MENU FOR ALL: Despite its seacentric name, Oyster House offers plenty of vegetarian-friendly fare, including a hummus plate, red beans and kale and a spinach-mushroom burger. Photo by Jayson Im

Carnivore name, vegetarian game: 12 Bones, King Daddy’s and Oyster House offer more than their titles suggest

By now, Jim Klingel is accustomed to the misconceptions that the name Oyster House Brewing Co. yields. On a regular basis, the restaurant’s chef hears that his brother Billy’s brewpub is owned by The Lobster Trap (it’s not, though its roots began there), that all of the beers are made with oysters (only the stouts […]

ON THE GO: Colleah Habif, owner of Mountain Mojo Coffee Shop, offers a variety of healthful snack and meal options at her drive-thru and dine-in spot in Fairview. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Car-ready and kid-friendly: The search for healthy drive-thru options in Asheville

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 […]

Reduce meat consumption for sustainability

Absent from the April 17 flowchart and questionnaire, “Are You (Not) a Sustainability Guru,” was the most important lifestyle question of all: Have you reduced your consumption of meat and other animal products? As we all learned in freshman biology, at every step up the food chain, 90 percent of the potential energy is converted […]

Why don’t we choose compassion?

“Eat This Vacation,” a food story in the Feb. 7 Xpress, is a glaring example of the disconnect that most humans have about food. The article was accompanied by a photo of a very young lamb and mother. The writer remarked about how lucky she was — while visiting East Fork Farm — to experience […]

“Wellness” issue is a misnomer

a href=”“Calling the Jan. 25 Mountain Xpress a “Wellness” issue is quite a stretch. There were only a few articles dealing with wellness — one detailed how Asheville became an alternative medicine mecca and discussed Project Access, which provides free medical care to uninsured residents. But this so-called Wellness issue also included a piece that […]

First annual VegFest attracts more than 1,500

Sunday, Aug. 8, marked the debut of VegFest, Asheville’s first all-vegetarian festival. Vendors started setting up their booths as early as 10 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m., folks were already wandering toward Battery Park for the festivities. The event began officially at noon and lasted until 7 p.m. that night. Festival organizers estimate that more than 1,500 people attended.

Sustainable? Sounds like a fish story

In “Go Fish,” Mackensy Lunsford shows that it can take a good deal of effort to identify so-called environmentally friendly seafood choices [July 20 Xpress]. Yet it’s much more difficult than she noted. Scientists using DNA technology recently revealed that 20 to 25 percent of seafood products are fraudulently labeled, with the rates of fraud […]

The Edgy Vegan vs. the Protein Myth

In her recent “Edgy Mama” column, Anne Fitten Glenn says of her daughter, “I respect her desire to be a vegetarian — but when she refuses to eat enough soy, vegetable and dairy proteins, I’m going to push a little bit of meat at her.” ["Feeding Kids Meat Does Not Equal Child Abuse," May 25 […]