Asheville resident warming up brick throwing arm for future downtown Starbucks window
Jul23

Asheville resident warming up brick throwing arm for future downtown Starbucks window

ASHEVILLE- There is more to vigilantism than dawning a cape and jumping off buildings in attempt at human flight.   True vigilantes train for months, so when the call comes, justice is served quickly.   Upon the announcement this past week that the Aloft Hotel in Downtown Asheville at 51 Biltmore Avenue will include a Starbucks, one local vigilante began his training.   So when they build it, he will come. Come to destroy it that is.   The vigilante, who calls himself Suck My Latte, divulged his plans to prevent the corporate chain Starbucks from moving into downtown.   “What do people don’t understand about the Asheville Go Local campaign?” said Latte.   “Support your local store owner dammit! Starbucks is going to move in here and run all the local coffee shops out of downtown. People are going to lose jobs. But I have a brick in hand and I am getting ready to throw it through the Starbucks’ windows to make sure they don’t survive in downtown for long.”   Latte had a similar strategy several years ago when Starbucks built an establishment on 62 Charlotte Avenue. But his strategy failed after his arm wore out from throwing too many bricks and many of his fellow Starbucks detractors sold out and wound up frequenting the Seattle based establishment.   “I threw a brick and they replaced the window,” said Latte.   “I threw another brick and they replaced that window. Eventually my arm got tired. I needed a relief pitcher, but all of them were too busy sipping Starbucks Frappuccinos in the bullpen. This time around though I’m going to make sure my rotator cup has the endurance.”   Latte has been working out with resistance bands and curling bricks since the announcement. Latte also is working on becoming ambidextrous so when one arm gets tired he can switch a brick to the other arm.   Surprisingly, Latte believes his plan will not only work, but he will escape criminal charges in the process.   “I think with the Downtown Business Improvement District proposal, the city of Asheville has made it clear people can get away with crimes in downtown currently,” said Latte.   “Even if the BID does pass, mall cop Paul Blart doesn’t have a chance against me. Besides I don’t think I’m committing a crime, I’m saving lives. Starbucks is the real...

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Hope House of WNC fundraiser, chicken wing eating contest at Westville Pub Sunday
Jul18

Hope House of WNC fundraiser, chicken wing eating contest at Westville Pub Sunday

The following event benefiting the Hope House of WNC was posted on Asheville reddit: This Sunday, Westville Pub is hosting a fundraiser for the Hope House of WNC which helps victims of sex trafficking. It runs from 2-10 on the back porch of the Pub – there will be bands playing the whole time, a chicken wing eating contest at 4:30 and a raffle with tons of prizes. We’re going to have a bounce and carnival style games for kids and adults as well. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door but it’s not required. At the very least, if you’re out on Sunday afternoon and want to grab a pint, we’ll have a mini-bar set up outside and all the sales from those kegs go directly to the Hope House – so you’ll be drinking for a good cause!   A little about Hope House: Hope House is a Christian, faith-based, safe-home near Asheville for victims of domestic sex-trafficking. Program is voluntary and provides long-term services. Provides seclusion, restoration, and healing for victims. Services include licensed home schooling, life skills training, weekly therapy, one on one mentor-ship, and recreational activities for residents. There are two shelters, one for females ages 12 – 17, and one for females ages 18 – 25.   Event starts at 2:00 p.m. at Westville...

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Asheville Food news, Fred’s kitchen tentative opening 7/30, Little Bee Thai moves downtown
Jul18

Asheville Food news, Fred’s kitchen tentative opening 7/30, Little Bee Thai moves downtown

I stopped into Fred’s SpeakEasy South on Hendersonville Road this past Sunday for wings.   Fred’s SpeakEasy South will have a mock opening of the restaurant side of the building Saturday July 21st and plans to open the following Monday, July 30th.   The restraunt will be called Fred’s kitchen and according to the bar tender will be serving a full breakfast and lunch menu. The lunch menu will feature Italian sandwiches and the new menu will also be available on the bar side of the building.   Little Bee Thai moves downtown    This is news to me.   Little Bee Thai, which was located inside an Exxon gas station on Sweeten Creek, has moved next to the French Broad Food Co-op across the street from the Orange Peel.   The Mountain Xpress had the following to say about Little Bee Thai in March: Don’t eat here. Well, you should eat here, but in many ways, we kind of wish you wouldn’t. Getting fed at this tiny restaurant is a notoriously long and arduous process, thus we’re rather conflicted about offering this disclosure in the first place: Little Bee’s offers easily the best Thai food in WNC.    ...

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Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 August 12th @The Garage at Biltmore
Jul12

Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 August 12th @The Garage at Biltmore

Asheville pizzerias are going to throw down for who has the best pie August 12th at The Garage at Biltmore.   From the Press Release from Ask Asheville:   Asheville, NC  – Back by popular demand, the Asheville Pizza Showdown, which is the evolution of Asheville Pizza Wars is happening on Sunday August 12, 2012 at the Garage at Biltmore in the Asheville Biltmore Village area, to have a great foodie and brew time, and to raise funds for the Manna Food Bank.   This event is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and include All You Can Eat Pizza, All You Can Drink Beer Samples, and Entertainment from several great local bands.   The Asheville Pizza Showdown is the first of many food and beverage based competitions and events planned from now through the end of 2013. For those of you who love Great Pizza, a Mini Beer Fest, Friends, Music and Fun, this will be a memorable time for All! This event was sold out in 2010 will lines running down the street. This year we have expanded and will be providing additional parking and more local Asheville Breweries.   Local Celebrity Judges including Pam Lewis, Tony Kiss, and a couple of surprise judges will select the Winners. A “People’s Choice” award will also be up for grabs. All participating pizza restaurants will receive a reward for being a part of this great time and benefit.   First Place Winners Fiore’s (now Strada Italiano) and Frank Roman’s Pizza will also be on the scene in an attempt to retain their winning title from 2010.   What: Asheville Pizza Showdown 2012 When: Sunday August 12, 2012, 4pm – 10pm Where: Garage at Biltmore – 101 Fairview Rd, Asheville NC 28803 (Biltmore Village) Who: Open to the Community – all ages welcome Cost: $30 per person. All Inclusive!   Advance tickets purchase will be available online through several outlets soon. There will also be ticket sales at the door.   Chris Hart of Garage at Biltmore sat down with the SoConvo podcast to discuss the details of the event, which can be found below:     Hart explains in the podcast he hopes the Asheville Pizza Showdown will lead to many different showdowns in the future. Hart mentions there is already a barbecue showdown in the works and hopes to include a wing showdown and taco showdown as well.   This event sounds like a lot of fun and the proceeds go to a good cause. What is your favorite pizza in town?   The Citizen Thymes personally likes any of Vinnie’s Italian specialty pizzas, Angelo’s Hawaiian Pizza, and Iannucci’s...

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The Market Place
Jul05

The Market Place

My girlfriend tried to score me reservations at the Admiral for my birthday this past Saturday, but alas they were booked. So we are going for our first time to the Admiral this coming Tuesday and in the words of New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott “Can’t Wait!.”   But a failed attempt at a birthday dinner surprise lead to another surprise and one of our top 5 dinner experiences ever in Asheville at The Market Place. Saturday was our first time at The Market Place and we will definitely be back.   Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu. When I couldn’t decide between the wood grilled leg of lamb and the wood grilled coulotte steak, she went into a lengthy discussion on how each dish was prepared.   I wound up ordering the wood grilled leg of lamb served with a goat cheese tart, tomato jam, cippolini onions, arugula, olive vinaigrette.       The wood grilled leg of lamb was phenomenal. The lamb is served boneless and this dish has a variety of flavors working together that makes it kick ass. You get the salt of the mashed kalamata olives, the sweetness of the tomato jam, the creaminess of the goat cheese, the acidity of the cheery tomatoes, and the melt in your mouth flaky pastry. Oh yeah….(Insert Food Porn Music here)   The meal was capped with a complimentary lavender creme brulee for a delicious birthday desert.   The Market Place is not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for and...

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