A couple weeks ago, I did a quick weekend round trip down to Asheville, North Carolina, to attend a family birthday party. Asheville, my ancestral homeland, is the largest city in Western North Carolina. It’s also becoming a bit of an up and coming foodie place (to my grandmother’s dismay – she constantly tells me how boring Asheville was when she moved away from it as a war bride right after World War II). It’s become so cool that this year’s Food Blog Forum is even being held there! But although I wasn’t there for long, a girl’s got to eat – and so I got the chance to check out a couple of restaurants in Asheville.
My Ashe-velvet cake was delicious. I think, with all the hype and popularity of red velvet, that people forget that this is originally a proper Southern cake! I loved Asheville touch at the bakery – so I’m guessing a London branch is out of the question!
We then headed over to Lexington Avenue Brewery, a place which absolutely shocked my nana (when she lived here, apparently it was a rough area to be avoided at all costs – far from the cool yuppie street that it’s become.) Unfortunately, I tend to hang out with men who enjoy microbreweries (my dad, my bestie Cian), so we decided to check this one out.
I tried the soft pretzels, which were a nice German style pretzel, but my absolute favourite were the nachos. These were slightly un-traditional nachos, with green chili ground pork, with a kind of spicy barbeque taste. Different, but really delicious (and I’m a nacho aficionado.)
So there you go. I didn’t get to spend much time there, but it has a great, diverse vibrant food scene – and I can’t wait to to go back!