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Life Lately

I’m not sure how we’re already a quarter of the way through 2015, but somehow we are.

I also just realized the last time I updated this little blog was the beginning of January. Oops.

Here’s what we’ve been up to in the Moore house…

January was pretty uneventful for the most part. At the end of the month, I was able to go up to New York for a few days for work. A few of the chefs we represent were invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York, and we went up with them. You know, for support. We did work while we were up, but it was a really fun trip with a lot of good food. I also learned that it’s fun to travel with chefs because they pick good restaurants to eat at, and when the chefs in the kitchen find out a group of chefs is dining at the restaurant, they start sending out all these dishes for us to “try out.” I certainly wasn’t complaining.

I grabbed brunch with my old roommate while I was up there and snapped a photo of the building I used to live in in Brooklyn. Oh the nostalgia.

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Instead of fighting the crowds on Valentine’s Day, we had a few couples over to our house for dinner. It was supposed to be a “guys cook for the girls” type thing, but I think it ended up being all hands on deck 🙂 Dinner turned out pretty well, and I was happy to have an excuse to break out my china.

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We also spent a good bit of time in February car hunting. Andrew’s car got hit and totaled (no one was hurt), so we threw ourselves into scouring the internet for a car. We ended up finally finding one last weekend, the same day that Andrew had to turn in his rental car. We are now the owners of two gold Camrys (except Andrew’s is much newer than mine). We really branch out. We’ll replace my car with an SUV in a year or two, but for now, we’ll drive matching cars.

At the end up February, Andrew and I headed up to Asheville for the weekend. When we were reflecting on 2014 at the end of the year, we realized some of our best memories were from weekend getaways, so we’re trying to be more intentional about planning little getaways this year, even if it is just an hour or so up the road. We tried out some really great restaurants in Asheville including RhubarbNightbell, Wicked Weed Brewery, and Biscuithead.

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Last weekend, I drove to Savannah for a reunion with my college roommates. We rented a little carriage house through Airbnb spent the weekend exploring the city. Savannah is such a charming little town, and as always, I loved spending time with my old roomies. I sure do miss living in the same city as those girls.

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Eating Asheville

To celebrate our first anniversary last weekend, we decided to drive up to Asheville to do a culinary tour. We’ve done both of the culinary tours in Greenville and really enjoyed them, so we thought it would be fun to explore the culinary scene of another city. Asheville has two culinary tours,  but after reading reviews, we decided to buy tickets for Eating Asheville.

Over the course of the tour, you get to try small plates at a minimum of six restaurants. Not too bad for $47. Unfortunately, it rained the entire time during the tour, but we still had a good time.

Here are a few details and snapshots from our tour. I took all the photos with my iPhone, so they aren’t fancy by any means.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar – the tour starts here every week. We had champagne and a few spreads on crispy baguettes.

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The Green Room Bistro – This was actually one of the places Andrew and I ate at during our trip to Asheville in January. They served us peanut butter black bean hummus with smoked roast beef and turkey along with a Pale Ale from a local brewery (can’t remember which one). The smoked meats were good, but the hummus was by far the best item at this stop.

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Strada – Strada served us food from their brunch menu. We ate cinnamon challah toast with polenta. Apparently it’s the Italian version of French Toast. It was delicious. We also sipped on a glass of Cherry Italian Soda.

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The Gourmet Chip Company – Our fourth stop was a quick one. We grabbed our chips and ate them on the go. We had the Salt & Vinegar chips, which were unlike any chips I’ve ever had. They were topped with Dehydrated Apple Cider Vinegar, Mediterranean Sea Salt, and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. I definitely want to go back to this place.
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Chestnut – We headed to Chestnut and were served a doughnut with a caramel Chestnut drizzle. The doughnut was good, but extremely sweet and dense.  I left the restaurant wishing we had been served a savory dish instead, since we had already eaten a sweet breakfast dish at Strada.

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Sevens Sows Bourbon & Larder – Seven Sows is one of the newer restaurants in Asheville. It had a cool, rustic atmosphere, and I wouldn’t mind trying it out the next time we’re in the area. We had a fried green tomato served over grits. It was pretty dark in here, so my pictures didn’t turn out great.

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French Broad Chocolate Lounge – We ended the tour by tasting a truffle and dark chocolate from French Broad Chocolate Lounge. This was another one of the places we went to back in January. They had a line out the door like usual, so I felt kind of cool/guilty being able to skip the line completely and go upstairs with the tour. The truffle was really good, and I’m not usually a big fan of truffles. The dark chocolate was very dark and bitter – not my favorite.

Overall, we really enjoyed the tour. I love culinary tours, because when else do you get to try out seven restaurants over the course of a few hours? When we compared it to the Greenville culinary tours, we didn’t feel like we got quite as much food on Eating Asheville. We also thought there were too many sweets on the tour, but I don’t know if that can be avoided since the chefs change up their menu each time. Plus, the chefs don’t communicate with each other about what they’re planning to make. The variety of food at each stops just depends on that day. That being said, we still had a great time and would recommended it to any foodies wanting to explore the culinary scene in Asheville.

 

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