Asheville Foodie News – April 2012

Great things happening in the Asheville foodie community! The area has become a Mecca of everything from food trucks to fine dining. There are so many restaurants that are constantly evolving, and also new places opening up. Here is some news and reviews for the month of April 2012:

The Mussels at Strada Asheville are simply amazing! We stopped by the other day to see if one of our favorite appetizers in the area had slacked at all, and the answer was NO! They are so delish. Add a glass of wine to go along with them, and WOW! You will be back.

Also see the new article on the Strada Asheville blog called Bread Talks in Asheville North Carolina. On any given day, they have a case of bread that is packed with fresh breads of many different types for you to choose from. Grab & Go!

While roaming around downtown Asheville, we stopped by the Battery Park Book Exchange. They always have fresh snacks and baked goods in case someone gets hungry, and they had this beautiful white cake ready to be eaten, preferably by me! I usually order a bottle of wine when I am here at meetings, checking out the vast selection of books, or playing hide and go seek on the upper maze level.

Rise N Shine Cafe gets lots of LOVE this month as their breakfast offerings, which are offered all day, made a HUGE impression on many of us in the Asheville community. See several great posts about this spot just 3 minutes north of downtown Asheville:

1. Asheville Time to Rise N Shine, and get some breakfast

2. Rising N Shining for an awesome breakfast

3. Rise ‘n Shine Cafe: Living Local

4. Girl VS World: Asheville’s Rise N Shine Cafe

Oh.. if you are in downtown Asheville and looking for some Mexican food, beer, music, cocktails and some good people watching; check out TallGarys who just released a new menu packed out with many refined and new offerings!

And, if you want the BEST White Pizza in Asheville, we highly recommend that you try out Woody’s Pizza & Hoagies on Tunnel Rd in East Asheville, right behind Applebee’s in the Office Depot parking lot. Great food, people, beer, TVs and fun that NEVER breaks the bank. I have heard many people say they wish they had known about this place sooner because it is such good food & value.

While at the Hotel Indigo the other evening, I talked to Brad who was at the counter behind the snack area at the 151 Boutique Bar & Kitchen. He explained to me that all of the snacks, wraps & muffins they sell are made fresh daily and they are organic. Even the pasta they use here is made from scratch! Nice place to stop in a grab a whole meal, or to grab a delicious snack to stay or go. Coffee is very tasty too!

Had a great meal the other day at The Noodle Shop in downtown Asheville also. Take a look at this.. pork, peppers, onions and Jasmine rice. YUM!

And do not, I said DO NOT forget to get some Ice Cream from The Hop located in both North and West Asheville NC!

Asheville’s 10th Annual Dining Our For Life is Thursday April 26, 2012.

Also meet our friend Kevin Schwartz – Asheville Foodie – The Man Himself!

PS… Voting starts May 1st for Asheville to hold the Title of Beer City USA 2012. Please make sure you place your vote for us!!!

Credits: Articles & Photos by @GSocialMedia

A fabulous dinner in Asheville NC

We stopped by the 151 Boutique Bar & Kitchen in Asheville recently for a taste of their new menu offerings.  It was a fabulous meal to say the least.

The 151 Boutique Bar is located inside of Asheville’s Hotel Indigo, and it has always been open to the public. As a matter of fact, you can drive around the circle in front of the hotel, and get a parking deck pass card from the front desk to park in the lower garage. Just tell them you are here to eat or drink at 151.

Of course, I like to have dinner here, listen to Ben Hovey play some live music, have a few cocktails and spend the night in luxury in their beautiful rooms. But, sometimes I have to go home, which is about 5 minutes away.

The classy contemporary atmosphere, gorgeous bar and incredible food puts them in the Top 10 places to eat in downtown AVL. I have put the captions below each on of the photos.

At the beginning of the meal, we were presented with a salad that included local spring greens, garlic toasted walnuts, gorgonzola, citrus vinaigrette, and an English cucumber wrap.

The next course was a crabcake. And this one was so good! A far cry from the over-breaded crabless ones we have grown to get used to. A local company called Blue Water Seafood supplied the crabcakes to 151.

Next we had a sorbet teaser, to clean the palate. Made in house and Yum!

Then came the main course: Delicious pasta and sausage, both made in house at the 151 Boutique Bar. The Italian in me got excited!

A delicious Espresso Bean Martini was our dessert cocktail. Thank you!!!

We completed the meal with some tasty Mango Creme Brulee. And yes, it was the perfect ending. Wine from their great wine list paired each one of the dishes above.

If you live in the Asheville area, or if you are planning on visiting; make sure you stop by the 151 Boutique Bar and Kitchen.