I started off the day exactly how I’d like to start every day. I woke up early, headed out on a super long dog walk (three miles), meal-prepped a bit, and then headed to a 90-minute yoga class. I always tell myself I’m going to go to yoga class, but I end up skipping it because I have too much writing to get caught up on, or something else needs to be done. After today’s class, I realized how important it is for me. When I got home, I felt more focused, relaxed, and ready to start the day with a fresh and positive outlook. Yoga made my day even more proactive. I can’t wait to go tomorrow morning again.
Enough about my yoga morning. I hope you all had fantastic weekends! Mine was fun. Meighan had a work conference in Asheville and asked me if I wanted to come with her so we could hike and hang out on her off hours. I didn’t have anything going on, so I tagged along with her. Asheville is a playground with everything you could ever want. It’s filled with tons of hiking spots, endless coffee shops, restaurants, music, arts, and so much more! If you’ve never been, you should plan a trip.
Last week was cold and rainy. It felt nothing like Spring, but at least it kept me inside staying busy. I had a lot to get done before heading out for the weekend. I developed several new recipes, which will be posted soon. I have ten lined up for the upcoming weeks. Nothing like new and fresh recipes to kick off spring!
Tuesday breakfast while finishing up last week’s recap post: kale salad with avocado and Green Goddess dressing, a side of pears, and over easy eggs.
When I finished blogging, I headed out for a long walk with the dogs. This is something I love to do multiple times a day because it keeps me active and it gives my brain a break. And my dogs LOVE it.
When I got back from the walk, I returned to so many sweet comments! I still have some waiting in my moderation box, but I hate posting until I get the chance to reply, so I promise I’ll get to it. I am so grateful for you guys!
I ended up spending the afternoon commenting and chatting with you all while sipping an afternoon cappuccino with one of my chocolate chip muffins on the side. By the way, those muffins are so good. I’ve had about five of you send pictures of your creations, which I’ll post soon! I love seeing you recreate them in the kitchen! For my cappuccino, I used oat milk (i mentioned it in my last recap!) It’s the best for frothing, and it tastes unbelievable!
Nespresso and Milk Frother Machine
Later on in the day, I had a big bowl of my protein and matcha yogurt with pears. My protein yogurt had matcha powder, (Vanilla Orgain protein powder, and unsweetened coconut milk yogurt (SoDelicious.)
For dinner, I had kale with green goddess dressing, avocados, grilled chicken, and an everything bagel. ♥
It actually snowed on Wednesday morning. I couldn’t believe it. I had to bring all of my outdoor plants inside to hang out with us. Leo kept trying to eat the leaves off of the plants (which is why he was sitting in that chair.)
I had a toasted everything bagel with peanut butter and a cappuccino before heading to the gym for pilates. I love the Wednesday pilates class. I used to go all the time in the summer, so it felt good to go back. Pilates, yoga, light jogs, and walking are my go-to’s right now.
When I got back, I had a kale salad with avocado and leftover tofu kebabs with eggs for lunch.
I’ve been trying to eat up all the kale. I bought so much last week that I’m still currently eating it right now. I need to go to the grocery store and get some vegetables to roast. I’m going to turn into kale soon. For dinner, I had ground turkey, rice, and…..kale. My ground turkey was seasoned with soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
I spent all day cleaning and cooking (recipes for the blog) on Thursday. I also wanted to put some of Kyle’s favorites in the house since he was going to stay at my place and watch the dogs all weekend.
After cleaning, packing, and cooking, I headed uptown! Meighan and I were leaving early Friday morning, and I wanted to avoid morning traffic. I had slow cooked sesame chicken, rice, broccoli, and ground turkey for dinner. Kyle and I ended up watching some weird movie and falling asleep early.
I was up so early on Friday morning! I showered, had some tea, and worked on the computer a bit. I need a couple of hours to wake up before I can officially start my day.
I packed a big cooler of my favorite Kombucha, ginger tea, and snacks for the hotel room.
We got to Asheville mid-morning! Meighan headed to her conference, and I parked a seat at The Green Sage for lunch, coffee, and to work. I had lunch with Becca at the Green Sage almost two years ago, and it was so good! This time, I ordered the citrus kale salad. It had oranges, chicken, avocado, cabbage, carrots, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a citrus vinaigrette. It was so good and very inexpensive for the amount they give you. That is a picture of the half size. I can’t imagine what the full looks like! It hit the spot 🙂
Later in the evening, Meighan and I walked around the downtown before dinner. I was so excited when I saw a tea shop! I’ve been all about tea lately. I picked up a blood orange tea that smelled incredible. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning. I’ll report back!
We headed to the Twisted Laurel for dinner. I definitely recommend this spot!
I loved the vibe and all the seating options. The food selection was broad! They had pretty much everything. I especially liked that we didn’t hate to wait for seating.
I ordered the seasonal salad with grilled salmon and a side of grilled vegetables. It was all so good! My seasonal salad had spinach, asparagus, onions, peppers, and prosciutto. The vinaigrette dressing was so fresh and earthy.
On Saturday morning, we headed out to get coffee before Meighan’s conference. I mean, with the ten + hours of sleep we got on Friday night, we definitely needed it…
I headed back to the hotel to work on some projects and then walked around the Biltmore village.
For lunch, I had protein powder mixed with unsweetened coconut milk yogurt with pineapple slices. This is one of my favorite on-the-go go-to’s when I stop at Whole Foods.
We and I decided to go hiking late-afternoon at Dupont Forest. There are so many waterfalls along the trails, bridges, and gorgeous water views. This is one of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever done.
We stopped for a juice break about an hour in. My juice had celery, apple, cucumber, spinach, romaine, kale, lime, lemon, and parsley. I loved it!
How amazing do those lemon energy balls look? Probably not as amazing as they taste! I can’t WAIT to share this recipe with you. I did a little tease on my insta story on Thursday. Omg…they are so good.
My happy place!
I saw this father and daughter walking with their hiking sticks, and I thought this was the cutest thing in the world!
We packed a ton of snacks just in case we got lost. I mean, there were so many signs and trails that there was no getting lost, but it’s better to be prepared 🙂
We got back around six and got cleaned up for our dinner reservations.
We were so excited about having dinner at Plant. I’m trying to refrain from typing in all caps because my excitement for this place is on a whole new level. If you are ever around Asheville, add this to your list of “musts.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a vegan or not, this food trumps all. I can’t explain to you how amazing each bite was, you have to experience this for yourself. I want to go back and try everything else on the menu. They keep the menu small, so they can remake the dishes daily. There is no food prep or freezing things at Plant; everything is made right when you order it. It takes a really talented chef to create what we ate. It was pretty much beautiful art.
We started with the cheese plate, and when you visit, you have to start with this too!
How in the world did they make vegan cheese taste better than the original cheese? This plate had aged cashew, farmer’s involtini, rosemary amber pears, pickled turnips, black garlic arugula, and warm toasted house-made gluten-free bread. The bread tasted like it was drenched in butter, and I have no idea how they did it. Each bite of this plate was magical. We fangirled over it until our next courses came out.
These kimchi Brussels sprouts were unbelievable. UNBELIEVABLE!
I’d love to try to recreate this recipe at home and hope they taste at least a 1/8 as good. They had sesame-peanut dukka, smoked onion, and scallions.
For my dinner, I ordered the tofu bibimbap. OH. EM. GEEEEE! It had Korean-style chili tofu, grilled bok choy, togarashi, kimchi, purple cabbage, chilled sesame sushi rice, sesame-scallion sauce, toasted cashews, and pea shoots. I wish I could eat this for every meal for the rest of my life. All of the flavors were unique, fresh, and perfect.
Meighan ordered the seitan chili con queso, and it was also just as unbelievable. I had a bite so I can confirm. It had tamale Gordo, grilled farm romaine, cilantro mojo, and pickled jalapeños and onions.
Even though we were full, we did not want to skip out on dessert. The food was delicious, so we knew the dessert had to be magical. You can’t go to Plant without treating yourself fully!
We went with the blackout pie. It had a pretzel crust, chocolate peanut butter fudge, berry sauce, and salted macadamia nut ice cream. I have no idea how they did it. This was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had in my life. The vegan dessert tasted better than ANY dessert I’ve ever had! Maybe this is what food is actually supposed to taste like 🙂 SOOOOOOOOO unbelievable. If it were appropriate to lick the plate, I would have. Now, I’m inspired to make a vegan peanut butter fudge for the blog!
After dinner, we rolled into bed, kept talking about how good dinner was, and eventually fell asleep while watching Mean Girls.
Meighan had to work a few hours on Sunday morning, so I walked to Trade and Lore coffee shop for a cappuccino. I just found out that Charlotte has a Trade and Lore coffee shop now! I’ll have to try it out because the coffee was so good. I haven’t been on my coffee shop/restaurant game lately.
They had oat milk 🙂
I did a couple of emails but then decided to pack up my backpack and just walked around the quiet Sunday morning town. I needed to get some extra steps in after the food coma I put myself in on Saturday night.
I woke up at 3:45 am and couldn’t fall back asleep, so I was looking real good (sarcasm.)
I walked around exploring for a while. I loved how quiet the city was after a busy St. Patricks day.
Meighan and I left Asheville around eleven and headed to Hendersonville for coffee and brunch. We stopped at Black Bear Coffee Co in downtown before walking around the square.
We went to Honey & Salt for brunch!
While we waited for the table, we headed to the cute little gift shop, Dogwood, next door. They had all kinds of cute bowls and mugs. Some of the home items in there reminded me of the Magnolia line by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I wanted everything! I picked up coffee instead. I bought several different local roasts to bring home during my trip. I’ll keep you posted on my favorites in the upcoming recap posts.
Meighan and I both started with their detox juice. It had lemon, ginger, and cayenne! It was really good.
Their menu was awesome. They had all kinds of superfood bowls, smoothies, traditional breakfast options, and trendy ones! The food was also inexpensive. You really get a big bang for your buck in and around Asheville!
I ordered the super green bowl and a side of over-medium eggs. So tasty!
This was such a successful trip filled with delicious food and exploring! I can’t wait to go back to Asheville in a couple of weeks.
For dinner last night, I had a sautéed sesame kale with my leftover tofu bibimbap! I was so excited to experience these flavors all over again!
Questions or you!
- What do you always purchase from different places while traveling?
- Did you do anything for St. Patrick’s day?
- Does yoga help you relax or make your day more productive?