Weekend in Asheville

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.

Short Street Cakes in Asheville was founded by Jodi Rhoden, the author of Cake Ladies – she’s a lover of Southern cakes and so that is Short Street’s specialty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can actually see them preparing the cakes behind the counter – I love it when places are happy to let you see where your food is made.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy 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!

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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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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.)

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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!

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One comment

  1. Looks like a fun trip! Are you still in the US?

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