• French Broad Chocolate Lounge Review in Asheville, NC
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    French Broad Chocolate Lounge Review: All About Cacao

    In what I assume was a bit of a cosmic joke, I spent a week in Asheville when I was a young and chipper 20-year-old. It was mere months before I could legally partake in the (then very young) brewery scene or wander into a bar with my college roommate, who was also hanging out for the week here.  But we discovered, just blocks away from our hostel, the perfect spot for people who couldn’t legally drink but who wanted to have a destination in the evening: the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. There was something so special about walking into the sweet, crowded little shop and breathing in the wildly delicious…

  • Best Organic and Locally Sourced Restaurants in Asheville, NC
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    The 10 Best Organic and Locally-Sourced Restaurants in Asheville

    Eating organic has become a popular choice for many individuals, and the Asheville area is full of organic and locally-sourced eateries to satisfy a variety of taste buds. After all, Asheville loves all things natural and offers a ton of ways to help preserve the local ecosystem we’ve come to know and love.  There are many reasons why Asheville locals and tourists may opt for cleaner eating options, including the health benefits, environmental sustainability, and the strong desire to support local farmers.   As the awareness of these factors continues to grow, so does the popularity of organic food choices in Asheville. For organic and local-eating enthusiasts, Asheville’s dining options are…

  • Twisted Laurel Restaurant Review in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Twisted Laurel Restaurant Review: Both Roots and Wings

    The warmth gets you when you first step into Twisted Laurel – this is the quintessential lunch and dinner spot, equally comfortable giving you a quick sandwich meal as they are plating up a gourmet salmon for you to feast upon on a special occasion.  It used to be my in-laws’ go-to spot for a chill but fun New Year’s Eve, and as the new year approaches (as I start this review, anyway), I am thinking a lot about tradition, about how the areas in and around Asheville are always in cycles of welcoming the new and commemorating the old – Twisted Laurel is a great example of a venture…

  • Well Played Board Game Cafe Review in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Well Played Board Game Cafe Review: Back to Basics

    It’s no secret that board games have taken off over the last decade. No longer are we stuck with the small cache of 10 games to choose from like previous generations.  With games like Exploding Kittens becoming the most backed Kickstarter of the time and the hashtag “board games” having over 5 billion views on TikTok, it’s safe to say, despite a world being overtaken by electronics and people using FaceTime with one another, board games are back in a big way.  Well Played Board Game Cafe has answered the call, and whether it’s the classics or the new, trendy, and maybe obscure, chances are they’ve got the thing you…

  • The Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Asheville
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    The 14 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Asheville

    No one really needs to read yet another parent rant about the challenges of teaching a child how to behave in public, I’m sure, but anyone who has had a spirited child under the age of 6 or 7 will know the struggle that is growing the skill of being in public.  While some select few children are ready to sit still and quiet at restaurants the first time they try, many children will experience restaurants as a source of excitement and overwhelmingness for quite a while before they can participate in a truly polite way. In the meantime, they really can’t get better if they can’t practice! As a…

  • Taco Temple Restaurant Review Asheville, NC
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    Taco Temple Review: Your Go-To Taqueria in Asheville

    The prevalence of fast food, even in Asheville, can be tempting for anyone who has a busy day and not a lot of time to plan what they want to eat. Having a go-to order at one of your local fast-food places may be the difference between fitting in soccer practice, homework, and nutrition before bed!  However, for me, the fast-food options near me tend to have low appeal for nutrition, and I end up being annoyed at myself that I didn’t bother to spend the extra few bucks and get takeout from a local place. It’s a value here in Asheville – if I can manage to eat local…

  • Uniquely Asheville Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
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    10 Uniquely Asheville Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

    Valentine’s Day means a lot of different things to different people. For people who aren’t in a romantic relationship, it ranges from being just another day to an annoying reminder that you’d like a romantic relationship to a celebration of all things friendship and community.  If you’re in the early stages of love, it can be a really big deal to get Valentine’s Day “right,” though more and more, I think people recognize that how we treat each other all the time matters more than a shower of gifts and experiences on one February evening.  Finally, there are long-term romances that sometimes become just daily life, with Valentine’s Day as…

  • Biscuit Head Restaurant Review in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Biscuit Head Restaurant Review: Jam Bar for the Win

    The moment you realize why Biscuit Head has such a cult following is different depending on who you are. For some, it’s just walking up to a breakfast joint on a random weekday and seeing a line out the door, since that does seem to indicate an intense following. For others, it’s that first bite of an exquisite biscuit sandwich or other flavorful entree. For me, though, it was the jam bar. For the uninitiated, rather than just popping a tasty-but-standard packet of jam on the side of your biscuit, at Biscuit Head, they go all out with a buffet-style array of jams that are house-made and not always standard…

  • The Best Things to do in Asheville, North Carolina in the Spring
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    The 31 Best Things to Do in Asheville in the Spring

    Spring in Asheville is glorious. From chasing full waterfalls and spotting wildflowers to festivals, farmer’s markets, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, you’ll be busy as a bee in Asheville in the spring! Although the weather can bring a little bit of everything, from gorgeous sunny days to rain and even snowflakes, it’s a beautiful time of the year to visit. Dressing in layers and having a good attitude is crucial to having a wonderful spring vacation in Asheville.  The temperatures vary and can change fast, but it’s safe to say that the later you come in the spring, the warmer the climate you’ll get. We all know that rain…

  • Best Places for Happy Hour in Asheville, NC
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    The 8 Best Places for Happy Hour in Asheville

    While it may be changing soon, North Carolina is a notoriously tough place to trawl for happy hours. Selling alcoholic beverages at a discount in the early evening or late afternoon was against the law starting in the 1980s, an effort that was intended to cut down on drunk driving. While legislators are trying to make laws that are more friendly and less restrictive to the craft beverage industry that has blossomed in NC (while, of course, still not encouraging drunk driving!), many restaurants and breweries in Asheville have found other ways to make a visit to their fine establishments appealing.  In Asheville, you’re more likely to find a combo…