Jose’s Vending forget that the food is good, holy shit that place is cheap
Sep27

Jose’s Vending forget that the food is good, holy shit that place is cheap

Broke but don’t want to cook this weekend?     Jose’s Vending can hook you up. Jose’s is a little food trailer parked next to a produce store on Smokey Park Highway and has some of the lowest prices for food I have seen in Asheville. Jose’s has a variety of taco options for a $1.50, burritos and quesadillas for $2.50, and tortas for $7.50.   I stopped by this past Sunday for an Al Pastor Torta, a torta stacked with marinated pork, peppers, avocado, and salsa.     This baby was huge and the ingredients are fresh. Literally to finish the dish, the cook walked over to the produce store to get some ingredients right in the middle of preparing the torta.   Jose’s serves up authentic cheap Mexican food and it does not disappoint. So if you find yourself in the boonies make sure to stop at Jose’s.   Jose’s is open Thursdays 4:00 p.m. -11:00p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays  11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.  ...

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Free Massage at Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro tonight
Sep26

Free Massage at Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro tonight

If you need an excuse to visit Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro other than they have great food, tonight you have a pretty good one.   From the Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro Facebook Page: Join us this Wednesday September 26th for a special deal for our Facebook fans. Buy 1 dinner entree from our plates section and a beverage of your choice and you’ll receive a free half hour massage from Biltmore Massage and Bodyworks. You must be a fan of Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro and mention this post to receive the gift. 828-505-8560     If free massages starts to become a trend in restaurant promotions, all I have to say is I’m down....

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Cucina 24, leave your t-shirt and shorts at home, but don’t dine naked…obviously
Sep19

Cucina 24, leave your t-shirt and shorts at home, but don’t dine naked…obviously

  We scrambled into Cucina 24 this past Thursday to use up an expiring Asheville Deal.   Upon walking in I knew right away I was underdressed in a t-shirt and shorts.  This place is fancy. I was initially relieved to see another table at the restaurant, with individuals in t-shirts, but as the night wore on patrons’ threads just kept getting fancier and fancier.   My threads would progressively worsen throughout the night as somehow on my way back from the restroom I snagged my discount Dillards t-shirt on the bar and ripped a huge hole down the side.  So I was basically dining at Cucina 24 in a gym shirt.   We started with an order of the corn cakes topped with ham and pickled watermelon and an order of duck fat potato fingerlings.     This was my first time trying pickled watermelon as an ingredient and I have to say I was mostly impressed. The duck fat potato fingerlings were outstanding,   I ordered the cured foie gras next. There is currently a rather small controversy playing out in Asheville on whether foie gras should be banned.   Here is a guest column by Joe Walsh in the Mountain Xpress on why foie gras should be banned and here is a response guest column by local bartender and musician Johnathan Ammons on why a foie gras ban is a waste of time.   I will have to do a tad more research before I decide where I stand in that debate.     This was my first experience with foie gras as well. But I can say if all foie gras tastes like what I had at Cucina 24, a ban will be no big deal for me. I have to say I’m not a fan of foie gras. Foie gras may be a little too rich and buttery tasting for my palette.   But it will be a huge deal for a fellow patron at Cucina 24. I couldn’t help but notice a very young gentleman chatting up a lady at the bar, slinging out foie gras like it was the homie’s calling card! Gentlemen take notes. I didn’t hear what he was saying but I imagine it went something like this, “hey baby here is small sample of an organ so you won’t be surprised when I whip out another later tonight.” I’m sure the exchange is somewhere on Asheville Craigslist’s Missed Connections.   Finally, we finished with a pizza topped with cherries, bacon, and arugula.     The crust on this pizza was super thin and crisp. I loved this pie. It’s...

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Universal Joint’s patio tease pleases
Sep18

Universal Joint’s patio tease pleases

UJoint’s patio has been teasing me for more than a year now. Every time I drove by UJoint I would say to myself, “Man I really want to drink a beer on that patio.”   Well Sunday the chance to do exactly that presented itself.   I enjoyed a nice pint of Pisgah Blueberry Wheat on the patio while I waited for my food to arrive. The Blueberry Wheat is one of my favorite local beers. Does the fact that I like a fruit beer make me a girl? I really need to take one of Brewgasm’s Beer 101 classes.   I ordered the Steinbeck Burger topped with a mound of pimento cheese, bacon, and jalapeños.     Good God what a great burger!   I’ve had a lot of burgers in this town topped with a lot of fancy smancy ingredients.   But UJoint is just like, “we are just going to slap some pimento cheese, bacon, and jalapeños on that bad boy of a burger and you are going to like it son.”   Oh and liked it I did. I ate the masterpiece in glorified silence and did not have a single regret cleaning my plate. The key to this burger is the pimento cheese really compliments the slight burn of the jalapeños and that topped onto a burger and bacon is a home run. Even the bun is great!   UJoin’t patio will now be a regular spot where I can hopefully enjoy Pigsah Pumpkin Ale...

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Benefit Dinner at Vinnie’s Italian for Mission Children’s Hospital August 23rd
Aug15

Benefit Dinner at Vinnie’s Italian for Mission Children’s Hospital August 23rd

  From the Press Release:   What’s better than enjoying delectable fare at Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian and knowing that 10% of your check goes to help the children served by Mission Children’s Hospital? On August 23, 2012, Vinnie’s will donate 10% of each check to Mission Children’s Hospital programs.   Mission Children’s Hospital is the only full-service pediatric medical facility in Western North Carolina serving the unique needs of children and their families. The pediatric health professionals and physicians who practice there are subspecialists in the childhood diseases, disorders and conditions they treat. They are committed to providing clinically excellent, personalized, family-centered care.   The fund-raising event offers a way to support local businesses and the invaluable work of Mission.   I’m a big fan of Vinnie’s pizzas and Thursday’s benefit provides a perfect excuse to stop on by!...

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