Foodie Sunday: Live from Ashville and a delicious giveaway y'all!
So my dear readers, this weeks Foodie Sunday is coming live from Asheville North Carolina! Let me tell you…I have eaten so much in the last 5 days and I can’t imagine how I am going to fit another bit into my mouth. But this is a city that’s lives for it’s food and I can’t help it, last night I enjoyed an enormous dinner at a most wonderful restaurant called The Market (freshly foraged local mushrooms anyone!) and I’m already thinking about breakfast. Crazy perhaps, but when you’re in a city where the state foods are fried cheese grits and the most delicious cheddar scallion biscuits that you’ve ever eaten it’s almost impossible to not eat yourself to death. Believe me…I’ve given it the good old fashioned college try because the food here is astonishing!
We arrived on Monday afternoon and are staying until Sunday and are thoroughly enjoying a delightful fall lagniappe in the beautiful condo in Asheville where my brother and sister in law have been staying for several months. They came to beat the hideous heat of the Scottsdale summer and arecompletely sad about leaving. I can see why because Ashville has really grown into itself since the last time I was here. This town is not just the Biltmore anymore, although that grand old bit of Victoriana is still pretty fabulous! There are new restaurants galore and incredible galleries everywhere filledwith folk art and beautiful textiles. I’ve been into at least 5 Indie bookstores including a gorgeous one in the old Grove Park Arcade thatserves food and wine as well as a damn good cup of coffee and there are at least 4 great new chocolate boutiques and candy stores. Last night at a delightful little place called Wexlins, I had the best pecan praline that I’ve ever tasted outside of New Orleans and a bit of fudge that rivaled any chocolate that I’d ever eaten. The smell inside the place was astonishing…warm chocolate, butter and gently burned brown sugar. What else can I say? I would have stayed there all night forsaking home and hearth entirely for just another one of those pralines. They were that good. We’ve really had quite the time of it, starting off each morning with fabulous cheddar biscuits and cappuccino, grazing all afternoon and then finishing the day with a total orgy of Southern fried hospitality!
Somewhere inbetween Monday and Friday I got a hankering for some good old fashioned Southern barbecue. I asked my brother if we could find a place to enjoy a bit of that and passionate foodies that he and my SIL are of course they knew exactly where to go. Down through the River Arts area we drove until we came upon a fairly nondescript looking place, at least until you got inside. 12 Bones barbecue IS the best of it’s kind…with all kinds of offerings from pulled pork , brisket and chicken and literally the most delicious brown sugared/peppered bacon that I’ve ever eaten. Corn pudding, more grits and a healthy helping of collards rounded out that meal and my brown sugar rubbedribs were amazing as well as the bluberry chipotle glazed offerings. What asmell…. I didn’t know that brown sugar , apples ,wood smoke and freshly cured tobacco could do that. It was sublime and delightfully sticky!
So this is my last day here in this delightful place and I’m really going to miss it. Thank goodness for my normal veggie diet…. I’m going to need it! I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything. Food, Family and Friends, that’s always been my mantra! There are great vegetarian restaurants here in Asheville although to be honest I haven’t tried a one of them. The South’s got its specialties and you know what they say, “When in Rome”! To not eat them would be a bit like passing up clam chowder and fresh lobster in Boston, raw milk brie in France or blackberry pie and chocolate ice cream in Seattle. North Carolina smoked trout on a bagel with creamy local goat cheese and herbs? It would take a stronger woman than me to pass that up. I think that we both know that’s never going to happen so on that note I’m off to another bakery that I saw last night that supposedly has the best pimento cheese to be found anywhere and you know that in these parts them's probably fighting words!
So tell me, what are some of your favorite Southern fried food memories? Throw one into your comments and if you’re chosen you’ll be receiving a very delicious gift! Y'all know that the South loves its condiments and I’m bringing back a few local specialties for you!