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 Post subject: A Weekend in Asheville, NC (pic heavy)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:27 pm 
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We went to Asheville, NC this past weekend for no particular reason. But my main objective was food! I think I gained probably 10 pounds, but it was worth it.

Saturday we had lunch at Sunny Point Café. I’ve been there 3 times and ordered the same thing every time because it is amazing! The best pancakes I’ve ever had.
Organic Orange Scented Gluten Free Cornmeal Hot Cakes
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Then we stopped by the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. I ordered Cold Sipping Chocolate with Ginger. It’s coconut milk and chocolate and just enough ginger. It’s so thick and creamy. Delicious.
Cold Sipping Chocolate with Ginger
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And I got some vegan chocolates to take home.
fig & port; strawberry balsamic; theros, orange & fennel; thai
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And, my favorite restaurant: The Laughing Seed Café. We actually went here three times over the three days we were there: dinner, brunch & lunch. Here’s a collection of what my parents and I had.

Saturday Dinner:
Raw Spinach-Pesto Manicotti (this was one of the best dishes I have ever tasted) - zucchini noodles stuffed with sunflower-spinach pesto, cashew ricotta, and fresh basil over sun dried tomato marinara.
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Bourbon-Pecan Seitan - pecan crusted seitan with a bourbon-shallot pan sauce, potato and herb gratin, and marinated green beans
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Ginseng Lemon Drop - citron vodka, lemon juice, sugar, herbs
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Sunday Brunch:
Sooner Sunday Bowl creamy grits, house seitan sausage, tofu scramble, sautéed spinach, Yukons, guacamole spike, and vegan gravy
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Bloody Mary
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Carrot-Beet-Ginger Juice
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Then we got some ice cream at The Hop. It was the best vegan ice cream I’ve had, tasted just like the real thing!
Mint Chocolate Swirl Soy Milk Ice Cream & Pumpkin Soy Milk Ice Cream
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For dinner Sunday we had planned to eat at a restaurant that we found out had closed. So, we ended up at The Green Sage Café which was perfect. We were so full from brunch and ice cream that we didn’t want much. I ordered a cup of soup and ½ wrap.
Green Lentil Vegetable Soup
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Veggie Hummus Wrap - Spinach Wrap with Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Sprouts
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And for lunch the last day, we went back to the Laughing Seed Café.
Greener Warrior – kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon.
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Dragon Plate - cashew-beet-carrot pate, sea vegetable salad, sprouted lentils, peas, mung beans, and pickled vegetables, with raw salad vegetables on a bed of organic mixed greens & mango lime vinaigrette
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Neo Falafel Pita - Sprouted chickpea falafel, pickled beets with mint, organic spring mix, tomato, cucumber, and lemon-tahini sauce wrapped in warm pita.
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Sloppy Jo - Sweet and tangy tofu barbecue with lettuce, carrots, cabbage, sprouts, and tahini mustard saucese on a whole wheat bun.
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Mexican Chocolate Poundcake
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Pineapple Galette with Basil Syrup
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In conclusion, the vegan food in Asheville is absolutely amazing! :D

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 Post subject: Re: A Weekend in Asheville, NC (pic heavy)
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shiitake, I need to make my way down to Asheville.

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 Post subject: Re: A Weekend in Asheville, NC (pic heavy)
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Wow, you ate the shiitake out of Asheville. I was there last summer, but you put me to shame. Viva la Laughing Seed!


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Intense!....ly awesome.

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Whoa! New trip goal created! I want it all!

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Whoa! New trip goal created! I want it all!

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I would drive the 6 hours plus just to eat at Laughing Seed. You wouldn't be able to miss me, as I would be the one in the corner laughing maniacally with joy, while licking my and everyone else's plates. Good show!

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I would drive the 6 hours + just to eat at Laughing Seed. You wouldn't be able to miss me, as I would be the one in the corner laughing maniacally while licking my and everyone else's plates. Good show!

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Pancakes! Zucchini noodles! Lemon drops! Awesome!

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wow.. that all looks AMAZING!!!

dakini and I were pondering going there last summer but didn't get around to it. Maybe we'll make it out this summer.
Thanks for making me jealous!

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i can only see half of it (crappy internet) and it looks fabulous!


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Wow! That courgette thing looks awesome, although so do most of the other things too.


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Definite wows.

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wowza. The Raw Spinach-Pesto Manicotti looks amazing.

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Bourbon Pecan Seitan

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WANT!

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That is all AMAZING. I must get to Asheville!


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I want that galette right now!

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My freshman year roommate ALWAYS talked about French Broad Chocolates and her mum would send her a gift box like...once a month. I was always sooo jealous. I had no idea they offered vegan chocolate stuffs! I have to go to Asheville now, be back soon.

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I want to try that bourbon pecan seitan. Need to scuttle my butt over to Asheville!

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The stuff of dreams, says she, planning a road trip to Asheville.

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That looks amazing! My fiance and I definitely need to make another trip to Asheville!

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The Bourbon-Pecan Seitan looks amazing.

How were the chocolates?


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