PennyCup Coffee Co. opened the doors to its brand-new Depot Street café and tasting room on Monday, June 29, providing the River Arts District with another community hangout space. The local, small-batch coffee-roasting company has grown rapidly since it launched two years ago and now supplies coffee to BattleCat Coffee Bar, Hole Doughnuts, Chai Pani, Earth Fare, Ben’s Penny […]
Revered for its sumptuous desserts, the Greek-style café reopened for business on Saturday, June 20, complete with a new vision and a liquor license.
Food limitations, whether taken by choice or of necessity, can make eating out feel more like a chore than a treat. Skimming those delicious-looking menu items only to settle for the blandest dish that’s devoid of all the good stuff can beg the question, “Why go out at all?” Thankfully, Asheville boasts a number of […]
Parenting is hard work, and let’s face it, sometimes at the end of a long day mom and dad just don’t feel like cooking. But despite the wealth of top-notch eateries in Asheville, the simple act of taking kids to a restaurant can present unique, stress-inducing challenges. Thankfully, plenty of local dining destinations warmly embrace […]
Let’s face it: A substandard (or merely ordinary) cup of coffee or tea just isn’t going to cut it in Western North Carolina. Infusion-savvy residents know where to find pu-er tea from Yunnan, “Dereje” heirloom coffee from Ethiopia, a pour-over iced coffee from Sumatra, and the best coffee- or teahouse for hunkering down with a […]
How do we build a community around another beverage that has innate healing qualities?
Dobrá Tea will soon join the booming scene in West Asheville. Befitting of a company that draws inspiration from the change of seasons, the new location at 707 Haywood Road is slated to open on June 21, the summer solstice.
Websites such as Groupon and local outfit Asheville Deal offer patrons an opportunity to try out, at a discounted rate, restaurants they might not otherwise venture into. It’s obvious what’s in it for diners, but why do successful local establishments opt to take part in these programs?
Asheville restaurateurs are giving the term “locally sourced produce” a new meaning by picking up a shovel and digging in the dirt themselves. This translates to a farm-to-table journey that, for some, may only be a few yards.
The Fairview farm and its on-site store are currently undergoing construction as part of expansion plans that will bring some major changes to the Asheville-area staple. Plans for the project include a new addition to the farm’s current retail store, as well as office spaces and an inspected kitchen.
Every Sunday this month, Wu Gong Fu Tea will host a Tea Meditation and Sound Journey workshop that will pair a traditional tea service with live music. Charles and Jenny Wu will lead participants in two hours of meditative reflection removed from the chaos of modern life.
Growing numbers of Asheville residents are going caveman. Proponents say the paleo diet (mostly meat and veggies plus a moderate amount of fruit and nuts) greatly improves their overall health. And for those living with health challenges, healing through diet can provide a welcome sense of control and empowerment.
Nina Zinn, the Western North Carolina Green Building Council’s development and outreach coordinator, is excited about this year’s CiderFest. “Instead of five cider makers, we have 16 this year,” says Zinn, the creative force behind the festival. Last year’s inaugural event, a small-scale benefit that wasn’t expected to sell 100 tickets, wound up attracting 425 […]
Great coffee is no different from any other art form: The quality of the final product depends both on material and process. “We can make really great green coffee taste terrible; we can make really great green coffee taste great. But we can’t make bad green coffee taste good: We can only work with what […]
Summer was bid farewell and lady autumn was greeted with open hearts by tea fans of all ages who gathered at Dobra Tea in Black Mountain on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate the change of seasons. Dobra Tea and Panther Moon Tea Co. united to host the inaugural Fall Equinox Communi-Tea Festival, an event filled with music, […]
Every parent has been there: a hungry child in the backseat, a forgotten snack and several errands left to run before heading home. The big-name fast food chains make these moments so effortless to resolve with a quick sprint through the drive-thru. But with dietary restrictions and food allergies becoming more common, fast food is […]
Western North Carolina’s coffee culture is alive and thriving, with a seemingly ever-expanding array of coffee dispensaries — including shops, roasters, coffee trucks and drive-thru options. If you look closely, though, you’ll notice that another contender — the oldest and most prevalent beverage on earth, apart from plain old H2O — is gradually becoming more […]
What is drawing more and more Asheville yogis to take their downward dog to the French Broad River? Those of you who attended LEAF or the Mountain Sports Festival in the spring may have taken part in or witnessed SUP — a stand-up paddleboard yoga class.
We are lucky enough to live in an area of the country where several medicinal herbs are native to our region and can be found growing wildly all around us. But what medicinal herbs, native or otherwise, grow well here in the Blue Ridge Mountains? The answer is … countless. So let’s start with some […]
Berry-picking season is in full swing, and there are plenty of places in the Asheville area — both wild and cultivated — to pick some of nature’s candy fresh off the shrub. Of course, wild blueberries are free for the picking from late summer through early fall at spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, including Craggy Gardens […]
When ordering a chai in the Western world, a customer may receive any number of concoctions. A simple black tea with spices is one possibility, but it is significantly more likely that the beverage will be prepared with a powdered mix of sugar and corn syrup solids, with tea nowhere to be seen on the ingredient list. Fortunately for Asheville residents, local businesses are taking the making of chai back to the basics.