This work week wasn’t filled with too much excitement, but last weekend we & some friends headed to Asheville. It wasn’t hard to find some favorites in that town.
1. Thirsty Monk. “Asheville’s Premier Beer Bar” with Belgians downstairs & American craft beers upstairs, with an indoor staircase connecting the two…you can’t really go wrong. We indulged in a bottle of The Bruery’s Oude Tart & an ombré red/orange ensemble for everyone!
2. Brunch @ Early Girl. Just look at the menu. There’s so much deliciousness there, but it’s well worth the wait that you’re likely to endure, especially on a weekend.
3. Pisgah Brewing. Hands down, the best beer you’re not drinking….unless you’re in Western NC, since their distribution only goes as far as Charlotte. All organic & very, very well crafted.
4. Wedge. This is a great place to spend an afternoon with good beer, food trucks, plenty of outdoor seating (with movies in the summer!) & corn hole. We enjoyed it all on an unseasonably warm fall day.
5. Alpacas. We came across this guy, Jack Straw, during the River Arts District Studio Stroll. When I was little, I used to cry because my mom wouldn’t buy me a llama. Now that I’m older & much wiser, I realize that Alpacas are clearly a better choice, because LOOK AT THAT FACE.
I LOVED llamas when I was a kid! My mom always made animal cakes for us (seals for one sister, pandas for another, bunnies and horses for another) but she never made me a llama cake so an old boyfriend cobbled one up for me a couple of years ago much to my delight.
I think my llama obsession started when I saw this on sesame street when I was a wee one:
I must have seen that on Sesame Street as a kid, too. I’m not sure how else I could have been so set on having a llama!
I would have loved to have seen that cake!