What would a trip to Asheville, North Carolina be without a trip to French Broad Chocolate Lounge? No trip at all if you ask my granddaughter Emerson! I have to agree and so do Alicia and Liam. The cute little white cups are filled with a little bit of liquid chocolate heaven. Then there was the mousse made with coconut milk and deep delicious chocolate. And not to be outdone, the chocolate creme brule. Did we lick the plates clean? You betcha.
I returned to Asheville again this summer for my second round at Camp Mom Mom. I helped with the kids for one week while my son-in-law was away on business. We visited the pool, read books,
ate lots of good food. I discovered a food delivery service called Hello Fresh. The day I arrived I asked what we would be doing for dinner. Alicia said dinner would arrive around 5:30. Oh. Sure enough, it did. Via Fed Ex and in a box. How much fun did we have cooking dinner, and the food was exactly as promised; fresh, and delicious.
And one day Alicia picked up take out from 12 Bones the best BBQ joint ever. Another lick your chops meal.
I was determined to visit Sassafras on Sutton. This quaint little Indy bookstore only opened on Black Mountain six months ago. What a sweet place complete with scrumptious coffee bar. Splurged and got a maple latte that was luscious and shareable.
So many trinkets to peruse. So much fun. We supported the store and loved every minute of it.
We lunched at a cafe called The Veranda, a small place with good local food. Not like the very fancy spot in downtown Fort Myers.
The shops on Black Mountain have multiplied since my last visit. Even a gourmet pop corn shop.
One afternoon, Emerson and Alicia planned a tea party on the deck. With the view of the mountains as our backdrop, we feasted on Emerson’s homemade scones, petit fours, crustless egg salad sandwiches, fresh fruit and some of the most delicious tea on the face of this earth; Blue Lady tea I brought from Brambles Tea Room in Naples, Florida.
I tried to cram as much into a five day visit as I possibly could. And I think we crossed off most of our list. One evening we got pretty up close and personal to a BIG bear. Spotted him in the neighbor’s yard first. Then came across him again just down the road while we were driving into town. Holy cow. He just kept walking toward us. Bigger and bigger he got.
The last night my son-in-law returned home from his business trip. We ventured into Asheville proper to enjoy dinner way up on top of a hotel. Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar has an open-air rooftop eatery with breathtaking views of the mountains and really great food as well. A great end to a really great week!
So what else have I been doing on my summer vacation? Well, I’ve been reading some pretty fabulous books!!That’s what. I am gearing up for fall and winter lecture season. It is almost upon me. Starting earlier than usual this year as I am now adding Charlotte County to my roster of events. Now Maurice On Books is tri-county.
I can’t wait to see everyone this season!