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Rezaz Restaurant: Recipe For Love
August 22, 2016
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Rezaz Restaurant: Recipe For Love

Owners Met Here & Make Dishes To Win Your Heart The menu at Rezaz in Biltmore Village may say “Basil Ricotta Ravioli”, “Angus Brisket”, and from the bakery, “Goat Cheese Cake”. The delicious dishes, however, are the happily ever after of a love story that started in the restaurant almost...

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Rocky’s Perfects Year-Round Pot Pie
August 20, 2016
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Rocky’s Perfects Year-Round Pot Pie

Hot Chicken Dish Transcends Seasons It’s 87 degrees under the steamy, hot noon Asheville sun. You’re probably not thinking about a piping hot chicken pot pie for lunch. Or are you? “It’s been interesting that the dish remains such a staple in the summer,” Rich Cundiff of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack told me. “I...

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Bacon? Sweet!
August 18, 2016
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Bacon? Sweet!

Bake Shoppe Whips Up BaconFest VIP Creation They are sweet scientists, using their North Asheville kitchen as a laboratory to bring sweet culinary creations to life. “We’ve experimented with peanut butter, root beer, even bubble gum,” said Heidi Bryson, owner of the Bake Shoppe on Weaverville Highway. “We thought about...

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Get Fresh in Fairview
August 14, 2016
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Get Fresh in Fairview

School cafeterias in Buncombe County won’t be serving up square pizza and corn dogs on a Saturday. At Fairview Elementary, though, there are plans for a bountiful weekend spread of artisan cheeses, locally-roasted gourmet coffee, and cupcakes so famous, they’ve been nationally televised. The school parking lot is home to...

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The Brunch Chronicles – Taco Billy
August 06, 2016
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The Brunch Chronicles – Taco Billy

As a relatively new spot on Haywood Road, Taco Billy has been going strong. Located within walking distance of Urban Orchard and Short Street Cakes, just past the “elbow”, the place is a foodie Wonderland. It would be incredibly easy to just make a day out of that particular chunk of Haywood Road, but that’s...

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Snap Dragon On The Square
August 02, 2016
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Snap Dragon On The Square

It’s a history lesson hidden in a French fry, accompanied by a delicious rum. The Snap Dragon Bar and Grill on the square in downtown Burnsville gives you a taste of the mountains to the sea in one meal. While burgers are made with locally-sourced beef from Fairview’s Hickory Nut Gap Farm, the delicious fries are coated in...

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Wake Up! Next Cup: Speedway
August 01, 2016
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Wake Up! Next Cup: Speedway

“Gas Station Coffee” is a continuing taste test. Think of it as a caffeinated battle of the best-of-the-best unpretentious morning brews. No high brow blends here. We’re talking quick-made, high-volume black water. As I mentioned in the last installment, this is a highly scientific study of the best gas...

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Fruit! There It Is.
July 27, 2016
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Fruit! There It Is.

Maybe like me, you have a black thumb. If my wife asks me to water a plant, it will accept the inevitable and wither up and die before I turn on the tap. I’m jealous of families who have a bountiful harvest from their backyard gardens, and have a fantasy of one day quitting my job and living off the land. All I’ll need to...

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I Fell In Lust at a Taco Truck
July 25, 2016
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I Fell In Lust at a Taco Truck

My face is 50 shades of red just sharing this with you. I’m flushed with excitement, already anticipating our next encounter. It started innocently enough. I was visiting the Asheville Food Park to enjoy a Sunday afternoon Homegrown concert. My friend Heather Anders from 98.1 the River was the mistress of ceremonies, and as...

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Lunch at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
July 20, 2016
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Lunch at Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Lunch at Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s Kitchen & Butchery Say what? Many of us are super familiar with Hickory Nut Gap Farm and their delicious, grass-fed/pastured, organic, and non-GMO meats; but lunch? Oh, yes. Recently, I was driving back from Lake Lure and popped in to their farm store to stock-up on a few favorites. Once...

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Wake Up! Gas Station Coffee Review
July 20, 2016
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Wake Up! Gas Station Coffee Review

Searching for The Best ‘Gas Station Coffee’ in the AVL In the 2000’s there was a coffee revolution. Starbucks, considered the main representative of “second wave coffee”, initially distinguishing itself from other coffee-serving venues in the US by taste, quality, and customer experience, while...

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Productivity in the City – PennyCup Coffee Co.
July 18, 2016
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Productivity in the City – PennyCup Coffee Co.

I don’t do well chained to a desk. That’s actually part of why I went into radio instead of history or anthropology. I work well in a social setting, preferably one that has a constant source of caffeine. Hence why I love working in coffee...

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The Brunch Chronicles – Early Girl Eatery
July 18, 2016
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The Brunch Chronicles – Early Girl Eatery

Wall Street downtown is shockingly calm Monday mornings. It’s quiet, compared to evenings when buskers set up in front of the Flat Iron at the intersection with Battery. But any given morning, Early Girl Eatery is...

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Destination Henderson County: Old Etowah Smokehouse
July 17, 2016
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Destination Henderson County: Old Etowah Smokehouse

Old Etowah Smokehouse: the Barbecue hot spot in Etowah, NC There are those times when you just want to get out of the city and try something new- think a mini-destination excursion. Fortunately, in this area we don’t have to go far to find all kinds of cool spots. From restaurants, to hiking, to family-friendly activities, to...

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Doughnut In A Bottle
July 14, 2016
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Doughnut In A Bottle

I like Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I like Cheerwine. Now, I can multitask. The doughnut-maker has launched a Cheerwine Kreme, a Krispy Kreme cola that, true to the label, blends two southern classics into one legendary taste. I would suggest pairing it with a half-dozen original glazed. The friendly ladies working the front line at...

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The Brunch Chronicles – Sunny Point Café
July 14, 2016
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The Brunch Chronicles – Sunny Point Café

Another week of traffic, another brunch stop! Sunny Point Café is well known for its amazing bacon (even their tofu bacon is dope), which tends to be my constant side order, regardless of what time I go in. There’s a reason they have killer wait times on the weekends, but it’s well worth it, plus you can always...

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The Brunch Chronicles – Mayfel’s
July 14, 2016
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The Brunch Chronicles – Mayfel’s

I am not a morning person. I’m the first to admit that about myself. On days off and weekends, I’m lucky if I wake up before 11:30. However, morning traffic requires being up and at ’em at a ridiculous hour, and finding myself with time to kill, why not indulge in the best meal of the day? Brunch, to me, is...

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Catering To Canine Clientele
July 12, 2016
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Catering To Canine Clientele

My dog’s favorite word is “cookie”. Why not “orzo” or “salmon”? Probably because I haven’t taken her out to dinner lately. It’s not uncommon for diners at Downtown Asheville’s Twisted Laurel Eatery and Lounge to bring a four-legged guest. If you’re like me, you...

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“Calling All Bread Connoisseurs”
June 30, 2016
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“Calling All Bread Connoisseurs”

It’s 6:30am and the small bakery is already busily humming. The wood-fired oven, fired up last night, is pumping out heat into the small prep area. Mixers are whirring and a handful of people are busily taking care of finishing touches and decorating the 200 odd loaves that have fermented overnight, getting them ready to go...

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The Hop’s Ice Cream For Dogs: Human Taste Test
June 26, 2016
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The Hop’s Ice Cream For Dogs: Human Taste Test

You’ve seen stories of dogs who can sense when their people are about to have a seizure. My pack only seems to sense when I’ve had dessert, and haven’t included them for at least a lick or two. I’m in for an evening of sad eyes. Now at The Hop, there’s no reason to leave out the fur babies when you...

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