What I Ate Wednesday #46: We Drank Too Much

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Asheville, NC is awesome. Nathan and I went down a few years ago for a friend’s wedding and were psyched when my cousin said that’s where she would be getting married. Immediately we started looking up restaurants and breweries that we wanted to try.. turns out there were far too many for the 2 1/2 days that we would be there, but we certainly put a nice dent in ’em!

The wedding was on Sunday so we had planned on leaving Saturday morning around 7 am so we could get there around 3 pm. We wanted to have time to explore and relax. When the groom sent out an email about a brewery tour on Saturday starting at 12 pm, our plans quickly changed. Up a 4 am and out the door by 5? Done.

And so began a weekend of beer.

Saturday

Asheville North Carolina NC Wedge Pigsah Highland French Broad Brewing Chai Pani Market Place Restaurant

[Breakfast]
On the go! Friday I made 2 batches of my favorite oats and threw one in the fridge to grab and go for the ride. Best decision ever. I topped it with some nut & seed butters and we hit the road.

[Lunch]
We powered through our drive with just a couple of rest stops and made it to Asheville for lunch! Chai Pani was calling our name; we love Indian food! I got the Tandoori Chicken Salad and Nathan had the Kathi Kabab Roll. The salad itself was pretty good but the chicken stole the show. Nathan’s wrap was full of flavor.. I pretty sure he liked it because I only got one little taste.

[Brewery Tour]
First: Wedge Brewing. I had the flemish style brown ale and it was delicious. Nathan had the witbier and enjoyed it equally as much. We quickly learned that we should be ordering samplers.
Second: Pisgah Brewing. A flight of their finest, of course. Not as good as Wedge, but still quite tasty. The barleywine was my fave!
Third: French Broad Brewing Co. They had a huge selection to choose from! We got another sampler but I forgot to snap a picture of this one. I did, however, get a picture of their Eat Bertha’s Mussels bumper sticker on the wall. BALTIMORE REPRESENT!
Fourth: Highland Brewing. Yet another sampler and a blurry one at that! It may have been a little telling of how I was feeling at this point πŸ˜‰ Good thing you can’t see it on our faces, right……?

The tour ended at Barley’s Taproom where we met up with the rest of the crowd and everyone had dinner. Nathan and I, however, had other plans for dinner. We do our research πŸ™‚

[Dinner]
We were totally stuffed from all of the drinks [and snacks at Barley’s.. whoops!] but we made our way to The Market Place Restaurant for a very tasty dinner. We split an appetizer not on the menu; an assortment of fresh mushrooms baked with a crispy topper. Delish! I had the ahi tuna appetizer for my dinner and Nathan ordered the parpadelle pasta with braised lamb. Both were extremely tasty, I just wish I was hungrier so I could have ordered a full dinner!

Sunday

Tone It Up TIU Crush Cardio Brunch Eggs Benedict Wicked Weed Brewing Asheville North Carolina NC

Clearly after the first day, I needed to get in a workout. Luckily the hotel had a gym.. it may have only been one elliptical and one working treadmill, but how many machines does one person need? No drinking till the wedding. Seriously.

[Breakfast]
Eggs Benny. The beauties in the picture actually had to be sent back though.. they were practically hard boiled eggs! No worries, I got a new order and they were awesome! Served over a homemade english muffin, sauteed swiss chard, and country ham.

[Lunch]
Ok, so we lied. We ended up at Wicked Weed Brewing and had to get a sampler. I was most excited for the Coolcumber and for good reason. So good! I had their smoked turkey sandwich with grilled mozzarella, arugula, and cranberry. It was quite tasty and definitely hit the spot.

[Dinner]
Wedding! Like a bad blogger, I didn’t take any pictures, but there was a buffet of chicken, beef, asparagus, salad, and more. Plus cupcakes for dessert! Yum πŸ™‚

Monday

Sunny Point Cafe Asheville North Carolina NC Blue Ridge Parkway Foothills Brewing Winston Salem Mekong Restaurant RVA Richmond Virginia VA Brittany Eating Bird Food

Again, I had to hit the gym! We had a big day of traveling ahead of us and I wanted to start off on the right foot.

[Breakfast]
Sunny Point Cafe. And more poached eggs! It came with 2 veggie sausage patties that tasted just like regular sausage and a nice flaky biscuit.

Before lunch we took a nice drive along Blue Ridge Parkway. It was beautiful and I wish we had more time [and better weather] to hike, but we had to get to work the next day!

[Lunch]
Foothills Brewing. We’re the worst at avoiding beer but I’ll use the excuse that it was either there or McDonalds. I got an awesome portabello wrap with a little hefeweizen on the side. I had to continue the theme of the weekend.

[Dinner]
We made a pit stop in Richmond to meet up with Brittany and her shiny, new husband, Isaac, at one of their favorite restaurants, Mekong. It’s a Vietnamese restaurant that was named the #1 beer bar in America. I ordered the tofu clay pot and started with an Allagash Curieux. The food was great but the beer was better! And Isaac and Nathan were so cute talking about beer πŸ˜‰

It was so great to see Brittany again and it was fun to catch up on both of our weddings and honeymoons. It’s a shame we don’t live closer!

After a long weekend of great food, great beer, and a great wedding, it was nice to get back into the swing of things. I’m sure this is why we stayed in so much this past weekend.. no complaints here though!

Food for Thought

When you’re traveling, do you go out of your way to find the best restaurants or bars?

What I Ate Wednesday #14 – Rainy Day Adventures

We had some awesome plans last Saturday to rise and shine super early and head to Rehoboth Beach for the day. We haven’t been to the beach at all this summer so I was looking forward to it all week!

And then the weather forecast changed. To rain. All day. What do you even do when you’re at the beach and it’s raining? Exactly.

Well, fine then! We slept in, had a nice, relaxing morning, and then packed up and headed over to Alexandria, VA for the day! For what, you ask? Wine.

But not just any wine. Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck. Yep. We drove 1.5 hrs each way for Trader Joe’s wine. Don’t worry, we got some good eats on the way too!

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Peas and Crayons Coach's Oats Pop's Ice Cream Caphe Banh Mi Alexandria Virginia VA Trader Joes

[Breakfast]
Cinnamon protein Coach’s Oats, topped (of course) with Earth Balance coconut peanut spread and fig. Naturally, I had my Tone It Up Bombshell Spell and some coffee with almond milk on the side. Perfect way to start the day!

[Snack]
A relaxing morning turned into a very late lunch, so I munched on some baby carrots in the car. Nothing exciting.. or worth picturing.

[Lunch]
Here’s the exciting part. We googled for a good 30 minutes looking for the best place to go for lunch and ended up at Caphe Banh Mi. If you’re in the Alexandria area, definitely go!

We started out with a vegetarian summer roll with tofu, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, and other veggies with a peanut dipping sauce. The sauce made it for me.. anything peanut [butter] related is a big green light! For our meals, we both tried pho (our first time!) Nathan got the traditional and I got the chicken. Traditional is the way to go! The beef was so rich and delicious and I could have eaten all of his! But instead, I ate all of mine. Topped with bean sprouts and fresh Thai basil. YUM!

[Snack]
Old towne is such a cute place! We walked around looking for a place to get a sweet treat and found Pop’s. Peanut butter chocolate pretzel ice cream. This is no joke. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it (because I ate it too quickly), but that sample picture will do. I would make the drive for the ice cream.

[Dinner]
Late lunch + snack = lateΒ [lazy] dinner. Steamed some broccoli in the microwave, topped it with chicken and bbq sauce, and called it a day!

[Summer Staple]
Wine! Yep, I went there. Every summer day is better with a glass of wine.

Trader Joe’s in Maryland doesn’t sell wine and we’ve heard so many good things about it. But the biggest thing is that we’re trying to find every way to cut back on our wedding budget, so when Nathan heard about Two-Buck Chuck taking home a big prize, we knew we had to give it a try.

Results are in! And it was totally worth the drive. Wedding attendants, get ready for some Two-Buck Chuck! πŸ™‚

Speak Up!

Where is your favorite place to day-trip? Have you ever taken a day trip for a meal? … Or a drink? πŸ˜‰