Hi everyone! Hope you guys had a nice and sunny weekend. The sun is shining here today in NC, but the wind has been absolutely brutal the past few days. Definitely was stay-inside-under-a-blanket weather. Now that the weather finally seems to be back to Spring again, how about getting out to try some delicious food?, I’ve put togetherness list of some of the delicious restaurants that I’ve tried recently. My boyfriend and I have so much fun trying new restaurants together. We just go online and look up top restaurants in the area and pick one at random! It’s so much fun to try new places and new foods together. I’m slowly getting him to branch out on trying different foods; his food vocabulary was pretty small when we started dating, but he’s doing much better now. Trying new restaurants is so fun because you to experience a new atmosphere, unique dishes, and maybe even a new culture.

One of my favorite things to do is find a cute little coffee shop to chill at while I read, do homework, or work on my blog. I’m a huge coffee addict so this helps me use it in a productive way. So, I’ve added a few of those to my list as well.

Most of the restaurants that I have tried are in Downtown Asheville. It seems like there is always a new place to go that is incredibly unique and delicious. The streets are adorned with any type of authentic cuisine you can imagine, bakeries, coffee shops, burger joints, you name it. Of course, there are fabulous places to eat all over Asheville and the surrounding areas, and this list includes some of those too. With my appetite, I’m sure my list will continue to grow!☺️ (These restaurants are not in any particular order)

  1. Vortex Doughnuts I’m absolutely obsessed with doughnuts…and this doughnut shop. They literally makes every type of doughnut you could think of and then some. They make their doughnuts from scratch every day and use only the best local ingredients. Another really great thing is that they fry their doughnuts zero-trans-fat oils. Not only are their doughnuts fab but their coffee is on point! Great breakfast date spot. Located in Downtown Asheville.5E3BBCB6-9C72-430C-83FC-04B0C556305D
  2. Cúrate– Cúrate is a Spanish tapas bar in Downtown Asheville. Tapas are small plates, but definitely not small in flavor or quality. Each dish is crafted beautifully with precision and expertise. The owner and main chef of the restaurant has been recognized by the New York Times and Southern Living for a few of her exquisite dishes. My boyfriend and I ordered 4 tapas and 1 dessert. Every dish was magnificent and like nothing we had ever tried before. It’s fun to try several dishes, plus it’s not too overfilling. We ordered potatoes with a spicy brava sauce, eggplant with honey drizzle and rosemary, lamb skewers with Moorish spices, sautéed shrimp and garlic, and pistachio sponge cake with lemon thyme sauce for dessert. YEAH.IMG_1613
  3. Double D’s Coffee and Desserts– This coffee shop is not your ordinary shop….but that’s what makes it so incredibly great and fun. The shop is literally a double decker bus. You order inside and there is seating in the top level. My boyfriend and I shared a Blackberry White Mocha that was to die for. Located in Downtown Asheville.IMG_1603
  4. Chorizo– This Latin restaurant has such a fun and Caribbean style, from the food to the restaurant atmosphere and decor. The dishes are huge, colorful, and packed full of so many different flavors. The food is incredibly fresh and the meats/produce are completely local. I visited the Caribbean recently and one of my favorite things that I had there was their plantains…and Chorizo’s were just as good…maybe even better. My actual meal was the La Fuente which was coconut rice, shrimp, and chorizo…along with a lot of other yummy things. FullSizeRender (39) FullSizeRender (41)
  5. Bouchon French Bistro This adorable little bistro in Downtown Asheville is fabulously French. My boyfriend and I ordered the Poulet Cordon Bleu Bouchon which was a breaded chicken breast with prosciutto and Gruyere cheese with veggies and frites. It was delicious. So this is the only restaurant in the world that has given me brussels sprouts and I actually ate them…willingly. You know a restaurant is good when they make brussels sprouts taste like heaven. And their famous frites….holy moly. They serve them with a roasted red pepper aioli sauce and season them with several different spices. I could seriously live off of those fries, no joke.FullSizeRender (37) FullSizeRender (36)
  6. World Coffee Café– This quaint café is located I Downtown Asheville. It’s a wonderful place to take you laptop or book and just relax as you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. They have these cute little seats in the windows of the café that make you feel as though you are sitting right in the middle of the street among the bustle of the city. And of course, the coffee is fabulous.IMG_0953
  7. Old Europe Patisserie This coffee/pastry shop is actually the oldest coffee shop in Downtown Asheville. Such a neat little shop that has every type of pastry you can imagine. The coffee is fabulous, but the pastries are even better.IMG_0398   
  8. Mountain Juicery- This juice shop has healthy cold-pressed juices and smoothies made from only the best organic fruits and veggies. My friend Tess worked there for a little while, so one day I stopped by and she made me her favorite drink which was the Blueberry Cobbler smoothie. Absolutely delicious, refreshing, and healthy.FullSizeRender (40)
  9. City Bakery City Bakery is one of my favorite lunch spots.  With several locations in Asheville, everything from their sandwiches, to their coffee, to their yummy desserts is a wonderful option for a quick mid-day stop. One of my favorite desserts that I have gotten there was a chocolate strawberry cheesecake. Mouthwatering goodness.FullSizeRender (42)
  10. Fox and the Fig- This coffee shop is located in Spruce Pine. It’s such a great place to meet with friends or have a quiet place to study. Their coffee is SOOOOO fresh and full of flavor. I got their house-made mocha and an oatmeal raisin cookie…both were delicious.Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset 
Go out and eat,
Ashlyn Tori <3