Asheville Road Trip

I’m still here, although I don’t know if anyone is still reading! I’m planning a new strategy to post more often. We’ll see how long it lasts!

In any case, the husband and I rented a house for an extra-long weekend in Asheville at the end of June. We visited the Biltmore Estate, which really has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Their servants lived in better conditions than some disadvantaged people in this country. We also hiked, shopped, saw some great live music, and of course, we ate and ate.

Asheville is a small town in southwestern North Carolina, near the borders of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, and they have a big concentration of vegetarian and vegan food, a vibrant music and arts scene, and the entire community seems to really be focused on sustainable living. There are quite a few all-veg restaurants, and most of the non-veg restaurants have a veg-friendly option or two that isn’t just a bread sandwich or iceberg lettuce salad. Since we were only there for five days and four nights, it wasn’t possible to eat everything, but we tried.

We ate at the Laughing Seed Cafe for several of our meals, but everything there was so tasty we had to stop ourselves from going for every meal. We were also kind of worried that the waitstaff would start to recognize us and think we were strange…not worried enough to stop us from going three times, though.

In addition to the meals pictured below, we also stopped at Rosetta’s Kitchen, the Mellow Mushroom for an amazing pizza with Cheezly, and a picked up a few things to eat at our rental house from the local health food stores. I was excited just to see Earth Balance available for bagels and such, but there was free Earth Balance in one store’s cafe to put on items purchased in the bakery. Whole Foods, take notice!

One day for lunch, Carl had a tempeh sandwich with black bean spread and I had the Mercury Not Rising–a really deliciously seasoned seitan sandwich with dill sauce. We both ordered the fries which came with onions and jalapenos mixed in:Laughing Seed MealsLaughing Seed Meals

We went for dinner another day, and Carl had a random assortment of fries, salad, and sloppy joe tofu, and I had the pasta of the day – Korean barbecued tempeh and Asian slaw over udon noodles in a garlic scape pesto. It was as good as it sounds.Laughing Seed MealsLaughing Seed Meals

Then, we went for Sunday brunch and I had the brunch platter which was biscuits and gravy, homemade seitan sausage, homefries, and tofu scramble, and Carl had a lentil flour omelet stuffed with asparagus and almond cheese, in a red pepper sauce.Laughing Seed CafeLaughing Seed Cafe

4 Responses to “Asheville Road Trip”
  1. Jojo says:

    I’m still reading! Asheville sounds great, all that food looks delicious especially the asian noodle pesto dish – yum.

  2. bazu says:

    I’m still reading! And seriously drooling over those photos… Asheville sounds like heaven.

  3. Stella says:

    Holy moly! This is fantastic!

    Asheville is very near the top of my “Cities to Visit in the U.S.” list, and this post just moved up a notch! YUM!

  4. Kiersten says:

    I love Asheville! I went there for the first time this summer for Veganstock. It’s such a cool town. I’ve only eaten at Laughing Seed once but I thought the food was great. You took great pics!

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