfast out can be a challenge. Luckily for her, Asheville and all it's hipness has got her covered. We walked over to Over Easy Cafe and put our names on the (long) list. Good things come to those who wait. Thankfully we found Desirant a few stores down and it didn't seem like much of a wait at all. This boutique is filled with beautiful and local jewelry, home decor, and clothing. Once we got our little table at Over Easy I got the seasonal benedict and Mom went for the GF pancakes. It was worth every bit of the wait. Some sayings are true.
After eating, and doing some more window shopping, we popped into Lexington Glassworks and ended up staying a couple hours. This gallery features live glassblowing demonstrations with the artists describing their work as they create pieces for the studio. It's amazing to see the skill and creativity that goes into every piece. They answer questions, explain the process, and offer witty remarks. My favorite was "the beauty is in the details, the detail is in the beauty." I'm still figuring that one out.
It seems like nearly everyone that lives there is an artist, or it feels that way anyway. The restaurants reflect this. That night we ate at Rhubarb. I remember the dessert the most. It was caramel and chocolate cake served with homemade ice cream, sprinkled with...mushrooms. When I read that in the description I almost didn't want to try it, but it gave it this earthiness that really worked, similar to the sea salt with anything sweet trend.
The next morning we brunched at Over Easy, again. Yes, it's that good. To pass the time while we waited for our table we went to the Herbiary and picked up a few goodies. I've really gotten into essential oils. I have more blends than I know what to do with! Being a Sunday, the wait was pretty long we went next door to Sovereign Remedies for a cup of coffee. I loved the decor of the place. The bartender/barista showed us the dinner menu and I'd really like to go back next time we're up there. Brunch was amazing, of course. Afterwards we walked it off inside the Grove Arcade. Completed in 1929, it's been fully restored and houses many shops and restaurants. You can also just stroll through it, it's that's pretty!
Stay cool, Asheville!