The Skillery’s Food Lover’s February


The Skillery, a coworking space and marketplace for workshops here in Nashville, has lined up an entire month of food and drink related classes!

Food Lover’s Month involves some of Music City’s favorite culinary gems like Juice Nashville, Olive & Sinclair, Hey Rooster and the Sycamore duo, Tony and Caroline Galzin, just to name a few. Click here to see a full list of what’s being offered along with the associated costs. A couple of the classes have already sold out, so don’t delay. If you see one you like, reserve today!




A Bourbon Party

Friday, February 7, 2014
6 – 8 pm

Music City Center
201 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $50/person

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been to The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville, though I’ve heard great things. With the addition of a new kick-off event, A Bourbon Party, there is definitely more incentive for me to go this year!

Described as an evening filled with the finest Southern food, drink and decor for home entertaining, guests will be able to pick up a few tips and tricks for the perfect party while tasting fine bourbons and nibbling Canal House recipes. Visit the event website for more information and to purchase tickets.



Bake Sale Benefiting Tiny But Mighty

Saturday, February 8, 2014
9 am – noon

2320 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Tiny But Mighty, a new Nashville non-profit benefiting homeless animals, is hosting a bake sale this weekend and several bloggers around town (including me!) are creating treats for the cause. There will be loads of options – cookies, cupcakes, bourbon balls and whoopie pies…even doggie treats!

Drop by and pick up some sweets for yourself or your sweetie. Cash sales only. For more information on the event and Tiny But Mighty, visit their Facebook page.


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Otaku South EXTRA LARGE 2

Saturday, February 15, 2014
5  – 9 pm

Marathon Music Works
1402 Clinton St
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: Varies ($11 – $23 for individuals)

Last year, Otaku South chef/owner Sarah Gavigan invited five chefs to join her for the very first EXTRA LARGE. 800 bowls of ramen were sold in five hours! Hopefully this year it will be even bigger, because it’s all going for a great cause.

The Pablove Foundation, whose mission is to fight childhood cancer with love, was founded by friends of Sarah’s who lost their 6-year-old son. Not only will we be slurping ramen for a cause, but there is also a charity concert by local favorites Guilty Pleasures!

Click on this link for more information, a breakdown of ticketing options and to purchase.


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Nashville Wine Auction – Pairings

Friday, February 21, 2014
7 – 10:30 pm

The Rosewall
120 McGavock Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $200/person, Cocktail Attire


Saturday, February 22, 2014
1 – 5:30 pm

The Factory at Franklin
Liberty Hall
230 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37064

Cost: $125/person, Casual Attire

This year’s Pairings by Nashville Wine Auction is a two day celebration of wine and food instead of just one!

Friday night’s event features award-winning chefs and vintners pairing their creations. We’re talking wine sampling, hors d’ouevres and a full gourmet dinner. If you want in on this, HURRY, because it’s almost completely sold out.

Saturday’s party will showcase 25 California wineries pouring multiple bottles of their vintages, all of which are rated 90+ points! While you drink you can nibble on meats, cheeses, breads and specialty sweets and popcorn. During the live auction, you can enjoy a sit down picnic lunch with one of the vitners sitting at your table!

To see a full line up of the chefs and wineries, and to purchase tickets to either or both events, click here.

Our Kids Soup Sunday

Our Kids Soup Sunday

Sunday, February 23, 2014
11 am – 2 pm

LP Field – Club Level West
(parking is free)

Cost: Family Package -$40, Adult- $20, Children (ages 2-17) -$8, Children under 2 – Free

I simply ADORE  this event and cannot wait to go again this year. And, for the first time ever, the kiddo will be coming with me! Our Kids Soup Sunday is actually perfect for families (though it is also equally as awesome for singles). There will be more soups there than you can possibly eat, and some absolutely fantastic ones at that. Check out this list of participating restaurants.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website. Note: the prices I’ve listed above are the discounted advance purchase tickets that are available until noon on Friday, February 21st. After that, tickets can still be purchased online or at the door the day of the event, but the price increases to $45 for the family package, and $25 for the adult ticket. (children stay the same)

If you do plan on going, be sure to check out this post that my buddy Nicki wrote a couple of years ago, “Our Kids Soup Sunday Tactical Training Tips“!



The 404 Kitchen’s Cauliflower
spaghetti squash, puttanesca, grana padano

I’d been hearing great things for weeks. The 404 Kitchen opened back in October and it took me wayyyy too long to get there for a first visit. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, over glasses of wine at my own dining room table, my girlfriends and I booked our reservation. It would be a celebration of one friend’s birthday, and it needed to be special.

And special it was!



The 404 Kitchen’s Burrata
Burgundy truffles, leeks, Benton’s ham

First, I love the vibe of the space. It’s small. Actually, tiny. It reminds me of some restaurants I’ve been to in NYC and Chicago. Definitely nothing like I’ve been to here in Nashville. Making it completely unique to any dining establishment I’ve ever been to before: it’s built around/within a recycled shipping container. Yes, one of those big metal containers that haul product across the ocean from China and other far away lands!

Pretty cool, IMO. To get an idea of what that looks like, check out this post from Southern Living with pics by Nashville photographer Ron Manville. As you can see, it’s probably best that you limit your dinner party to 4 when you go. It’s not the sort of spot you want to go for a big group celebration (unless of course, you rent out the entire space)! But for a romantic night out with your sweetie or cozy dinner with 3 friends, it’s perfect.


Kennedy Farms Chicken Liver Pate
arugula, asian pears, pecan, benne wafer

Okay, now the food. We ate so soooo much, and all was good, but today I’m going to focus only on our favorites. First, the burrata. This is one of the dishes that you simply need to order when you visit. So fantastic.

Now, hang on to your seats, because I’m about to declare chicken liver pate the best dish I’ve eaten in a restaurant so far in 2014. I know, I know, we’re less than 4 weeks into the year, but never mind that. I have a feeling it will hold that ranking for quite some time. This dish absolutely blew us away! In fact, I could definitely see myself dropping by, bellying  up to the bar, ordering some cocktails, eating only this and leaving there a very happy girl.

I’ll be completely honest, when this plate arrived at the table, I didn’t even take a photo because I wasn’t expecting to like it all that much. You see, I’m not a huge fan of pate. Thus, the picture you get is after we’ve started to destroy it. A couple of minutes after I snapped this, the plate was empty. Not a spec left.

Chicken. Liver. Pate. Never in a million years would I have believed I’d be dreaming of a liver pate (?!?!?), but I am!



We had so many appetizers to start that we were really pretty full before even getting around to the entrees. Luckily, we’d made the smart decision early on to only order 3 to split between 4 of us. Perfect, because the portion sizes are pretty substantial. There is no way that after eating multiple small plates we could have each tried to tackle our own large plate.

I ordered the beef (tri tip?) on risotto. I really wish I’d made notes that night or taken a pic of the menu so I’d be able to give you a better description than that, but alas, I didn’t. And since the menu is ever changing, it’s likely that this exact dish won’t be there when you go anyway.

What I can tell you is this: I’m a risotto lover. But, that also makes me a very picky risotto eater. I don’t always think it’s done well, but this dish was perfection. Definitely my favorite entree of the night, though the Sheepshead (fish for those that aren’t familiar) served on Hoppin’ John with collards and ham broth, was a very close second.


 The trifle at 404 Kitchen

We ended the evening with a couple of desserts, this trifle being our favorite. Again, can’t tell you much more than that, as I didn’t write anything down (plus I’d had 3 cocktails by the time we got to this so my notes probably would have been chicken scratch anyway). Just don’t skip dessert. Trust me.

The 404 Kitchen

404 12th Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 251-1404

Tue-Thu 5 – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 5 – 11 pm

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Westside Chefs Dinner

Saturday, January 18, 2014
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Perl Catering and Market
2706 12th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37204

Cost: $80/person or $150/couple

This weekend chefs from Porter Road Butcher, Green Door Gourmet, [PUB]licity and perl will come together to create a plated 5-course meal benefiting The Nashville Food Project, an organization that provides increased access to healthy meals to those in need in our community. The food for this special dinner is being donated by Triple L Ranch and The Nashville Food Project gardens, and will be BYOB (with no corkage fee)!

Visit www.thenashvillefoodproject.org for more info. To see the full menu and purchase tickets to this event, check out the event page here.


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Nashville Originals Restaurant Week

Monday, January 20th – Sunday, January 26th

More than 40 locally owned restaurants and cafes will be offering special menus and price points as part of the Nashville Originals’ semi-annual Nashville Restaurant Week January 20th – 26th. For a list of participating restaurants and their menus, click HERE.

Lots of good deals to be had, so definitely get out and dine!


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Wine, Women and Shoes

Thursday, January 23, 2014

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Omni Hotel Nashville
250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $150/person

Grab your girlfriends, mom, sister, daughter – basically your favorite shopping buddies – for an evening of fashion and fun to support YWCA’s Domestic Violence Services. Wine, culinary treats, a boutique, auctions, a fashion show, and entertainment by the amazing Ashley Monroe – now THAT’s a girls night out!

For more details and to buy your tickets, visit ywcanashville.com.

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Rodney in Exile BBQ Tour

Thursday, January 23, 2014

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Husk Nashville (Lunch)
37 Rutledge St.
Nashville, TN 37210

Cost: $12 for plate lunch


6 p.m.
The Ruby (Dinner)
2411 Blakemore Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

Cost: $100/person

Back in November, famed barbecue pitmaster Rodney Scott’s pit house went up in flames. There was no doubt that he would rebuild, and with the help and support of some friends, perhaps he’ll be able to do so a little more quickly and easily. The Fatback Collective, an association of chefs and pitmasters that celebrate their love of pork, created the Fatback Fund to support each other and their communities in times of crisis.

The “Rodney in Exile BBQ Tour” was born, and next week it makes a stop in Nashville. On January 23rd, Rodney will take over the daily lunch special at Husk, serving the “Rodney Plate Special”. Later that evening, Rodney will join Sean Brock from Husk and Pat Martin from Martin’s BBQ at Ruby for dinner. Rodney will be cooking the whole hog, and there will be fried chicken from Sean and brisket from Pat.

Seats for the event can be reserved by calling Husk at 615.256.6565 or Martin’s at 615.686.2066 or 615.776.1856. For a few more details, check out this post on the Nashville Scene’s Bites Blog.

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Two Ten Jack Grand Opening Dinners

Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th, 2014

1900 Eastland Avenue, Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: $65/person (includes all alcohol, tax and gratuity)

A while back I told you about my excitement for the soon-to-be-opened Two Ten Jack. Well, last week I got a sneak preview, and now I’m even more excited!

The doors will open next weekend and there’s a big event happening to kick off their first couple of days of business. Star ramen chef Shigetoshi Nakamura, one of Japan’s “Four Ramen Devas” (gods of the cuisine), will join Chef Jessica Benefield in creating a 5 course izakaya-style meal.

For more information, to purchase tickets, and/or enter their giveaway to win tickets, visit the Two Ten Jack website.


12th and Broad Anrolds Event

Nashville Nights: A Pairing of Food and Words

Wednesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 30th, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen
605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $35/person or free with a 12th & Broad membership (priced at $14 a month)

The newly formed 12th & Broad has created a unique pop-up dinner experience celebrating and exploring both food and literature. During each course, there will be readings related to that particular dish. Dinner will be prepared by two of my buddies, Vivek of VEA Supper Club and Karl of Biscuit Love Truck, so I can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be incredible!

Seating is limited due to capacity at Arnold’s, so hurry and get your tickets before they sell out.  For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.


After overdosing on cookies and other sweet treats over the holidays, it’s now time for me to do a little detoxing. My body is seriously screaming for vegetables and crisp, clean flavors.

Last week I had some of my closest girlfriends over for dinner and I knew they were feeling the same way, so I wanted to come up with a meal that left us feeling good. This recipe is one that I’d torn out of Southern Living several weeks ago and though I’d been dying to try it, I’d had no real opportunity to do so. My husband isn’t such a big fan of butternut squash, and since the recipe makes quite a bit (and didn’t seem like a dish that would be good as leftovers), it didn’t make sense to make it until I was cooking for a larger group.

Served alongside an amazing slow cooker roasted chicken (will post that recipe soon!), this colorful, flavorful dish was a huge hit. So much so that one of my friends texted me early the next morning and said she dreamed about it!




Roasted Butternut Squash and Farro with Almonds and Blue Cheese

Serves 6 as a side dish. Adapted from Southern Living.


1 cup uncooked farro
1 small butternut squash (or 2 large sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1.5 lbs)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1 shallot, minced
3 cups chopped radicchio
1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, torn into pieces
3 ounces crumbled blue cheese< (or to taste)
1/4 cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped/p>


Bring 6 cups salted water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add farro, and boil, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Drain farro, and spread in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan to cool (approximately 30 minutes).
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°. Toss together squash, next 4 ingredients, and 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large bowl. Spread squash in a single layer in a lightly greased jelly-roll pan, and bake 10 to 15 minutes or just until tender. Cool in pan 30 minutes.
Stir together next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a small bowl. Add salt to taste. Let stand 10 minutes.
Stir together farro, radicchio, and parsley in a medium bowl. Spoon desired amount of vinaigrette over farro; toss to coat. Transfer to a serving platter. Top with roasted squash, almonds, and, if desired, blue cheese. Serve with remaining vinaigrette.

Blue Chair Bay Logo

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the nice folks at Blue Chair Bay asking if I’d be interested in hosting a review and giveaway this month. I first tried their rum back in September at the Music City Eats Festival, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I figured – why not? Let’s give it a go. I’m always willing to experiment with cocktails and, of course, I love being able to share my finds with you guys!

Blue Chair Bay Rum

Blue Chair Bay’s Smoked Coconut and Pineapple Fizz at Music City Eats Festival

Blue Chair Bay Rum is relatively new to the marketplace, as it just launched this past summer. Interestingly,  the brand was created by country music singer Kenny Chesney. Unlike some celebrities who just give their name to brands to use for promotional purposes, Kenny really, truly had a hand in creating this spirit.

There are three  flavors – white, spiced coconut and coconut. I had a really tough time deciding which one I’d like to play around with, but ultimately decided that the white would allow for more flexibility. (I’m still dying to try the spiced coconut, as I’m a coconut fiend!)

After several attempts at creating something unique and appropriate for this time of year, I finally came up with a dessert cocktail that was inspired by a blackberry cream cheese coffeecake I first had in wine country a few years ago. The coffeecake has become a favorite brunch item for my friends and I, so I tried to replicate some of those flavors in my drink – blackberry, cream, and almond. And, because I love ginger so much, I threw that in there too!




Blackberry Almond Dream

Makes 1 cocktail.


1.5 oz Blue Chair Bay White Rum
9 blackberries, divided
1/4 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz ginger syrup
2 oz whole milk or cream


In a shaker, muddle 6 blackberries. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake very well and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with skewer of 3 blackberries.


The Giveaway

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winner!

#24 Brent

Now, for one of my very special readers, I have a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum for you!

All you have to do to enter is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me what you’ll make with your rum. Share the full recipe in the comments, link to one that you love, or just provide a list of ingredients you think would make the perfect white rum cocktail. I need more inspiration for cocktail experimenting in the weeks to come!


For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “I just entered to win a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum from @betheats and you can too! http://bit.ly/1fVWXj1” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Blue Chair Bay Rum on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)


Contest ends on Thursday, January 2nd at noon CST. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

Winner must be over 21 and a US resident.

*I was not compensated monetarily for this post, though I was given a free bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum to experiment with, and another to give away. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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My friend Sherri and I tried to convince Archer that it would be fun to get his photo taken….

His reaction:  not sure I like this Mama.

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So what do we do when we don’t like something? Scream, naturally!

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Ah, all better. Wait, maybe this IS fun after all!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hoping yours is filled with friends, family, laughter, and lots of happy clapping!

So apparently Bourbon Milk Punch has been around for a LONG time. I, however, had never even heard of it until our recent trip to Asheville. We had been bellied up to the bar at The Imperial Life for a while after dinner, and I was ready for dessert to cap off my evening. Not dessert to eat – but something sweet to drink.

The bartenders had been doing a good job of creating special drinks for us the entire evening, so I simply said, “I’d like something creamy. And bourbon is good.” In what seemed like mere seconds, a glass was in front of me and the savvy mixologist was telling me that this was one of her favorite drinks.

Perfection. This was exactly what I had in mind.




I knew this was a cocktail I’d like to recreate on occasion, so I began researching recipes, of which there are many! I can’t even say that there was one specific one that I used in my creation- they all just guided me in my experimenting.

Luckily, I was recently sent a sample bottle of Angel’s Envy Bourbon (which I’m really digging by the way),  so I had plenty of booze to work with through the trial and error process. While none of the drinks were bad, it did take a few tries to find exactly the right combination that pleased me. So, without further adieu, my new favorite dessert drink, Bourbon Milk Punch….


Bourbon Milk Punch

Makes 1 serving


1.5 - 2 oz bourbon whiskey
3 oz whole milk
2 tsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
freshly grated nutmeg


In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the bourbon, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over 3-4 ice cubes and grate fresh nutmeg over the top.

 Inn at Biltmore Asheville

Inn at Biltmore Estate, our digs for a long weekend in Asheville


A month ago, my husband and I went away for what was our first vacation alone together since I was pregnant with our little guy in 2011. Since I’m still not ready to go too far away for too many days, Asheville seemed like a good spot for us. Although Ravi grew up fairly near there, he hadn’t been since he was a kid, and I had never been before. (which is crazy since it’s a pretty easy drive from Nashville!)

Asheville had been on the front of my ‘to travel to’ list since last winter when, as I was sweating away on the arc trainer at the Y, I read all about their food and drink scene in Food & Wine magazine. (side note: everyone knows that working out while reading food magazines is the best motivation to burn more calories, right?)

From that article, I began putting together my list of places to try while visiting. In the weeks leading up to the trip, I gathered more intel from Sweet Betweens and a few others on Twitter. What follows is every restaurant and bar we visited and recommend. Some were, of course, more impressive than others, but all are worth checking out.


EAT Asheville

 Cúrate Tapas Bar

11 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 239-2946

Serving a real, authentic Spanish tapas menu, Cúrate was our first stop upon arriving to Asheville. I was probably more excited for this place than any because, as you know, I’ve been moaning about our lack of tapas in Nashville for ages now. It did not disappoint! We ate so much – these photos aren’t even 25% of what we ordered – and left there stuffed and happy.



Rebujito cocktail at Cúrate Asheville – manzanilla sherry, bitter lemon, mint




Cúrate’s Piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese



 Cúrate’s sauteed spinach, apples, raisins, and toasted pine nuts



7 SW Pack Sq
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 785-1503



Wood grilled broccoli rabe at Rhubard – pig bread and pickled red onions


Okay, I’ll be completely honest. This was dining experience was a bit of a letdown because our service was severely lacking. I’m not sure what the issue was – if the server had too many tables or what. All I know is that we sat with empty water glasses for way too long, no one stopped by between courses to check on us, and no one came by to ask if we needed another drink from the bar (which we did).

Our food came out fast, so I can at least say they were efficient with that. But we were in and out the door in less than an hour- which for us wasn’t necessarily a good thing. We would’ve liked to savor our food a bit more and enjoy another drink.

All that said, the food was great. The broccoli rabe, grilled lamb ribs with collard green kimchee and goat cheese gnudi are all dishes I’d love to have again. Despite the service hiccup, I’d be willing to give Rhubarb another shot.



Rhubard’s goat cheese gnudi
roasted shallots, local mushrooms, yellow branch cheese, wood grilled radicchio, toasted pumpkin seeds

The Admiral

400 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-2541



Hands down, by far our favorite meal of the entire trip was at The Admiral. This place epitomizes the saying “looks aren’t everything”.  The cinder brick building and completely no-frills dining room gave absolutely no indication of the incredible food and service we would receive. From the simple arugula salad to the escargot with romesco, basil pesto, and pecorino on lemon risotto to the last sweet bite served with the best French press coffee I’ve ever had, my taste buds were giddy.

The Admiral is a do not miss when in Asheville!



The Admiral’s arugula salad with granny smith apple, hazelnuts, humboldt fog




Pork Belly at The Admiral
sweet potato puree, braised red cabbage, crispy rutabega, smoked maple syrup


The Admiral Asheville collage
The Admiral’s
 teriyaki duck leg with pimento cheese fries, orange fennel slaw; angus flat iron steak with bacon and green onion rasti, grilled romaine, bearnaise foam, creme fraiche; Espresso brulee, tiramisu with lime milk fudge 


(Note: wish the lighting had been better so I could give you photos that did justice to the food!)


Biscuit Head

733 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 333-5145

Two words: Butter Bar.

Yes, Biscuit Head has a butter and jelly/jam bar that is insanely ridiculous. I learned a trick while dining on this first visit that I can now pass along to you. Order one of the biscuit sandwiches, but ask them to put all of the toppings on only one side of the biscuit.

You need that other half of the biscuit to partake in the butter bar. You can thank me later. (and thank the local that I overhead sharing this tip with her friend. Only wish I’d heard her BEFORE I ordered so I didn’t have to scrape all kinds of stuff off one half of my biscuit)



Biscuit Head Asheville’s Butter Bar Selection

White Duck Taco

1 Roberts St #101
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 258-1660

If you’re looking for a casual lunch spot in Asheville, White Duck Taco is a fun place to go. It’s a little off the beaten path, but that definitely doesn’t seem to deter anyone, as there was a long line out the door before, during and after we left!


 Bangkok Shrimp Taco at White Duck Taco Shop


French Broad Chocolate Lounge

10 S Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-4181

On our first night in town around 9 pm, we walked past French Broad Chocolate Lounge and saw an incredibly long line snaked out the door and down the street. I knew this place was popular, but until I saw that, I didn’t realize just how popular. We weren’t in the mood for dessert at that moment anyway, but I was glad that I saw the line because it made me readjust my thinking about when we would visit. I’d planned to try it out after dinner the next night, but instead decided to hit it mid afternoon on Saturday instead.

Perfect plan! When we got there around 3 pm, there were a few people inside waiting to order, but the line moved quickly and we got our coffee, cookie, and tart within a few minutes of arriving. So keep that in mind for your visit. Daytime desserting is better than late night desserting!





DRINK Asheville

Wicked Weed Brewing

91 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 575-9599


I’m not a huge beer drinker, but Asheville is a beer brewing town, so I wanted to try at least one of the breweries. Wicked Weed seemed to be the most highly recommended, and it turns out, there’s a good reason.

I love this place. Fire pit outside, a giant mural of King Henry the VIII inside and a high alcohol beer aged in whiskey barrels for 4 months. What’s not to love?



Troy & Sons Old Fashion at Wicked Weed Asheville - dare I say THE BEST beer I’ve ever had?!?

The 9.8% old ale brewed with sweet cherries and orange zest, then aged in whiskey barrels for 4 months to capture the essence of an old fashion.


MG Road

19 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-4363

MG Road is the basement bar and lounge of Chai Pani, an Indian street food joint. The cocktail list contains interesting ingredients like lemongrass, cardamom, and sabji masala, just to name a few. Really cool, relaxed vibe.





 The Imperial Life

48 College St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-8980


 The Imperial Life bar in Asheville, NC

Oh, this place. For a cocktail lover like me, it’s a MUST.

I won’t say how many drinks I ordered, but I’ll tell you that every one was fantastic. My evening ended with a request for a “bartender’s choice” dessert drink, which turned out to be a Bourbon Milk Punch, something I’d never had before. It is also something that I will now be having often.



 Bourbon Milk Punch at The Imperial Life, Asheville


 STAY Asheville

Inn at Biltmore Estate

1 Antler Hill Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 225-1600

We really enjoyed our stay at the Inn at Biltmore Estate. It’s a little bit of a drive to get into town, but the views and atmosphere are great. It was exactly the kind of place I needed to force me to relax and truly get into vacation mode.