Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Asheville, NC Edition: Curate


Curate is a well-known authentic Spanish tapas restaurant led by Chef Katie Button in Asheville, North Carolina.

Cúrate is a celebration of authentic Spanish cuisine. For those who have visited Spain, the Cúrate menu will bring back memories of the country's best jamón Ibérico, vermuterías, and lively tapas culture. In recognition of the restaurant’s all-Spanish wine list, Cúrate was listed as one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2018. Cúrate means ‘cure yourself’ in Spanish, reflecting the belief held by chef Katie Button and her family that there are curative effects in sharing good food and wine with family and friends. Experience the essence of Spain in downtown Asheville… one plate at a time.
CurateThis restaurant was my first stop when I made it to Asheville, because I had heard so much about it. It's been recommended by Zagat and Lonely Planet, among others.

CurateWe had reservations for the restaurant, so we were whisked to our table to look over the menu.

CurateThere were a few things that caught my eye, but at the top of my list was "Pan de cristal con tomate."

CurateThat's bread, tomato, olive oil, garlic and salt - pretty simple. But simply delicious.

CurateAnd, I got a side of manchego cheese to go with it. Honestly, I could live off this type of food.

CurateThe dishes are served tapas style - which means small plates - so I ordered a few different things to try.

CurateI also ordered "Pulpo a la Gallega," which is galician style octopus served warm w/sea salt, olive oil, spanish paprika, and yukon gold potato purée.

CurateIt's a pretty simple and mild flavor, but fresh and I love the texture.

CurateFinally, I had to try some of the cured ham.


Jamon iberico de belloto - from Cinco Jotas, hand-cut, 100% pure Iberico pigs, from the jabugo region, acorn fattened and free range, giving it a unique and exceptionally nutty flavor.

CurateWow. Have you been?

Cúrate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Barboursville Edition: Tortilla Factory

Tortilla Factory

Tortilla Factory in Barboursville is a Mexican restaurant that puts a modern spin on standard Mexican fare in the area.

Tortilla Factory
Tortilla Factory is your favorite Mexican restaurant located in Barboursville south of the 64. Serving the Best Food in the area, we offer quality service, catering, and a fun family atmosphere. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Tortilla Factory
While in the area recently, my friends and I decided to check it out.

Tortilla FactoryThe menu is wide and varied: nachos, tacos, tortas, molcajetes, fajitas and more.

Tortilla FactoryBut first, chips and salsa.

Tortilla FactoryAnd because that was so tasty, I went with a plate of nachos for my meal.

Tortilla FactoryFrozen strawberry margaritas all around.

Tortilla FactoryYou can get "traditional nachos" or "off the grill" nachos.

Tortilla FactoryI went with an order of "Nachos Libre" which had queso, shredded beef, black beans, rice, corn, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos and queso fresco.

Tortilla Factory

Tortilla Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Asheville, N.C. Edition: French Broad Chocolate Factory & Cafe

French Broad Chocolate

There's a reason that Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite movies.

French Broad ChocolateAmong other reasons, the movie  shows the fun, inside look at how chocolate is made. And who doesn't like chocolate?

French Broad ChocolateIn Asheville, the chocolate factory equivalent is French Broad.

French Broad ChocolateThis chocolate factory gives tours of their farm to bean process.

French Broad ChocolateIt also has a cafe where you can purchase their truffles or drinking chocolates.

French Broad ChocolateAnd I ordered the "liquid truffle," which they're well-known for.

French Broad ChocolateIt's like a melted chocolate bar!

French Broad ChocolateIt was very thick and rich - unlike anything I've had before.

French Broad ChocolateTake a look at some of the other sights from the tour:

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Lewisburg Edition: Dutch Haus Restaurant

Dutch Haus Restaurant

Dutch Haus Restaurant is located in Lewisburg on a golf course.

Dutch Haus RestaurantIt focuses on BBQ and steak.

Dutch Haus RestaurantWe made our way to the dining rom and seated ourselves.

Dutch Haus RestaurantThe entryway has a variety of specials available.

Dutch Haus RestaurantWe perused the menu - in search for something warm on this chilly day.

Dutch Haus RestaurantAnd I ultimately decided on the - Dutch Haus Special Made In House: Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork BBQ on Roll With Cole Slaw.

Dutch Haus RestaurantPlus a side of twice-baked potato!

Dutch Haus RestaurantSara went for this homemade vegetable soup.

Dutch Haus RestaurantHave you been here?

Dutch Haus RestaurantWhat have you tried?

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