Downtown Asheville, NC buzzes with activity like a university campus on graduation day. From fancy dress to cutoffs and tees, folks dine in small eateries serving up gourmet and down-home dishes. Musicians serenade on street corners adding a rhythmic beat to the air. And, outdoor enthusiasts hustle up mountainous roads: bicycling, jogging, hiking while others practice yoga in the plaza. Cheers to this happening crossroads where visitors and locals thrive on the eclectic hum.Continue reading A Rhubarb at Rhubard: Asheville, NC
I arrived at a driveway leading to what looked like an upscale brick home and stepped inside to find a restaurant glowing in candlelight. The tables were covered in fine white cloths with centerpieces of slim breadsticks surrounded by low votives. This was La Truffle Savage Restaurant in Lake Charles, co-owned by Chef Mohamed Chettouh and Arthur Durham.
A banquet table had been set aside with hundreds of wine glasses and the popping of champagne corks filled the air. Soon a waiter arrived with a tray of the bubbly.
How lovely, I thought; I’m very fortunate to attend this gourmet wine dinner.Continue reading La Truffle Sauvage Wine Dinner: Lake Charles, LA
The minute I saw calamari tacos listed on the menu, I had to try them. The colorful combination of shredded red cabbage,jalapeno peppers, mandarin oranges, corn and fried calamari in a soft taco shell sounded scrumptious. And it was!Continue reading Colorful Calamari Tacos